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Dining Noise: Loud & Proud or Quiet & Quaint?

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It's an age-old discussion in Los Angeles (and many foodie cities across the globe) that's front and center once again now that a few noisy eateries have become hot spots: how loud is simply too loud for dinner and drinks?

Blogdowntown points to two popular spots - Bottega Louie and the just-opened (and just reviewed by LAist) Mas Malo - as culprits in a quickly growing too-noisy dining trend.

Both spots have been notoriously packed lately, a sign that many patrons don't mind the noise but those very crowds are what contribute to the "what did you say?" vibe when trying to have a proper conversation with friends while enjoying a night out.