Are any restaurants just TOO loud for you to enjoy???

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Are any restaurants just TOO loud for you to enjoy???

Bignuf Bignuf
Maybe I am getting too old, but either lunch or dinner, we enjoy getting out to decent priced, quick food, and we love the food at Chili's and Hooters too, but lately I just cannot stand how LOUD they are inside. You cannot talk to each other or hear any other person. Even my ears ring after leaving there. I know it is not JUST me, as my coworkers at lunch or my spouse at dinner feels the same way. TOO loud just ruins it for me now...no matter how good the food. Does not even seem to JUST be the booming music levels (that we are sure the young folks working there set), but the acoustics and LOUDNESS of the people...who get LOUDER to scream over the MUSIC!!! So...am I alone here in feeling that this can just be uncomfortable and ruin a meal? Is it just an "old" thing, and younger folks enjoy LOUD and boisterous? What does the EF crowd think about this issue? Are any restaurants just TOO loud for you to enjoy???
09/02/2011
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Jul!a Jul!a
I haven't been to Chili's in a while, but I don't remember having a problem with them the last time I was there. The big one that gets me is Fox'n'Hound. It's a tavern so it's like part restaurant and part bar and if you go at night it's mostly bar so it's almost impossible to have a conversation.
09/02/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
the only "restaurant" that seems loud to me is Chuck E. Cheese and that's because it has a million little kids running around... other than that, not really, no.
09/02/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
I'm with you in the dislike of loud restaurants. Apparently I've reached that age. If I have to raise my voice to be heard forget it. I hear that college aged kids prefer loud places, but I don't remember liking that when I was in college.
09/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
If I can still talk to the person next to me, I'm good.
09/02/2011
indiglo indiglo
LOL Me too, I hate loud restaurants. The loud music makes it hard to think, let alone converse with someone. Apparently I've reached that age too.
09/02/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I have NEVER liked loud restaurants. I want to be able to eat my food and enjoy a little conversation in a nice peaceful atmosphere.
09/02/2011
Rossie Rossie
I do not like loud restaurants neither, but if their food is good, I'll just have to endure the noise.
09/02/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I find that chain restaurants seem to blare the music and have more loud groups and obnoxious children. I tend to prefer local places that have a more relaxed atmosphere.

Some stores are loud too. I am not just talking about stores that appeal to youngsters like Abercrombie (which I avoid like the plague), but it is even excessively loud when I got into, say, Sephora. If I wanted loud music, I'd go to a night club, thank you.
09/02/2011
JessCee JessCee
I was in Applebees last week around 9:30pm and all of a sudden this music started blaring and people started cheering... I look around for the source of this outbreak only to find they were doing karaoke. When did Applebees start doing karaoke?!?!

I have to admit, at the age 21 I found it annoying. I like to blast music in my car, or when I'm cleaning... but I did not like it while I was trying to enjoy my dinner!
09/02/2011
RonLee RonLee
Buffalo Wild Wings, I like their food but it's always just too loud.
09/02/2011
Sir Sir
I generally do not go to loud places like that, so I do not know. I prefer more quiet places usually, but I do love loud, high activity diners like the ones they have in NY. They don't have anything like that here.
09/02/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
The noise level at some restaurants is really high - Chili's, Applebees, and the Cheesecake Factory all come to mind. I think it really only applies during crowded dinner times - if you go in at 4pm it's likely to be quiet.
09/02/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Just yesterday we walked out of a restaurant, not knowing it was gonna be loud. Luckily there was another place near by.
09/02/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Any time I have ever been to a Hard Rock Cafe I come out with a headache. I know it's supposed to be loud and rocking, but it's so loud you can't talk. My kids love them so if we are somewhere that has one and they want to go we will, but ugggg not my favorite place.
09/02/2011
The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Maybe I am getting too old, but either lunch or dinner, we enjoy getting out to decent priced, quick food, and we love the food at Chili's and Hooters too, but lately I just cannot stand how LOUD they are inside. You cannot talk to each other or ...
I work on some equipment in resturants so I deal with the loud and the too many people thing all of the time while trying to work on equipment. I hate resturants LOL.
09/02/2011
oldhippy oldhippy
For me, Red Robin, which may be more of a local chain resturant tends to be loud. As everyone else has stated, if I can't hear myself talk or think, then it is time to leave. For chains resturants and full service, we prefer IHOP, most fast food is either Wendy's or Carl's Jr.
09/02/2011
EJ EJ
We're not fond of loud restaurants either, and have also left places because of the noise level, especially if we discovered that a band was just about to get cranked up. We generally avoid eating out on Friday nights nowadays, since that seems to be the noisiest night around here. Like some other folks mentioned, part of the enjoyment for us is being able to talk, and if you have to yell just to be heard, it takes some of the enjoyment out of things. I'm not sure that it's just an age issue; it's probably a personality issue too. I'm an introvert and I've never liked loud restaurants.
09/02/2011
Menarae Menarae
I don't like overly-loud places, either, unless it's something like a bar or night club. Then I expect it to be loud. But even then, I tend to avoid going out on the weekends. Partly because I work weekends, partly because of the noise, and partly because it's always just so busy and there are never any deals on weekends.

When I go out with friends, we like to chat. And it's really hard to do that if you have to shout over everything. I usually wind up sitting off to the side and just watching everyone else talk (because I can't hear what they're saying.) Unless we go out dancing...then who cares.
09/03/2011
newfoundlust newfoundlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Maybe I am getting too old, but either lunch or dinner, we enjoy getting out to decent priced, quick food, and we love the food at Chili's and Hooters too, but lately I just cannot stand how LOUD they are inside. You cannot talk to each other or ...
There are sadly. We just don't enjoy not being able to talk. Too many restaurants think that piped music or live music during dinner is good. It's not. If I want to hear live music or dance I go later to a club. Not during dinner.
09/03/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
I always try to find, or ask for, the quietest place to sit. If it's too loud, I don't bother going in.
09/03/2011
married with children married with children
most family style restaurants are too loud to sit and have a quite lunch or dinner. I hate not being able to hear the person next to me.
09/03/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I was at Friday's last night with my husband and his parents, and I couldn't believe how loud it was in there. Sure we could still hear each other well enough, but I felt like I had to talk really loudly to be heard.
09/03/2011
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