The San Francisco Chronicle has become the first national publication in the USA to add an ambient noise rating to all its restaurant reviews. Establishments were visited and given a rating of one to four "bells" according to the average decibel reading over two minutes, with four bells corresponding to the level of a motorcycle blasting by!
-Times-Colonist, February 24, 1999
Quiet Island Dining
The following establishments have been recommended by our Vancouver Island members for quiet dining. With our goal of putting together a guide to quiet dining and shopping locations in mind, all members are invited to submit additions to this list for future publication. It is important to reward those businesses who respect the soundscape with our loyalty, and to make them aware that this aspect of the environment they provide has resulted in our patronage.
Victoria / Greater Victoria:
Many thanks to Anne Spencer and those members who helped her to compile this listing.
The February 26, 2001 issue of Time magazine contained an article citing recent surveys where noise was the number one complaint of diners in Boston, St. Louis, Long Island, and New Jersey, and number two in New York City behind poor service. The growing discontent is prompting some owners to address the issue with lower volumes and soundproofing measures.
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