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mommeryl Mar 13, 2009 08:35 AM

I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A 'DINING IN THE DARK RESTAURANT IN SAN FRANCISCO. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THAT? IT SONDS LIIKE A LOT OF FUN. HOIW IS THE FOOD?

  1. wolfe Mar 13, 2009 08:46 AM

    Here is the only mention of Opaque, other than food descriptions, on the San Francisco board.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5352...

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    Opaque - dining in the dark San Francisco
    689 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. c oliver Mar 13, 2009 09:00 AM

      Here's their website:

      http://www.darkdining.com/

      I read about this some months ago and it's intriguing. But it's been proven that sight adds to the taste so I'm not tempted to go. But I'd be interested in hearing about it.

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        SteveG Mar 13, 2009 12:25 PM

        It's in the downstairs lounge of Indigo restaurant, so I assume the food would be no better and no worse than at Indigo.

        I've been to the downstairs lounge before for a private party (with lights) and remember that the cocktails had alcohol but no particular sensory interest. I think the restaurant is constantly trying to reach escape velocity from the Symphony/Opera syndrome of safe continental food, but haven't ever heard that it's really succeeded.

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        Indigo Restaurant
        687 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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          c oliver Mar 13, 2009 12:35 PM

          I knew it was downstairs from Indigo, where I've enjoyed a couple of good meals, but assumed it was different space from the private lounge where I've also been to a party. So if someone books the space for a private party, then the restaurant isn't open? And the lounge is SO set up as a bar/lounge, it's hard to see (haha) how they'd convert it to a restaurant. Just wondering.

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            SteveG Mar 16, 2009 12:32 PM

            From the Opaque web site:

            "Opaque - San Francisco is located at: CRIMSON LOUNGE San Francisco
            click here to visit Crimson lounges's website

            Opaque – dining in the dark - takes place in the CRIMSON LOUNGE which is just down stairs from INDIGO Restaurant in the Hayes Valley San Francisco. We are open 3 days a week. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 6:30 PM."

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          rosiella1 Mar 13, 2009 04:44 PM

          I've been to Dining in the Dark last year and let me tell you, it was truly an EXPERIENCE! The place was super dark. I thought my eyes would adjust but nope... it was black the entire time. You can't see where your utensils are nor can you see if your plate was full or not. You become aware of alot of things that you take for granted.

          I remember the food being delicious but most importantly it was fun. Sharing the food between your friends was such a riot. Finding the butter to butter your bread or finding the dip for your crudite became a daunting but enjoyable task.

          The kicker and ultimate what makes this place cool... our server was blind!

          I recommend it!

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            skosits Mar 14, 2009 05:54 PM

            Sorry but this place is BS.

            All said and done, It costs over $100.00 per person and the food choices are extremely limited and boring.

            I'd take you $100 and apply it to a ticket to Berlin and go to the original....

            1. re: skosits
              c oliver Mar 14, 2009 05:56 PM

              So you've actually been there. Cool. Did you feel like the blackness negatively effected or changed the the flavor of things?

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                rworange Mar 23, 2009 11:25 AM

                Hmmm ... thinking about it, couldn't one just eat a meal with their eyes closed at any restaurant?

          2. AustinSF Mar 24, 2009 02:05 AM

            sound stupid. I don't like the idea of needing sensory deprivation to enhance your most likely mediocre over priced food.

            1. wolfe Mar 24, 2009 02:16 AM

              It sure cuts down on the points for plating.

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