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A solution for too noisy?

Quine May 14, 2012 01:13 PM

"John Paluska wants his new Berkeley Mexican restaurant Comal to be lively.

It would clash with his image if the restaurant were as quiet as a Carthusian monastery - he was, after all, manager of the rock band Phish for 17 years. But the line between creating a festive atmosphere and making sure diners can hear themselves talk is a fine one for restaurateurs."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

Sounds good!

  1. mbfant May 20, 2012 09:11 AM

    Wouldnt it be nice if restaurants published the average decibel level along with the opening hours and dress code?

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    1. re: mbfant
      chowser May 20, 2012 04:25 PM

      The reviewer for the Washington Post does that. I find it helpful to decide what occasion to go to the restaurant.

      1. re: chowser
        Bill Hunt May 20, 2012 07:52 PM

        There is similar in the reviews from Open Table, and I always fill that in, just to let others know the dB level, and what to expect.


      2. re: mbfant
        CindyJ May 21, 2012 07:51 AM

        Craig LaBan, restaurant critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, always includes weekend noise levels measured in decibels in his restaurant reviews, and notes that "Ideal is 75 decibels or less." I think it's a really helpful piece of information.

      3. Bill Hunt May 14, 2012 06:57 PM

        It seems that there are many diners, who do NOT wish to hear anything BUT the music and noise in a restaurant. The gravitate to such establishments, and many designers work to create that "lively vibe," but I am not likely to be dining there.

        I am one of those few diners, who actually does enjoy hearing my guests speak. Old-school, I guess?

        Guess that they are off of my list, but then I am only in San Francisco about 20 times per year, and seldom venture to Berkeley.

        I will take Campton Place instead..


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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          emmekin May 16, 2012 07:35 AM

          *Only* 20 times a year? Heehee! I've been to SF twice in my *life* ;)

          1. re: emmekin
            Bill Hunt May 16, 2012 06:57 PM

            It is a great dining town, but sometimes the travel becomes a burden, and we are only 651 miles (per UAL) away. Still, we DO enjoy the dining!

            Since Jan, we have been there 8 times, and will be there 12 times, before October.


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