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 | 3 years ago
The entire experience was so different! The food was delicious, and the service was amazing. The only draw back was the wait between courses. The whole experience took almost 2 hours which was longer than we hoped for but it was worth it!
Report | 3 years ago
Great experience. food was good. had a bit too much salt and garlic in it for our Group. Noise level a bit out of control most of the time. You can’t see the person next to you so it would be nice to be able to hear them. They need to find a solution for that. Staff amazing. Especially David.
Report | 3 years ago
Ali was awesome! Can’t believe the wonderful and unique service we received. We had such an amazing experience for my boyfriend’s birthday- the bartender said our room sang “Happy Birthday” louder than anyone in her 8 years of experience. Food was good, you definitely go for the experience and not the gourmet, “fancy” meal. But we all left full and talking about how much fun we had!
Report | 3 years ago
A VERY unique experience! Would definitely go back. I found the service a little slow but the overall really enjoyed my time there. Our waiter Nasir was wonderful and very friendly.
Report | 3 years ago
The seafood surprise was amazin! Went for my boyfriends birthday! We had a lot of fun a great exper
Report | 3 years ago
Interesting concept, but service could be improved. Only 2 servers for room, which made for slower service. Also room was quite loud, soundproofing could have helped.
Report | 3 years ago
Food was great just a little cold. Staff was amazing and Dave was incredible. Overall a great experience!
Report | 3 years ago
Amazing experience! Highly recommended. I don’t even have words to express how fantastic this place is and the staff!
Report | 3 years ago
Camini was so sweet! Second time I’ve been and I would totally recommend it! Such funny memories!
Report | 3 years ago
Great place but a bit noisy due to weekend. Maybe better to go on weekdays

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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