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Opaque Dining in the Dark

Hayes Valley
American, International, Greek, Contemporary, Fusion
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687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Gough Street)
(800) 710-1270
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6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating

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  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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I reluctantly agreed to take my daughter here for her 18th birthday... she was dying to experience dining in the dark. It was completely dark, you are guided to your table by your waitress conga line style, everyone holding the shoulders of the person in front. I was nervous of being in the dark... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They lost our bottle of wine. Food is moderate at best. Our server Sergio was eating while serving. Horrible

Thank Ksmallz-Yolo
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I reluctantly agreed to take my daughter here for her 18th birthday... she was dying to experience dining in the dark. It was completely dark, you are guided to your table by your waitress conga line style, everyone holding the shoulders of the person in front. I was nervous of being in the dark and that I wouldn't find the... More 

Thank casperia
Edmonton, Canada
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A once in a life-time experience, not to be repeated. Not because it wasn't a great experience, but now that I know what to expect it takes away the most important element. In San Jose for a conference with a group of like-minded business people, the organizer arranged for us to have a secret late-night dining experience. We knew nothing... More 

1 Thank Frankly2Honest
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

For those willing to have an open-mind even while you feel like your eyes are closed, Opaque is an incredible dining experience. Don't think this is simply about the food. It isn't. It is a total dining adventures where you get to experience life like the blind do. The food is not a fine dining 5 star experience but is... More 

Thank Chip C
San Jose, California
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196 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I’m floored by the great reviews of this place. It’s my eyes that can’t see I can still taste! OMG for 100 PP we were expecting fine dining. This place is probably on par with your local diner where you can get all 3 courses for 25 bucks, blindfold yourself and voila, I’ve just saved you 200 dollars, you’re welcome.... More 

2 Thank Atalanta8
Moss Bluff, Louisiana
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed dining at Opaque. We were only in San Francisco for one night and decided that we wanted to try something new. Mocha was an excellent server who was very helpful with guiding us in the dark. The food was very good but it was the overall experience that makes this place a unique gem.

2 Thank Heatherly C
Issaquah, Washington
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We entered down a skinny stairwell and were immediately greeted by the hostess. She gave us menus and took our orders. She also asked if we have any food allergies, as we would not be able to see our food. Our server Senya guided us to our table and then the fun began! The absolute pitch black darkness was a... More 

1 Thank JD_Who6614
Danville, CA
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband saw a travel show about this dining concept years ago, and he's always wanted to try it. This past weekend while the kids were off visiting the grandparents, we decided to give it a shot. We could only get the first dinner reservation, which was at 5:30. We were a few minutes late, but our hostess instructed us... More 

Thank Julie M
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I really didn't know what to expect prior to dining here, only knowing I'd be eating in the dark-The night before our reservation Nikki from Opaque called to confirm our reservation and told us she would be helping us when we arrived and she looked forward to seeing us- Night of our reservation we arrived a couple minutes late so... More 

Thank WindyCityGatorGirl
Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What an amazing experience. My nerves were on end, my sense of smell, taste and hearing heightened. It was a challenging experience but so very worth it. The food was also very good, no complaints at all. The whole experience gave me such a greater awareness of what it would be like to be blind, but also made me appreciate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94109
    (Gough Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: (800) 710-1270

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 75 - 150
  • Cuisine: American, International, Greek, Contemporary, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic


Open Hours
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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