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620 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2E4 620 Church St., Toronto Directions
+14169226647
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When your stomach says it's time to eat, wander over to O.Noir for complex flavors, excellent recipes, and top-notch customer service in the heart of Toronto.

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Report | 16 hours ago
close your eyes and enjoy your senses. greater awareness is always keen.
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Report | 17 hours ago
It was alright. I'd recommend bringing your own booze. It was pretty pricy for tax and tip. But that's just me and that's how a playas got to be
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Report | a day ago
Very unique and unforgettable experience. Foods are all good, will recommend to my friend and comeback again. Better for couple or small group
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Report | 3 days ago
chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream...is one of the best I have had in years :) rest of the food was also good...amazing experience and friendly staff :) In short..perfect!
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Report | 3 days ago
The entire experience was just amazing, great food, great drinks. The service was really good! I recommend this pleace, and will go there again for sure! I just had so much fun!
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Report | 4 days ago
Really awesome
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Report | 9 days ago
A different experience. Very interesting
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Report | 9 days ago
The grilled calamari with tomatoes was amazing, and the filet mignon surprisingly good.
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Report | 11 days ago
The food was delicious!! The choices suited meat eaters and vegetarian! The service was good! Prompt. The experience in the dark heightens your other senses. Cool!
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Report | 11 days ago
Great customer service by the servers, very new and interesting experience. It was hard as a claustrophobic individual however having eyes closed certainly helped to experience this great opportunity, the server was kind and helpful too. Food was good, I recommend sticking to the menu rather than going with the surprise meals!
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From Our Editors

The Experience

You step into the windowless waiting area, a preserved classic 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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