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Jillian · Married on 10/04/2019
THE BEST and easiest vendor we had
To get married in the Brazilian room, we had to choose from their 'preferred vendors' list and we could not have been luckier to land on Cafe Soleil. The team behind Cafe Soleil were outstanding. From the food tasting lead by Jennifer to the final food that were served on our wedding day, the quality and service were excellent. Wide variety of meals and dietary options, they really made sure to provide top notch food and kind/welcoming service.Sent on 12/23/2019
And Cecy.... honestly made our wedding planning effortless. Cecy did everything in terms of organizing, seat arrangements, ordering linens, and everything else. She would respond to all my questions so quick, and she NEVER EVER made me feel like I was being annoying or I was asking too many questions. I could not be more thankful for her guidance throughout the year of planning. She was amazing.
With the excellent food, great menu, awesome vegan options, reasonable prices, quality service from all staff on the day-of (everyone was kind and helped us set up beautifully), and the above-and-beyond service from Cecy, my husband and I can not recommend them enough.
Michelle L. · Married on 09/27/2019
Great food, service, and communication!
Cecy and Jen were absolutely amazing to work with, and so so accommodating! Cecy was always so responsive to all of our questions over email, and we are still hearing from our guests about how great the food was. The lemon butter salmon was one of the favorites - we’ve been to weddings where the salmon was overcooked and too dry, but this was not the case at all with Cafe Soleil. We don’t know how they did it but the fish was so buttery and delicious. You can just tell that Jen and Cecy really care about helping their couples throw together a beautiful event and having a great time. You hear so much about couples who barely got to eat at their own weddings, but they made sure that we (as the bride and groom) got a full plate at the beginning of the reception and frequently checked in with us to get us more food/drinks etc. Jen even has lawn games and dessert stands that we were able to borrow for our event. Overall the service was A++ and I would recommend Cafe Soleil to all future couples for their weddings, or any event that they need catering for.Sent on 10/27/2019
Jay A. · Married on 07/14/2019
Cafe Soleil catered our wedding and we were thrilled with their quality and flexibility. They were easy to work with, very professional, and very personable. Many many thanks for helping our wedding day be so much fun!Sent on 07/23/2019
David B. · Married on 07/07/2019
We could not have wished for more!
We were blown away by the service of Cafe Soleil at our wedding. Like another reviewer on here, we went into our original tasting with Cafe Soleil already certain we would go with a previous caterer, but meeting Jen and tasting her food completely changed that. They were the only caterer who presented us with two perfectly cooked steaks (and you could tell that Jen really cared about making sure it was done just right). The mushroom ravioli was spectacular. Every dish just kept getting better. On top of that, their pricing was comfortably the best, given they charge the same for family style or buffet, and they include so many of the extras that other caterers would charge for. After we’d signed the contract, working with Jen and Cecy to confirm the menu and everything else was so easy - Cecy was particularly an incredible help with table plans, information about the venue, suggestions, just anything we wanted we knew they could help with.Sent on 09/05/2019
On the day itself, everything went off almost perfectly (we arrived early so there was a few minutes of setup still happening, but that was our fault, not theirs). Every server we interacted with was incredibly nice, the food was fantastic - we got so many compliments about the food throughout the evening. They helped everything run on time, kept our glasses full and ensured that everybody got their fill of the food.
I am confident that we could have paid someone else double the money, and would only have received half the service we got from Cafe Soleil. If you’re considering Cafe Soleil for your wedding or event, for me, it’s a no brainer - go for it, you won’t find anyone better!
Kirin W. · Married on 06/22/2019
Amazing to work with!
Cecy and Jen are a power team and such a joy to work with! As a planner I look for not only great quality, value, great work ethic, responsiveness and professionalism, although they knock all the above way out of the park; I look for good humans and people that are a joy to be around, fun and team players to work with. Cecy, Jen and the Cafe Soleil team were a 10 out of 10 in all areas. We had the privilege to work with them on a wedding and not only was the food amazing, the schedule on time, everything just as so, they all had smiles on their faces, ready and willing to help with whatever we needed. I was really impressed and can't wait to work with them again. A must contact when looking for your catering team.Sent on 11/13/2019
Tracy · Married on 10/07/2018
Cafe Soleil rocked my wedding! :)
There are so many reasons I loved going with Cafe Soleil catering for my wedding a couple weeks ago. It was a long relationship, over a year of planning pieces of the event. I love how inclusive the wedding package is! Bar service - WOW that made it easy to only have one vendor for both food and beverages, gratuity - nice to know everyone is taken care of ahead of time, plus so many beautiful decorations included that other caterers don't offer. I was my own coordinator and new to the world of wedding norms, so I really appreciated Jen and Cecy coaching me through options for all the details... and there are so many details. Everything went just as planned, couldn't have been happier! Get the porcini mushroom raviolis omg. Appetizers were great too. Lastly, they dealt with my rather untraditional ways and accommodated things like a cheese wheel wedding cake and getting extra linens for my green screen photobooth. Do the tasting, ask everything you're curious about, and you will be thrilled!Sent on 10/23/2018
William · Married on 07/06/2018
Jenn did a fantastic job for our wedding. She created a special vegan/vegetarian menu for us and the food was incredible. Even our non-vegetarian relatives said the food was fantastic! Everything turned out so well. All of the staff were very pleasant and professional. Communication about the menu, floor plan and all the little details was spot on and executed flawlessly the day of. Really can't say enough good things.Sent on 08/09/2018
Shereen · Married on 06/24/2018
Amazing service the day of the wedding and great responsiveness prior to the day! The food was delicious and the staff that worked the wedding were so professional and kind. We are so happy with how it all turned out!! I highly recommend Cafe Soleil!!!Sent on 06/26/2018
Laura · Married on 01/27/2018
Cafe Soleil catered my 50th birthday party, and they were great! Cecy (business manager) and Jen (chef/owner) were super easy to work with, very accommodating and responsive. The food was delicious and plentiful, the staff was very attentive, and everything went really smoothly. I'd highly recommend them! Their prices were by far the most reasonable of any of the other caterers I contacted, and Jen was really agreeable and easygoing. We had a wonderful experience working with Cafe Soleil!Sent on 01/30/2018
Daisy · Married on 10/26/2017
We decided to choose Cafe Soleil as our wedding caterer after the first meeting with Jennifer. She is a very nice, responsible and patient lady. After the first food taste, Cecy, the event manager, contacted me by emails and she also forwarded every email to Jen.
Both Jen and Cecy helped me a lot and I even didn't have to hire a wedding planner. Since my guests are a very small group, Jen assisted to rent chiavari chairs from rental company and delivered chairs and arch to my wedding venue! My guests still talked about Cafe Soleil's staffs' beautiful smile, it made everyone feel warm and happy.
I would say my wedding cannot be so perfect without Cafe Soleil's perfect service! And another important thing is the COST, Cafe Soleil is very affordable and reasonable in bay area and the quality is awesome!
Sent on 11/13/2017
Lmar · Married on 09/11/2017
We can't fully express how wonderful the Cafe Soleil team is. We hired them to cater our wedding in Berkeley, CA at Tilden Park. Jen is a great caterer but in addition she is an amazing human being. Not only did she provide great food, and attentive service during the reception but she bent over backwards to help us execute a wonderful wedding. The staff are great people who will work extra hard so that they provide great service. There was an unexpected thunderstorm and Jen and the staff were quick acting and flexible. I can't fully express how great it was to work with Jen especially since I had no clear idea on how to plan for a large wedding. Thank you Jen & Todd. I had an wonderful wedding. I recommend Cafe Soleil to anyone who wants to stay within their budget, eat great food, receive attentive service, work with a amazing caterer.Sent on 10/02/2017
Sarah · Married on 09/02/2017
I don't know where to start...Sent on 09/15/2017
Jen and her team are amazing. I did not know that a wedding could have such delicious food! When we first met with Jen we knew right away we had to have her and her wonderful food! She uses quality ingredients and every thing is cooked to perfection. Not only does she cover food/bartending/alcohol/set up/ clean up/ glassware/silverware and everything in between but she covers linens and has a great list of vendors for everything else. I can not thank Jen and her team enough! They did an outstanding job for our wedding and we feel so bad it landed on the hottest day recorded with a place with no air conditioning. They were troopers! The reception looked gorgeous, food was spectacular and everything went smooth. Our guests raved about the food especially the cheese tortellini & bacon wrapped figs yummm. Shout out to Cecy for being an angel- best event manager ever! She was so quick to respond to any questions or concerns. Truly grateful we were able to have Cafe Soleil for our special day and can not thank them enough!
Abigail · Married on 06/29/2017
Cafe Soleil did an amazing job. Jen was so attentive to what we needed and always communicated to us how her top priority was to make sure my day went smoothly so not just I but my family could celebrate. I always recommend this cafe for food everyday and the catering to any bride who is looking for amazing prices with also AMAZING food!Sent on 08/28/2017
Emily · Married on 10/21/2016
Cafe Soleil did an amazing job catering our October 2016 wedding. As a bride who was planning her wedding from out of town, it wasn't easy to plan everything, but Jen definitely gave me the confidence that everything was going to work out. Jen even helped us in saving some money by letting us borrow some items rather than renting. She also recommended some amazing vendors for us to work with (which we are extremely happy with and were affordable!) Our guests loved Cafe Soleil's food and their service. There are many other reviews I've seen that said their caterer is the most affordable and best service, but honestly Jen is the best. I would definitely recommend Jen and her team!Sent on 10/29/2016
Che · Married on 09/25/2016
I was referred to Cafe Soleil by my wedding coordinator. She raved about how great it was to work with Jen and Jen did not disappoint. In fact, she took care of more than just my catering needs. Not only was the food spectacular and her staff attentive, but Jen also helped with designing our tablescapes and room layout. She even went above my expectations and rented some beautiful gold rimmed plates as an added bonus! She spoils her clients!Sent on 10/05/2016
We had several last minute changes in our plans, but Jen and her staff adjusted quickly and made our wedding day stress free! My guests are still raving about their great service and delicious food. Do yourself a favor and hire Cafe Soleil. They are a hidden gem!
Denna · Married on 09/24/2016
Wow, where do I begin! First, off the word thank you, is just not a big enough word of how my husband and I feel. We felt so much love and care from Jennifer & Mark to make our daughter Halle and son in law Evan's wedding so beautiful and perfect on 9/24/2016Sent on 10/13/2016
Jennifer (owner) was so easy and kind to work with. As busy as she is, she always got back to us in a timely manner. She goes above and beyond for you!
Mark, you your wife, and your team on Saturday was just AMAZING!!
Everything, was just PERFECT!!!
From your professionalism, to attention to detail, and friendliness was right on point.
The food was fabulous! Everyone commented how delicious it was and remarked at the generous portions that were given.
We HIGHLY recommend Jennifer, Mark, and their amazing Cafe Soleil team.
Thank you once again! We love you guys.
Connstance · Married on 04/16/2016
Thank you Café Soleil for helping to make our wedding dream come true! I’ve heard it said, guests don’t remember the food but our guests have raved this past week about “the BEST food they’ve ever had at a reception!” Jen, your easy-going nature calmed me when I needed it most and I will always appreciate your kindness, wisdom and advice on everything from food pairings, colors, accessories to ceremony set-up. For couples considering Café Soleil for catering, know this: Jennifer, Todd and their staff will go above and beyond your expectations to make sure everything is beautiful and you have the wedding you were promised. They are friendly, professional, keep their word and will work with you to make YOUR wedding the best wedding in the world.Sent on 04/19/2016
Gabriel · Married on 04/09/2016
Thank you so much for helping us put on an amazing night with great service, beautiful place settings and absolutely delicious food. Your raviolis are seriously good! We greatly appreciate your professional staff and Mark was on point with taking care of us, super cool guy too. You guys went above and beyond, we couldn't of done this event without you! Once again thanks for everything!Gabriel & Amelia AvilaSent on 04/22/2016
Dylan · Married on 03/19/2016
My husband and I used Jennifer as our caterer for our wedding. When we first reached out to Jennifer we were amazed at her friendliness and experience. We had some not so great experiences before we found her. Upon first meeting we decided that she was the one to help us with our wedding. Jennifer let us taste some of the food at the restaurant and we were hooked! All the food we tried was delicious! Especially the ravioli! You must try it. Unbelievable. One thing that I loved about Jennifer was her calmness. As many know, planning a wedding is stressful enough. Jennifer always had solutions to problems and was a great calming force. The wedding went off without a hitch. Her staff was amazing. Friendly, always smiling, and just all around fun people. The food was perfect and her presentation was awesome. Jennifer also worked with my sister in law who wanted to help with some of them planning. I was really impressed that she did that; many people wouldn't. She was also conscious of cultural differences and allowed us to bring a cultural dish to the event. I would recommend her to any and all who want a great planner and great food at their wedding. We really enjoyed Jennifer and her staff and will visit her restaurant again. Check them out!!Sent on 04/22/2016
Dylan · Married on 03/19/2016
Jennifer is friendly, helpful, and completely calming. She was the best.Sent on 05/08/2016
Jacqueline · Married on 10/10/2015
Café Solei was absolutely a dream to work with!Sent on 11/05/2015
First, let me say that Jennifer and her team are truly talented, creative and their professionalism was top notch! Jennifer is a gem. She really worked hard to make our wedding day memorable and beautiful. Our family, and friends where equally impressed with the serving set-up, decorations, linens, chairs and most importantly the amazing food that was served. The presentation was great and it tasted delicious. (their crab cakes and pork sliders are the best). We are still getting compliments from our family about the food and the amazing service.
I highly recommend Café Solei. They were easy to work with, you get a great deal with Jennifer and she goes above and beyond to make your wedding day stress free. You will love her!
Thanks again Café Solei for everything! We had a blast at our own wedding! :-)
User5013344 · 2+ years ago
Jennifer and the crew from Cafe Soleil are nothing short of amazing. We found her by way of recommendation on this site and we couldn't have been more pleased!Sent on 09/28/2015
Flat out - The food is fantastic. The service is second to none. If they were any more flexible, they would make Gumby cry. If you are looking for a top notch, no drama, hassle free vendor to work with for your wedding or event - Cafe Soleil is it.
Our reception venue cancelled on us with less than 12 hours before the event. Basically, anyone's worst possible nightmare when having family and friends traveling in to celebrate our special day. I can honestly say that without Jennifer and her staff, we would have been stranded. Lost. Completely embarrassed. In less than 12 hours she moved heaven and earth for us, finding a fantastic venue, providing the best service i've ever received, and ensuring that nothing was going to keep us from celebrating our big day.
They coordinated everything for us and it was nothing short of a miracle. Our guests - other than the fact that we had to tell them what happened - had no idea that all of this had been rearranged within hours of the event.
If you are looking for a group who will go to no ends to make sure that your needs are taken care of, that has the friendliest staff that I've ever been around, and really does everything within their power to ensure your event goes off without a hitch, then Cafe Soleil and Jennifer are what you are looking for.
Jennifer · Married on 06/13/2015
I can’t say enough great things about this catering company! They are hands down, THE BEST! They’re food is amazing and Jennifer (the owner) will go above and beyond for you. As busy as she is, she makes herself available whenever you need her. Not to mention how generous she is as well as affordable. She offered to let me use any decorations she has accumulated from other weddings at no extra charge. Her motto is “every bride should have the wedding of their dreams” and she truly wants to help make that happen. Our wedding was two weeks ago and people are still letting me know how great the food and staff were. I have 2 friends who have also used her catering services and we all give her a 5 star rating! You won’t be disappointed! At the very least, go check out her restaurant (Café Soleil) in El Sobrante and try their breakfast (or anything for that matter!) Everything on the menu is excellent! My favorite is the porcini mushroom raviolis in a marsala sauce. YUM! See ya soon Jen!Sent on 07/01/2015
Veronica · Married on 06/05/2015
Jennifer and her crew are amazing! We had a backyard wedding and it was perfect. Jen was easy to get a hold of, a joy to work with, the food was delicious, prices were more than reasonable, and her staff was courteous and professional. We loved the way our tablescapes turned out and they put everything together in a timely manner. Couldn't have even imagined working with anyone else! Book Jennifer and cafe soleil for your next big event!!Sent on 07/09/2015
Sarah · Married on 05/22/2015
Jen is amazing. She is a pleasure to work with and will go out of her way to make sure your wedding is everything you cant it to be. I have worked with many caterers and none of them come close to her. Her ability and willingness to do anything for you and her excitement when it comes to your event makes you feel like you truly are a princess. Her team is incredible as well. And the food. Multiple of my guests told me that is was the best wedding food they ever had and we live in the Culinary Capital of Napa Valley so that tells you something. I also had the pleasure of attended two other weddings she did and it was the same feelings at those events. She literally is the best in Northern California. Thank you doesn't cover it but THANK YOU JEN!Sent on 05/26/2015