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Crystal Springs Catering

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23 November 2019

Good catering company for value if your not looking to spend a lot of money but want fairly good food delivered typically buffet style, they are not a full-service high-end catering company by any means but they have good value and if you're on a budget and care more about the food than service, then I would strongly recommend going with them. . Nothing over the top. Bob the owner/operator seemed to be a really decent guy. More...

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11 June 2019

This is my favorite caterer. I've used them several times for large events. Bob and his team are highly organized, friendly, reliable and their food is amazing. I had a BBQ recently and all my guests were raving about everything. Perfection every time. More...

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28 October 2018

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8 September 2018

After getting responses from unavailable or out of budget vendors while we were on the mad search for a caterer 11 months before the wedding, Crystal Springs was an absolute miracle! We first worked with Stacy Rock to determine the menu and tasting, and then with Rachel Crow to bring everything together leading up to the wedding. She and Bob came out for the venue visit so it was great to meet the team behind CSC!
We had a few dietary considerations and palette preferences that the team had no problem accommodating for our tasting. The risotto that was to be plated for our vegetarian guests was so good that we wanted a portion for ourselves! I can't say enough how delicious the yogurt stuffed peppers and cheese filled dates were - they were a total hit. The portions were generous for our family style meal; not a single guest left hungry. The staff was so accommodating, from breaking down the ceremony chairs during cocktail hour and pouring for wine service on a minute's notice (bride brain completely forgot this detail when discussing specifics earlier in the week), to a total kitchen clean up and packing of all leftover cake and beverages and hauling everything to our cars.
Rachel was a dream to work with. She was prompt, responsive, and answered all of my ridiculous questions about food allergens. She ran the cocktail hour and dinner service flawlessly, and even stopped by our table to make sure that everything was delicious (it absolutely was). We were so happy to have CSC in our vendor team; we really couldn't have dreamed for better food or service.
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26 May 2018

We've been using the catering services for years, and are always thrilled with both the food and the service.

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7 February 2018

The Crystal Springs Catering team led by Stacy was amazing to work with. We had very short notice as this was a catering event for a memorial service. this meant a short timeline for planning and uncertainty exactly how many attendees would be coming. Unlike some businesses, they never hassled us because 'we didn't know'. They totally understood and sympathized with our situation even when we changed our minds several times. It was so nice to not have this be another unpleasant thing to deal with More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

31 January 2018

Very friendly, accommodating team - made it easy to work with them and I had to worry about very little the evening of! I would definitely work with them again and again!

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3 January 2018

Crystal Springs did a Halloween party at my residence. Stacy was very professional and offered me great ideas for the party. Mark and Enrique were there to help with the food and proved to be quite charming. Their display of the food was outstanding and even brought their own decorations to keep in the theme of the evening. I would definitely use CRS again for any type of party. More...

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2 January 2018

Had a fantastic experience working with Crystal Springs!

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26 December 2017

Crystal Catering was wonderful! food was good and on point.

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26 December 2017

I can't speak highly enough of everyone at Crystal Springs Catering, especially Stacy Rock. Stacy made planning for our event a seamless experience and we felt at ease in her very capable hands. She was knowledgeable, responsive and fun, and her fantastic taste helped so much when we had trouble making decisions. She added special touches to our event on the day, which were very much appreciated. Crystal Springs Catering felt like a real family operation, and everyone present during our tasting, from the staff, to the Chef, to the owner of the company were all a part of our planning process, and were wonderful to work with. There was food left over at the end of our even, which everyone tried to take home -- that says it all where quality is concerned! We look forward to working with Crystal Springs Catering again. More...

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22 December 2017

Crystal Springs did a fantastic job catering our Holiday Party, from setup to display. They were extremely responsive to our needs and were professional the whole way through. The food was delicious and well-planned. More...

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22 October 2017

Bob and his entire staff are professional and AMAZING!!! Bob takes pride in his work and food. Crystal Springs Catering has and does the best decorations and themes. They can do anything you ask them to do. They make any kind of food you ask them to make. They supply everything that you may need. If I could give more then 5 stars I would. I just want to throw a party just because, so I could use them again. I have been doing business with Bob since 2011 and I don't regret one single event!!! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

4 October 2017

Crystal Springs Catering catered my wedding. I could not be more proud of the beautiful and professional job that they did. Their entire staff was kind, friendly and helpful. I recommend this company with all the confidence in my heart. -Shannon Hogan More...

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15 September 2017

Stacy and her boss Bob were very accommodating to our request for menu modification and budgeting. They worked with us to drive down the total cost of our wedding dinner, while they maintained a great variety of food for our guests.

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11 September 2017

Crystal Springs Catering - from tabletop to the last crumb, the best, best, best caterer - flexible, patient, calm and the "final product" exceeds both expectations and tasting. Tables were eye-catching on arrival, just gorgeous. Food was "to die for":presentation was beautiful, meticulous attention to detail on every single course, the flow, etc. Fresh, delicious, local, the whole package.Almost incredibly, pricing is very competitive and money can't buy a beater experience.CSC an event for 170 very particular guests at Filoli Gardens seem effortless - no shortage of asks for their business card. The best of what makes a family-owned business so special. 5 Stars!!! Heck....I'd say 10 stars on a scale of five. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 August 2017

Stacy Rock provided up with a beautiful setup, food selection and service. We had a limited budget and she showed her expertise by making sure we selected something appropriate and nice for the number of guests we were expecting. The displays and tables were absolutely beautiful! She not only provides the food but also make sure the event is classy and nice! She is willing to go the extra mile in providing options to match any budget. Everyone commented on how PERFECT the event was! Thank you Stacy for your hard work I highly recommend you and Crystal Spring Catering! More...

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3 July 2017

Went with my suggestions and suggested her own, to help me come to a wonderful plan.

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27 June 2017

Crystal Springs Catering did a phenomenal job catering our wedding reception at the San Mateo County History Museum. They were the very first group to call us back after we sent our inquiries for quotes and we never looked back. They had the challenge of cooking for both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese guests and pleasing both parties, and they succeeded! Many went back for seconds and all of our guests were very happy with the top-notch quality of the food.

I also really have to give a huge shout-out to Katie for coordinating everything (and I mean everything from table counts, guest numbers, decorations, all my super-detailed questions) with us over the last 6 months solely via email as we live on the East Coast, to Sharon and Stacey, our day-of event managers, for keeping everything running smoothly and with bright smiles, and of course Bob for overseeing everything and putting so much thought and care into the whole evening. They really helped keep the entire night low-stress! Their services and pricing are extremely fair and actually affordable and the best part is that they were willing to work with us based on our budget without any complaints.
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26 June 2017

I used Crystal Springs Catering for a rehearsal dinner for my son and daughter in law. Even though they had another event for the same evening for 600 people, the attention they gave my small party of 23 was fantastic. They delivered on every thing, from equipment drop off and pick up to the delicious food. Great people, great caterer. More...

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18 June 2017

Crystal Springs Catering did a wonderful job catering an office event for me. They where professional, organized, and the food was fantastic with wonderful variety. I also loved how they displayed the food. I could not of asked for a better catering company for this event. It was perfect. Went off without a hitch. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 April 2017

Crystal Springs Catering did a phenomenal job catering our wedding reception at the San Mateo County History Museum last week. They were the very first group to call us back after we sent our inquiries for quotes and we never looked back. They had the challenge of cooking for both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese guests and pleasing both parties, and they succeeded! Many went back for seconds and all of our guests were very happy with the top-notch quality of the food. I also really have to give a huge shout-out to Katie for coordinating everything (and I mean everything from table counts, guest numbers, decorations, all my super-detailed questions) with us over the last 6 months solely via email as we live on the East Coast, to Sharon and Stacey, our day-of event managers, for keeping everything running smoothly and with bright smiles, and of course Bob for overseeing everything and putting so much thought and care into the whole evening. They really helped keep the entire night low-stress! Their services and pricing are extremely fair and actually affordable and the best part is that they were willing to work with us based on our budget without any complaints. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

4 April 2017

Everyone we worked with was super accommodating and helpful. As for the day of, it was great to have someone there who completely understood our vision and took the lead in handling the overall look of our luncheon. Would definitely recommend in a heart beat. More...

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31 March 2017

I have used this caterer several times. The food is always good and they are quick in setting up and taking down.

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30 March 2017

Budget friendly caterer with responsive and accommodating staff. Great for breakfast and luncheons.

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13 July 2016

Going with Crystal Springs Catering is one of the very best decisions we have done for our wedding (held about less than a week ago). First of all, their food was AMAZING! We still get continuous compliments from all our wedding guests and it was so great that I know quite a few had to ask seconds (or thirds) of their food. Everything was delicious! Our top two crowd favorites are: Mushroom Ravioli and Prime Rib. Omg, I kind of wish they have a restaurant close to us. My now-husband does not like mushrooms at all but he absolutely loves their ravioli. We also love prime rib and we would go try them every chance we get and let me tell you that their prime rib is on our top 3 best prime ribs we've ever had! Next, they are a family owned company and that said, a lot of thought and care was put into our event. Bob, his family and his team are friendly, easy to work with and are very professional. Their service was excellent! They definitely made our wedding less stressful, made our guests happy and were able to bring life to our vision.We had our wedding at the San Mateo County History Museum, which on its own, presented much challenge since there are 2 floors to cover for the entire reception. If that wasn't enough challenge, we also went DIY crazy. We did everything from our centerpieces, registration tables, seat cards, favors and also, the wedding cake! It was a ton of work but Bob, Lisa (in house event manager) and the whole team were able to execute all that we asked for!Without a doubt, they went above and beyond our expectations (which was already high after we have tasted their prime rib!)Last but not the least, their prices/services are fair... quite inexpensive actually! We absolutely got 5-star quality of food and service without breaking the bank!We would hire them again in a heartbeat!!! If you are planning an event I hope this review finds you as you cannot go wrong with them!Quick shout out to Bob, Chris and Andrew (and Lisa, and all the staff): Thank you so much for the wonderful food and service, and for helping make our wedding day just perfect! You are all absolutely amazing and we wish you more success! More...

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17 June 2016

I love this place. My company uses them for catered lunches semi-regularly and I'm always impressed. Delicious food, and great selection. Additionally, I go to their cafeteria for lunch a few times a month, and am always satisfied - their salad bar is awesome, and they have a rotating variety of hot food items. On top of that the workers are always friendly and helpful. More...

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23 May 2016

No need to look any further for the best catering service.  From set up to tear down and the food is not only gorgeous in presentation but mouth watering.  Bob and his wonderful crew catered a celebration for 50 in my backyard and it was amazing.  He offers delicious options for vegetarian and gluten free needs.  Our guests were impressed and cannot stop raving about the food.  Thank you Crystal Springs Catering for a fantastic celebration! More...

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2 February 2016

Crystal Springs Catering did a beautiful job catering our son's christening for about 60 guests at our home this weekend.  This was the first time we hired caterers and were recommended to them by a friend . Bob guided us through the process and was even here to set up the food the day of! Our guests raved about the food!  It was all absolutely delicious.  His staff was professional and the set up was perfect.  Bob figured out how to best utilize our space so there was a good flow for our guests.  No traffic jams getting to the food or the bar.  We were thrilled with the outstanding service and personal touches they did.  Bob even checked in with me after the party to see how everything went.  I highly recommend Crystal Springs Catering for your next party. More...

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1 January 2016

I've been meaning to write this for a while. I love this company. All the food is real tasty! Best salmon I've ever eaten from anywhere. Everything was fresh and full of flavor. Daisy, one of the staff was accommodating and she was friendly & attentive to our guests. The owner Bob was there making sure we were all being taken care of. He works right along with his staff. I recommend this catering company to anyone having a small or large event. You won't be disappointed by the food. I'll use them again. More...

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6 October 2015

last weekend I went to the Stanford vs Arizona game and crystal springs was catering the event outside the stadium.  The staff was very nice and pleasant. And had a good selection of beverages! :-) that made my night, and also because Stanford won!!! More...

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4 October 2015

We attended a 50th anniversary event last night hosted by Crystal Springs Catering (~200 guests). Bob and his entire staff were professional, the service was great and their food was delicious. The ribs were nice and tender and they had an awesome sauce that had a nice kick to it. I'm still thinking about them today... yum!Without a doubt, I would highly recommend them! More...

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11 September 2015

I highly recommend this catering company. We put together a last minute birthday Luau and they took care of everything. They also included some wonderful table decorations. The food was delicious and they came as expected and cleaned up. I will certainly hire them again and again! More...

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3 September 2015

Went to Twilight Stroll and Filoli Gardens and it was catered by Chrystal Springs Cater.There were food every were and so nicely put together one could walk around and have something to eat at all the buffets most enjoyable specially since you stroll the gardens and feel like eating plus having a glass of wine. I recommend Filoli parties and Chrystal Springs Cater More...

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13 August 2015

We presented Crystal Springs Catering with an interesting challenge: design a carnival themed menu for a wedding that took place in a museum. There was limited kitchen space and additional food vendors involved. . .and they were able to come up with some out of the box problem solving!Bob went out of the way to punch up the personality as well. All the wait staff were dressed to match the carnival theme. Some of them even wore balloon hats. They managed all of the bars and food stations with easy aplomb. They even made sure we ate by pulling us aside and walking us through the food stations.Lastly, our wedding party was full of dietary restrictions: gluten allergies, vegans, vegetarians, nut allergies, dairy allergies, and more. Crystal Springs went out of the way to make sure there was plenty of food available for all of our guests' dietary needs.We would book them again in a heartbeat! More...

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28 February 2015

We used Bob and company for my wife's 50th birthday party at sparky's hot rod garage. They did a great job. The food around the theme was wonderful. I would use them again for sure.

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12 December 2014

We have been using Crystal Springs Catering for a holiday parties for our tenants for a couple years now! Bob and his team recently catered for a holiday dessert party for about 1,000 people. The desserts were delicious, and the quality was really good as well. Our tenants really enjoyed all of the wonderful holiday décor/presentation. Our tenants look forward to this desert party every year because of Crystal Springs Catering. They were also really good about bringing out more food when things were getting low and they clean up and are out of your way in a timely matter. More...

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10 November 2014

I have used CSC for three events: a birthday party, my wedding, and an anniversary party.  I go back to CSC for the value and quality of the food, but I do have to say, the communication back and forth with CSC leaves something to be desired.  Read on for my experiences.FOOD--FOUR STARS:  The food is quite good for the value.  Not what I would call "mass produced" like some catering company food can taste like.  The food will leave a lasting impression on any client's guests--just think about how many times people will leave a wedding and talk about rubbery chicken!  Their food tastes freshly made.  They have a huge selection of menu options: I had a BBQ-themed menu for a birthday party, a full-service sit-down dinner for my wedding, and tabled hors d'oeuvers for an anniversary party.  I worked off of their suggested menus/options, and also made special requests, and CSC was very willing to work with my ideas.VALUE/PRICE--FIVE STARS:  Excellent value for the area.  I did a lot of research into caterers for my wedding, and I can tell you that CSC is well-priced for the quality of the food.COMMUNICATION--THREE STARS: CSC would often take days to return phone calls or e-mails.  I would ask specific questions about logistics or menu options and receive responses that did not address what I was inquiring about.  Especially when it came to catering the wedding--the vibe was one of "don't worry, we've done this before, just be the bride and let us take care of it."  That is probably a good approach with many clients, but not for me.  I appreciate being kept in the loop and consulted with regarding the events I am having catered.  Once I learned that I had to be pro-active and be the one to initiate follow-ups, I felt more included in what was going on with my orders. More...

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7 October 2014

Bob and his team catered our office pizza lunch for 100. The crew of 7 arrived on time, got to work immediately, and operated like a well-oiled machine. They were the most professional, polite, and competent catering staff I've experienced. Bob was also terrific in helping us figure out the menu, and he was very understanding and accomodating of our special needs. Like some of the other reviewers, I thought the price was on the high side. We might have found the same food for less elsewhere, however, the way the staff worked to make our event a success was worth every penny.  I would definitely hire them again More...

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5 July 2014

Bob and his crew catered for a my recent open house. The 2 servers arrived on time,and set up beautifully, The food was delicious and the presentation lovely. When they were done cleaning up it looked like there was never a party .Initial e-mails and phone calls were  courteous and professional and great customer service! More...

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6 April 2014

I have to go with 5 STARS. Truly a great company from soup to nuts. So much planning; starting with the initial concept .. . to the exhibition. Great menu, delicious food and friendly service. I love the creative themes and decorations.  I've been to several events and always impressed. More...

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3 April 2014

5 STARS.   Full Service, very creative, completely customize with a variety of ethnic or seasonal or theme food stations, great menu and food and beautifully executed, organized and staffed with friendly service! I have attended several events and all have been very successful! More...

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23 September 2013

Crystal Springs just catered our 35th High School Reunion. All I can say is THEY WERE FABULOUS!!! From the early stages of planning through the clean up. ..they were by far the best caterer I have ever worked with. The food stations were kept full of good hot food, the decorations were perfect, the food itself was yummy and exactly what we were looking for. They handled our crazy bunch with professionalism and patience. They kept control over the entire event leaving our committee to enjoy the festivities and not worry a bit. When we were low on alcohol, they replenished without a miss. I would highly recommend this company for any event you are planning!! Super group of people!!! More...

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5 August 2013

Crystal Springs Catering deserves 5-plus stars! CSC catered my daughter's wedding on Saturday.  The food for the dinner reception -- a custom-created menu of appetizers followed by a dinner of barbecue brisket, ribs and chicken -- was absolutely delicious; the presentation elegant and attractive.  The level of service was outstanding.  Debby, Brittany and the entire team are friendly and helpful -- wonderful to work with.  Their prices were reasonable, too. I'd recommend Crystal Springs to anyone planning an event where food will be served! More...

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31 July 2013

Crystal Springs did a fabulous job catering my daughter's wedding for 150 people last Saturday night.  Their price was very fair, the food was delicious (including perfectly cooked salmon and beef) and beautifully presented, and the service excellent.  The chef is terrific.  It was a pleasure to work with Brittney, who was with us from the first contact to the final clean-up.  The staff worked hard and fast, did their jobs well, and were friendly and helpful.  The wedding guests couldn't stop talking about the great food, and one of them has already contacted Crystal Springs about her next event.  I really couldn't be happier.  Maximum stars for this caterer. More...

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25 July 2013

I went here with my friend to do a wedding tasting. Brittney was really wonderful and so was the owner and the chef. I really had a wonderful tasting. They were really nice people and had really great presentation.Brittney is just awesome. I ended up going with a different caterer but it was a really really tough decision. I wish I could piece together different aspects of both. More...

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