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Quiet Restaurants

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Address: 4705 E 96th St #35
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Very pleasurable experience. Everyone in the restaurant is talking at soft volumes. Very easy to communicate with the others at my table.

Business Website Address: https://a2zcafe.com/
Address: 4000 W 106th St
Ste 165
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Tables are close together but there is an acoustically tiled ceiling. The chairs are leather too, so there is some additional material to soak up the sound.

Business Website Address: http://asiankitchensushibar.com
Address: 1111 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

I've been here on a Friday night and it was super loud inside, although outside was acceptable. Went to lunch here on a Tuesday and it was very quiet inside.

Business Website Address: http://barlouie.com
Address: 111 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Was very loud on lunch on a Tuesday. Mainly business people with loud discussions. They do have outside seating, but it was raining.

Business Website Address: http://www.bazbeaux.com/
Address: 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

The tables inside are reasonably far apart. The outside seating is fabulous.

Business Website Address: https://biaggis.com/
Address: 9887 E 116th St
Fishers, IN 46037
How's the sound?:

The main dining area and bar are very loud. Outside seating is extremely loud as it's right on 116th Street where traffic is flying by at 50mph. There is a room to the right when you walk in that is tolerable, although they don't seem to seat people in there unless it's busy.

Business Website Address: https://boombozz.com/indy-fishers/
Address: 2430 E 146th St
Carmel, IN 46033
How's the sound?:

Lively bar & restaurant. Nothing soft in here at all to absorb the noise. Very difficult to hear people at my own table. Outside is your only hope.

Business Website Address: https://boombozz.com/
Address: 2901 Old Meridian St #1489, Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Was crazy loud when I was here. To be fair it was lunch on a Friday so it's likely not always like this. Lot's of millennials enjoying the day, loudly.

Address: 210 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Had a few groups with people trying eat the Big Ugly with associated cheering and boisterousness. I probably was there at the worst time for someone with hearing loss.

Business Website Address: https://bubsburgers.com/
Address: 220 2nd St SW
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Several loud parties in a small area don't add up to good conditions for the hard of hearing. Probably would be better not on a Saturday morning at 10am.

Business Website Address: https://bubsburgers.com/bubs-cafe/
Address: 89 Veterans Way
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Not bad. Lots of walls and sound breaks. Also outside seating.

Business Website Address: http://www.visitburgerhaus.com/
Address: 5790 E Main St
Carmel, IN 46033
How's the sound?:

Quite loud inside on a Saturday morning at 10am. The outside seating isn't bad though.

Business Website Address: http://www.cafepatachou.com/
Address: 4901 North Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Have been there several times and all of the times it has usually been quiet both inside and outside.

Business Website Address: http://cafepatachou.com/
Address: 14636 Greyhound Plaza
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

The perimeter seating is best. The tables are big and there is a decent amount of space so it doesn't feel like your neighbors are in your conversation.

Address: 1356 S Rangeline Rd
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Not bad on the far wall away from customer line and kitchen. If you can get a table towards the front away from the drink machines, even better.

Business Website Address: https://www.citybbq.com/
Address: 11529 Spring Mill Rd, Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

I was here at off hours and was seated next to a loud family. The server very graciously offered me a table further away from them when I whispered to her that I was hard of hearing.

Address: 12702 Meeting House Rd
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Inside is all concrete and steel. Very loud. Outside is ok, except when the music is loud from the very prominent speakers.

Business Website Address: http://www.dannyboybeerworks.com
Address: 10158 Brooks School Road
Fishers, IN 46037
How's the sound?:

It can get very loud here when busy. Outside is your best bet. Team Trivia on Wednesdays at 7:30pm should be avoided at all costs, although last time I was there they had stopped playing music in-between questions. There is a table at the very back left, in front of the kids area,that is reasonably quiet, even when the restaurant is busy...so long as there are no kids playing in it!

Business Website Address: http://www.detourgrille.com/
Address: 71 City Center Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Pretty loud. Try the high back tables on the side as at least the high backs block the noise from in front and behind. Try outside if it's too loud inside.

Business Website Address: http://www.divvycarmel.com/
Address: 9 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Loud and lively dining room. Tile floor and unfinished ceiling. There is outdoor seating. It's on the road but there is sidewalk and parked cars between you and the road.

Business Website Address: http://www.donatellositalian.com/
Address: 11671 Lantern Road
Fishers, IN 46038
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Wow! One of the loudest. There is nothing soft at all to absorb any sound. The high ceiling seems to focus the din back down on you. They do have outside seating, so that's an option. The main dining room is about hopeless, especially if it's busy. I measured a sustained 90db, which is the level of a lawnmower, when the seating was mostly full.

Business Website Address: https://www.fourdayray.com/
Address: 215 S Main St
Fortville, IN 46040
How's the sound?:

This is one of the louder places and often has a band playing too. However, I noticed today that they have a sign in the entrance that says they can seat you in a quiet area. It appears that the quiet areas are the covered/heated patio, and the roof. Nice to see a restaurant caring about the hard of hearing.

Business Website Address: https://foxgardin.com
Address: 1420 West Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Can get a bit loud if it's crowded, all the way in the back was acceptable though.

Business Website Address: http://freshindiangrill.com
Address: 6935 Lake Plaza Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

I was there during lunch and sat in the bar. They have some tables on the far side of the bar that have very high backs. This type of table set up is usually good to block or absorb noise and it was. The bar was only half full, so it could be worse at busy times, but it was very pleasant during my visit. My sound meter showed a peak of 72dbA.

Address: 703 Veteran’s Way
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Fairly quite coffee house setting. Two friends and I went on a Saturday morning and it was an acceptable environment with minimal noise. There is a rather large outside seating area as well, although we didn't test it out.

Address: 2450 E 146th St
Carmel, IN 46033
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Subdued atmosphere. Crowded restaurant but everyone is talking quietly.

Business Website Address: http://www.kizuki.com/
Address: 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Spacious with large tables and sound absorbing features. It was crowded when I visited but still not problem hearing.

Business Website Address: https://www.konagrill.com/locations
Address: 12213 N Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Dull roar. Tables in the corners are best. Tables aren't overly close.

Business Website Address: https://www.lepeepindy.com/
Address: 2293 E 116th St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Very live room, all brick and wood. Nothing soft at all to absorb any sound.

Business Website Address: http://www.lorenmarigrill.com/
Address: 11503 Springmill Rd., Suite 100
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

About half full when I was here. Pretty loud. I could imagine it very loud with more people.

Business Website Address: http://losarroyosindy.com/
Address: 110 W Main
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Has acoustic tiled ceiling and everyone was talking quietly. Very pleasant.

Business Website Address: http://mainstreetpoke.com
Address: 12297 N. Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, although our server spoke very softly, and there was some soft music in the background; it was not distracting. We were able to have a nice quite conversation.

Business Website Address: http://www.markpicarmel.com/
Address: 11 City Center Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Was super busy when I was here and thus extremely loud. Some of the perimeter tables would be a good choice and I don't think it would be so bad if it weren't prime time on a Friday night.

Business Website Address: http://mtmtavern.com
Address: 2340 E 116th St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Tables are spaced well apart and lots of soft materials. Reasonably quiet inside and there is a patio outside.

Address: 725 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
How's the sound?:

Five PM reservation on a Sunday. Decided to sit at a high top table in the middle of the bar, as the bar was only about half full and seemed calm. Sound level during the hour I was there ranged from 69 to 83 decibels. Average was 74. There are several tv's in the bar but none of them had the volume on. I found conversation to be very pleasant, generally. The tables are not overly close. I could hear conversations from tables around me, but nobody was talking overly loud. The ceiling has some baffling to it so as not to reflect noise directly back at you.

Business Website Address: https://www.meshrestaurants.com/
Address: Fashion Mall
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46340
How's the sound?:

I've been here several times. I try to go when it's not busy, as it can get REALLY loud. Some of the tables are very close together. You can almost feel like you're sitting with the group next to you. If it's busy, the bar is a good choice as it's a little shielded from the main dining area. Outside is even better if the weather is co-operative. You can also get a to-go order and sit in the mall food court, which lacks ambiance, but is much easier on the ears. Sound levels in the restaurant when it's busy have been as high as 84dB, with averages at 81dB - and that is in the bar - which is one of the quieter spots.

Business Website Address: http://www.mimibluemeatballs.com/
Address: 12505 Old Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Was initially about to be seated next to a large noisy soccer team group. I mentioned to the host that I was hard of hearing and he graciously found us another table.

Business Website Address: http://www.mimibluemeatballs.com/
Address: 12505 Old Meridian St #140
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Very quiet when I was here, but it was not very crowded.

Business Website Address: http://www.miracleindy.com/
Address: 14311 Clay Terrace Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Spacious restaurant. Was crowded yet the noise seemed to fade into the background. They even have a private dining room, if you really are looking for peace.

Address: 111 W Main St # 100
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

I was here at 2 PM on a Saturday, we sat in the second-level seating area and the noise-level was acceptable because it was away from the main dinning area. We have dined outside previously, it was more difficult to hear as the seating is on the corner of a busy intersection with pedestrians, vehicles and music from outside speakers.

Business Website Address: http://www.muldoons.net/
Address: 13710 N Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Has a nice acoustic tiled ceiling which did a good job absorbing the noise.

Business Website Address: http://omonigrill.com
Address: 11640 Brooks School Rd
Fishers, IN 46037
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Small restaurant only about seven tables, so even if fully packed I doubt it could get too loud. The Italian background music is at enough volume so you can't directly here the table next to you, yet not too loud. The tables are far enough apart. Four of the tables have a kind of half way wrap around couch seating which also works to dampen noise. This is truly a great spot for the hard of hearing!

Business Website Address: https://www.passionepane.com/
Address: 13901 Town Center Blvd, Suite 100
Noblesville, IN 46060
How's the sound?:

Have visited several times. If you can get one of the high top tables along the outside wall and the windows are open, the sound level is very acceptable. The road outside the window has stop signs close by and the cars are going very slow. We did have one guy go by on a Harley, but it was very brief. The front room to the left can get a bit noisy, so I'd stay out of there. Noise level was 72db in the back room on the left on a Monday night when it was almost full - not bad.

Address: 13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy
Carmel, IN 46033
How's the sound?:

Pretty loud in the restaurant. The bar is a bit raucous. The perfect spot is on their windowed patio.

Business Website Address: https://pizzologyindy.com/
Address: 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Really loud party inside, but outside was perfect.

Business Website Address: http://prime47carmel.com
Address: 8235 E 116th St
Fishers, IN 46038
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Outside is ideal. Inside not bad either. The restaurant is sectioned off so you can get away from loud parties if necessary. The ceiling does have some noise absorbing panels on it too.

Business Website Address: http://www.pureeatery.com/Fishers/
Address: 5790 E Main St
Carmel, IN 46033
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Nice acoustic tile on the ceiling. There is a TV, but the volume was not on.

Business Website Address: http://rackzbbqindy.com
Address: 211 Park St
Westfield, IN 46074
How's the sound?:

Very noisy inside. The noise seems to reflect off of the low natural wood ceiling. There is very pleasant outdoor seating, however.

Business Website Address: http://railrestaurantandbar.com
Address: 14560 River Rd #140
Carmel, IN 46033
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Visited at 7pm on a Saturday. About half full. Two severs are subtly turning the music up and down as songs they like from the 70’s and 80’s play. Not overly loud though. I’m seated along the bench seating to the left as you walk in. Very pleasant. My sound meter is registering 79db. Best sound experience in a while.

Business Website Address: http://reduxrestaurant.com
Address: 620 S Rangeline Rd
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Not overly crowded while I was here. Tables aren't overly close. There are curtains which could absorb a little noise.

Business Website Address: http://ristoranteromaindy.com
Address: 10 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
How's the sound?:

Can get very loud. The music is not as loud at the back left of the restaurant. The booths at the far back left are your best bet. Occasionally downstairs has been quieter than upstairs, but I’ve also experienced the reverse. It’s worth investigating downstairs if it’s loud upstairs. There is also outside seating. It’s close to the street but traffic doesn’t get moving that fast so it’s not terrible.

Address: 888 Massachussets Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Music is not too loud. Tables not too close together. There is acoustic tile hanging from the ceiling. Not overly crowded.

Business Website Address: http://roostersindy.com/
Address: 12819 E New Market St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Has four separate dining areas so you can avoid loud tables. Also, has acoustically treated ceiling.

Business Website Address: http://sahmsalehouse.com/carmel
Address: 351 Monon Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

It's loud. There are some wooden pallets hanging from the ceiling, but nothing soft at all to absorb sound.

Business Website Address: http://sunkingbrewing.com/carmel.html
Address: 11505 N Illinois St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Tables not overly close and an acoustically tiled ceiling work well. Maybe the fact that it's attached to a grocery store brings the energy down a bit too.

Business Website Address: http://marketdistrict.com/table
Address: 6579 Whitestown Pkwy
Zionsville, IN 46077
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

One of our patients reports this is a quiet place to eat.

Address: The Fashion Mall at Keystone
8701 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46240 US
How's the sound?:

I was here on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was full. I was surprised that it was not nearly as loud as I expected it to be. The restaurant is broken up in sections, so it may be possible to find a quieter spot if they happen to seat you next to a loud party.

Address: 14655 North Gray Road
Westfield, IN 46062
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Even at 5:30pm on a Friday (not busy yet), it is loud. The floors are concrete, the chairs are metal and the ceilings are very high with exposed piping---thus it is very reverberant. It is an open-concept layout, too, so tables are close to one another. It's a great atmosphere and the food is good, but it is pretty acoustically unappealing.

Business Website Address: https://www.thelocaleateryandpub.com/
Address: 918 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Very crowded and loud when I was here on a Saturday night. Quite a few groups that are really living it up. I'm guessing it's just a really bad time to be here for someone who doesn't hear well.

Business Website Address: https://www.osf.com/
Address: 110 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Loud bar. Not much in the way of sound absorbance here, except all the people. Off hours are your best bet here.

Business Website Address: http://pintroomcarmel.com
Address: 1211 West Oak St
Zionsville, IN 46077
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

One of our patients reports that this is a very quiet location.

Business Website Address: http://www.ricecookerzionsville.com
Address: 12545 Old Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

This is a very loud sports bar atmosphere with both music and many TV's on at the same time. Very difficult to hear. There is outside seating which is reasonably quiet.

Address: 3508 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

I was here on a Friday night and the restaurant was about three-quarters full and it was reasonably easy to hear, even though I was seated at one of the tables in the middle of the restaurant. The perimeter tables were quieter. There was a baby a couple of tables over that cried a few times, but other than that, not bad. The decor has a lot of angles and breaks that seem to absorb sound.

Business Website Address: https://www.tianfuasianbistro.com/
Address: 820 E 116th St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

We frequently visit. It's almost always loud in the evenings. High ceilings and a tight space make for a challenging environment. There is outdoor seating, which tends to be fairly quiet, unless you go on a Wednesday night when they have live music outside.

Address: 1111 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

There are some soft chairs and half booths in here but not enough to take the edge off. Pretty loud in here at lunch on a Tuesday.

Business Website Address: http://verdeflavorsofmexico.com
Address: 40 E Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
How's the sound?:

Was surprisingly quiet during my visit. Mostly older couples. I could imagine it getting loud later in the evening. They have outdoor seating, so that's an option if it's too loud inside.

Business Website Address: http://www.woodyscarmel.com/
Address: 3645 E 96th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

I went to Eddie Merlot's on a Saturday at 6pm. It was fairly quiet, and is a more serene setting. We were in the main dinning room, so not in the bar, but the music was very soft, and the crowd was not loud. There is also carpet in the main dining room, which helps.  I think a hearing aid user would enjoy dining here!

Address: 3905 W 96th St
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Loudness:
How's the sound?:

Fabulously quiet!  There is soft music playing and quiet conversation around me but this is one of the quietest meals I've had at any restaurant around town.  This was at lunch on a Saturday.

Business Website Address: https://www.thaipapayarestaurant.com

Where can you go to have the best chance of having an actual conversation?  The listings here are based on our visits.  Your experience may vary as different times of day and different patrons will change the sound dynamics.  Please feel free to send us your comments and your recommendations.  Our hope is to bring much needed attention to the plight of the hard of hearing in our community and to encourage restaurants to think about the noise levels.

 

Tips for eating in a restaurant with hearing loss – 

When you enter the restaurant let the server know that one of your group is hard of hearing and see if they can proactively seat you away from loud groups.

Often outside seating is best, although be careful of seating that is right next to a busy street – traffic noise can be worse than people noise.

Perimeter seating is usually better than in the middle.  The hearing impaired person should sit with her back to the wall.  

Booths are usually better than tables.  Especially the booths with high backs.

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