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Popolo Catering

San Luis Obispo, CA View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
101 reviews

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

Popolo Catering is an acclaimed wedding catering service based out of San Luis Obispo, California. Serving wedding-goers across the Golden State's Central Coast, this business is owned by Leon and Kathleen Castillo. This pair is passionate about completing milestone celebrations with delightful dining experiences. You and your loved ones are sure to be impressed by their varied menu and impeccable customer service skills.

Cuisine

The Popolo Catering boasts decades of experience in California's culinary industry. As such, they are well-versed in providing couples and their loved ones with delicious dinners. Whether you would like a light salad with a tasty dressing or a hearty barbecued meat dish, their chefs can prepare a wide range of meals. They specialize in Italian, Mexican, and American BBQ cuisine. A selection of food and beverage items is available, such as glassware, china, linens, and flatware.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$48

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$35

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$35

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$15

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Dessert
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$225

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Lunch
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
BBQ
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Sandwiches
Seafood
Thai

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Pork
Halal
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink
Outside Alcohol

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

101 Reviews

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Rated
4.9
out of 5.0
Recommended by 99% of couples
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    Rating 4.9 out of 5

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    Marissa H. Married on 05/28/2022
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    Whatever you do, hire this vendor!

    Popolo was my favorite vendor and the best choice we could have made for our big day. Not only are they at such a reasonable price point that it almost sounds made up.... but the food quality and service is one you would get with only the highest-end caterers. It's been a month since we've been married and everyone talks about how great the food was! Popolo was so responsive and helpful throughout the whole process and made it very easy on us. I loved them so much that they catered our rehearsal dinner, lunch the day of, the reception, and the morning brunch! I seriously cannot say enough good things about them!
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    Bethany T. Married on 05/07/2022
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    Worth Getting Married to Have Their Food

    Not only was Popolo's food the best but their catering quote came in at half of the other local caterers.

    Seriously their refried beans and stuffed mushrooms were the best I have ever had.

    Plus the team was really flexible at putting together a menu that combined our favorite foods (brisket & guacamole) as well as serving the Challah and honey we provided during our weddings cocktail hour.

    They were also so sweet and understanding when we had to postpone the wedding not once but twice. They were quick to respond whenever I asked them a question. They also provided detailed responses about which item were vegetarian when I asked.

    One of the appetizers we chose was quesadillas. Popolo served them along with these elegant and practical single serving salsa cups.

    The rentals we contracted Popolo with ( plates, forks, water glasses) were of good quality.

    The servers were incredibly professional and efficient as was the kitchen staff on the day of the wedding.

    Our guests were all raving about our food at our reception.

    Popolo level of outstanding service even continues past the wedding because their policy of ensuring the bride and groom get a to go container of their reception meal made for an absolutely lovely lunch a few days after the wedding.

    Popolo Catering's reply:

    Dear Bethany & David,
    We are so thankful we were given the blessing to support your wedding celebration, which had been long coming. You two have been so patient and you are the absolute sweetest couple! Since the first day we met in 2019, your ongoing communication has been spot-on & truly appreciated. As we paused with you through the pandemic, we were happy you decided to simply postpone and not cancel, to embrace your wedding day this past weekend. It was lovely! You guys did such an amazing job planning the perfect day. Bethany, your wedding dress was stunning and you looked beautiful! Thank you so much for this wonderful review regarding our delicious food, service team members, happy guests, equipment rentals, and most of all, your complete satisfaction. Here's to both of you and your wonderful married lives ahead. Leon and I send you our warmest regards and gratitude for choosing our family owned and operated company, to be a part of your special day. Congratulations from all of us at Popolo Catering. Warmest regards, Leon and Kat

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Bianka & Eric
    71 photos · 08/10/2019
  • Verenice & Austin
    42 photos · 05/25/2019
  • Edith & Kyle
    29 photos · 09/15/2018
  • Brock & Brandy
    25 photos · 08/10/2013

Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
DJ Bob DJ Bob Wedding DJs

Kat and Leon are such good people and they know how to make events roll. I love their Taco Bars and them! -Dj Bob

Portola Inn Portola Inn Hotel Weddings

A great all around caterer. Easy to work with, reasonably priced, great ideas, and wonderful food.

Forever DJ Events Forever DJ Events Wedding DJs

I absolutely love working with Popolo's crew!! The food is always amazing and the staff is very helpful, friendly and professional. I highly recommend Popolo for your event catering!

Map

1605 Calle Joaquin Ste. B, Ste. B San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405
8055439543
805-543-9543

Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. Weekends by appointment only.
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Popolo Catering frequently asked questions

At Popolo Catering, what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

At Popolo Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware

At Popolo Catering, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Popolo Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast

What event services does Popolo Catering offer for weddings?

Popolo Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Popolo Catering provide for weddings?

Popolo Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Popolo Catering?

At Popolo Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Thai

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Popolo Catering?

At Popolo Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Popolo Catering provide for wedding events?

Popolo Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
  • Outside Alcohol

What type of food and beverage items does Popolo Catering provide for wedding services?

To cater to all tastes, Popolo Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

What percentage of users recommend Popolo Catering and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Popolo Catering is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

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