Customer Reviews

"My husband recently retired after 30 years of state service. We hosted a combination retirement party and campout at Bouchard Group Camp in Refugio State Beach. Having attended an event catered by Simply Marvelous BBQ, they were our first choice.

While planning the event, Steph suggested a simple menu of baby back ribs and chicken with sides of potatoes, vegetable medley and cornbread muffins. Just for fun, Simply Marvelous arranged for a special order of crawdads from Louisiana as an appetizer. This worked perfectly with the rustic setting.

A number of our guests could not arrive on time. Simply Marvelous BBQ was very accommodating, holding extra food in warming boxes until their arrival. The food and service were exceptional, as expected, but what made the day special is that the Simply Marvelous BBQ crew truly enjoy what they do."

- Dr. Nicole Marinelli, DVM


"Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of hiring Simply Marvelous for several of my events. They have ranged from casual gatherings to more formal events, and have included many theme caterings.

The theme-type events included an Appalachian hoedown, Las Vegas buffet and Super Bowl banquet. The party sizes have been from 20 to 200 people.

My guests and I have always been pleased at the remarkable quality and presentation of the food, and I have enjoyed working closely with the owner Steph Franklin to plan and execute A-1 quality events. The service and attitude of Steph and his crews has been pleasant and professional.

I can sincerely and strongly recommend Simply Marvelous for virtually any kind of event. I can be contacted at (805) 680-4622 if anyone would like to discuss this reference with me further."

- Ken Switzer


"Simply Marvelous BBQ provided not only the best food I've ever had, but they are some of the best people that I have ever worked with. Wedding food is not usually memorable, at least not in a good way, but almost 2 years after the wedding my friends are still raving about the smoked turkey breast and raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce.

The only thing better than the food was the service and attention to detail. In addition to turkey we had smoked salmon and Tri-Tip, and I couldn't tell you which was the best, but rest assured your guests will not be going home hungry as they leave a Simply Marvelous BBQ catered event!

Food like this should cost a premium, but Steph and Jaime keep their prices competitive without compensating for taste. This is a winning combination and I definitely recommend these guys to anyone for any event! The only downfall, once you taste Simply Marvelous you won't want any other BBQ, ever!"

- Jacques Zalma


"Simply Marvelous has catered a couple of functions for us. The first one was a volunteer event with Santa Barbara Human Resources Association. The food was wonderful!!! Tri-tip sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled Portobello mushrooms. It was fantastic. The next event was a hot dog bbq with our employees. The staff is super nice and friendly and the food was great.

Want a good BBQ – call Steph!!! You’ll get something great."

- Karyn L. Fish


"Thanks for providing your services for our twins 50th birthday party. Everyone was truly impressed with your food, preparation, and overall handling of our guests. I am getting calls everyday from people who attended the party thanking us for a great meal."

- Curt


"Simply Marvelous catered two wedding rehearsal dinners, (eight weeks apart), for us, and both were flawless. They were very knowledgeable and accommodating during the preliminary meetings and once we selected our menu they took care of everything.

Their food was delicious and abundant (everyone raved over the smoked tri-tip), their service was friendly and professional putting everyone at ease, and the logistics of setup and cleanup had a minimal impact on our celebrations. Both events were outstanding!"

- Candace Stevenson


"Holy Moly! I love Simply Marvelous! In fact everyone at the wedding told me how much they loved their food. We had an outdoor BBQ, complete with all of the BBQ sides. Stephan fired up the Chicken and Santa Maria Tri-tip right there, and he had plenty of staff to help set-up and help with all of the bar services. Not only was this place affordable, but it provided awesome customer service and the most delicious BBQ I've ever tasted! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!"

- Maggie Lacie