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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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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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4.3based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.5
service
4.4
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4.0
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5.0Dined on January 2, 2010

The most sensual dining experience of my life. I would completely recommend it for a special occasion with someone special.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2010

The experience at Opaque was truly unforgettable. While the food itself was below what one would expect for the $$ - the overall experience was incredible. I would recommend Opaque to anyone.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2010

This truly is a place one must visit at least once in a lifetime. The experience itself was worth it. The food, however, not so much. It was adequate, but I expected more for such a pricey venue. We had the beef tenderloin and it was comparable to Dennys than anyting else.
The service OUTSTANDING! The wait staff is incredible and Denise our waitress was awesome. I do recommend this place for the experience, but don't go for the food alone, you maybe disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2010

Excellent experience. Our "guide" and waitress was wonderful. The food was really good, but we did wonder what it all looked like. Recommended.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2009

Overall it was an amazing evening! It was a birthday meal for my girlfriend, and she was suitably impressed. I had expectations that may have colored my experience. I now think of the Opaque experience as "eating while blind" as opposed to "eating in the dark". Don't get me wrong we had FUN, really! I would recommend it anyone looking for an interesting and memorable experience. The wait-staff was personable, helpful and very open to conversation around blindness and the experience of what it means to be blind.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2009

Went for my 47th birthday and can't wait to go back. The experience is not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves food savvy and likes to explore. Courtney, our server was fantastic. Love her!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2009

What a special dining experience. Leave your phobia's at home and open your mind and your senses to a whole new world. The food was delicious and my partner and I really enjoyed the connection that we had as there were no distractions to intrupt our meal or conversation. I would also recomend this experience for large groups looking for new dining experiences. Great fun to see where the conversation would lead in the dark....

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2009

What an amazing experience! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a totally unique, mind-opening experience.

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1.0Dined on December 5, 2009

Unforgettable, intriguing and unique experience--nothing like I have ever done before, loved in and will definitely do it again!

Our server Katie was a gem-helpful, comforting, charming, soft-spoken with a soothing voice and demeanor--always available when needed, but not intrusive and a real asset to Opaque.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2009

My husband and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversery here. I heard about it on the Travel Channel, and had wanted to go. You are in complete darkness, and you feel around your table just to get an idea where your silverware, plate(s) and glasses are. This intensified the taste of the food we ate. It was also fun trying to guess the certain vegetables that was before use, and the sauces that came with it. I would definately go during the weekend with a group of friends, to start the evening. And our waitress was very friendly and helped us out!

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2009

Just for the experience ---

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2009

The food here was mediocre, but the experience was just amazing! If you haven't tried it and are adventurous, I thought this was a really fun experience. Loved the blind server Katie!

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2009

Opaque was an interesting experience and not something I could afford on a regular basis but definitely worth doing. How dark dark was was incredible. Navigating through a meal in the dark is a fresh experience.
There was a rowdy group of optometrists dining near us that seamed to exceed a comfortable noise level for a place of this nature but they were more humorous than bothersome... optometrists dining in the dark...

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2009

I must say that I enjoyed my experience at Opaque. I got the impression from the moment I set foot in the door that the staff was going to be very attentive and that they cared very much that the experience was going to be a good one for myself and my guest. Katie was our server and was very professional and fun to chat with. I found that toward the end of the meal, my friend and I were very good at working with one another to find the food on the table. The experience of dining in the dark was very interesting, but it was very interesting that, as the evening progressed, I was really able to assimilate to the environment and function very well. I think that much of this had to do with Katie and how she introduced the experience to us

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2009

This is definetly a different experience and if it was for the fantastic waitress who open our eyes into her world. She spent a lot of time with us answering question about being blind. That was the experience for me. Would I recommend this place? I will tell other about my experience but I first found the food to be way, way to expensive. If part of the money would go to help the blind then I wouldn't mind or to help the waiters and waitreses then I wouldn't mind.

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2009

Definitely a place to share an interesting experience with your significant other or buddies on a special occasion. Price was a little steep for mediocre typical restaurant fare, but its monopoly on the unique dining experience makes it unavoidable. Bring a especially good bottle of wine (no corkage fees here) and savor it in complete darkness!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2009

so,amazing...what an experience...you can't imagine eating in the pitch black, until you do it...when you lose your sense of sight, your other senses are so unbelievably elevated...your sense of touch, taste, smell...it makes for a very sensual and eye opening experience...you will never think of a blind person in the same way!! This place is an experience of a lifetime! Great service, good food and surreal atmosphere! Ask for Senya...he is great!! :)

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2009

The food was great and the experience was amazing!! I will defiantly be going back

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2009

Very unusual experience to be in pitch black dark. Choices for prix fixe meal were good and staff very friendly and professional. We met friends we hadn't seen for awhile and joked about still not seeing them...but we really listened to each other and that was wonderful. We had to rush to get to Symphony on time with restaurant not opening until 6:30. It would be better to allow more time for 3 course meal, amuse-bouche and crudites platter plus to soak up the experience.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2009

The food here was really awful. However, the ambiance of dining in total and complete darkness was awesome. Our server, Becca, (totally blind) - was really an exceptional person. The portions were so small - literally about 2 bites - however, because the food was so very mediocre, it didn't really matter that they were so small. I had chicken, the other three people had tenderloin. We all agreed that the food was awful. Would we go again? Probably not - it's a one time kind of thing. The food being so really, really bland and terrible was just too much to justify the $100/each price tag. But the experience of being in TOTAL darkness was incredible.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2009

Do it - ask them to pick the dishes without telling you, and go with someone you desire.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2009

Overall the dining experience was as unique as I could ever imagine and well worth trying. While the food may seem mediocre in comparison to other restaurants in a similar price range, other atmospheres pale in comparison to Opaque. The staggered seating times did wonders for controlling extra dining noise and allowed the staff to focus on the patrons more so than a fully booked dining room. This personal attention made all the difference. The attention to detail from the beginning of the concept to the end of the meal was unexpected and quite pleasing. And although I was dining in the dark, alone, I never once felt uncomfortable. I would recommend this experience to anyone visiting San Francis

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4.0Dined on September 11, 2009

Hopefully all tip goes to the server because i tipped extra, on that night my server was Senya he was extremely friendly and made my visit the best service that ive ever had a restaurant. ive read alot of bad reviews on yelp which made me skeptical but senya made it more worth experiencing. the food felt like good home cooked meal, but again the experiance made up for it. was very romantic sharing the moment with my girlfriend. i would recommend this as a place to go.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2009

Opaque is a fascinating experience with some very, very good food. Fresh ingredients and great flavor combinations served by some of the best wait staff that you will ever encounter.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2009

I had heard about this in the Chelsey Handler book and never knew it was in SF until a couple weeks ago. It's a bit pricey, but the experience you gain from it is indescribable! The food is great, the service is great and the overall experience was more than I could have asked for!

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2009

Eating in the dark was an interesting experiment and our waiter was very good. I cannot say, however, that I found it added to my appreciation of the food.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2009

ONE OF A KIND!

I have been to many many fine restaurants from Hawaii to San Francisco to The Vigin Islands to London BUT I have never experienced what is delivered at Opaque. I am an average 24 year old guy who grew up in the Bay Area. I have been lucky to travel and dine at prestigious restaurants around the world. But Opaque is not a restaurant, it is an experience. I heard about dinning in the dark but I figured my eyes would adjust and would be able to make out faint objects...NOPE! If you can't touch it, taste it, smell it, or hear it, then it doesn't exist. The waiters/waitresses are all legally blind and they lead you to your table and help you out with tips that they have used their whole life. GO! IT IS WORTH IT!!

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2009

Dining in the dark was a lot of fun. You expect your eyes to adjust to the dark, but it's really pitch black and you can't see a thing. This made the experience a bit comical at first and really fun. We were passing the bread and butter and everyone kept getting their fingers in the butter dish....it was hilarious. One other nice thing about this restaurant is that you can bring your own wine and there isn't a corkage fee. That was great for our birthday celebration. I definitely recommend this experience to anyone who likes to get out of their comfort zone and have some fun while dining out!

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2009

Great venue to share with close friends. It was our first experience dining in complete darkness, pitch black. We were greeted by our host Chris, who escorted us to the lobby, given our menus and took our order. While the menu was not extensive, which I prefer, it give a good selction to satisfy the group. We were introduced to our hostess, Mocha, who gently, and with authority, connectedly escorted us to our table. We were asked to trust our senses, less the sightedness. She assisned us to our seats and individually seated us. Her soothing voice alleviated any concerns of not being able to see in this pitch black atmosphere. Good food, paced well, good girl chats, and great service. Would come again, but very pricey to come often

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2009

We saw this place on-line and were intrigued with the possibility of eating in complete darkness. We're glad we decided to go. We've never done anything like this and it was such an awesome experience! When they say complete darkness - you can leave your sight at the door because there isn't even a fraction of light during the whole dining experience. You pick your menu items before you go into the dining area and are then escorted in by a blind server. Our's was Mark and he catered to our every need and helped us through the dining experience. The food was great tasting, but even more palatable because you relied completely on your taste...and hands. Once you get the mechanics of table placement, you'll love the experience.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2009

What a great and unique experience.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2009

Pricey but worth the experience!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2009

The waiter (George) was outstanding. The food was good but made even more enjoyable because of the diners' inability to see it. Very romantic location. The biggest downside is that it is pretty pricey. They share facilities with the neighbouring restaurant so you can really see the mark-up they put on the food (similar menu in the neighbouring restaurant). Another downside is that the restaurant is in the basement of a building and has a slight musty smell to it.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2009

What a fabulous experience! This was a lot of fun. The only let down was the food. It just wasn't that great. The wait staff are superb, the concept is a lot of fun and overall it was a fun evening.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2009

Loved the concept! Food was mediocre. We sent our entrees back because they were awful. We both got something different, it was better, but not great. It is good for the experience, but don't do it for a gourmet treat.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2009

Very fun! I would recommend it to others, however I don't think it was worth the $99 price.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2009

Absolutely extraordinary experience. Dining without sight opened us all to experience communal eating on another level. We e DES up da ding in the dark. I was a bit sceptical at first but the staff guided us through the multiple courses and surprises with grace and charm. We all ok we it.
Kudos to you!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2009

I was mostly concerned about the food quality before going to Opaque, but I was gladly surprised that the food was quite good! The salad and the chicken main were both excellent, and the service was really great as well.

Dining in the dark is an awesome experience and highly recommended for anyone and everyone. The host told us that blind dates often meet up there, entering and (sometimes) exiting separately, depending on how the meal went :)

The atmosphere was so intriguing and eating in the dark was a great experience where I'll definitely go back again for a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2009

It was difficult to find the restaurant. Signage was tough to locate. To add mystery to the dining experience, I would have liked to have tasted a mystery food, either a dessert or side main dish that we could have guessed or tried to figure out, either its texture, spices, the type of meat or even how it was cooked. By preselecting our dish, the mystery was somewhat anti-climactic and did not create any anticipation on our part because we already knew what we were getting. However, the food was well prepared and cooked to our liking.
The piped in music could have been more subdued or ethereal. We did not like the rock-style music because it made us feel rushed. Perhaps mellower and classical music would have been appropriate.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2009

Unbelivable experience, must try! Imagine loosing one of your five senses (sight) and entering a world where you must use all remainding four. A beautiful enjoyable experience for couples and dates. Loved it, would go back, and highly reccomend it.

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