Onoir, Toronto

620 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2E4 Directions

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.

Tips

Report | 13 days ago
Food was meh. Expect to top before even being sitted down. Food portions were super small. Not worth it for full price, Groupon price is okay but only really worth it if you have an additional 20-30% off the Groupon price. Expect to eat the experience, not the food. You can cook better at home.
Report | 9 months ago
Experience of eating in the dark was great, the food was very small portions and not good. Freezer vegetables with no flavor. And the way they take orders is so disorganized my date and I stood for 40 minutes waiting for our order to be taken while watching people come in after us and have theirs taken within 5 minutes. So small portions we went out for takeout after a 3 course meal at onoir
Report | a year ago
It was very interesting and a little nerve racking not being able to see but the staff made it very enjoyable and the food was very good. We would definitely come back again
Report | 2 years ago
Great food. Great service. Great experience.
Report | 2 years ago
Ali is the best! Such a great experience.
Report | 2 years ago
The server is amazing! We had Dave as the server and he made the whole experience great!
Report | 2 years ago
It was a great experience. I ordered the Filet Mignon and it was delicious. The server/staff was super friendly!
Report | 2 years ago
I took a friend here for her bday. We had a very positive experience. Our waiter was great. The food was great. Highly recommend.
Report | 2 years ago
Good food, ambience, it’s fun eating there
Report | 2 years ago
What a wonderful and unique experience!! I took my wife there for our anniversary dinner. We both loved it. The staff were great. Nasir was a wonderful waiter. The food was absolutely amazing!! I recommend the filet minogue as the main. If you are looking for a different or unique date night with someone special I highly recommend you visit O. Noir.

About this Business

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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Sun-Mon
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Tue-Fri
5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Sat
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM
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