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
Very enlightening experience....hard enough to make sure food made it to MY mouth...can’t imagine effectively serving a room full of people in the dark!
Report | 3 years ago
I really enjoyed this experience (I would go back). The food was good (nothing too fancy or special) but a good meal! We chose the surprise appetizer and dessert option which was fun as we did not know what we were eating! Your eyes adjust to the dark but it’s completely pitch black (I couldn’t see anything). You just get used to it once you’re seated! Host & Server were both friendly and helpful!
Report | 3 years ago
Very unusual and enjoyable experience!
Report | 3 years ago
This was an amazing experience. My boyfriend and I went for our one year anniversary. Good and service were fantastic. Such a great intimate experience
Report | 3 years ago
It is amazing. Took my 3 children with me and at first they were in sensory overload because of the total darkness, it is something you can't prepare for but at the end they totally loved it and so did I. I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is amazing, the server we had (Nazir) was so wonderful . Great place to go.
Report | 3 years ago
Our server was absolutely wonderful!!
Report | 3 years ago
Such a cool and fun experience! Went for a friends bday, servers were excellent at making us feel welcome. As many of the other reviews said, it was a very humbling experience!
Report | 3 years ago
A unique experience with incredible staff! Delicious food. Tracy was super friendly and helpful.
Report | 3 years ago
Food wasn’t great
Report | 3 years ago
Great service: Dave our server was wonderful. Food was tasty and atmosphere great!

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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