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Restaurants With Quiet Noise Levels

I would like to begin a new thread per the above subject.

I think that all of us, as chowhounds. can choose restaurants, using food type, quality, service and ambiance as criteria, by reading the myriad reviews on this site.

My idea is to have folks post quiet restaurants where shouting is not necessary to be heard by our companions at our table.

Naturally, it will be better if people did not post restaurants with terrible food. But, the food quality etc is not the purpose of this thread.

I will begin by suggesting the Prime Rib and La Buca (on Locust St.) as quiet restaurants.

Is anyone interested?

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  1. I would add Lacroix and The Fountain. It appears that there is an inverse relationship between price and noise level.

      1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

        I wouldn't say Laurel is quiet when it is full, but if you go very early or late it may be.

        The old Fond in that space was a notoriously noisy restaurant, and I think they've improved things (fewer tables, maybe better sound dampening I don't know), but I would definitely say it is still an energetic noise level.

        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

          I went around 6:30, which is early but not 5PM early. So admittedly not all tables were seated but most were. And it was quiet. The table spacing is good, and there are acoustical panels installed.

      2. Fuji in Haddonfield is always quiet, and for those who like Japanese food, always excellent besides.

        Good thread that interests me; eating out with friends or family makes quiet even more important. There's more to enjoying a restaurant than just the food.

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          Le Cheri seemed pretty quiet, though we were there early.

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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Hungryintheburbs I love your list. I am curioius about Matyson. I find it to be a quiet restaurant when its half full. When it is completely full it can be a bit loud. Has your experience been different?

            1. re: cwdonald

              I guess Matyson can be a little on the noisy side, but I never find it so over-the-top loud that I have to strain to hear my dining companions (which I do at many other similar places).

              I also thought about adding Han Dynasty--the Manayunk location is always pretty quiet, and I've only been to the new Old City location once, but it also seemed relatively quiet.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                Agree Matyson is loud, but not excessively so, but I would never call it quiet. Pretty much always full (if you arrive early, it will be full by the time you leave).

                I have pretty high standards for noise, since I have a one track mind and a bomb could go off at the next table before I would notice the rest of the restaurant. So if I fine a restaurant uncomfortably noisy, it's REALLY noisy (here's looking at you Upstairs at Vernick).

          2. You could drop a pin and not hear it at The Fountain Room at the Four Seasons. Despite being kinda tight quarters, Tria has always been quiet for us but we go there at lunch right when they open. Amada also seems to be relatively quiet.

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            1. re: bluehensfan

              Amada isn't quite when it's full, it's actually quite loud.

              Should the definition for this tread be "always quiet"? Most restaurants are probably quiet at 5PM when no one is there, but that probably doesn't help the OP.

            2. In addition to the places already named:

              Moonstruck (in northeast Phila.) Quiet because of the small rooms, very attractive, good food, moderate prices.

              In addition to Fuji - every Japanese restaurant we know.

              L"Angolo - because of small rooms

              Bistrot La Minette (usually)

              Le Cheri

              Yang Ming - not quiet, but moderate - you can talk

              Matyson - ask for back table

              Estia - ask for quiet table near windows

              Most Vietnamese restaurants

              William Penn Inn

              Meritage - ask for back room

              Many restaurants have a quieter area, but you need to ask for it. If a place has a high noise level, we don't return.

                1. I think you can add Farmer's Cabinet to the quiet list.. perhaps permanently quiet.


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                    1. My intention in starting this thread was to garner a list of restaurants that are quiet at the busy times.

                      1. Fountain and nothing is even close, maybe Lacroix.

                        After that you have a steep drop off.

                        Best way to go quiet is to eat early, i.e., 5:30 pm.

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                        1. re: dndicicco

                          I assume Vetri is pretty quiet, but admittedly when we were last there on a weekday it was only 1/2 full.

                          I guess $$$$ = Quiet, unfortunately.

                          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                            Good call. Vetri is very quiet, but I've been in the same boat -- mostly half to 2/3rds full when I go, which is admittedly super early.

                        2. Very helpful suggestions for this poster as I have frequently had NOISE issues. Plus on Prime Rib, La Buca, Fountain, and Lacroix good additions here are noted.

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                          1. Does anyone have any new additions to this list of restaurants that are quiet during the busy hours?

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                            1. Bar at Vernick is very pleasant even at busy hours.

                              1. Pickled Heron (and it's byob).