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How about suggesting some quieter restaurants?

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I read the thread below and agree with the posters who are put off by high sound levels. When we go to dinner, we like to have a bit of conversation, and I agree that many restaurants program horrendous music.

After an otherwise fine meal at Little Dom's the other night, we started looking for gentler dining. Unfortunately, quieter restaurants are usually either far more expensive or, worse, in the last stage before shuttering. So we're seeking some tasty destinations which lack the auditory abuse up with which we are no longer willing to put. (Didn't want to end my proposition with a preposition.)

For starters, I'll nominate Dish on Foothill Blvd in La Canada. Another plus there is that the tables are farther apart than is the norm in LA (and certainly in NY), and the food is delicious and not outrageously expensive.

I'd love to have a long list to choose from. Share yours.

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  1. La Bruschetta on Westwood B;vd not only has excellent food but a quiet room so you can really have an evening of conversation. Older crowd who descends from Bel Air on Saturday night. Angelo has been around a few years and still runs a great place.

    1. Urasawa

      Providence

      Yamashiro

      Hatfield's

      Shojin

      Pacific Dining Car (downtown LA)

      Valentino's

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Thanks. Some of these we've never visited, perhaps assuming they were trendy/loud. Others we know. I wonder about less pricey choices. Does 'casual' mean 100db+?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I agree about Hatfield's - the noise level is very relaxing to me, without being dead.

        2. 2117 on Sawtelle Blvd. Euro-Asian. Small restaurant with patio. Focused market-driven organic menu. Great quality for very reasonable prices. It doesn't attract the party-hearty demographic. The only noisy experience I've had there was when an older gentleman appeared to be auditioning for the role of Kate in "Taming of the Shrew."

          1. I am definitely disappointed that there are only 4-5 restaurants named here, plus I can't name one except Providence, and the other night they had a RADIO GOING at Providence, plus the food was NOT up to previous visits.

            1. Opt for an earlier seating if possible. Most places are more quiet on off nights (Mon-Wed) and with earlier seatings (600-630pm). You'll be done before they kick into high gear.

              Unless you're talking Gjelina and Bestia. Those guys are packed from the get go.

              Shunji, n/naka, and Mori are serene and calming even during prime time.

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              1. re: Porthos

                +1 on this. Often we find the difference between a 6:30 or 7:00 seating vs an 8:30 seating to be completely day and night.

              2. izakaya bincho.

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                1. re: ns1

                  ... If Tomo-san lets you in at all, that is... :-)

                2. Chez Mimi
                  Villetta

                  1. Well, if you can stand a little Lebanese music in the background, how about Marouch? Just not on Valentines Day, when they tend to bring in a belly dancer!

                    1. Unfortunately quiet or even quieter restaurants are becoming a rare commodity...especially in southern California. I know others will disagree, but like you, I find serious conversation very difficult at many of the better restaurants in LA. Some folks indeed say that they actually enjoy the "high energy, noisy vibe" of many restaurants. I find this hard to understand.

                      There are a few places which are dependably quieter. I find Madeo, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in LA, reasonably quiet. Actually even really busy less formal restaurants such as the terrific Sotto, are pretty quiet during the week if you go early...right after opening. Also, those restaurants which have an outdoor seating area, are generally quieter...I'm thinking of Michael's garden in Santa Monica, or Culina at the Four Seasons.

                      Unfortunately however, there are many deafening loud restaurants in southern CA. I avoid these like the plague.