Recommended Venues to Host Your Murder Mystery Dinner Party Show
Waiters Can Serve Guests Without Interference
MINIMUM NUISANCE GUARANTEE: Hotel and banquet room managers have repeatedly told us they enjoy working with our company – as compared to other mystery companies. Other murder mystery companies insist on manipulating the exact delivery time of each course of food. (WHAT is that all about?). In a real life investigation, would the detective run back and forth to the chef, dictating when they can serve food to guests? Of course not! Our shows keep audiences riveted on the action of the play, and food waiters don’t distract anyone. Our detective/MC ignores the waiters and food service as he concentrates strictly on delivering a great show. As far as food service goes with the restaurant staff – it’s business as usual. We won’t interfere with their schedule in any way.
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- SAN JOSE
- SF EASTBAY – OAKLAND / ALAMEDA
- CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
- MARIN / SONOMA COUNTIES
- LAKE TAHOE / RENO
- SANTA CRUZ / MONTEREY
“Hotel Rex”, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 415.433.4434
For smaller groups of 12 to 40 people. Great ‘old-world’ hotel decor and ambiance.
“IL Fornaio II”, 1265 Battery Street, (located in Levi’s Plaza), San Francisco, CA 415.986.0100 (“Azure” is Banquet Mgr.)
Bella Vista: Beautiful private dining room, with two walls of glass, sits adjacent to our heated outdoor Piazza facing Levi’s Plaza. Marble floors with elegant lighting and drapes give this room a lovely, festive atmosphere that is perfect for groups up to 38 people for mystery show.
La Piazza: Glass enclosed, heated outdoor dining area overlooks the cascading waterfall of Levi’s Plaza. The unique splendor of the Piazza creates a garden setting by day and romantic candlelit veranda at night. It is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(45 – 90 people is comfortable seating for mystery dinner show).
“McCormick and Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant”, 900 North Point St., (Corner of Beach & Larkin) San Francisco, CA. 415.929.1730, 415.929.8374 (Banquets – Susan Richardson)
Various banquet rooms available, some with fantastic view of the San Francisco Bay and Wharf area. FOUR BANQUET ROOM OPTIONS: AlcatrazRoom/Fiesta Deck – 48 guests capacity (buffet), 70 guests (normal reception style). Bayview – 90 guests capacity (no buffet set-up), Captain’s Room – 120 guests capacity (no buffet set-up), Dolphin Room (with Patio option) – 50-100 guests (no buffet set-up).
“One Market Restaurant”, 1 Market St (Market at Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA 415.777.5577
HORRENDOUS PARKING PROBLEMS DURING CONSTRUCTION THROUGH 20015. Call our mystery dinner main number to discuss more details.
Two different banquet rooms: Atrium room for groups up to 25; Wine and Wall room for up to 35 (support pillars block parts of this room, so even though maximum capacity is rated up to 55 people, this does not work out well for a murder mystery dinner setting. Guests must be able to see all the other tables and guests! Beautiful, courtyard with open air view above for 10 stories can hold up to 100 guests (max) for murder mystery dinner.
“The Garden Court Restaurant”, c/o The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 415.546.5010. For large groups of 200-350. One of the most beautiful, elegant, and spacious banquets in SF!
“Haas-Lillienthal Mansion”, 2700 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 415.441.3011
Classic Victorian Mansion for smaller, intimate dinner parties up to 20 guests on second floor level in the dining rooms and front conservatory. Up to 40 guests in the downstairs ballroom. No direct website…this link is the closest contact info to rent an event at this location:
“Fisherman’s Grotto” Fisherman’s Wharf, Number 9 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133. 415.673.7025. One smaller room with booths for up to 30 people on 1st floor. Upstairs restaurant with seating up to 125. Room actually holds more, but is most comfortable for murder mystery at the 125 capacity. Entire room buy-out required for for upstairs room. Call for more details.
“Forbes Island” (floating island / restaurant / lighthouse) , Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 415.235.7488
For smaller parties of 12-18 people in the Sea Lion Room, OR as a restaurant buy-out for 40 people. Outstanding view of the bay and sea lions and the city at night. Guests arrive by boat that picks them up from Pier 39 dock for short boat ride. Extra bonus is climbing the 50 foot lighthouse on this island, OR experiencing the incredible ambience of the submerged nautical-themed restaurant (looks like a Captain’s private quarters on-board an old sailing ship). The restaurant is accessed by walking down a flight of stairs below water level.
“Kuleto’s Italian Restaurant”, 221 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA. Private Dining & Events. Mystery show works in Machiavelli Banquet room ONLY (Seated dinner Capacity 50 – including mystery show equipment set-up). Private events, contact: Abby Leutholdt, 415.951.9330.
“The Town Hall”, 342 Howard St. (Fremont & Howard), San Francisco, CA 415.908.3900
Group sizes up to 40, Classic Old Building, high Ceilings, turn of century style.
“Fior d’Italia”, 2237 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 415.986.1886. Group sizes up to 20 in back banquet room. Curtained door, not a solid partition between banquet room and main dining. Not too bad for noise interference for daytime luncheon event or late afternoons.
“E & O Kitchen and Bar”, 314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 415.693.0303. Best for group size
of up to 44 guests in private Mezzanine Room downstairs.
“Fort Mason Center”, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 415.441.3400, ext. 554 or 557
Room rentals tend to be on the pricier side – from about $1,500 to $2,500. 415.345.7552 http://www.fortmason.org/venuerental/index.shtml
“John’s Grill”, Home of the Maltese Falcon, 63 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 415.986.0069.
Group sizes up to 40.Classic Old Building, 1940’s style. NO ELEVATORS for equipment load-in! This will require an added expense of $200 for a strong roadie to hand carry equipment up and down 37 wooden steps for 24 round trips up and down total. Addtional time set-up of 1 additional hour.
“Corintia Room”, Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, CA 415.392.8000
No longer recommended:
“Alfred’s Steakhouse“, 659 Merchant St., San Francisco, CA. Service has declined: Owner’s son took over as General Manager during past 6 years. We arranged for our client to buy a $15,000 holiday dinner event for 65 guests. HOWEVER, the Chef and waiters never served the event coordinator who arranged for this entire event!!! GM never acknowledged their egregious error. No solution or apology offered.
SF PENINSULA / NORTHERN SILICON VALLEY
“Basque’ Cultural Center” , 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco, CA 583-8091 Smaller banquet room for parties of 12-40, Larger banquet room for parties up to 200 with round tops, stage, high ceiling. The facility is very modern, stylish and classy, but the website is incomplete with no photos of room set-ups! http://www.basqueculturalcenter.com/
“Bertolucci’s” (Old World Italian style) , 421 Cypress Ave., South San Francisco, CA 650.588.1625 Smaller banquet room for parties of 12-40, Larger banquet room for parties up to 60 with cafe styled, separate table seating (rather than long banquet table seating). http://www.sodinisbertoluccis.com/banquets.html
Peninsula Italian American Social Club of San Mateo”, 100 North “B” St., San Mateo, CA 650.343.7981. Very LARGE banquet room with stage can accommodate 25 to 150 seated guests (Comfortably). Speak to Gordon Fraser, Operations Manager.
“Pampas”, 529 Alma St., Palo Alto, CA 650.327.1323
“Left Bank Brasserie”, 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. CA 650.473.6543
French motif and menu. Large, expansive main dining room for maximum 80-90 capacity. Restaurant available for total night “buyout” only. Charles Chapman – Directeur Des Events
“Coyote Point Yacht Club”, 1820 Coyote Pt. Dr., San Mateo, CA 650.347.6730. at 415.971.2527.7 Kevin Yee – Club Manager or contact Vice-Commodore, Ralph Kirberg. Banquet room holds up to 50 guests comfortably. 360 degree view of San Francisco Bay and yacht harbor from 2nd story banquet windows.
“Speido Restaurant”, 223 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA (650) 375-0818. Smaller type banquet room for parties of 12-15 guests maximum. http://www.spiedo.com/
“Kingfish”, 201 South “B” St., San Mateo, CA 650.343.1226, Voice Mail Option #6
Downstairs banquet room REMODELED in early 2013. Private downstairs banquet room for up to 50 people. Private bar. Secluded away from the rest of restaurant business upstairs. 2nd floor banquet room uses rectangle tables which do not work well for murder mystery shows. If they use ROUND tables, then this room will work!
“The Computer History Museum”, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043, 650.810.1010. Banquet size up to 50 people.
“Ristorante Capellini”, at Baldwin and “B” St., San Mateo 650.348.2296
“Piacere”, 181 E. 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 650.558.8401
Banquet size up to 15 to 25 guests in private banquet room(s).
“Scott’s Seafood Restaurant”, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 1, Town and Country Village, Palo Alto, CA. 650. 323.1555 Two Banquet rooms. Smaller room holds up to 20. Larger room up to 60 seated guests.
“MacArthur Park”, 27 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, 650.321.9990
“California Cafe”, Stanford Barn, 700 Welch Rd (Located behind Stanford Shopping Center. Small banquet room holds up to 25 comfortably), Palo Alto, CA 650.325.2233
“Fiorillo’s”, 17638 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 408.984.0414
Banquet room set-ups for 40 to 125 guests. Restaurant buy-out available Monday Nights.
Banquet Manager – Renee Fiorillo.
“Morton’s Steakhouse”, 177 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 408.947.7000
Various private banquet rooms for 25 to 90 guests. Outstanding steak dinners and California fare.
San Jose Marriott, 301 South Market Street · San Jose, CA, 408.280.1300
14 banquet rooms for group sizes of 30 to 150 guests. Click on link below to see floorplans of banquet rooms.
“Mexican Heritage Plaza”, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 408.794.6250
For large groups up to 150. Easy, free parking.
“The Fish Market”, 1007 Blossom Hill Road, Santa Clara, CA 408.98246-3474
Nice private room size for 25 to 60 guests (comfortably).
“The Left Bank”, 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, CA 408.984.3500 phone
Located in the heart of Santana Row. Private banquet luncheons and dinners for up to 30 guests.
“L.B. Steak”, 334, Santana Row, Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 408.244.1180
Located in the heart of Santana Row. Private banquet luncheons and dinners for up to 25 guests.
“Mariani’s Inn and Restaurant”, 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051, 408.243.1431 800.553.8666
“Dolce Hayes Mansion”, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose, CA 408.226.3200
Various banquet room sizes available from 15 to 80. Beautiful surroundings of the mansions other rooms and amenities.
“Fairmont Hotel” or “The Grill”, 170 South Market St., San Jose (DOWNTOWN), CA 95113. 408.998.1900. Various banquet room sizes available. Five star hotel.
“Best Western”, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 408.235.8900 Private banquet room for up to 50 guests. Outside caterer delivers food by truck. No kitchen or chef on premises.
“Dave and Busters”, 940 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, CA. 408.957.9215 Private banquet room in the Midway Party Room for up to 50 guests.
“Scott’s Seafood Restaurant”, 185 Park Ave # 6, San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 971-1700
One banquet room size for up to 25 people comfortably with space between tables..
“Villa Ragusa”, 35 South Second Street, Campbell, CA 408.364.1900
Elegant ambiance, spacious ceilings and hallways. Various banquet rooms for up to 175 guests
“Del Monte”, 100 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 408.735.7600
Located in The Historic Del Monte Building. Two banquet rooms. Perfect for 50 to 90 guests.
“Best Western”, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 408.235.8900 Private banquet room for up to 50 guests. Outside caterer delivers food by truck. No kitchen or chef on premises.http://www.santaclarahi.com/html/northern-California-meeting-facilities.asp
“Dave and Busters”, 940 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, CA. 408.957.9215 Private banquet room in the Midway Party Room for up to 50 guests.http://www.daveandbusters.com/Locations/Default.aspx?search=94541
No longer recommended:
“The Three Flames Restaurant”, Meridian Ave. , San Jose, CA
Service has diminished over the past 2-3 years. Complaints about service and food from last events performed at this venue means we can no longer recommend this restaurant.
SF EASTBAY – OAKLAND / ALAMEDA
“Bellevue Club”, 525 Bellevue Avenue. Oakland, CA 510.451.1000 email@example.com
Group sizes up to 70 in this beautiful, grand dining room. Faces North end of Lake Merritt with water view.
“Chabot Space & Science Center”, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA, 510.336.7311
Group sizes from 15 to 250 guests. Modern style facility with outer space themes.
“Scott’s Seafood Restaurant”, 182 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 510.444.34565
Fresh seafood and California fare. Various banquet rooms for group sizes of 25 to 55 guests. http://scottsjls.com/
“Concord Senior Center”, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord , CA 925.671.3320
“Commodore Events and Cruises”, (Yacht Cruises) 2394 Mariner Square, Alameda, CA 510.337.9000
“Jefferson St. Mansion”, 1073 Jefferson St., Benecia, CA 707.746.0684
Private Banquet can serve groups up to 50 (comfortably) for Murder Mystery style show.
“Spin-A-Yarn”, 45915 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, CA 510.656.9141.
Private Banquet can serve groups up to 50 (comfortably) for Murder Mystery style show.
“Terra Mia”, 4040 East Ave., Livermore, CA 925.456.3333
Modern Italian theme and food. Variety menu. Private banquet room for parties up 30 guests. Restaurant “buy-out” available for larger parties of 75 to 85 guests. Francesco Fucilla – owner and banquet manager.
Hilton Garden Inn, 2801 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 925.292-2000
Private Banquet room for seated guests up to 60. Simple, modern, rectangle banquet room. Room rental rates not known, but…..WARNING! One double shot drink costs a VERY PRICEY $18.00, not including tip!! This equals top prices of 5-star hotels in downtown San Francisco!! Yet, this hotel is only a 3-Star, 3-diamond.
“Eleve”, 1677 North Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 925.979.1677
Classic Vietnamese cuisine. Upstairs banquet room holds 20 to 50 guests comfortably for Murder Mystery shows. Elevator access. Beware of grouchy chef.
“The Embassy Suites”, 1345 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 866.654-8205
For parties of up to 125 guests. Valet parking only.
“The Renaissance Club Sport”, 2805 Jones Road (near Treat Blvd.) , Walnut Creek, CA 925.938.8700. For group sizes up to 100. Valet parking only.
“Zio Fraedo’s”, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 925.933.9091 For parties of 25 – 90. About 1 mile West from Contra Costa Blvd. See photos of banquet and table / chair setup on web page.
“Dublin Ranch Golf Course”, 5900 Signal Hill Drive, Dublin, CA 925.556.7040. Ask for “Tracy”. Parties up to 150 guests.
“McNamara’s Steak and Chop House”, 7400 San Ramon Rd, Dublin, CA 94568. 925.833.0995. For parties of 20 – 40. Contact “Vince”.
“Blackhawk Country Club”, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville, CA 925.736.6500
“Crow Canyon Country Club”, 272711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA 925.735.5700, 925.735.5710. Sharon Cox, Private Events Planner
“Lafayette Park Hotel”, 10Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, 3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 925.299.4388 or 925.299.4324. Lolita or Kelly. For group sizes up to 100 guests.
MARIN / SONOMA COUNTIES
“Inn Marin”, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA 415.883.5952 (on Frontage Road along Hwy 101). This location is the old “Alvarado Inn”, only nicely remodeled and upgraded! Banquet room holds up to 65 comfortably for Murder Mystery shows.
“Madrona Manor” (Private mansion), 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 800.258.4003 http://www.madronamanor.com
“Hampton Inn and Suites”, 155 Placerville Road, Folsom, CA 95630, 916.235.7744
Easy access from Hwy 50 at Scott Rd. turn-off going North 1 block. Expandable dining room seating from 20 guests to 75 (comfortably with proper spacing).
“The Sutter Club”, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 916-442-0456. Must be booked by PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY. Classic old world Ballroom. Banquet rooms with high ceilings. Group sizes up to 125.
“Haggin Oaks Golf Course”, Fulton Ave & 80, Sacramento, CA 916.870.8597
“Radisson Hotel Sacramento”, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA 916.922.2020
“Rudy’s Hideaway”, 12303 Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova, CA 916-353.0606
Near Hwy 50 and Hazel Ave.For groups up to 45 guests. No door between restaurant and banquet area.
“The Alumni Center” (South campus) Sacramento State University, 6000 J. Street, Sacramento, CA 916.278.6295
“Timber Creek Ballroom”, Del Webb Blvd., Roseville, CA 916.774.3850
“Arden Hills Country Club”, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento, CA 916.482.6111
“Courtyard by Marriott”, 4422 Y St. (Near 50), Sacramento, CA 916.455.6800. For groups up to 60 guests.
“Rocklin Park Hotel”, 5450 China Garden Rd., Rocklin, CA 888.630.9400
“Thunder Valley Casino”, 1200 Athens Drive, Lincoln, CA 916. 408.8327
Private banquet seating in Austin’s Steakhouse for smaller groups up to 16.
“The Broiler Restaurant”, 15th Floor, 1201 K St., Sacramento, CA 916.444.3444
Beautiful 15th Floor view of downtown Sacramento skyscrapers. Private banquet seating for 60 to 90.
LAKE TAHOE / RENO
“Lakeview Lodge” (above Heavenly Mountain Resort),
Tahoe City, NV. Call “Adriann” in the banquet department
“MS Dixie Paddlewheel Boat”, Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, 750 U.S. Hwy 50 , Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Toll Free: 800.23.TAHOE , Phone: 775.589.4906.
Book your own private murder mystery dinner for groups of up to 125 onboard the MS DIXIE.
“The Cascades of the Sierra”, 275 Neighborhood Way, Spanish Springs, NV 775.424.5400
Performed charity fundraiser for this Adult Senior Living Center. Public ticket sales resulted in $235 seats sold and raised over $10,000. High profile event was attended by the Mayor of Sparks and several other politicians and community leaders.Contact was Mary Weeks, the President of the Assistance League of Reno/Sparks.
SANTA CRUZ / MONTEREY
“Seascape Resort”, 1 Seascape Resort Dr., Aptos, CA 800.929.7727 (5 miles south of Santa Cruz on Highway 1 )
“Coast Santa Cruz Hotel”, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 831.426.4330
“The Monterey Plaza Hotel”, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. 800.334.3999, 831-646-1700. Incredible view of Monterey Bay, including diving dolphins and whales! For group sizes up to 80 guests.
“Casa Munras”, 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA 93940. (Downtown). 831.375.2411. For groups up to 50 people.
“Hyatt Regency”, 1 Old Golf Course Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. 831.372.1234. Various banquet rooms for groups up to 150.
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