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shoo bee doo Apr 24, 2013 04:58 PM

In the last years, I've been having a harder and harder time enjoying restaurants because the the noise levels. I want to talk to people when I'm eating and conversations become disjointed when I have to ask "What? What? and when I have to repeat myself in a louder voice.

I try to arrange dates for off hours, but that is not always possible. I just had breakfast on Saturday at Firelake in the Radisson downtown and it was relatively quiet. Maybe restaurants in hotels are the best bet.

What restaurants do you know of that are at comfortable noise levels during meal times?

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    Slightly Grey Apr 24, 2013 07:01 PM

    W.A. Frost and Blue Point in Bloomington aren't too bad.

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      eastlakovore Apr 25, 2013 08:21 AM

      I would second the recommendation for WA Frost. I feel 'calm' eating there, if that makes any sense.

      Craftsman is generally at the right sound level to have a nice conversation, but I do tend to go there during off-peak hours.

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      Rowdy Apr 24, 2013 08:44 PM

      We just returned from an anniversary dinner at Cafe Lurcat. Our reservation was at 7:00 and the place was hopping. We were able to hear one another, but I couldn't always hear our server. But the noise level wasn't so great that we wouldn't go back.

      We've never had a problem at Saffron no matter how busy they are.

      I don't understand why some restos seem to think their patrons enjoy screaming at one another for the evening. There are many we just won't return to for that reason.

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        Brad Ballinger Apr 24, 2013 09:17 PM

        Sapor
        La Belle Vie
        Heidi's
        Heartland bar (quiter than the dining room)

        I'm sure I'll think of others

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          meljohns Apr 25, 2013 07:55 AM

          Along with the others mentioned already:
          Cafe Ena
          Grand Cafe
          Corner Table
          Vincent's

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            bob s Apr 25, 2013 09:48 AM

            For various reasons, I've not been to Corner Table in a few years. But my last experience there was different - remarkably (since I remember it) loud. Perhaps I was there on an unlucky night or things have changed.

            Besides the noise, we had a great experience. Unless noise is a factor for you, I'd recommend Corner Table.

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              ibew292 Apr 25, 2013 10:45 AM

              I like Cafe Ena but I would not put in the quiet category. It was noisy last Monday and it was only 1/2 full

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                Rowdy Apr 25, 2013 12:12 PM

                +1

            2. NugarifiK Apr 28, 2013 07:24 PM

              Origami is normally pretty subdued.

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                GutGrease Apr 30, 2013 04:36 PM

                I'm with ya. All that I can say is to stay away from Bar La Grassa.

                Some rooms are just conducive to noise because of the finishes on the walls/ceilings/floors. Others intentionally pipe in noise like the Metrodome. I can't stand places that intentionally crank the music for 10 people who are all obviously trying to have conversations.

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                  Seige May 1, 2013 10:18 AM

                  The Lynn on Bryant was nice and quiet last time we were there. I've always found Heidi's to be quiet too - almost to the point that you hear other table's conversations that you wish you wouldn't. LOL

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                    shoo bee doo Jun 12, 2013 01:43 PM

                    Thank you for all your suggestions. I noticed this week they published this article in TC Planet. I hope to get involved in this discussion.

                    http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/201...

                    Also, there have been some recent postings for a quiet place for coffee and a quiet meeting place. I'm so glad folks are stating these preferences and just becoming more aware.

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                      ndgirl Jun 12, 2013 07:59 PM

                      Piccolo was pretty quiet when we were there.

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