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How loud is too loud for your restaurant pleasure?




Inside Bottega Louie, regarded as one of Los Angeles' loudest restaurants.
Inside Bottega Louie, regarded as one of Los Angeles' loudest restaurants.
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The valet is free and fast. The hostess seats you right away. The server is tuned in to your mood. And most important, the chef has crafted an inspired menu.

But the acoustics? Can you even hear yourself chew?

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson took a decibel reader to downtown restaurant Bottega Louie and says, “It was as loud as a working factory.”

Does that make for a fun atmosphere? Are quiet restaurants a bore? What's your ideal decibel reading for dining?