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need rec for quiet family dinner near downtown AA please

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I will be bringing elderly parents who do not hear well to visit UMICH student and her friends. I realize this may be asking a bit much, but can anyone recommend a quieter restaurant for dinner, good for a group of about 5-8, in the State/Main St vicinity? The grandparents are not big on ethnic food, so Italian or Continental would be best. $$ would be better than $$$, but willing to pay more if necessary. In this case I would go with ambience over highest quality food. Thanks!

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  1. The way Palio is laid out, parts of it are not very noisy. There are booths along a back wall where you wouldn't be around a lot of other people. Not sure if they would seat 8, though. Reasonable Italian; probably quieter than Gratzi. You could also go to the Heidelberg on N. Main—German food, restaurant is usually pretty quiet. Louder folks go to the bar downstairs.

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    1. re: Jim M

      Checked out Palio, I think it will be a good place for us. Right price range and location. I really appreciate the help!

      1. re: wanner

        Tell 'em you want a quiet table when you make the reservation—it's not all quiet. There is also a side room up front that's quieter.

    2. This question got me thinking about the quiet restaurants in town. Which ones are they? I certainly can tell you some noisy ones. I haven't been there in ages, but I get the feeling Chop House is quiet. Some sections of the Gandy Dancer are pretty quiet, and they really cater to the visiting parents/grandparents set (although it doesn't quite conform to the Main/State St. parameters of the OP). The Earle is relatively quiet in the restaurant but not in the wine bar. Although the wine bar does have that sideroom for groups. Maybe the upper level of Cottage Inn? I agree with Jim's suggestion of the Heidelberg. And also his suggestion of requesting a quiet table. That is key.

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      1. re: charlesbois

        The Earle is on my list. All depends on how many friends plan on showing up! I'm trying not to break the bank. Also I will request a 5 pm reservation, so hopefully the places will be a bit quieter then. Thank you!

      2. If you want quiet, maybe
        Mediteranno on State street (near Eisenhower) is good (a few miles south of downtown & campus, near briarwood mall, you'd have to drive),
        all the Main St restaurants are usually pretty loud & crowded including Chop House.
        http://mediterrano.com/menu/

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        1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

          Thank you, that looks pretty good! I'll probably take my parents there one night when it's just us 3 dining. I really appreciate the suggestions.