Restaurant bans ‘noisy children’ from its dining room

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Sign at Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey, Calif.

Sign at Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey, Calif.

MONTEREY, Calif. — A popular restaurant in northern California has a “no noisy children” policy.

Tourists say they don’t think it’s fair, but the owner says it’s not hurting his business.

The establishment doesn’t allow strollers, high chairs, booster chairs and children making noise in the dining room.

To many, it’s not exactly a “welcome sign.”

“I think it’s not fair because I think little kids deserve to go in there.”

“I think it’s ridiculous. I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants and if you don’t take them to them, they don’t know how to behave and they shouldn’t be kept hidden away, so I think it’s ridiculous, kids should be allowed in restaurants.”

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the Monterey area’s biggest tourist attractions. The sign at Old Fisherman’s Grotto, some say, sends the wrong message.

“I wouldn’t go in because it just doesn’t seem like it would be friendly.”

The owner of the restaurant says he doesn’t care if some people are offended. As far as Chris Shake is concerned, if you don’t like it, eat somewhere else.

He says the rules don’t affect his bottom line.  “Well let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year in over 20 years, our business continues to grow.”

Shake says the policy has been in place for two years.


1 Comment

  • Jerry Duncan

    I frequent this restaurant at least twice a month. The owner is committed to providing his customers a special dining experience on the Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.

    This change occurred primarily as a result of parents who refused to have their kids behave. Before this policy I have seen kids being allowed to run around by their parents, make ridiculous amounts of noise and become a distraction to everyone in the restaurant. Since this policy was implemented 2 years ago things have obviously improved.

    If parents would have respected the other customers in the restaurant, this would not have been necessary.

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