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Jun 4, 2008 09:52 AM

SF Chron article on noisy restaurants

"The din of dining":

I guess it's because of I'm of the pre-Ipod generation, but I prefer to get my excitement from my food and my dining companions, not sound waves bouncing off every surface.

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  1. And this is what I hate about those loud restaurants: "In some cases, flight is exactly what restaurant managers have in mind. Loud noise often ensures that diners will eat and run, making it easier to turn tables,...."

    There is one restaurant that I frequent on a regular basis that gets loud, but I know it going in, and I because I'm expecting it, don't seem to mind it as much. Although I am acutely aware of the quiet when I leave and go out on the street! LOL

    I like that the Chronicle rates the noise levels. It's sometimes mentioned in Boston restaurant reviews, but there's not a specific rating each time.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      There was one notoriously loud Chinese restaurant in the East Bay where after dim sum one day we walked out to the parking lot and noted how much quieter it was, even though the restaurant is right next to a busy interstate!

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Know exactly the place (RIP) you're talking about, and we all noticed the same thing!

    2. And yet, the peeps keep flocking to places like Conduit, in SF. Wish I knew how to add a link, but I know Ruth Lafler or RW Orange or another of my Bay Area CH'ers will do it...
      Vote with your feet and your voice (But not too loudly!) Bring back the padded banquettes, the flocked wallpaper, the plush carpets, etc. What's up with this sterile, shiny, noisy and cold ambience? I'm not even that old (same age as our new Democratic Presidential nominee...YAY!!!) so it's not like I've got major hearing issues, but NOISY RESTAURANTS SUCK!!! (sorry for shouting). Been enjoying buying really great food and cooking at home. Signed, A former (and reformed) restaurant owner.

      1. This is the kind of thing that really sets me off:

        " "The sound of noise is like the sound of money," says Joe Hargrave, owner of the boisterous Laiola in San Francisco's Marina District. "Noisy means people. Noisy means fun. Noise creates energy."

        Frankly, says Hargrave, "I'm unhappy when I walk in to my restaurant and there's no buzz."

        Fligor says historically, loud sounds have been associated with power and excitement.

        "It causes people to go into a fight or flight mode," he says, likening the rush of adrenaline people get from loud sound to a roller coaster ride. "For some, it's a natural high." "

        What a jerk.

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        1. re: jlafler

          At least we know to avoid his restaurant.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Well, yeah, but I'm sure I'm out of his demographic, anyway.