Had a great time at The Gourmet Detective last night in The Mezzanine Restaurant, Newport/Beach/Irvine location (there's also one in Riverside now).
Bought the tickets as a holiday gift for my husband - we had a very enjoyable evening together. Got the tickets with a discount through Auto Club but reservations are also available via their website http://www.gourmetdetective.com
Their current production revolves around the "after party" of the premiere of a new off-Broadway play, "He Rang the Bell." The time setting is the 1920s and the cast is a fun-loving bunch of actors (in period costume) portraying actors, producers, critics, etc. and the hijinx that occurs as the various newspaper reviews of the opening night come in to the delight (or fright) of the cast. The play, a mystery who-dunnit, takes place all around you as you dine, and the actors serve you throughout the on-going production. The food was quite good (we both had the salmon, and it was excellent - other choices were chicken, beef, or vegetarian) and portion sizes were just right. (Beverages and gratuity are notincluded in the ticket price). Definitely recommended (adult audiences).
Trickiest part of the evening was finding the restaurant which is tucked away downstairs in the Newport Gateway Towers and there are no signs (none that we saw at night, anyway) indicating the restaurant, except the small temporary one which which was literally rolled out as we walked up to the building. Thankfully, they had a burly but friendly security guard on duty who flagged us down and directed us to the nearby parking structure (no charge for parking after hours). The building is one of many in a business park and at night on Saturday there's definitely a mysterious feel there with so few others about. The website provides detailed instructions on directions and finding the restaurant so don't omit printing them out.