What’s better than dinner and a movie? Dinner and live entertainment at the same time. Whether you like a little mystery with your meal, or acrobatics with your appetizers, Seattle offers a range of entertainment and dining options promising a meal that is unlike the usual pub fare. Some are family-friendly while others are best enjoyed by adults. Here are five of the best happening now:
The Return Of Chaos
Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
(206) 802-0015

Currently showing under the big top that is the home of Teatro ZinZanni is the show, “The Return of Chaos.” In this superhero-themed show, the Emerald City is under attack as a villainous mastermind has plans to “shower the city in gloom and doom.” Some of the greatest superhero crime fighters you have never heard of before have come together to fight another battle of good vs. evil…while taking a break to serve you salad. Teatro ZinZanni’s shows are a mixture of circus acts, live music and comedy with a few winks to the inappropriate served in between five course of delicious food. “The Return of Chaos” continues its run until Sept. 13, 2015.

The Dinner Detective
Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(866) 496-0535

Put on your Sherlock hat and join other detectives at the Hotel Deca for a night of murder, mystery and mayhem. The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is performed every Saturday night and includes a four-course meal and special prizes for the night’s “top sleuth.” You sit down, enjoy a wonderful meal and somebody is bound to be murdered right in front of you. Worse yet, you could be the prime suspect! Each interactive improv show is a one-of-a-kind experience and performed by professional actors.

Murder Mystery Company
French Creek Manor
9931 167th Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
(888) 643-2583

Speaking of murder, (it appears to be epidemic these days), deathly crimes are happening up north, too. Set in the out of the way location that is French Creek Manor in Snohomish, Washington, the Murder Mystery Company puts on a show, dinner and laughter for one great evening. Dress up in your Sunday Best and be prepared to mingle with other guests while you enjoy courses of salad, the main entree and dessert. The family-friendly show not only takes place on stage, but at your table as well. Everyone is a suspect, and we know that you wouldn’t want it any other way. Just don’t tell a stranger to “drop dead” because here, they just might.

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The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333

Located in the historic Mann building, which was the original home of the Embassy Theatre, sits The Triple Door. In 2002, restoration began to transform the space into the music and dinner theatre that we know and love today. Every night brings a different show whether it be music, vaudeville, comedy or something else entirely in a setting that is reminiscent to the classic dinner theatres of old. With comfy circular seating and a fantastic menu, this experience is sure to thrill and entertain. Be sure to visit the calendar page of The Triple Door’s website to see which acts are coming up next.

The Pink Door
Pike Place Market
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241

Located in the historic Pike Place Market, The Pink Door serves up sublime Italian-American dishes in an elegant setting complete with free, live entertainment. As their website says, “from the trapeze artist swinging over guests in the dining room to couples entwined on the patio taking in the Elliott Bay view, what’s not to love?” Cabaret shows can include anything from jazz ensembles to lingerie shows to, believe it or not, a tap-dancing saxophone player. Shows are presented every night except for Mondays.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.