If you’ve been intrigued by reports of dine in total darkness concepts located around the world, the Blackout Dining in the Dark restaurant headed to the westside is going to great lengths to help you completely lose one of your senses and intensify your dining experience.
Now taking reservations for June 28 and beyond, Blackout will be open for lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on weekends. Reservations will not always be necessary and the restaurant will welcome walk-ups. Customers will need to drop off all “cell phones, watches, lighters, and cameras” into a “secure locker” and then choose one of three menus before they enter the pitch black dining room.
Priced at is $58.95 after 4 p.m., the six-course “savory, spicy, or sweet” dinner options will be served by wait staff wearing night vision goggles. Before 4 p.m., it will be a $43.95 four-course prix fixe selection. Drinks and cocktails are priced separately and can be ordered while inside the darkened room.
Yet to announce individual dishes, already promised are “new first class delicacies that most people have never been offered before.” Creators Rachel Roberts-Levi and her husband Avraham Levi believe each sitting will last between between an hour and 90 minutes.
Once inside, the owners warn “for the safety of our wait staff and guests, please do not leave your seat in the dark dining area unless your guide is accompanying you.” The restaurant is located close to the Gold Coast, Rio and Palms resorts at the intersection of Viking Road and Valley View Boulevard. Before diners finally leave the 3,428-square-foot restaurant, “your guide will escort you and your party to the lobby.” After an hour in darkness, they also advise, “it may take a moment for your eyes to adjust to the light, this is normal.”