Pi, Niche and 30 Other Loud Restaurants

click to enlarge Jesus, it's loud in here.
Jesus, it's loud in here.
Gut Check recently asked readers to chime in and name the loudest restaurants in St. Louis. While this is a highly unscientific poll, the responses show that a few restaurants stand out when it comes to decibel level.

Our survey received 46 votes. 7 of them went to Pi. 4 of you chose Niche and 3 voted for the Stable.

Complete list of restaurants -- and comments -- after the jump.

Is being a loud restaurant really a bad thing? Not according to Gerard Craft, executive chef and owner of Niche.

"We don't want people to go deaf," says Craft. "But we certainly feel that a little noise is part of the bistro atmosphere."

Also, restaurants with multiple locations -- a description that applies to both Niche and Pi -- are more likely to get picked on a survey. Add to that popularity. Lack of customers is a great way to keep a restaurant quiet.

Chris Sommers, owner of Pi pizzeria, tells Gut Check that he has heard complaints about the noise, especially at the Delmar Loop location.

"Yes, Pi on Delmar is loud. It can get very loud, to a fault," Sommers writes in an e-mail. He even had engineers take a look at the place to see if it could be redesigned to decrease some of the sound. But after finding that the best-case scenario would only decrease noise by about 5 percent, Sommers decided against it.

"But only a busy restaurant makes a loud one, so I guess it's not all that bad," Sommers notes.

Still, some Gut Check readers think there is only so much noise people will tolerate. 

"I was in Pi (Delmar Loop) one Friday night and the noise level was ridiculously high," writes Nupur in a comment. "For about 20 minutes, we shouted at the top of our voice to have a conversation at the table, then gave up and simply smiled and nodded at each other for the rest of the meal."

Here are the complete results of the survey.

Loudest Restaurant in St. Louis
Pi 7
Niche 4
The Stable 3
Brick House (Chesterfield Valley) 2
Kitchen K 2
11 11 Mississippi 1
Acero 1
Applebee's 1
Bar Louie 1
Barcelona 1
Blueberry Hill 1
Dewey's Pizza 1
Elephant Bar (West County) 1
Incredible Pizza 1
International Tap House 1
Joe Buck's 1
Mangia 1
McGurk's 1
Mi Lupita - Ballwin 1
Modesto 1
Mosaic 1
Moxy 1
O'Connell's Pub 1
Over Under 1
Red Robin (Manchester Road) 1
Riddle's Penultimate 1
Rigazzi's 1
Sybergs (Gravois Road) 1
Schlafly Tap Room 1
The Shaved Duck 1
Tony's 1

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