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Many restaurants these days are just so loud with amplified sounds of music, others' conversations, etc that a pleasant dinner conversation is hard to achieve. With Americans having a reputation for speaking very loudly, the challenge of finding an exception is even harder. Here is a category for a list of restaurants where quiet pleasant dining can be had.
There are some places in San Jose where dining and pleasant (nonshouting) conversation is possible. These places are great for reliably good meals where business meetings, interviews, etc can be accomplished. These places are also great for people with hearing aids (where otherwise loud places can be downright painful).
-Marie Callender's on Blossom Hill Rd is one, especially some of its booths.
-Frankie Johnnie and Luigi's Too on Prospect Rd, especially at lunch time.