Dans Le Noir ? At Rydges


Dans le Noir? (French for “In the Dark?”) is an international company offering patrons a unique experience by eating in complete darkness, guided and served by low vision or blind people? More than 1.3 million people have already lived this experience worldwide with Dans le Noir?.

Auckland is the first city in the Pacific to welcome the original dining in the dark concept.

An amazing place for your next event: 
– Small or large private parties
– Business functions
– Team building
– Tasting in the dark

Experience in pitch darkness! 
In the heart of Auckland City, at Rydges Auckland, surprise your senses as never before! Enjoy a unique sensory experience, thanks to our famous surprise menus in three different versions (Trust the Chef, Seafood and Vegan) assisted by unexpected guides.

Your evening will be full of conviviality, excitement but also self-questioning. A full immersion in this sensual dining adventure will impress you as a once lifetime experience. If you are interested in another time slot (breakfast, lunch or dinner), please just contact us! (*conditions apply)

A Sensory Journey: 
Dining in absolute darkness is a sensory experience that awakens senses and enables guests to completely re-evaluate their perception of taste and smell.

A Place to Socialise:
Darkness eradicates shyness & fosters free conviviality erasing preconceptions. Communication becomes more intense, authentic and spontaneous.

A Unique Human Experience: 
Blind people work not only as waitstaff but also as guides during this experience. Reversing roles, the guide becomes patrons’ eyes for the time of the dinner!

In this 60 seats exclusive venue, there will be between 1 to 3 services a day from Thursday to Sunday (schedule available online). The restaurant will also welcome corporate, private and special events (business functions, team building, diversity awareness, blind tasting, music or cultural events in the dark…) on request every day of the week.

Patrons will taste a refined cuisine adapted to total darkness through 3 surprise menus freshly created by the team of Owen Rarity, the Head Chef of Rydges Auckland, trained by the experts of Dans le Noir? to adjust menus to the environment. Wine pairing will enrich this unique sensory experience.

The staff hiring and training in Auckland is being conducted by Dans le Noir? experts in partnership with the Blind Foundation. The Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for the 12,100 Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to face their future with confidence.

Dinner in the dark:
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm*

Menu Options:

$95 for a 3-course menu

$131 with wine matching

email: [email protected] or by phone: 09-375 5920
Events or business functions can be booked by phone: 021 333 929

Join our FACEBOOK page for updates!

Rydges Auckland
Please wait...




            Rydges Auckland
            You need to select the location of your stay

            Arrive after 7AM, leave before 7PM

            You need to enter the dates of your stay
            Select a minimum of 0 nights
            Should have a minimum of 1 adult.
            Room 1
            * 12 and under