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.

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Report | 3 years ago
I wish that you could have a drink in the waiting area before going in, but overall a great experience. Our server Dave gets a 10/10. He made the experience fun and had a great sense of humour! Very glad we did this.
Report | 3 years ago
Great experience! Food was good but the place and food could have been warmer. The place looks a little run down (waiting area/bathroom). However, Dave, our server deserves 5 star for the service !! Highly recommend.
Report | 3 years ago
It was a very unique experience and excellent service!! I will definitely come again!
Report | 3 years ago
Great experience but I don't encourage the hidden charges they take when you give groupon coupon
Report | 3 years ago
so great! definitely something everyone should do at least once. little expensive but amazing food.
Report | 3 years ago
Great experience. A little freaky at first being in the pitch black but it was so neat. Would do it again.
Report | 3 years ago
The experience was very unique and the food was good!
Report | 3 years ago
Experience is good and definitely different. . The food is average. Great service.
Report | 3 years ago
Really good food. Took us a while to adjust to the complete utter darkness but it was an interesting experience! Would deff recommend this to someone who hasn’t been before, but probably not for anyone who is claustrophobic or afraid of the dark
Report | 3 years ago
It was an amazing experience

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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