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Restaurants like Funerals!!!

Ok y'all, am I going to wrong places or what?

I had a shock on Tuesday evening when I went with my hubby to a restaurant. I had spend the last 2 weeks in the US hopping form one restaurant to the other with loud conversations around me and funny waiters making jokes and starting chats. When I arrived to our reserved table I realized...OH MY LORD! Are we in a funeral? There were other 10 tables and I could not hear a PEEP. Automatically I had to lower my latin decibels to speak.

Oh, and did I tell you that once I got a "SSHHHH!!" from a girl when I was laughing with a friend AT A BAR? (And no, we were not drunk, we were having a drink, eating some tapas and catching up with our lives)

What is it with people here and the low low noise level? I think they will drive themselves mad having Mariachis playing next to them while eating (LOL!)
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

I hate loud places and probably would give you an odd look if you were noisy in a quiet restaurant. But there are plenty of noisy places, like Movie near Hauptbahnhof Zurich.

But I do have to say, apart from various bells, Switzerland likes its peace and quiet. And I like it that way...
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Old 16.02.2011, 22:31
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Oh, and did I tell you that once I got a "SSHHHH!!" from a girl when I was laughing with a friend AT A BAR? (And no, we were not drunk, we were having a drink, eating some tapas and catching up with our lives)

and what kind of hand signal did you make at the girl?
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... and funny waiters making jokes and starting chats ....
childrens party at macdonalds would be an option for you - maybe.
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

There is only one here where the waiters are actually nice and friendly and crack jokes. (he isnt swiss tho) the rest is like you said....quit so id like to be a little louder hahaha I love the looks you get and simply say to the person your with....I could care less about these people. if you dont like noise, stay at home. I run a bar and many times i am screaming at the top of my lungs...if you dont like it, dont come to my bar.
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Old 17.02.2011, 07:46
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I hate loud places and probably would give you an odd look if you were noisy in a quiet restaurant. But there are plenty of noisy places, like Movie near Hauptbahnhof Zurich.

But I do have to say, apart from various bells, Switzerland likes its peace and quiet. And I like it that way...
It's not particularly quiet around here, even after a funeral!

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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

Quiet restaurants are just the way I like them. I don't pay to hear squeals and giggles from the next table...
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Automatically I had to lower my latin decibels to speak.
And I would thank you to continue to do so for the remainder of your stay in the West.
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hear squeals and giggles from the next table...
"I'll have what she's having..."
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

I am with you on that! Must be in the blood!

I like to go somewhere when you feel that you are actually out of your house. It doesn't have to be loud to the point you need to shout (that is not fun) but enough loud to feel like the quiet couple next table isn't listening to your stories.

I went to meet a friend of this forum in a coffee/restaurant place yesterday morning and the place was so quiet! The couple behind my friend was just listening to us. And we were very quiet...

I like the American, Mediteranean style in restaurant. It is louder and yes, waiters are friendly and they smile.
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I come from South America and I used to be what I would call now "loud", when my family and friends come now I have to keep telling them to lower it down ...
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I am with you on that! Must be in the blood!

I like to go somewhere when you feel that you are actually out of your house. It doesn't have to be loud to the point you need to shout (that is not fun) but enough loud to feel like the quiet couple next table isn't listening to your stories.

I went to meet a friend of this forum in a coffee/restaurant place yesterday morning and the place was so quiet! The couple behind my friend was just listening to us. And we were very quiet...

I like the American, Mediteranean style in restaurant. It is louder and yes, waiters are friendly and they smile.
If I'm paying to eat out, it's normally not for the food. I want a sense of service and elegance. Perhaps it's being English but I feel that if I can hear every word of the conversation on the neighbouring table, it impacts my own conversation and therefore evening.
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Old 17.02.2011, 09:29
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Come to Lausanne and Geneva, people are really noisy in restaurants and everywhere else. I've actually had to learn how to speak louder, since nobody can ever hear me. And not surprisingly, there seem to be a lot of clinics for the hard of hearing!
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

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If I'm paying to eat out, it's normally not for the food.


Number one priority for me: the food better be good! And I agree with the OP, even better to add lots of friends, laughter, and good service. Thank goodness for French, Italian, and Chinese Dim Sum restaurants.
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

I think it's quite romantic to be in a restaurant where the ambiance is that of clinking glasses, the murmur of hushed conversation over glowing candlelight, etc. I don't find it dull- I find it mysterious.
I also appreciate the same type of respect for the peaceful enjoyment of others at public parks and lakeside picnic areas.

If I were at a bar, I'd expect a much more energetic atmosphere filled with bouts of laughter and animated conversation that sometimes crossover between groups of strangers.
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Old 17.02.2011, 10:06
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

I don't eat out very often, but mostly the staff are very nice, except for one place at the Aegerisee, where the waitress more or less threw the plates on the table. My opinion is that in a nice restaurant you should me more restrained than in a bar or pub. Your conversation shouldn't be audible at the next table and laughing out loud is also misplaced. But why they complained at a bar I don't understand.
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

'Swiss quiet' does indeed take some getting used to for those of us from somewhat louder cultures. While I understand that quiet is sacred in this culture, while I try my utmost to be a good neighbor, to comply - the obsession with silence is wearing me down. I feel like I'm living in a tomb.

My entire day is structured around 'being quiet'. I have the dogs trained to hand signals so that I do not speak, for fear of offending delicate neighborhood ears. Heck, even the husband is trained to hand signals. When my visiting nieces and nephews were young children, we had to teach them to use their 'Swiss voices'.

It's bad enough that we must maintain silence at home. But that one cannot get away from it even when going out for an evening - I feel like I've lost the capacity to have fun.

Some time after we moved here the Quartier held a block party where we finally had a chance to meet the neighbors. I was shocked to see that there were a good number of children living in the neighborhood, as I had never seen - and certainly had not heard - a child outside playing. There are no pick-up football games in the common area, no silly horseplay in the gardens, no hanging out with friends - none of the typical childish fun I had as a kid. To my mind this is sad.

I've always been a quiet person, at least according to my own cultural standards, but the need for total silence here is killing me.
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

Yes this is a major transition, I personally like the ''lively" ambience in restuarants , where one can be loud.

But when in Switzerland, do as the swisses do . Moreover you don't want to end up being centre of attraction being loud and noisy in an extremely quiet restaurant. It can be annoying for others.

Restaurants where you can sit outside ,near the lake or at the Bahnhof tend to be noisy or lively. on a sunny day it is perfect!
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If I'm paying to eat out, it's normally not for the food. I want a sense of service and elegance. Perhaps it's being English but I feel that if I can hear every word of the conversation on the neighbouring table, it impacts my own conversation and therefore evening.
This is why when the restaurant has a normal level of noise, you don't hear the next table's conversation. But here, it is as quiet as during a service at the Church.
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Re: Restaurants like Funerals!!!

Stupid country. The trams rattle around from around 5am. The Swissies all slam their car doors and drive around like loonies at 6am. At 7am the builders start work and the factories and shops start their deliveries.

Then they all fall into a coma at 7pm ready for the 5am start.

I'll never get used to it, but luckily living in Basel people are flexible with the rules and there isn't a lot of "shhh"ing going on.
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