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Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Are you really tired of restaurants where you have to YELL at your dining partner(s)? As far as the proprietors are concerned it's "all about them", and your comfort is secondary. They decide the "music" THEY want to listen to, and how LOUD they like it to be, while they sling hash.
It's all about them.
My vote (amongst many contenders) for LOUDEST:
Ascari in Leslieville - will never go back. Food and service were both excellent, but I cannot enjoy dinner when I'm yelling, my dining companion is yelling, and the people at the table next to us are all YELLING and saying what a pity it is that they have to YELL all the time!

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    1. i hate when restaurants play the music THEY want to listen to, and serve food that the CHEF is passionate about.

      you didn't like Ascari? you're not complaining about Electric? how about Bar?

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      1. re: atomeyes

        I've heard from friends that Bar Isabel has amazing food but is so incredibly LOUD that it ruined the experience and was a waste of mega $$$ - same comments I got from those who ventured into Grand Electric.
        Look, any moron, including me, can whip up an octopus taco, but to bundle it with irreversible ear damage seems to invite a law case.
        I love the food at Ascari, but I still want to hear the sound of birds in the trees the following day! Table 17 has a much more civilized approach towards volume.
        My hearing is more important to me than the latest start up so called "restaurant" run by ex-art students, or disaffected bankers, where it's all about "them" and their ego project.

        1. re: KitchenVoodoo

          LOL. Ascari Enoteca and Table 17 are owned by the same people. hahaha.

          1. re: justxpete

            I knew that, just wondered why they had such different noise policies - Table 17 is fine, Ascari is brutal.

      2. Lotsa yelling over at Gale's joint....course most of the regulars are deaf, but hey...eh?

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        1. re: TorontoTuna

          Get it, drive past Gale's almost every day, didn't see you there lately, what do you look like?

        2. An article in the National Post, Saturday March 22, 2014 -Weekend Post Page 4 entitled "Don't talk with your mouth empty", describes "Van Horne", a Montreal restaurant owned by Sylvie LaChance where NO TALKING IS ALLOWED in order to enjoy the food better. This must be the quietest restaurant not only in Montreal but worldwide.

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          1. re: Doctormhl1

            they also kicked a vegetarian out after arriving with a large group - this is a tiny restaurant by the way.

            1. re: Doctormhl1

              I'm not suggesting that we revert to the extreme of a "no talking" rule - that would be absurd - my dining companions and I WANT to talk to each other - isn't that the point of dining out with friends?
              But if we can't, because we have to YELL at each other, we'll never go back to that restaurant. Four lost diners, and bad mouth publicity for that restaurant.
              Anyone on this board a hearing specialist?

              1. re: Doctormhl1

                Come on, did you actually read the article? It was for a special event. They don't normally do that of course.

                http://life.nationalpost.com/2014/03/...

              2. Wow surprised you found Ascari uncomfortably loud.

                I'm not a fan of loud restaurants but never experienced this at Ascari - and we go often.

                It has a buzz for sure but nothing like you describe.

                I wonder, were you there on a Monday night? Apparently that is industry night. We've never been, but I hear it gets really hopping with a DJ and 1/2 price wines.

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                1. re: millygirl

                  Can't remember which night of the week we were there, but it was unbearably loud. We were hoping for a quiet dinner after a stressful day. Is that too much to hope for these days?