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 | 2 years ago
Very kind staff and good food!
Report | 3 years ago
Overall a 4-star experience. Food was 3/5, Service 4/5, Ambience 5/5. The decor was exceptional ;)
Report | 3 years ago
Very unique experience. Food was good. The room was completely dark. Worth trying!
Report | 3 years ago
This Groupon is a must! The O Noir experience is entirely unique, and you will be so happy you got up the courage to try it! Plus we saved about $30 with the groupon, for a very special night out!
Report | 3 years ago
Such a fun and unique experience! Food was really great and the waitstaff amazing!
Report | 3 years ago
The service at the start was a little slow as the servers were getting everyone seated, but overall it was a great experience!
Report | 3 years ago
What a great experience! Good food and Excellent service
Report | 3 years ago
O’Noir is one of my favorite restaurants! I’ve been three times already. The service is to die for. The sever Dave is the best! :) Will definitely be coming back again and again.
Report | 3 years ago
The experience itself was very interesting but the food lack quality, it felt like average food and nothing spectacular. There's cheaper places with better food.
Report | 3 years ago
Great experience! Ali was a great server, he made sure we were well taken care of. He spent time with us to make sure we were familiar with our dining environment and that we felt good about dining in the dark. The food was delicious! We had the filet mignon and the Cajun fish and they were really good :) we both left very full and well fed

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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