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“Very fun!”

The Dinner Detective
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing in San Diego, California! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Join us at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown for an event that is very different from a traditional murder mystery dinner show. Our actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience! This results in a fun, social and interactive evening suitable for all adults. We perform at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, a newly renovated full-service hotel in beautiful San Diego, California. Once home to the renowned San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, the reinvented Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown welcomes guests with the sophisticated comfort of modern accommodations, while maintaining the character of the distinguished former financial institution.
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We love murder mystery dinner shows and this one was really fun! As usual there is a twist and you have to pay close attention to the smallest detail! The food was ok, the chicken was best! Awesome desert!!

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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

This is a fun thing to do. It's an interactive evening filled with twists and turns and a great way to meet a lot of different people. Sure the food wasn't the best in San Diego but it wasn't horrible either. The cost of the drinks is what you will pay at any other bar. The good thing is you don't have to wait in line. I thought this was a fun thing to do. I also correctly guessed the "murderer" and was chosen as the "top sleuth" of the evening.

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Reviewed May 10, 2012

This was our first "mystery dinner theater", so maybe we were more surprised by the various twists and turns and clues than others, but, in spite of some of not-so-good reviews we had seen, my wife and I found this to be a very fun time. Even the setting itself added to the experience, since the Marriott Courtyard is built in an old bank building and the banquet room where the dinner is held is across the hall from the original bank vault, which is still there. I won't give away all the secrets of the evening because it's much more fun to watch them unfold in surprise, but if you take with you a spirit of fun and a willingness to get to know other people and do a bit of play-acting yourself, you'll have a great time. Yes, some of the "show" is overacted, but that's part of the fun and it makes you keep guessing "who else in this room is involved" because many people are and they are not overacting. If you love mystery TV shows or books and love to figure out "who done it?", we think you'll enjoy this. And, we both thought the food was quite good... yes, it's "hotel group dinner" quality, but it was well presented and was hot and good (we had the chicken and the fish). Except for water, you have to pay separate for all other drinks including sodas, coffee and liquour and wine, and it's not cheap ($7 for a glass of wine, $3 for a coke), but you can also buy a glass of wine in the lobby during their happy hour for about half as much and take it with you to the dinner show. Also, if you're not lucky enough to find street parking (which is free after 6:00pm and all day on Sunday), you might consider parking at Horton Plaza and walk just two blocks. But the show runs more than 3 hours, so you may end up paying for an hour of parking, even with Horton Plaza's free 3 hour validation. Parking at the Courtyard is valet only and is $15 (I don't think they'll validate). The dinner actors also leave an envelope on the table for tips, but they are very low-key about asking for tips. So, just go and let yourself get into the fun of figuring out which clues are meaningful and which aren't and which "suspects" are real and which are just there to throw you off. And, as they say when they first start the show.. "trust no one"! PS: I correctly figured out who did it and although they didn't tell us exactly, I would guess about 25% of the audience of about 70 people did, too.

2  Thank sdsteve10
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We went to see this show, don't have the fish it was horrible. The show was way to corny sort to say. I would never go again, if you have the money to waste and the time to burn then it's better than nothing. , for the cost of the drinks and dinner it was disappointing to say the least.

2  Thank Michael B
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