The 5 Best Wedding Catering in Edmonton

Best Wedding Catering in Edmonton

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by Emma Fraser

Congratulations on your engagement! If you’re starting to make arrangements for your special day, one of the things you’ll be looking for is a caterer to handle your reception. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place!

We took a look at all the caterers in Edmonton and narrowed down our list to feature those who have the best menus, services, reputations, and testimonials.

Are you ready to start planning the big day? Then let’s take a look at the best wedding caterers in Edmonton.

How Much Does Wedding Catering Cost in Edmonton?

Before you even start picking out your food choices, we need to go over how much this will all cost.

Depending on the caterer that you go with, we’ve found the average price to be around $30 per person for either a plated menu or buffet-style service. This usually includes at the very least a three-course meal and doesn’t include beverages.

We’ve summarized our picks of the best offerings from the caterers on our list in the table below. When possible, we included both a plated and a buffet option for each.

CompanyDescriptionPrice Per Person
Sawmill Banquet & CateringGold Standard Customized Dinner Buffet
(with Alberta “AAA” Prime Rib Chef-Carved Meat)
 
●     Baked Artisan & Gluten-Free Buns with Creamery Butter
●     Five ( 5 ) Choices From Salads / Cold Selections
●     Four ( 4 ) Choices From Entreé Selections
●     Choice From Chef-Carved Meat Feature
●     One ( 1 ) Choice From Potato Selections
●     One ( 1 ) Choice From Rice Selections
●     Steamed Seasonal Vegetables with Fresh Herbs
●     Assorted Dessert Squares & Sweets, Fresh Fruit Cocktail, and Trifle
●     Coffee – Tea – Hot Chocolate Station
$50.00
Nak’s Bistro & CateringB – Plate Service
●     1 Primary Entrée
●     1 Secondary Entrée
●     1 Potato / Rice
●     1 Vegetable
●     2 Salads
●     1 Dessert
Dinner Rolls
$39.95
D – Buffet Service
●     1 Primary Entrée
●     2 Secondary Entrées
●     1 Potato / Rice
●     2 Vegetables
●     3 Salads
●     1 Dessert
Dinner Rolls
$30.95
Mercer’s CateringPlated Dinner
 
●     Choice of Two Entrées
●     Roasted Potatoes or Rice Pilaf
●     Choice of two salads
●     Fresh Seasonal Hot Vegetables
●     Fresh Buns and Butter
●     Mercer’s Dessert Platter
Fresh Fruit Platter
$30.25
Full Service Dinner Buffet
●     Choice of Two Entrées
●     Roasted Potatoes or Rice Pilaf
●     Chef’s Choice of Hot Seasonal Vegetables
●     Mercer’s Caesar Salad
●     Mediterranean Pasta Salad
●     Fresh Buns and Butter
●     Mercer’s Dessert Platter
Fresh Fruit Platter
$33.25
Prairie CateringCharcuterie (Serves 12 people)$60.00
Standard Buffet
●     Assorted bread and rolls with butter or pickles and preserves
●     Choice of two salads
●     Choice of two sides
One Protein
$26.00
Backyard BBQ Buffet
●     Assorted bread and rolls with butter or pickles and preserves
●     Choice of three salads
●     Choice of three sides
One Protein
$32.00
A Cappella Catering Co.Premium Buffet Dinner
●     Choice of four (4) salads:
●     Choice of one (1) Vegetable
●     Choice of one (1) starch:
●     Choice of two (2) proteins:
●     Includes:
●     Artisanal Rolls with Butter
●     Chef’s Choice of Seasonal Vegetables
$27.50

Some caterers include the labour cost of staff to serve at your event (servers, bartenders and chefs) while others will charge separately. They may also have fees for any additional equipment that may be needed, as shown in the table below.

Servers$25 per hour
Bartenders$30 per hour
Chef$35 per hour
6’ Round Table $21.00
90” Round Table Cloth$13.00
Cushioned Chair $8.00
Standard Linen Napkin$0.95
10.5” China Dinner Plate$0.65
Standard Glassware $0.55
Knife / Fork Roll-Up$0.95

The Best Wedding Catering in Edmonton

Now that you know how much your catering will cost, we can now take a look at our picks for the top wedding caterers in Edmonton.

1.   Sawmill Banquet and Catering

Sawmill Banquet & Catering's Homepage
Source: Sawmill Banquet & Catering
SERVICESWeddings, Cocktail Receptions, Home Catering, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BBQ, Dessert, Late Lunch Options
WEBSITEhttps://sawmillcatering.ca/
ADDRESS12165 – Fort Road NW, Edmonton, AB  T5B 4H2
CONTACT DETAILSPaul Doucette, General Manager
Telephone: (780) 468-4115
Mobile: (780) 818-3659
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Sawmill Restaurant Group was first established in November of 1976 by Tom Goodchild. This Edmonton-based company has received multiple recognitions over the years, including enRoute’s Top 100 restaurants in Canada.

They are best known for Sawmill Prime Rib & Steakhouse, a full-service restaurant with two locations in Edmonton. If you’d like to have a sneak peek of their cuisine before your reception, we highly suggest dining here first and try out their AAA Rib Eye or Prime Rib.

On the other hand, Sawmill Catering & Banquet Services is their catering department that’s capable of serving any group size ranging from a casual 25 people up to 5,000 guests at any location. Their diverse menu features international cuisines, which means that you’ll probably find something you’ll like here no matter where you come from or what your flavour profile is.

They also have gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options to ensure that everybody on your guest list can enjoy their creations. However, we think their vast menu selections can either be hit or miss—it can please those who want diversity or turn off those who are less patient.

You’ll probably need to set aside more than a few days to pour over their menu since their dinner salad and cold menu alone consists of 48 different variations, ranging from a Traditional Greek Salad to a Filipino Style Chicken and Pineapple Macaroni Pasta Salad.

However, their Gold Standard Customized Dinner Buffet is the highlight here and the range of salad choices make sense since you can choose up to five for this menu.  We recommend going for their signature chef-carved AAA Prime Rib and Roast Beef.

In the end, their long list of offerings is meant to encourage clients to customize their menu by mixing and matching the various dishes. If your guests are picky eaters or have different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, then Sawmill Catering & Banquet Services is the choice for you.

Pros

  • Offers a wide selection of cuisines
  • Can enhance or upgrade desserts in buffet dinner menu
  • Offers equipment rentals as per your needs

Cons

  • Long list of choices may turn off to some people
  • Children between 4-12 years old are charged for buffet menu
  • Minimum of 50 persons for dinner buffets

Customer Reviews

Sawmill Banquet and Catering is known for its accommodating customer service and quality food. Larissa M, a customer, shares her story:

“THANK YOU Paul and Melissa for being so friendly and accommodating during this time! Very very professional and I know their quality of food is fantastic! Can’t go wrong with the sawmill.”

Amanda Nguyen, another client, had her wedding catered by Sawmill Banquet and Catering. She writes:

“We had the Sawmill come out and help cater our wedding and it was the best decision. Paul the manager was overly accommodating, made sure everything ran smoothly and best of all the whole day went off without a hitch because of the amazing staff.”

2.   Mercer’s Catering

Mercer’s Catering's Homepage
Source: Mercer’s Catering
SERVICESFull-Service Catering, Drop-Off Catering, Buffet, Plated Meals, Individual Packaged Meals, Breakfast, Lunch & Casual Dinners, Formal Dinners, Appetizers, Weddings, Gala Events, Christmas Parties, Beverage Services, Corporate Events, Memorials, Special Occasions, BBQs
WEBSITEhttps://www.mercerscatering.com/
ADDRESS12514 – 124 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5L 0N5
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 431-0972    
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Mercer’s Catering was established in 1991 by Jill Mercer with the simple goal of providing creative catered cuisine. From its simple start as a one-woman show to over 50 employees doing 4,000 events per year, Mercer’s has cemented itself as one of Edmonton’s premier catering companies.

They’ve won several awards such as the 2018 Top Choice Mark of Excellence winner and the 2017 Edmonton Event Award for Best Caterer. Currently, they’re the official catering company for formal events held by the Alberta Government.

Today, the culinary team is led by Executive Chef Suran Govender in their off-site kitchen. During your event, you’ll have a dedicated team of chefs and servers with a supervisor on-site to ensure that your wedding runs smoothly.

As an Edmonton-based business that became successful, Mercer’s aims to provide the same kind of support to their fellow residents by sourcing exclusively within the city. Whether it’s organic local produce or tent rental referrals, they’ll even provide you with a list of local venues you can have your reception in.

What we like about Mercer’s is their menu flexibility—not only do you get to mix and match menu items, you can also request a special item or create your customized menu. They’re up to the challenge and will accommodate what you want as best they can.

Furthermore, even though their minimum requirement for an event is 12 people, they are willing to accommodate smaller groups. For these intimate settings, you can opt for Mercer’s drop-off non-staffed service, although they’ll still assemble the chafing dishes and set up the food for you.

Their wedding packages are tailored to suit your needs and will be emailed to you after your initial consultation. We like that Mercer’s offers “contemporary food stations” for wedding rehearsals, consisting of casual cuisines such as a Hotdog Station, Perogy Poutine Station, and a Taco Bar, just to name a few.

We’re also a big fan of Mercer’s commitment to implementing eco-friendly systems in their business model and try to give back to their community.  One example is that any leftover food from events is donated to either The Bissell Centre, The Mustard Seed Community Support Centre, or the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Pros

  • Can accommodate small intimate groups of less than 12 people
  • Wedding menu packages are customized per couple
  • Offers contemporary food stations for wedding rehearsals

Cons

  • Special meals for dietary requirements has additional cost
  • Limited menu for drop-offs or non-staffed catering
  • Requires $1,000 deposit to secure your preferred date

Customer Reviews

Mercer’s is known for their “can-do” attitude and will give their all to make every catering event the best it can be. Judy was a client and praises Mercer’s for their hard work as she says:

“The food was delicious and there was a great variety…You hit the ground running, needing no help and made it extremely easy for us to just enjoy the event. Very professional and conscientious. The planning was extremely easy. Just a few emails back and forth to finalize. We look forward to hiring you again for future events.”

Justin is also another customer and was a fan of Mercer’s smooth operations as he shares:

“Just wanted to send you an email and thank you for your service. The service was amazing, nothing but good things to say about you guys. They made everything go so smooth and were so friendly and top notch people. I will recommend Mercer’s to anyone who needs catering. Fantastic service.”

3.   A Cappella Catering Co.

A Capella Catering Co.'s Homepage
Source: A Capella Catering Co.
SERVICESTake & Bake Meals, Individual Meals, Self Serve Reception Boxes Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner, Plate Served Dinners, Hors D’oeuvres, Barbeque, Desserts, Specialty Menus, Weddings, Break Out Snacks
WEBSITEhttps://www.acappellacatering.com/
ADDRESS12105 120 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4K4
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 454-2642
Fax: (780) 454-2748
Email: [email protected]
 
Media & Partnership Inquiries
Jessie Cayabo
Bonafide Media & PR
[email protected]

A Cappella Catering Co. was established in 1991 by Todd Rutter and has been serving its cuisine in Edmonton for over 30 years. Since its inception, it has grown to over 100 employees and 19 delivery vans, with a menu that’s brimming with over 200 selections.

Whether you’re looking for a casual buffet, posh butler-style service, or even a self-serve food truck, there’s plenty of options to make sure your reception is the event of your dreams. Whether you’re hosting a casual office lunch or a wedding with over 500 guests, A Capella Catering Co. can cater to your needs. 

We like A Capella Catering Co. because Todd Rutter is hands-on and still involved in daily operations, so you’ll probably see him at your reception checking that their high standards are being upheld. From the planning stages until your last guest has gone home, you can expect the highest level of care with this company.

A Capella Catering Co. offers all-inclusive wedding packages with a wide selection of menu items for you to choose from. Alternatively, you can modify it to suit your preferences or even create your own customized menu upon request.

The good news is that their wedding packages already include linen, dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, coffee/tea, and water service.  Staff will also be available ‘round the clock during your reception to make sure your guests are properly taken care of.

We also like that you can avail of individual menus for each stage of the wedding, such as the stag party, rehearsal dinner, or even the post-wedding breakfast. If you want to make it an even more memorable experience, we highly recommend renting their Curbside Food Truck for self-serve hearty meals.

Pros

  • Can customize wedding packages
  • Hands-on owner
  • Can rent their Curbside Food Truck

Cons

  • Modifying a menu package will incur extra fees
  • Linens included in package may not suit your taste
  • No liquor or bar services

Customer Reviews

A Capella Catering Co takes pride in its fusion cuisine which is also a hit with their customers.

Mara, a client, was impressed with the quality of food and table arrangements She shares her experience:

“Thanking you for the exceptional, fresh food yesterday. It definitely fulfilled our expectations. Everything was spectacular! The food supply was sufficient, we did not have many leftovers. The California rolls and turkey spinach wraps were a  hit and were devoured quickly. The quality of the food was impressive, everything was flavored well and was arranged aesthetically. I was personally very impressed at how everything was extremely fresh.”

Melissa, another customer, was amazed at the generous servings and A Capella Catering Co’s service. She comments:

“Everyone really enjoyed the dinner, your team did an amazing job. The roast beef and the broccoli salad were huge hits! We had more than enough food for everyone. We are still going through the leftovers. The quality of the meal was phenomenal. We had no complaints and many of our guests went for seconds and thirds.  Service was on time, and very professional. 5/5 You organization did a amazing job!”

4.   Nak’s Bistro & Catering

Nak’s Bistro & Catering's Homepage
Source: Nak’s Bistro & Catering
SERVICESEvery Occasion Menus, Hot/Cold Lunch Menus, Summer Barbecue Menu, Christmas Menu, Bistro Menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.nakscatering.com/
ADDRESS10451 172 Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T5S 1K9
CONTACT DETAILSCatering: (780) 719 – 8187
Bistro: (780) 489-1915
Email: [email protected]

Established in Edmonton in 1995, NAK’s Bistro & Catering is a family-run business offering full-service catering for any occasion. Their world-class menu is created by Chef Nishar Ahamed, whose experiences abroad have inspired his bold array of international flavours.

Featuring Mediterranean, Asian, South Pacific, Caribbean, and South American cuisines, NAK’s Catering has over 20 years of experience serving a variety of guests including international sports teams and diplomats.

We like NAK’S because their menu is diverse but offers just enough choices to make it worthwhile. Whether you choose an Aged Ribeye Wrapped in Bacon as your main or Kahlua Slow-Roasted Pork as your second entreé, you won’t have a difficult time customizing your menu here.

They have gluten-free options as well but since they don’t have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, you’ll need to be prepared that some of your food may still contain small traces. However, NAK’s does take every precaution possible to ensure your safety.

Now, to complete your wedding reception, you’ll probably want to have alcoholic drinks available for your guests. Here at NAK’s, you can either supply the drinks yourself and hire their bartender, avail of a complete bar setup, or create a customized liquor menu along with NAK’s.

Pros

  • Offers customized bar menu
  • Unique international flavours fused together
  • Varied selection of choices

Cons

  • Cutlery and linen is an additional charge
  • Gluten-free dishes prepared in same area as other menu items
  • Any special menu requests have additional fees

Customer Reviews

NAK’s has years of experience catering weddings and has always received praise for their efforts. Ilana Young, one of their clients, was ecstatic at how her reception turned out as she writes:

“We had NAKS cater our wedding and I couldn’t have been happier!! The food and service were phenomenal. From coming the day before to see where to set up, to the best steak I’ve ever had, to helping my mum cut up the wedding cake. Just outstanding. All of our guests were raving about the food all night and asking who had made it so they could hire them. I hands down recommend them to any bride. 10/10.”

Stephanie Kirk, a wedding and event planner, always recommends NAKS to her clients because of their food and service. She shares:

“I have worked with NAKS and the head chef now a handful of times. I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU, as NAKS is my number 1 recommendation for catering services, Not only is the head chef pleasant, amazingly nice, and easy going, he does nothing but impress me every single time! I will continue to send Brides and Grooms to NAKS over and over again as I adore working with them.”

5.   Prairie Catering

Prairie Catering's Homepage
Source: Prairie Catering
SERVICESFull-Service Catering, Breakfast (Group & Individual), Deli Tray, Boxed Lunch, Sandwiches, Working Lunch, Buffet, Backyard BBQ, Desserts, Receptions & Service, Charcuterie, Live Stations,
WEBSITEhttps://www.prairiecatering.ca/
ADDRESS2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. Edmonton, AB, T5J 2E5
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 222-9579

With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Prairie Catering provides both catering and event planning in Edmonton. Whether you want an elegant plated event or a more casual celebration with a buffet, they’ve got you covered.

They are also the exclusive caterer of the Alberta Gallery of Art, providing the space with their culinary creations and event organizing services. There are rentable spaces in the building which can be used for weddings which can be booked easily through Prairie Catering.

No matter what location you choose for your reception, this caterer and event organizer can breathe life into any space and bring your vision to fruition. They can even provide audio-visual equipment, invitations, tokens, and even an on-site kitchen!

Prairie Catering Co. has a plated and ala carte menu that’s generally centred on light meals and finger foods as opposed to protein-packed plates. If you want to get your protein fix, we suggest going for their Backyard BBQ menu where you can order a whole hog that can be cooked on-site for an extra fee to satisfy the palettes of your carnivorous guests.

With a menu that’s filled with salads and sandwiches, one of their standout dishes includes their famous Charcuterie board which can feed a dozen people. Their range of breakfast options is also known for its generous servings and should be more than enough to jumpstart your day after your wedding hangover.

Pros

  • Offers a whole hog that can be barbecued on-site
  • Wide selection for the Charcuterie board
  • Can organize entire events

Cons

  • Focuses on light meals and finger foods
  • Only two protein choices available for buffet menu

Customer Reviews

With years of experience, Prairie Catering is a seasoned professional in handling catering and events. Justin Weleschuck enjoyed his interaction with the team at Prairie Catering as he shares:

“The team was absolutely amazing, from our first meeting to figure things out to the day of, they were quick to respond and worked with us to make the event as awesome as possible.

Time and time again while working together they went above and beyond. The food was top notch, service was stellar and we could not have asked for anything more. Perfect all around!”

JM, another client, had his wedding catered by Prairie Catering as he shares:

“Prairie did an awesome job for our wedding. We had so many compliments on the food. The staff they provided were absolutely top shelf. Bartenders and servers…The chef Dani is beyond amazing! Best baked beans I have ever had! Thanks Prairie. We couldn’t have done it without you!”

FAQs about the Best Wedding Catering in Edmonton


And now we’ve come to the end of our list of the best caterers in Edmonton that can handle your wedding. We hope you were able to find a caterer from this list!

If we missed a caterer that you think should be on our list, drop us a line, and we’ll make sure to check it out!

Are you ready for your big day? If you’re still in the planning phase for your wedding and need a little help, you may want to check this list of the best wedding planners in Edmonton.