In the last years, I've been having a harder and harder time enjoying restaurants because the the noise levels. I want to talk to people when I'm eating and conversations become disjointed when I have to ask "What? What? and when I have to repeat myself in a louder voice.
I try to arrange dates for off hours, but that is not always possible. I just had breakfast on Saturday at Firelake in the Radisson downtown and it was relatively quiet. Maybe restaurants in hotels are the best bet.
What restaurants do you know of that are at comfortable noise levels during meal times?