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Opaque - Dining In The Dark
Opaque - Dining In The Dark
  • Address:
    689 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $50 and over

Opaque - Dining In The Dark Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.darkdining.com
  • Phone: (800) 710-1270
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Whang
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Opaque - dining in the dark offers it's unique concept to private groups. Dining in the dark is a culinary adventure which enhances your senses and explores a new sensitivity. All waiters are legally blind and guide guests through a one of a kind experience which is revealing and eye opening.
  • Private Party Contact: Ben Uphues (310) 895-4217
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer the dining in the dark experience for group bookings on-site, or off site on any day per individual booking

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot suggestions: The Performing Arts Garage on Grove between Franklin and Gough, or a Pay lot on the corner of Golden Gate and Franklin.
A word from 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
  • "This place is fabulous. Great service and wonderful food in huge portions. My date is a gourmet cook and she raved about the ahi ahi tuna, the beef entree was cooked to perfection, mashed potatoes and green beans were delicious and the desert wonderful. I had the surprise entree, thought it was beef, it was pork medallions in a wine reduction sauce with cracked pepper, it was superb. Service staff very nice, had Jennifer she was great. Good place for a romantic date, something unique and different. The romance using other senses than sight. Very romantic to rely on touch open communication and private kissing and feeling."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dining in the dark is a unique experience that is both fun and VERY dark!! We were all amazed at how our eyes NEVER adjusted to the darkness but it made the evening all that more memorable!! We laughed, ate (some only with their hands) and drank (what others didn't spill from not being able to see). Recommend requesting the "surprise menu"; however, for groups of 3+ I would suggest 3 different options vs 2 the same...it didn't allow for much interest in sharing..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was truly memorable to eat in the dark and to be served by a person that lives her life in darkness. The food was fine, but nothing special...and certainly not worth the price tag. My surprise meat entre was dessert dry. The kitchen seems to know that people are there for the experience and will not likely return. They really missed an opportunity to surprise the palate. I expected more for my $100 (per person...3 course dinner only). A clue to the food....Opaque shares a kitchen with Indigo, and Indigo was a ghost town on Saturday night. However, we are glad we went and enjoyed the experience. We just won't go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our server was wonderful, we felt very well taken care of in the unusual venue. In the end, though, we paid a lot for that experience: the food was just a bit better than average and the price rivaled the best restaurants in the bay area. Eating-in-the-dark is an interesting experience, but ultimately it's a gimmick and in the end, the quality of a restaurant comes down to the quality of the food. Pretty good food, very high prices, excellent service and a meal in the pitch dark. If this sounds interesting to you, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Definitely a must-do. Great food, professional and friendly servers who made our special occasion even more special, and a really unique experience. Worth the price!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had an incredible time! Going in I was a bit nervous, but the staff makes you feel very comfortable, given that it is a new experience for many people. The staff was very friendly and the food was incredible! I have recommended this place to multiple people since our date there and will continue doing so! I think that everyone who can should visit this place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Opaque was fun and exciting and was a great way to spice up your normal dinner and drinks. I recommend ordering the "mystery" menu, where you don't know what the food is you are eating, until it hits your mouth. Because it is so dark you really have to rely on your other sense making it great fun!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was such a great experience... If you're adventurous, I recommend the mystery dishes! I didn't even bother with the silverware... I just used my hands. The hostess was very friendly and our waiter was awesome. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dining in the dark was great! Someone opened a door accidentally and some light came in--which ruined the mystery of knowing how the room was set up--but other than that it was a GREAT experience~"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Opaque fell far short of it's $300 price tag. The sweatshirt and flipflop-clad hostess greeted us with heavy smoke-filled breath in a confined corridor after texting a request for us to alter our reservation to better convenience the staff. The second hostess was very rude in front of two parties of guests. Our waitress was wonderful, with good directions, friendly conversation, and good timeliness. The food was lukewarm, perhaps understandably because it was pitch black and our fingers were often in the food. Tasty dishes, though a little over-flavored salad and soup. Salmon was dry. The staff served the wrong wine and didn't inform us of the difference, nor did they alter the bill to reflect the cheaper selection. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food and service is great; but i would recommend the restaurant more for the experience. We felt challenged when it came to getting food on our forks and had to rely on our hands to get the food into our mouths. It was a humbling yet fun experience... especially funny to see food all over us when we walked out :) "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was scrumptious, our waitress, Jennifer, was superb."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was good, the ambience, and the service pretty fine, but definitely crazy expensive! It's not worth it to pay 100$ for the only menu that they have. They should have more options and cheaper prizes."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great experience with my girlfriend..definitely fun with someone your close with! Food was good, we went with the mystery dinner all the way around. Fun figuring out what your eating. Service was great! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I came here with my friend for the end of the term celebration and it was exciting. We compared it to a rollercoaster ride where it's exciting yet nerve racking at the same time."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was absolutely a great experience. My partner and I were a bit nervous at first, but the staff were very reassuring and helpful. Food was great and the ambiance was ideal for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "From the first step through the curtain, through every delectable bite, Opaque is a dining experience like no other. Exceptional food, outstanding service. Go for the challenge of full mystery, you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Amazing experience!!! Very surreal. Would recommend this to anyone. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "It was a unique dining experience with sumptuous food, which included mystery items. Our waitress was great and made the whole experience fun."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This dining experience was definitely a wonderful adventure... We definitely enjoyed the food and everything else that came with it!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great date restaurant! Great opportunity to share a new experience. Regardless of the food it is a really interesting challenge which makes you re-evaluate the way you move and act when at a restaurant. Servers were very friendly and helpful at all times and knew the menu well. Definitely would recommend attending on a quieter evening. I don't think this is something I would want to do with a big group and because you are so reliant on hearing and touch alone, being sat next to a loud party can definitely detract from the experience. The tuna tartar and the beef tenderloin were delicious! Definitely not a one time only experience for me, an evening well spent!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to eat in the dark. You really do not see anything and you have to deal with the difficulties of eating without knowing where the things are just touching everything. I totally recommend it to people that like to try different things. I went with a friend for his birthday and we had a lot of fun. Our waitress Jennifer was incredible nice."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This experience was great and we plan on trying it again. I gave ambiance a 3 since I couldn't see. Lol"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dining in the dark was quite an experience! I would recommend that everyone try at least once. Our server (Courtney) was so attentive and helpful. I was surprised how smoothly the dinner ran considering that we couldn't see a thing. My boyfriend and I chose to try the "mystery" dinners instead of choosing from any of the items on the menu. My boyfriend was served pork and I had swordfish. Both were delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was an amazing experience for all four of us! The restaurant was exceptionally accommodating to my friend that is a very picky eater. The waiter was amazing and attentive. The food was outstanding, and not one of us had a complaint. The price is high, but the experience was wonderful. Even though the piece is high, I would recommend it to anyone to try it at least once."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We planned this event with a group of 7. Once there, it seemed the host was a bit confused her self. The bartender did not know how to make any drinks, just order a beer. Once we were showed to our table, the service is very slow. We had a a group and were told we were too loud, which I thought was very rude. You're a dining experience restaurant, with a group paying $99 pp or more what else did you expect? Double check your bill, they over charge, when we called the restaurant back, we were told it was our problem, they delivered the drinks, its up to us to make sure we find it at the table (hello, its in the dark!) definetly a 1 time place, not for repeat occassions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Katy, our server saw to our every need. She was so nice the entire time and made sure we were comfortable. We had a wonderful meal, and an amazing experience eating in total darkness. After around 10 minutes, I felt totally adjusted and just enjoyed the evening. I had the "mystery" meal, and it was really fun. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to have a fun and adventurous evening with the ability to really just relax and talk with your spouse or friend. AMAZING"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Very cool idea for a dinning experience. The model is smart and it gives opportunity for the visually impaired. That being said, the food was subpar and near tasteless. The ahi tuna was the only tasty item. The main course of pork was editable but nothing to make the taste buds sing. The dessert was so so. Katie, our waitress, was great. Very helpful and pleasant, that was the upside of the evening. I would only return if they worked on their menu items and bolstered the favors! Honestly, not worth the $99 per person."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was a one time expire mad, which we enjoyed. However , the food was bland , and the service sucked. They had 4 cocktails to choose from and they made the same one wrong 3 times. I am glad I went once, but in the end I regret how much I paid."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "It was an unusual and fun adventure to dine at Opaque and the food was wonderful. We took our own wine as their corkage fee is very reasonable at $10. Food came out timely, our waitress was terrific and we had no "accidents". The hostess has zero personality, but don't let that deter you."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I will remember this dinner for a long time! Pros: Unique experience, good food, good cause, catered well to my boyfriends gluten free diet Cons: Expensive, nerve racking I would recommend going in a small group and with someone you are comfortable with! I was a bit more nervous than I anticipated and being able to hold my boyfriends hand was very comforting! It is truly completely dark, don't expect to be able to see a thing! I would also recommend the "mystery" option for food. I think the experience of putting something in your mouth without being able to see it or knowing what it is was incredible!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Katie, our server was so amazing.......All of the servers there are blind. The food was sooo delicious. It's very hard to eat with a fork, when it's pitch black. Needless to say, we ate with our hands. It was an experience we will never forget. We had a group of 4 with us, celebrating a friends birthday. It couldn't have been more perfect. The only thing that was a shocker, is when we got the bill. Was not expecting to pay that much."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It takes some getting used to at first being in pitch blackness. I felt like the walls were closing in on me but after I tried to focus on the sounds I was able to relax a little bit. My bf on the other hand did not ever really relax and was not comfortable the entire time. PTSD also didn't help either. I think we had to wait a little too long after we were finished to get the check. Overall it was a different experience that I would recommend to others."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our party of 4 went in blind (figuratively) and came out enlightened. Dining in the dark with "mystery meals" made every bite an adventure, from hunting every portion with your fork, mis-buttering the bread to smelling and tasting every mouthful to it's fullest. A grand time was had by all with plans to try to re-create the adventure at home for friends and family. I've a new appreciation for how to employ other senses to every bite of food but also a peek into the world of those living without the help of visual stimuli. I would like everyone I know to spend some time at Opaque, except my Mom, I'm not sure she would"get it"! Many thanks to all of them at Opaque and especially George our waiter. Andy LeBlanc"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A must try for those that like adventure... Select the mystery menu for a pleasant surprise and guessing the food you are eating is fun too! Pretty interesting what happens when you only have taste and smell to rely on while eating. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Saw opaque on one of those 10 strangest restaurant shows and knew we had to try it. My boyfriend and I opted for the mystery dinner and except for the dessert and salad courses we were stumped as to what we were eating. Food was amazing and our server Jennifer was very attentive, amazing considering she's blind!! Definitely go with someone you are comfortable with and keep an open mind. Best and most unique dining experience ever."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Please, it's hype. Food was barely edible. Person taking orders was unprofessional. It was like a middle school spaghetti feed with blindfolds for $300/2 people. Please stay away and save your money."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My experience at Opaque was unique and memorable! The service is excellent and the staff makes you feel comfortable all the way from reservation to paying your bill. I recommend going with a small group (I went with one other person), as it's nice to have the more focused conversation. The service outpaces the food, which was OK. Though the focus of the evening truly is around the experience, more so than the food itself! Definitely worth checking out with someone special!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was delicious-although I couldn't see what it looked like or finish everything on my plate due to the pitch darkness inside the restaurant. I went with the boyfriend to experience dining in the dark because a lot of my friends have been talking about it. It's a bit pricey but you're paying for the experience, the great staff, and pretty good 3-course dinner."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Opaque offers a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else! The food is very delicious. We had an excellent waitress- Mocha. <3"
    Dined on 3/12/2014