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seeking loud loud restaurant

I usually avoid loud restaurants, but as an experiment I would like to eat in the loudest room that exists in America's Finest City.

Where should I go?

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  1. motive, revenge against your better half?

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    1. re: cstr

      No. It's for a book I'm writing. I need the feeling of being smothered in a cacophony of human voices.

      I'll probably go alone, since I want to sit and experience the soundscape, not contribute to it myself.

      1. re: notjustastomach

        Interesting story relating to this concept. Steppenwolf's John Kay used to lay (lie?) between some apparently BIG speakers and listen to music.

        And then he wrote:

        I like to dream yes, yes right between my sound machine
        On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
        any place it goes is right
        Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

        1. Banker's Hill between 8-9 on a Friday or Saturday

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          1. re: honkman

            +1, and I would add Cucina Urbana during the same hours.

            1. re: foodiechick


              I think Banker's hill wins the loud contest by a couple db.

              1. re: Fake Name

                Want to love the place but I think that maybe, for some reason, we are not seated in the "preferred tables" section at CU. Every time we dine there we are surrounded by tables of screaming, drunk, cackling "woo-hoo" girls. ;(

                  1. re: foodiechick


                    I've been mostly for lunch, and when I do go for dinner it's:

                    1. Early
                    2. Request via Open Table for a quiet corner table.
                    3. Sit in the atrium and wish it wasn't so loud.

              1. re: lmmsdca

                I DON'T THINK IT GETS ANY LOUDER THAN- oh, sorry - at Wang's in North Park.

                  1. re: Lynnester

                    I've never even heard of Wang's. Is it related to Wang's in the Desert, in Palm Springs? Not the best food, but food isn't the point.

                    1. re: notjustastomach

                      Definitely not the best food. More commonly called: "P. F. Wang's" by most people I know.

                      Loudest restaurant I've ever been in is Buca de Beppo in the Gaslamp on a Friday night. Relatively small rooms with low ceilings and all hard surfaces seating about six large (10-20 people each) parties all striving to achieve chemical parity. Painfully awful with food to match. You'd have to put a gun to my head to get me to ever return.

                1. The Fish Market. Any Brigantine Lounge during happy hour. Bring your bullhorn.

                  1. If food isn't the point try either Harney Sushi or Ponce's on a weekend night. Unbearably loud, and I'm relatively young.

                    1. Burlap in Del Mar. There is a danger you might be able to hear each other during the week so try Friday to be safe.

                      1. Urge Gastropub on a Friday/Saturday night would fit the bill.

                        1. Basic by petco park. you can't hear yourself thinking.

                          1. Wang's North Park is the worst in my experience. Besides the extremely bad crowd noise last time (the only time) I was there they played a loud thumping background (?) sound track. We actually complained and took the rest of our food to go. I would never ever go back there again unless I was told by a reliable source that there had been a major change. Too bad. We live only 3 blocks away.

                            1. Got another one. El Take It Easy.

                              Went last night LOVED the food and cocktails, but my ears are still ringing. The heavily-trafficked 30th street corridor was significantly quieter.

                              But I guess that's the goal. Get them in and hurry their ass out the door.

                              Won't return.

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                              1. re: Fake Name

                                SS on Convoy would also be much more serene!

                                1. re: cstr

                                  Debating on going to the Costco business center just so I can go to Fakey's beloved SS..
                                  So frigging good and quiet too!

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    They don't offer a TofuAsada burrito.

                                    And thank nonspecifichigherpower for THAT!

                                    1. re: Fake Name

                                      LOL...that is what a bean/cheese/rice/guac/chiles/sourcream and rice burrito is for!
                                      Yes...I said rice in the burrito...blasphemous!

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