This is my third time to this
This is my third time to this restaurant, and all my guests continue to be impressed! The experience is unlike any around, and initiaties some interesting and stimulating conversation with fellow diners, as well as the waitstaff. I always go in with mediocre expectations for the food, and come away every time wowed! On my last visit, I went with the "mystery option" for each course, and it did not disappoint! I will continue to keep this on my list for out-of-town guests!!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Definitely try it at least once.
Opaque is a great experience, and I'd recommend anyone try it at least once. The only downside is that it's quite pricey, but for special occasions or a unique ambiance it is worth it.
The food is par for a fancy restaurant, but nothing special. My date's and my dishes (vegetarian) seemed to rely a bit much on butter. They have a "Mystery Option" which is off-menu so you won't know until you taste it. You can also choose mystery cocktails, which in our sample of three were a bit on the sweet side, and nothing exotic.
The atmosphere is the best part; aside from the the absolute darkness, there are sound curtains throughout, so any noise is muffled, and it feels very private, but you have to know your waiter by name, for obvious reasons
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
a unique experience in total
a unique experience in total darkness. the staff was great and walked us through every step.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very cool experience! Pitch
Very cool experience! Pitch black inside. Definitely opt for the mystery menu, half of the fun was trying to figure out what things were. A bit pricey, but a great special occasion place and a novel dining adventure!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
I really enjoyed my experience
I really enjoyed my experience at Opaque. The service and food were excellent. My only concern is with the price - I thought the price we paid was extremely high for a 3-course meal.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was fun dining in dark :)
The experience was amazing. We dined in pitch black. I was very nervous at first but the evening turned out very well. The food was excellent, service was great.. Just a great experience overall..
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dining in the dark was a great
Dining in the dark was a great experience, more impressive than I had expected and definitely a romantic one for couples. But I did get a bit sleepy at the end---I guess my circadian clock is very sensitive to light.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
An extraordinary experience!
It is a completely different experience!!! Yo can try the food with all other senses besides the view. The food is amazing, I went there with my husband and a friend that is chef and he was amazed about the food!. It is for sure one must everyone have to experience.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good as an adventure. The
Good as an adventure. The waiter was lovely and the good was quite tasty. But it was an expensive evening for the experience.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had been wanting to go
We had been wanting to go to Opaque for a while and finally managed to get reservations. This place isn't cheap but you pay for the ambiance and the thrill of dining in pitch black darkness. Besides which the food is absolutely fantastic! The waitstaff are attentive, exceedingly nice, patient and guide you every step of the way. Our food came quickly as did our drinks and both were some of the best I've had in San Fran. I would absolutely recommend this, especially if you want someplace totally unique and fun! It was an experience I would go back for!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Me and my wife dined at Opaque
Me and my wife dined at Opaque on our anniversary and it was the most fantastic experience. Sitting in a pitch black room felt a bit uneasy at first, but we were soon used to it. We could hear at least 4 other groups around us and thought that the room was a bit loud - but that should be obvious considering we were "looking" around only by our ears.
Being Indian vegetarians, we were glad that the prefix menu had vegetarian choices. They also had a mystery option for the appetizer, entree and desert - we went for it and loved it! The food was great, both in quantity and quality.
Highly recommend for a special romantic occasion.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my boyfriend to Opaque
I took my boyfriend to Opaque for his birthday and we had a great time! I have never experienced anything like it before, dining in the dark is definitely an experience worth having at least once. It was very romantic and exciting not being able to see anything. I particularly enjoyed our server, who was incredibly patient and willing to answer all of our questions (and we had a lot)! I would certainly recommend Opaque to all who can afford it. It is quite pricey and we would not have been able to afford it without help from our family members.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Totally Unique Experience
This is one of the most unique experiences you will ever have. Dining without being able to see your food, your utensils, your companions, etc. It's surprising how easy it is to mix up what you are eating, when you don't know and can't see it. The food was only OK, but the service and the total experience was amazing. Highly recommended.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expensive and not a lot of options on the menu (although you can go with the surprise for appy, main, and/or dessert) but we were there for the experience of dining in _complete_ darkness. So, I've had better and cheaper food, but I don't remember those meals. I won't forget the experience at Opaque.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A category all its own
As you probably know, Opaque is dark. Pitch black. You are led to your table by your blind server, hand on the shoulder of your guide. You never see your food. Nor the people you're dining with. While the food is good, it's not anything special. Go to Opaque for the novelty of eating in the dark and adjusting your habits to adapt to the darkness. My wife and I enjoyed setting the silverware aside and relying on our fingers. You might say substituting one sense for another. We also arrived at opening (6:00), so the start of the meal was silent--there weren't any other diners. That too added to the experience.
Go for the experience. The food is a bonus.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a experience to see what it is like to be blind because the place is completing pitch black. The service was excellent but sadly the food was not.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is wonderful and you leave with a very unique experience.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a unique experience and it is definitely something you can write home about
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
ultimate dining experience
THIS RESTARAUNT PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO APPRECIATE YOUR DELICIOUS MEAL AND TUNE IN TO ALL YOUR SENSES WITH YOUR DATE, BOYFRIEND,LOVER, HUSBAND OR JUST YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS. IT WAS DEFINITLEY A PLACE WHERE LIMITLESS MEMORIES CAN BE MADE AND ENJOY A FANTASTIC MEAL IN THE DARK. AWESOME EXPERIENCE. ULTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE I EVER EXPERIENCED. ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved our experience at Opaque. Katie was our server and she made the experience for us! We were all a little apprehensive going into the experience - not knowing what to expect. So much fun!! Thanks
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went for my birthday. I am not even sure what we had to eat, but it was all delicious! The whole experience will stay with me forever. Our server and guide, Katie, was wonderful. Every time she would come back to the table she would ask if we had any questions and rather than ask about what we had eaten, I was full off questions about how she lives as a blind person. One of the first things she said was "this is what I see every day." I can not recommend this Restaurant highly enough! I could try all day to put into words what this experience was like, but could never capture all of the subtle aspects of eating a meal, in a room full of people, right next to my husband, without being able to see a thing! Just DO IT!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great. Our
Everything was great. Our server, Jennifer was exceptional. The food was delicious and well timed. At $100 a person we won't be regulars but te experience was unforgettable.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good. The experience was awesome. Our server was wonderful. This outing gave the whole family a unique experience to think about.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A unique experience.
The food was outstanding and the staff was very friendly. The main attraction though is the experience itself. Definitely worth trying once.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommended. Restaurant was EXCELLENT including food, service, ambiance and cocktails. An awesome time was had by all.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been wanting to try
We've been wanting to try dining in the dark, but never seem to make it to any of the closer locations, so made a reservation while on a trip to SF. The place is in the basement in somewhat sketchy-looking neighbourhood. The experience itself was what we expected, which was great. The food was also great, and just the right amount. One of us had a birthday, and the staff came up with an awesome surprise instead of cake and candles.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most different dinner ever
If you want something to remember now and forever but every restaurant seems like a similiar option, you should definitely go to this place. It's hands down the most different dinner I've ever had, and not only because it's totally dark, the staff is visually impaired and you learn a lot from them. Food taste much much better. Restaurant etiquette is off the game now. It's awesome.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was such a unique and fun experience. I wouldn't recommend it for a first date, as it literally is pitch black. But it was a really cool way to dine that was outside the normal restaurant box. I had a tinge of anxiety when we first sat down, more like my brain couldn't comprehend what was going on, and I was really worried about knocking something over, but after a few minutes my sense calmed down and I really enjoyed myself.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in the Dark
I came here for a friends birthday. We all ordered the mystery menu. We all had a great time. Our server was so friendly, our food was great and the atmosphere cant be beat. I had a lot of fun guessing the food items.
I will say that I was freaked out in the beginning, I just felt claustrophobic almost, but as soon as I sat down I started to relax. This was a very special restaurant that everyone should try at least once.
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was my third time at the
It was my third time at the restaurant and it is an amazing, unique experience. The room was way to hot on this evening though. The warm room temperature made it difficult to enjoy the experience as much.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place that you will remember so take someone you want to remember the experience with.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My person and I can't stop reminiscing about our experience at Opaque. Here are a few words of advice.
1. The entire experience is about trust....trust in your server, in the chef, in your date and in yourself. Comfortable with this fact? You'll have an unforgettable time. If not, don't bother.
2. Food is quite good, but not unbelievable. Who cares....
3. Once in the dining hall you will not see a speck of light until you emerge to pay the bill. Pitch black. Period. FACT.
4. Think hard about who you want to experience this with. A first date? Perhaps a horrible idea. Just sayin'.
5. Follow #4 and you'll get messy....in a beautiful way!
Most important, you'll never forget Opaque. I know I won't. Can't wait to go back!!!
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I loved this restaurant! I took a woman on first our first date here. We had a great time! Dinning in the darkregion is a completely different experience. Having no sight and only seeing by your sense of touch makes things very interesting. Our server Katie was amazing. The music made the ambiance relaxing and romantic. I highly recommended this restaurant to anyone looking to have a unique dinning experience! This is also a perfect place for a first date! Go as soon as possible!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delivered to expectations
We enjoyed stepping out of the box and allowing our other senses to step up to the plate.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
You should definitely try it once!
When I was doing a little research for our trip to Frisco, I stumbled upon this restaurant, I knew right away that it would be a once in a lifetime experience, and it was! Because you are unable to see, all of your other senses are enhanced. It was a lot of fun trying to guess what we were tasting, as well as trying to guess how many more tables were in there, just by hearing the conversations taking place. If you are ever in a town where they have one of these, definitely try it. If for nothing more than the experience, it is something you will never forget!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing else like it
This is the third time my husband and I have dined in the dark. It's a fabulous experience and definitely something you would want to try once. The food is simply fantastic and they always manage to toss in there something to throw off your senses. The mystery meals are a lot of fun especially when your whole dinner conversations reminisce over "what is that? I swear I should know this!" It's great for groups (but make sure you trust this person especially if they are little brats who love to tease!) and something you only might go to once a year or once in a life time.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for the experience
While the food may not necessarily be as good as you would expect for the price, the whole experience is definitely worth. The food is by no means bad either. Very enjoyable overall, I would like to go back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
When told it was going to be dark, wasn't expecting this dark that you can't see anything you are eating. It was difficult in the beginning when we walk into the restaurant but after 5 mins you get the hang of it. It was a very interesting experience that my girlfriend and I had and you have to literally keep your mind and senses open and let your imagination take control. Not sure if I would recommend this to everyone but it is definitely an experience that one should try. It makes you realize and wonder and appreciate people who are blind or hearing impaired how they face themselves on a regular life basis.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food: delicious. Steak, mashed potatoes, and chocolate cake: best I've ever had. Experience as a whole eye-opening. Definitely a worthwhile way to spend an evening.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Opaque allows you to have dinner with a whole new different type of senses.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Unique Experience
Eating in complete utter darkness has its challenges, but that is part of the charm. The servers are visually impaired, but this possibly makes them the most functional people in the room. Katie was completely blind, but served us with precise skills and a friendly smile in her voice. Two steps in the door and we couldn't see if she was actually smiling.
The food was excellent and ranked up there with other fine restaurants in the area. Although our wives ordered their foods, my friend and I chose the mystery courses. All were excellent, but I really enjoyed trying to figure out what it was while really exploring all the intricate tastes.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food better expirence
this was by far one of my favorite dining experiences, i recommend opaque to anyone that inst afraid of the dark
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly enlightening experience
I can't wait to go back. The service is incredible, especially when you consider that the wait-staff is either blind or visually impaired. You are immersed in their world and it is totally pitch black inside. After first getting over the initial anxiety, my wife and I settle in and we immediately begin setting up a system to keep track of where everything is. The food that we receive is expertly prepared and incredibly tasty. With no visual cues regarding our food, we instead have to rely on our other senses to get through the meal. I am so glad I got experience this unique setting and now that I have experience, I know my next date at Opaque will be even better.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun in the Dark!
Some girlfriends and I were told that Opaque was an experience worth trying, and we're all glad we did! Dining in the dark opens the other senses, especially when ordering the "mystery option:" no idea what you're going to get! The servers are very nice and the food was delicious. For a fun (but pricey, I must admit) eating experience, please try dining in the dark!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I had an amazing experience at Opaque and were very humbled by how much we take for granted. All of our other senses were put to the test during our dinner and it was definitely entertaining to see how each other was doing.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
An experience I'm glad to have had!
It was really awesome to have a dining experience like this. They said it was going to be dark, but you really couldn't see anything. I would recommend going with someone you know well, and know that it will be expensive, but something I would do again for sure.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great experience. Definitely
A great experience. Definitely enjoyed the Mystery Options! Definitely worth trying at least once!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of a kind experience!
The experience was awesome! The food was good and service was great! Courtney was a great server! I would definitely recommend this dining experience to everyone to try at least one time in their lifetime :)
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eye opening experience
Trully a unique experience to dine in complete darkness. Eventhough we can't see the plating of the dishes, it hightens our other senses and imagination. The food was excellent especially with the "mystery" dishes on the menu. Service was superb. Definitely a one of a kind concept of dining.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Omg!! This had to be the best, new, exciting and not your typical dining experience for sure but a such a great way. This is an experience you dont want to miss out on. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and he said that this birthday topped all the rest. It really makes you appreciate the food and the environment and literally its pitch black you cant see a thing but enjoy the space your in. Such an awesome experience i couldnt stop talking about it to my friends and I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a new experience while dining.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM