Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA

4.2
455 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Opaque - Dining In The Dark
We offer a 3 course prix-fixe menu with 2 palette cleansers at $99 per person.

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: Seating times between 6:00-8:30
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Phone number
(310) 546-7619
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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
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Private party contact
Dylan Underhill: (310) 546-7619
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th
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Parking details
Parking is available for free behind the building. Disregard tow-away signs. Those apply to non-guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 455 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had my official first date here. It was an awesome fun experience. It is pricey but well worth it. I would recommend this experience at least once. I will definitely be back. Service was excellent. The food was good. Depending on what you like. The whole eating in the dark experience was well worth trying. My date and I had a great time! You got to use your senses. We totally recommend!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday and it was absolutely amazing! The experience is something that will stick with me forever.

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RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very unique dining experience. Food was good. Service was average. A little over priced, but worth it for the experience.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was an experience you were very glad you did it. But you would probably only do it once

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Experiencia única e inolvidable. Podrían mejorar el entorno en general y la experiencia Gourmet para que sea acorde a la experiencia. Rafael estuvo increíble. Gracias!

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JC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

"Dining under the dark." It's a pretty cool concept, very interesting. But honestly, the food is not a $99.00 (per person) worth. It's tasty, but definitely not worthed the price.
Also, quite surprisingly, they automatically add the tip for you ?! 🤷🏼‍♀️.
Nice experience, but wouldn't go back again because of the food.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was decent. Noise level was very loud. Not sur it w as s worth over $200 for 2 people. I must say that it was a very good lesson in communication and an awakening to the things a visually impaired person would encounter and must learn. If you are claustrophobic or scared of the dark, this is not the place for you. I did enjoy the experience.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Definitely a good experience to do at least once! Very unusual dining experience to not even know what you are eating! Or, know if you have finished everything on your plate. You have to feel around for everything. They do ask you before you go into the dining room for any food aversions or allergies so you know you won't get anything you don't care for or can't eat. The food is good but not incredible. But it really is an incredible experience. Still...a lot of money for this considering the $99 does not include any drinks.

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NT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I feel it was overpriced and the desserts were not worth it. You can have the same experience blind-folded with better food

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M
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was great, Margarita was our waitress and She was very nice. I was very disspointed with the food, nothing new or creative for the price you pay. The noice level is high.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After reading sub par reviews about the food, I was a bit nervous. But the expectation drives a lot of what people taste. If you know what you’re about to eat before you eat it, it makes it more palatable. Try going to your fridge with a blindfold and while you expect that you’re getting mustard for your sandwich, you instead put mayonnaise on it... when you weren’t expecting to taste mayonnaise... it’s going to leave a bit of a fu**ed-up taste in your mouth because of your personal bias and expectations. Leave all of that at the door, and go dine like the blind people, in the dark!

Keep an open mind and you won’t be disappointed. My short rib was excellent, the lava cake was amazing even though I got it all over my girlfriend’s face while trying to feed her.... LMAO. Our waitress was the most attentive blind waitress that I’ve ever had. I would definitely go again!!

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EM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the food, the waitress was very nice and friendly. But it was hard to to be able to see your food or silverware or even your drinks, I use my fingers most of the time. Great experience thou.

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MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with my boyfriend for his birthday. He liked all of my food better (I had the crispy bacon, salmon, and chocolate cake) which were absolutely superb. I kind of wish he had gotten those instead but we shared so it was fine. He basically ate the whole cake which was super rich and delicious. My boyfriend was able to get his food on the fork relatively well. I took the more barbaric route and frequently used my hands, though neither of us really had a problem with it being too messy or getting it on our clothes.

We had a lovely waitress who was very skilled and attentive. The room was relatively quiet and the music was a soothing, ambient style. I guess the price was the only disappointing part of the experience, only because I haven't built my fortune yet. Just go in with an open mind. The food was amazing and it's a unique experience which I would recommend doing at least once. Thanks Opaque :)

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HB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for her birthday and we absolutely enjoyed this dining experience. The staff was phenomenal and the food was delicious. Our server, Ralphy (Rafael), was beyond awesome. He shared his story on how he lost his eyesight and some pointers to help us adjust to functioning in complete darkness.

Dining in the dark at Opaque is a great way to bring awareness and support to blindness.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good time, would go back again

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was an experience but not worth the amount paid. Food was nothing special.

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DP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opaque was phenomenal! One of a kind experience. Get ready to be shocked by how dark it truly is and how your other senses are heightened!

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NF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Something fun and different! Everyone really enjoyed the novelty of the concept, and it generated a lot of conversation. I wouldn't recommend it for small kids, but we had teens through 50s and we all had a blast.

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RI
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best out of body experience...if you truly want to experience life in a whole new perspective than I suggest you try this establishment. Amazing, fun, well thought of...Thank you for opening my eyes (literally) to a whole new appreciation and perspective on life.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, but it was more about the experience than the food.

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RA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

While a novel experience, the quality of the food was mediocre at best and absolutely NOT valued received. There was only one waitress for 12 tables and, after receiving a hot towel to wipe our hands, we were stranded for QUITE some time before being asked if we were ready to leave. WAY over priced.

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PR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was better than the first time I did it. The food was marvelous! And the server made us feel very welcome and made the experience fun.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Such an amazing experience! There was some disturbance with the other patrons in the restaurant, but it ended up being a great time. Would definitely not only recommend, but will be back again!

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NS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here tonight. I thought it would be ‘fun’, but it was so much more. This was an amazing experience. Our waitress was Maggie. She is blind and she graciously shared her story with us. Her service was wonderful. After Raffi (also blind) finished serving a table of boy scouts and a few parents, he also shared stories and explained how he commutes to work, uses a phone and sorts socks.

Sitting in absolute darkness was a little daunting the first few minutes. Maggie made sure we were comfortable and explained everything in great detail.

I am so glad places like this exist.

I highly recommend a visit. The food was good and my dessert was fabulous, but it’s not just about the food. It’s about a meal I will remember forever.

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Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a fun experience, but it was overpriced for what it was.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! Very informative and such amazing service. Was unlike anything we have ever done and my boyfriend was very surprised! It is rather pricey though, so definitely only for a special occasion. Would love to do it again, but at that price it makes it hard to go back. But worth doing once!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique experience. After the initial shock of being in the dark, the rest of the experience was very eye opening.

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GR
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I took my husband here to celebrate our first vday as husband & wife as he had been mentioning it for about 2 yrs. well the concept is great but the waitress really impacted our visit. Bumped into me TWICE, no personality, did not tell us what we ate after we ate and asked, worst of all-SPILLED MY WINE ON ME(full glass). Response"at least it's white wine. I'll get you another glass." What about for $255 cutting my bill down because I had to sit in wine for half of the meal? Not asking for full compensation but damn...The execution really makes a difference. The waiters are visually impaired/blind but should be held to customer service standards. The food was par. Experience worth it, wish we could have had a different waiter or some empathy.

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience that heightens your senses and educates on what it would be like to be blind.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This one of a kind experience makes it a must-go for anyone who would like to take someone on a date. The food is pretty good, though very pricey (250 between two people, no drinks), though the experience makes the restaruant well worth the cost.

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DH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People always complain about something. Don't base your chance at something you might enjoy based off of someone you don't know review. Even mine. I'll tell you that my woman and I both enjoyed it that's for sure. We were buzzed, having a good time and enjoying some great food. Sure did it cost money? Of course. And about $250 (it was Valentines by the way) worth of it. But every penny was worth the experience. We drive around all the time in looks of something new and different. Opaque brought what we were looking for. There's a perfect ambiance to the experience. It was funny, scary, delicious and very very dark. Go try it for yourself.

P.S. rub the table cloth to see the static electricity. That was amazing all in itself.

David

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A humbling and valuable dining experience. I would highly recommend going.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff/service. Bringing awareness to visually impaired people to use your senses. Strongly recommend. We will go again!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Super unique and fun experience

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Unique and memorable
Overpriced but worth the novelty

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Margarita was the best waitress we’ve had! She’s so sweet and so good at her job! We loved this place!! This was indeed an awesome experience.. the only complain I have is the chicken that was served to my husband. It was very dry. But the rest of the food sooo good.. starter, appetizer, sherbet, my main course and dessert was alll very very delicious!! Pricey but good one time experience!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As we entered we were greeted by a young female. We then were gathered with other people to go through an orientation. There we ordered our drinks and got to talk to other people. The orientation just explained the whole process and how the experience will be. As soon as our table was ready, we were called in by our waiter. Our waiter was Rafael. Rafael was guiding us into the darkness. He sat us down and explained what was on our table. He was a great host and very talented. He made our experience a great one. I would highly recommend him as a waiter. The whole night was pleasant and amazing.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The overall experience was excellent. Noise level was too high due to a group of young kids who were dining this particular night. This initially made us very uncomfortable as we could hardly hear our server or each other. Luckily the group left before our entrees arrived and we were able to enjoy the rest of our intimate dinner. Fabulously flavored food.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing!! We loved the experience and the fact that it raises blindness awareness. We thought it was great that the staff was either legally blind or visually impaired. The food was delicious, although it's nothing exotic it truly feels like you're eating something new because your taste buds really kick in and your sense of taste just goes up the roof. You really learn what it's like to go out and eat as a visually impaired person. Definitely worth trying!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I was guided into a dark room and fed a bowl of arugula salad with nothing on it. After that I had chicken that was okay at best. Then u
I was surprised with a bill of $225 for 2 people. Don't go here when you can have quality food for less.

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