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Opaque Dining in the Dark

Hayes Valley
American, International, Contemporary, Fusion
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687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3111 (Gough Street)
+1 800-710-1270
18:30 - 23:00
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Wed - Sat 18:30 - 23:00
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Some people will fear this place because the idea of eating in a restaurant that it all dark and not seeing your food or surroundings can be intimidating and conjure up all kinds of images and problems. Not to fear I say to you. This place continues to be a great experience in dining with good food as well. I... More 

Thank JPHauck
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

The food was average but the service and the experience amazing, and it's pricey for what it is, but I would do it again if it was a special occasion. The only gripe I had was a timer on the wall had illuminated a few times during our meal, which meant we did see for a few seconds each time.

Thank travellingboffin
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

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

1 Thank Ksmallz-Yolo
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 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 

2 Thank casperia
Edmonton, Canada
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121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

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
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014 via mobile

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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253 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 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 

3 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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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83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 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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62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 75 - US$ 150
American, International, Contemporary, Fusion
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 687 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3111
    (Gough Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 800-710-1270

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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