My annual birthday dinner treat is coming up. My friend takes me to wherever I want to go, and money is no object. We will be going on Wed. night (6/4) around 6:30. I have scoured the restaurant sites, this site and pumped neverfull with ?'s about possible locations. I had decided on Catalan, but my friend said she went on a Thur. night, around 6, and that the noise level got progressively louder until she couldn't even carry on a conversation. That is not my idea of fun because we always have so much to talk about! I also have chronic headaches, so if it gets too loud I am miserable. I argued that a Wed. should be pretty tame, but then I suggested Da Marco's. That is probably the one of the only places in town that she has never been to - a real shocker because she goes out a lot! She wants to try that, but then I read a few reviews, and although the food sounds delicious some reviews mentioned the noise level, too. What do you CHers think? And if we do go to Da Marco's what do you recommend?