Noisiest Restaurants in Boston
- 4estchows Apr 24, 2014 05:03 PM
I just read the Boston Globe article about noise levels in restaurants (http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...). After reading the comments, I am so pleased that others have been taking notice, too.
Before the restauranteurs accuse me of being ancient or out of touch, I am by no means some old fogie that can't take some decimals; I enjoy a good band at The Sinclair or The Middle East from time to time, but you know what? When I'm having a meal with friends, I'd like to speak with them in a normal voice and enjoy our time together. Good food, drink, and conversation, it's as simple as that.
My advice is turn OFF the tv's (what is it with Boston and tv in eating and drinking establishments?!?), turn the music way, way down, and install some sound proofing.
Without further ado, here's a short list of Noisy Boston Restaurants:
- Highland Kitchen (love the food, but it's hopeless)
- The Painted Burro (yes, it's still too loud, even after the redo)
- Foundry on Elm
So as not to be completely pessimistic, a gold star to backbar.
I'll add more as the deafening memories come back.
Please add your own for the benefit of all.
I had an absolutely abysmal dinner at Delfriscos. The music was so deafening we were actually screaming at the server who had to bend down to take our order. Thankfully my sister finally was able to convince the manager to get the music turned down much the delight of the tables around us.
Some of the worst food I have had and I went in with *very* low expectations. The most agregious was the constant up selling of...lobster tails. This is Boston folks. We asked if they were local. No they were "cold water" lobster-delicious! Are they from Maine? No, they are "cold water". What does that mean? They are from cold water oceans, you'll love them. Are they fresh? Absolutely! They are fresh frozen! Fresh frozen??? He finally relented and said they were Australian frozen lobster tail. Seriously?
Here is a thread from last year about noisy restaurants in the area.
Ate at Tico last year ( or the year before) and the Bf and I could barely hear each other.
State Park can also get pretty loud.
Last week ate at Strip T's for the first time and I was surprised by how loud it was for a Wed(?) night. But I think it was because there were a couple large groups also eating.
it always seems noisier when it's just the two if us. Usually we just eat quietly and eavesdrop. I feel like when in part of a group I don't notice the noise as much and it's easier to converse.
When I ate at ICOB I couple years ago I expected it to be loud. Large with a lot of hard surfaces. Was pleasantly surprised.
From the article:
"Gone are the days of carpets, thick draperies, and yummy chair fabric,” says hotelier Robin A. Brown, former general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Boston. “People got bored with boring energy levels in restaurants so there’s a general demand for more excitement and animation.”
Is it really people want hard uncomfortable surfaces with a lot of noise or are restaurants getting tired of the expense of cleaning table clothes, drapes, and upholstered chairs? or are they trying to make people uncomfortable just to turn tables?
It reminds me of those developers building micro apartments claiming that people want 400 sqft apartments for $2000/month.
same owners as gaslight. besides that the food is mediocre the din in both is awful.
west bridge can be unbearably loud as well. i will only go off-hours now.
i see live music a few nights a week and have no problem with that being loud. but it's not what i want when i am out to eat. AT. ALL.
It appears the OP posted the noisiest restos in Somerville, not Boston. ;-)
Which is interesting, because I think you're much less likely to find heavily clothed restaurants there, whether it be due to cost or vibe or somewhere in between. Certainly not the vibe of Sville to have "carpets, thick draperies, and yummy chair fabric."
The Painted Burro was once unreasonably loud, but after the soundproofing and new bar area build-out, is entirely reasonable. I've been there when a particularly rowdy group has had way too many margaritas, but at normal dining hours, I have no trouble holding conversations there. Before the soundproofing, I remember my waitress and I writing notes to each other, because even ordering food was nearly impossible at peak hours.
Are there any updated to the reported noise problems at Alden & Harlow, which apparently do not affect restaurant patrons so much as they do the moviegoers at the Brattle?
Jason Santos' Blue Inc. was baaaad for noise when they first opened; don't know if that's been fixed.
Had dinner at Crows Landing in Hingham last night. The noise was deafening! I could barely hear the person across from me. By the time we left we were hoarse from screaming at each other. Almost every person said they wouldn't go back even though the food was really good.