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Apr 18, 2012 07:42 AM

Let’s make a list of obnoxiously loud restos

For some reason, the concept of many new and otherwise worthy Camberville restaurants seems to feature a ridiculously loud ambience (by means of hard surfaces, extremely amplified music, or usually both) which all but precludes any normal conversation while dining. Recent posts have cited First Printer, Painted Burro, Highland Kitchen, and others as extreme examples. Obviously, many people are drawn to such an environment, but many others appreciate a moderately-priced dining option that doesn’t involve shouting to be heard. As a service to BOTH camps, I’d like to assemble a list of Camb/Som places to either patronize or avoid, depending on one’s tolerance for noise.

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  1. Bukowski's in Inman (except in the summer when they open the front up). I don't expect it quiet there, but some nights it has stopped all conversation and made dealing with the waitstaff difficult.

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    1. re: yarm

      Second. I would love to go there more often, but it is just miserable. That single reason has made me cross it off the list forever, even though I would probably be a regular otherwise. I haven't noticed the same noise level at the Boston branch.

      1. re: DoubleMan

        This. I like Bukowski's food just fine and would love the beers, but the music is ear-damagingly loud even at 5:30p when nobody's there (but me).

    2. Abigail's was pretty loud when I went - lots of shiny concrete and glass!

      1. Unless they made some changes recently, Posto (Davis Sq).

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        1. re: emannths

          I love Posto but the owners seem to be confused about the difference between "lively" and "ridiculously loud". At both Posto and their new Painted Burro restaurant, they've removed everything that can soften/baffle sound, put in lots of hardwood floors, and then play club music during the busiest times. I mentioned on a separate thread that during my most recent visit to Painted Burro, my server had to go over my order by just showing me her notes, because she couldn't hear me and I couldn't hear her over the din.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            Agree 100% on Posto. Enjoy the pizza, but find the noise and music overwhelming. We were there this weekend and had trouble conversing at normal volumes (note: we're not old)

            1. re: jackal

              Posto hasn't changed - we just went for the first time Sunday night and couldn't talk at all, luckily it was just my husband and me and we didn't mind! Had we been with friends/family it would have been really annoying. Too bad because pizza was very good.

            2. re: Boston_Otter

              Quick followup on this thread... the owners of the Painted Burro seem to have turned the music down quite a bit between my last visit and a recent one; I was actually able to hold conversations with my tablemates.

              1. re: Boston_Otter

                I gave up long ago on Posto and Painted Burro because of the volume. (note: I am old)

                1. re: l0b0SKI

                  Was this before they moved the Painted Burro bar next door to the old Spike's location? I find that the volume in the main dining room is a lot more reasonable now.

                  1. re: dfan

                    that would be great news. I'll check it out soon as I can.

          2. All star sandwich bar if you are sitting near a speaker.

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            1. re: Madrid

              I've sat at virtually every table at ASSB and never have had a problem. Where is the speaker?

              1. re: Blumie

                walk in, turn to the left where the tables are, and it's the first table right next to the restrooms, in the corner. speaker right above that table. You notice it more when the restaurant is about half empty.It might just be me and my DC; we have a special needs child who's very sensitive to ambient noise and even when we aren't with him, it bothers me now as well.

                1. re: Madrid

                  Sat there last time I was there. And on this day, I think the theme (they have some gimmicky kind of "theme" iPod playlist, which is different every day) the theme was really bad early 80s electronica. We were seated at that table, and we had to leave half-way through our meal, it was so grating and loud.

                  1. re: Small Plates

                    glad to know I'm not completely crazy! I actually stepped out after we ordered to get some spices at Christina's, so I missed a lot of it...otherwise I'd probably left half way through.

            2. While not in Camberville, Trade is obnoxiously loud.

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              1. re: mkfisher

                +1 - the acoustics seem almost designed to physically crush you with loudness while eating, and I'm not super sensitive to noise.