Onoir

The Village

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In a Nutshell

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

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 10, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 3/table. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation or re-scheduling notice applies. Valid for Dinner services Mon - Thurs; no exceptions. Please contact merchant ahead of time (preferably 10 days before expiry) 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 to Thurs or after expiration. Tax/tips not included. There is no discount on service, and tips based on full value are appreciated. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

C$64 for a three-course Dine in the Dark experience for two (C$79.90 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.

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

Great servers, really organized, and definitely recommend to go at least once. Prepare to eat with your hands haha
Wendy L. · 2 hours ago
The experience is great and very mindful The food is not so great But no regrets for the experience
Avi C. · 2 hours ago
The overall experience was great. The service was impeccable from the minute we walked in with a warm, "hello" and the most genuine "good night" as we came near the exit. The very cold dark atmosphere of the place had a good balance with the excellent staff on duty last night. The only thing that bothered me was the long wait from 8:15pm start to the first course arriving about 50 minutes later.
Timothy C. · 18 hours ago
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    The Village

    620 Church St.

    Toronto, ON M4Y 2E4

    +14169226647

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