Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, wedding reception, or even a much-deserved corporate luncheon, some occasions simply call for great meals.
What better way to get both awesome food and service than with the best catering services in Ottawa? That’s why this listicle aims to be a guide to the top caterers in the area.
In the next section, we’ll also be discussing how much typical catering fare will cost.
How Much Does Catering Cost in Ottawa?
The answer to this question greatly depends on the caterer you’ll end up choosing. Different caterers offer their products and services in various ways.
Some have set menus for luncheons, brunches, and tea. Others encourage clients to select from their bestselling food items and mix and match them as set meals.
Some factors you’ll need to consider include the occasion, how many people will be served, if there are special dietary restrictions, if servers are needed, your chosen venue, and others.
We selected some of the fare being offered by several of the catering services in Ottawa we’re reviewing today. The table below reflects some of their bestsellers and corresponding prices.
|CATERED FOOD||ESTIMATED COST|
|Charcuterie/cheese platter||$65 up|
|Set dinner (main course with a choice of soup or salad, vegetable sides, dessert, tea or coffee, rolls, etc.)||$20 – $35 per person|
|Hot and cold buffets (50-person minimum)||$29 – $38 per person|
|Grilled flank steak with potatoes platter (serves 10 – 15 people)||$140 up|
Please note that the estimated costs above may not include applicable taxes yet. Some catering companies could also ask for a separate charge for server requests and assistance.
The Best Catering Services in Ottawa
Are you ready to choose among the most mouth-watering food served up by professional caterers? Then let’s take a closer look at the best catering services in Ottawa for your next event!
|SERVICES||Food shop, corporate and social catering, online ordering|
|ADDRESS||357 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z7|
|CONTACT NUMBER||[email protected] |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Tuesday 10 AM – 6 PM |
Wednesday to Friday 10 AM – 6.30 PM
Saturdays 9.30 AM – 5 PM
Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM
Epicuria has been proudly serving delicious artisanal food in the Ottawa region for over three decades now. Aside from its catering services, the company also has a food shop carrying frozen meals and weekly prepared menus.
It’s a small company that is big on creative meals and how it serves them up. Aside from social events, Epicuria can also whip up corporate catered meals and barbecues because it believes that a well-fed team is a productive one.
Customers can also order food online for convenience and safety. This option is extra appealing for those who might be too busy to make time to cook healthy, great-tasting meals on a daily basis.
What’s great about Epicuria is how its chefs and kitchen staff go out of their way to accommodate even the strictest dietary considerations. Their meals are truly for everyone: vegans, vegetarians, seniors, and those who need allergen and gluten-free options.
See how past clients liked Epicuria’s food and services:
“We ordered multiple dishes for a family event. The food and presentation were delicious and amazing! Every dish came with a sauce in little mason jars. Also, the food came on lovely wooden serving trays.” – Carol Pihlainen
“Epicuria catered my retirement party at home on the weekend. All of our guests enjoyed the food and were very impressed by the presentation on the platters. I would do it all over again!” – Louise Frere
2. Tulips and Maple, Inc.
|SERVICES||Catering, wedding planning, home entertaining, corporate events|
|ADDRESS||1701 Woodroffe Road Ottawa, ON, Canada K2G 0C4|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613.723.7103 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM |
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Tulips & Maple, Inc. goes beyond catering for momentous occasions. The company can also plan and organize for clients (and calls it “catertaining”) which is a convenient way to ensure a seamlessly planned event.
It can cater for corporate events and private dinners or functions, too. Even the most off-beat themes can be accommodated, with the team ready and able to recommend other good service providers like cake-makers, decorators, and events DJs.
But its catertaining clientele mostly revolves around wedding planning and food preparation. Those who hired Tulip & Maple (as well as their guests) are generally satisfied and happy about how the food tastes, is presented and served up by the catering team.
The quality of its food and professional service is what really sets Tulips & Maple apart. As one satisfied customer described it: “Every cycle of food was timed perfectly and served at the right temperatures.”
Read the following client feedback for Tulips & Maple, Inc.:
“This company has a very clear understanding of what it means to produce high-quality food and service. I highly recommend Tulips and Maple for any event, especially weddings! I have had the privilege of enjoying their creations several times and have always been left smiling. Can’t wait for the next event!” – Dianna Hardy
“We are so happy to have Tulips and Maple cater our wedding this past July 2017. Their team is incredibly professional, definitely one of the best ones in the City of Ottawa. Cameron was especially helpful and went above and beyond what was expected. Their team on our wedding day was incredible. All of our guests were very impressed by the service, food and presentation.” – Janine Soriano
3. Culinary Conspiracy
|SERVICES||Ready made meals, gourmet and beverage catering, corporate events planning|
|ADDRESS||3 -1460 Cyrville Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 3L9|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613-241-3126 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 8 AM – 6 PM |
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays
Culinary Conspiracy is a full-service catering company that also organizes major social events and private parties for customers. It’s partnered with notable venues in Ottawa so clients can enjoy one-stop-shop convenience for their special events.
It has a downloadable menu sample list with each food item or meal thoroughly described for ingredients, possible allergens, price per person, and other important details. There are different menus for graze platters, spring and summer offerings, weddings, and cocktail reception specials.
The cocktail reception menus stand out particularly for their imaginative warm or cold selection of hors d’oeuvres and action stations. These stations give guests options of either having a carving chef present (delis and meats) or as an interactive booth (for sushi, tacos, etc.).
Culinary Conspiracy also sells ready-made feels that are ready to heat by stovetop, microwave, or oven. Each meal is individually packed for convenience.
The downside? There’s a minimum order of ten ready-made meals to make it worth the company’s while to produce!
The following clients have good things to say about Culinary Conspiracy:
“In August I and my wife had a wedding in our backyard, Moishe and his team took on the challenge of preparing a wedding with covid restrictions and did an amazing job. First Moishe was willing to update the menu numerous times and work with us to make our perfect menu, secondly, his team was able to get us anything we requested when it came to the rental equipment. During the event he and his team were exceptional, there wasn’t a moment we felt like we or our guests needed anything. Amazing service if we host any big events in the future we will for sure do it with you guys.” – Bojan Antic
“Recently attended a wedding that culinary conspiracy catered. The menu had options suitable for every type of guest. The appetizers were delicious, the mains were filling and served hot, and the desserts were decadent and varied. The staff were accommodating, responsive and efficient as well. Great service, food and all-around experience & would recommend.” – Kat VCB
4. Lolacher’s Catering
|SERVICES||Catering and menu planning for business luncheons, official openings, conventions|
|ADDRESS||1620 Michael Street Ottawa ON K1B 3T7|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613.741.2800 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Sales and catering by appointment |
Office hours 8.30 AM – 5 PM
Lolacher’s Catering has been catering for special events in Ottawa since 1963. The company can accommodate every occasion from intimate gatherings to huge banquets with hundreds of guests.
There are several menus offered up on the website (which honestly could do with some updating, design-wise). Potential clients can choose from breakfast and brunch offerings, BBQ buffet, entrees and dinners, light and special luncheon buffets, special hot and cold buffets, buffet or reception, and even seasonal menus.
The food items are the comfortable, hearty kind that are considered safe rather than adventurous. This makes Lolacher’s Catering ideal for those who love homemade type meals rather than for people looking for off-beat or artisanal cuisine.
The great news is that meals can be customized to accommodate certain dietary restrictions and preferences. The final invoice may or may not be affected by these custom requests, depending on how many people need special diets and if the ingredients are hard to come by.
Read the following client feedback for Lolacher’s Catering:
“To the Owner and staff of Lolacher’s Catering:
On behalf of our family, I would like to compliment Lolacher’s on your service. All the food was outstanding – the sandwiches were still moist and fresh tasting 3 days later. Everyone made comments as to how good the food was. Thank you.” – H. Bent
We have now partnered with Lolachers catering for the past 11 years. They have consistently offered our guests quality menu items, flexibility, professionalism and most importantly to us, wonderful service. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you for many years to come.” – Kevin Osborne
|SERVICES||Catering, customized personal orders, private chef meal prep services and dinner parties, weekly meal services, grab and go shop|
|ADDRESS||1310 Woodward Ave Ottawa, ON K1Z 7V8|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613-724-1202 |
|OPERATING HOURS||By appointment only|
MMMChef focuses on holistic food for its catering, meal service, and custom order services. It takes pride in being able to provide real whole foods which are sourced ethically and locally (nothing beyond a hundred kilometres of the Ottawa region).
It was voted Ottawa Faces Magazine’s 2020 Favourite Meal Service. The same magazine voted Daniela, the force behind the company, as 2019’s Favourite Chef.
For those who prefer deliciously nourishing meals prepared and served up in their private homes, Daniela also does personal chef services and on-site intimate dinner catering. The team can also arrange private cooking classes, workshops, and demo events.
Aside from providing nourishing snacks, MMMChef Kitchen & Cafe will also serve dairy-free “milk”, cold-pressed juices, bone broths, fermented food, cappuccinos and espressos, and pantry staples.
The company plans to augment its catering and custom order services with a kitchen and cafe on Woodward Avenue soon.
See how past customers liked MMMChef’s food and services:
“We were treated to a beautiful meal by MMMChef last night, cooked onsite at my parents’ place and served by the pool. Our meal was delicious, lovely and such a treat for all 25 guests!” – Julie Symonds
“We had Daniella cook for our small 10 person baby sprinkle and she absolutely went above and beyond. Her food was amazing and she was a pleasure to have around. She even saved our cake for us when it fell over. Stepped in and took over, fixed it and re-decorated it so we could still enjoy it. All food intolerances and preferences were accommodated in the perfect way. Highly recommend using her!” – Mandy Elsaadi
FAQs About Catering Services in Ottawa
Now that you have an idea where to get the best catering services in Ottawa, we hope your next special occasion or event will have the kind of high-quality food and services you deserve.
If you think we left out a notable catering company, please send us a message so we can review them, too.
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