The Gourmet Detective

4130 Mennes AVE
Riverside, CA 92509
Phone: (949) 423-5311
Cuisine: Californian
Price: $$$$
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  • Hours 7:30 P.M. Show on Saturdays. 2 Ticket Minimum Per Table. 1 Certificate Per Table.
  • Meal Times Served Dinner
  • Parking Availability Street, Parking on Site
  • Atmosphere Live Music, Social
  • Bar Full Bar, Beer, Wines
  • Attire Casual, Formal
  • Amenities Dinner Show
  • Special Needs Served by Suspects
  • Reservation Information Required
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Check Discover Mastercard Visa


The Gourmet Detective has been a professional in the food and murder business since 1990. Set in the age of Film Noir, the stylized and provocative comedy/drama Gourmet Detective follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of the underworld, a world where intrigue and mystery are made into an art. Once inside the stylish dining atmosphere, the characters greet you at the door, offer you a drink, and show you to your seat. From here on out the mystery is played out in scenes as you sit back and enjoy a visual feast of authentic costuming, sets and live period music. Between each scene of the mystery the same cast of characters serve you dinner one course at a time. This is your chance to ask them questions, assume your own character and try and solve the mystery. Audience Friendly is The Gourmet Detective's trademark. We've raised the performance bar, insisting that our audiences always look good when interacting with the sordid characters in the performance. It's easy to get a cheap laugh with an insult, or by putting an audience member on the spot; however, that's not our style. Your involvement is up to you, and regardless of how much you play along you'll never be put on the spot or made the target of an easy laugh. We discovered over time this is our greatest asset, as it allows audience members to play along or to sit back and enjoy the show on their own terms. Our professionally scripted, audience participation, family friendly 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), and most recently,Best Mystery Dinner Theater Fox 11 News, MyFoxLA, 2009. Come help celebrate our 20th smash season of mystery and mayhem.

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The Gourmet Detective is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fun night! The concept is great, not your typical "dinner theater" experience. I would definitely go again! Audience participation is a must!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a fun special occasion place
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my husband and I went for anniversary we had a wonderful time the food was average ventertainment exceptional will definitely go again.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The portion of the steak was rather skimpy, the salmon was excellent and the amount of the cheesecake was also skimpy but tasted very good.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Show was great.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The meat and dessert servings were ridiculously small -- 3 bites of steak & a sliver of cheesecake per person -- that's a lot of money to pay to go home hungry. The salmon, however, was nicely prepared.
Date published: 2011-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The food was very disappointing and the reason we will not be visiting or recommending the Gourmet detective again. I love dinner theaters and travel all over to attend them, sadly this is one I will not be seeing again
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too expensive and awful food. it was hospital food
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First time experience. Food was okay, ran out of wine glasses, should emphasize to be there 1/2 hr. before show time. We arrived 10 min. early and didn't know what was happening. Food was okay. Actors were good and interacted with guests. Shouldn't charge for pics with the cast. For price it should be included. I may come back depending on price/play. No option to answer 'maybe' above. Good Luck! Thank You!
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from food was served cold. portion was small. flavor is off
Date published: 2011-09-29
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