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Catering in Oakland, CA,

Blue Heron Catering, Inc.

3301-3303 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA, CA
Services: Catering | Login to save vendor
(510) 533-0781
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 15 Reviews


    Rhys

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Blue Heron to cater our wedding this past March. We found them through our venue's preferred provider list, but we could not have been happier with the results. The menu options we had to choose from for our tasting were varied, and they had plenty of options available for alternative diets. Jessica was a pleasure to work with and she really knows her stuff and is very organized. The food was excellent and we received many compliments on the food and service (the oyster bar was a big hit!). One reason we selected Blue Heron is that they were up front with their pricing and didn't try to play the ridiculous "cat and mouse" game with the budget that many other caterers we requested quotes from seemed to play. Catering a large event can be stressful and time-consuming, but Blue Heron was a pleasure to work with and extremely professional. We recommend them for any event.

    James

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  • Blue Heron was wonderful to work with for our wedding. The food was fantastic and there seemed to be a never ending supply of it. They were able to come up with a vegetarian menu that even made our avid meat eater guests happy. I highly recommend them.

    jessica

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    5 out of 5
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  • Blue Heron is by far my favorite caterer in the East Bay. They have the most amazing employees, they are extremely warm and personable, and then suddenly you feel like you are at home, in your mother’s kitchen. Their Chef, Humberto’s is incredible. His creations are so fresh, delicious, flavorful, and powerful. It is like that moment in the movie “Ratatouille” when the cynical inspector tries Remy’s (the rat) cooking for the first time. They can create anything but for us, except obviously a thousand times better! In addition, my fiancé and I loved Elizabeth. Elizabeth is extremely well oriented, logistically talented, thorough and understood my needs, even well before I knew exactly what I needed. She is extremely experienced with weddings and will enhance your day with her recommendations and insights. She is a jack of all traits. There were aspects about my wedding day and orchestrating dining which I was unsure of or did not foresee and Elizabeth was on it. She was r... Read more

    User4597231

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    5 out of 5
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  • I interviewed eight caterers and Blue Heron is by far my favorite caterer in the East Bay. They have the most amazing employees, they are extremely warm and personable, and then suddenly you feel like you are at home, in your mother's kitchen. Their Chef, Humberto's is incredible. His creations are so fresh, delicious, flavorful, and powerful. It is like that moment in the movie "Ratatouille" when the cynical inspector tries Remy's (the rat) cooking for the first time and it brings him back to his long term memories in his hometown province. They can create anything but for us, we loved the home cooked meal feeling, except theirs is obviously a thousand times better! In addition, my fiancé and I loved Elizabeth. Elizabeth is extremely well oriented, logistically talented, thorough and understood my needs, even well before I knew exactly what I needed. She is extremely experienced with weddings and will enhance your day with her recommendations and insights. She is a jack of all tra... Read more

    Ruth

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    5 out of 5
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  • Nickie and the rest of the Blue Heron team were very helpful, from our initial tasting through setting up before and cleaning up after the reception. They were great with planning help, and took care of all of the details of renting linens, dishware, etc. I initially chose them because of their high "green" ratings, but they were great in other areas as well.

    Colette

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    5 out of 5
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  • Blue Heron Catering provided a vegetarian feast at our wedding reception. All of our guests (few of whom were vegetarians) positively raved about the food. While keeping our guests fed with tasty food is the primary job for a wedding caterer, Blue Heron also excelled at all the other tasks set before them, including bartending. Trish at Blue Heron took us from the tastings, through design and to the delivery. She provided a lot of help beyond the catering: from the timing of our day, coordinating a number of conflicting vendor schedules, helping with colors, wines and lighting. Trish also took care of coordinating with our other vendors (the facility, DJ, florist, baker). We were really grateful to have someone experienced managing all of that. Trish and Blue Heron were easy to keep in contact with, both through email and by phone and were very accommodating of our schedules. On top of all this was the amazing food they put together for us and one hundred ... Read more

    Janet

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    5 out of 5
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  • I love these people! They are so flexible. Nothing phases them! The food and presentation are wonderful. I think they could make anything!

    Elizabeth

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • After the quality of the food, the most important aspects to a successful caterer in my opinion is probably turning up on time and working 'invisibly' to make your event happen. Blue Heron scored on all these counts, providing us with the most amazing and delicious wedding luncheon (banquet!) and working hard to make it all happen 'behind-the-scenes', seemingly effortlessly. We liked Trish (our Blue Heron coordinator) from the first moment that we met her, and in subsequent emails, meetings and discussions, we really felt that she understood what we wanted for our special day and what aspects of the meal were most important to us. We had a very small wedding, just 16 guests and us, and we wanted to celebrate with a sumptuous, 4 or 5 or was it 6-course sit-down meal following our ceremony, to be hosted in our neighbor's home. We wanted a menu that was seasonal, sourced locally as far as possible, using organic ingredients and, importantly, a "happy pig" for the pork. Trish was ext... Read more

    Jennifer

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  • Great food. Everything was delicious. We had about 10 more people than we thought and Blue Heron had enough for everyone! We're very pleased with them.

    shawna

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  • Blu Heron provided outstanding food and service. My husband and I are vegan and they worked with us to create a menu that would please everyone. What I am knocking them for, however is that for $12000 I got a lousy vegan cupcake from whole foods and the beef ran out before everyone got some.

    Patricia

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  • Blue Heron isn't the cheapest option around, but they were great. They've done a million weddings, so they really have their act together. They're detail-oriented, they really know how to make a bride feel secure. Trish, the coordinator assigned to manage our event, was really on top of things. She worked with my wedding planner to sort out all details, visited the location a few times on her own (without my asking), and attended a final meeting with me and my planner, basically just to assure me that all systems were go.Blue Heron also catered our engagement party, incidentally, which my mother-in-law planned. The hors-doevres were a hit, the bartender was friendly, and the wait staff was constantly circulating.l highly recommend Blue Heron. The food's delicious, the staff attentive and experienced, and I think the price tag's worth the peace of mind in knowing that the presentation will be flawless and the details handled. My only complaint is that they need 11/2 hours fo... Read more

    Ashli

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    4.5 out of 5
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  • I would give my highest recommendation to Blue Heron. They did a fantastic job with the food at our reception. Being a vegan I wanted a good mix of vegan and non vegan hors devours. They were able to offer me plenty of variety within my constraints of budget and food types. I then let my mom handle most of the coordination with these folks. At the end of the day, the staff was efficient and very professional and the food was well presented and tasted great - I could not have asked for more.

    Alana

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  • Though they were a little pricey for my budget I absolutley loved everything about this company. They have great service, are very professional, and are pretty flexable.The staff was wonderful and I don't think there was one thing I didn't like.

    Dorothy

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • They had a very interesting selection of dishes to choose from and worked closely with us to customize a menu to meet our needs. In addition to the food, they worked with us to set up our floorplan at Casa de la Vista and also helped us to pick out the napkins, tablecloths, and dishes that ended up looking beautifully coordinated at the reception. The food itself was presented well and tasted great. My only complaint is that we had expected that the food tables would be decorated more elegantly, with flowers or some other decorations, instead of the food just being on top of raised tablecloths.

    Beth

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • We chose Blue Heron because I actually remembered the food at one friend's wedding being delicious and when I asked her who her caterer was, she told us about Blue Heron. The staff at Blue Heron were a delight to work with from start to finish. They made our wedding so much easier because they knew exactly what they were doing. Elizabeth at Blue Heron kept us to our timeline and thought of everything. She even knew which corner of the reception hall was best to put the cake for the spectacular views from the window! They are worth every penny you spend!

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