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Restaurants With Quiet Noise Levels

Unkle Al Dec 17, 2013 08:20 AM

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?

  1. Bacchus101 Dec 21, 2013 06:58 AM

    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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      dndicicco Dec 20, 2013 11:39 AM

      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
        PhillyBestBYOB Dec 21, 2013 01:45 AM

        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.

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        Unkle Al Dec 20, 2013 07:28 AM

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

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          cwdonald Dec 19, 2013 10:23 AM

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


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            mookleknuck Dec 19, 2013 10:28 AM

            wow, thanks!

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              Bigley9 Dec 19, 2013 10:42 AM

              Those folks are a hot mess!

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              kagoo Dec 19, 2013 09:15 AM


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                sylviag Dec 19, 2013 08:46 AM

                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. bluehensfan Dec 17, 2013 02:00 PM

                  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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                    PhillyBestBYOB Dec 20, 2013 04:55 AM

                    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.

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                    Hungryin theBurbs Dec 17, 2013 12:38 PM

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

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                      cwdonald Dec 17, 2013 01:44 PM

                      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?

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                        Hungryin theBurbs Dec 17, 2013 02:14 PM

                        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.

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                          PhillyBestBYOB Dec 20, 2013 04:53 AM

                          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).

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                      Bashful3 Dec 17, 2013 12:31 PM

                      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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                        lowereastrittenhouse Dec 17, 2013 10:28 AM


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                          PhillyBestBYOB Dec 20, 2013 04:50 AM

                          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.

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                            lowereastrittenhouse Dec 20, 2013 05:19 AM

                            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.

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                          Philly Ray Dec 17, 2013 08:41 AM

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

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