Are San Francisco Restaurants Too Loud?!

The results of our week-long “map a thon” of noise levels in San Francisco restaurants shows that our city is currently on par with Manhattan as having one of the noisiest restaurant scenes worldwide.

Sound SHC partnered with our friends over at the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California to collect data using the “yelp for noise” app, SoundPrint, to help create a "quiet list" of bars and restaurants in the city!

Our efforts (and results) were published in today's issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. The data shows that on average, San Francisco restaurants have noise levels of 78 dBA, which is too loud for conversation; while a high number of the venues were above 80 dBA, which is a level that can endanger the hearing health of venue employees and patrons.


Wondering which restaurants topped the list as noisiest, and which landed on the safe, quiet list? Some of the loudest included Kin Khao (89) and Nopa (85) in San Francisco, and Mua (85) and Gogi Time (90) in Oakland. And we found the following spots to be the quietest in the city: Alice's, Acquarello, Bobo's, and Californos. Take a peek at the full list of quiet (and loud!) restaurants, cafes and bars at SoundPrint.


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!