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Apr 24, 2007 03:50 PM

Dinner and Show - O.C.

I'm entertaining out-of-towners. They would like to go to a dinner and show (does not matter what kind of show). Medieval Times is out. Something entertaining and not Benihana-entertaining, if you know what I mean.

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  1. Here's the calender of events for the Irvine Barclay Theater near UCI.
    Maybe there will be something out there thay your guests would find entertaining. The University Center across the street has some decent dining options. My current favorite is Veggie Grill <- this place is vegetarian but their food is delicious (and I'm not even a vegetarian). Their sweetheart fries (shoe string sweet potato fries) are heavenly.

    1. There is always the "Elizabeth Howard Curtain Call Dinner Theater" in Tustin if you are in the mood to eat some rubber chicken with your musical......

      Seriously, though, I haven't been, so I can't comment about the quality of either the show or the food. It could even be good, you never know.

      1. How about The Gourmet Detective? "Murder mystery dinner show"

        I have not been, but I want to.

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        1. re: arisu

          hmmmm.....imo, gourmetdetective food is just a cut above dog for the show, just, no, wait, deplorable......

          Went to this "dinner show" couple of months ago.....and we'll, lets just say, the full premium bar was the best part of the evening, along with good company.....

        2. Another option is the IMPROV. The food is solidly OK (some dishes are better than others). Even if the food is bad, the laughter which comes later will help you forget about it.

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          1. re: OCAnn

            Thanks for all your replies. I know it's not a "show" but how would you grade/score the Hornblower dinner cruise (Newport)? Also any opinion on the REggae cruise from Long Beach?

            1. re: ml22

              I don't know how comparable it is, but I wasn't impressed with a San Diego dinner cruise. But if your guests are from the midwest, maybe they'd enjoy the city lights. The food on the SD cruise was "meh".

              1. re: ml22

                The food is pretty awful. How about taking a harbor cruise & then eating at one of the waterfront places?

                1. re: ml22

                  I took a Hornblower ship at a corporate event. Maybe the company just paid them WAY more money, but the h'or derves(sp? god i hate that word) were incredibly tasty. No idea how the dinner cruise was though, but I thought it would be pretty cool.

                  This was out of MDR btw.

                1. re: sportsfan8

                  hey, i think i'm trying that in the near future with some pirate fans......will blog it after we go!