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Deafined Restaurant

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Deafined Restaurant, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P1 Deafined Restaurant, Vancouver Directions
+17783794551

When all you can think about is food, Deafined Restaurant in Vancouver is the place to go for top-notch taste, a variety of items, and friendly service.

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Fantastic cauliflower. Great food and service.
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i am so very disappointed that it closed. it was a fantastic experience and i hope they reopen elsewhere. although they should choose a location that does not have stairs and is accessible by all people.
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It's closed
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This feedback is for the Dark Table
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great experience
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give it a try it is easy to learn the letters and numbers the staff was great and the food was awesome!
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It was a bit awkward at first but we enjoyed the experience and the food we ordered, with some pointing, was very good
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Heavenly food Wonderful service I'm sad the restaurant will be closing
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Tasty food, limited selection Unfortunately it has just closed
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Great place, good food!
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From Our Editors

Dining out is always a pleasure, especially when it involves savoring a pistachio-crusted lamb burger and learning some American Sign Language. That exact experience awaits at DeaFined, a Lebenese-cuisine inspired restaurant where the entire waitstaff is deaf or hard of hearing.

Owner Moe Alameddine was inspired by his own success in opening “blind-dining” eateries staffed by another chronically underemployed population: the visually impaired. He talked to us about why his new spot is unusual for Vancouver—and most other places in the world.

Diners get to be bilingual for a night.

Don’t know how to say “please” or "thank you" in American Sign Language? The team makes it easy to chat with the servers. An ASL-fluent host greets guests and acts as an interpreter while introducing the concept. A translation chart adorns one wall, and diners will find ASL icons next to each menu item.

Much of the food is right out of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Alameddine cited the hummus as especially authentic, thanks to its simplicity. It's a blend of tahini, chickpeas, and lemon—"you don't add too many things in it," he said. Alameddine would know, considering he was born in Lebanon and grew up with Eastern Mediterranean food. In fact, he still imports spices from his homeland; his chefs use them in everything from meat marinades to salad dressings.

Dietary restrictions are no problem.

The chefs happily accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. The pads and pens on each table are perfect for explaining more complicated needs or playing baba ghanouj–themed hangman.

Diners can say thank you in a way that lasts.

There's the sign-language way, of course, but diners often write their servers more elaborate compliments. "[The waiters] get papers from customers," Alameddine said. "'That potato was great!' 'My burger was excellent!' ... I have little notes now, in the office." Satisfied diners can always join his growing collection of thank-you notes.

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