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binh t.
Report | 2 months ago
relax, and enjoy!
shawn k.
Report | 3 months ago
Interesting experience
Roger L.
Report | 4 months ago
great experience
Jesse H.
Report | 4 months ago
Great experience -- definitely highly recommended.
Angela T.
Report | 4 months ago
Food is good, service was good as well, very friendly staff
Laura M.
Report | 4 months ago
The steak was awesome, but you're definitely going for the experience. It was a little unnerving not being able to see anything (the dining room is literally pitch black) but it was and cool experience to eat without seeing and also puts a lot of emphasis on your other senses. Instead of our normal people-watching, my date and I actually had a great conversation!
Mary A.
Report | 4 months ago
Go to the bathroom before going into dining room... Try the surprise suggestions sometimes ...had an amazing dessert as a result
Helina L.
Report | 4 months ago
Wash your hands before you enter the dining room...and go to the bathroom before as well...don't wear anything that you do not want to have food or beverage spilled on. We had a great time and enjoyed the unique experience....
Rohan L.
Report | 4 months ago
it is realllllly dark in there - dress casual cause spills happen
George S.
Report | 4 months ago
Get the "surprises" on the menu. It adds a layer of fun.
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The Experience

You step into the windowless waiting area, a preserved 1970s lounge. You order your dishes, and find your server?who you soon discover is blind. He'll ask you to place your hand on his shoulder, and you follow him into the dimming light until everything goes black.

O.Noir is perhaps one of the only restaurants where you wouldn't notice a power failure. The dining space is kept in total darkness so that diners ignore the appearance of their food and instead grow attuned to its subtle tastes and textures. And yet this dining experience also serves another purpose?to help you get a taste of what it's like to live without sight.

The Highlights

  • Service staff, all of whom are blind, guide diners through the experience
  • Diners are encouraged to eat however they choose?whether with hands or utensils
  • To maintain total darkness, cellphones and lighters are prohibited in the dining room

Who They Are

When blind pastor Jorge Spielmann invited guests to dinner at his Zurich home, he would blindfold them?letting them share his dining experience and introducing them to his sightless world. In 1999, he turned this unique custom into a full-scale experiment with Blind Cow, a combination restaurant and social-justice project that provides jobs to the blind and teaches others about the world of the visually impaired. Over the next decade, his idea sparked a new culinary trend on an international scale.

Moe Alameddine brought the sightless dining concept to Canada when he opened the first O.Noir in 2006 in Montreal and then a second one in Toronto in 2009. In 2011, the restaurant was transferred to a new owner, chemical-engineer-turned-entrepreneur Dr. J. R. Feng, who further transformed the rooms of a dark basement and former retro bar into a sensory dining venue. O.Noir Toronto has since partnered with Canadian National Institute for the Blind and other community organizations to provide the visually impaired with mainstream job skills.

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