There’s something about dinner theater. Laughing raucously with strangers, the drama of the kitchen mirroring the drama of the stage, sitting back with a piece of cake at the end and enjoying the unpredictability of it all. Seattle is the place for dinner theater, especially in historic locations. Gaze above at aerial ballets as you eat your bolognese at The Pink Door, or take in a dazzling cabaret as you enjoy the spiced rum cocktail aptly named Lola’s Coconuts at the Can Can. For zero-proof options, the Can Can offers the Aurora Elixir Fizz, a refreshing effervescent yuzu-orange blossom mocktail infused with herbaceous hops. Best of all, the show doesn’t have to stop at dinner theater. Head to drag brunch in the morning because, after all, the show must go on.Read More
8 Seattle Places to Go for Dinner and a Show
Find entertainment on the plate and on the stage morning, noon, and night
Can Can Culinary Cabaret
For Cabaret and a colorful cocktail menu, the Can Can is located in Pike Place Market. Walking in, you’re transported to a time and place that only exists when the curtain rises. A lush interior, nostalgic for all things fun and beautiful, the Can Can’s menu compliments the shows’ aesthetics with a signature absinthe cocktail as well as sober-curious options like the Lemon Squeeze featuring Wilderton Lustre, a non-alcoholic spirit. With gluten-free, vegan, and many fish options, the Can Can has something everyone will enjoy. Check the website for showtimes and ticket availability.
The Pink Door
For over 40 years, The Pink Door has thrived in the space off Post Alley that was once a violin shop, woodworking space, and a bingo hall. The stage lights up in the evenings for musicians, dance performances, and aerial trapeze artists. The restaurant’s Italian dishes let the freshest ingredients speak for themselves. With olive oil that tastes like it was grown and pressed in an orchard down the street, the caprese salad’s bright colors burst with flavor. To catch dinner and a show at The Pink Door, reservations are recommended, although occasionally you might get lucky.
Dreamland Bar & Diner
For those who prefer outdoor dining at drag brunch, Dreamland in Fremont offers a spacious patio with heating when the weather turns cold. The Dream Girls Drag Brunch performances run on Saturdays, but they sell out quickly and you’ll need to buy tickets in advance. Because the show can get very exciting, dogs and other pets should stay home even if you are seated at an outdoor table. Dreamland’s menu matches its day-glo interior. Colorful food and drinks complement the space’s cheery neon accents. The Endless Forest is a vegan and gluten-free quinoa dish with seasonal produce and a coconut-tahini sauce. You can opt to add smoked salmon if you’re craving extra protein. Dreamland’s spin on the Monte Cristo includes crisp French toast battered with coconut cream and cornflakes. If you’re looking for fun food and fun people on a Saturday morning, this is the show to see.
The Triple Door
The Triple Door’s theater hosts world renowned-musical guests. Tickets should be purchased in advance. From jazz to variety shows, the venue’s cozy half-moon booths add to the well-balanced acoustics of the space. For dinner, Wild Ginger prepares their Indonesian wagyu beef with bay leaves, orange peel, and shallots for an aromatic braise. For lighter dishes, try the Sri Lankan carrot salad.
Every Sunday, Mimosas Cabaret performs at Unicorn. The show changes seasonally and tickets sell out quickly. Mimosas offers a buffet-style option for brunch. You can choose whether to purchase brunch for an additional fee with your ticket. The cast’s impressive scripts, talented acting, and clever stage design will have you cheering for an encore when the curtain falls.
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Teatro ZinZanni returns to Seattle this November and tickets go on sale beginning in August. Their new home in SoDo Park is an expansive, collaborative artist space that has hosted countless performances over the years. The group will be partnering with Herban Feast who specializes in showcasing seasonal Northwest cuisine. Those who attend when the show opens again in November will enjoy cirque arts, cabaret, comedy, and the vivid flavors of Herban Feast.
Le Faux Show
Le Faux Show at Julia’s on Broadway has drag performances in the evenings and at brunch. Brunch is a less formal affair, but still just as fun. Drinks come with colorful garnishes and the dinner package offers a pesto penne option with capers, as well as pork tenderloin, or tofu cashew ginger stir fry.
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
Located in Crowne Plaza, the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show has it all — comedy, drama, and suspense because there’s a chance you could end up being part of the show! A four-course meal accompanies the performance when you purchase tickets. The immersive action happens all around you, not just on stage. Try to solve the case first and you could win a prize package.