Dining out is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon or evening. To make it even more unique, some diners are treating themselves to a local dinner theater experience.
Dinner theaters provide the best of both worlds: food and entertainment all rolled into one at the same locale.
In Los Angeles there are several local dinner theaters which offer to transport you back in time to an era long gone by or involve you in a murder mystery as you enjoy a gourmet meal.
Here are a few dinner theaters in the Los Angeles area.
• Cicada Restaurant and Nightclub is located in the historic Oviatt building in downtown Los Angeles. With its art deco décor, guests are transported back in time to the era of big band sounds of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Guests can cut a rug on the nightclub dance floor or sit back and sway to the beat of the musical styling of Ginger and the Hoosier Daddys and others. After five dinner attire is required of all guests and dressing in clothing of the era is encouraged. The restaurant offers a pre fixe menu starting at $49 per person. There is a $10 cover charge without a dinner reservation.
• Keith and Margo’s Murder Mystery is billed as Los Angeles’s original murder mystery. Performing since 1985, they offer a delicious four-course gourmet meal and a great show involving murder and intrigue. Prices start at $68.
• Sharpo! Dinner Theatre Los Angeles Mystery and Magic brings a novel twist to the classic dinner theater murder mystery. Their show also includes a mock trial in which dinner guests can pre-arrange for their companions to be part of the crime or a trial witness. Their dinner service is a 3-course meal which ranges in price from $52-59.
• Showtime Cabaret Dinner Theater features both afternoon and evening shows. The entertainers perform songs and dances from some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals up to modern day hits. The show is currently performing at Castaways in Burbank. Their dinner features gourmet cuisine which starts at $59.
• The Dinner Detective offers an interactive murder mystery aboard an authentic looking riverboat in Long Beach. During their four course meal, guests enjoy both a scenic harbor cruise and the chance to solve a murder mystery. The dinner and show start at $76.95 per person with discounts for groups of 20 or more.
For those looking to spice up another mundane dinner on the town, think about making a reservation at one of Los Angeles’s many dinner theaters. Have a little murder along with your entrée.