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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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A fun night - don't go for the food

We've been several times. It's always an enjoyable evening. Often you can get discounts on groupon. The food seems to be pre-prepared and my husband was not full by any... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Penny A
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We've been several times. It's always an enjoyable evening. Often you can get discounts on groupon. The food seems to be pre-prepared and my husband was not full by any means. We go anyway, it's fun

Thank Penny A
Perris, California
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

My sister and I went to the Gourmet Detective at the Flabob Airport. We had a very nice evening. The venue was the airport restaurant and they created a setting/backdrop of Paris. The cast was wonderful and friendly, and they even turned into waiters during acts and intermission. Have to say that the wine offering was perfect for me. They... More 

Thank kelliducloux1
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

The acting was great. The story line was interesting and there was no way to easily figure out "who done it". These are the pluses that would warrant a ticket price of maybe $25 for the theatre experience. The food was dried chicken or tasteless pot roast. A glass of bad wine was $9.50. The venue is a conference room... More 

Thank 62anne2014
Riverside, California
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

I had always wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner so my boyfriend took me there for my birthday. The show is no longer near the Mission Inn. It is at a little Italian restaurant next door to Goodwill. That should have been my first red flag. After being seated, a really sweet girl that couldn't stop smiling came... More 

Thank Janette D
Alyssa C, Owner at Gourmet Detective, responded to this review

Dear Janette, I am so sorry to hear of your disappointing experience at our dinner and show on Saturday, 12/5. We strive to meet our customers' needs at every event, and are so disappointed we failed to meet your expectations. It seems that catering at our new location in Riverside has been wobbly. We have new caterers this week (a... More 

Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

We had a blast. I'd never done one of these murder mystery dinner shows before. I was anticipating more audience interaction. There wasn't much. We still had fun though. The drinks were strong ;-) The food was ok. Not the best meal I've had but far from the worst. The cast was great, totally in character and funny. I don't... More 

Thank loveps
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We thought the acting was wonderful. The food was better than we had expected so that was an added plus. We were mainly there for their dinner show. I would definitely do it again. I wish that the room were a little bit bigger but I do like the outside balcony that looks over the Mission Inn! I'm glad there... More 

2 Thank Tfnybrooks
Riverside, California
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Had a great time, the show was funny and well acted! It was entertaining and well presented, perfect date night that was memorable. Couldn't ask for more, would go again in a heartbeat!

4 Thank GoshOhGolly
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

My wife (then fiancee) went here for a dinner show. Funny, good food, and great location. Would go again!

4 Thank Robert K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

It was so cool! Actors and actresses were amazing! There was funny moments and they really get everybody involved! Overall was a great expierience!

2 Thank anonymous2400
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Food was just okay, but the performance was excellent. I was really in shock with how good all of the actors were. All were a perfect fit for the roles...I was really surprised with how good this show was. Thanks for a nice evening.

2 Thank Charliecutler

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