Catering Price Lists and Quotes in South Africa

Catering prices per head (excluding beverages)

Buffet meal (one course) R115 – R150
Buffet meal (two courses) R215 – R250


Formal plated meal (one course) R175 – R220
Formal plated meal (two courses) R240 – 270
Formal plated meal (three courses) R290 – R325


Informal cocktail party R80 – R 110
Formal cocktail party R190 – R220
Informal corporate function (finger foods) R115 – R150
Formal corporate function (finger foods) R190 – R225

Catering companies usually cost an event or function on a per person bases and not on an hourly rate. These prices can range between R100 – R300. There maybe be a standard fee charged for additional rental items but the main cost factor is the type of event the caterer is preparing for. Our top catering companies have put together average catering costs for the most commonly catered events.

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    What Influences The Quotes for Catering

    It is crucial to have a general idea of the type of event you are planning as well as the approximate number of attendees in order to receive an appropriate price for food. Before providing you with a catering price, the catering company will frequently ask about your needs. This helps them make sure they stay within your budget and can provide you with a range of options.


    Most catering companies will charge you a deposit for the catering. This is because they will need to buy all of the food for the event in advance. You can inquire about the deposit amount when requesting catering quotes from different companies.

    The number of guests

    Your catering quote will increase with the number of guests attending your event because caterers often charge per person. Nevertheless, there are situations when having a big number of visitors may benefit you and result in a little lower cost per person. Tiered pricing based on guest count is a common feature of catering price lists.

    Your menu choice

    Caterers will often supply a choice of different menus. Depending on the ingredients and type items offered on the menu will affect the cost that the catering companies charge. Be sure to discuss menu options and pricing when requesting quotes.


    Some catering companies have a full service offering – supplying additional extras such as welcome drinks, cutlery, decorations.  etc – These items will all affect the quote that the catering company gives you.

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