Restaurant Acoustics

Hard flat surfaces, such as timber floors, tables, and large plastered walls, all of which are commonly found in restaurants, will contribute to poor restaurant acoustics. These hard surfaces reflect sound and therefore increase and amplify noise levels within the restaurant. It’s a downward spiral that you may have noticed yourself at some point in a restaurant, bar or club. When you are eating in a noisy restaurant, or drinking in a busy bar, you speak up in order to be heard by the staff and the people you are with. The problem is that everyone does this, and before you know it, the venue is uncomfortably loud and it completely spoils the atmosphere and experience.

The Solution

We have a wide range of acoustic decorative solutions on offer, which come in a variety of colours, so we can guarantee one will be ideal for soundproofing your restaurant. If you’re interested in us helping you to improve your restaurant acoustics / bar acoustics or club acoustics then please contact us today. One of our expert team will come to survey your restaurant and will be a able make a decision on which of our acoustic products to use to help you improve your restaurant acoustics in the best way possible, without compromising on style.

What to Expect

We understand that each restaurant is unique and different, which is why we tailor all of our acoustic solutions to each individual restaurant. Generally, we’ll use one of our soundproofing products, such as our Oscars Iso-Mount. This will be combined with one of our decorative acoustic finishes, such as one of our SonaSpray, acoustic spray ranges or Oscar Elite acoustic plaster. 

“The results are simply awesome! It's created a totally different dining environment to what it was before. Speech and music are clear and all background clutter noise has gone. The restaurant feels comfortable and somehow warmer and cosier now.”

Comments from Black Tiles Restaurant owner Tim Yeo, (as featured on BBC Radio Four - architectural acoustics report.)

Our Restaurant Installations

Please take a look at some of the restaurants where we have installed our acoustic solutions below. These have helped to improve the restaurant acoustics and reduce the uncomfortable noise levels for customers and staff alike.

Rovi Restaurant 

The latest restaurant from Ottolenghi - Fitzrovia, London

Ottolenghi have always taken soundproofing within their restaurants very seriously to ensure that their diners have the best experience possible. To date they currently have a SonaSpray acoustic spray ceiling in Ottolenghi Spitalfields an Oscar Elite acoustic plaster ceiling in Nopi, Warwick Street, and most recently an Oscar Elite acoustic plaster ceiling in the beautiful new restaurant Rovi in Fitzrovia, London (pictured above).

We were given a briefing which was to absorb just the right amound of sound so as to still leave an atmospheric buzz within the restaurant and bar but also ensure easy conversations across a dinner table.  Oscar Acoustics created an acoustic model that showed the reverberation time of the building before treatment.  Oscar Elite acoustic plaster was then applied and tested until the desired effect was achieved for the restaurant. This helped to avoid any chances of overtreatment, which could lead to diners feeling a little awkward or uneasy, or not enough acoustic plaster absorption which can lead to uncomfortable, high noise levels and customers who cannot wait to leave and not come back.

Excellent results were achieved once Oscar Elite acoustic plaster was applied to the ceiling, contributing to the overall ambience of this stunning restaurant.

Photo credit to Adam Luszniak 

Restaurant Acoustics

NOPI Restaurant

When designing Nopi, the owner Noam Bar had a clear vision: plaster smooth ceilings, painted brick and tiled walls, hard table tops and marble floors; poor restaurant acoustics were a certainly.

Whilst wanting Nopi customers to be able to have relaxed, effortless conversations, he also wanted the restaurant acoustics to retain an atmospheric buzz.  To achieve this, Oscar Acoustics was able to reduce the depth of the standard finish by half.

Items in favour of Oscar Elite over other systems were:

  • Installed by fully trained Oscar operatives
  • Speed and ease of installation
  • Ease of local repairs
  • Application from mobile towers & not a bridge scaffold
  • Smooth finish
  • Final cost of the installation

The result was exactly as stated in the brief. Clear and effortless speech whist retaining an atmospheric buzz. The owner has since expressed his delight with the restaurant acoustics and the appearance.


Scarfes Bar, Rosewood Hotel

SonaSpray fcx acoustic plaster applied to ceiling in the seriously stylish Scarfes Bar in the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn to control reverberation. It was then painted to create a stunning velvet effect.

Bar soundproofing and club soundproofing is made easy with one of our Oscar Acoustics acoustic product range. We can create perfect bar acoustics for an atmosphere that customers will want to return to again and again!

Credit to Interior Architecture & Design Studio Martin Brudnizki Design

45 Jermyn St, St James's, London
Inspired by the golden age of glamour

For this exquisite dining room, the restaurant and bar acoustics had to be dealt with using cutting edge acoustic plaster technology so as to not compromise any of the design brief. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio wanted to redesign Fortnum & Mason’s original Fountain Restaurant with a design that fused the glamour of contemporary London with the heritage of the truly iconic department store.

Oscar Elite acoustic plaster, being the smoothest acoustic plaster on the market and appearing as conventional painted acoustic plaster, was specified by MBDS at a depth of 27mm.  The complicated ceiling shape took some expert detailing, drawing on the vast amount of experience from the Oscar Acoustics technical team.  Within all of the ceiling shapes Oscar Elite acoustic plaster was spray applied and with conventional painted plaster being used around the ceiling perimeter, a good colour match was going to be vital.  Once completed, visually you could not tell the difference between the two plasters, and so the original design concept by MBDS remained as first intended. 

If conventional acoustic plaster had been used, the restaurant acoustics would have created a noisy and stressful environment, which customers would choose not to return to.  Oscar Elite acoustic plaster quicky solved this issue by perfectly soundproofing the restaurant, leaving a calm, relaxing and ambient place in which to spend time.

Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood Hotel, London

Our Oscar Elite smooth acoustic plaster was spray applied to the ceiling in the stylish Holborn Dining room at the Rosewood Hotel, London. This synthetic acoustic plaster absorbs sound energy instead of reflecting it, reducing reverberation times and overall noise levels for perfect restaurant acoustics.

This acoustic plaster brings you brilliant acoustic results, giving clarity to speech and music without having to compromise on design in a stylish venue. The diners can now enjoy this relaxing, ambient space along with the staff who no longer have to battle with the uncomfortably high noise levels of the restaurant and kitchen.

Photo credit to the Rosewood Hotel
Credit to Beck Interiors


Byron Burger, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

SonaSpray K-13 in black applied to the soffit at the Byron Burger restaurant in Piccadilly Garden, Manchester to control reverberation and refurbish the old ceiling. 

With tiled floors and walls, noise levels during service would have been extreme. SonaSpray K-13 acoustic spray created a relaxed and comfortable socialising environment with great restaurant acoustics. 

Research shows that customers are more likely to return again and again to acoustically treated restaurants and the staff are no longer subjected to dangerously high noise levels in the work place.

Credit to photographer Andrew Urwin


Examples of Restaurant Acoustic Installations

Restaurant Acoustic Project                                                                                              Product Type                                                                     
Fortnum & Maison Fountain Restaurant Oscar Elite
The Wolsely, London FCX with Oscar Elite Top Coat
Gordon Ramsay, Heddon Street Kitchen Iso-Mounts & Celbar
Ivy Café, London FCX - Painted
The Ivy Oscar Elite - Wimbourne White
Rosewood Hotel, London - Main Bar FCX - Painted Brown for Velvet Effect
Rosewood Hotel, London - Main Restaurant Oscar Elite - Painted
Hawksmoor Restaurant, Knightsbridge Oscar Elite - Light Grey
OTTOLENGHI, Spitalfields K-13 - White
OTTOLENGHI, Wells Street, London Oscar Elite
Dishoom Restaurant, London - Restaurant Ceiling FCX
Grosvenor Square Restaurant, London                     Oscar Elite - White
Nobu Restaurant, London  Oscar Elite - White
Nopi Restaurant, Soho, London – Upstairs & Downstairs Dining Areas FCX with Oscar Elite Top Coat

For a full list of our restaurant acoustic installations click here.

Contact Us

Contact us today for more information regarding our restaurant acoustics solutions, or if you have any questions regarding building acoustics.
You can contact us directly on 01474 854 902, or you can fill out our online enquiry form and one of our helpful team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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