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SoCal's Favorite Murder Mystery Dinner Show

The Top Ten

Reasons to see a show.

1. We Make Murder Fun

The play's the thing, and to play is the thing. Our quest is for you to have fun that is funny, use your imagination, escape the everyday, to be entertained with comedy, drama, music and fun, and to keep everyone laughing.

“Non-stop fun from the minute guests walk into the bar outside the fictional Cafe to the conclusion of the wacky audience-participation mystery.” - Peggy Blizzard, Theater Critic, 1992

2. It's Award Winning Entertainment

We're the Most Award Winning Mystery Dinner Theater in Southern California. Spanning from “Raves... Best Dinner Theater” by Orange Coast Magazine for our debut production way back in 1990, to “Best Mystery Dinner Theater” in 2003 from Sunset Magazine, and "Best of Nightlife," by OC Magazine 2008, and most recently "Best in Region for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction" by Talk of the Town 2010, and "2010 Best Dinner Theater in Southern California" by Best of LA TV 2010 Viewer's Choice Award.

3. It's a One-of-a-Kind Experience

Unique to The Gourmet Detective is our emphasis on enhancing your overall experience. We offer a real escape with period settings, live music, authentic costuming, original musical score and scripted mysteries, all within an elegant dining atmosphere.

“There is dinner theather, and then there is The Gourmet Detective, which belongs in a class by itself.” - Christopher Trela, Theater Critic for OC Metro, 1997

4. We'll Capture Your Imagination

This is audience friendly participation! It's our goal to provide a setting where a united audience and performers can abandon status and inhibitions while venturing into a realm of play, imagination and fantasy. We stimulate, transform and engage our audiences so it's comfortable to take a leap of faith and participate in the entertainment and enrich the experience.

5. You Get to Play Too

In between scenes and during the eventful pre-show you'll get the chance to interact, engage and query the characters one-on-one or as a group. You'll also get to witness a crime and help solve the suspenseful mystery while enjoying dinner... Served by the suspects.

6. We've Stood the Test of Time

We are currently celebrating our 20th season in Orange County. That's more than 3,500 performances and 11,000 plus murders for more than 300,000 customers!

7. Our Cast Brings the Performance to Life

Our actors take it a step further by partnering with the audience to transform reality into fantasy. They utilize a script, improvisation and audience participation to advance the story and your fun. That's both a challenging order and environment to perform within, so we only choose the finest actors for our cast.

“The actors are accomplished at the fine art of improvisation” - OC Metro, 1999

8. Quality Customer Service

Your first-rate experience with The Gourmet Detective begins once you pick up the phone. Whether you represent a company, an organization, a club or friends celebrating a special occasion, tell us when and how many and we'll make it a night to remember.

9. The Excellent Dining Experience

Our chefs have won rave reviews from customers and critics, including “The Best Kept Secret” award from Orange Coast Magazine. Let's just say, the performance extends to the kitchen.

10. Our Corporate Hit List

We entertain both the individual and the group. Our Rolodex is pretty thick. Here's a partial list of the more famous, and infamous corporate clients we've performed for:

Abbot Laboratories
Andersen Consulting
Apria Health Care
Bank of America
Beckman Coulter
Cherokee International
Domino's Pizza
Eli Lilly
Ernst & Young
First Interstate Bank
Fluor Corporation
Hewlett Packard
Hornblower Cruises
Ingram Micro
Jack in the Box
Kaiser Permanente
Loma Linda University
McDonnel Douglas
OC Register
Pacific Bell
Proctor & Gamble
Ralston Purina
Red Lobster
Secretaries International
So Cal Edison
St. Joseph Health Care
Starkey Labs
State Farm Insurance
Taco Bell
Toyota Corp.
Union Carbide
Washington Mutual
Wylie Systems