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Catering in Santa Ynez, CA,
(805) 569-5747

About Us

Island View Catering is a locally owned and operated company started by three UC Santa Barbara graduates in 2008. Our core goal has been to build a crew of kind-hearted professional staff which operate as a family and to approach every client as part of our family as well. We strive to be that amazing Aunt or Uncle of yours that makes amazing food that you call on for the big and important events in your life. Our focus on customized service in all aspects of our work means that for large events and weddings we serve only one client per weekend in order to devote our entire crew and resources, just as a family member would. Over the years we have worked in most venues across Santa Barbara county and beyond, from Santa Ynez to Lompoc, Montecito to Santa Maria and beyond. We have the experience and expertise in creating freshly prepared meals of any scale in any location, from a grand banquet hall to a grassy knoll on the top of a mountain. We are not a standard "cooked the day before and delivered in a hot box" caterer- we prepare your menu on site to the fullest extent possible so that you and your guests enjoy truly fresh cuisine.

We are not a restaurant with a pre-set menu, we are YOUR private chef service and everything we do from custom menu creation to the design of your service style and bar is 100% up to you. "House-made" is all we do, from fresh baked breads and secret BBQ rubs, to freshly prepared sauces, vinaigrettes and Chef Linda's hand-made desserts. We are local and source local and organic wherever possible from our amazing local growers and producers. For grilled selections such as our signature Santa Ynez style Tri-Tip, we bring our red oak and mesquite fired trailer grill to your venue so that everyone can enjoy the smells all day leading up to your feast!

Our close-knit team of chefs and cooks melds years of experience in multiple culinary fields with the best ingredients and beautiful presentation – ranging from simple gourmet twists to old favorites like mac & cheese, to cutting edge signatures such as our signature chipotle boysenberry sauce. Our service staff are dedicated and professional, led by our Head of Staff with over 30 years of experience tending to every unique need in carrying out flawless events. Our bartenders are creative, friendly and efficient- no lines at the bar at our events and smiling faces all around! We are small and tight-knit on purpose. We are known for our personal approach to events and believe this is the only way to do business. You won't be passed off between different staff or get a second or third tier crew- one of the owners will work hand-in-hand with you in creating and planning your event and your event will be staffed by the IVC crew- the same one that you read about in reviews from past clients. Every client deserves the same top level of energy, creativity, professionalism and thoughtfulness that we devote to every single event.

We hope to have the opportunity to serve you!


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  • We are so thrilled that Island View Catering was such an integral part of our big day. They treated us like family and provided the most delicious food! Our guests have not stopped raving about how incredible the appetizer and dinner selections were. From the intial discussions about the menu, to the fabulous tasting dinner, to the magical day-of, IVC went above and beyond to bring our vision to life. All of the catering staff were such a pleasure to work with, and kept the day running smoothly. Geoff and the rest of the kitchen were so accommodating with guest allergies and preferences, and made sure no one left hungry. Avrey and the rest of the catering team were so gracious, working with us every step of the way to coordinate rentals, table settings, plating options, menu selections, and more. We couldn’t imagine having anyone else provide the food for our wedding, and would recommend them highly to anyone in the Santa Barbara area!

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    Elaine & Chris, It was such an honor and so much fun for our whole team to be a part of your big day! Lots of love from our family to yours!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Catering

    What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

    $ 70.00

    What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

    $ 60.00

    What is the average catering price per person for stations?

    $ 80.00

    What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

    $ 13.00

    Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

    Delivery, Set Up, Clean Up, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Server(s), Tastings

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 6.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Limited Bar, Open Bar, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine, Champagne Toast, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    What event services do you provide?

    Delivery, Set Up, Clean Up

    What catering services do you provide?

    Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What types of cuisine do you cater?

    American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, French, German, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai

    What dietary needs can you accommodate?

    Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Kosher, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Open Bar, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine, Champagne Toast, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Outside Alcohol

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Chairs, Tables

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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