Get Ready For The Night Of Your Life!
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 call our box office at (866) 496-0535, or email us at [email protected]!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does The Dinner Detective work?
The Dinner Detective is very 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!
What does my ticket include?
Every murder mystery admission ticket includes: An interrogation reception, appetizers, fresh rolls and butter, salad, your choice of entree, dessert, wait staff gratuity for food service (beverage service and performer gratuity not included), and a tantalizing Prize Package for the Top Sleuth who comes closest to solving the crime. We also have a full bar if you would like to purchase cocktails, and we feature several drink specials every night. The bar is cash only, and an ATM is easily accessible inside the venue.
How much are tickets?
General admission tickets start at $60.00/person + service fees. Due to peak demand, pricing may change during select holidays and the month of December.
What is on your menu? Entrees? Desserts?
• Spinach artichoke dip, pork pot stickers with honey soy ginger dipping sauce, fresh fruit display
• Petite green and red leaf salad blend topped with grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, shredded carrots
• Choice Of Entree:
– Seared Chicken Veloute
served with duchess potato, seasonal vegetables
– Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon Filet
served with rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables
– Wild Rice Stuffed Portabella
served with balsamic glaze drizzle, seasonal vegetables
• New York Style Cheesecake
Chips and salsa, sliced fruit and crispy fried green beans
Fresh garden salad
Choice Of Entree:
Garlic Chicken – Herb marinated chicken breast, pan seared and topped with a roasted garlic cream sauce
Potato Crusted Whitefish – Fresh Great Lake whitefish topped with crispy hash browns and served with sauce Veronique
Artichoke & Garlic Risotto Cakes (V GF) – Risotto cakes artichoke and roasted garlic breaded sautéed served on a bed of tomato fondue
Chef’s Choice Dessert
Water, coffee, iced tea, lemonade
Do you have a bar?
Yes! A fully-stocked bar is available during the entire performance, with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Please note, the bar is cash only, and an ATM is easily accessible inside the venue.
What is the schedule for a typical show? When do we eat?
6:00 – Check-In Begins and Bar Opens
6:15 – Interrogation Reception and Appetizers
6:30 – Seating and Food Orders
6:45 – Act One
7:05 – Entree Course
7:35 – Act Two
7:55 – Dessert Course
8:10 – Act Three
8:20 – Break/Answer Forms
8:35 – Act Four
8:45 – Show Ends
Where do you perform? Where can I park?
We perform at the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown, 11 Monroe Ave NW, , 49503. Self-Parking $10. Valet parking $12.
Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids Airport
2321 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Parking Info: Free self parking.
What is the show’s theme? What time period does it take place in?
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!
What is your dress code? Can I wear jeans, hats, etc.?
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!
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring your confirmation page and a valid photo ID to gain admission to the show.
What is your age limit? Can I bring my kids?
We have a strict age limit of 15 years old, due to mild adult content, loud noises, and swearing. The Dinner Detective is a show geared toward adults, so you’ll want to find a sitter!
Do I have to participate in the show?
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.
How do I know if I’ve gotten good seats?
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!
Can I get a member of my party involved in the show?
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.
Is The Dinner Detective good for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, group events, holidays, Valentine’s Day, etc.?
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.
How big are your tables? Can my entire group sit together?
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 attending, 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!
Can you accommodate dietary illnesses and allergies (gluten free, vegan, etc.)?
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!
Can I change my entree order(s)?
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.
Can I reschedule my reservations?
Yes! You may reschedule your reservation(s) to another show date with at least 7 days’ notice. A $20/person transfer fee is required. Please contact us to make arrangements. No rescheduling is allowed less than 7 days before the show.
Can I get a refund?
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.
Do you produce shows for private parties and company events?
Yes! We specialize in and produce corporate functions on a regular basis. Please click “Private Shows and Events” above to contact us and get more information!
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes! Our Murder Mystery Gift Certificates are a great gift choice for any adult on your list. Please click “Gift Certificates” above to purchase Gift Certificates with instant delivery!