How To Handle Excessively Loud (obnoxious) Diners at the Next Table in Restaurant Life Posted June 24, 2012 · Edited June 24, 2012 by DutchMuse (log) Yes, DutchMuse -- as you said above, I'm confused as to why you didn't ask the staff to move you, if that group was ruining your meal. For a three hour meal, I'd think you could have asked the staff to move you at almost any point during the evening, give the truly over-the-top obnoxious behavior going on at the table next to you...And to me a "there's nothing we can do" response is totally inadquate. There *is* something they could have done -- moved you to another table! Or comped you part of your meal!Yes, I should have made this request early on. I did tell the people at the other table that their noise was "seriously affecting our enjoying the evening" and for a while they quieted down. Then for the last third of the meal, they got loud (or louder) again. About half an hour into that, I did ask to move, but the restaurant was full and I don't think there was an option to move--no staff ever came over to inform us we could move (the gesture was made by the waiter, and we said yes). But long story short, I should have said something early on and we would have been able to move.