The Gourmet Detective is a family owned and operated professional theater company.  We produce award-winning murder mystery dinner shows throughout southern California, primarily at our flagship venues in Newport Beach and downtown Riverside

We first opened our doors in 1990 as Mystery Cafe, changing our name to Gourmet Detective in 1998.  Over the last 25 years, we have produced thousands of murder mysteries and entertained hundreds of thousands of fun-loving customers.  A rewarding customer experience, from box office to curtain call, is our number one goal.  Read our Reviews to hear from the many satisfied customers who tell us we're hitting the target. 

At Gourmet Detective, we put the theater in murder mystery dinner theater.  Our shows are professionally written, staged, performed and produced to bring you the highest quality murder mystery dinner theater experience around.

The work of our gifted actors, musicians, stage managers, directors and writers can be seen on regional and community stages throughout southern California. Read more about them by taking a peek Behind the Scenes.

Our first rate productions, unique brand of audience-friendly interaction and immersive mix of murder, music and comedy truly set us apart from the rest.

Read more about our recent history in the Press-Enterprise Entertainment section:

RIVERSIDE: Dinner theater group serves murder on the menu

The Gourmet Detective, a dinner theater group in Riverside and Newport Beach, dips into the audience.

BY LAURIE LUCAS/STAFF WRITER