Time:2 - 3 Hours
The ultimate blind date! The practice of dining in the dark began more than 200 years ago when several European restaurants serving meals to customers in pitch blackness were founded to encourage awareness of the plight of the visually impaired. Over the past few years, the concept has again been embraced in several capital cities around the world and are beginning to spring up in more and more places. If you and your date are adventurous types who like their food served with a side of fun, then this is the perfect night out for you!
- Reservations at a Dine in the Dark Restaurant
- Casual Clothing (for spillage)
- Make a reservation. Unfortunately, dine in the dark restaurants can’t be found everywhere yet. They’re most common in large cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles, London and Paris, but more and more of them are opening all the time! If there is one near you, then aim to reserve a table as soon as possible. One often needs to book at least a month ahead.
- Dress won’t impress. This is one date where you don’t need to waste much time getting ready! Obviously, you’ll see your date before and after the meal, but the majority of your time will be spent talking and enjoying each other’s company, and the food, in complete blindness. Also, stay away from wearing your favorite dress or suit. It’s likely you’ll both spill your wine and food several times throughout the evening!
- Ordering your food. In most of these location, you’ll be given a menu ahead of time and asked to place your order before you enter the dark dining room. In order to make the evening as adventurous as possible, the “surprise menu” of unknown dishes is highly recommended!
- Enjoy your date! In a time when our attention is often pulled in many directions, this evening presents a great opportunity to focus 100% of your attention on your partner and on the delicious meal you will be presented with. The added bonus is the extra compassion that will make you feel towards those who live permanently in darkness.
The etiquette at these establishments is to leave your mobile phones, digital watches and other technology locked outside the dining room. Don’t reserve a table unless you’re prepared to do this - checking your phone for even a moment will be noticed in a dark dining room and will disturb other patrons.
Also, many of these restaurants are staffed by people who are blind or visually impaired themselves. So be kind and compassionate in the statements you make - it’s not the place for rude jokes.