Seriously, the insistence on hard surfaces like polished concrete makes for a lousy dining experience.
Just came back from a mediocre meal (yes, the Carte Blanche) made terrible by the 92 db volume (pulled out the phone and checked with an app). 92 db is equivalent to factory equivalent at 3 feet away. If I had to sit for 3 hours at work at a 92 db volume, I'd be issued ear protectors. As it stands, I was ready to leave at the 2.5 hour mark. Too bad I had 2 courses to go.
I recently went to the Grove. My meal was also made much worse by the very loud argument coming from the next table. The tables were squeezed so close, I didn't have much choice but to listen.
Seriously, people who review restaurants should be looking more at the whole dining experience, not just the food. Service, attention to detail, and yes, volume, all count.