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Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA
Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA

Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.darkdining.com
  • Email: info@darkdining.com
  • Phone: (310) 546-7619
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer the dining in the dark experience for group bookings on-site, or off site on any day per individual booking
  • Private Party Contact: Benjamin Uphues (310) 895-4217

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available for free behind the building. Disregard tow-away signs. Those apply to non-guests.
A word from Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA
Opaque - Dining In The Dark

Imagine that you are recognizing friends by their voice, sounds tell a story, aromas come alive and elegance is felt. In this era of information overload, visual stimulation has reached an all time pinnacle. But imagine, just for an hour or two that you cannot see, that you are abandoning vision in exchange for a new, more stimulating dining experience – this is “Dining in the Dark." Opaque - Dining in the Dark – will seat you in a literally pitch-black dining room where you will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance for sighted guests. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "For 100 a plate, I would go elsewhere, such as a sea food restaurant. Near by, or an Italian or French upscale place. Overall not worth the money, and the set menu is not flexible enough."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great experience! Had a great time. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The service was great and opaque is an unique experience. In terms of food it's very pricy, but what you're really paying for is the experience. I consider dining in the dark a one trick pony! Enjoyed it but probably won't do it again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is a one in a life time experience you have to try. It was fun and exciting very different , food was good . It was our anniversary and a evening we will never forget :)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I really love that the servers are visually impaired; it brought a whole new level to the dining in the dark experience. You leave feeling very thankful for your vision. My server was so sweet and was quick to bring us food, take our plates and fill our glasses. I questioned if the food was also cooked in the dark-it was not good and parts of our dinner were on the table. The bar's music was blaring and I could barely hear my boyfriend speak. Save yourself $250 and eat dinner in the dark at your own house."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I would consider this a once in a lifetime experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dining in the Dark is no joke. It was a very interesting experience. The food was better than expected, but the experience is the reason to go. You are encouraged to eat with your hands and there are additional items for you to experience during your meal. The servers were very attentive and friendly- knowing when to "disappear" and when to be attentive. The only negative I had was there was a large, noisy group eating at the same time as us and because there is no sense of space, they were constantly yelling. Not sure I would go back unless it was for a special occasion or something, but definitely something to experience once in your life."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Get ready for an emotional experience that will change you! I was slightly nervous with the idea of dining in the dark but the waitress and staff are very helpful.i did struggle finding the meat on my plate with the main course. It would have helped if our server would have said it was at 8:00 position on your plate. Instead I had to use my hands to find it or take a random bite and hope it was steak. I also thought that a $30 corkage fee was a bit much. However I found at the end of the meal I became incredibly grateful for the idea that I was about to walk out of the restaurant and see everything again, including my dates face. We take this for granted! This was absolutely amazing!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Enjoy the darkest place I've ever been let alone eaten in. You keep expecting your eyes to adjust and they never do...simply a very cool experience!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I loved the whole experience just the food was not the best. But obviously you don't go for the food. It was fun and we loved it! you need to try it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "For a very unique experience this is the place. The pricing is a little over the top but that is because you are paying for the uniquness. I would recommend at least going one time."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our server, Anthony, made the experience a memorable one. He was extremely friendly and open about his experience living in the dark. We walked away amazed at his accomplishments, his positive outlook and genuine heart. The food was delicious, the only aspect that I did not like was the location and ambiance, felt like walking into a nightclub, not what I expected for a $250 experience for 2 people."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I thought this was a fun experience but definately not worth the price. The experience was fun but the food was not very good at all, ecpecially the broccoli. It had a very funny taste, There were 4 of us and not one of us were able to eat the borccoli."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The experience of eating in the dark was intriguing. I was not disappointed there. However, for $99 per person, I also expect $99 worth of food and service. The lamb was mediocre. The chocolate cake was dry. The server was not inviting, engaging, or even kind. It seemed like she did not care at all. It was the equivalent of a pitch black diner. I plan on repeating the experience of dining in the dark, but in my own apartment, as I can make much higher quality food for a fraction of the cost. Had I spent only $50 per person, I would be less disappointed, as it may have been worth it just for the experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is great when you want a place that offers something unique in terms of experience. You'll be using senses in a new way to figure out what you're eating and when you come out you'll have a new appreciation for your sense of sight. Really great experience and fun to take a date / significant other / spouse because you have to work together. The server gave me my fiance's dinner and my fiance received mine. You have to work together in the dark to switch the plates and see where the bread is, help move the water, try each other's food. It's a great experience. Just gives you a great appreciation for your eyes :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime experience. If you love eating out at nice restaurants, this is a unique choice to your normal routine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great concept but falls short in every way. The food is not good. Tastes like Mary Calendars. The furniture is very old in the lounge and torn. Bathrooms are very old also. Way overpriced with mediocre food. I would not go back. The whole experience should cost more like $50. You can only take like thirty minutes of pure darkness before you want to get out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Opaque was great. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious, but it was really the experience that will bring me back again. Dining in the dark is unlike anything I have done before, and really makes you appreciate your senses, as well as elevating your dining experience. Being unable to see really heightens your sense of smell, taste, and touch, all essential for enjoying your meal. Your sense of hearing also becomes acute, and I quite enjoyed a few brief conversations with surrounding tables. Totally worth it; I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The Menu was NOT Impressive as a Gourmet Experience! Dinning Should Be An Event! Your Menu is NOT Event Worthy!!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting to be taken on a journey. Somewhere down the line in almost 2 hours I felt like I was in a different dimension. It takes an open mind & a willingness to try something like this but definitely worth it ladies & gents. You'll have a tastebud explosion here! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This was one of those thinghs you do once just to say," Yes I have done that." the experience was interesting. Food was okay, not great, not worth the price of admission, but okay. But eating in the pitch black was pretty cool until a friend spills ice cold water. Service was outstanding though. Our waiter was exceptional"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "AMAZING experience. The room is totally dark - our waiter was totally blind - the food - let's just say - you don't go for the food!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Overall, you come to this place for the experience, not the food. The food was a solid 7/10, but definitely not worth the $100 per person++ that you pay. The experience though, was worth that much to me. Our waitress was completely blind, and having her guide us through a meal in absolute darkness was incredibly *eye-opening* to me. I really felt like I was blind for the 1.5 hours we were there, and I really enjoyed trying the mystery foods. It was a great experience for me and my wife, and we're glad we went. This is definitely worth it, but it is more of a one time experience than a routine dinner spot. I would definitely go back with out-of-town friends etc. in the future because of how unique the experience is."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "What a one of the time experience, Me and my wife we weren't aware that it will be pitch black there, and that visually impaired people work there. Food was great! Would recommend it to everyone. Great place for unusual cool date."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This dining experience was definitely original in its entirety. The background of this experience is amazing and thoughtful. I love the fact that the wait staff have a definite purpose in being there, It makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Mike, our server, was gracious and very kinda and willing to talk and explain. It was for a good cause and would consider coming back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Loved dining in the dark! We enjoyed every moment of living in another persons shoes, even if it's only for dinner. I love the service, food could have been better for $99 a person, but they do donate to a charitable cause. Everyone must try this out! Great for date night, not appropriate for kids. Go go go!!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I found the food to be perfectly fine, with some dishes being too salty. Portions are large. My five stars isn't for the quality of the food, it's for the quality of the experience. At first, I felt helpless and disoriented. I mistakenly dipped my fingers in the butter and was unable to find my food. Eventually, I got acclimated and I appreciated that our server did not seem disoriented at all. I recommend chatting up your server and learning about him or her. Our server had been blind for 15 years. For 90 minutes, we experienced a small fraction of what he has lived for a decade and a half. Opaque isn't about fine dining or dazzling decor; it's about experiencing the rare opportunity to be in someone else's shoes in a very dramatic way."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I took my daughter and her friend to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I was visiting from St. Louis and had heard about the restaurant on one of the food channels. We had a wonderful time. From accidentally sticking your fingers in the butter to the delicious food, it was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences. I had read reviews for Opaque before we went, several commenting that the food was good but nothing spectacular. I disagree. I like to cook and am a good cook and make gourmet meals for fun. My salmon was better than any I've ever had. Our server, Marguerite was fantastic. I would recommend asking for her as a server."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Where do I even begin? What an incredible experience that was. I highly recommend anyone even considering going, goes. You will walk out of the restaurant feeling entirely different and having a new lease on life. You will appreciate everything more...your sight, your sense of taste, smell, touch.... (IF YOU CHECK IN ON YELP, YOU GET A FREE MYSTERY DRINK). A server who is visually impaired or legally blind, greets you in the light and then leads you into the pitch black room. He will have you hold his shoulder and your date hold yours. The servers are so kind, so patient, so calming and know that this will be a very "different" experience for you. From there, I'll leave the experience for you."
    Dined on 11/8/2013