The food was amazing. It was plentiful and they even provided to go boxes for my guests. The set up really classed up my event and the guests were all impressed with the food, it's quality and quantity. I will definitely be using this company again for all future events that require catering. Andrew was great to work with, very responsive on the phone and in emails.
As a wedding planner, I love working with vendors who are communicative and professional. Hotel Banquet catered my clients' wedding reception at the Doubletree by Hilton in Downtown LA. Andrew and his team arrived on time and had everything ready to go from the start. They provided a 10 course family style Chinese dinner and each course was served hot and at the perfect pace. They also provided special dishes for my clients' vegetarian guests.
Before the wedding, Andrew and I communicated via phone calls and confirmed updates via emails. He was fast to respond every time my clients and I had questions. He was calm and always reassuring that he'll take care of everything catering so we have nothing to worry about.
If you're looking for an authentic Chinese banquet catering with delicious selections, look no further, Hotel Banquet has you covered. Thanks Andrew for taking care of my clients and making coordination as easy as possible!
This review is long overdue but I'm so thankful I found Andrew and his team! I was referred to Hotel Banquet/Grace Catering by a friend who knew I was stressed with trying to plan a surprise luncheon for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I was calling multiple restaurants for reservations and I had previously dismissed the idea of catering thinking it would be too expensive. Thank goodness I checked it out! Andrew was very responsive and accommodating and quickly assured me that he would take care of everything. All I had to do was choose which dishes I wanted from a pretty extensive variety. They covered everything from the food, delivery, linens, silverware, drinks, take out containers, you name it! It was such a relief knowing I didn't have to worry about such a big part of the event and could focus on other things. He also made arrangements from someone to come back a few hours later to pick up everything same day so my venue would not charge us extra. The only hiccup we had was one dish was not what I had originally ordered and I was not told of the substitution. But the food was delicious! Multiple guests commented on the food and there was plenty so nearly all our 50 guests took some food home! Thank you again, Andrew! You were a life saver and would recommend Hotel Banquet to anyone in a heartbeat
I would like to take a chance to thank Andrew and his team for the authentic Chinese gourmet catering services over such a short notice in the new year. Our company hosted a Chinese New Year client event with over 100+ guests on Jan. 11th. If not with their delicacies and desserts, this event would not be so satisfying and successful!! I highly recommend to seek their assistance if you ever need to plan for a professional gathering event. Thank you so much for your great help Andrew!
I used Hotel Banquet (aka Grace Catering) for my wedding and they were superb! We wanted family-style Chinese food but did not want to have it at a Chinese restaurant. Before stumbling upon Grace Catering, it was a struggle to find good Chinese food that catered for a wedding. As soon as I found Grace Catering, I knew I had found what I was looking for. First off, they provided a 10-course meal food tasting free of charge, so that we can judge the food before we made our final decision. The food was amazing. We learned that the cook everything on site so the dishes would be fresh when served, so we booked them straight away. Andrew was the main person I was in contact with and he was great! He worked with us to customize the courses based on our liking and made sure it was exactly what we wanted. He was very easy to talk to and readily available to answer any of our questions. A week before the wedding, he called us to triple check all the details and reassured us that he will make sure that everything will run smoothly for our day. On the day of, Andrew personally came to the venue early to oversee his team and made sure everything was in place in a timely manner before the reception started. His team continued to check on us throughout the night to make sure that my husband and I had enough food/water/tea. Andrew and his team's hospitality is incomparable and I would highly recommend anyone looking for Chinese food catering to book with Grace Catering.
For our wedding, we went with Hotel Banquet (AKA Grace Catering) for our outside caterer. The price was within our budget and they serve Chinese family style food (a big plus, since both sides of the family wanted this kind of food). We tried the food at their tasting, and my mother-in-law approved it, so we decided to hire Andrew. From the get-go, he was very understanding of the Chinese traditions and didn't question any of our concerns. Hotel Banquet was actually a preferred vendor at our venue, so Andrew knew the ins and outs of the place, which put us all at ease. He was the only vendor allowed to cook in the kitchen, which meant all the food was brought out hot and fresh for our guests. Usually, the venue requires all outside catering vendors to bring the food in and heat it up in the kitchen, but luckily, we had Andrew :)
There was a mishap with one of the appetizers where the endives were not fresh that season, so Andrew called me straight away and recommended another dish in its place. I trusted his judgment and that was that.
The day before the wedding, Andrew called to reassure us not to worry at all about the food, and he made a promise to take care of everything. That took a lot of stress off of us, and on the wedding day, Andrew came through with this promise and all of the relatives loved the food. Honestly, the 10 courses were so much that everyone had to take home leftovers. Someone even stole the leftovers from our sweetheart table! That's how good the food was. I'm not even upset that someone stole our leftovers, we wouldn't've been able to eat them at home anyways since we were staying at the hotel, but that was pretty hilarious.
TLDR: Andrew is amazing to work with, the food was great, and everything is reasonably priced.
Working with Andrew was a wonderful experience for my wedding. I first heard about him and my catering service from my wife, so we decided to go do a food tasting with him. I can honestly say the lobster he made for us was the best lobster I've ever had, it was so flavorful and came right off the shell. The other dishes he had, like prawns & walnut and the steamed fish, we're also amazing, so we hired Andrew to cater for our big day.
Andrew is very knowledgable and accommodating. He was willing to change 3-4 dishes to ones we preferred more, offered his expert suggestions, and also provided his recommendations for finger foods for cocktail hour. The curry samosas were amazing! During the reception my wife and I, as the bride and groom, were only able to have 3-4 dishes before we attended to other reception events, and they were all delicious (cold dish, steamed fish, lobster, and prawns & walnuts). I wish I could have more at this very moment. Many of my guests, who ate all the dishes, said it was one of the best, if not the best, reception dinners they've ever had.
Out of all the caterers we could have chosen from, I'm extremely glad my wife and I went with Andrew and his services. I highly recommend him, and would hire his services again for other big party events.
I'm writing this review from the POV of a wedding planner who has worked with Andrew and his team twice. My clients have been very happy with the food and service provided by the team.
They offer tastings of the full 10-course Chinese banquet menus every few months, so my clients are able to taste everything on the menu beforehand and make adjustments and customizations for their wedding.
They provide everything on the tabletop from the table linen to the lazy susan, serving dishes and china. They cook everything on site, so everything is freshly made and piping hot when served - they bring in their own kitchen setup, so clients don't incur any additional rental fees for kitchen equipment (this is rare)!
The banquet team is professional, reliable, and well-trained; everything is executed as planned based on the timeline + details we provide to the team. Their banquet captain James, who we worked with twice, is on top of everything and very helpful and collaborative.
They are willing to conform with different venues' requirements and rules, and have an excellent standard of organization and cleanliness. They have been praised by venue managers at some of the strictest venues. Best of all, they are very reasonably priced. I will definitely recommend Hotel Banquet to future clients.
Andrew, Andrew, Andrew! What can I say! Great Guy! Andrew and his staff provided my wife and I the wedding reception of our dreams. Him and his staff were amazing! If you want a great wedding reception and/or corporate catering; Andrew is your guy! Thank you for the wonderful and amazing job you guys did at our wedding! If you are looking for great food; affordable prices; and amazing experience; Grace Catering/Hotel Banquet is the way to go! Thanks again Andrew!
Andy & Channsy
Andrew is so awesome not only his food quality but also his spirit and encouragement that he made for us from time to time. Every time we met him for wedding preparation he always gave us advices from any general stuffs to very detailed items. He also treated us Vietnamese food as well, not once but twice or third time.
In wedding reception, Andrew, his manager and staffs were very helpful and made my wedding even more beautiful and perfect. The food was so good and generous especially lobster, fried rice, crab claws... We're so thankful to Hotel Banquet and if not with them, my wedding can't be so happy and meaningful like this!
It's not easy to handle an outdoor wedding but he did it with love and professionalism. You can't be wrong if you choose Hotel banquet for your next event!
Thank you so much to you and your team for providing excellent service and amazing food for our special day.
We appreciate it very much.
We want let you know that we are very happy to have had your team at the wedding, the food was amazing and all of our guests loved it. Your team was super professional and very organized! Everything went very smoothly. We will keep you in mind and will recommend Hotel Banquet to friends and family in the future!
To make a long story short we threw a shotgun wedding in less than one month. We found Andrew and the hotel banquet on Yelp and my husband knew he was the one.
Earning every 5 stars after we met him Andrew made certain our catering experience was nothing short of first class.
The icing on top of the cake was the service of his staff on the day of the wedding. From freshly prepped food cooked from scratch to the manager making sure the bride and groom were taken care of.
Needless to say this will be the only catering company we will use going forward.
It's commonly accepted for wedding food to be bland and tasteless. So I wanted to differentiate from the common wedding by having AMAZING food. Andrew was not only priced very affordable, he tasted the best. hands down, the best. He offers a free complimentary meal where you can taste and see what he would be serving at the wedding.
It was fantastic to hear people continuously compliment us on how great the food was. The fascinating thing when talking to my guests? Different people had a different take on what the best dish was. In fact, my wife and I were approached by several people asking which restaurant we hired so they could go there again.
The serving size were generous. At the end of the night, I dont recall seeing any tables finish all the food, however, every table took him their left overs.
One (positive for me) thing about Andrew is that he's a very hands on caterer. He offers great suggestions and wants to be involved so that everyone comes out with a positive experience. I appreciate the extra care and thought. In fact, during the wedding, my wife and I got our own server, which was really nice and I appreciated the thought.
I'd recommend Andrew and his team to anyone.
When it came to my wedding, my top priority was ensuring that the food was excellent.
After trying many Chinese-style menus, we decided that Hotel Banquet was the right choice for us. With Hotel Banquet, you are able to sample the ENTIRE menu and see the full presentation, as if it would be served during your wedding for FREE!
Andrew, the owner, is extremely personable and professional. You are able to customize the menu, so that it fits your budget and needs. He works with you to ensure you receive the highest quality in food and service. He is also very responsive to emails and phone calls.
His team did not disappoint at all. They were very attentive and courteous. All my guests complimented that our food was excellent.
Do yourself a favor and choose Hotel Banquet for your next event!
Andrew and his team catered our wedding on August 26th, 2017. During our struggle to find a caterer we stumbled upon Hotel Banquet on yelp and decided to try their sample dinner night. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it, however my wife and her family went instead and were impressed with the quality and tasting of food. They enjoyed it so much that my wife scheduled another sample meal night and brought me along with her. During that night we had several courses from a fruit plate to ribeye and walnuts to steamed fish. Everything I had that night was amazing so we decided to book. Andrew insisted we do regular dinner style catering if possible but at our venue we could only do a buffet setting. His reasoning is that buffet style requires the food to be kept warm for a longer period of time thus reducing the quality of the foods and even ruins some dishes all together. We decided to press on anyway and ordered a wide array of foods for our reception. The day before the wedding, Andrew invited us over for lunch to go over any last minute details. What we didn't expect was a full meal with two huge plates all on him. Salt and pepper shrimp and shrimp and mushrooms were amazing. On the wedding night, I wasn't able to try much food however I did taste the peking duck and it was perfect. Throughout the dinner service i walked around and got feedback on the food and no one had anything negative to say. After the dinner service, the catering team packed up all the left overs into boxes for guests to take home so nothing went to waste and our guests were able to enjoy the food again. I highly recommend Andrew and his team for their fair prices, great food, and awesome services.
Thank you Andrew!
Kay and Anthony
My Santa Barbara wedding was perfect! I will definitely be working with Andrew and his team again...
After becoming thrilled and newly engaged, my fiance and I wasted no time in planning our wedding. We both fell in love with Santa Barbara and many memories shared on our first date there, so it seemed perfect to plan our summer wedding on the coast however there seemed to be one major problem; there are no Chinese caterers (or at least none that we preferred) in beautiful Santa Barbara.
We met with several caterers here in OC and were thrilled with not only Hotel Banquets effort to travel a bit north for our wedding, but were blown away by the delicious tasting and presentation that we experienced prior to our big day. The superb 10 course meal, excellent hosting, and versatility that Andrew and his team provided was above and beyond. With the majority of my family being vegetarian and pescatarian, Andrew not only changed a few items on the menu for my family and friends but he also made suggestions on dishes that not only fulfilled our requests but offered amazing presentation as well. Plating portions are larger than anything I had experienced at other weddings, plates came out sizzling hot, and each dish was flavorful and cooked perfectly. A lot of brides may say they weren't able to eat on their wedding day, but I made sure to enjoy each dish since I looked forward to it from our previous tasting.
Andrew always reassured me that everything would be taken care of and to relax and stress less. Of course planning a wedding in Santa Barbara when I'm local to OC isn't relaxing whatsoever, Andrew never failed to communicate with my husband and I, he answered all our questions in a timely manner, and each time we met before our wedding he always treated us as family rather than a customer.
Thank you again Andrew and team for not only providing us with an excellent meal and amazing service, but a memorable experience that met all expectations.