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Address: 6060 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504
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+1 866-992-5424
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Sat 19:00 - 22:30

The Gourmet Detective is southern California's classiest murder mystery...

The Gourmet Detective is southern California's classiest murder mystery dinner show. We offer a carefully crafted evening of murder, elegance and romance. Let our combination of award-winning theater and gourmet cuisine transport you to another time and place. Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary, date night or a party with out of town guests, we'll make your special night an Evening to Die For. We're also a great choice for your company party or reunion of up to 100 guests! We've been professionals in the food and murder business since 1990. Our talented cast of professional actors will charm and delight you with an intriguing mystery full of magic, music and murder. Our professionally scripted mysteries have won awards and rave reviews: Winner of both the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Dinner Theater" and the "Best Kept Secret" Award from Orange Coast Magazine, and "Best of the West...Best Mystery Dinner Theater" from Sunset Magazine.

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Texas family visiting CA wanted something different for evening entertainment and chose Gourmet Detective. We enjoyed the actors mingling with the audience and involved us in the... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2013
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Texas family visiting CA wanted something different for evening entertainment and chose Gourmet Detective. We enjoyed the actors mingling with the audience and involved us in the "who dun it" Food was served in increments and in a timely manner...but the taste was nothing to write home about. The play was zany with laughs. Value of the evening was a... More 

Thank 1stargazer
San Bernardino, Ca
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2012

The Gourmet Detective is the place to go for an entertaining evening when you are in Riverside. The whole evening is based on audience participation, so you have to be willing to join the party that the staff is throwing especially for you. The show is funny, corny, and cheesy, but you'll love it. Expect a raucous good time. Don't... More 

1 Thank marathonmichael
Boulder, Colorado
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

We went to their New Years Eve production in Newport Beach and it was all sorts of cheesy goodness and the cast knows how to have fun with an engaged audience. The food was very good, and the play was more than worth it.

2 Thank Stan P
Bakersfield, California, United States
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

My hubby and I went to the gourmet detective for my birthday one year. I was not disappointed! I was still in school so we were budgeting, and the value of the evening was super! We got to dress up, have a nice meal and be entertained all evening. The actors/servers really make an effort to perform well, both during... More 

3 Thank Nora B
corona ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

You have to let yourself go when you get here. It is an interactive show and you have to share a table with other people while you eat. The food is so-so but the show is fantastic. It is amazing how they can fit a whole cast in this tiny resteraunt. I would suggest it to anyone that is looking... More 

1 Thank ahorn33
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2012

What a fantastic show...We laughed, cheered, and had an all around great time. /the food was exactly five stars, but it was ok! A definite must do in Riverside, CA.

2 Thank mistermct20
Moreno Valley, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Was a fun night, but way too long. Salad served, then play done, then next course, then play. Would have enjoyed dinner to have been served during the play. I was starving by the time dinner arrived.

1 Thank going_going_gone1
Moreno Valley, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We enjoy taking friends to the Gourmet Detective where we know we will have a fun time and good food.

1 Thank Frances S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

They actually do a pretty good job at this mystery-dinner thing. Parking is a breeze. It's a small, intimate setting. Staff is quite nice and helpful. They keep you entertained. The food is actually quite good for this type of dinner. And the show is fun. Worth the money, for sure!

Thank danthatravel
Cherry Valley, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2011

The actors and piano player were excellent. Actors kept things moving, lots of laughs! The meal was very good, fresh, hot and served timely. Treat yourselves to a special, unique night out! We will definitely go again! Cheers to the The Gourmet Detective!

Thank Steve P

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