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Thought I would start a thread for those who want an evening out to converse and end up in resto where noise levels are so high efforts to converse are difficult if not impossible. Also fatigue factor sets in...
Went to Salle a manger and no complaints about service, food also fine, just acoustics a big issue,and then later they added music to the din. It is admirable that they make so much inhouse but found it more a place for those who like charcuteries, tartars, sea urchins etc, my veal was very rare which would turn many people off maybe tourists but having lived here awhile was not a deterrant. Would not return though as noise levels too high for my comfort level.
Might be others who want to be aware of higher noise levels in restos before booking...

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  1. le filet

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    1. re: kpaxonite

      Too bad about that one, as it is somewhere friends and I have been planning to go. A noisy restaurant is hell for people who are a bit hard of hearing, and want to converse with their friends.

      Pizzeria Napoletana on Dante, no surprise, since all the walls are ceramic, as well as the floors. And another otherwise pleasant, clean, cheap byow resto in my neighbourhood, C Thai on St-Laurent, just south of Jean-Talon.

      I put up with those because of the price and the proximity, but I'm sure some hangings or other tricks could cut the sound volume to comfortable levels.

      1. re: kpaxonite

        I find this surprising. In my experience Filet has always seemed very quiet and very calm, even on busy nights. But perhaps this had to do with earlier dining hours..

      2. MBRGR in the evening. I get what they're doing and they're obviously successful, just not the best place to have a conversation. (unless you're only two people, but that can still be uncomfortable)

        1. I can't believe it's been 1.5 years since I've been to Ice House but I have no desire to go back until I could be guaranteed they would not be blasting BAD '80's rock...and this is from someone who loves '80's music and classic rock...but whatever mix they chose, just awful. No matter how tasty I found their fried chicken, it was all ruined by the Metallica and Megadeth. (Sorry, I've ranted on this before but I still feel the vitriol!)

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          1. re: foodinspace

            Funny I have a huge distaste for rock music in restaurants but I can't remember ever hearing loud obnoxious music during my 3-4 visits at Ice House.

          2. Sorry I am over the whole restaurant noise level. Never has it effected me ....I have dinned at very quite restaurants and very noisy ones never has it bothered me. I currently work for two different restaurants one is a Juke joint very loud and very verbal the other by a chef trained under Alice Waters very calm and quite.I think if you don't like a lively atmosphere ...do some research first...OH it was so loud ...cry me a river.

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            1. re: chris2269

              Well, good for you. But i guess this thread is for those who do care about noise in restaurants and are trying to help each other "do some research". No crying, just sharing info.

            2. A pleasant coffee/tea place to go to is Cafe Vienne on Nuns Island (near the IGA). They play quiet classical music. Very nice atmosphere. Rather than just complaining about noisy places, we should also recommend pleasant places.

              1. Garde manger

                1. I feel that way about Dominion Square Tavern - exception being sitting outside, weather permitting.

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                  1. re: alinemramos

                    Went there last night for supper and found the noise ok.

                  2. Holder's on McGill has high ceilings and lots of glass that makes them one of the top noisy restos in town.

                    1. I don't think this thread contributes anything and it is not fair to the places being listed, it should be off limits in the same manner we are not allowed to discuss "restaurant cleanliness" on here.

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                      1. re: JerkPork

                        I think it's important to discuss whether a place is loud for several reasons.

                        If you're looking for a place to eat a chill meal, or somewhere to go on a date, for instance, or, as it's often happened to me, a quiet place to take your elderly parents when they're in town visiting, or to go eat and have drinks with someone you haven't seen in a long time (and with whom you're looking forward to having a conversation, and not just chugging down beer while watching hockey on TV) I think knowing what to expect concerning noise level is extremely important.

                        This is not about randomly bashing restaurants. Especially because it is also true that sometimes we are actually looking for a place with a more energetic atmosphere. If I'm out with friends on a game night, I might prefer a place which has TVs, for instance. Or if people are out eating before bar-hopping they might prefer a louder atmosphere for getting in the mood for the night ahead etc.

                        So, unlike cleanliness, which is, I'm quite sure, a criterion where one end is good and the other is a big no-no, noise level has advantages to both sides: some prefer quiet, some prefer energetic. Sometimes it's just a matter of knowing what to expect.

                        1. re: alinemramos

                          I totally agree with all these points, I think it is better forewarned and of course there will be some variation in opinion and perhaps noise levels could vary on different nights. To me its like asking which restaurants are more amenable for persons with some mobility handicap or which restaurants are conducive to a tete a tete on romantic occasion. My mother would have been distressed in such noise levels, I myself had some difficulty hearing in salle a manger although the younger crowd seemed to have no problem so it could well be perfect vibe of other age group. The person I went with was from another country and it was our catchup time but any conversation became very difficult. I have never seen the noise level of salle a manger mentioned before so appreciate your input on other loud resto Second choice was le filet where I learned here would have presented similar problems. I dont think it slams restos as I mentioned the food, service and ambiance (although the hanging meats turned off a bit my companion who tends towards vegetarian or fish choices!) was very good. I am surprised that some see it as unfair or bashing as I certainly did not intend it that way. To me it is noise pollution but perhaps I should have used a title like High decibel dining

                        2. re: JerkPork

                          I think it is an important consideration for some, so a thread like this could be useful. I have seen restaurant reviews that have noted when a place is particularly loud, and I think they do it because it is important to some. That said, it is somewhat subjective and can vary depending on the crowd and time of day, so a list might not end up being that useful.

                          1. re: JerkPork

                            Noise level is subjective, but it's still a useful thread. It's more useful if some description is given, as captain-vegetable did. When you have trouble talking to someone across from you, that's too loud by any measure. I also think it's helpful if people note loud music, or if it's just the room's acoustics or crowd.

                            Cleanliness is off-limits because it always gets into hearsay or speculation/accusation - people posting about the state of kitchens they've never seen.

                          2. Noise doesn't really bug me but I went to Le Mechant Boeuf this weekend for a friend's birthday. It was impossible to carry on a conversation with anyone not sitting directly next to you ... and even then it was hard.