The Mystery Cafe – An Interactive Frolic, Murder Mystery and Italian Dinner

It takes very little sleuthing to find The Mystery Café of Indianapolis, which happens to reside in a favorite Italian restaurant in Indianapolis, The Milano Inn.

Birthed in Boston in 1990, and with a successful decade in Indianapolis, The Mystery Café can claim the distinction of being the longest-running mystery dinner and theatre operation, not only in Indiana, but also in the entire United States.

Here’s a  hilarious video all about The Mystery Café and The Milano Inn, its locale.


The main idea, of course, is dinner and a show, all in the same place. It’s a perfect choice for exploring the vibrant Indianapolis nightlife or a fun, entertaining date in Indianapolis. But The Mystery Café’s unique spin on this fundamental idea is what keeps people coming back to it for thrills and laughs.

Audience members are invited to interact as much as they want in the unfolding process of the murder mystery taking place in front of them, and all around them. When you come through the door, for example, you’ll meet one of the play’s characters, who will then provide you not only with your seat, but a new identity for the evening.

Guests are exhorted to keep a lookout for clues and write down anything they want to remember, or that seems suspicious. Some 20 audience members will be given lines, or possibly even a song to sing. The result is an unleashing of creativity and surprise  that comes about when a group of strangers are given free rein to interact in such a situation.

Another unique characteristic of this intriguing performance venue in Indianapolis is that you can return to the exact scene of the crime as often as you want, and you’ll never find exactly the same scenario. You can expect to find not only high entertainment at The Mystery Café of Indianapolis, but new friends as well.

The four-course dinner, with coffee or tea, is served between the acts, so you never miss a clue.

The Mystery Café of Indianapolis offers several perks for those who are able to get together a group of 20:

  • The group ticket price includes the server’s gratuity
  • Book well in advance with a 25% deposit (non-refundable
  • Your group’s 21st ticket is complimentary

The talented artists who craft and present each murder mystery play for The Mystery Café also offer bookings at any other special Indianapolis event. With a reasonable down-payment and schedule, you can bring this troupe to your private or public gathering to recreate the fun and madness.

Dinner and the show, for $45.50, are offered at the Milano Inn Restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Mystery Café of Indianapolis

PO Box 1752
Indianapolis, IN 46208-1752

Box Office: 317.684.0668

The Milano Inn

231 S College Av
Indianapolis, IN 46202



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