A16 - San Francisco
A16 - San Francisco

A16 - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.a16sf.com/
  • Phone: 4157712216x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:30 to 11:00; Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm -10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Thompson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott St
  • Public Transit: Muni: 30
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot nearby.
A word from A16 - San Francisco
A16 is a restaurant and wine bar bringing the delicious and hospitable traditions of lively Campania to San Francisco. The chic, rustic/modernist venue is named after the motorway that transverses
the South of Italy. The restaurant features wood oven-fired Neapolitan Pizza and other specialties of Campania such as Maccaronara with ragu napoletana and house-made ricotta salata. The wine bar serves 40 wines by the glass and half bottle carafe. The list is 60 percent Italian, mostly from the South, and the other 40 percent is New World, celebrating premiere Italian varietals grown in California along with many California wines.
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A16 - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
260 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (158)neighborhood gem (145)notable wine list (131)hot spot (88)special occasion (74)romantic (53)vibrant bar scene (48)great for lunch (34)good for groups (31)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Still good after many years
    maudeVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It's been a while since i've dined at A16. The last foray was a bit "meh", but this time the food was back up to snuff. Terrific burrata--creamy and salty and soft, and a beet skald with frisee and nuts that was surprisingly delicious. THe pizza margherita was wonderful--although the crust was a bit chewy to my POV--I prefer the thinner crust that you can get at Chez Panisse, or in Rome. The wine list is terrific. Their sommelier does a nice job choosing little known wines that always delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for everybody
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Strongly suggest two things. Read the menu online to see if the offerings suit you. Second, insist on a table in the main dining area. We were very disappointed after the great reviews, to be seated in the dark rear alcove and to find all our dishes not to our taste. Very inattentive service by a very nice waiter.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RestaurantOwnerVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Awesome service, excellent wine list and a super creative seasonal menu. Hands down the best pizza in SF - period!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but disappointed
    Dse23
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Overall the food was good and the wine list fantastic, but some of the attention to detail is missing from this place. 1. Shambling check in procedure 2. Poor transfer procedure resulting in us being poured the wrong wine 3. The walls are bare of any fabric so it is very noisy! Some people will like this but we had to shout over our fellow diners to be heard - when everyone does the same this compounds the problem These easy fixes would make this restaurant great as the food is good and the staff friendly enough. In their defence the place was rammed so maybe we caught them at a bad time....
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • A16
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my meal. The wine list is very interesting and the bruschetta is arguably the best that I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A16 misses expectations
    Kbu739
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    great reviews of the chef and the restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle. Came for lunch we were the first people to enter the restaurant.first people to enter the restaurant. Food was good but cold. And with only six guests in the restaurant it took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently grand!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A 16 remains one of the better values in San Francisco and the best foodie spot in the Marina district. Always, always sample the salumi; great food, spectacular service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not bad, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    this was fine, but no comparison whatsoever to SPQR. on the plus side, we could get a same-night reservation. there were some hints of excellent food, like the goat chop I ordered, however, disappointingly, the tiny goat chop was far outnumbered by the very bland goat sausage taking up most of the plate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    JaymePVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great ambience, superb service, engaging uber interesting som, and the food is flat out awesome. I was in gustatory heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-16
    2kgougherVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Never a bad experience. Don't eat pizza very often, but when we do, it's always A-16. There's nothing that beats the quality in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service, Ok food (good pizza)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Pizza great, pasta Ok, great brown sugar dessert. Very expensive wine. Table next door screeching like banshees all night and though we were given free dessert (which we ate and it was good but didn't want, should have been given free wine or dinner) there was no apparent effort taken to ask them to reel it in. Took a long time between being seated and getting someone to take our order.
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  • lrsf
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A16 always delivers. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere inviting, great service. We went with an Italian friend who rates A16 as very authentic food. Also very full wine list. For anyone who lives in the neighborhood, you're really lucky! Parking can be a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dining here is always a pleasure! The waiter selected a flight of reds from Italy and we couldn't pick a favorite. The beet salad with burrata was perfect, and the stone fruit salad generous with prosciutto. Margharita pizza was excellent. Didn't save room for dessert this time, but we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great pizza, great space and great service. A bit tough to park in the neighborhood but otherwise and very nice experience
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Place!!!
    goumetcitadino
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was great, service was corteous, fast and friendly. The Pizza is great and in general it is a great dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Very disappointed...
    Inthebiz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took the server 10 minutes to greet us and she could not answer simple questions about the wine list; said she would be right back with a little more information then we waited another 10 minutes. It was obvious she could not handle her section, and no manager in sight to help her. I then ordered a wine so we could not wait anymore. A nice wine around $70 for the bottle. Waited almost 20 minutes for the wine!!! I would have walked out if I was not in the biz. The wine should have been decanted and we asked but she ignored me or forgot. The rest of the service continued to be horrific and the food came out in the same manor. The server had no knowledge on the food menu and the food we ordered was flavorless. Will never return or recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flexible
    Favofmine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A16 was great re-scheduling our res time an hour later!! We were a party of 4 & 2 of us were stuck at union square, no cabs, Obama in town! The hostess so pleasant & helpful! Food very good & waitress very knowledgeable on wines & food!! A definite at the top of our list!! Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Way too noisy. Tables are set too closely together. The pizza crust was black on the edges (not just burnt, but black)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Went with a group of 6 to A16. Fabulous food and great service. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the wine list
    VinoVillegas
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This restaurant is very serious about its wine program. Both the waiters and numerous sommeliers are well informed and able to provide good wine advice. Mostly Italian wines but nothing from the northern regions. It's a must visit for wine aficionados looking to explore more of Italy! Favourite dishes were the meatballs (daily special) and beet salad. Cheese lovers: order extra on the pizzas :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    redheadeddiner
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Me and my boyfriend came here 3 years ago and had the best time. We were excited to try it out again with fond memories in mind. Unfortunately this time the food was not as good as we remembered previously, just missed the mark. Service and the energy in the restaurant was great however.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly artisinal pasta and pizza!
    Used2GM
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Have heard nothing but great things about this place so I decided to celebrate my birthday here1. I honestly could not have been happier! Sincerely some of the best house made pasta I have ever tasted, and the pizza, . . . don't get me started, we'll leave it at, "it was perfect." I found the low-alcohol cocktails very innovative (mixed drinks based on vermouth, quinquina, and uniquely Italian aromatized wines). The selection of Italian wines did not disapppoint, either. The service was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, accommodating, and they obviously took great pride in the place. NICE! I will definitely NOT be waiting another year to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    neatnatasha
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I loved it here - great atmosphere. We sat in the very back which was nicely secluded. Shared a couple small plates as well as a margarita pizza, the black squid pasta (amazing!) and the ragu. Sever was lovely, wine was delicious. Overall great experience. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was very warm in the back of restaurant because of the oven? We asked to move towards the front of restaurant which we were immediately moved & could enjoy our food. It was busy & noisy making it difficult to have a good conversation.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mediocre to marginal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    i have always liked A16 and have recommended it to many people. i was there last Thurs eve and sat outside on one of the few beautiful, balmy fall SF nights. The service and the ambiance were great, but the food was not. It was actually quite lackluster. My gf and i felt both like some cool greens to start and the only real option was a side salad of chicories. It was so over dressed that we both left soggy lettuce on the plate. Next i opted for the albacore tuna with green olives and she had burrata with fresh tomatoes. Both dishes were just so-so i am sorry to report. We did not finish either and had no desire to take home leftovers. Maybe the heat in the kitchen got to the chefs (and the burrata)?
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a competent let down
    slooboy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    A16 offers acceptable takes on what they describe as southern Italian food, with fashionably long lists of diverse ingredients. The pizze are Neapolitan-ish, in a number of combinations. Pasta plates come in full- and half portions, so you can have pasta as a primo even if you don't eat like a Campanian wolf. I've heard A16 described as 'good — for the Marina'. Good: firm black tonarelli • spicy duck salami (on an okay salumi plate) • sophisticated wine list Lackluster: bucatini more like flaccid fat spaghetti, barely hinting at the ostensible bottarga • very long wait to order, and overly fast delivery once we had No surprises, but no real errors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was amateur
    feedme
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Hostess/staff was overall amateur and not welcoming. Hostess blatantly roamed through the dining area with her clipboard assessing how long you would be until your table was free. Waiter was slow and had no sort of opinion on menu items. The food was ok but not great. The best thing about A16 was the attractive lady manning one of the hardest stations in the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite in SF
    ccorpuelVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This remains a favorite restaurant of ours in San Francisco. Having eaten here on several occasions, the food is consistently delicious and the service is friendly yet professional. Of particular note is the knowledge and helpfulness of the sommelier. To a person, s/he proves to be expert with the wine list, making exquisite pairing recommendations for each dish. Moreover, we love that the food is purchased from local purveyors and farmers. This has always proven to be a great dining experience for us. Note: As parking offers a challenge, you might consider staying at a nearby hotel, walking to/from this conveniently located Marina location (and no need for a designated driver so all in your party can enjoy such an indulgence).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seaspray33
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    An excellent place to have business dinners as well as personal dining. Excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Apm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've always loved this restaurant and the food/service is consistently great. I was excited to go with parents when they were in town as I know my father loves a good wine list. I do have to say that I was super disappointed to be crammed onto what felt like a two-top table when there were a few open tables that would have been more comfortable and not directly on the main thoroughfare (including a three-person corner table that sat vacant the entire time we were there).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, Food Disappointing
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were sitting opposite the pizza oven, and the chef must have heard us drooling over the pizzas he was making, because he sent us one for free! That was the highlight of our meal. Other than that, the ingredients in my fish dish didn't match what the menu stated, and my date ordered his lamb medium-rare, but it arrived rare. Not one of our best experiences, food-wise. I think I'll stick to the pizza or pasta next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Dining Experience
    trump27
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We loved the food. It was extremely unique (in a good way), and very fresh ingredients. The only downside to the experience was that it was very very hot in the back room. Almost to the point where it's all you can think about. We stayed because the food was amazing...but they have to find a better vent for the heat coming from the wood oven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service
    Foodjazz
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Alaskan halibut my friend and I ordered was dry, a bit over cooked. My friend had cautioned the waiter about this before the order. Without hesitation, he removed both dishes and redid my friends halibut and took my new order, a pork hash dish which was great. On top of this, he comped our drinks. Some of the best service I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • D16
    Bebop
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was a disappointment. The halibut was badly overcooked and paired with a food that was a Pretty pink thing, but I could not figure out what it was. The mussels tasted like they were prepared with ketchup. The summer squash salad was interesting and had delicate flavors, and the squid was also tasty. Some hits, lots of misses. And it is loud and feels cramped.
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  • A-16 First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food quality but a bit pricey. $15 - $18 for a small appetizer. Very good home baked bread but you must ask for it. i would go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude waiter
    Toots
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There were four of us. The waiter was rude, and did not answer our questions. Additionally he set one table but did not set our side. Another waiter set ours when he saw what was happening. I ordered a cappinicino and got espresso. The waiter did not change out the coffee...just walked away. He should be fired.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always impeccable
    Kcfq
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Ever since it opened A16 has been providing delicious food, impeccable service in the Marina. Now that we've left the area, it is our last stop on the way to the airport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Italian!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food! We enjoyed the Stone fruit salad and the amazing meatballs.....cannot think of meatballs this good anywhere else! Servers are very knowledgable, friendly, and helpful! Very nice choice of wines by the glass. There is a three course fixed price lunch available at a reasonable price (and those meatballs are one of the choices!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair quality, but kind of gross
    respectgoodchefs
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The pizza crust was thin, crisp, and a little burned, which I like. I ordered the Salsiccia, which lists some interesting ingredients. It was heavy on the mozzarella, I only got a few bites of the delicious chilis, and I could not taste the roasted spring onions. I also ordered the Trippa Napoletana, which also had some enticing ingredients listed. What it did not say is that it was tripe stew. In retrospect, the English and Italian words are obviously similar, but how was I to know the translation? Yuck! I sent it back. Lastly, I sat on a bench seat facing the staged kitchen. During my entire lunch, they butchered a whole hog in front of me. Why did they do this unusual performance? To me it was unappetizing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food ruined by poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I had made a reservation with opentable and asked for a quiet table since I was dining with my g randparents. They had put us in the room in the back with a group of about 10 gentlemen next to us - not quiet at all. We asked to be placed inside since there were openings and they glady let us, but warned us there may be another reservation at 8 (ours was at 6:30). We ordered and ate in a timely manner - our waitress was very great - but then the hostess came up to us as we were about to order coffee/dessert and rudely made us get up and have my grandparents finish their coffee at the bar. The most frustrating part was the next party didn't arrive for 25 minutes after we were told to leave. Ruined the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate