Among the actors, singers, and comedians who lead the studio tours for a living, Los Angeles is full of people who have never really understood the concept of an inner voice. As a result, we all have a loud mouth in our lives that we love (or at least put up with) and sometimes agree to have dinner with him. But bringing such a person to the wrong restaurant may involve some dirty looks or “shhh!” towards your table. Do not do it. Instead, take the human megaphone you’re calling a friend to a place where the music is loud, the energy’s crashing, and where you won’t receive any beats when they inevitably begin to exaggerate their recent bad decision. Here are 12 places to dine with someone who talks very loudly.
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Like many hot and new locations in Hollywood, this posh French brasserie is so noisy, you might consider bringing a walkie-talkie to communicate with the person sitting in front of you. However, your loudest friend will be feeling right at home, cheerfully screaming at the top of their lungs about love interests, upcoming vacations, and the sparkling waters full of conditioning they’re currently obsessed with. Things we loved here: lamb Wellington covered in puff pastry and decadent black truffle bakery with Iberico ham. Things We Didn’t: Sashimi mackerel is unnecessarily complex (why is it covered in baby vegetables?) and the meandering stroll through the lobby of Thompson’s Life that you must take to get to the bathroom.
Unlike the time you took your friend to a quiet Italian restaurant where she proceeded to expose the entire dining room in intimate details of her recent breakup, the bustling Venice location of the Night + Market is perfect for oversized disclosures. Although there is no strong alcohol here, their wine list is one of the most expansive in the neighborhood and always offers you something new, natural and funky. Make sure you have some form of fry, fried chicken and pasta on your table, and you’ll have a great time.
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The Oaxacan Institution in Koreatown is the perfect place to bring someone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to understand that the sacred art of conversation also requires a bit of volume control. Guelaguetza is known for its constant party-like atmosphere, which is just fitting, given the original traditional festival named after this one that features colorful costumes and lots of dancing. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available, a colorful patio with live mariachi music on certain days, and some of the best moles in town. They also serve over 150 different types of mezcal and tequila. We haven’t tested them all (yet), but everything we tried, we loved.
When it’s time for an overindulgent dinner, head to Grandmaster Recorders, an Australian spot in Cahuenga, Hollywood run by EP & LP folks. The sheer space – multiple floors that include a dining room, open plan kitchen, lounge and rooftop bar – goes into the building’s history as the former recording studio where Stevie Wonder, Bowie and Chili Peppers made their magic. Music and food carry equal weight, with early 2000’s R&B playing in the background and tropical cocktail offerings popular with names like “Shake Your Money Maker.” It’s a huge place, so if your date admits to tax evasion or guides you through the latest office drama of an extra-large size, chances are other tables will drown them out.
As you gaze out into the vast gray ocean across the highway from Neptune’s grid, you will be amazed how the largest and most destructive waves return to the sea. Then the tow truck will loudly push you and get you rid of the thought of more pseudo-philosophical rubbish that probably belongs in a T-shirt from Target. But that’s why Neptune’s Net, Malibu’s well-worn seafood shack, is the perfect spot for meals with those who just can’t keep their ideas to themselves: Although the food isn’t the best in the world (except for the great clam chowder bread bowl), The sounds from your friend’s mouth will carry away with the wind, go in a sea of biker gangs, chatter among groups of friends, and impatient drivers on PCH.
If you’re reading this guide, you’ve likely had some kind of one-on-one with a gossip who (at least one) has done some form of musical theater and/or improvised and hasn’t shut up ever since. Take them to Ddong Ggo, the most casually smoked patio in Los Angeles, a Koreatown bar famous for its ashtrays and Hite beer towers. There are great bar snacks, like seafood kimchi pancakes and honey fried chicken, and while you might not spend your entire night here, Ddong Ggo is a great place to start whatever you’re planning next.
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Have a meal at Carousel that draws you in and lands you in the midst of Glendale’s rich Armenian community. Middle Eastern Restaurant is the social hub of the neighborhood, a giant food court that throws a party almost every night of the week and is filled with huge kebabs, assorted appetizers and shawarma guaranteed to feed a group of any size. Everything was set up like a wedding, with tables packed next to each other in uniform rows. Expect meat fires, lots of gossip, and at least two or three birthdays.
When Hop Woo opened in Chinatown in 1993, there were only eight tables in the entire restaurant. Since then, the Cantonese restaurant has expanded – first to a larger space in its original building and then to its current location across the street. Over the years, it has become a neighborhood hangout, a place where you’ll find old Chinese couples dining on spicy Sichuan-style fish next to tables full of boisterous teenagers. In other words, no one will notice some loud speakers, so feel free to use your outside voices here.
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Pijja Palace is an Indian sports bar and nothing like the picture you just had in mind. The interior is sleek and elegant, with a pastel color scheme that feels right at home on the Millennium Vision palette. Flat screens cover every wall, forcing you to follow the graceful movements of a hockey player you’ve never heard of (but probably love now?). Pijja Palace feels like a true neighborhood setting of Silver Lake, a cacophony between aunts, cousins, best friends and regulars on dating. The room fills up quickly, so be sure to book a reservation.
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With bright pink walls and a burlesque vibe, this classic Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake has been a gay nightlife establishment from the 1960s. It’s also notoriously loud and set up like a maze, so if your date goes on a sermon on the so-called “evidence” that Kubrick faked the moon landing, you can plunge into the shadows and plan your escape. While you don’t need to cross town to get Casita del Campo food, if you’re in need of deadly margaritas, enchiladas, giant burritos, or sizzling fajitas that can stop traffic, there’s no better place in the neighborhood to collect loud-speakers. .
The energy in MUN Steakhouse is ionically charged: vintage Usher explodes from speakers, high-quality steaks sizzle as they hit the grill, drinks flow. This KBBQ spot in Koreatown is everyone’s hearing dream of extremely loud, and it’s the place where they can scream straight into the waiter’s ear to order an extra serving of potato salad topped with bacon and not seem out of place. Meals here have to balance MUN’s premium meats (get the $200 variety that serves four people and includes flat iron steak, honeycomb cut pork belly, ham, and short ribs) with fun, made-to-order items. Such as truffle shrimp and kimchi noodles “bomb”, iced soup such as naengmyeon.
Ray’s BBQ in Huntington Park offers Texas-style smoked meats that rival those made in the Lone Star State. Here, you’ll eat cut-to-order pork and breast tenderloin topped with black pepper that tastes as if smothered in a large plume of smoke. For those who have spent their formative years planted next to the biggest speaker to rave, there’s a lovely, breezy patio usually filled with the sounds of children and cars driving past. Sounds seem to drown out everything else around, so there’s no need to sweat when your friend inevitably starts screaming about their latest traumatic experience with Airbnb.