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Opaque Dining in the Dark

$$$$
Neighborhood:
Hayes Valley
Contemporary, International, Californian, Fusion
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687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Gough Street)
(800) 710-1270
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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2014
Chip C
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 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 

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Moss Bluff, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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Issaquah, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 

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Danville, CA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Mexico City, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Dining at Opaque was a great experience, our server Jeniffer was very nice and had the sweetest voice! The food, apart from the whole experience, tasted great, and after a while you really do get the sense of getting better at using your other senses!

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is different. Service was a amazing, food tasted great, but sort of wondered what it looked like. The only thing I didn't like is that it smelled bad at the entrance to the restaurant before you get into the dark. Interesting and worth trying if you get the chance.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Concept is very beautiful. Our hostess was blind but she was brilliant in leading us through the courses and to our table. It is an experience well worth the money. Complete darkness and dietary restrictions are accommodated. Fun experience to figure out how to place your drink and ensure you can find it when you need next. Being in SF,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102
    (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: Contemporary, International, Californian, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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