Maravela's catered our wedding and they were AMAZING! My husband and I could not believe the quality you get for such a great price. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. Everyone at our wedding was raving about our food. My one regret was not relaxing enough to eat more of it ourselves!! Can not recommend their services enough! I am so thankful for the way they made our wedding day even better! You will not regret booking them!!! More...
We don't know where to begin to describe how INCREDIBLE Lorenzo and his entire Maravela's team are! They go above and beyond for their clients from start to finish. You will instantly receive a personal touch from them and truly feel special. Throughout our entire wedding planning process, we were constantly surprised with how much Maravela's did for us. Along with their AMAZING hospitality, you will be guaranteed to have DELICIOUS food and PHENOMENAL service! Our guests are still raving about our meal choices and how well they were taken care of throughout the night by the bartenders and servers! Maravela's was also so considerate when it came to food allergies and restrictions! Thank you so much for making our day PERFECT! We are a PROUD Maravela's Couple! More...
Very nice place, caterers and location.
Food was good parking is very convenient and services great I recommend it
Wedding reception location is great
Their food is amazing and great service.
This place wAs great
The staff is always friendly. The service is excellent. The food is always delicious.
I went to a Cinco de Mayo luncheon with my mother and her best friend and her daughter and could not believe the service we wanted for nothing the food was excellent the service was excellent the people were very sociable elgible can't say much more
LOVE Maravella's! Excellent food, excellent staff, excellent venue!!!! Definitely will not disappoint you!
We had our wedding reception here in 1990, and we still go back for brunch. Great food and great service!
Thank you Maravela’s! I had my baby shower back in October and I could not have asked for a better day. With 100+ guests, the staff worked so hard to ensure everyone had a great time. The food was outstanding! Thank you for making the special day that much more special! More...
Awesome food. Generous portions. The wait staff is attentive. Drinks are stiff! All good.
Delightful afternoon tea.
They have awesome food and the staff are very nice
Went for a tasting for a wedding. Everything was wonderful.
Debra Van Maldegiam
Great food and great service.
Decent venue for a wedding.
Jeanette C Hope
Absolutely fantastic Easter brunch. About 4 times the number of items compared to where we went last year. Everything was cooked perfectly. Staff was awesome. Best cream puffs ever. Thank you. More...
Been going here for years for Easter and also have attended many showers, receptions, reunions and New Years Eve celebrations. Very impressed at each and every event!! More...
I love this place the service is excellent the food is amazing I highly recommend this place
Overall a great place to have any event such as weddings, wakes, 15's, etc. A very acodomating staff, and as well as great food.
Excelente Servicio Muy Bonito El Salón
Unfortunately I attended an after Funeral event here and the ocassion was rather solemn as we were for the most part focused on our dearly departed reborn into ever lasting life. But I can say the service was excellent and the food buffet was delicious and plentiful. I really enjoyed the chicken which was in a great sauce, plus a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream for desert. More...
Great venue & catering for Ducks Unlimited Chain o Lakes dinner.
The food excellent and the servers are all attentive to everyone
Great food good service
I have booked many functions at Maravela’s and also have attended large a small events there. The new owners do a great job with working with you to make sure you are satisfied. Good food, great variety to choose from, very friendly staff. More...
Had a Xmas party for work her it was fun. Bar service was great and the food want bad either :)
Linda Kuper Mortensen
New Years Eve Celebration
Great New Years Eve parties!
We catered Maravela's for our work holiday party. The food arrived exactly on time and hot. They provided enough trays and silverware. We loved the food. The whole office was talking about it on Monday. More...
It's a good place
Wild game dinner was amazing
Just had my wedding ceremony yesterday, my big theme I wanted was brunch. Only a small few caterers would do breakfast food, but only maravelas would do French toast like I wanted. I cannot praise them enough, from the food to the service, to the linens and dishware, everything was perfect. More...
Perfect service really good food and really friendly people
Very good place to eat at.
We had a wonderful time and the food was great thank you Catholic charities.
Amazing food & service every time! Great place for parties, banquets, everything! Maybe just 1 suggestion- baby changing stations in both bathrooms is a must nowadays! Besides that- love coming here!
We had Maravela's catered for our sons wedding event. The food & staff were excellent! Everything went smoothly. It was a pleasure to work with both Lorenzo & Jodi. I would highly recommend them to cater any of your events. Thank you Maravela's :) More...
Excellent food and service. I was there for a 95th birthday party, and everything was just perfect.
Maravela's is awesome. We had them do our wedding off site. And they were nothing but patient, accommodating and super friendly. Patrick was awesome and super helpful and made the whole evening run smooth. The buffet was delicious so many compliments and just overall tasty. Lorenzo and Jodie was awesome in planning and changing little aspects of our contracts and everything turned out perfect. They offsite staff was amazing in cleaning up and prepping for the night. By far one of the best catering company's to work with for a wedding! Would definitely use them again. More...
Kiara Quiñonez Lyons
BEST WEDDING FOOD AND EVEN BETTER SERVICE. Thank you so so much for filling our wedding with so many positive vibes. Could not have done it without you!
Connie Booz Stephens
We had Maravela's cater our son's wedding. The food & staff were excellent! Lorenzo & Jodi are very courteous & helpful. I would highly recommend them to cater any event. Great Job! Thank you :) More...
Maravela's catering my wedding and they were fantastic and so amazing to work with! I did not have a wedding planner and was doing it all myself and they were so helpful throughout the process and the set up! I would use them a million times again and will highly recommend them to everyone! They truly are amazing and make your day so special! Thank you for all the help Maravela team! More...
Maravela's catering my wedding and they were fantastic and so amazing to work with! I did not have a wedding planner and was doing it all myself and they were so helpful throughout the process and the set up! I would use them a million times again and will highly recommend them to everyone! They truly are amazing and make your day so special! Thank you for all the help Maravela team! More...
Kimberly Kreml CMP
Kudos to the staff and the venue. My clients wedding went off without a hitch. The food was wonderful and the staff very attentive. I heard no complaints at all. I will certainly recommend this venue to others. Kim CMP More...
Good food. Great owners and helpers.
Amazing service and great food! Highly recommend this location for your next special event
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I've had 2 huge parties here within the last year and the food and service is ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL!! I was just here for their New Year's Eve party 2 nights ago, and this was the best dinner and drinks special that I've ever had before!! Certainty better than the last couple New Year's Eve plans that I've had!! Lorenzo and Adoldo run such a great business here and they truly care about their customers and they have such a superior staff that they really take pride in.I look forward to coming back here next year for New Year's Eve and any other possible parties and dinners that I can attend!! Thank you Maravela's for your excellent food and service!!-Matt Mabbitt More...
Go every year for New Years Eve... Liked the previous owners more... But it's still a great establishment.
Celebrated my dads 90th and had it catered by your restaurant...may I say the beef chicken and salads as well as desserts were supurb! Great job Spiro who cooked it all then helped set all up when you arrived and to Adolpho and Lorenzo who made it a success!! More...
The Mother's day brunch (2017) here was AWESOME at a GREAT price!We also held our FL themed retirement party here and we had nothing but rave reviews from our guests about the food, custom made adult beverages & service.If you host a party/reception at Maravela's and need accommodations for your guests, check out Cypress Resort or Petite Lake Resort (both on Petite Lake) which are nearby. Otherwise, the closest hotels are in Antioch. More...
Staff is extremely friendly and this venue is appropriate for all kinds of events. Highly recommend
Food was great and staff was very helpful and friendly!
Amazing catering and food. Also the people who worked there were fantastic.
Awesome food, very accommodating
Very good food and service.
I'm love this place
Good service great food
Great atmosphere, good food at a good price.
Amazing food and, great service.
Great place, very good food.
Excellent for group events
I know that this review is coming a little late, but my wife and I had our wedding reception here back in 2014. Maria made the whole experience incredible. From the very beginning she was a game changer and helped us plan the decorations, pick a cake (provided through the venue) and made certain that every aspect was absolutely perfect come our wedding day. On the day of, we had some people arrive that didn't RSVP and Maria immediately made certain that there were enough chairs and that they had a place to sit. This was on top of a bad crash between the church and the reception, to which Maria had cheese plates waiting for the guests that arrived early. The entire night was incredible - and the food was to die for. Every single guest at our wedding said that they loved the food. I highly recommend you visit Maria and Maravela's for any event you are planning. Thanks for making our night one that we won't ever forget. More...
Lorenzo, Adolfo, Jodi and their team are nothing less than AMAZING!!! Food has always been delicious and never ending. We had the most amazing wedding this weekend. Custom menus for our entire weekend. If you want a flawless party with all the details taken care of for you be sure to give them a call. You will NOT be disappinted. More...
Rosie Rampale Roncone
The food was great! Drinks mixed JUST RIGHT! And everyone was friendly and helpful! Thank you to all at Maravela's for making the Lakes Eagles Booster Bash Luau FABULOUS!
I was there for the mother/son superhero dance. The food was excellent!!!!!! A great variety that even my very picky 6 year old got his fill. He loved the mosstacoli. Great ice cream bar as well. More...
Great food, service, and very pleasant atmosphere! I have been coming to Marvela's for over 30 years and always pleased.
This is the best and ONLY PLACE to have your wedding, big party, or any kind of catering event in the area!! Lorenzo and Adoldo do an incredible job with giving the best, kindest service & care. They have the best food in town too and I always love and appreciate coming here.mplus their staff is 2nd to none and you can tell that people enjoy working here because everybody's always in a fun, upbeat happy mood!! #5STARS More...
I had the pleasure to get married in this venue and work with Lorenzo and his team. I had nothing but the most wonderful experience. Since meeting with Lorenzo, he showed he cared clearly wanted my wife and I to have the best wedding possible. He and his team certainly did throughout the entire event until we left the venue at the end of the reception! The food was amazing, and the arrangement of the venue was beautiful; many of the people who attended the wedding complemented those aspects also. If I had the chance to do my wedding again, it would definitely be in this venue wishing to have the opportunity to work with Lorenzo and his team. I will highly recommend this Maravela's to friends and family for our future events as my wife and I are beyond impressed with the service the people in this fine establishment provide. Thank you very much for everything Lorenzo EVERYONE in the team! I'm sure we will go back to your venue in the future for events events again! (that may include our own *wink wink*) More...
I absolutely love Maravela’s! I’ve attended events here since I was a kid. Now I get the chance to plan events and Maravela’s is always my first choice!!! Thank you to the hardworking employees at Maravela’s for making our events memorable! More...
Very fine single serving dairy creamers. I’ll be back. In one year.
Mayor Richard H. Hill
Maravela's always does an awesome job with their banquets and the food is delicious!
Attending a banquet here. FabulousVenue. Would highly recommend. I work with venues daily and their customer service is Great. .
My husband and I had Maravelas cater our wedding last night and they did a phenomenal job! The food was amazing, decorations were gorgeous, and the staff was pleasant, professional, and on top of everything! I couldn’t have ask for a better experience! Highly recommended!!! More...
So, I always had this view of Maravela's as being just an "okay" kind of catering/food provider. Boy was I wrong! When things with our first caterer went south, we sought out some other options. Maravela's offered the most fantastic and professional execution of our wedding on October 7th that I'm still in shock as to just how perfect it was. The food was delicious and they were able to accommodate my not being able to eat gluten! They even went as far as marking which food options were vegetarian and gluten free as we have a whole line of gluten intolerance that runs in the family. From the first contact we had with Maravela's to the food tasting with Lorenzo and the umpteen changes we had with Jodi, to the actual execution of the event with the amazing Patrick at the helm, everything was just stellar. I can't really say enough good about how fantastic a job the whole crew did. They were competitively priced, to boot!The head caterer, Patrick (who was as kind, respectful and attentive as they come) even came back during the last hour and a half of the night, long after food service was finished, to help us clean up the hall. The flexibility they offered was something that not many companies today do. For example, we were renting the Lake Villa VFW, which means we were responsible for all decorations. Even though it's not the "norm" for them, they allowed us to pick up all of our table linens the day before so we could get our decorating done the night before. The ability to do so meant we were able to relax (as much as possible) the morning of the wedding and not scramble to do eleventh hour decor finished. If you're looking for a company to do on-site catering, stop surfing now, pick up the phone and call Maravela's. You will NOT be disappointed.Thank you again from the newlyweds,Justin and Samantha E. More...
Celebrated my moms 70th birthday there today. The staff was very attentive to details and the service was great. The manager Lorenzo was super helpful. Great service and great value. Thanks!!! More...
We hired Maravela's for an in-home omelet bar. Chef Spiro was so fantastic, he cooked delicious omelets, kept the line moving quickly, was so friendly and incredibly helpful, and everyone at the party was raving about him! Super satisfied customers! Highly recommended! More...
Maravelas is amazing! We had them cater our wedding at the Byron Colby Barn. The food was amazing, but this caterer was so much more. They were outstanding at helping plan out all of the little details! I asked if I needed to bring cups for the bar, and they responded back immediately with pictures, prices, and ideas for cups to purchase from costco! The whole night they made sure things were going smoothly, but I was never bothered with small questions. Did I mention the food was delicious!?! 5 stars for sure! More...
Maravelas is amazing! The food was amazing, but this caterer was so much more. They were outstanding at helping plan out all of the little details! I asked if I needed to bring cups for the bar, and they responded back immediately with pictures, prices, and ideas for cups to purchase from costco! The whole night they made sure things were going smoothly, but I was never bothered with small questions. Did I mention the food was delicious!?! 5 stars for sure! More...
Marvslas is working with catholic charity for special events the food is great the people are fun
Maravela's catered our food for our Wedding this past Saturday and did an amazing job!! We received so many compliments on how great the food was and was amazed at how great all of the staff was! Jodi and Lorenzo did a great job with communication throughout the whole planning process and answered my every question - no matter the time of day! Thank you for making our Wedding go so smoothly and for the amazing food!! � More...
The food is great. The banquet rooms are nice. Staff is always very professional and friendly
Came here for mothers day banquet. Very nice place. There was a buffet with lots of goodd food and desserts.
A nice place for weddings and showers and other gatherings
Staff was great, good was good
Nice place. Kind of run down. Needs some attention. Heard it's closing though. Which is unfortunate for any family owned place. The wedding I went to here was lovely. The complimentary parking was very nice, as well. More...
I got married at Maravela's on April 22 of this year 2017. Maravela's did everything they could to make sure my wedding was the wedding of my dreams. They were clear about everything. Made sure all details were gone over before the day of the wedding so all my now-husband and I had to do was show up and enjoy the day. Not to mention the food was outstanding! People still talk about it!!! I'd do it the same all over again!!!! More...
I loved it! I am a out of state Bride and I was in the best of hands at Maravela's! Everything was simple and great, fast communication with emails ! You can't go wrong with any food choices because they all are 5 stars! I got a chance to meet the chef and thank him. My guest raved about the fabulous and hot food all night long! So from the bride who planned the whole wedding From 4 states away I am so glad I picked Maravela's and the outstanding team they have there to make my dream wedding come true! More...
Nice place. Kind of run down. Needs some attention. Heard it's closing though. Which is unfortunately for any family owned place. The wedding I went to here was lovely. The complimentary parking was very nice, as well. More...
Wonderful to work with,delicious food, Lorenzo,Maria,Jodi,Pat and serving staff made the evening perfect. We would use them again,highly recommend Maravelas!
Denise Dee Williams
May 2017 Maravela's held their first Mother's day brunch in several years. Excellent selection! Put this on your calendar for Mother's day ...but... reserve ahead. P.S. I've heard that their New Years Eve party & Easter brunch are also awesome. More...
Toni Rios Castillo
Good food, great service! Maravelas made Mother's Day a breeze, no cooking or clean up.
Wonderful place great food. Yum yummy food. Check it out for yourself.
Went for Easter brunch for the first time and it was very good. None of us left hungry that's for sure. Planning on calling for mothers day reservations tomorrow.
Easter brunch was amazing! Not one single thing we didn't like! Staff was very friendly... well done!
Maravela's has great food. Was there last for a wedding. I recommend them for any occasion.
The people were friendly and the food was good. Thanks
GREAT EXPERIENCE ALL AROUND. We were so impressed by the way we were Greeted when we came to look at the venue and all the help that was given to us, the value our compadres got for their money, the professionalism throughout the planning and the BIG DAY. Our Goddaughter's Quince WAS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Thank you to Lorenzo and his brother, they are incredibly organized, flexible to work with. We highly recommend them. More...
Maravela's catered our wedding at The Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL. Maria and her staff were a dream to work with! I had met with several other caterers and Maria absolutely blew me away. I immediately felt put at ease and like I had known her for years. The staff on the day of our even (servers and bartenders) were absolutely amazing! As with most weddings, several things didn't go according to plan and Patrick and his team made everything go smoothly. Nobody was even aware of the things that "went wrong". Everyone raved about the food for weeks after the event as well! My family and I have even gone to Easter brunch here because the food is so good! More...
Great food, beautiful room, wonderful customer service. Perfect place for a party, wedding, shower. I've been to several receptions here and the food never disappoints.
Maravela's has always been top-notch...30 years of service in the Fox Lake IL Community and beyond....food awesome - but does not beat SERVICE!! Highly recommend for any event you might be planning. More...
Tammie Marie Perry
I have attended events here in the past and have always been happy with their service and food. Yesterday, we went to a food tasting because my daughter is getting married in June and having her reception at Maravellas. I was impressed. Each couple could invite four people and each had a table set up with their colors. The food was amazing and free. Beers, wine and soda was included. A very nice way to welcome couples and make it easy for them to decide which food they want at their event. I had a great time! More...
Kim Homan Rauhut
Had my daughters wedding there, could not have been happier! Great service, good food!!
Had a great time with our large company group! Great place!
Great place with great food. Loved the soup, I think it was cream of chicken with rice.
Food was wonderful. I had salmon. It was delicious. Service was great
Wonderful times, always. Many events for me have been here, service great can not do enough for you. today is a Christmas event for our SAVY SENIORS from PRINCE OF PEACE CHURCH @ 11 AM.
Everyone at Maravela's was fantastic from the very start. Super reasonably priced and very easy to work with. The tasting was phenomenal and the actual appetizers and meals at the wedding was even better, even with our venue being off site. Our guests raved about the food and the staff. The staff was incredibly friendly and made sure that our wedding party had appetizers waiting for them in the bridal suite and at the head table even tho we missed most of cocktail hour. Any plates that weren't put down were packed up for us to take home, as well as the leftovers from our late night snack. Couldn't have asked for anything more! More...
Most of my in laws life events have involved Maravelas in one way or another. I've never been disappointed in the food. But the service is what puts this place over the top. Great people here.
The servers were very attentive and polite! We never had to ask for anything...they were on top of it! Great job!
I had my husbands 50th birthday party here and Maravelas was awesome, great food, and great service and staff, I absolutely loved our bartender she was the best,and Larenzo was awesome too, beautiful people
Fantastic food, wonderful service. We have enjoyed every event there. Never a disappointment.
Was a joy to do centerpiece set up for this beautiful family owned venue for my sweet couple!!
Thank you Maravelas for making our daughters wedding perfect. We absolutely had a wonderful time. The food was wonderful. The evening was perfect. Thank you. Event 9/9/16 Escobar Wedding. More...
It's a nice place and the service was great. And the owners were very friendly;)
Thank God we booked Maravela's for our reception venue! They were so quick to respond, had awesome recommendations for decorations, and their food was AMAZING! They were so skilled and confident, we knew we were in great hands through the entire process. I would highly recommend them! My guests loved the service! More...
My daughter just got married at Maravela's and I can't say enough good things about the entire experience! This place is a MUST...especially for inexperienced party planners such as myself. Our 1st appointment blew us away. After researching several other facilities, we were taken aback at how easy it was to plan this wedding thanks to the staff at Maravela's. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and organized. We walked away with a wedding packet that not only consisted of vendor recommendations but a step by step planning guide which we used for the entire event. They also have MANY things that you can use of theirs (decorations) that other places charge you to use. I found that many things were included at no extra charge which was very much appreciated by someone on a tight budget. They set everything up for you and take it down. We didn't have to go in and decorate like many other facilities wanted us to do. And guess what...again...no extra charge. We selected the package where the cake was included. Come to find out they use Lovin Oven which is our FAVORITE bakery! Their packages are well priced and very easy to follow. There are no hidden fees or surprises at the end. The facility was nice, the food was delicious and the staff was wonderful! I would highly recommend Maravela's to anyone having anything from a small casual event to a large formal event! More...
From start to finish I had a wonderful experience with Maravela's! Our DJ actually recommended them and I could not have been more pleased! We had an individual tasting and Kali had everything organized and ready to go! She was very helpful and answered all of my questions very professionally. When we communicated through email she had quick responses and professional answers. Maria ended up taking over for the day of my wedding and she was also very attentive. All of the servers and the bartender were friendly and made my friends and family feel right at home. If you love good food and a comfortable atmosphere I highly recommend hiring this company!! More...
GREAT food and awesome venue! Really enjoyed ourselves at the wedding, and look forward to more events here.
My daughters wedding reception was held here!! They were so helpful and amazing!! Everything was delicious and perfect!!
We had our wedding here and it was amazing. Maria was so helpful during the planning process and during the event. Never had an issue with them and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend planning your event here. Maria made accommodations for us on so many things. We can't thank her enough! More...
The venue is alright, but the food won't knock your socks off. One thing that is worth mentioning though was that a server came over and asked if we wanted chicken tenders for our one-year old. I thought that was nice that they went out of their way to make her a special dish. More...
We had our parents 50th Anniversary party here on May 7th 2016. What a beautiful turn out we had! Maravelas did a wonderful job making our celebration for our parents something to remember. The staff are so kind and helpful. The food was wonderful. I had so many saying how beautiful it was. Thank you Kali, Maria, Jody and Lorenzo and all other staff . We highly recommend Maravelas for any occasion More...
Maravelas is the best caterer !!!Hands down. Maria is super easy and nice to work with. The food is just amazing. The staff... Is amazing so helpful and wonderful. Used Maravelas for my wedding in October and have recommended them to two more people. Sooo well priced as well. Food:Chicken versuvio amazing just the right amount of spices. Not fattyRoast beef very tenderRoasted potatoes delish all cooked through and non burnt Beautiful salads Delicious appetizers Bar tenders and waiters Amazing did everything I wanted stood out in the October cold. Very professional listened to who could have something and who couldn't absolutely hands down will hire them again. They stayed and help to clean up after the wedding. Our venue had to be broom sweeper, all my "helpers" were drunk so in my wedding dress I was cleaning the floor. One of the waitresses told me to sit down poured me another drink and took the broom from me absolutely wonderful. I am getting into the wedding business and I will suggest Maravelas to all my brides! More...
We hired Maravela's to cater our wedding at the Viking Park Dance Hall. They work with the park district and knew this location very well, and it showed. The # 1 important item to me on my wedding was to have delicious food, and Maravela's blew that away. It's 6 months past my wedding, and I still have family/friends commenting on how awesome and flavorful the food was.The veggie lasagna was OUT of this world. This company does a FANTASTIC job communicating (Maria is particular is amazing) and knowing what is important for a wedding is key. I was nervous that it wouldn't all come together, but the tables, centerpieces, and even the BUFFET were decorated so perfectly. I used them for food, and for chair covers/bows. The second thing that really makes this company stand out, is their wait staff. We had a personal member assigned just to the head table, and she was amazing. Anytime, I passed any of the staff, they all commented on my dress or remarked how happy my guests seemed and not a single person didn't acknowledge or greet me and my guests.Hiring this company is the BEST thing you can do for your wedding, and they also have a very good venue to do on-site weddings as well! More...
Maravela's catered my daughter's wedding at The Riviera Ballroom last Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. From the delicious tasting at Maravela's to select the menu, to the very final details days before the wedding, Maravela's was truly on top of everything! The food was absolutely outstanding and every one of our 230 guests could not stop complimenting the dinner and the service. Maravela's truly made this my daughter's fairy tale wedding! Maravela's also provided two very professional bartenders who definitely satisfied our guests, but never over served anyone. We also had our bridal shower in December in-house at Maravela's. This event was also well planned with Maria's help, and the food was delicious! I cannot recommend the service, professionalism and expertise enough from Maravela's. I have also had previous events, and every event is handled in the most professional manner and the staff goes above and beyond to make sure your event goes off without a hitch! 5 stars aren't enough. Hats off Maravela's for knowing how to totally please your customers! I would highly recommend your services to everyone!!! More...
Maria and her staff were wonderful to deal with! She was able to do our linens and decor at no extra charge. The day of the event was perfect. I would recommend them to anyone. Our cost was about half of what most places would have charged us. I can't say enough good about them! More...
Had our wedding reception here and this was the best decision we could've made!! Maria was especially helpful to me through the whole wedding planning process and was there whenever I had questions. The day of the wedding everything was above and beyond! Food was delicious, staff was great! It was the best experience my husband and I could've had for our wedding night! We recommend to everyone!! More...
Maravela's was absolutely amazing and I would recommend them to any bride/ event planner! Maria and Kali worked with me from the beginning to plan a fabulous menu, bring in servers and bartenders, and even set up ice,linen, and plate delivery/set up. They have a huge event each year to showcase menu items so you know all your choices which we loved so we had an opportunity to try everything. They were never pushy and I always felt like I was still making the decisions rather than being pushed into what is "normal" for weddings. Maria was there the morning of to set up while we were decorating and she helped keep me sane and handle set up. They are true professionals and experts at what they do. More...
My cousins had my Tia's birthday party Maravela's in May of this year. The food was very good. Everyone was so polite. One of the servers sat with my mom while all the cousins took a picture. I thought that was so nice of him.
Dianna F. Myers
Their New Year's Eve party is fantastic! boat, great food, dancing with snacks at 11. Just an awesome night!! Going on for 20 years or more!
Marcel Ivan Martinez
Maria and her staff are amazing. We had our daughters quiñeara and it turned out perfect. Everything from the decorations to the atmosphere to the food was perfect. The entire night exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend them to everyone. More...
Maria and her staff are amazing!! They consistently do a perfect job. The food is always delish. I love DJing there! - Dan from I wed solutions.
Best banquet ever! Maria and her father are welcoming, supportive and over all great to work with. Thanks for this weekend!
I just came across this page on Facebook and had to comment. I had my wedding here in March of 2010. All of my guests loved the food and had a great time. This place will forever hold dear memories in my heart. Great experience all around. From the day we met Maria to begin the planning, then the tasting, and then the big day! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to family and friends. More...
The Baby Shower we just had ( 8/16/15) at Maravela's was Amazing!! The room was set up down to every last detail. The service and food were outstanding. I received many compliments and I just want to thank the staff and Maria for such a professional job !!! More...
Wish we could give higher than five stars. Can't wait for our wedding and reception here in March. They have been amazing. Answers the phone, returns emails promptly and assisted with obtaining other needed services. Highly recommend. More...
I had my wedding here last April and Maria and her staff were always on top of everything. I loved her and they all made my day that much more special! Great service!!!! :)
They are very easy to get a hold of and send very detailed emails with charts that are easy to understand what you are spending your money on (down to the smallest detail). Which I loved! They are flexible and easy to work with. The linens they provided were beautiful, they even decorated the buffet table to go with my country rustic theme. They really went above and beyond! The food was wonderful, I heard many wonderful things from my guests. So glad we chose them to cater! More...
Maravela's was by far the most outstanding caterer we could have had at our wedding. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the help with tear down at the end of the night was amazing. We were married at the Byron Colby Barn where all set up and tear down is done by family and friends. Maravela's came in the morning of to set up all tables, linens and china. Maria at Maravela's helped to make our day seamless and her staff was so easy to work with. Couldn't be happier to have worked with them! Would recommend to anyone! More...
Maravela's was exceptional. We had the ceremony and reception here and things couldn't have went smoother. They worked with all my vendors without any issues. All my emails, phone calls, and questions were answered promptly. The food was amazing, the price was amazing, everything was set up the way I wanted it and Maria made sure everything flowed as it was supposed to on our wedding day. From beginning to end Maria had everything covered as my day of coordinator and more! I would definitely recommend Maravela's for any event! More...
Maria made it so I truly had nothing to worry about!! Such a wonderful company and I wish you all the best of luck!!! Thank you for being such a fantastic company!!!
We absolutely loved our wedding reception at Maravela's. The food and service was outstanding and working with Maria was wonderful. Thank you!!!
Maravela's did such a wonderful job catering our wedding and their food was delicious! We had a buffet style dinner and the food was perfect temperature. We had the beef carving station, stuffed shells with alfredo sauce and chicken vesuvio as our main dishes. All of the sides we had were to die for, especially the mashed potatoes and gravy! All of our guests really enjoyed their dinner. For dessert we had delicious brownies that my wife absolutely loved! Maria and her staff were all so helpful and friendly, they made planning our wedding a breeze when it came to catering. Overall, Maravela's is a wonderful company with awesome food, reasonable prices and a very friendly staff! More...
What can I say? This place is above and beyond expectations! Our 3rd year for NYE and never disappoints! Maria and her father are hands on, good is superb and great quality DJ! Looking foward to New Years and many more NYE's to come!! More...
So I visited Maravela's last night for a New Year's Eve party and wow was I impressed! We trekked here all the way from the city during a snow storm and made it too late to enjoy the dinner portion but it turned out they had saved a few hot plates for us to enjoy! How incredibly thoughtful and truly amazing service! There were two bars available with the most friendliest bartenders serving up some delicious cocktails! The DJ played an awesome assortment of music and had no gripes about taking requests!Thanks for a great start to the new year Maravela's! Can't wait for next year! More...
Excellent food and service, friendly atmosphere.
Adriana & Robert
We had a great experience with Maria and her staff. Had our wedding on Aug 17, 2012 received the best service from owner to staff. My husband and I had been there New Years eve prior to our wedding Loved the event they really know what they are doing. As for the food everyone of our invite loved it, and severed on time not like many weddings you wait for ever to eat, and it arrives cold. Maravela has the best in all areas. We will use them again if ever another large event comes up. As for our Cake was included in our price and it was to die for!
Thank you Mary and staff!
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Maria Mejia Ibarra
All I can say is if my new husband and I could give more than 4 stars we would.Everyone connected to our wedding was FANTASTIC,the food,bartenders,waitstaff and of course the Maravela family for knowing how to pull it all together-a memory we wish could do over and over again-extremly happy with the service.
Everyone LOVED our food! Maria was wonderful and easy to work with!
We loved Maravela's! They were so friendly and accommodating. Maria was especially great to work with. They had lots of options and helped fit everything we wanted into our budget.
The food was delicious both at the tasting and the wedding! My husband and I two meals boxed to go with us when we left, and I'm so glad we did since I did not get to eat much during the reception.
The service was very professional and the staff was great to work with during the reception. They brought in tables and set up all the place settings two days before the wedding which was so helpful in preparations. They even decorated the buffet table with flowers that matched my wedding colors perfectly. Would highly recommend them! More...
AMAZING!!!!!!!! We were so HAPPY. We had our wedding reception here and the food was delicious. All of our guest enjoyed the food so much and even had seconds! The service was fantastic and the entire wedding reception was fabulous. They did a great job with decoration and the tables looked beautiful. Maria was so sweet and very nice to work with. She made sure everything went smoothly and we have no complaints at all. This is an AWESOME wedding venue and i would reccomend this place to anyone looking for great service, beautiful venue and EXCELLENT tasting food. More...
Maravela's was my favorite vendor to work with, Maria is wonderful and treated us with outstanding service. Personal and professional!!
Maravelas catered my off site wedding (at Byron Colby Barn) and everything about this experience was perfect. Maravelas ordered and delivered my linnens, silverware, plates etc. Maria, who coordinates the planning process, is wonderful to work with. She is very very good at what she does. She also is very familiar with the Byron Colby Barn set up. The food was delicious, we had a simple veggie pasta and grilled chicken for entrees. We got lots of compliments on the food. Everything they did was just perfect. (and I don't use the word perfect very often) The servers/staff that worked our wedding that night were beyond accommodating and helpful. More...
Maravela's set up a lovely buffet lunch for my wedding. The food was good, the staff was very attentive and friendly, and they really kept things running smoothly. They were great about being flexible about needing an extra table, or shifting the tables around to accommodate a band. Really really great experience, and reasonably priced. I would ABSOLUTELY hire them again for any event requiring smooth service and tasty food :) More...
Maria and the Maravela's crew are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!
She took care of so much and went out of her way to do some things!
The food was amazing!!!
I am very happy that i booked my reception here More...
Maravela's was a pleasure to work with and did a fantastic job at our wedding. From the very beginning, they showed genuine interest in our desires and were open to customizing the menu to meet our needs. We had a pig roast, teriyaki and sweet and sour chicken as main course (luau buffet menu). Maria was helpful with selection of the food, quantities and very flexible to changes. Maravela's has an extensive selection of table linens, and Maria was extremely helpful in offerring us options that fit our theme and venue. On the wedding day, Patrick, the head server, lead a very professional and courteous staff. The set up was smooth, and their experience with catering showed throughout the event - they aniticipated our needs and the needs of our guest and we never had to ask for anything. Our friends and family gave many nice compliments on the delicious food and the service - which was also a very good value. We were very pleased with every aspect of the experience and highly recommend Maravela's catering. More...
Would definitely recommend. Food was really good at a really reasonable price. We had an appetizer buffet, no sit down dinner, and they were totally flexible with us. Only critique is that they stopped butler serving our appetizers when we asked them to do it the whole time we were at pictures. More...
Fantastic!!!!I had my wedding at Maravela's and I can't praise them enough!!!The staff, the food, the service! It was all fantastic.Maria is an amazing woman and truly knows what she is doing!!! She has a peace that spreads to everyone!!! I would HIGHLY recommend Maravela's to anyone and everyone!!! More...
We decided to have an outdoor "do-it-ourself" wedding. It got very overwhelming until we met Maravela's. It was almost like having help planning the wedding. Maria had all of the details covered, had simple answers to all of my questions. Maravela's has EXCELLENT food, great pricing, and perfect service. Everything went flawlessly (even the things I didn't think of ahead of time)! More...
I came to Maravela's as the DJ for a wedding. What a wonderful experience! The staff was excellent & most helpful & the food was really excellent. The dancing lady bartender was a hoot! BUT the best thing about Maravela's is Maria. She is a sweetheart! Her experience & calm demeanor made it a wonderful event. The following day, the owner called my partner to tell him that I had dropped my wallet. I called on Monday, spoke with Maria & asked if she would be so kind as to drop it in the mail to me. Would you believe I received it the next day?!?!? Thank you Maria for going above & beyond.Maravela's get's 6 starts from me! More...
Where to begin!?
Maria became my mentor while I undertook planning a huge wedding by my lonesome.
The food was superb, the service unmatched (go Patrick!). I want to hire Maria as a life coach, she's got it together!
Nothing but quality, empathy, understanding, ingenious attitude, and a MUCH needed calm to weather the wedding storm!
Such a pleasant experience!!! More...
Overall, working with them was a good experience. Maria was helpful, but their other coordinator was a bit flighty and scattered. It made getting accurate costs and estimates difficult. However, they did answer my many questions and were fine with my last minute changes.The food was good and well priced.What made this experience was the catering staff at the event. They were WONDERFUL! So friendly and responsive. They really helped things go off without a hitch. More...
Overall, working with them was a good experience. Maria was helpful, but their other coordinator was a bit flighty and scattered. It made getting accurate costs and estimates difficult. However, they did answer my many questions and were fine with my last minute changes.
The food was good and well priced.
What made this experience was the catering staff at the event. They were WONDERFUL! So friendly and responsive. They really helped things go off without a hitch. More...
They were so wonderful to work with! They took all of our questions and concerns and answered everything and put our minds at ease! We were very pleased with the service, the food (which was amazing!), the decorative touch, everything! The staff were very polite and friendly to our guests. More...
We had our reception at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. Stan the Barn contact provided us a list of recommendations. Maravela's was one on the list. After speaking with Maria I knew this place would be my caterers. Maria is very nice and easy going. She goes over everything and even helped us save money while going over our contract! She does her job very well and truely makes you feel like you're the only bride who's having a wedding!
Maravela's has a taste testing dinner for brides and family before your event to help choose what foods you want for your wedding. The Chicken with Mushrooms is possibly the BEST chicken I've ever had. The buffet we had at our wedding was set up perfect. The staff memebers were great and kept the trays full. They were able to break down the buffet table very quietly. I can honestly say they were so quiet, I don't remember hearing/seeing the transition of buffet table to dance floor! All of the food was incredible. From the salads, to the veggies, to the meats, to the cream puffs: everything was perfect! More...
While we felt the administrative/planning staff could have been a little more helpful, the staff at the event could not have been better. Any fears we had were eased immediately after meeting the coordinator and the servers.
They were on top of everything and polite and hard working. They took care of everything wonderfully.
Food was surprisingly good for the price as well. More...
My wife and I hired Maravela's to cater a buffet dinner for our wedding reception at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake in December 2008. Maravela's was already on our list of local caterers that we wanted to try and they were highly recommended by the property manager at the Bryon Colby Barn, so that bumped them to the top of our short list.Maria was amazing to work with. She had experience working with our venue and gave us the confidence that everything would be taken care of. For as stressed out as we were on our wedding day, it was a huge relief to know that we did not have to worry about our caterer.After settling on our entrees and sides, we decided that we wanted to add a third entree and Maria invited us back for a second tasting.Day of, the Maravela's team arrived and set up quickly, quietly, and on time. The staff was very friendly and helpful.The cost for our 3-entree buffet + sides + bartender was extremely reasonable. More importantly we had plenty of food for all of our guests and the quality was outstanding. We're so used to going to a wedding and eating such forgettable meals, but with Maravela's we received compliments on the dinner for months after the wedding.For the quality, level of service, and cost, you will not find a better caterer in the north Chicagoland 'burbs. I highly recommend Maravela's. More...
I can't believe Maravela's is not on here yet. They are the best. Maria is so awesome to work with and she will answer every frantic e-mail and question quickly and professionally. I got so many compliments on the food. For 2 apps, 3-entree buffet with sirloin, chicken marsala and pasta (as well as vegan and kids meals) and rentals and service (including bartender but we provided our own alcohol to save some cash), we paid less than $3,000 for 90 people. If there's a more affordable caterer in the Chicagoland area, I did not find it after an exhaustive search. More...
Maria and Maravela's are the best and so affordable too. I researched a ton of Chicago area caterers and none came close to the value and delicious offerings they had to offer. They are one of Byron Colby Barn's recommended caterers and after I talked with Maria I didn't bother with calling the others. I would recommend them to anyone, not just brides on a budget (which was me). Catering is one of the biggest expenses that can make or break your event. I was so lucky to find them. I got a lot of bang for my buck by going with Maravela's. We went with two apps (we brought in an ethnic appetizer as well, which was fine with them) and a three-entree (pasta, chicken marsala and sirloin) buffet plus salads, starch and veggies for about 90 people and only spent slightly less than $3,000. We also were able to offer kids meal (chicken tenders) and vegan meals (eggplant parmesan). We also had some special foods needs that they attended to quickly and professionally. A huge bargain in the Chicagoland catering biz! They are extremely flexible and will pretty much work with you on whatever you want and within budget. I told her of all my needs, wants and concerns and she had a question for everything. She is always accessible through e-mail, even when you send that frantic message in the middle of the night. I would get married again just to have Maravela's food. Everyone raved how great it was. Thanks for making the wedding so fantastic! More...
Maravela's was amazing. Their costs are cheap but the quality and quantity of the food is incredible. I would recommend it to any bride. We catered from them - and they were so helpful and responsive to all my questions. They arrived at the reception hall on time and set up the linens and food in a beautiful arrangement. More...
This is like a banquet hall. We went to a wedding here and it was lovely. The food was delicious and the place was very nice. I think this would be a good place to have a shower, anniversary party or wedding. All seemed to run very smoothly. More...