What is an interactive dinner?
An interactive dinner is one in which there’s some element of interactivity between dinner guests and their environment, adding an extra dimension to the evening. More traditional forms of interactive dining might include theatrical performances in which the servers are actors playing a part and encouraging guests to participate in a narrative.
But more recently these experiences have come to involve digital art, with tables that come to life and video-screen walls that transport you to new locations. Here are just a few interactive restaurants around the world where you can try this new way of dining.
London's famous eateries include some very well-established and even historic dining options, yet this modern city has also embraced interactivity. At inamo Soho restaurant, guests can use digital tabletops to place their orders, play games while they wait and even watch their food being prepared thanks to cameras in the kitchen and viewing screens on the tables.
At the Berkeley Hotel, guests can try the 'Out of the Blue' experience at the Blue Bar. This involves sitting in a small booth surrounded by 360-degree video screens showing images that directly relate to the carefully curated drinks menu served during the session.
Dubai's Ebony Restaurant uses digital tabletops for guests to browse menus, place their orders, and even transform the tablecloth to a pattern of their pleasing. To entertain themselves during food prep, guests can use the tabletops to look at social media, read the news, and send photos and messages. And when the meal is over, they can even use the tables to order a taxi home.