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Tampa Dinner Theater Shows: 
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When you’re in the mood for a spot of wining and dining, what better way to satisfy your appetite than to go for dinner and enjoy a show at the same time!

Here’s where a Tampa dinner theater will provide you with both appetizing fare and a wonderful show to enjoy.

Early Bird Dinner Theater

Located in Clearwater, you can catch the performances from Thursday through Sunday for and admission ticket of just $29.90 + tax. The dinner buffet is complemented with a live theater production that was the guiding concept of Ed Fletcher.

You can enjoy a salad bar with assorted rolls and entrees. The spread includes carved top round roast beef, pasta salad, stuffed breast of chicken and fiesta corn.

The theater is situated in the Italian American Club at McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater.

The seating begins at 4 p.m. for the evening shows and at 11 a.m. for the matinees. More information below.

Among the productions that have graced the theater are
  • Deathtrap
  • Angel Street
  • Kitchen Witches
Touted as one of the best theater productions of its time, the Early Bird Dinner Theater promises a great evening with food and stage show for everyone who prefers an early night.

Location: Italian-American Club, 200 S Mcmullen Booth Rd  Clearwater, FL 33759-4424
Admission: $29.90 + tax
Show Times: Thursday - Sunday evenings, seating at 4 p.m.; Matinees on Thursday and Saturday, seating at 11 a.m.
Dining Choices: Buffett which includes full salad bar, side items, chicken piccatta, Meatballs Roast Beef and other items
Website: http://www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com/

Detective Dinner Theater

If you’re more into getting personally involved in a murder mystery, then the Detective Dinner Theater is right up your alley. You’ll be part of the criminal investigation team in the murder mystery dinner in Tampa when you’re given clues to solve the mystery.

Dinner is served every Saturday night at 7:00 pm as each scene of the show is followed closely by another dinner course. At the end of the show, you’ll be given the opportunity to solve the whodunit.

For an entrance fee of $49.95, you get a seat at The Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront where you can dine on chicken piccata with fresh vegetable medley, special Bayfront salad and the pastry chef’s choice of dessert.

You can bring your own wine to the dinner table as anything from the bar would be charged separately. And that even includes soft drinks.

Location: The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Admission: $49.95 + tax
Show Times: Every Saturday, Doors open 7 p.m., Show starts 7:30 p.m.
Dining Choices: Chicken Piccatta, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Rolls, Desert and beverages
Website: http://www.detectivedinner.com

Show Palace Dinner Theater

When you’re game for some snazzy shows, head on over to the Show Palace Dinner Theater where you can catch the latest production of Hairspray and have dinner too! With all the singing and dancing onstage, you’ll be tapping to the rhythm and singing along as you enjoy your dinner.

Tickets for the dinner and show are priced at $49.50 plus tax and you can get season tickets for 3 shows at just $130 plus tax.

Musicals such as Swing and Jackpot are in the lineup for 2012. The dinner fare boasts a complete salad bar and buffet that serves several dishes to cater for a variety of tastes.

You are seated with other patrons at a table for 10 persons so you can mix and mingle with new found friends and be thrilled by the stage show as well!

Location: 16128 U.S. Hwy 19 Hudson, FL 34667
Admission: $49.50 + tax - Dinner and Show
$38.45 + tax - Show Only
Show Times:
CocktailsSalad/Dinner BuffetShowtime
Fri. and Sat. Evening6 p.m.6:30 p.m.8 p.m.
Wed., Thurs., Sat Matinee11:30 a.m.12 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch1 p.m.1:30 p.m.3 p.m.
Dining Choices: Buffett. Contact company for more details.

Tampa Improv

For premier comedy, you should check out Tampa Improv. This is comedy at its best and where you’ll be laughing your socks off even while you dine. The comedians will have you in stitches from the get go and you’ll be enjoying that first drink for a long time!

The seating is on a first come first serve basis so you’d better get there early for the best view of the stage. Bring your partner for a great couple’s night out as the both the production and the coordination will keep you both amazed.

Although dinner can be a bit pricey, you’ll be glad you splurged for that night out as you’ll come away with spectacular memories that will enthrall you for many days ahead.

Location: 1600 E. 8th Ave # C 112, Tampa, FL 33605
Admission: Varies. See site for details.
Show Times: Dates and Times vary. See site for details.
Dining Choices: Full menu. See site for details.

MurderS She Wrote

A description of dinner theater in Tampa will not be complete without a mention of Murder She Wrote. Here too is comedy supreme complete with audience participation and a wonderful dinner to savor.

There’s suspense and mystery as well and you will be left guessing at who is the culprit as the mystery unfolds. Among the shows are Murder on Budget Cruise Lines and Last Will and TestaMint.

You strive to uncover motives for the crimes and participate in the activities for all the patrons. For dinner, you could have a choice of roast pork, lemon pepper chicken or stuffed shrimp.

They might not as lavious and large as the dinner theaters of our neighbors in Orlando, but the dinner theaters available in Tampa can provide a more intimate experience without the hassels of traveling and fighting the traffic.

Location: Performs for public at 4 locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. See site for details.
Admission: Varies according to location. Visit site for details.
Show Times: Varies according to location. Visit site for details.
Dining Choices: Varies according to location. Visit site for details.

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