Review: The New Theatre Restaurant

11:10 AM

My family and I love going to the theatre, watching plays, and becoming immersed in the excitement of a good show. When we found out about Funny Money playing at The New Theatre Restaurant, we knew we absolutely had to check it out. 

The New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas is one of the most fantastic dinner theatres I've ever been to. Our entire experience was very positive and enjoyable, and I can't wait to go back in the future.

The restaurant is conveniently located and easy to find. There's plenty of parking and the restaurant is easy to access. I hate having to fight for parking spots, so I appreciated that there was so much parking available. Even better? It's free. Again, for some patrons, this might be a given, but I've been to many places where there are hidden fees, and I really appreciated that there weren't any at the New Theatre.

Once inside, we were shown to our table. We had great seats, although to be fair, I don't think there's a bad seat in the house. The view to the stage was clear and the seating was roomy and comfortable. The chairs have wheels, which makes moving around very, very easy and simple. 

Another thing I loved about visiting the restaurant is that there was a card welcoming us on the table. It's a simple touch, but it made us feel so comfortable and at home. We also received programs for the play we were about to see.

As soon as we were seated, our server arrived to take our drink order and bring us salads and bread. At the New Theatre Restaurant, drinks and desserts are offered at an extra fee, but ice water is free. You'll also be provided with lemons and limes if you like those. There were an assortment of reasonably priced cocktails, as well, and they kept with the theme of the play, which was really interesting.

By the time we finished our salads, the buffet was open and we were able to go get our meals. If you've ever been to a dinner theatre before, you know that sometimes the food can be hit or miss. Well, at the New Theatre Restaurant, it's a hit. It was all a hit. There were cooked vegetables and several types of meats, as well as a huge assortment of breads, pastas, and more. My husband loved the chicken he got, while I really enjoyed the steak and sauce.

The restaurant atmosphere was so relaxed and wonderful. We had a fantastic time chatting while we had dinner, and our server was really attentive and on top of things.

Speaking of servers, there's a small note on the back of the "welcome" card that explains if you aren't sure what to tip, $4.00 per person is suggested. I love this. I absolutely love that there was a specific amount listed to offer as a tip. I've found that many people, especially people who don't go to special events a lot, aren't always sure what to tip. Being specific ensures the waiters receive what's fair and that patrons have a chance to give more for great service if they want to, and the service was great!

When we finished dinner, we had a chance to order dessert and more drinks if we needed them. Then it was time for the show to begin. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was completely thrilled with what happened next.

First off, let me just say that the atmosphere at the New Theatre Restaurant is really what did it for me. As each actor came onto the stage, the crowd applauded. I loved this. I love how happy and content everyone was. The entire crowd was in a great mood and everyone was very excited to be there. This really added to the ambiance of the show.

Jim O'Heir is one of my favorite actors. Ever since I saw him on Parks and Rec, he's been someone who fascinated me. Did you know that right now, he's playing at The New Theatre Restaurant? I didn't know this, either! He's the star of the show, but the entire cast is absolutely incredible. I don't want to spoil the play for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but I will say that the entire performance was incredible. You'll truly be sucked into the play and find yourself laughing and cheering for your favorite characters.

If you'd like to visit the New Theatre Restaurant, now's the time to go. Seriously. Just go. Funny Money  will be playing until February 11th, so you still have plenty of time to check it out. For hours, tickets, and more information, visit the New Theatre Restaurant's website here.  You'll find all of the information you need to make your visit as fantastic as it can possibly be. 

Have you ever been to the a dinner theatre? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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  1. WOW, this look pretty cool and very elegant! I have never been to a dinner theater before. I know we have many in our city downtown but we have yet to visit. Maybe that will be something I will do over the holidays! Funny Money sounds like it was pretty nice!

  2. This looks like a great date night experience. You got to see a fun play and have a delicious meal. What more could you ask for? I like that they made the experience so much better by providing great customer service.

  3. I love dinner theatre but when I saw the image I was amazed! That place is HUGE! Our local dinner theater is far more intimate. Either way you just can't be live entertainment and good food!

  4. That does look like a good time. I would love to go out with my husband and check this place out if there were one in our area. I am a big fan of a night out and getting good food while being entertained sounds heavenly!

  5. Sounds like a great place to enjoy a night out for a date. We love going to places like this. I agree with you about theater food being hit or miss. Good to hear it was YUMMY!!!

  6. Ok, this is epic!! What an awesome date night idea. I have never been to a dinner theater like this before. They need to bring something like this to North Texas. We would be 100% in!!

  7. I would love to attend the theatre restaurant. Hubby and I get tired of the same ol' date night rut. This would be an adventure compared to what we normally do.

  8. This place is HUGE! This looks like so much fun. I haven't been to dinner theater in years and I totally forgot that they were around. This is awesome. My entire family would love it!