Lucia Bar Italiano, Durham, NC, Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
Decibel Reading: 79 dB Sound Equivalent: City Traffic
Conversation: Raised Voices Necessary
Comments: Restaurant noise interferes with conversation. Lucia’s is a delightful open area restaurant with very high ceilings and wide expanse of windows reflecting on mirrors – all of which create poor acoustics for conversation. The open bar created additional noise that echoed throughout the dining area. When asked for a quiet location, we were seated in a corner booth away from the bar and center tables. Yet, even though we were in a corner booth, it was difficult to hear each other. Frequent repetitions were necessary along with raised voices. We were there to celebrate an event, yet could not engage each other in meaningful conversation. Enjoyed the food but would recommend going at a less busy time if you desire conversation.
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Bonefish Grill, Durham, NC – Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:30 pm
Decibel Reading: 75 dB Sound Equivalent: Dishwasher
Conversation: Occasionally Difficult
Comments: We found conversation to be pleasant with occasional difficulty. The absence of loud background music was a plus as we were seated in a booth which offset the overall restaurant noise interference to a minimum. Being near the entrance resulted in more activity and restaurant noise but we were able to follow our conversation without too many repetitions because we were in a booth. The separation of the bar and kitchen areas from the dining area kept the restaurant noise interference to a minimum. We enjoyed the food and found Bonefish Grill to be a place to enjoy a nice meal and conversation if you are selective in your seating.
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Melting Pot, Durham, NC – Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:30 pm
Decibel Reading: 70 dB Sound Equivalent: Quiet Passenger Car
Comments: Easy conversation was a treat for the entire dining experience! The restaurant noise was low because it incorporates the elements necessary for good acoustics while dining. We were seated in an upholstered dining booth with high backs that created necessary barriers to nearby conversations. Other positives: no loud background music to intrude in conversations; adequate spacing between other diners with separate bar and kitchen areas that made this a pleasant experience for all! The Melting Pot is on our list for those who wish to connect and enjoy conversations without need for repetitions! http://www.meltingpot.com/durham/welcome