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

Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.darkdining.com/
  • Phone: 3105467619x
  • 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: Sarah Luntz 3105461933x

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.
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Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (19)good for groups (10)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • overpriced experience
    Daskootz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The idea of eating in the dark is cool, but Opaque has executed poorly. The food is awful, and the darkened seating isn't special, just awkward. Also, $100/pp is way way way way too expensive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun but very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's something I wanted to try... very cool but just a heads up... dinner for 2 is $250. It's a preset price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A unique experience
    notafoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Like many others we heard about this dining in the dark concept from various TV news reports. After reading a friends review on Facebook I booked a reservation for two. Opaque did not dissappoint. It's very hard these days to find a dining experience that is unique. Sure you can get fancier and more expensive but none of those establishment will come close to the unique experience that is dining in the dark. We loved it and now want to try it with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience
    lponce
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We dined at the San Francisco Opaque several years ago and really enjoyed it, so we thought we would try Opaque in Los Angeles since we were in the area. Our waiter was excellent. He was very attentive and we always felt he was "watching over us". The food was really good, better than I had remembered. I had the filet mignon and it was just great. Very flavorful. The restaurant does get a little loud, but it's because people are having fun. One group had a surprise birthday party, so they were really enjoying themselves in the dark. My teenage son loves this place. We will no doubt come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was nothing special, one notch below mediocre. Dining in the dark is just a gimmick, though I am pleased that we tried it once----but only once! Being in complete darkness resulted in many guests at other tables spilling things (such as their drinks). We could hear what was going on elsewhere very clearly because, we were told, Opaque accommodates only 33 guests. We tried it once, but NEVER AGAIN!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING UNIQUE PLACE
    ufcruski
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    this place is a total gem...you go in and its total pitch black being served by blind servers....the food is amazing..one of the best meals I have ever had...it puts you in the world of the blind. you eat in the dark, drink in the dark, and learn to maneuver in the dark..truly a one of a kind experience and you would kick yourself if you didn't try it atleast once..personally, i'm an adventurist and would come here every Friday night with friends if I could. god bless the people that work here..lots of courage. very professional and the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Anniversary's or Birthdays
    drnkngtm
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was amazing. Completely a new way of looking into other people's lives. But don't go starving cause the food portions is small. But it was still amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience but pricey
    ninja13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had a great experience in terms of dining in the dark. The room was indeed pitch black and it was interesting to try and eat in the darkness. It forced me to truly critically taste the food. The waiter was very nice and helpful. He had a problem with remembering to refill our water though. Overall, I would recommend this place for a different dining experience. As far as dining there frequently.. I wouldn't recommend it. It cost about $100 per person. The food tasted really good, but I wouldn't say the price matched the quality of the food. It definitely was for the experience of losing one sense - sight, which was beneficial in understanding how the other senses contribute to the tasting experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    Foodielover82
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that exceeded my expectations! Would definitely return and recommend to a friend! Excellent food, service and setting. The dining in the dark experience blew my mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Dirty321
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was a unique experience and im sure most would enjoy coming here and experiencing eating in a pitch black environment. The place was really loud the night we came although that could have been due to 2 large groups that where there at the time. I was a little annoyed at people turning on there cell phones in the Dark room and ruining the experience that you pay a lot to experience. In my opinion these people should be escorted out of the Dark room to eat in the waiting room and or Bar out from so they don't ruin the value of anyone else's experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique experience...way overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I knew going in that Opaque was more about the "experience" than the food. That being said, you can't charge that amount for less than average food. Our server was great, and I appreciate the concept, but there is no justification in the price. You cant see the decor, you cant see the food, you cant see the people you're with. At that point, I just want a good meal. The menu was basic and the food was generic...not impressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome!
    swagmasterchief
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    went here for my birthday, Anthony was really nice and polite to all of us! the only negative thing was that one of the servers kept grabbing my hand and rubbing it against him. overall, this is a great place for a special occasion and I highly recommend you try it
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun experience, could be better
    JamesH
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was a very neat experience. The dining room is pitch black & you get to enjoy something that you have never done in the past. The ambiance of the entry is a nightclub that is a bit drab before you enter, so you start the whole experience thinking the whole restaurant is a little janky. So, when you enter the dark dining room, you can't help but think it's a little run down inside. The food itself was okay, could be better, especially for the price of the meal. That being said, it is definitely a unique experience and is worth trying.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great
    RTonfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dining in the dark was an interesting experience. I give great credit to our server, Raphael, not only for doing a good job but for persevering with a difficult handicap and pursuing education. Unfortunately the food was fair and for $99 per person I expect better taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone should go at least once!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great experience at Opaque. Our food was great and our server was the best. It really gave you the opportunity to challenge your other senses and let your inhibitions go and just relax. It was loud but it was fun, not annoying. It certainly enables you to really appreciate your eyesight and gives you a greater respect for what it's like for people that are visually impaired or blind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uniquely Dark Experience
    nyfael
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Both my friend and I had researched out dark restaurants and thought we knew what it would be like. We were wrong. Being in total darkness brought a lot more to our attention and created an incredibly fun, creative and educational outing -- we loved it. Many people said the food was "nothing special" -- it was half and half. The Atlantic Salmon was incredible while the Filet Mignon was just "alright", the Kale Salad was delicious. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 279 reviews are from the Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA reviews archive.
  • Amassing!
    FunnyGirl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Everyone should try this! Such an interesting experience. Great for a date night with the hubby or friends. I experienced food like I never have before. Our blind (!) waiter Rafael was awesome. Go now!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Aaron
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Staff is not very professional except the blind waiters. The concept is great but should be turned into an experience not just a dark room dinner. I don't think it was worth the money. Food is below average and you end up paying more then $200 for the meal plus drinks ends up costing $250 ish as a couple. Id say find one with activities , dancing etc involved to turn into fun not just a blinded dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not worth the money
    fatmomma
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The main purpose of a restaurant is to serve food, if i had to eat mediocre quality food , i would have gone to any place, that doesn't serve a meal for $100 , that being said, food bad, dark experience not what it is hyped about
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food you never see coming!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had an amazing experience - if you go, make sure Mike is your waiter. He was so nice and very courteous throughout the entire evening, asking if we were ok and if we needed anything. And if you expect or hope for your eyes to adjust, they wont. It was a really cool experience and we look forward to taking friends in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique
    puglyfe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dining here was definitely a unique experience that everyone should try at least once. I would not done here again simply because the price is too high and the novelty of it, I feel, would probably wear out after the first time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience! Had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great experience! Had a great time. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining in the dark !!!!!!
    DeeG86
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool experience-horrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    Joaquin
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I would consider this a once in a lifetime experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pitch Black
    justin
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!
    Kelly
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thrilled
    Karina
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a very unique experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining in the Dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone needs to try it once...
    Winn
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ibanezrs
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a new Experience
    Tanya
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turn the lights on soon!
    Jaxworld
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crazy Dining Experience
    Knappstead
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning Out Should Be An Event
    TheDinningGourmet1
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The Menu was NOT Impressive as a Gourmet Experience! Dinning Should Be An Event! Your Menu is NOT Event Worthy!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try it Once!
    Kooza
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.