At Opaque, dining in the dark doesn’t mean a romantic, dimly-lit room with flickering candles. We’re talking pitch-black, can’t-see-your-hands-in-front-of-your-face dark. But don’t be afraid to take your honey to this fascinating restaurant on Wilshire for date night, because once you’re seated at your table, unable to see anything but ceaseless blackness, your other senses kick in. Within minutes, your senses of sound, touch, smell, and taste will be heightened, and you’ll experience flavors, aromas, textures, and even the crunch of Opaque’s sophisticated new-American cuisine in a whole new way. You’ll get used to feeling around your table setting for your silverware, wine glass, and napkin, and with the help of your blind or visually-impaired waiter—who will be glad to guide you to the (lighted) restroom—you’ll soon realize you have everything you need. The social experience is just as enlightening as the cuisine, with communal tables all but ensuring conversation with the faceless strangers among you. This brand of dependent intimacy is strange at first, but with your darling’s help, you’ll become more adroit at navigating the darkness by the minute. After the meal, you’ll have a newfound sense of wonderment and appreciation for the beautiful gift of sight.


2020 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica CA 90403

(310) 546-7619

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