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I have a curious request. I'm looking for a good restaurant (not the highest-price tier though) that is not too noisy, to take my mother in celebration of her 75th birthday in early November. She likes all types of food except sushi and is an adventurous eater. Noise, however, is a problem for her. We've tried going to fancy restaurants very early (like 5:30) but that's not much fun. Any suggestions? Anywhere in the greater Boston area is fine, though north or west or in town are preferable to south.

Is Sel de la Terre too noisy? It sounds perfect otherwise.
thanks,
chowcat

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  1. Maybe Icarus or Lala Rokh would fit the bill. I haven't been to either in a while, but I remember Icarus as being on the quieter side. Lala Rokh was not very noisy either, and the food there is great and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I remember Sel de la Terre as being a little noisier, but I think it was us making the noise.

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    1. re: ellie

      Good choices. Boston restaurants are far too noisy in the main; part of the reason has to do with the choice of easier-to-clean hard surfaces and poor acoustical modulation, and sometimes it has to do with the vile musak factor.

      1. re: ellie

        Icarus is a great choice. As an aside, Chris Douglas is very active in the Boston community..participates in lots of charity events..just recently at the Women's Health Center in Dorchester..a good reason to support his restaurant...in addition to it being a very good place..and very suitable for your request.

        1. re: 9lives

          Ooh, and he did those amazing grilled citrus-marinated shrimp with mango salsa and baby greens...One of the highlights of the event!

        2. re: ellie

          I agree with everone on the Icarus suggestion. I don't remember Sel de la Terre being noisy and it's a little less expensive than Icarus if that makes a difference.

          1. re: Joanie

            Thank you! I think Icarus might be a little too steep for us (and she's been there a few times, I believe). I will push for Sel de la Terre but we might end up going the suburban route if other family members get their way (Le Soir Bistro in Newton Highlands). I would love to try Lumiere but I think it's too pricy.

            1. re: chowcat

              My brother just went to Le Soir Sat. nite and while they loved the food, they felt cramped in there and thought the service was a little overbearing. Might not be the place for a quiet meal. Lumiere is in the same price range as Le Soir and on the small side too whereas the seating at SdlT is pretty spacious.

              1. re: chowcat

                FWIW, I've been to Lumiere on one occasion and I found it really uncomfortable noise and seating wise. It may have been exacerbated by where we were located (opposite the door, near the kitchen entrance) but I had the overwhelming impression of just wanting to get out of there! Of course, YMMV.

                What about the Bristol Lounge? Not as expensive as Icarus, food is good (tho' probably not particularly trendsetting), room is comfy as can be and the only noise you're likely to hear is the piano....

                Sara

          2. A booth at MASA, 439 Tremont away from the front of the room on the right would work & provide the quiet you're looking for. Service & food are wonderful.

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            1. re: GinaT

              Sorry to disagree, but I had dinner at Masa on a Friday evening and the noise level was incredible - one of the loudest I've been to. We were seated in the middle of the room, but it was so loud that I didn't think being on the side would have helped.

            2. We took my 76-year old father to Sel de la Terre a few weeks ago and he was quite pleased. He also has hearing problems so we asked for a quiet table; they gave us one in the back room and it worked out fine.