Greater Palm Springs can be dramatic (breathtaking views, dazzling nightlife, luxury-drenched hotels), but notable restaurants in the oasis have become a lot more theatrical—quite literally! Visitors are making a beeline to the handful of restaurants that spoil their diners with the added value of a show, from pop-up murder mystery dinners to live jazz. Captivating audiences (while keeping them well fed) is all the stage rage at these exciting spots that take dinner to the next level with unforgettable supper and live performance experiences worth a standing ovation.
Mystery & Mayhem at Westin Mission Hills
Lights! Camera! Murder! At The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, murder mystery dinners have debuted with a vengeance. Professional actors with The Murder Mystery Company lead a two-hour, interactive mystery dinner where someone dies in a comedic way, and it’s the dinner party guests who must solve the crime. Every guest is a suspect! The series will feature four murder mystery dinners, each compete with a three-course meal prepared by executive chef Joel Delmond. Reservations must be made in advance.
Suspense and Spaghetti at Old Spaghetti Factory
Family owned and operated, The Old Spaghetti Factory has wooed pasta lovers with its traditional and tasty Italian fare, though there’s now more than delicious carbs on the menu. The restaurant is bringing back its exciting murder mystery dinner night where guests will play detective in bringing a killer to justice. There will be murder, mayhem and, naturally, heaps of family-style spaghetti to get you through an unforgettable night of crime solving.
The Unknown at PS Underground
Nothing is more stimulating for all five senses like experiential dining, and PS Underground perfects the sensorial adventure. Here, it’s a wild, social, interactive and tasty affair! Everything is a surprise at the secret, members-only supper club, from the random location to the menu featuring terrific dishes prepared by Chef David Horgen. The wait staff moonlight as performance acts and the themes of every dinner are a far departure from reality. The rotating schedule of events always guarantee dinner is served with excitement.
Supper-Club Favorite Purple Room
For performance lovers who need their dinner-and-a-show fix on a weekly basis, The Purple Room has been featuring live entertainment since 1960. An institution in Palm Springs, this laid-back supper club was a former stomping ground for the Rat Pack and still dishes out elevated American classics, top-notch entertainment and good vibes all around. From jazz vocalists to cabaret, the live acts make the perfect added value to a wonderful meal. And who doesn’t want to dine in the very room Frank Sinatra knocked back martinis?
Cabaret at Oscar’s Café & Bar
It’s a gay ol’ time at Oscar’s, a hetero-friendly neighborhood gay restaurant and lounge that puts the fun in dining with weekly themed nights. From drag performances and live blues to variety shows and comedy, the events here are bubbly and entertaining, with terrific food to boot! Grab a front-row seat on Fridays and Saturdays for Carnival Cabaret, Oscar’s ever-popular celebrity female impersonation dinner. You’ll see everyone from Whitney Houston to Dolly Parton take to the stage!