Restaurant Acoustics

Why Bad Acoustics Can Hurt Your Restaurants’ Bottom Line

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00January 1st, 2024|Restaurant Acoustics|

Unless you are very geeky, the thought of architectural acoustics is probably enough to put you to sleep. But if I told you it could mean something that could get between you and enjoying your food, would you pipe up? It it well documented by now that noise affects one of our most prized senses, taste. However, it is not only our taste that can suffer from excessive decibel levels; almost all aspects of a dining experience can be shaped by a restaurant's noise environment. Despite this, restaurateurs are [...]

Effective Solutions to Enhance Acoustics in Restaurants

By |2024-04-06T07:16:32+00:00September 13th, 2023|Acoustic Panels, Restaurant Acoustics|

Effective Solutions to Enhance Acoustics in Restaurants Acoustics in restaurants significantly impact the customer experience. Noise issues, prevalent in many restaurants, were the top complaint among diners in a survey, even more than service or crowds. Noise not only affects mood and hearing but also alters taste perception. Research shows that food tastes better in quieter settings. Hence, understanding and managing acoustics is vital for restaurant owners, architects, and diners alike. Customers flock to your restaurant for a memorable experience, and the acoustics [...]

Taking Noise Off The Restaurant Menu, With Action On Hearing Loss

By |2024-04-06T07:16:31+00:00December 6th, 2016|Restaurant Acoustics|

For years now we have been harping on about the poor acoustic environments of cafes, bars and restaurants. We have spoken of the shifting trend of restaurant interiors from softly furnished, spacious spaces, to the minimalist, hard surfaced and densely packed restaurants of today. We have also talked about just how loud some restaurants are becoming - up to 100 decibels, the same level of noise emitted by a working newspaper press. Yet despite our pleas, and those of many others for restaurants to at least to [...]

7 Restaurants With Beautiful Acoustic Designs

By |2021-03-02T17:36:32+00:00December 12th, 2014|Restaurant Acoustics|

7 Restaurants With Beautiful Acoustic Design The worst acoustic environments are essentially hollow boxes with hard, reverberant surfaces that meet each other at right angles, allowing lengthy reverberation. Unfortunately, with the advent of the highly stylised restaurant, more and more dining spaces are becoming acoustically uncomfortable, with traditional restaurants with soft, absorptive surfaces being replaced by the modern minimalist interior. While acoustics are becoming more and more common, restaurants with comfortable sound environments are still few and far between. As we have [...]

A Big Tip On Reducing Restaurant Noise

By |2020-07-14T08:29:05+00:00October 31st, 2014|Restaurant Acoustics|

Speaking of the late great American food critic Craig Craiborne, the US author Thomac Mcnamee speculated that if he "were alive today, and he walked into the Slanted Door in San Francisco , I believe he would turn around and walk back without tasting the food". The highest grossing restaurant in San Francisco, The Slanted Door didn't earn the ire of McNamee for its food or its famed view, but for the simple fact that it is too noisy inside. After all, what is [...]

Sound Absorption & Sound Masking – How Do They Compare?

By |2020-06-02T12:09:48+00:00August 5th, 2014|Acoustic Panels, Sound Masking, Sound Absorption, Office Acoustics, Restaurant Acoustics|

You may have heard of sound masking and even looked into it as a possible solution for your room acoustic issues. There's no denying that it is an practical fix in some cases and it certainly has its advantages. But how does it compete with sound absorption - which is often perceived as the most effective way of creating a comfortable acoustic environment? Here is our take on working with two very different solutions. What is sound absorption? Sound absorption refers to the [...]

The Power of the Online Review – Why Restaurants Can’t Afford to be Too Noisy.

By |2017-08-11T11:05:16+00:00July 15th, 2014|Acoustics, Restaurant Acoustics|

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation – and 5 minutes to ruin it” Business magnate Warren Buffet’s quote couldn’t be truer than it is today. Apart from word-of-mouth recommendation, online opinions are considered the most trustworthy source of information today, so businesses can’t afford to ignore the fact that a bad review can leave their reputation hanging in the balance. Restaurants in particular are at the forefront of business sectors where online reputation can be a decider as to whether they [...]

Case Study: Staff Canteen Acoustics – DFID

By |2017-08-11T11:17:27+00:00April 1st, 2014|Acoustic Panels, Acoustic Ceilings, Restaurant Acoustics|

The Problem The Department of International Development (DFID) contacted Resonics for an acoustic survey and assessment for their staff canteen and break-out area at their London offices in Whitehall. The café and break area were suffering from a reverberation problem which was caused by a large number of hard surfaces and high ceilings. The result of the reverberant environment was excessive noise levels, lack of privacy and poor speech intelligibility. With the space being used for a number of purposes ranging from café [...]