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Poll: Are You Averse to Eating in Noisy Restaurants?

Are You Averse to Eating in Noisy Restaurants?

I'm almost always the designated dining concierge when my friends and I go out to eat, and last night I was selecting a restaurant for a group of us to gather at this weekend. I was interested in two restaurants, but when I read that the noise level in one was incredibly high, I immediately chose the other establishment. I absolutely hate it when I can't have a normal conversation over dinner. Are you the same way about the level of noise in restaurants?

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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Yeah - I can't do noisy restaurants. You can't enjoy your company or consentrate on your food so what is the point. You are paying for atmosphere and food so it's a waste.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i guess that it all depends. the one frustration is that my husband always says that he can't hear me normally so if we're in a place that's really loud- he'll have such a little chance to hear me.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Depends on the situation but I detest being stuck in a restaurant with an open kitchen, wooden floor, no tablecloths and tables that are so closely packed that you can hardly move between them...especially when its packed. If its for a quick, cheap bite to eat I don't really care but if your sitting down for a decent meal I think its a pretty poor effort.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
sometimes. my mom and i popped into a new mexican restaurant, but the band was loud and so was the crowd, and we just couldn't stay. a quiet roar is okay, but i don't want to yell at who i'm with
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I hate eating in really loud can't hear anything and it gets frustrating to even try to talk. I like restaurants with a bit of background noise, but quiet enough so that I can talk at a normal volume and not have to shout everything I want to say.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
It really depends on the restaurant and locale.
victork victork 8 years
I guess my opinion is swayed by having a propensity to laugh often and loudly, but I'm a fan of loud places, where you get into the spirit of the occasion. That said, if I have to read lips, then it's a major pain in the a**.
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 8 years
I dislike not being able to hot a conversation or be forced to try to read lips. Eating out is more of a social experience than an eating experience for me so if it's noisy it kind of ruins the whole dining out experience for me.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
If I'm have a romantic dinner with my husband, I want a quiet place. If we're going out with friends or our kids, noisy is fine.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I should add that if it's too quiet at a restaurant, it can also ruin my experience. There's nothing I hate more than other people listening to my conversation.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
It totally ruins the experience for me when a restaurant, or any place, is too loud. I prefer quiet places.
mlen mlen 8 years
i was just in a bar last night where the noise was just SO loud, it wasn't music either, it was people talking but the acoustics were so bad you had to practically scream at each other to hear. it was horrible!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Blowfish in Santana Row is one of those places where the food is good but it's just so darn noisy. I hate having to shout over the booming music just so I could converse with my friends. I like establisments where music is low key but audible and where one an converse easily as well as enjoy the atmosphere.
cdanzer23 cdanzer23 8 years
If it's just me and 1-2 other people at a small table, the noise level is usually not too much of an issue to me, as long as I can hear my companions. But when you have an incredibly loud restaurant and a party of 10 or more, and you can only hear one person next to you, that's when I choose a more quiet locale if possible.
Food Food 8 years
I get really irritated when I have to keep saying "WHAT?" to the person across the table from me. Then I just won't want to talk. But if I wanted to eat in silence, I would have stayed home!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
For a quick bite, I'm fine with noise. Maybe even at a family italian joint as well. I mean mall eateries are loud, but otherwise, no way. It's hard to enjoy things when I can't even concentrate on reading the menu
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I highly doubt I would want to eat in a super nosiy place. But if the food was out of this world over the top amazing then I would either just get take out or eat and leave right after and just hang out somewhere more chill.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yes, I really hate it when I have to yell to my dining companions. I don't care how good the food is, for me it totally ruins the experience. Guess I'm getting old.
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