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Permanently Closed - Opaque - Dining In The Dark

4.3
749 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. We are currently living in an era of information overload, where visual stimulation is almost inescapable. Imagine, just for an hour or two, that you abandon the visual world in exchange for a new, more stimulating dining experience- this is “Dining in the Dark", where you recognize friends by their voices, sounds tell a story, aromas come alive and elegance is felt.

Opaque - Dining in the Dark – will seat you in a pitch-black dining room. You will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to deliver excellent and personal service to our guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The last reservation is at 9:00 pm
Table reserved for
1 hour 30 minutes
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Phone number
(800) 710-1270
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Opaque - Dining in the Dark offers a unique experience for private groups. We frequently host corporate team building events, family parties, and other large engagements. Don't hesitate to contact us with your party ideas.
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Private party contact
Management : (800) 710-1270 ext. 2
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Cross street
Gough
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLivingLarge (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

OUTSTANDING service by Danni! This was a throughly memorable experience. Definitely something people should try!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Average food, but good experience. A light was on for most of our meal giving a small light source too but I would expect that isn't the norm.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2016

The experience was one of a kind
I'm glad we were able to break the monotony of the typical weekday date options with this!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

We had a great time. It was an I to any that is not afraid of the dark.

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Marty (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Opaque serves dinners in total blackout darkness and the servers are legally blind. Elimination of all visual cues results in a heightened dining experience emotionally, psychologically and gastronomically. The food is essentially a delicious, sophisticated, multi-choice menu (roasted meats, grilled salmon, vegetarian options; interesting appetizers and rich desserts, and there is a full bar. What distinguished the evening and makes it unforgettable is the enhancement of not being able to see any of it, nor those with whom you are seated, or even your own hand in front of your mouth. This elevates the diners' attention, makes conversations more intimate and rewarding and deepens the adventure. (Note: taking the mystery meal" option means that you won't know in advance what is on your plate. A delightful addition to a rich experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

I have never dined in the dark before and I must say, it was a unique and memorable experience. I chose my items from the menu but, if I were to go again, I would choose the surprise menu instead. Our server was amazingly attentive and helped navigate our way through every "challenge." The food was good, not outstanding, they used a bit too much oil for me. However, there were many varieties to choose from. Try this restaurant if you are looking for a new dining adventure!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We thought the experience was very cool and unique. The food was delicious! We had a blast!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

Besides drinking half of our bottle of pahlmeyer we brought, and blowing a pre arranged birthday dessert. Food mediocre, nothing more then you could make at home. Joking food and recipe quality and small portions. Stay home. Turn the lights out and make a frozen dinner. You'll eat more , get to enjoy your entire bottle of wine and not be rushed out

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Brita (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2016

Our server, Cortney, made the whole experience. She was so helpful and fun. I was surprised how I was unable to identify many items by taste without the visual. Overall, a very interesting experience.

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SSfood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

Something everyone should try once. An experience unlike anything I've done before. The food was not anything I would brag about, but it didn't matter because the experience was really cool. Our served Mocha was AMAZING! We loved chatting with her and getting to know her experience.

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AMerchant (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He had no idea what we were going to doing. We arrived and went to the bar to wait for our reservation. The bartender was very talented and it was almost like watching him do a show! When we finally went into the dining area we were lucky enough to have Sergio who was great. We chose the Secret Menu which I highly recommend! The food was great!! This is an experience you don't want to miss out on!

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Suemorales (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

I loved the entire experience. The food was good and the service was even better. Mocha was amazing.

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JPandNZ (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

Go for the experience. Go elsewhere for the food. Wouldn't recommend.

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Heatherleigh (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

Pros:
-This is a great place if you're looking for something unique. I went for my boyfriend's birthday and it was very nice and intimate not be able to see one another and just talk. It was a nice break from checking our phones every 5 minutes (you have to power your phone off before you go in).

-The staff was very nice, especially the greeters in the front! They recommended us having a random, mystery meal instead of choosing each of our courses, which made the experience more fun!

Cons:
-Food was NOT worth the price. I read this before coming, but it's actually true. There were small portions and it was just OK. The drinks weren't amazing either. Basically you're paying $100/person here for the experience, NOT the food.

-The waiter kept calling us by the wrong names. After correcting him several times, we kept trying to slyly say our names over and over so he would get the hint, but every time he came to our table he would call us different names -which made me a little upset based on how much we were paying, but I think it might have been his first week so we let that slide.

Overall, I would not come back here because it's overpriced, but I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to try something new!

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JoeM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Well-executed experience. No sense fussing with food presentation or preparation complexity in complete darkness. All that matters is great service and quality ingredients, simply rendered to the plate. Our server Kimness, was great. There's an unavoidable intimacy that comes from placing your hands on the server's shoulders (and having your partner place her hands on your shoulders) in order to be guided to your seat. And once seated, as you negotiate space on the table for plates, utensils and glasses while sharing food, you appreciate for a short while, if you are a sighted person, the ability to focus on your other senses. Others have commented on the background music sound level being a bit too high, but I don't feel this way. I do think it's a bit more noticeable, however, as I found the human noise level to be much lower than in other restaurants. My guess is that the darkness induces people to converse more quietly, which is kinda nice.

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DD99 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

This restaurant is a must-do just for the experience. I had read about it but was still surprised by the absoluteness of the dark. It is darker than when you close your eyes! Ask the waiter to bring a pitcher of water and refill your glass yourself - it's fun figuring out how to adopt to doing things by feel and sound.

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SoISayThis (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

I took my boyfriend on a surprise date to Opaque when he flew in to visit me over Thanksgiving. We had such an enjoyable time! We both loved the complimentary "mystery soups" and having to figure out how to pass around food/drinks we wanted to try in total darkness. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Was a little upset when someone rudely turned their cell phone on at another table and completely illuminated the room. They were quickly told to shut it off and then did it again. Other then that this is my second time dining with opaque always so much fun.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2015

she made the night! she was attentive, warm, open, intelligent and a wonderful addition to
our group. we loved talking with her and she made every aspect about the experience better.
please tell her that caroline, lonnie, gail and linda so appreciated her.

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Mkzfitness (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

I brought my girlfriend here as a surprise. She had no idea what we were doing until the hostess told her. My girlfriend was scared and didn't want to do it. Our waitress Courtney eased her nerves and 2 min into the darkness, she loved it! It was one of the best experiences of my girlfriend and my life!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

a difficult to describe, but viscerally wonderful dining experience. the food was definitely good, but the experience of eating in the dark brought it to a new level.

excellent for a comfortable date and a memorable night!

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pauloarantes (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2015

The hotel it's in is very unique. Bar decoration outside is "butterfly collector" themed, which was awesome and very fancy feeling. Dining in the dark was very freaky in the beginning, but a great experience to discover the food with my wife. We asked for surprise menu and they even brought different plates for each one of us at every course. Sharing in the dark was very romantic and messy (which is fun). Some veggies were a little cold, but it makes sense since we were exploring the food with our hands and didn't want to burn our fingers. Totally recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2015

It was my first time there and I was on a date. Mocha was my server and she is so nice, kind,patient, and has a good sense of humor! The food was delicious! For a starter dish we had Tiger Shrimp and ceasar salad. Entree was a Chicken dish and a Filet Mingon. Dessert was Cheese cake and sorbet ice cream. I would say the food and the dining in the dark experience was worth the money! $99 per person not including tax. The separate bar outside of Opaque is pricey, so i recommend jus getting a glass of wine inside Opaque. All in all, the experience was outstanding, memorable and i would definitely come back again.

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Rusty (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

Everything was outstanding. I wish the music was slightly less loud.

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vipnarain (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

Loved it and highly recommended it!!!! The food was good and the staff friendly but the experience is absolutely AMAZING. It's something to talk about always

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

This is my second time at dining in the dark and i couldnt have had a better experience. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and danny made our experience one we wont forget. she was friendly and the service was the best. We like to laugh and make jokes and she contributed to our laughter. Jennifer was passing by and added to our experience. it was close to closing and they still gave us some time to talk about thier experience working there and answered all of our questions. ive already recomended dining in the dark and have told people to ask for danny or jennifer but really i would go back and ask for dannyfer because those two together would be unstoppable. i dont know if anyone has ever heard them sing but our happy birthday song was so lovely! why there isnt live soft chill music beats me you already have 2 singers on staff. THank you for that wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2015

Wonderful experience. Great hostess and waitress. A must try. The bat upstairs is also amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

Extremely cool! Fun experience! Kudos to the visually impaired servers. Don't know how you do it but great service! The reception process and finalizing the billing could use some attention. Each required a bit of asking to get things moving. Overall, a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Great experience... Something you have to do at least one time!

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Leslie (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

Starting with the intro and Mike the bartender, the evening is 'visible' and full of laughter and entertainment. You make your selections and the rest is up to your imagination because you an see NOTHING. I though by my eyes adjusting some light would become visible. Not.
The staff are great and Courtney is the best. She was extremely attentive and just to think my few hours of dinner darkness is her everyday world. You come to depend on your hand mouth coordination because the eyes are no help. It's a wonderful evening full of sensory moments

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