Credit: Casero Taqueria
Credit: Casero Taqueria

8 San Diego Restaurants That’ll Cater Your Next Holiday Soirée

Leave the Cooking to the Pros This Holiday Season

Cater your way to classy this holiday season! Give the ugly sweater parties a run for their money by making the switch to an elegant holiday soirée for an unforgettable evening. Not even sure how to preheat the oven? We won’t tell if you won’t! Focus on dressing to impress, and let these San Diego restaurants take care of the rest. Find everything from south-of-the-border fare and premium-cut steaks to specialty Santa-approved spirits and sweet treats at these spots that will do your holiday party your way!

 

Casero Taqueria

Credit: Casero Taqueria

Bring a taste of Baja to your big holiday bash with a catering order from Carlsbad’s Casero Taqueria, which offers everything from satisfying starters to decadent desserts. Make it a build-your-own-taco experience and choose from carne asada, al pastor, pollo asado, veggies or carnitas, and the trays serve either 12-14 or 18-20 people. All tacos come with sides of cilantro, onion, lime, salsa verde, guac and fresh pico–every guest can load up on their favorite toppings! If you’d rather dig right in, opt for the premade burritos: 12 halves of six delicious burritos come hot and ready. Choose among carnitas, carne asada, pollo asado, bean, rice and cheese or grilled shrimp! It wouldn’t be a soirée without a proper tasty starter either, so go for the classic homemade guacamole or ceviche; each is served with a large bag of chips. Dare you stay for dessert? Add the delectable, cinnamon and sugar covered churros that come complete with a side of rich Mexican chocolate for dipping. To see Casero’s full catering menu or to place an order with their specially crafted fast and smoothe online process, click here!

 

Urban Kitchen Group

Step up your soirée with a special order from Urban Kitchen Group–San Diego’s specialty, full-service catering spot offering custom menu options. With plate presentations that could have been put together by Picasso himself, make it an event to remember with stylistic dishes featured on each of their seasonal menus. Liven up your guests with libations created by their very merry mixologists! They’ll work with you ahead of time to create concoctions that perfectly pair with what you’re serving.

 

MRKT Space

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Center your soirée around fresh, honest ingredients with the help of MRKT Space, a modern convenience store with locations in La Jolla and Encinitas. Dreading your hosting duties? Their knowledgeable staff and adorable event space is the perfect alternative if you’d rather be served too! Catered or in-house, feed up to 14 people with mega charcuterie boards, chicken pesto flatbreads or truffle mac and cheese.

 

Moniker Cocktail Co.

Nothing says Christmas like craft cocktails. Create a shindig complete with a full-service bar experience catered by Moniker Cocktail Co. They offer three packages that bear the best beer or bubbly, depending on your audience. We recommend the full bar package: get one signature cocktail, plus your choice of five spirits, garnishes and syrups along with your choice of beers, wines and/or hard kombuchas! Want to get out of the house? You can host your event at their adorable space instead!

Ranch 45

San Diego Holiday Catering - Ranch 45
Credit: Ranch 45

Looking for a smokin’ holiday celebration? Look no further than Ranch 45, specializing in farm-fresh proteins straight from the source. Get a 30-foot BBQ smoker sent on-site complete with a pitmaster to cook it all to perfection. Need something more upscale? Elevate your event with their steak dinner option, featuring locally sourced Brandt beef, seasonal fresh fish and jidori chicken, which is made complete by chef-inspired starters, salads and sides. Need a sweet treat? Pop in an inquiry for pastries—Ranch 45 has got you covered!

 

The Wild Thyme Company

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We’re here for a good time, not a long time—but sometimes, we’re in for a Wild Thyme. Treat your guests to catering by The Wild Thyme Company, which offers custom charcuterie stations, surf-and-turf meat carving, salad bars and sandwiches. Check out their holiday menu for seasonal specialties like a citrus-thyme roasted turkey, honey-spiced glazed ham or a horseradish holiday roast–all decked out with delicious sides. Sweeten the deal with eggnog cheesecake bites or candy cane profiteroles for dessert!

 

Pacific Catch

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We’ve heard there’s plenty of fish in the sea, so we’re catering our seasonal party with it. Place an order with Pacific Catch and plate up the freshest seafood your party could ask for with everything from poké bowls to sushi platters and everything in between. Start off with Thai coconut shrimp and Korean sticky ribs before the main course of build-your-own or pre-made bowls with a side of elote corn. It’s all fresh, right to your front door.

 

Trust Restaurant Group

San Diego Holiday Catering - Trust Restaurant Group
Credit: Trust Restaurant Group

Put your trust in Trust Restaurant Group, who works to make every holiday event one to remember. They’ll work closely with you to create the event of your dreams, diving into the details to understand your party’s unique needs. They offer everything from Michelin-inspired menu options to simple, casual cuisine. Choose from BBQ, family-style, rustic cuisine and so much more through their elevated yet approachable catering options.

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Jaclyn is a sunshine chasing San Diego native with an extensive writing background. When she isn’t word-smithing, you can find her playing beach volleyball, skating the boardwalk, or on a rooftop enjoying a drink in the sunshine with her pals.

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