$54.50 for a Three-Course Dine in the Dark Experience for Two at O.Noir ($78 Value)

Downtown Toronto

1763 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

Experience simple, upscale cuisine and surprise dishes through taste and smell during a pitch-black dinner

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Promotional value expires Dec 20, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Not valid for lunch. Not valid Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Must purchase a food item. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Eating in the dark allows you to appreciate a dish's flavor without focusing on its appearance or the shifting eyes on the dining-room portrait of your rich, mysterious uncle. Shut your eyes and take a bite of this Groupon.

The Deal

$54.50 for a three-course Dine in the Dark experience for two (a $78 value)

  • Choice of starter
  • Choice of entree
  • Choice of dessert

Designed to engage all of the senses except for sight, the menu features simple, upscale dishes based around steak, chicken, pasta, and seafood. For each course, you may choose to order a surprise dish not listed on the menu. You'll order your meal in the lighted bar area before making your way into the pitch-black dining room. Click here to view the FAQ.


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.

Customer Reviews

1763 Ratings

It was such an incredible and interesting experience! I ordered the surprise appie and main and both were delicious! So fun eating something without seeing it and trying to really taste the food to figure out what it is! The chocolate mousse for dessert was to die for! Our waiter Tracey was fabulous! Overall, loved the experience and can't wait to do it again!
Heather B. · 4 hours ago
Very nice experience...everyone should have! Food was very good too!
Susan J. · 12 hours ago
Our server was kind and patient; the steak was amazing!!
Emily M. · 18 hours ago
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    Downtown Toronto

    620 Church St.

    Toronto, ON M4Y 2E4


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