Noisy Food

Is it me, or are restaurants getting noisier?

I used to enjoy going out to eat because it was an experience that mixed good food with good conversation. Lately I've tried several places that had great food but were so noisy I couldn't actually have a reasonable conversation with my companions. In one case this was even the case in the 'quiet' room the host guided us to. Do people not talk anymore when they eat? I've avoided restaurants with obtrusive TV for years, but now it seems if I want to eat out I must also shout out.

There's always take out.