O.Noir Restaurant

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Diners enjoy a 3-course meal in the dark; this experience heightens the senses of taste, touch, and smell for a meal you won’t forget

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Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 3 per table. Voucher must be redeemed in one visit. 24-hour cancellation or re-scheduling notice applies. Valid for dinner services Mon-Thurs; no exceptions. Please contact merchant ahead of time (preferably 10 days before expiration) to get a reservation before expiration and the benefit of the promotional value. Guests will pay the difference between promotional value and full value if visiting on days other than Mon-Thurs or after expiration. Tax/tips not included. Not valid 2/13-2/17. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

  • 3-Course Dine-in-the-Dark Experience for Two

O.Noir

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

loved it
Ankita M. · August 22, 2017
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Merchant replied · August 29, 2017
Food was absolutely delicious. Never had risotto but tried it for the first time and t was delicious. Service was wonderful and the staff are genuine and down to earth. Definitely will be returning and I recommend it for anyone that has never been to enjoy the experience of eating in the dark.
Whitney T. · July 1, 2017
Dave our waiter was friendly and attentive. He was wonderful! All the staff very friendly. It was an amazing experience trying not to tip over anything, find your food on your plate in total darkness starting from following Dave to our seats. The food was great! Amazing flavours. A must do at least once in your life. We will be back with friends.
Marian B. · June 29, 2017

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