Whenever my husband and I go out for dinner, (not really that much) I usually scope out the dining room when we arrive. When the hostess fetches us to be seated, if she is heading towards a large party or children (sorry :)) I ask to be rerouted. Not that I am against children or fun, but it's usually more comfortable on the quieter side of the restaurant. This drives my husband crazy. When we arrive at the table, he says sarcastically, is this okay with you? I never hesitate to ask for a different table. Hey, you only go this way once!!