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27th Mar 2019

Lidl is opening a RESTAURANT, and you’ll eat in total darkness

Rebecca O'Keeffe


Oh divine…

Lidl has announced the launch of RARE by Lidl, a brand new Dine in the Dark pop-up restaurant which opens its doors in Dublin from April 25th- 27th 2019.

How exciting?

Lidl have teamed up with chef Gary O’Hanlon to create a mouth-watering menu which showcases the very best of Lidl’s beef.

The RARE by Lidl restaurant is designed to enhance your taste buds by dining in complete darkness. How groovy?

It’s more than just a meal; it’s a journey of the senses that will make you re-evaluate your perception of taste, smell and touch.

Of all of our senses, sight dominates how we perceive everything around us. Have you ever wondered how your senses would react in complete darkness?

When sight is taken away, the sense of touch, hearing, taste and smell are heightened turning food, drinks, dinner and conversation into a brand new adventure.

Guests will enjoy a 3 course meal which has been carefully created by Chef Gary O’Hanlon made using all Lidl ingredients.


With Lidl’s Irish beef at the heart of each dish, each course has been designed to entice the taste buds and awaken the senses through flavours that flow from dish to dish.

Tickets are priced at €15 per person and all proceeds from the event are being donated to Lidl Ireland’s charity partner Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland.

The RARE by Lidl experience begins in a pitch black dining room where servers, wearing night vision goggles, will guide and assist you to your table.

Once you have become acquainted with complete darkness, you’ll notice that it’s quite relaxing and your social awareness is heightened.

RARE by Lidl takes place from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th April at Venue 35. Tickets are priced at €15 per person and available now from