What To Expect

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How does The Dinner Detective work?

The Dinner Detective is very different from traditional murder mystery dinner theater. Our actors are not dressed in cheesy costumes and we don’t have themes to our shows because our scripts are written in present day based on real cold cases. There’s no set or stage because anyone in the room can end up being a part of the show, and the action happens all around you 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 $99.00/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?

• Chef’s Choice Tray Passed Appetizers
• Seasonal Salad with Vinaigrette
• Entree Choices:
• Chicken Cacciatore
• Roasted Salmon
• Pasta Pomodoro
• Chocolate Cake

Do you have a bar?

Yes! A fully-stocked cash bar is available during the entire performance, with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

What is the schedule for a typical show? When do we eat?

Check-in starts the action and begins with your first set of instructions for the night. To make sure you don’t miss anything, arrive no later than the start time on your confirmation page. The four course meal is integrated into the show breaks for an all inclusive, interactive evening. For reference, the entree course is usually about an hour and 15 minutes after the start time on your confirmation.

Where do you perform? Where can I park?

We perform at the The Hideout, 22 Warren St, New York, NY 10007. Private lots and garages within walking distance.

There are three doors that all have the address of 22 Warren St. One is a residence, one is a restaurant, and the west most entrance (that leads directly down a staircase) is The HideOut. If you arrive before our doors are open, feel free to grab a drink at the restaurant bar. 

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. Think appropriate attire for a Saturday night out on the town! Unripped jeans and a nice top are fine, but no shorts, t-shirts, flip flops 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 suggest the show for adults only. We have a strict age limit of 15 years old and adult supervision is required. The Dinner Detective is a show geared toward adults, so you’ll want to find a sitter! NO ONE under the age of 15 will be admitted into the show.

Do I have to participate in the show?

The entire show is interactive. For the very best experience, understanding that the show is interactive in nature and you may be involved in some way will only enhance your night! So our guests are encouraged to participate (it’s way more fun that way!), but it is not required. 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 a member of your party directly involved in the mystery! This optional package lets you SECRETLY frame one member of your party without their knowledge. Because our performers are not dressed up in costume, we will use your guest as a red herring to frame them as a prime suspect in the case. The package (available one per party, per table) is $19.95+service fees and has very limited availability. If the package is not sold out for your desired show date, it will be available to be added at the beginning of your order.

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 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, your group will be split and assigned to adjacent tables. 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 for your salad, entree and dessert courses. Tray passed appetizers are not substituted to accommodate dietary restrictions. 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!