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Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LA

4.5
431 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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 431 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Super unique and fun experience

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Unique and memorable
Overpriced but worth the novelty

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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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1.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

this place is a very unique dining experience and well worth it!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great dining experience. Great customer food service.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The most amazing experience!!!!! The staff couldn’t have been more helpful from management and staff, awesome service!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

A 3 month wait for this reservation for My other half’s birthday! Incredible fine dining in the dark. Literally pitch black, we had to use our sense of smell, taste and hearing to figure out what our 5 course meal was. It was a surreal experience and I highly recommend it. The only issue we had is that turns into a night club at 10 pm so make the reservation before 830 pm, if you don’t want to hear the bass. We had a few idiots try to use their phones during dinner but the servers quickly took it from them. Our server was Raffi , he was superb.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I was disappointed in the mystery plate idea. My waiter Anthony was amazing about switching my plate from awful chicken to short spare ribs which was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing, perfect new dining experience.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

One word AMAZING!!! Our server Rafael was GREAT! We will definitely be going again soon.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Dining at Opaque is an unforgettable experience. The staff is friendly and helpful with informing you the basics before you walk into the main dining room. The food was delicious and very filling.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Legally bling servers make the experience 100% better. It’s quite amazing and I’m proud to admit that it’s the only place I’m comfortable eating with my fingers lol
Amazing.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Really unique, cool experience. Food was enjoyable as well .

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was quite good, the lack of sight really enhanced the experience. It was fun to guess what you were eating and the servers were really friendly

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Prepare for your hearing to increase sensitivity. Everything seems loud

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Best host! Really took care of us. Food divine. Accommodating of my relatIves food allergy. Great experience. Staff was top notch!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Definitely overpriced unless you're willing to pay for the experience. The food was good but pretty basic to my senses, I've had every single dish before and there wasn't much of a twist. Considering it's completely dark, I can't really rate the cleanliness of the food/table but what I was able to see was pretty horrible. I guess the place is a part-time nightclub... and it definitely shows. The hallway leading up to the bathroom and the bathroom itself was disgusting. Mirrors were filthy, toilet looked broken down and scratched, floors were dusty. OH, and since they're a "club"/bar they offer you drinks prior to entering the dining area, don't do it. We paid too much for warm wine and a nasty mixed drink. On the plus side, they hire blind people, which is great (our server was superb) but I really hope they pay them well.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Highly recommend it!!! Go with an open mind and enjoy. Rafael was amazing and the service was excellent as well as the food. If you are up to experiencing something really unique, this is it!!!! Servers are visually challenged or blind and they are amazing!! Will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

This was my second time here and while the experience is definitely interesting and different, the food pretty much sucks. They say they have a new menu,but it's almost exactly what I had 6 years ago and they give each person a different entree but don't let you order. I ended up with dry, tasteless chicken, while my friends got salmon and steak. For 99.00 plus gratuity it's just not worth it!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

My fiance and I really enjoyed ourselves and the experience. However when attending this venue, the meal is over rated. For the price of the meal, you would expect more. We had a very good time and appreciate the perspective that we took away from dining in the dark however the price of the meal was to high.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

I've been here once before in 2014, and I really enjoyed the changes made, especially not having the knowledge of the menu beforehand. It really allowed us to enjoy the food without prejudging it, while taking into consideration allergies and foods we do not enjoy. Raphael was amazing and the best waiter I have ever had. He was constantly asking us how we were doing, friendly, and made sure we had the best time ever.

Our one complaint was there were a few groups who were very distracting. One used their cellphone so the room was illuminated for a time, and there was another group who were incredibly loud and not quiet down when asked to. The servers and restaurant did a great job trying to handle the situation, but I think a change needs to be made to enforce it more.

Overall, I love this place and am excited to come back and would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Hopefully no inconsiderate older groups of people will be there to be rude. :)

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2017

This was a fun experience for us. However, the website did not accurately explain the menu. The noise was NOT energetic. It was way too loud to even hear the server. Service and food were great!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

That was the best dining I have ever had!!!! The hostess was so warm and welcoming, great conversation and even let me video him explaining the experience! Raphael was an excellent server and had a very touching story of how he became visually impaired! To me and my husband the 5 course mystery meal was very good and worth the $99. We both had different dishes and got to try each other's meals! I almost had to be rolled out by the time we were done! The alcohol was great, strong and they keep them coming when we needed a refill! Overall a great experience, you have to try it!!!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

It's all about the experience. Definitely the most unique dining experience I've ever had. Food was good, but nothing special. Service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

An incredible experience that allows one to walk in the life of another. The food and experience are great however cannot match how ones empathy increases by having dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

We really loved the experience. The food was okay, but over all I'd encourage everyone to try dinning in the dark.

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