Best Caterers In Washington DC

July 17, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Ridgewells Catering

Making your own food for a large party can be a daunting task, so why not hire a caterer? The caterers listed here will provide you with delicious food to serve your guests so you can sit back and enjoy the day. Even better, some of these caterers will provide staff to serve your food, set up tables and even concoct some fancy cocktails. Each one of these caterers focuses on a different niche, so there should be one to suit any type of event you are hosting.

Occasions Catering
655 Taylor St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 546-7400

Arguably the best catering company in DC, Occasions is ideal for a wedding or any similarly upscale event. Not only does it provide professional waiters and bar staff, but it will create a menu that is tailored to any kind of theme or cuisine that you choose. Its talented chefs are popular for their elegant dishes, from teacups of tomato soup adorned with mini grilled cheese as appetizers to delectable risotto or pasta stations, and a full dessert bar complete with shot glass milkshakes, rice krispy treats on sticks and bite-sized apple pies. In addition to delicious food, Occasions is known for excellent service. Its staff is professional and responsible, and each staff members aims to provide you with the perfect catered event. 

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Everlasting Life Café Catering
2928 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 232-1700

For a completely vegan catered meal, turn to Everlasting Life. Popular in the DC area, this company caters breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it is especially known for its vegan barbecue fare. Barbecued tofu, collard greens, melt-in-your-mouth mac n “cheese,” you name it and Everlasting Life has it all. Its fried “fish” sandwiches are so good, your non-vegan friends may not even realize they are not eating real fish. Everlasting Life Café Catering also offers a variety of vegan desserts including cakes, cookies and pies.

Indique Heights
2 Wisconsin Circle  
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-4822

For delicious and authentic Indian fare, hire Indique Heights to cater your next event. Treat your guests to items such as paneer makhani, a dish made with cubes of cheese smothered in a sweet, buttery tomato sauce, aloo chole, a hearty medley of chickpeas and potatoes, and vegetable biryani, rice cooked with spices, herbs and vegetables. The catering company also offers a variety of fresh breads, including naan, which is crispy bread heated in a tandoor, as well as side dishes, sauces and desserts. An added bonus: Indique Heights offers a beautiful patio and indoor space where you can host your event if you are looking for a venue as well. 

Ridgewells Catering
5525 Dorsey Lane
Bethesda, MD 20816 
(301) 652-1515

Beautiful and imaginative, Ridgewells can create and execute an elaborate seated dinner for 300 or a small corporate dinner for your colleagues. Enjoy appetizers such as goat cheese profiteroles, entrees like carrot ginger ravioli and desserts as whimsical and charming as mini French macaroons. These are just a few of the delightful items Ridgewells can create. Well known in the DC area, this catering company also provides staff, equipment and bar service. 

Tequila Grande
444 Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 255-5933

For an inexpensive catering option, consider the Tequila Grande. Its Mexican food is flavorful and fun, and it can include servers and equipment. The catering menu features items such as a rich seven-layer dip, cheesy enchiladas and overstuffed burritos, and it can also provide an entertaining live cooking station for fajitas, quesadillas and flautas. Dessert options include sweet cinnamon crisps and crunchy apple flautas. Punctual and reliable, Tequila Grande will try hard to meet your budget restraints and dietary needs.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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