Reader Survey 2013: Where Do You Go When You Want Quiet Conversation?

Mussels & Fries. Photo: ©John Valls

Paley’s Place – Mussels & Fries.
Photo: ©John Valls

Portland restaurants are often very loud. Psychologists say that noisy restaurants not only make people feel like they are part of something, but they also tend to make diners eat faster, which helps turn tables. That might be fine on a Saturday night with friends, but sometimes you just want quiet conversation. An anniversary, perhaps. A first date… Last week I couldn’t wait to get out of a Little Big Burger, where the average decibel reading was 1021.

Out of 436 votes in the 2013 survey, four restaurants stand out as favorites in your mind:

  1. Paley’s Place – 1204 Northwest 21st Ave. Portland, OR 97209  Map  (503) 243-2403. My review
  2. Castagna – 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214  Map  (503) 231-9959
  3. Bar Avignon – 2138 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202  Map  (503) 517-0808
  4. Genoa – 2832 SE Belmont St., Portland 97214 Map (503) 238-1464

1Why yes, I do carry a DB meter from time to time – 102db is just below the level of a rock concert.

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. Jill-O says

    Yep, I downloaded a DB meter app too. It is insane how loud some public places are…and when I go to see live music, I always have a pair of earplugs on me.

      • JandJ says

        Yes, there are a bunch of iPhone apps out there (and likely Android as well). Noise is a pet peeve of mine and I’ve been to more than one place in town where the din was into the Db triple digits. OK I guess if you’re alone or not feeling conversational. Hell otherwise (at least IMHO).

  2. says

    Paley’s is my favorite too! And that pic is luring me to my favorite haunt :P Next time you guys do a similar survey, count me in :) I love participating as well as creating surveys on my fav. SoGoSurvey!

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