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Restaurants for Noisy Friends

kiwijen Nov 17, 2007 09:35 AM

We've recently been out with a few couples with whom we have a great time, however we are LOUD! We laugh, we joke, and have a somewhat raucous time. Great if you're in a noisy place, but not if you're surrounded by folks who want a quiet meal.

We all live in the Chestnut Hill area and are looking for restaurants where we can be loud but still have a good meal. We don't want to drive more than 20 mins.Price range should be around $30-40 (including tip) per person. We've thought of Manayunk as a general vicinity, but don't know what's worth trying.

Thank you!

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    idia Nov 17, 2007 12:46 PM

    I don't know how far Berwyn and Radnor are from you but Nectar should be a dream for you on weekends. You compete with music AND patrons both. You'd fit right in.
    Fleming's in Radnor can also be a bit noisy on weekends. (great steaks)

    1. kiwijen Nov 18, 2007 04:33 PM

      Thanks! Does anyone else have a suggestion? This is a good will question here - I want to make sure that we're not ruining someone else's night by having a good time ourselves...

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        tantrum2 Nov 19, 2007 06:39 AM

        Kiwijen -

        I think it is fantastic that you have the courtesy to post a topic like this. No matter where you might dine, a good idea would be to let the restaurant know ahead of time that your party might be a little noisy (say you are celebrating something). That way, when they assign you a table, they will at least have the chance to seat you in an appropriate area of the restaurant, or at least AWAY from any VIP guests they might be having that night. These courtesies are GREATLY appreciated from the restaurants' end.

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          mschow Nov 19, 2007 07:27 AM

          I agree; your request shows good manners and thoughtfulness. Many times I have been having a quiet dinner to catch up with a friend, and had it ruined by a neighboring table of loud diners. Not begrudging anyone a good time; we've all been loud at times, but want to do so in a place where it is not a big deal.
          One restaurant that is loud in general is Buddakan. I can never hear a thing when I am in there, certainly not what the person sitting next to me is saying. Seems like everyone is shouting there at dinner. Not a good place for a business meal, or a quiet dinner!

      2. AmblerGirl Nov 19, 2007 09:33 AM

        Tamarindos in Blue Bell is great for a noisy crowd. A group of about 12 of us spent my birthday there one year and after quite a few margaritas... I have to admit we were not practicing good manners and thoughtfulness (but neither was the rest of the restaurant). Its the free margaritsa that do you in, and everyone in the restaurant is feeling the same way. wekends only are rowdy, its pretty quiet there weeknights.

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          kiwijen Nov 20, 2007 07:32 AM

          Yes! Tamarindo's is on our list. Great food and a good sound level for us!

          Any ideas in the Manayunk area? That's unexplored territory, but not too far. Thanks!

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            Decker Nov 30, 2007 07:51 AM

            In the Manayunk area you're really not going to find much in the way of fine dining except for Jake's and that is not the place for a noisy crowd. If you're looking for a good atmosphere for a group of loud friends, you could try Manayunk Brew Pub or Bourbon Blue. The food is nothing spectacular, but they have fun atmospheres. They do, however, turn into full fledged party spots on Friday and Saturday nights with a young clientele. You could also try the Ugly Moose on Shur's Lane for great atmosphere and good bar food (burgers, meatloaf, wings, etc.). The Ugly Moose is one of favorite spots for meeting with friends for some drinks and great pub fare, and you won't bother anyone even if you're extremely noisy.

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          Bob Loblaw Nov 20, 2007 09:33 AM

          Do you go to mcmennamins at all? it's beyond noisy there, esp. if there's a big game.

          1. rabidog Nov 20, 2007 04:09 PM

            bar ferdinand in northern liberties is my jovial spot. you can be nice and loud at the bar; good spanish tapas and wines!

            1. kiwijen Nov 30, 2007 06:11 AM

              One more bump to see if I can get any more suggestions...
              Thanks,
              Kiwijen

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                jessicheese Nov 30, 2007 06:57 AM

                My friends and I can definintely be the same way=) In Monco, we like to tear it up at the Bridgeport Rib House on 202. Great food, pool tables, live music, definitely in your price range. It's a biker bar, but all types are welcome.

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                  wisey22 Dec 30, 2007 10:49 PM

                  hey! i just moved from manayunk, and it's a great neighborhood to go with a ton of loud people. i second the rec for bourbon blue. it's got good food, a nice atmosphere and a great bar. the brew pub also has good food, and even a late night sushi chef on random weeknights.

                  i'm not sure if it's what you're looking for, but winnie's lebus is a good choice as well. it's got great food, with a low key atmosphere. i would say during lunch/bruch (brunch is what they're known for), it's more like 12-15 a person and dinner would be around 20-30 depending on alcohol. drinking in manayunk is definitely not cheap.

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                    idia Dec 31, 2007 05:14 AM

                    I am kind of surprised that no one has yet mentioned Cafe Zesty in Manayunk which specializes in Mediterranean food.
                    This place would be perfect for a raucous group. I know -- I've been there with my own raucous group myself!

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