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How often have you been to a restaurant where there's a pianist playing?

34 replies

PinkieTuscadero · 30/06/2019 16:02

I never have but I'm watching a Hugh Grant film, y'know, the one where he plays a bumbling Englishman in America, and he's on a date in a restaurant where there's someone tinkling away on the ivories. And it occurred to me that there is nearly always a restaurant pianist in American films. So are they really that common in America or is it just a thing films do to create a bit of romantic ambience?

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Duster12 · 30/06/2019 16:04

Twice but i don't get to eat out in 5* restaurants that often.

AnthonyCrowley · 30/06/2019 16:07

Once. Was in Sheffield.

AnthonyCrowley · 30/06/2019 16:07

Oh and afternoon tea at the Ritz as well, they had a piano.

ChocolateTeardrops · 30/06/2019 16:09

A few times, it really adds to the experience for me. Much better than people swearing or children noisily playing chase in between the tables!

tomtom1999xx · 30/06/2019 16:10

About 3 times.
Once there was actually a beautiful 5 piece mini orchestra. ( hotel abroad )

YouJustDoYou · 30/06/2019 16:11


WitsEnding · 30/06/2019 16:13

About 5 times. All in England, mostly mid-range independent restaurants. One was a fairly swish hotel.

AgentProvocateur · 30/06/2019 16:17

Quite often in Glasgow, even in chain places like Browns and the Slug & lettuce.

LollipopViolet · 30/06/2019 16:17

Never in a restaurant but I do enjoy a cocktail in the piano bar when on a cruise ship.

OvalCanvas · 30/06/2019 16:19

Once. In Browns on Christmas day.

Tootytata · 30/06/2019 16:23

Once in Portmeirion. It was a lovely touch but slightly marred by the tantrum my (then) 3 year old had because we gave him a different flavoured ice cream to the one he wanted! Hmm

origamiunicorn · 30/06/2019 16:24

Once, it Brighton. It was lovely.

MardAsSnails · 30/06/2019 16:26

Often. Live in the Middle East and most restaurants I go to are in 5* hotels (so that I can drink with the meal). Pianists are common, and also harpists in reception.

It’s very wanky and unnecessary.

Ninkaninus · 30/06/2019 16:31

Once, could do it more often if I wanted to but I didn’t particularly like it.

nicecuppaforme · 30/06/2019 16:32

Quite often in Glasgow, even in chain places like Browns and the Slug & lettuce.


MeOldBamboo · 30/06/2019 16:32

Joe Allen’s in the Strand. Great ambience

Ninkaninus · 30/06/2019 16:33

Depends on the setting, though. I’m sure I’d like it in some circumstances. Drinks, sure, but I prefer to eat in peace and quiet.

Pipandmum · 30/06/2019 16:35

On weekends in pubs there’s often piano or some other music.
It is not the norm in America in a regular restaurant.

YellowPants9 · 30/06/2019 16:42

My friend plays piano in The Ritz Grin

CakeNinja · 30/06/2019 16:44

A couple of times by accident. I found it really annoying both times.
All a bit showboaty. Go and play somewhere else, I’m trying to chomp down on my food and catch up with my mates.

GiggleMcDimples · 30/06/2019 16:57

Every night on the cruise,

A handful of times in "real life" Grin

DaisiesAreOurSilver · 30/06/2019 17:05

A few times. Last one was at Two Bridges on Dartmoor and he did requests. It was lovely.

mindutopia · 30/06/2019 17:08

I lived in the US for the first 28 years of my life, part of that in Manhattan going to some pretty glorious places. I have never seen anyone playing a piano in a restaurant.

dreichuplands · 30/06/2019 17:13

My local supermarket in the US has a bar and a piano.

Sooooozie · 30/06/2019 17:14

All the time in lovely lovely Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury.

Standard, fairly cheap Italian with the same bloke playing the piano for at least the last 15 years.

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