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Reviewed On 6/30/2021 by Karen D
Outstanding caterer!!! We have used them three times and you can’t go wrong with Bullwinkles! Food is out of this world and staff is exceptional! They make things so easy with a tasting to help you decide your menu choices. They provide everyt...
hing needed to provide a wonderful meal for your guests. Highly recommend!!!
Reviewed On 6/24/2021 by Valerie T
ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT FOOD! I cannot say enough about how wonderful this catering service was or how delicious the food was. They literally made my day less stressful as the mother of the bride! They were also very accommodating during COVID ...
times. We had to reschedule & they helped us out there. Strict COVID rules were in place at the time of the rescheduled event and once again, they were able to accommodate. Thank You Top Hat Catering for pleasing everyone's palate that day. Their restaurant, Bullwinkle's, has also become a family favorite!
Reviewed On 8/02/2020 by Jenn L
We chose Bullwinkle's to cater our wedding this summer and we have no regrets about having them serve dinner for our wedding. They were my second tasting when deciding on catering and I knew immediately they were the right caterer to go with. A...
lmost underrated as a caterer for a formal wedding because most in the Dayton, OH area know them for their casual food, bbq and ribs, but their catering side offers high-quality food and service. It was seriously delicious. We received so many compliments on the food. The only thing was we ran out of salad a little early but had a ton of meat leftover so something was off in planning the proper amount of each thing to have prepared. Not worth dropping a star on, but of course, just a small error. Also, in the wake of covid-19, Bullwinkle's was so flexible about everything: the changing of my wedding date, amount of guests, amount of food needed, etc. They were completely understanding and easy to work with amidst constant changes.
Reviewed On 11/18/2019 by Hannah M
Perfect! Bullwinkles was one of the best choices we made! They were communicative, on time, professional- and the food was fantastic. Kyle and I got many compliments on our catering from many guests, and the delicious food kept us going all nig...
ht. They packaged up the left overs for us and we ate for a week without getting sick of it- no, seriously- that's how good it is. On top of that, since this is a restaurant we can go back for a date night have plans to have our anniversary dinner there each year to eat delicious food, remember great times, and celebrate the future! If you haven't tried their food, take yourselves for a date night to get a taste of the greatness headed your way!
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by Jessica U
I just had my reception this past weekend. (I'm the bride). They were told to expect around 100 guests. They sent 2 people over, one who'd never worked a wedding before! (Who told a guest who complained to me). They complained to the groom dire...
ctly about unloading in the rain. Also found out this morning that the soda/pop that was being served was EXPIRED last month. Only good part was the baked Ziti was good. Served food late. I had a plate of food and I had to go say goodbye to a guest and my plate and water was gone. This was UNACCEPTABLE that I didn't get to eat because it was thrown away. Same with my cake! Speaking of cake-- it was time to cut the cake and they were working on loading the truck up. The DJ announced time to cut the cake, and there was no one around so my dad ran out to his car in the rain to get a cake server-- WHICH WAS MY MOTHERS and somehow after they cut the cake (finally), the knife disappeared. That was from HER wedding and so my parents went up there the next day and they didn't have it. I don't think anyone should go through that.
Reviewed On 8/05/2019 by Shelby M
My husband and I would recommend Bullwinkles a million times over. The food is delicious and all of our guests raved about how fresh the food tasted even though it was served buffet style! Bullwinkles makes sure to work with you to stay within ...
your budget while also making sure you have food that will satisfy your guests. You get to try pretty much anything from their catering menu before making your selections, and you have the option of buffet or server style. The management at Bullwinkles is top notch, and we would highly recommend using them!
Reviewed On 5/20/2019 by Alli C
The price for what you get is great (silverware, plates, etc.) The food was also really good and the tasting was easy! However, we asked them to accommodate a few vegans and they put eggs in the food. A guest had an allergic reaction and had to...
be rushed to the hospital. My dad had to miss the entire reception to take him. They also said they do the cake cutting so we planned that ahead of time, but 20 minutes went by and no one cut the cake. A girl working with them frantically ran up and asked if they were supposed to do it. Food was good but they really really messed up my big day.
Reviewed On 9/03/2018 by Emma K
We used Bullwinkle's for our rehearsal dinner venue. The food was absolutely amazing and the prices blew all other competitors out of the water! Our guests loved the fact that it was upstairs and we had the entire floor to ourselves. We highly ...
recommend using them!
Reviewed On 8/01/2018 by Lindsey L
Top Hat did a wonderful job for our wedding. The food was great, the guests loved it, and the price was perfect. For me, finding a caterer was the most frustrating for our wedding. Most companies want to nickel and dime you for everything, howe...
ver that is not the case with Bullwinkle's. They were very up front about the costs and it was very affordable. They even made a suggestion for a better cut of meat 2 weeks prior to the wedding and allowed us to change the menu. We did also use them for bartending which worked out well. They recommended 1 bartender for 160 people, however looking back I personally would go with 2.
Reviewed On 7/07/2018 by Stephanie B
So I have mixed feelings on this one. The food was amazing. All of the guests raved about how delicious it was. My issue was that they over promised what they could do and potentially overbooked the day of my wedding. I got several calls the mo...
rning of the wedding with concerns that they didn’t think everything that the contact stated would be done was going to get completed in time. We actually had to ask the venue if they could get in earlier (which typically the venue charges extra for). I also had to send over two of my cousins to help with their setup because of this. This was super stressful. In the end it turned out great and the food was yummy. There was a crazy amount of left overs. We gave some away to family and even took some with us for the honeymoon. No one went away hungry.
Reviewed On 2/14/2018 by Joe K
Everything was perfect!
Reviewed On 1/30/2018 by Sarah A
I have never had so many compliments regarding our food. They were amazing and went above and beyond our expectations. The whole team was outstanding. The bartenders, food prep, servers, and the manager John. John was fantastic. He was great to...
work with and helped us plan our meal to fit our budget. I loved they provided the linens, table utensils, and dinnerware. I would highly recommend Bullwinkle's Top Hat Catering. :)
Reviewed On 1/29/2018 by Cristen G
We used Bullwinkle's as our rehearsal dinner restaurant. They were very easy to work with & had everything ready when we arrived. The food & service was great. The room was private & a fun space for our bridal party & family to have dinner & ta...
lk. It was also conveniently located right around the corner from our venue. I would recommend Bullwinkle's for anyone's rehearsal dinner.
Reviewed On 11/29/2017 by Olivia S
Amazing food and amazing service! We received so many compliments about the food. They have great pricing for their full wedding packages. Their staff were amazing and made sure all our needs were taken care off.
Reviewed On 11/12/2017 by Emily M
Bullwinkle's was the perfect caterer! The food was absolutely delicious and the staff provided the best service. I would highly recommend choosing them as your caterer!
Reviewed On 7/02/2017 by Lauren R
When we first reached out to this vendor the communication was a little slow. But once we brought our concerns to their attention, they were very responsive and flexible with our needs. From the moment we had our initial tasting, I was blown aw...
ay at the quality of their food. This is not just the "normal" wedding buffet food, this is gourmet food!! This company really takes pride in the quality of their food. We have received so many compliments on how amazing the food was!!!!
Reviewed On 6/10/2017 by Tiffany W
Cannot put into words!! The group was easy to work with and the manager made sure to personally call me a week before to make sure all was in order. The food was amazing!! All our guests complimented on how amazing the food tasted. The serv...
ers were so fantastic, could not have asked for better. They were flexible, helpful, and very attentive. The manager even stopped by our reception to make sure all was going well. Could not have asked for better and the price was a steal!
Reviewed On 5/24/2017 by Ashley K
The food tasted amazing!
Reviewed On 5/06/2017 by Samanthe' C
Top Hat Catering was wonderful to work with. They were able to set up a taste testing and allowed us to try many items on their menu. The day of our wedding, our guests were going back for seconds and are still raving (2 weeks after our weddi...
ng) about their meal! The linens they offered went perfectly with our color theme, their staff was very professional, and their services were excellent. I would definitely recommend Top Hat Catering.
Reviewed On 10/24/2016 by Lisa C
Excellent service and quality from John Sizemore and his staff at our daughter's wedding. We received many compliments from our guests for the delicious food. John was very easy to work with and accommodated our needs.
Reviewed On 7/27/2016 by Alley M
I was initially really excited about Bullwinkle's Top Hat Bistro. I'm not going to lie, their price for our rustic BBQ menu was the best we quoted anywhere with china and linens. However, the service we got made the extra expense of going with ...
someone else worth it. It took me 2 weeks to get a response from John Sizemore for just an initial quote. Then it took me 3-4 emails and 6+ text message (as a read on reviews that was the best way to reach him) to even get a response on scheduling a tasting. It's now been 2 weeks since our tasting with the owner and we still haven't received a follow up email with the final contract and quote we requested. When we arrived for our scheduled tasting he wasn't even there. The owner said "oh he must have dumped you all on me." Really? He didn't even know we were scheduled and John S. mentioned nothing about meeting with someone other than himself. We tasted pulled pork, BBQ chicken breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac n' cheese. The chicken was bland and a big fat no. The pork was so so, too dry. The sauce was overly sour. The green bean were overly salty and the mac was alright. The only thing we could all agree on was the mashed potatoes. It's also worth noting that their china and flatware was far less impressive and formal than anywhere else we visited (they were like cafeteria basic) and the table cloths that are included (which was a huge selling point for us at first) are only lap length. I'm just glad I had this experience right off the bat so I could avoid booking them for our wedding. Everyone we met with through other caterers were eager to please, accommodate, and respond. They were friendly and welcoming and organized. That was far from our experience with Bullwinkle's.
Reviewed On 7/21/2016 by Katie H
Amazing!! The tasting sold us. Everything was so delicious and for a reasonable price. The day of, the food was still just as yummy as it was when we tested it and we had a good amount left over.
Reviewed On 6/15/2015 by christi b
We had Bullwinkle's cater our wedding and the food was delicious. Initially, I was skeptical. The pricing was so reasonable, especially with all of the linens and flatware included, but after the tasting, I was sold. The food was amazing. We w...
ere not from the area so we had never heard of any caterers in town, but once we tasted the food and met with the staff, we knew this would be perfect. Everyone really enjoyed the meal and we were not even close to running out. The staff was great with setting up and our bartender was so easy to work with, even with our signature drink that he had to make multiple times throughout the night. We also had our rehearsal at Bullwinkle's and that was just as good. They have so many options and everything we've tried has been wonderful. I'm so thankful we chose them.
Reviewed On 9/22/2014 by Kathleen S
Top Hats food is amazing! Everything we tried we liked, so it was hard narrowing down our choices. We ended up with the beef brisket, grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, and honey glazed carrots. Everyone at our wedding loved the food. We had...
plenty of food for everyone and some left over for family the next day. All of the guests have commented on how good the food was at our wedding.
John Sizemore was very personable and is what made us choose Top Hats over other caterers. He was really nice and genuine with us. He was upfront about getting a hold of him and that the best way was texting. I would make sure to keep copies of contracts and receipts, just in case because one time we had to confirm a payment we made a few months prior. This wasn't an issue because he had told us to keep track of things as well.
The staff on our wedding day was very helpful with drinks, and keeping the buffet stocked. The only complaint we had was that the staff was supposed to clean up at the reception, and my family ended up doing a lot of it.
Reviewed On 1/13/2014 by Stacy E
When we had our tasting with Bullwinkle’s a huge part of me didn’t want to taste any others. It was that good. But we still wanted to do look around and see what else was out there for the money. We ended up coming back and booking Bullwinkl...
e’s. No one even came close to comparing to the quality and taste of their food. Plus their staff was wonderful, and linens and china were included at no additional cost. John Sizemore was a pleasure to work with. FYI: If you reach him by email, he will be a little slower to respond but he does respond. Just be patient. It’s worth it!!! Our guests were still raving about our wedding food months after the wedding. And there was enough food to feed all of our guests plus still have leftovers to take home. The wedding day staff were outstanding. I just can’t say enough about how great they were. We would definitely book them again.
Reviewed On 10/14/2013 by Erica O
I met with a few different caterers before meeting with John at Top Hat, and I had a couple bad experiences, so when I met with Top Hat I knew right away that they were the perfect caterer for us. The tasting was an awesome experience. It was l...
aid back, the food was absolutely amazing and he didn't pressure us in any way. It was stress free and exactly the type of experience a bride and groom need while trying to plan a wedding. He let us eat, then came back at the end and asked how many people, the location, and what we wanted. He made the experience all about us, and what we wanted and expected. He gave us tons of options and came up with a special menu that tailored to what we wanted, instead of one of the options available. On the day of the wedding the catering staff showed up early and set up all the tables and even helped set up decorations! One of the staff members catered to my husband and I and always made sure that our glasses were full and that we had everything we needed. I wasn't expecting all of these extra services that they provided and it was an awesome surprise! They for sure went above and beyond my expectations! Everyone at the wedding including myself, absolutely LOVED the food!!! So many people asked who the caterar was, and complimented on how awesome the food was!! The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and courteous! I was overwhelmed with how great they were! Everything was perfect! I am so impressed with everything they provided!!! At the end of the night we had leftover food and a staff member told my family and asked what we wanted to do with it, and we ended up calling a homeless shelter and the staff delivered the food to the homeless shelter for us. It was the perfect ending, and made me appreciate the staff of Top Hat even more than I already did! So not only was the service amazing, but the food was the absolute best food I have ever had at a wedding, and luckily it was my own wedding! They were also very affordable, which was pretty important to us! I will for sure be recommending them to everyone I know!!!
Reviewed On 4/25/2013 by Amber A
First off the food was delicious! And all of our guests agreed. Luckily we saw a couple taste testing when we were at dinner at Bullwinkle's. Or we may have missed out on our amazing wedding food! The price was cheaper then some other caterers ...
we'd met with and their food was nothing to brag about. If you want good food book Top Hat! John was great to work with! The only complaint I had was we were told that he would bring the linen and kegs the day before. So we planned on decorating tables after the rehearsal dinner. He called that day and said he got another job and couldn't come until the morning of the wedding. It would of been nice to not have to stress about table decorations before the ceremony. But John and his team did set the tables, put centerpieces, and all of the candles that day because of it. They did our bartending too! Highly, highly recommend.
Reviewed On 10/09/2012 by Amanda A
I had been to tastings and when we met with John, he was the most personable of all. Let's face it, the food sold itself, but John sold us on his service.
One thing I did notice, it wasn't as good as in the restaurant, but we still received m...
any compliments from guests.
Reviewed On 10/02/2012 by lauren w
I met John the owner at a bridal expo and really liked him and their food. I didn't even try any other caterers. We met for a tasting and everything was delicious. They were affordable and very accommodating. I was very impressed. My guests lov...
ed the food as well, we got lots of compliments. The only complaint was he bartender kept disappearing and guests got there own drinks way too many times. I would definitely recommend as long as they send a different bartender.
Reviewed On 8/02/2012 by Taylor
I would highly recommend Bullwinkle's Catering! Just plain great all-american food. We had chicken marsala, beef brisket with BBQ sauce, cheesy potatoes, mac and cheese, salad, and dinner rolls. I paid about $1,700 total for 80 people and it wa...
s soooo worth it. My wedding was in my backyard, in 105 degree heat I might add. There were 2 people working the buffet table and they were troopers, because you know they were dying of heat!! They even came and collected all the plates and silverware when dinner was finished. Tip was included in the cost. They set up fast, and put everything away without bothering or interfering a thing. Great professionalism. Highly recommended.