What To Expect
Featuring the best in local talent, Mystery Cafe dishes out a hilarious comedy caper, in which you and your table are invited to solve the crime...all while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal.
Upon arrival, you’ll be seated by members of the cast. The show consists of four acts, in between which you’ll be given a course...and a clue. You’ll also be provided with “Mystery Money,” so you can bribe characters for more information.
The clues point to one answer, and a prize is awarded to our “Super Sleuth” winner. We also give prizes for the most...shall we say...“creative” answer. Right or wrong, you’ll be laughing all the way to the solution. You may not crack the case, but you’ll certainly bust a gut.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Whatever makes you feel most comfortable, but "dressy casual" best describes the customary attire.
Do you serve liquor?
Yes. We have a full bar and tableside cocktail service. Please note that cocktails are not included in the ticket price.
What comes with the meal?
Three courses (please see our menu), bread and butter, coffee and tea are all included. Gratuity is also included in the ticket price.
Do I choose my entree ahead of time?
Yes. We need your selection prior to the day of the show. If you purchase tickets online, you will receive an email from us within 24 hours, confirming your reservation and explaining entree choices. You simply reply to that email with your selection. Or, you can call us with your entree.
Is this appropriate for children?
That might be the toughest question we get. Everyone has different ideas about what's okay for kids. For that matter, everyone has a different idea of what a "kid" is. If our shows were rated like movies they would probably be considered PG (or in some cases PG-13) Our shows are written and performed to have broad appeal, and we have always stayed away from gratuitous vulgarity, insult and "shock" humor. The official line is; "We don't recommend kids under 12, but we don't prohibit it."
Am I going to have to get up and dance, or anything?
No. Mystery Cafe is interactive, but your level of participation is entirely up to you. Your enjoyment (and comfort) is our #1 goal. Our actors are seasoned professionals who can distinguish between those who wish to play, and those who wish to watch.
Do you do shows off-site?
You bet! We have done hundreds of shows all over the mid-west, and can adapt almost any show to fit your needs.
The History of Mystery Café
Lee H. Adams founded The Mystery Cafe MN in 1989, making it the original Twin Cities interactive dinner theater. He had been a core member of the first Mystery Cafe in Boston, as both actor and writer. For 26 years he served as owner and creative director. In that time, he wrote and directed nearly every show, and acted in many of them. In 2016, Lee handed the reigns to longtime Mystery Cafe company member Brian Kelly. Brian has written, directed and produced many shows throughout his 20 plus years as a Twin Cities performer, and is delighted to carry on The Mystery Café tradition.
Over the years, Mystery Cafe has entertained hundreds of corporate groups, and delighted thousands of patrons. It was the first, and still considered the best in local interactive dinner theater in the Twin Cities. We pride ourselves in hiring the finest local talent, who share our commitment to high-quality entertainment.