The Quiet List™

Curated from SoundPrint’s Decibel Meter App

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You may use this list to discover quiet venues, but not to distribute or replicate for business purposes without written permission.

Please send suggested Quieter venues to be included on this list here 

Acanto wine bar  (Wine bar, Italian, $$$, The Loop)
Amarit Thai (Thai, $$, Printer’s Row)
Anatolia Turkish Kitchen (Turkish, $$, Lakeview)
Blue Door – Outside Area (American, $$, North Side)
Cafe Spiagga (Italian, Wine Bar, $$$, North Side)
Catch 35 (Back area is quieter) (Seafood, $$$, The Loop)
Everest (French, $$$$, The Loop)
Grandee Cuisine (Dim Sum, $$, Near North Side)
GreenTea Japanese (Japanese, $$, Lincoln Park)
Hema’s Kitchen (Indian, $$, Lincoln Park)
Joys Noodle and Rice (Thai, $, Lakeview)
Krungthep Thai (Thai, $$, Lakeview)
Khyber Pass (Indian, $$, Boystown)
Le Petite Folie (French, $$$, Hyde Park)(u)
Les Nomades (French, $$$$, River East)
Markethouse (American, $$, River East)
Meli cafe (American, $$, Printer’s Row)
Red Lion Pub (Pub, $$, Lincoln Park)
Spiagga (Italian, Wine Bar, $$$$, North Side)
Tanoshii Sushi Mike (Japanese, $$$, West Loop)
Trattoria No. 10(Italian, $$$, The Loop)

Moderate places
Boka* (American, $$$, Lincoln Park)
India House  (Indian, $$, North Side)
Kenzie Chophouse (Steakhouse, $$$, River North)(u)
Sepia (American, $$$, West Loop)(u)
Shaw’s Crab House (Seafood, $$$, River North)(u)
Sofi (Italian, $$, Printer’s Row)
Star of Siam (Thai, $$, North Side)
Vivere  (Italian, $$$, The Loop)(u)
(u) Indicates suggested by a user to be Quieter, may or may not have sound readings

Noise Guideline Information

  • Quiet = 70 dBA or below      (safe for hearing health, conducive to conversation)
  • Moderate = 71 – 75 dBA      (safe for hearing health, manageable for conversation)
  • Loud = 76 – 80 dBA             (likely safe for hearing health, conversation is difficult)


SoundPrint measures the approximate decibel level and is not a replacement for a professional sound level measuring device. The dBA numbers displayed on the iPhone app and the website are averages of all the historical SoundChecks measured and submitted to the database. These SoundCheck dBA numbers are historical and thus are a reasonable guess as to what the specific venue’s sound level are and will be in the future. There is no guarantee that the average dBA displayed is or will be the actual noise level in the future.

It is SoundPrint’s policy to only list Quieter venues – we do not specifically name or call out louder venues as our goal is to work with and not against the louder venues.