San Francisco Quiet List™ Curated from SoundPrint’s Decibel Meter App

A few of the venues below need a few more submissions for a full robust validation, but are quiet or moderate. More will be added to the list as more submissions occur!

By using this curated Quiet List, please pay it forward by:

(1) Making at least 5 submissions monthly with the app, or

(2) Spread the word by sharing this link or blurb or one pager

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

Please send recommended Quiet or Moderate venues to with the subject heading “Quiet Spot”



Alice’s                         (Chinese, $$, Noe Valley)

Acquerello                   (Italian, $$$$, Nob Hill)

Bobo’s                         (Steakhouse, $$, Marina)

Californios                   (Mexican, $$$$, Mission)

Campton Place            (American, $$$$, Downtown)

Eric’s Restaurant         (Chinese, $$, Noe Valley)

Kusakabe                     (Japanese, $$$$, Downtown)

il Fornaio                     (Italian, Pizza, $$, North Beach)

Mozzeria                      (Pizza, $$, Mission)

Omakase                     (Japanese, $$$$, Mission Bay)

Taheri Mediterranean  (Greek, $$, Walnut Creek)(user recommended)


Moderate (a little noisier, but still conducive to conversation)

Atelier Crenn            (French, $$$$, Marina)

Chez Panisse            (French, $$$$, Berkeley)

Coi                            (American, $$$$, North Beach)

Commis                    (Californian, $$$$, Oakland)

FireFly                      (American, $$$, Noe Valley)

La Briciola                (Italian, $$, South Beach)

La Folie                     (French, $$$$, Russian Hill)

Poggio                      (Italian, $$$, Sausalito)

Saison                       (American, $$$$, South Beach)

Sociale                      (Italian, $$$, Presidio Heights)

PLAJ                         (Scandinavian, $$$, Hayes Valley)

Zingari                      (Italian, Jazz, $$$, Union Square)


Noise Guideline and Decibel Meter App Info


  • 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.