Out and About: Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows Offers Fun Experience for All

Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando

I recently had the chance to experience Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows with the Central Florida Lady Bloggers group, and I found the experience to be so much fun!

We attended a Sunday night showing of Squire’s Inn, where it was our job to suss out who killed the former proprietor of said inn among the cast of characters.

After we checked in, we were rounded up by our “tour guide” and brought into the theater room, which doubled as Squire’s Inn. We met several of the show’s characters as we were seated at our tables.

We started our meal with a salad, crackers and cheese, and our choice of beverages – beer, wine (red or white), or soda.

The majority of the show takes place before the entrees arrive, and while the show is hilarious and witty, it’s each person’s job to pay attention to the clues being presented (some are fleeting). The show is usually 50% improv, so no performance is ever the same.

The show then breaks so we can eat and discuss what we’d seen.

Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando
A look at the dinner and possible dessert options at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando

There were several options for the entree. I chose the lasagna with meatballs, which came with green beans and a slice of garlic toast. Others had honey-glazed Cornish game hen with herbed stuffing, sweet potato, vegetables, and cranberry sauce, or prime rib (a $6 upgrade) with baked potato and vegetables. There was also an off-the-menu vegan option of stuffed pepper with grilled vegetables.

Our show’s “Mystery Desserts” included strawberry shortcake (my fave), a key lime pie, and a chocolate brownie (very chocolatey).

The food was good and as we finished up eating, it was time for the questioning of the suspects. Each table got to ask a question and then each person voted on who the killer was. Our table ended up picking the right suspect, and won little tin badges for our efforts.

The whole experience lasts about 2 1/2 hours, and I felt it was well worth the price.

There are 13 different shows that alternate weekly between the different theaters at the venue, so check the schedule to see what story is playing.

In addition to the nightly mystery dinner theater shows, there are limited engagement shows like the upcoming Dickens by Candlelight holiday show, and a one-night only Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando
Hanging with the cast of Squire’s Inn at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando

Admission to the mystery shows are currently $57.95 (plus tax); children 3-11 are $23.95 (plus tax). Look for coupons online that can offer savings. Though young children are allowed, the sense of humor was a bit PG/PG-13 at times, so keep that in mind.

The venue itself also hosts a weekly illusionist show on Thursdays for $10, an improv comedy show called Mama’s Comedy Show on Fridays for $10, and a stand-up comedy showcase Saturdays for free (with a one-drink minimum).

Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows has been entertaining guests for nearly 25 years, and after experiencing it first hand, I can truly understand why it has lasted so long.

For more information on Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows, visit the website at Sleuths.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/sleuths, Twitter @SleuthsOrlando, or text “Sleuths7” to (407) 915 4345 to get exclusive offers for Sleuths subscribers and alerts to special Sleuths events.

Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows is located at 8267 International Drive, next door to the new I-Drive 360 complex.

Have you been to a Sleuth’s show? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.

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