$73 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two from The Dinner Detective North San Diego in Escondido ($139.98 Value)

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Sleuths dish four-course meal & unveil humor-studded, modern-day mystery as tables scramble to reveal killer in midst

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 28, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Not valid until 4/28/12. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must register online together for group seating. Valid only at North County location. Tickets are non-transferable. Not valid in December, 2012. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Gratuity not included for actors. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Dinner no longer holds the sense of mystery it did in America’s infancy, when grandpas would shoot an animal in the dark and grandmas, blindfolded, would cook it. Season your meal with mystique with today’s Groupon: for $73, you get two tickets to a four-course dinner and murder mystery from The Dinner Detective North San Diego at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido (a $139.98 value, including all taxes and service fees).

The Dinner Detectives’s cast of sleuths and servers dish up a four-course meal along with a heaping helping of mystery spiced with impromptu humor. Guests arrive to mingle, sample hors d’oeuvres, and begin questioning their fellow diners as the dressed-down cast circulates freely in the crowd.

An organic baby-green salad and a shocking murder send people scrambling to tables where they work to uncover the killer, who could be any one of the guests or a sentient saltshaker. The story unfolds in between courses; for the entree, diners have a choice of parmesan-crusted chicken breast with basil cream sauce, grilled fish with herb mashed potatoes, and a fresh and seasonal pasta primavera studded with veggies and tossed in marinara sauce. Chocolate cake rewards the night’s sleuthing as the crook is revealed. The guest with the best guess takes home a prize package for doing ace detective work.

The Dinner Detective San Diego

Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective San Diego’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.

Customer Reviews

The actors were great. Getting registered for the event wasn't the easiest, but our group had a great time.
Lauren E. · May 24, 2013
Had a great time. By wife and I enjoyed it very much. It's a great date night for anyone.
Jeremy C. · February 16, 2013
We had an absolutely great time, and can't wait to go again!
Kimberly M. · May 22, 2014

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