The Dinner Detective is an experience unlike any other! We offer an amazing murder mystery show paired with a fantastic four-course plated dinner. From the very beginning, we will hide actors in the audience that are not dressed in costume. Anyone in the room can end up being part of the show, including YOU! If you have any questions about The Dinner Detective that aren’t answered below, please contact us!
We are excited for the opportunity to welcome you back to a night of mystery, intrigue, comedy, and laughter. Safety of our guests, actors, and business partners is paramount to The Dinner Detective. Here’s what you can expect at your next show.
Note: These guidelines are not exhaustive. We adhere to all local and state regulations. We continue to monitor the ever changing guidelines and restrictions surrounding COVID19, and should we need to postpone a show due to any reasons surrounding the pandemic, you will be notified and issued a non-expiring gift certificate to use at a later time
- Modified Interrogation Reception – New format allowing guests to remain seated.
- Touchless Clues – Clue station(s) available & clues accessible via smartphone.
- Evidence – All show supplies are prepared with gloves, sealed, & delivered to each guests table side
- Attendance and Banquet Space – Reduced along with a larger showroom for greater distancing between tables. Larger tables with non-party guests seated six feet apart.
- Face Masks – All guests are encouraged to wear masks when not seated (required in locations where mandated by government); masks and gloves available upon arrival to the show.
- Wait Staff – All servers will wear face covering & gloves throughout event.
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Parking Info: City Parking Garage is available across the street for $1 per hour.
The Dinner Detective is very uniquely different from traditional murder mystery dinner theater! Anyone in the room can end up being a part of the show, and the action happens throughout the entire room. Throughout the night, a crime will occur, hidden clues will be revealed, and our Detectives will help everyone try to crack the case. In the end, we have a Prize Package awaiting the Top Sleuth who provides the best answer before the killer is unmasked! PLEASE NOTE: Prop guns, loud simulated gunshots, and short lighting blackouts are used as part of the performance!
General admission tickets start at $63.95/person + taxes & fees. Due to peak demand, pricing may change during select holidays and the month of December.
We perform Saturday nights, 2-3 times a month, every month year round! Most shows run 6:00 – 9:00 PM, but please check your chosen show page for details. We list new shows on our calendar page 8 weeks in advance.
Every murder mystery admission ticket includes: An interrogation reception, fantastic satisfying dinner, wait staff gratuity (beverage service and performer gratuity not included), and a tantalizing Prize Package for the Top Sleuth who comes closest to solving the crime.
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Yes! A fully-stocked (cash-only) bar is available during the entire performance, with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Check-in starts the action and begins with your first set of instructions for the night. To make sure you don’t miss anything, we recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to the check-in start time on your confirmation page! The meal is integrated into the show breaks for an all-inclusive interactive evening.
Please click HERE to view our location & directions!
Unlike other traditional murder mystery shows, our show does not have a theme or time period, and our performers are not in costume! Unlike traditional murder mystery dinner shows, we do not set our shows in the Old West, on Pirate Island, or in the 1800’s. All of our stories are set in the present day, take place in real time, and all of our performers are dressed just like everyone else!
Our dress code is business casual/dressy casual unless otherwise noted in the show description. Think appropriate attire for a Saturday night out on the town! Nice jeans are fine. No shorts, t-shirts, or hats are allowed. Guests not adhering to this dress code will be turned away at the door, so plan ahead!
Please bring your confirmation page and a valid photo ID to gain admission to the show.
We have a strict age limit of 15 years old. The Dinner Detective is a show geared toward adults, so you’ll want to find a sitter! No infants or toddlers are allowed to attend!
No, you do not have to participate in the show unless you choose to do so! Our guests are encouraged but not required to perform or participate. However, since our actors are hidden in the audience, other audience members may interact with and interrogate you on their own.
There are no bad seats, since the show takes place all around you! Our actors are seated all around the room, possibly at your table. We also ensure each table gets to see every clue and witness every important scene, so all guests have an equal chance to solve the mystery!
Yes! The Suspect Package is a great way to get your party directly involved in the mystery! This optional package lets you get a member of your party involved in the show as a Prime Suspect. Because our performers are not dressed up in costume, we will use your guest as a red herring to trick the audience into believing they are involved in the mystery. This package has a one-time per-party fee of $19.95 + service fees, and can be ordered during your reservation check-out. Only three Suspect Packages are available per show, so don’t wait!
Yes! We host dozens of special groups and events each year, including wedding anniversaries, marriage proposals (100% acceptance rate and counting!), private work events, and so much more.
Yes, we can seat your group together! All guests will be assigned seats at maximum 10-person round banquet tables. If you have multiple parties making separate reservations, please ask your party members to mention the last name of your original party in the Party Seating Request section during the order process. If your group is larger than 10, we will do our best to split the group equally and seat you at adjacent tables unless otherwise instructed. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee seating requests will be honored unless we are notified of those requests at the time of your order!
Yes! Our venue and their kitchens are able to accommodate allergies and illnesses, such as gluten free, vegan, etc. We request that you note any allergies or illnesses when placing your order so that we may accommodate you. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee dietary illnesses or allergies will be honored unless we are notified of those restrictions/allergies at the time of your order!
Yes! You may change your entree order(s) with at least 4 days’ notice. No fees will be charged. Please contact us to make arrangements. No entree changes may be made less than 4 days before the show, including at the show itself, so plan ahead!
Yes! You may reschedule your reservation(s) to another show date with at least 7 days’ notice. A nonrefundable $20/person transfer fee is required. Please contact us to make arrangements. No rescheduling is allowed less than 7 days before the show.
No. Once your purchase has been completed, all sales are final! We cannot refund or cancel any orders due to our theatrical and venue contracts.
Yes! We specialize in and produce corporate functions on a regular basis. Please click HERE to contact us and get more information!
Yes! Our Murder Mystery Gift Certificates are a great gift choice for any mystery-loving adult on your list. Please click HERE to purchase Gift Certificates with instant delivery!