These Four Restaurants Really Know How to Put On a Show!
It’s no secret that dinner theater has historically gotten a bad rap. Images of Z-list actors hamming their way through Off-, Off-, Off-Broadway productions set to a soundtrack of clanking silverware and crashing dishes would leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth. But that was your father’s, or maybe even your grandfather’s, dinner theater.
Today, Miami’s dinner theater scene showcases a rich, frothy stew of fun, flavor, and fabulousness. With a bill of fare ranging from stand-up and improv comedy to audience-participation murder mysteries and boisterous cabaret and burlesque performances, there are plenty of opportunities to break out of your dinner-and-a-movie rut and enjoy great food, drinks and a live show.
Open Stage Club
2325 Galliano St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
With a passion for discovering new artists that matches their love of great food, this gastropub hosts up-and-coming local performers on its state-of-the-art stage. While the acts change frequently, you can count on catching cutting-edge comedians and bands that haven’t made it yet. After the show, audience members provide constructive criticism and feedback in the hopes of helping the artists grow and improve. The menu ranges from pub grub standards to upscale dishes like filet mignon and grouper accompanied by an extensive wine list.
Tatiana Club & Restaurant
1710 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
This uber-elegant restaurant and nightclub brings the cuisine, music and culture of Russia to the Miami Beach area in vibrant fashion. Depending on which night of the week you visit, you’ll find everything from burlesque performances to dance spectaculars and music and light shows performed by the Moscow Music Hall. The reasonably priced Russian menu ranges from meat and seafood dishes to salads and vegetarian offerings. After visiting Tatiana, your view of South Florida nightlife will never be the same.
The Murder Mystery Company
Ready for an evening of mystery, murder and mayhem? If you’re someone who likes to get in on the action rather than sit back and be entertained, then grab a table at The Murder Mystery Company. You’ll enjoy great food and might even find yourself among the suspects in a mob hit whodunit filled with so many twists and turns you’ll forget to eat.
Mango’s Tropical Cave South Beach
900 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33130
It’s probably easier to say what you won’t see at this world-famous, off-the-wall dinner show than what you will because they throw a little bit of everything up on stage. From conga lines and Michael Jackson tributes to mariachi bands, belly dancers, reggae singers and more, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing off your dinner up on the table by night’s end (absolutely allowed). The menu is just as diverse, with dishes ranging from Latin and Caribbean comfort foods to exotic, hand-made Mojitos, Daiquiris, Martinis and Cosmos. After your meal, venture upstairs and live out all your rockstar fantasies at two nightclubs spinning the best in hip hop, dance and old school tunes until five in the morning.