Dining in the Dark, LLC - Santa Monica


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Secondary senses ignite in darkened dining space amid ambrosial aromas & gourmet flavors in three-course dinner served by blind wait staff

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Promotional value expires Apr 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only at Santa Monica location. Reservation required; 3-week advance reservation required for private party option. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Not valid on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, or 2/9-2/15. Private party option valid only Sun.-Wed. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Sight is the hardest-working sense, responsible for interpreting 75% of our daily experiences and 100% of Garfield comics. Give vision a vacation with today’s Groupon for a pitch-black dining experience at Opaque – Dining in the Dark, which takes place at V Lounge in Santa Monica. Choose from the following options:

  • For $49, you get a three-course dinner for one on a Thursday (a $99 value).
  • For $49, you get a three-course dinner for one on a Friday or Saturday (a $99 value).
  • For $1,979, you get a private party for up to 30 people Sunday–Wednesday (a $3,970 value).

Opaque subdues sight in order to set other senses ablaze during a three-course dinner served in a fully darkened dining space. Guests arrive to a well-lit lounge area where they peruse and order from a diverse prix fixe menu devised by an illustrious local chef who engineers each dish to achieve the best in sight-free savoring, compiling interesting textures, rich tastes, and ingredients unlikely to shout “Marco Polo.” The aphotic dining room then opens to a staff of blind or visually impaired servers who guides each diner to their seat in a refreshing reversal of roles, offering helpful suggestions and reassurance as guests adjust to their new and mystifying kinesthesia. Forks explore the eclectic textures of mixed green or heirloom-tomato-cucumber salads before meandering through savory dishes of garlic-topped filet mignon, roasted herb chicken, or sundried-tomato-pesto rigatoni. Seared ahi tuna steak dances a textural tango, lavishing tongues with a warm and smoky crust surrounding a cool, raw interior showered in sweet mango sauce, and a choice of desserts brings unlit evenings to a decadent end, as warm chocolate lava cake tickles mouth-roofs with berries encrusted in minty sugar crystals and eruptions of liquid chocolate.

Though each person may buy only one Groupon, buyers opting for the solo option can encourage a favorite alimentary accomplice to snag one of their own for dual darkened dining. Alternately, private parties welcome up to 30 guests to the sensual space, lending a creative edge to holiday gatherings, corporate icebreakers, or birthday celebrations for the moon.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic unique experience!
Jennifer S. · January 24, 2013
We definitely thought the food wasn't worth the price- even the groupon price! Very average food but a very different, fun experience.
Danielle B. · April 15, 2012
The food isn't great, but the experience is worth it, and our waitress was really nice.
Katrina F. · March 27, 2012
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    2020 Wilshire Boulevard

    Santa Monica, CA 90403


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