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Cucina Urbana--noise level

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daantaat Jan 4, 2013 02:46 PM

Am considering going here for a casual business dinner and need to know how loud it is. Anything as loud as Fleming's or Urban Solace is too loud. I need to be able to hear my dining partners w/o asking "what?" a million times. Anything in the ball park of Spread, Mister A's, Tender Greens, Donovan's or Wine Vault (can deal w/ the echoes) is fine.

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    melee Jan 4, 2013 02:57 PM

    I think it's pretty loud. You're better off having a drink at Mr. As if you want to impress them with the view, and then head elsewhere for dinner. I'm not especially fond of the food at Hexagone, but my parents go often because it's easy for my hearing impaired Dad to hear his dinner companions. Another place they like because of its better acoustics is Avenue 5.

    1. Fake Name Jan 4, 2013 04:08 PM

      I think you'll be MUCH HAPPIER SOMEWHERE ELSE (can't resist).

      Lots to like about Cucina, but it is, indeed, "lively".

      And agree about Ave5. Last time at Banker's Hill, they'd turned down the LOUD music and it was very good. Skirt steak was a real hit.

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        daantaat Jan 4, 2013 04:34 PM

        Thanks melee and Fake Name! I think we'll head over to Avenue 5. The menu looks like what we're looking for too!

      2. Fake Name Jan 4, 2013 05:28 PM

        I think it's one of the oft-overlooked SD destinations. Avoid the pork cutlet, but otherwise, it's always a good meal.

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