Oakland Tribune, April 28
Consider noise when reviewing restaurants.
“Recently, this newspaper published an article about Oliveto in Oakland, which had undergone an extensive — and expensive — renovation to lower the noise level. Passionfish in Pacific Grove was mentioned in another article; it was described as a serene dining room with music playing softly in the background where you could actually carry on a conversation.
My husband and I love to eat out, trying different restaurants. Despite sometimes loving the food, we don’t return if the noise is so loud we cannot hear each other speaking unless we shout. We are not alone in our opinion, having asked many friends who agree with us.
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