Encore Dinner Theater Gets a New Lease on Life

16 Jul

Like most people who live in Orange County, you have seen the signs for Encore Dinner theater from the side of the 5 freeway at some point. Perhaps you even saw a show when it was still “Curtain Call Theater.”  Recently the dinner theater was purchased by a new owner, who refurbished the venue and revamped their food menu.  I recently visited Encore Theater with some friends and was able to see how the theater show has changed. The last time I visited, the venue was showing its age, just like the majority of its clientele.  Although this time, I was pleased by the quality of food, performance and facilities.

Encore Dinner Theater

Encore Dinner Theater was a good time

The facility is a former movie theater with tiered levels that accommodates a series of dinner tables, which double as your seats for the show.  You pay one set fee for the dinner and show , $40-80, depending on the level of your seat.  The inclusive menu includes bread, salad, and main course. The choices for the salad included a house springs mix salad or a classic Caesar salad. The salads were pretty standard that you would get at any catered banquet. I recommend the Caesar salad, between the two.

Encore interior

Main Courses:

Half Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken - Half of a small chicken was roasted with lemon pepper seasoning, resulting in a very juicy and tender dish. It was served with a light gravy, mashed potatoes and squash. I thought that this dish had a very nice portion size and great flavors.

Encore Dinner Theater

Lemon Pepper Chicken was juicy and tender

Herb Crusted Tilapia - The tilapia was marinated and baked in a with a dill-parsley pesto and then topped with a drizzle of lemon-thyme aioli sauce. The fish was served with their butter mashed potatoes and the same seasonal vegetables.  My tablemate was very pleased with this dish and said the herb and lemon flavors really enhanced the tilapia flavor.

Encore Dinner Theater Main Course Tilapia

Herb crusted tilapia

Braised Beef Short Ribs - The short ribs were slow braised on the bone with Cabernet Sauvignon wine, citrus and fresh herbs. The meat was fall of the bone tender and the flavor was extremely impressive with deep Cabernet and beef flavors in every bite and citrus herbs flavors cutting through to keep the dish light. This ribs were also served with the butter mashed potatoes and vegetables. My only issue with the dish was the European sized portion of the short ribs, which I am guessing was about three ounces. Although these were some of the better short ribs I have recently eaten, I was still hungry after licking my plate clean.

Encore Theater Short Ribs

Food Menu

Upgrade Options

If you decide, you can upgrade your main dish to the shrimp scampi for an extra $12.95 or the fillet of beef for $13.95. I took a peek at other tables who ordered these upgrades. They looked delicious, although the portion sizes were geared towards light eaters. If you throw caution to the wind, if is really easy to upgrade and add-on yourself to a larger bill. 

Encore Theater Menu


1000 Chip Chocolate Cake lived up to its name with dense chocolate cake layered with chocolate mouse and chocolate frosting. The exterior of the cake was heavily layered with mini chocolate chips, such that you can easily get chocolate chips in every single bite. Even though I was a little hungry from dinner, the chocolate cake set me over the top and I had a hard time standing up after.

Encore Dinner Theater Desserts

The Desserts – 1000 Chip chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, New York Cheesecake and Red Velvet Cake


The Performance

Encore theater actorsAfter we finished up our main courses, the show began. For an hour and a half we were entertained by the Neil Simon classic play, “Rumors.” This comedy about high-society rumor mongering friends was well acted by community theater actors, who each had an impressive background. We were all entertained by the show and thought the acting was very convincing. We all laughed throughout the show and our friend who is in the performance industry thought that the caste did a great job.

 Encore Dinner Theater Website

Performance Callendar

My Final Thoughts

encore theater StageEncore Dinner theater has definitely made a big improvement, since I last visited. If you are looking for a fun date night or perhaps fun with friends, then I would definitely recommend you give Encore a try again. I thought that the food was delicious and the show entertaining. 

See my  Wife’s Blog, Dani’s Decadent Deals, for details about discounts, show schedules and her overall impressions

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Tom Holmberg

Food Blogger / Founder at Tom's Foodie Blog
Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

14 Responses to “Encore Dinner Theater Gets a New Lease on Life”

  1. Meli July 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Lots of choices, that’s terrific! AND you get to watch a great show as well. That’s a win-win!
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  2. Deborah July 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Those desserts look great. What a fun looking evening.

  3. Rob July 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I like choices.. the beef looked really good!

  4. Tina July 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I would LOVE the entertainment and the venue sounds devine!

  5. Dov Shapira July 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    The Tilapia Looks so mmmmmmm good
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  6. Alikekid Sanrisk July 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Wow.. you and your wife always give us the great new experiences by reading your blog :D

  7. Don Purdum July 17, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    That looks delicious and fun!!!

  8. Veronica July 17, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    I’m really hungry looking at this

  9. Heather Petersen July 17, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    That looks like fun. The food looks good!

  10. Tyler July 17, 2013 at 3:50 am #


  11. Daniele Holmberg July 17, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    It was a fun time:) We will have to go again sometime.:)
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  12. Char January 24, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    I’m going to see Grease on Saturday! I am now very excited!!

    • Tom Holmberg January 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      You will definitely enjoy the show Char! They do a great job

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  1. Encore Dinner Theater In Tustin Revamped | Dani's Decadent Deals - July 16, 2013

    [...] The food was definitely not too shabby either.  I had the chicken which was absolutely amazing in that it was a large portion and it was quite tender.  My husband’s short rib was pretty amazing, but in my opinion it was a bit too small. For desert, we tried the Carrot Cake and the Red Velvet Cake. Both desserts were fabulous! For more thorough details about just the food at the Encore Theater visit my husband’s blog, Tom’s Foodie Blog. [...]

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