The dining in the dark trend swept through Asia and Europe and has officially landed in the United States. The concept of dining in the dark restaurants is simple – turn the lights off and allow the conversation and flavors of the food to fill the space.
Opaque has capitalized on this novel idea by opening up locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and Dallas. New locations are opening across the country as the trend continues to take off.
Opaque wants visitors to abandon their sense of sight for a few hours to give their eyes a break from the sensory overload that most of us encounter each day. In turn, they offer an interesting dining experience that is unique and exciting, to say the least.
When you arrive at Opaque, you’re asked to turn off your cell phone and check any bags with the hostess. A waiter (many of whom are actually blind), will give you instructions and guide you through the dining experience.
The cons of Opaque are, ironically, easy to see. Dining in the dark can obviously lead to some messy situations, like dropped food and spilled drinks. Waiters also need to escort anyone out of the dining room, so definitely use the restroom before entering.
The price tag for an dining experience at Opaque is also around $100 per person, so be sure to soak it all in once, as a meal here is normally a one time affair for most.
Photo source: Opaque