Great food, cool experience
I'm sure I have nothing interesting to add to other reviews, but it really is a cool experience with great food and although a bit pricey for a student budget, I think it was worth the money. Also, they're vegetarian-friendly which I appreciate.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried the novelty
I found this was definitely a novelty dining experience.
Things I noted:
Food is a little on the pricey side for what you get.
Cool experience is everyone follows the rules of no cell phones.
Be careful who you bring, you're dining for a couple hours in the dark...if you don't have anything to talk about...ouch!
My date actually got up to explore the restaurant...not too bad 'cause nobody can see!
Waiter was helpful and great to help orient with everything.
Will most likely try again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire Au Noir experience was amazing. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with friendly staff who explain the restaurant to you and allow you to view the menu. Once you place your order your server introduces themselves and takes you into the dark! At first it's a little scary, but the servers make you feel comfortable and explain where everything on your table is. The food was absolutely delicious! It was such an amazing experience and something I would recommend to anyone!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must do in Montreal !
Eating in the dark is an experience to be tried. You hear things as you do not people watch or gaze at your date. Don't be afraid to use your fingers a bit. You should try this once...it makes you appreciate your other senses.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
You have to try it!
Dining in pitch dark.. very cool experience... the staff are excellent in guiding you to your table, handing off plates, drinks and very friendly.
Don't be timid, judt be adventurous. The food is very good, portion size was perfect..
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
How much of a dining experience do you appreciate visually? Learn the answer by eating at ONoir. From the moment you enter the dining area, you are deprived of sight. Utensil placement, wine glass location all take on a greater significance when their location has to be memorized. I ordered the Chef surprise and had to pay special attention to the flavors and textures to learn what I was eating. Marvelous food and the staff takes steps before entering to ensure you are not served anything you might not ordinarily order.
Our waiter was Michael. He was charming and took the time to explain what we ate after it was served and we made our guesses. How much do you rely on visual enjoyment of food? Find out at ONoir.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A meal in the dark
This was an amazing experience overall. The fact that it's pitch black in the dining area truly allows for your other senses to work. The food was amazing, we all tried the surprise meals and surprise cocktails, it was fun to all try and figure out what was on our plates. Truly, a first-time experience of this kind for all of us, we will be coming back for sure.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fab find in the dark
This restaurant was fabulous. We went with two couples and it was a unique and delicious experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highlight of Montreal!
This was my highlight of visiting Montreal!!
I was completely delighted with my food: ordered a surprise cocktail which was even more thrilling because it was a mystery (couldn't see what it was)!
The whole experience of eating in the dark was great! You somehow savour every bite when you're in the dark!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Une expérience à vivre
Une activité hors du commun à vivre au moins une fois dans sa vie. Menu appréciable aussi.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
pretty awesome place! food and service was amazing but avoid tables by the enterance and exit. cross your fingers your not seated by morons that are loud silly and obnoxious.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried this restaurant for the unique experience of being in total darkness. That alone is really interesting and is worth the detour. But we also found a place where the staff was very courteous and helpful and the food was very good.
We will certainly return and bring friends the next time. I think that I will have the surprise menu for my second time and try to guess what I am actually eating!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite the experience!!!
The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. The best part was the experience of dining in darkness. It makes the place unique and definitely a neighborhood gem!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ideal for Unique Dining Experience
This is a dining experience I recommend everyone try once. The experience and concept is unique and fun. The food was decent but not overly impressive. Service was friendly but a little slow at times. We were wondering if the server got lost in the dark. Overall, I'd say yes to booking this restaurant for a special occasion or romantic evening out but probably not for large groups.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was tasty and the
The food was tasty and the bartender whipped up a fantastic surprise cocktail to our liking. Service was prompt and polite. Definitely an experience to ' open your eyes'. We would recommend as a fun activity but you will be pleasantly surprised by the food
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was just amazing! We loved everything, the food, the service, the band, the experience! It was onde of the highest points of our honeymoon! Thank you very much. Hope to have this experience again someday, since we don´t have o noir in Brazil!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
onoir is the new black
I've been wanting to eat here since I've moved to Montreal a year ago. I thought the concept behind the restaurant was intriguing and it sounded like a truly unique dining experience. The menu items all sounded delicious and I was excited the moment I walked in the door because I was trying to figure out how the experience works. I almost felt like a kid. Follow the leader with the waiter. Touch and grab with our cutlery. I had the filet mignon and it was tender, delicious and the potatoes were soooo tasty. You really notice the scent of the food when your eyes aren't involved. The tastebuds seem to heighten too. I work in a hotel and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to guests simply for the fun, novelty factor.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for the experience!
I really loved my experience at onoir! Eating in the dark was the highlight of the night. The great tasting food is overshadowed by the experience. My appetizer was very small but tasted great! It was some kind of trout + salmon salad. For the main I had the filet mignon medium rare. It was cooked very well and it tasted fantastic! The main definitely made up for the small appetizer. Very pleased! That's all I had for that night as the desert menu didn't really look that interesting to me! I paid for myself and my gf (table d'hote, appetizer/main option) total of the bill with tax and tip was about 85$ not too bad, but considering how small the appetizer was I'd say I feel like I only really paid for the steak. Fantastic service by the way!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun experience
Food was good. Service was great. It was a fun night out on our trip to Montreal.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very cool, but very loud
Service was excellent, which is very much appreciated because you are completely at their mercy :) Taste of food heightened due to inability to see, and the food is quite good to being with. A truly memorable experience, once you get over the initial disorientation of compete darkness, as you feel totally out of your element. Unfortunately your sense of hearing becomes very acute, and loud jerks (particularly in groups) make such a din that it actually gets oppressive after a time. Luckily meals are fairly short (90 minutes). You will definitely have had a great experience. Just remember to wash your hands before going in as you will be handling your food out of necessity.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must-do for Montreal!
I've been to ONoir several times and it never ceases to amaze me. The food is always fantastic, the staff are helpful and charismatic, and the music on Sundays is superb! I will always recommend ONoir to friends and family going to Montreal. Just remember to reserve in advance cause these seats go fast!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent and the ambiance exceptional. I would recomend to anyone.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't explain with words..
so go to O Noir ASAP and you will have an amazing experience...
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was an unique experience to discover your senses, to taste a delicious meal and talk, really talk, with friends; our waiter Michael was so kind, fun and helpful during our dinner. Thanks :)
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing dinner in the dark
Eating at O Noir was incredible! It is such a unique, incredible experience. It feels so weird at first since you can't rely on your eyes anymore but the experience is surreal. Our waiter Julie was extremely funny and friendly. Food was pretty good, except it was really hard to eat it because, again, you can't see your plate. It's a fun challenge that really gives you an insight to how blind people have it everyday. The live band was also pretty good and the atmosphere was full of energy. I would definitely eat there again.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
So much fun!
My friends had told me it was a unique experience and I wanted to try it, I must say, I'm thrilled that I did because I had to best time! Our waiter Mathias was just excellent, funny, easygoing, and made sure he would use his Spanish to talk to us which it was really cute and very convenient for my friend who doesn't speak English or French. We loved him! The food was delicious and I will definitely go back there next time I'm in Montreal!! Thumbs way up!!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to this restaurant with my sister and it made for a very special occasion and bonding experience. Not only is it stimulating on a gastronomical level, but it affects your senses in such different ways since you are not able to see, and creates for a heightened experience. The food was great, and it was lots of fun to try out the surprise dishes! Also, the staff were very welcoming, and were extremely accommodating to my sister's physical condition. Overall I loved the experience, and would CERTAINLY recommend it to others, I have already started spreading the word!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place, everybody should go and try the excellent experience. Service is perfect and friendly. I will definitely come back.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
i really enjoy my time there! the fact that you're in the complete darkness! amazing experience and great food !
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Closing your eyes just isn't enough
I had a simply amazing experience here. I enjoyed dinner with my girlfriend and my father. Friends of ours had gone here before and recommended we try it. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to any!
To eat in the darkness and I mean darkness was an amazing experience. It has given me a great appreciation for those with vision impariments and how they adjust.
The food was delicious too.
We had a reservation at 6:45 and were seated promptly, however after the main course it took a little long for our waitress to return to our table with dessert. I will attribute that to the supper time rush. Other than the bit of a wait, our waitress, Sophie, was amazing! Thanks again!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merci à tous ceux qui ont fait naître ce projet. Non seulement l'expérience est extraordinaire, mais ça nous ramène aussi sur terre: apprécions nos yeux, tout le monde n'a pas notre chance!
Donc un gros merci!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Experience to be had
Although when we walked in the restaurant in the pitch black.... I was a little worried. It took me a little bit to calm down but after our wonderful waitress Grizelda told me a little trick... To close my eyes all was well. It is a an experience for all your other senses... I left the restaurant with a new sense of respect for people with blindness.. Chapeau to all of you who work at O'Noir.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun experience and good food!
A worthwhile experience...and a challenging one! Shared lots of laughters and great time. Would gladly recommend.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was a delight from the moment we walked through the door. The staff in the foyer were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We had our food ordered and were taken to our seats by our ever so awesome waiter Guilleaume.
Appetizers were on our table within minutes of being seated and were all delicious.
Main course came out relatively quickly as well. Two of our friends ordered the filet mignon, my girlfriend had the chicken and I ordered the mystery dish. To put it simply, all were amazing. My mystery dish was an especially good experience as i tried to sift through the various tantalizing flavours to figure out what I was eating.
To top it off desert was amazing but of all we ordered the creme brule was by far the best.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I "see" a trend beginning here!
Great experience! Julie was fantastic! COMPLETELY DARK! I would recommend this to anyone, I noted that the atmosphere was noisy, however, I believe that this is a result of your senses being more sensitive. I took the "surprise appetizer" As a recommendation to others......don't be afraid to take the surprise items on the menu. You can't go wrong with the food. The only positive criticism I would have is for the servers to verbally and clearly communicate for the wine - for example...."I am serving you the 3rd and 4rth glass of 4 of this bottle of wine" in order to reduce the confusion of keeping track of the number of glasses that were served and to remove excess glasses from the table. Thanks and hope to "see" you again soon! ciao.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
An experience for your senses
Dining in total darkness is something that everyone should experience at least once. The waiters are caring and very helpful with guiding you to where your drink will be placed and where your food is in relation to how you are sitting. Other than that....you're on your own. Enjoy the conversation, the delicious food and wine, and notice how your other senses might be heightened -- taste, smell, hearing, touch, movement.
I ordered the lamb chops because I thought they'd be easiest to eat with my hands if using my utensils became too cumbersome. However, I would encourage the adventurous at heart to choose the "Surprise Me" option where you won't know what they'll be bringing to your plate.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a must do, but it's not for everyone. At the beginning of the evening my wife and friend had some anxiety of being in the pitch dark. But by the time we got to the main course we were enjoying the food and wine.
If you can settle in and immerse yourself into the experience it is no doubt an experience you won't forget!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was good and the service was excellent from Mike, although it was slower than ideal because they were short of staff. It is a place for the unique dining experience than for a relaxed or romantic dinner with good food and wine. It is in fact a nice opportunity to truly enjoy the taste of food but most people will be anxious because not be able to see. I also found that it was loud because, again, people tend to talk loud when they can't see where everyone is.
This is a dining experience that you have to experience at least once in your life. And you have the appreciate the servers, as well as what they face in real life that the rest of us take it for granted.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience but...
The overall experience was great, we went on a Wednesday night so not a lot of people. Great service. Only thing I didnt like was the vegetarian plate I took. It tasted like something I could've done at home in 10 min, it didn't have any special taste or flavor. It did fill me up though. My girlfriend took the Filet Mignon and she liked it.
If nothing else, I recommend this just for the experience of being in the (complete) dark while dining.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Must try
We enjoyed everything about this restaurant. It was a unique experience that isn't available everywhere. The staff were helpful with every need and very friendly. The food was fantastic, and you were able to appreciate it in a new way with not being able to see it. I recommend trying it for a new experience in dining.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter was incredibly friendly and helpful! We really enjoyed his service and we hope for him again next time!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanks for a great experience. Server Matt was excellent, band was great as well. Jazz flute version on "the Godfather"...well played!
Oh yeah, dinner was great too :)
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ç'etais très aprecier !! J'ai adoré l'expérience je le recommande a tout eux qui l'ont jamais fait !!
Le service étais extra !! Merci Mathias c'est le meilleur !!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Unique Dining Experience
The food was great, as was the service. Our server, Guillaume, did a great job of navigating us through the dark, and keeping us on track with the necessary logistics of dining without being able to see the items on the table (placement of glasses, where to receive the incoming plates, etc.) And he lead a hearty chorus of "Happy Birthday" for our daughter (turning 12 years old), with many other tables joining in, too, which made the evening even more special for her. It is true that the other senses seem to be heightened when there is no sight, as we all seemed to enjoy our food even more than at a conventional restaurant. Truly a unique dining experience, highly recommended! Next time we are in Montreal, we'll be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was an amazing experience. I went with my 12 year old son that learned a new facet of looking at things in a different way. I would certainly return.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great experience!
My wife and I had a great time and look forward to experiencing this again with some friends. The first 5 minutes in, I was almost ready to call my waiter to come and get me and take me out… it was very disconcerting. But, as soon I got used to the environment, I calmed right down and took in the experience. Great conversation, a lot of laughs, terrific food!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quite the experience
I went to onoir with my boyfriend and it was a lot of fun. Just remember it is completely and totally pitch black. This had me quite nervous at first but once the food came I was distracted from the darkness. I had fun, but I wouldn't go back because I think it's a one time experience thing
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to ONoir with my boyfriend. We were surprised how dark it was in there! I was also surprised of how loud it was... (People talking) our server was wonderful, food was great. The experience was wonderful.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique experience that will make you question a lot of your dining habits. Fun to do with one or two people but don't think it would be appropriate for a large group. We enjoyed the experience and would recommend to others but not something you would do often. Kind of a everyone needs to do it once type of thing
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was awesome
It was our first try, but it was actually great! Being in the dark allowed us to enjoy the taste of our food more and enjoy another sense than our sight. The ambiance was fun, our waitress Julie was awesome, we couldnt ask for a better experience than we've got. I would not recommand to bring children there, but I would recommend this place to anyone that wants to try a restaurant that offers good food and to people that actually want to try something new and are not scared of being ridiculus. I had the duck special appetizer, the filet mignon and the creme brulée, overall they were all delicious and filling enough. Great place, great food, great ambiance, great concept and great staff!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM