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
Good except not much choices for desserts
Report | 3 years ago
Friendly staff and exceptional service!
Report | 3 years ago
Amazing experience! I loved every moment of it except for when someone had to switch on their phone I saw everything in the room. Ali was our server and was the nicest guy. Definitely worth it!!!
Report | 3 years ago
Went here for anniversary with my girl. It was definitely a one of a kind experience. The staff were super great, the vibe was really nice as well. The food is just alright, could be better. Overall, its a great experience for a one time ting
Report | 3 years ago
The dinner was delicious and plentiful, the server Dave was very friendly and attentive, it was a very different experience
Report | 3 years ago
Such an eye opening, enlightening experience. It was definiltey interesting to eat in complete darkness, really made our whole group think about the connection between sight and food.
Report | 3 years ago
Excellent food and David our server was awesome. Helped us to relax with his sense of humour.
Report | 3 years ago
Awesome experience!!!
Report | 3 years ago
Truly a remarkable experience. The food was amazing, that of a 5 star restaurant and the service was incredible. I feel the experience is something everyone should try and you really gain a lot of respect for the blind and appreciation for the sense of sight. Couples will find it very romantic and intimate even though you cannot see each other because you are completely connected to your partner.
Report | 3 years ago
Food was good, and was a fun experience. The groupon itself was misleading though. I had to pay the tax on top of the groupon at the venue which was unexpected.

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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