If the loud party is at another table in a restaurant, we can say ssshhh, ask the waiter to talk to the loud people, ask for a different table, leave the restaurant if not yet ordered the food, or just grin and bear it as it is just a matter of one meal. What if the loud person is your friend and you are together at a table? I have one dear friend who speaks quite loudly. It usually doesn't bother me but sometimes we meet after weeks and are talking a bit personal stuff or contentious topics, and feels awkward that the other tables folks can hear it clearly. If it is an Indian restaurant, the awkwardness gets squared. : ) I sometimes look around and tell her "let's keep it down", but, rarely as I care more about our talk session. Another friend is a guy with a carrying voice. When we meet as a group of 4-6, his voice can be heard all over the restaurant. This feels odd but less so, as we are a group, and topics are not that personal. He is a funny guy and at home parties he holds court over the entire group. What can one do if a friend(s) has a loud voice and meetings happen mostly at restaurants or coffee shops? .