A quiet restaurant for dinner with parents?

forkAndrew emails (emphasis added):

My fiancee is moving in with me this weekend and her parents will be meeting my parents for the first time. We're looking to go out to dinner somewhere nice, but noise level is a big concern. My mom is partially deaf so it's really hard for her to hear in a normal restaurant. Any suggestions?

So, this is a big dinner for Andrew and his fiancee.

Got a quiet spot to suggest? Please share!

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If you feel like going all out, I'd definitely suggest Yono's. It's intimate enough that the noise level is very low.

Another idea is The Melting Pot at Crossgates, since many booths are seperated by walls on 3 sides. Call ahead and they can probably figure out the best table for your situation.

I have the perfect place: Scrimshaw's at the Desmond Hotel. The food is wonderful and my biggest complaint was that it was so quiet. Check it out on yelp.

Katrinella's - there is seating for a max of 18 people. Very small and intimate.

The Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark Street has a remarkably intimate and relaxing atmosphere without feeling the least bit stuffy. When the weather is nice, their outdoor patio area is ESPECIALLY calm + quiet. The food is delicious and the portions are such that you don't feel the need to loosen your belt for the ride home.

Katrinella's Bistro on Madison Ave. Great Prices, Great Food, and small and quiet setting.

This might be a bit more high-end than you're looking for, but I remember Yono's having a very quiet atmosphere. If the weather holds, the patio at the Wine Bar on Lark might be a nice option as well.

i would say barcelona's or the gingerman but both can get loud at times...

Cafe Capriccio is nice and quiet, and is one of Albany's better "old guard" restos.

I also recommend Katrinella's Bistro on Madison (near Lombardos and V&R - near Pearl St. Very good food, small, quiet - there were even tables there on Monday even though Restaurant week is this week.

The Ilium Cafe in Troy is quite intimate and quiet in the back.


Might also give LaSerre in downtown Albany a look. Can be expensive though.

If you like Italian - Cafe Capriccio or Katrinella's

Yono's is my go to restaurant, but in this case I think it would be a terrible idea. They often have live music which would be a no-no for any one with hearing issues.

Try Sage Bistro in Guilderland. The food is delightful and the atmosphere is very quiet.

Darbar Indian Rest. 250-Delaware ave. ( next to Spectrum ), kool, nice, quiet,,,,,,,,,,,,, reasonable !!!

LaSerre at 5pm on a weeknight would be perfect...simple food and if you sit away from the bar, you can hear a pin drop. If you're tempted to try katrinella's, go early...when it gets full, it's very loud (but the food is divine).

Tesoro's in 20 Mall where the old Nicole's used to be. The chef/owner was chef at Lomardos for a time and opened Tesoro's a few years ago. Its amazing Italian food and its mostly small groups of 2 or four. They do have a room for larger parties so you shouldnt have a problem with the noise there.

Try Sam's! It's SO good, and on a weeknight it's not super loud. It's a nice family Italian place. http://www.samsitalian.net/

Thank you Sean and I completely agree.

I second Yono's but if that's too expensive I would try Epicurean in Latham Farms, it's rarely too busy so pretty quiet and the food is great.

McGuire's on Lark is very quiet and sedate. The food is good, but it's very expensive.

Thanks for all these suggestions! I'm not the person who asked, but my mother became deaf in one ear after surgery. Since then, I have become acutely aware of the fact that most restaurants play background music and fairly loudly at that. It may be so that tables don't hear each other's conversations, but it also means that my mother can't hear anything due to background static. (Plus, sometimes the music picked is really annoying.) I will keep all these suggestions in mind when choosing our next meal out.

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