Opaque - dining in the dark

★★★★☆
Experience a world of sensitivity in a pitch-black dining room, guided by blind servers exploring your senses.
  • 2020 Wilshire Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 800-710-1270

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We arrived to an empty old night club which they were still cleaning to very indifferent staff. We were very quickly ushered into a black out room and sat down with our guide which are apparently "Blind" which we found out later are not

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★★★★★

We arrived to an empty old night club which they were still cleaning to very indifferent staff. We were very quickly ushered into a black out room and sat down with our guide which are apparently "Blind" which we found out later are not

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A unique experience to say the least, but during the second course, something kept brushing my cheek. At first, I thought it was just a fly buzzing around, but once I tried to slap it and it felt like I hit an exposed penis. Was I being

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★★★★★

A unique experience to say the least, but during the second course, something kept brushing my cheek. At first, I thought it was just a fly buzzing around, but once I tried to slap it and it felt like I hit an exposed penis. Was I being

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Seriously.....one of the best dinner experiences i have ever had. I surprised my husband ...and by the way it was a first time for me. I never thought eating in the dark ( pitch black to be exact ) would be so much fun! I am always up for new experiences and so is my husband. He was amazed the entire time. It was interestingly relaxing. Having one of your senses tuned down completely was truly exhilirating.
Try it and see......have fun!

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★★★★★

Seriously.....one of the best dinner experiences i have ever had. I surprised my husband ...and by the way it was a first time for me. I never thought eating in the dark ( pitch black to be exact ) would be so much fun! I am always up for new experiences and so is my husband. He was amazed the entire time. It was interestingly relaxing. Having one of your senses tuned down completely was truly exhilirating.
Try it and see......have fun!

Pros: Service,food

Cons: None

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This is an awesome experience. I wanted to take my girlfriend out for something different, she loves good food. This dining room is pitch black and you cannot see a thing. The purpose of this experience is to rely on your touch, smell and taste to guide you. You blindly select a meal and then you enjoy. The food was really awesome, the server was great and the experience was unforgettable. Really made for a great date.

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★★★★☆

This is an awesome experience. I wanted to take my girlfriend out for something different, she loves good food. This dining room is pitch black and you cannot see a thing. The purpose of this experience is to rely on your touch, smell and taste to guide you. You blindly select a meal and then you enjoy. The food was really awesome, the server was great and the experience was unforgettable. Really made for a great date.

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I read the reviews here and made the drive to Santa Monica to try the unique experience with my Wife. Our server and guide through the dark was super nice, but she was smacking gum for the first 5 minutes of our interactions. It is true that other senses come out in the dark and listening to someone smacking on gum is not a great appealing.

In addition, the food was awful. In fact, I did not even eat my salad. It was like they took a bag of unwashed bitter mix and threw it on the plate with some sesame dressing. It was awful. Main's were okay. In truth it was like wedding food at 50.00 a plate.

Further, the tables and chairs were a very low quality, again like cheap banquet tables and chairs.

Yep, I learned a lesson - you can see quality in the dark.

With all of that said, it was a cool experience and something to talk about with friends, although very expensive!

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★★☆☆☆

I read the reviews here and made the drive to Santa Monica to try the unique experience with my Wife. Our server and guide through the dark was super nice, but she was smacking gum for the first 5 minutes of our interactions. It is true that other senses come out in the dark and listening to someone smacking on gum is not a great appealing.

In addition, the food was awful. In fact, I did not even eat my salad. It was like they took a bag of unwashed bitter mix and threw it on the plate with some sesame dressing. It was awful. Main's were okay. In truth it was like wedding food at 50.00 a plate.

Further, the tables and chairs were a very low quality, again like cheap banquet tables and chairs.

Yep, I learned a lesson - you can see quality in the dark.

With all of that said, it was a cool experience and something to talk about with friends, although very expensive!

Pros: something to talk about

Cons: food

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I have been getting ready for this day a long time. I am putting my best gear on... gonna look real pretty, as there real beauty is proven when no one sees. This is so exiting and I will follow up when its on my 'seen' that done that list.

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★★★★★

I have been getting ready for this day a long time. I am putting my best gear on... gonna look real pretty, as there real beauty is proven when no one sees. This is so exiting and I will follow up when its on my 'seen' that done that list.

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Nothing, plain nothing, is what you get. In terms of what you see. But they offer you the world of senses on a silver tray it is up to you to choose whether you want to take it and where you want to take it. Do you want to listen, smell, touch, or taste, or all at once. It was a concert of senses conducted by our lovely waiter Michael. Do yourself a favor and request him.

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★★★★★

Nothing, plain nothing, is what you get. In terms of what you see. But they offer you the world of senses on a silver tray it is up to you to choose whether you want to take it and where you want to take it. Do you want to listen, smell, touch, or taste, or all at once. It was a concert of senses conducted by our lovely waiter Michael. Do yourself a favor and request him.

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don't waste your money. its awful. everything tasted like it came out of a can. they take advantage of the fact you can't see what you are eating.
don't do it.

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★☆☆☆☆

don't waste your money. its awful. everything tasted like it came out of a can. they take advantage of the fact you can't see what you are eating.
don't do it.

Pros: the concept is cool

Cons: food is AWFUL

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What an amazing experience! To have your site taken away and rely on your other senses and trust everything will be OK. The food was incredible. 1. It started out with a prosciutto wrapped fig with a caponata relish. TANTALIZING! 2. then we got fresh bread and butter. 3. The salad was just popping in our mouth, so much going on, arugula, sweet tomatoes, amazing wine dressing, truffle cheese and topped with a bruchetta and toast, I must say the best I have ever had in the light or in the dark. 4. I had the Salmon and my partner had the Filet Mignon, OK, the Salmon was the most delightful i have ever consumed, not dry and it just melted in your mouth. It was made with a Caribbean spice topped with a sweet chili. Amazing! My partner had the Filet Mignon with goat cheese sun dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers with a sweet wine sauce that made me have an orgazm, I swear i did! 5. we both love Tiramisu and we are very critical when we have it. THE BEST IN LOS ANGELES! We got to meet the Chef for the evening, Chef Michael Parise, not sure if he is always on board, he said he would be there temporarily but he gave us his card, he owns Cannoli Kings Catering. Dining in the dark was a great experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who would like increase the other senses in their body. The service was wonderful and overall first class. I hope it stays that way!

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★★★★★

What an amazing experience! To have your site taken away and rely on your other senses and trust everything will be OK. The food was incredible. 1. It started out with a prosciutto wrapped fig with a caponata relish. TANTALIZING! 2. then we got fresh bread and butter. 3. The salad was just popping in our mouth, so much going on, arugula, sweet tomatoes, amazing wine dressing, truffle cheese and topped with a bruchetta and toast, I must say the best I have ever had in the light or in the dark. 4. I had the Salmon and my partner had the Filet Mignon, OK, the Salmon was the most delightful i have ever consumed, not dry and it just melted in your mouth. It was made with a Caribbean spice topped with a sweet chili. Amazing! My partner had the Filet Mignon with goat cheese sun dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers with a sweet wine sauce that made me have an orgazm, I swear i did! 5. we both love Tiramisu and we are very critical when we have it. THE BEST IN LOS ANGELES! We got to meet the Chef for the evening, Chef Michael Parise, not sure if he is always on board, he said he would be there temporarily but he gave us his card, he owns Cannoli Kings Catering. Dining in the dark was a great experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who would like increase the other senses in their body. The service was wonderful and overall first class. I hope it stays that way!

Pros: The food!

Cons: none

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Pros: Good place to go on the third date.

Cons: It's the opitome of LA Phoney. I gave it three stars because it is good for the third date.

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★★★☆☆

Pros: Good place to go on the third date.

Cons: It's the opitome of LA Phoney. I gave it three stars because it is good for the third date.

Pros: You cant see your date

Cons: You cant see your date

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I just went last Friday and it was such an amazing experience. It was a bit scary at first being in pitch darkness, but you hear voices around you so you know you're not alone and you really learn to use your sense of touch. I was holding hands with my date most of the night. The food was pretty decent and the portions were big, I couldn't even finish all of it. I loved the game of guessing different objects in a bag just by feeling the objects. And our waiter Michael was wonderful, he even serenaded us at the end of the meal.

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★★★★★

I just went last Friday and it was such an amazing experience. It was a bit scary at first being in pitch darkness, but you hear voices around you so you know you're not alone and you really learn to use your sense of touch. I was holding hands with my date most of the night. The food was pretty decent and the portions were big, I couldn't even finish all of it. I loved the game of guessing different objects in a bag just by feeling the objects. And our waiter Michael was wonderful, he even serenaded us at the end of the meal.

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I'm not sure where to even start! Opaque dining is such an eye opening remarkable experience. I don't recommend this for a first date. You are led, and escorted to your table, in a PITCH black room by a legally blind person. Your waiter/ress will also be legally blind. Let me tell ya-- it's not the same as just closing your eyes.. there is NO light. I don't want to ruin the experience so I will just say, it's awakening, interesting, different, exciting, scary, uncomfortable, brilliant! Great food, great time, AMAZING!

5
★★★★★

I'm not sure where to even start! Opaque dining is such an eye opening remarkable experience. I don't recommend this for a first date. You are led, and escorted to your table, in a PITCH black room by a legally blind person. Your waiter/ress will also be legally blind. Let me tell ya-- it's not the same as just closing your eyes.. there is NO light. I don't want to ruin the experience so I will just say, it's awakening, interesting, different, exciting, scary, uncomfortable, brilliant! Great food, great time, AMAZING!

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Concept was great but it was definitely not worth the money! I've had much better tasting food and more filling at Lawry's or Morton's. The portions at Opaque were small and the taste was horrible.

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★★☆☆☆

Concept was great but it was definitely not worth the money! I've had much better tasting food and more filling at Lawry's or Morton's. The portions at Opaque were small and the taste was horrible.

Pros: Great Concept

Cons: Bad food, ridiculous pricing

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Our dark dining experience was truly exhilirating. We took my brother and his wife for their anniversary. I've been in a lot of places and done a lot of things, but this is truly an eye opener, if you will. It allows a sighted person to experience for a time, what the blind experience daily. Since my wife is blind, it was real insight for me. I gained a world of respect for the wait staff and for blind people in general. While they may be challenged navigating our sighted world, I'm sure that given the accellerated senses of taste and hearing and smell and touch and the amazing memory jog, it's a pretty good swap.I can't wait for this to come to the Scottsdale area.

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★★★★★

Our dark dining experience was truly exhilirating. We took my brother and his wife for their anniversary. I've been in a lot of places and done a lot of things, but this is truly an eye opener, if you will. It allows a sighted person to experience for a time, what the blind experience daily. Since my wife is blind, it was real insight for me. I gained a world of respect for the wait staff and for blind people in general. While they may be challenged navigating our sighted world, I'm sure that given the accellerated senses of taste and hearing and smell and touch and the amazing memory jog, it's a pretty good swap.I can't wait for this to come to the Scottsdale area.

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So much fun! It really was a once in a lifetime experience. It really is something you will remember forever. I thought that the food would be medeocre, (disney land-ish) since it is such an experience. But everything we had was great. My husband had steak and I had the salmon. They were both excellent!
When they say that it is pitch-black they mean PITCH BLACK! I could not see my hand two inches in front of my face. It started great conversation, and we laughed all night. I would recommend it for anyone. Go and see for yourself.

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★★★★★

So much fun! It really was a once in a lifetime experience. It really is something you will remember forever. I thought that the food would be medeocre, (disney land-ish) since it is such an experience. But everything we had was great. My husband had steak and I had the salmon. They were both excellent!
When they say that it is pitch-black they mean PITCH BLACK! I could not see my hand two inches in front of my face. It started great conversation, and we laughed all night. I would recommend it for anyone. Go and see for yourself.

Pros: Great experience. Really good food.

Cons: A little pricey

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I saw some negative reviews online before my boyfriend and I went to Dinner in the Dark (but after it was too late to cancel the reservation - 3 days notice required) so I was really nervous and braced myself for a doomed evening on August 24, 2007. In fact when my boyfriend ordered steak, I almost told him to order something else because of the bad steak reviews. Fortunately, my salmon was perfect and his medium rare steak was prepared exactly medium rare - and it was probably one of the top 5 BEST steaks I have ever tasted. The tiramisu was lightly sweet and scrumptous, while the cheesecake was quite flavorful, and also a bit heavy - but that's exactly what cheesecake is supposed to be afterall, right? Also, all the food was served at the proper temperature, nothing was frozen or lukewarm. And everything you've already read about the "dark" experience is probably true: Yes, it is pitch black, yes your senses are extremely heightened, yes our server was blind (not blindfolded, actually legally blind - she used a radio head set to communicate our order), yes it is pricey, and yes it is quite fun trying to sample your dining partner's food without getting stabbed in the eye. In my Palm Pilot list of things to do is "Write brilliant review of Dinner in Dark" - and I'm usually WAY too busy to write reviews, but I really feel that those bad reviews are unfounded, or else this establishment has definitely changed for the better.

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★★★★★

I saw some negative reviews online before my boyfriend and I went to Dinner in the Dark (but after it was too late to cancel the reservation - 3 days notice required) so I was really nervous and braced myself for a doomed evening on August 24, 2007. In fact when my boyfriend ordered steak, I almost told him to order something else because of the bad steak reviews. Fortunately, my salmon was perfect and his medium rare steak was prepared exactly medium rare - and it was probably one of the top 5 BEST steaks I have ever tasted. The tiramisu was lightly sweet and scrumptous, while the cheesecake was quite flavorful, and also a bit heavy - but that's exactly what cheesecake is supposed to be afterall, right? Also, all the food was served at the proper temperature, nothing was frozen or lukewarm. And everything you've already read about the "dark" experience is probably true: Yes, it is pitch black, yes your senses are extremely heightened, yes our server was blind (not blindfolded, actually legally blind - she used a radio head set to communicate our order), yes it is pricey, and yes it is quite fun trying to sample your dining partner's food without getting stabbed in the eye. In my Palm Pilot list of things to do is "Write brilliant review of Dinner in Dark" - and I'm usually WAY too busy to write reviews, but I really feel that those bad reviews are unfounded, or else this establishment has definitely changed for the better.

Pros: Eating in the dark is an eye-opening experience!

Cons: Expensive

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I love this concept but it is not executed properly. My bff took me to Opaque as a surprise about a month ago. Although the total darkness is a really cool and unique experience, it alone does not justify the EXCESSIVE PRICE. Personally speaking I don?t usually mind over-paying for ?a great dining experience? I wish this had been the case. Upon arrival they take your order and introduce you to your wait staff, who is dressed in casual (even sloppy) street clothes. They escort you into the total darkness and seat you at a folding chair. Your (uncomfortable) folding chair is then pushed up to a plastic (outdoor) patio table. Although there is a table cloth, it is still a plastic table with a folding chair and you are about to pay $99.00 for the least expensive item on the menu! The food is nothing special, typical hotel room service food. Certainly not the ?local star chef? quality they were advertising. I see they have now removed that statement from their website. We were offered a cocktail when we first ordered and then never approached regarding a second one. My friend and I giggled through out the meal and had fun, but, especially if this is something you need to save up to try? I suggest your money would be better spent elsewhere. On a side note, I posted a similar comment on their website and it was removed within 12 hours. I then posted another comment saying it?s overpriced and it too was removed from the site. So not only should you know that the comments on their website are censored, they are unable to take constructive criticism. The bottom line is this would be a terrific experience if it was 1/3 of the price and/or they stepped up the atmosphere. Oh yea, and it cost $20.00 to park!

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★☆☆☆☆

I love this concept but it is not executed properly. My bff took me to Opaque as a surprise about a month ago. Although the total darkness is a really cool and unique experience, it alone does not justify the EXCESSIVE PRICE. Personally speaking I don?t usually mind over-paying for ?a great dining experience? I wish this had been the case. Upon arrival they take your order and introduce you to your wait staff, who is dressed in casual (even sloppy) street clothes. They escort you into the total darkness and seat you at a folding chair. Your (uncomfortable) folding chair is then pushed up to a plastic (outdoor) patio table. Although there is a table cloth, it is still a plastic table with a folding chair and you are about to pay $99.00 for the least expensive item on the menu! The food is nothing special, typical hotel room service food. Certainly not the ?local star chef? quality they were advertising. I see they have now removed that statement from their website. We were offered a cocktail when we first ordered and then never approached regarding a second one. My friend and I giggled through out the meal and had fun, but, especially if this is something you need to save up to try? I suggest your money would be better spent elsewhere. On a side note, I posted a similar comment on their website and it was removed within 12 hours. I then posted another comment saying it?s overpriced and it too was removed from the site. So not only should you know that the comments on their website are censored, they are unable to take constructive criticism. The bottom line is this would be a terrific experience if it was 1/3 of the price and/or they stepped up the atmosphere. Oh yea, and it cost $20.00 to park!

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Have you ever wondered whether you should approach a blind person when they seemed to have trouble and ask them if they needed help? Not at this joint. They help you! big time. You eat in complete darkness, YEP! dark! as dark as it gets, you can't see your hand in front of your own eyes. All the wait staff is actually blind. They change roles. Now you are the one that needs to ask for help. They help you and give you a wonderful insight in the surreal world of mystery. As that is what this is. A dark room that leaves a vast space for your mind to expand and have the time of your life. If you are open for it and don't have LA stuck up your *** as some of the other reviewers seem to have. Does it cost? yes, and not to little but thanks to Mastercard we all know that there are certain things in life that are priceless. This place is one of them.

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★★★★★

Have you ever wondered whether you should approach a blind person when they seemed to have trouble and ask them if they needed help? Not at this joint. They help you! big time. You eat in complete darkness, YEP! dark! as dark as it gets, you can't see your hand in front of your own eyes. All the wait staff is actually blind. They change roles. Now you are the one that needs to ask for help. They help you and give you a wonderful insight in the surreal world of mystery. As that is what this is. A dark room that leaves a vast space for your mind to expand and have the time of your life. If you are open for it and don't have LA stuck up your *** as some of the other reviewers seem to have. Does it cost? yes, and not to little but thanks to Mastercard we all know that there are certain things in life that are priceless. This place is one of them.

Pros: no words for something so cool

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Unreal! How can someone come up with this idea only now? Why do we still eat in the light and in all those lame places? This is what LA, and I have been waiting for. Finally something that really keeps the promise of being a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you.

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★★★★★

Unreal! How can someone come up with this idea only now? Why do we still eat in the light and in all those lame places? This is what LA, and I have been waiting for. Finally something that really keeps the promise of being a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you.

Pros: unreal, magic, unbelievable

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PART 1: REVIEW
So when I heard about this restaurant it sounded very intriguing so I went onto the website to check it out. The aesthetics & design of the website seemed hip, mysterious, & romantic all at the same time. The menu was "upscale" based on the $100+ per person price (drinks & tip not included), so I really envisioned a higher-end experience. So expectations were high, & I was looking forward to a very unique evening of nocturnal grandeur. So I pick up my ?fascinating-cute AND sweet-one & only? & we get to the Hyatt hotel in Hollywood (the location of Opaque). The 1st thing we encounter is a make-shift podium planted obscurely in front of?Well nothing. No official entrance to the ?Opaque? restaurant?just a couple of plain clothed (casual jeans & t-shirts) young ?hosts? with clipboards. No dim lights (as a matter of fact just the bright lights of the lobby), no candles, not even the hypnotic music that I had grown to love from the Opaque web-site. Little puzzled we walk to the young host & ask, ?Is this Opaque??. He does not answer with a formal welcome, just, ?yeah?, let me get you a menu so you can sit down in the lobby & wait. Our printer is broken so we are running a bit behind?. Ok?So me & Gorgeous sit down in a musty lobby chair to wait. We are literally right outside the hotel restrooms & mixed in with hotel guest in line to use the internet terminal. So the Hyatt has these double doors labeled ?Ballroom A?, just like any hotel that has meeting room facilities; Well next thing you know we see a couple who had just finished dining coming out of the double doors! So it appears that there is no ?Opaque? restaurant, but instead a make-shift environment out of one of the hotel conference rooms. Now, part of my is like, who cares, its in the dark so I wont be able to tell once I get in their anyway. But another side of me is thinking, but what about ambience, & character, & all of the other things that make a total experience. (continued on Part 2)

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★☆☆☆☆

PART 1: REVIEW
So when I heard about this restaurant it sounded very intriguing so I went onto the website to check it out. The aesthetics & design of the website seemed hip, mysterious, & romantic all at the same time. The menu was "upscale" based on the $100+ per person price (drinks & tip not included), so I really envisioned a higher-end experience. So expectations were high, & I was looking forward to a very unique evening of nocturnal grandeur. So I pick up my ?fascinating-cute AND sweet-one & only? & we get to the Hyatt hotel in Hollywood (the location of Opaque). The 1st thing we encounter is a make-shift podium planted obscurely in front of?Well nothing. No official entrance to the ?Opaque? restaurant?just a couple of plain clothed (casual jeans & t-shirts) young ?hosts? with clipboards. No dim lights (as a matter of fact just the bright lights of the lobby), no candles, not even the hypnotic music that I had grown to love from the Opaque web-site. Little puzzled we walk to the young host & ask, ?Is this Opaque??. He does not answer with a formal welcome, just, ?yeah?, let me get you a menu so you can sit down in the lobby & wait. Our printer is broken so we are running a bit behind?. Ok?So me & Gorgeous sit down in a musty lobby chair to wait. We are literally right outside the hotel restrooms & mixed in with hotel guest in line to use the internet terminal. So the Hyatt has these double doors labeled ?Ballroom A?, just like any hotel that has meeting room facilities; Well next thing you know we see a couple who had just finished dining coming out of the double doors! So it appears that there is no ?Opaque? restaurant, but instead a make-shift environment out of one of the hotel conference rooms. Now, part of my is like, who cares, its in the dark so I wont be able to tell once I get in their anyway. But another side of me is thinking, but what about ambience, & character, & all of the other things that make a total experience. (continued on Part 2)

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(Continued from Lost me at Hello-Part 1) ....What kind of $100+ plate restaurant doesn?t have a lounge/bar area that u can relax while waiting to be seated (which is now 40 min late). The theme is ?nocturnal? & ?experience ur other senses?, so why not have a teaser that gets guests in the mood; GET RID OF the inexperienced young plain clothes dressed hosts; I want to be greeted by the ?Opaque Master Concierge?, w/a big black cane, top hat, & dark glasses, u know? GET RID OF the makeshift podium in the brightly lit lobby; I want to see ?OPAQUE? spelled out in a candlelight mirage the size of a wall in a dimly lit lounge as I enter. GET RID OF the old hotel lobby furniture, I want to be sitting near a suave bar w/dark velvet (sensual to the touch) rimmed bar stools & furry lounge couches, w/scented candles (sensual to the smell). & what about the hypnotic music from the web-site! U could only hear the bellmen service people below. & a 45 min wait w/no cocktails?! I want an audaciously themed cocktail called ?The Opaque? made w/black liquors & served in a tall glass w/tiny dark sun glasses & a cane as the stirrer. Well,we were so turned off by the initial impression of the venue & service, not to mention that we were now over 45 min past our original res time, that we did not even bother to go through with the experience. We left. So maybe the food was going to be exceptional, I guess we?ll never know. But for us it was more than just the food & eating in the dark. We eat out a lot ? we are not novice, so maybe are expectations were too high, (Opaque Web-site just reinforced those expectations). & based on the pricing I expected upscale. To top it off, when I told the ?host? we were leaving, he didn?t even ask why or act surprised?Like he?s used to this happening or something? Just all around disappointing, because we were really looking forward to it. Luckily my lady was so great that she had no qualms about leaving, & we had a great evening - we went to Agos.

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★☆☆☆☆

(Continued from Lost me at Hello-Part 1) ....What kind of $100+ plate restaurant doesn?t have a lounge/bar area that u can relax while waiting to be seated (which is now 40 min late). The theme is ?nocturnal? & ?experience ur other senses?, so why not have a teaser that gets guests in the mood; GET RID OF the inexperienced young plain clothes dressed hosts; I want to be greeted by the ?Opaque Master Concierge?, w/a big black cane, top hat, & dark glasses, u know? GET RID OF the makeshift podium in the brightly lit lobby; I want to see ?OPAQUE? spelled out in a candlelight mirage the size of a wall in a dimly lit lounge as I enter. GET RID OF the old hotel lobby furniture, I want to be sitting near a suave bar w/dark velvet (sensual to the touch) rimmed bar stools & furry lounge couches, w/scented candles (sensual to the smell). & what about the hypnotic music from the web-site! U could only hear the bellmen service people below. & a 45 min wait w/no cocktails?! I want an audaciously themed cocktail called ?The Opaque? made w/black liquors & served in a tall glass w/tiny dark sun glasses & a cane as the stirrer. Well,we were so turned off by the initial impression of the venue & service, not to mention that we were now over 45 min past our original res time, that we did not even bother to go through with the experience. We left. So maybe the food was going to be exceptional, I guess we?ll never know. But for us it was more than just the food & eating in the dark. We eat out a lot ? we are not novice, so maybe are expectations were too high, (Opaque Web-site just reinforced those expectations). & based on the pricing I expected upscale. To top it off, when I told the ?host? we were leaving, he didn?t even ask why or act surprised?Like he?s used to this happening or something? Just all around disappointing, because we were really looking forward to it. Luckily my lady was so great that she had no qualms about leaving, & we had a great evening - we went to Agos.

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Opaque is truly one of the most unique and rewarding experiences I've ever encountered! The food was exquisite (in particular, the White Chocolate Cheesecake) and the service was so friendly and made dining in the dark quite enjoyable!! My reccomendation is to start with the Mediteranian Salad, followed by the Pesto Chicken, and ending with the White Chocolate Cheesecake.

MY NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: You must have an OPEN mind to try Opaque. Don't come here not willing to try new things.When they say dark, they mean DARK. You will not be able to see your hand if you put it in front of your face. It's very fun and exciting. You'll have a great time and a great awakening to what it is like for those people who don't have the gift of sight.

DO NOT come with your cell phone or purse or watch; if any of these or other belonings glow or emit light, you will be asked to check them.

DO go to Opaque, DO NOT bring your skepticism with you!!

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★★★★★

Opaque is truly one of the most unique and rewarding experiences I've ever encountered! The food was exquisite (in particular, the White Chocolate Cheesecake) and the service was so friendly and made dining in the dark quite enjoyable!! My reccomendation is to start with the Mediteranian Salad, followed by the Pesto Chicken, and ending with the White Chocolate Cheesecake.

MY NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: You must have an OPEN mind to try Opaque. Don't come here not willing to try new things.When they say dark, they mean DARK. You will not be able to see your hand if you put it in front of your face. It's very fun and exciting. You'll have a great time and a great awakening to what it is like for those people who don't have the gift of sight.

DO NOT come with your cell phone or purse or watch; if any of these or other belonings glow or emit light, you will be asked to check them.

DO go to Opaque, DO NOT bring your skepticism with you!!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Prices are high; about $99 to $105 dollars per person

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I stumbled across Opaque accidentally while searching for a new restaurant to try. I took my husband for his birthday and two friends joined us. It was a unique and awesome experience! Worth the cost for something different to do other than another steak dinner. You are in complete darkness and have to trust yourself and the people you are with - especially when passing butter! While the first few minutes were weird, we settled in and enjoyed our meal. The food was good, the service was great. We would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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★★★☆☆

I stumbled across Opaque accidentally while searching for a new restaurant to try. I took my husband for his birthday and two friends joined us. It was a unique and awesome experience! Worth the cost for something different to do other than another steak dinner. You are in complete darkness and have to trust yourself and the people you are with - especially when passing butter! While the first few minutes were weird, we settled in and enjoyed our meal. The food was good, the service was great. We would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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Dining in the dark is a truly beautiful and unique experience. You quickly learn to use touch, smell, and sound to make your meal taste like nothing you've ever tasted before. You leave with a greater appreciation for how the visually impaired live their lives. It's a whole new world! A beautiful world!

The friendly servers do a great job of making the dinner guests feel comfortable in the dark, and the chef does a wonderful job of creating dishes full of flavor and texture that keep the taste buds alive through each course. My personal favorites from my Vegetarian meal were: the Thai Curry veggies, and the lemon cloud garnished with raspberry sauce and fresh strawberries and raspberries. The curry was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and the sweet, tangy, and creamy dessert wraps up the meal beautifully.

Opaque, dining in the dark, is a MUST.

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★★★★★

Dining in the dark is a truly beautiful and unique experience. You quickly learn to use touch, smell, and sound to make your meal taste like nothing you've ever tasted before. You leave with a greater appreciation for how the visually impaired live their lives. It's a whole new world! A beautiful world!

The friendly servers do a great job of making the dinner guests feel comfortable in the dark, and the chef does a wonderful job of creating dishes full of flavor and texture that keep the taste buds alive through each course. My personal favorites from my Vegetarian meal were: the Thai Curry veggies, and the lemon cloud garnished with raspberry sauce and fresh strawberries and raspberries. The curry was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and the sweet, tangy, and creamy dessert wraps up the meal beautifully.

Opaque, dining in the dark, is a MUST.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Food

Cons: People trying to take photos. Takes away from the experience.

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The other senses take over once you can not see, that made sense to us, and of course we expected especially the taste to go nuts. It truly did, but what we did not expect was how sensitive we reacted to sound and the importance of our touch. It was like a dreamland and I was hoping it would never end. Its not a restaurant it is a world of excitement.
Our server Z had it all down, and I wouldnt be surprised if he could walk on water too so precise was he not seeing anything at all.

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★★★★★

The other senses take over once you can not see, that made sense to us, and of course we expected especially the taste to go nuts. It truly did, but what we did not expect was how sensitive we reacted to sound and the importance of our touch. It was like a dreamland and I was hoping it would never end. Its not a restaurant it is a world of excitement.
Our server Z had it all down, and I wouldnt be surprised if he could walk on water too so precise was he not seeing anything at all.

Pros: amazing service, teaching, really, really fun

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We expected a lot, but our dining in the dark there surpased our craziest imaginations.
There is a nice lounge where you are seated first and get a little instruction before you enter the dark space - it really is a space full with joy and sensitivity. A must do!

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★★★★★

We expected a lot, but our dining in the dark there surpased our craziest imaginations.
There is a nice lounge where you are seated first and get a little instruction before you enter the dark space - it really is a space full with joy and sensitivity. A must do!

Pros: crazy, new, European

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In todays dining szene it is sometimes hard to make a difference, that's why we were instantly in when we heard about this. Dining in the dark, how odd is that? After having been there we know more... I guess that's what the goal is...it was not only revealing but one of the funniest evenings we had in a long time.

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★★★★★

In todays dining szene it is sometimes hard to make a difference, that's why we were instantly in when we heard about this. Dining in the dark, how odd is that? After having been there we know more... I guess that's what the goal is...it was not only revealing but one of the funniest evenings we had in a long time.

Pros: different, tasty, trendy

Cons: always booked

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This experience literally blew our whole group away. It is all that was promised. We had so much fun!

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★★★★★

This experience literally blew our whole group away. It is all that was promised. We had so much fun!

Pros: well organized, stylish, unique

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It is different, I would almost dare to say the most different ever, but still I now wonder how I could have lived without it until now.
If anyone is looking to have a night out and be blown away, go there.

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★★★★★

It is different, I would almost dare to say the most different ever, but still I now wonder how I could have lived without it until now.
If anyone is looking to have a night out and be blown away, go there.

Message from Opaque - dining in the dark

Just imagine, that you can not see for an hour or two, that you are abandoning vision in exchange for a new, multi-sensual dining experience.Opaque is enhancing our senses of taste, smell, touch, and hearing by abandoning one that we often take for granted ?? this is ??Dining in the Dark?.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d548Gqb4j7s



Imagine that you are recognizing friends by their voice, sounds tell a story, aromas come alive and elegance is felt



Upon arriving at the Dining in the Dark venue, guests are welcomed in a lighted lounge area where they can order their drinks and from the special prepared menu. Once they have ordered, guests are guided into the darkened dining room for an experience of taste, smell, touch and sound they will never forget.

More about Opaque - dining in the dark

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A novelty German dining concept brought to select U.S. cities (upshots include anonymity for celebs), this pitch-black adventure is less about cuisine and more about touch-and-taste sensory overload: if anything the experience makes for a…

 

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