Alma De Cuba
Alma De Cuba

Alma De Cuba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159881799
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.
  • Private Party Facilities: Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Meg Torpey 2672383649

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 16th and 17th
  • Public Transit: Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station. Walk 2.5 blocks West; The 42 Bus Route Runs on Walnut Street and Locust Street. 17th Street stop.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.
A word from Alma De Cuba
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Nuevo Latino superstar Chef Douglas Rodriguez pair up in this bold new venture with a Cuban Vibe. Enjoy delicious dishes infused with the sensuous flavors of Cuban cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of Old Havana.
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Alma De Cuba reviews from OpenTable diners
279 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (166)special occasion (160)romantic (139)hot spot (94)good for groups (89)vibrant bar scene (84)neighborhood gem (50)notable wine list (40)late-night find (34)great for lunch (12)scenic view (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Finally tried Alma de Cuba for restaurant week and we were a bit disappointed by the quality of the food. Ceviche appetizer wasn't very flavorful, but we did enjoy the chicken empanada appetizer. The rope vieja itself was well seasoned and delicious, but was plated with white rice and black beans that did not taste fresh. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent service here. Would consider trying again and skipping the restaurant week menu
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  • Restaurant week disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    You usually get what you pay for on the restaurant week menus--but unfortunately Alma de Cuba did not deliver. On Sunday night of restaurant week, the dining room was full--typically a good sign. The rest was downhill. Thai basil margarita came out quickly but was underwhelming--for $14, I expect more than 3 sips of a cocktail. The coconut curry soup was under seasoned and came out lukewarm--surprising given it was from the restaurant week menu and should have been on hand hot. Wife had shrimp appetizer which was alright but also under seasoned. Wife's whole branzino was also bland. Braised beef had nice flavor, but just served with white rice. Plantains ordered came after entrees finished. This place is running off of previous success.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Dswrht
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I like to try restaurants I've never been to during restaurant week and so we went to Alma de Cuba. Loved it! The food, the drinks, the service (waitress Joan M) were both excellent. Our waitress was very attentive, very knowledgeable, very friendly, she was just a gem. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't changed a bit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our last visit to Alma was about 5 years ago because we left the area. We were in town for a special occasion so decided to return to an old favorite. We found it completely unchanged, from the drink menu to the food menu to the decor. This was great for our trip down memory lane, but not sure what it means in terms of culinary innovation for the restaurant! Also, a small thing perhaps, but I made sure in advance everyone knew of our special occasion-- both when making our reservation and on the phone when confirming it. Not one person acknowleged it while we were there. Poor attention to the details that make people feel special and want to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was outstanding. The Alma appetizer sampler was perfect. The skirt steak was an excellent recommendation by the waitress. The only minor complaint was that it is very dark which makes it a little challenging to read the menu,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went in restaurant week and decided to choose the restaurant week manu, which was a wrong choice. The shrimp ceviche was pretty good. However, my main course level was way below what I was expecting… I order the pork dish. Althought I know that pork is always fatter than meat this one was 80% fat. The rice and beans underneath weren't that good as well. Luckily, the tapioca pudding was delicious, and somehow made me forget how bad the entrée was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Erane
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fabulous as usual but we did feel rushed. Bar area was rockin. We ate downstairs and it was awesome
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    ana123
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was an amazing birthday dinner I had here the food was so good the waiter was so nice and cool the drinks were amazing and everything was wonderful I'm coming back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So yummy!
    VegetarianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had a favorite Cuban restaurant in Palo Alto, and Alma De Cuba has topped it. Great ambiance, excellent service and the food and mojitos were delicious! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went here recently during restaurant week, but did not order from the restaurant week menu because it wasn't impressive. The service was great, the staff were lovely, and the drinks were great, but the food was so very disappointing! The carne was 90% fat and inedible. When you actually found meat, it was dry and unseasoned. Even the fois gras wasn't great. I have had much much better food for much much less, but even if it was less expensive, the food was so terrible that it wouldn't have been worth any price paid. Next time, we'll stick to happy hour and eat elsewhere.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Best lechon north of Rio Grande. Fantastic, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    Danno316
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful experience! Had cocktails in the lounge area and went " upstairs" for dinner. Food, service, and drinks all excellent! Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating, and the meal provided three separate experiences; from the (slight) spiciness of the appetizer, the excellently prepared combination of the entree, to the decadence of dessert. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    chrisfilippone
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My girlfriend and I went out and had an exquisite meal here. Ambience, service, and meal was excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was okay. Expected better.
    RobSVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Tried it out over Restaurant Week. Had high expectations which were not met. It was good, but not great. The biggest disappointment was the classic Mojito. I can make a better one than those we had. Also, the place is way too noisy to have any kind of conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    BJane
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went during restaurant week and enjoyed a memorable meal. All the food was excellent and the service was the best I have ever had anywhere. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and pleasant without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I docked a star because they removed my favorite dish from the restaurant week menu (Vaca Frita), but the Ropa Vieja was also delicious. Definitely check it out for restaurant week. The ambiance is great too!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take your ear plugs
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a restaurant I always visit on a trip to Philly. However, this time the noise level and service were such that I probably won't return. We were seated under the lowered ceiling in the back corner. Our waitress seemed to avoid our table, leading to less than stellar service. We complained about the music level, and the restaurant lowered it. Then, our waitress told us that our table was the only one where she couldn't even hear herself. Unfortunately, we could hear the table two away more clearly than ourselves. Food - as always excellent. Love those dates, love the lechon, love the scallops. Love everything on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    michaelbierman
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The waitstaff was suburb. I enjoyed the meal very much.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ceviche, horrible service
    PhillyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food - consistently so for the last 4 years. Table service is great. Hostess and bar/lounge service is bottom quartile. Took an hour to get seated despite a reservation made ahead of time. Snarky hostess experience. And really slow bar/lounge - couldn't help but get the feeling the hostess was trying to keep us downstairs. When we finally got seated upstairs the dining room was only half full. That said, food was good and once we started eating, I remembered why I chose this place for a work dinner. Would highly recommend the ceviche and the tuna entree. Drinks are stiff. Overall, it's pricey but a good experience. I'd go during a slow night, and if they force you into a holding pattern downstairs, order drinks directly from the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban Find
    luvsouthernhospitality
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Flavors of food true to Cuba. Excellent! Cigar Cake dessert- very artistic and tasty chocolate treat!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    bleucheese
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Delicious food, try the stuffed dates appetizer and the empanadas. The pork entree was incredible and the plantains were the best I ever had. Service was also excellent. Professional, friendly staff. We were a party of six and everyone said they would come again. The room is beautiful and even though it was full, the noise level was low. You could talk without having to raise your voice to be heard. We will be back. Also the mango martini is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great time!
    jazwood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I went to Alma De Cuba to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had a delightful experience. The food was outstanding, the service was friendly and attentive and the ambience helped make for a memorable evening. This was our third time dining at Alma De Cuba and we've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wissahickon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was creative and fun. Appetizers were great. The grilled octopus perfect. Lighting made it difficult to read the menu. Table spacing and noise level great for dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wonderful way to experience Cuban food and ambience. Sample a lot. Wish we had room for dessert! Cafe' Havana is unreal!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Ab Fab Steven Starr!
    SallieO
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We first went to Alma De Cuba way back and long ago. This year for my husband birthday I wanted to surprise him and ADC came to mind. Different exotic flavors of both food and decor. Our kids met us there that night for the surprise, and our dinner was a blast. Thanks again, Steven Starr... You know what you're doing and you do it all sooo we'll :0)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Cuban Food : VERY Noisy
    luv2dineinchicsgo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are from Miami, Fl and have had better quality cuban food for less, almost HALF the price! Time between appetizer and main course was too long. VERY noisy and dark restaurant We were considering this restaurant for a 2015 college graduation celebration but quickly took it off of our list
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  • 2nd time Very good, 1st was excelle
    Lori
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Menu changed, portion size seemed smaller compared to last visit. All dishes we had were delicious. Very tasty and different in a very good way. Presentation was excellent and the service was very good. When it got busy in our section the waiter could have used some help. Noise level gets high and you'll need a flashlight on iPhone to read the menu. Appears the restaurant is following others in offering the unusual item here and there (oxtail). The drinks are fantastics, the mojitos especially. I would return for a reasonably priced lunch and nice drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYoutoftowner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Really enjoyed having dinner there. The cerviche was excellent. The only issue I had is that the entrée (Pork w/rice and beans) could have been hotter (temperature). Even though the food was tasty, it was more on the lukewarm side, and I would have enjoyed it better if it was hot. Otherwise, the ambience, menu choices and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    PAFOODIES
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Alma De Cuba never disappoints. The food is excellent and eclectic. The service superb and the atmosphere electrifying. Always a great experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fun dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The mojitos are strong and delicious. THe food was very good but a little on the bland side. But it is easily fixed with a little salt :) I would definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good Cuban food
    gator1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Stumbled across this restaurant several months back - had a great dinner and drinks. Came back a 2nd time to celebrate birthdays - had another great experience. Appetizers were tasty (would not get the 'shared app for 2 or more at $13 pp - better to just buy separate apps - get more food). Drinks were good, and the dinner was great. Can get a little pricey depending on number of drinks, apps, dinner and dessert... Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The desserts are amazing
    Lucas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was a lovely restaurant. The food was excellent, but the star of the evening was definitely the chocolate cigar, complete with sugar matchsticks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy & Too Dark
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The lighting is very dark for the atmosphere. However, several diners needed a flashlight to read the menu & even at a small intimate table the noise level was such it was difficult to carry on a conversation and we were upstairs in a quieter part of the restaurant. Overall, the food was very good. My scallops and the chocolate cigar desert were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious and well presented. However portions were small (other than pork ) do be prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    nblake
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Been meaning to go here for awhile. It's a little on the expensive side but the food is good. At the table behind us a waitress spilled a pineapple drink all over someone, and there was a loud crash that came from the kitchen at some point but those things happen. Two managers came over and asked how our food was. I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but extremely loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Thai Mixto appetizer was excellent (very small portion). The lettuce in the Caesar salad was brown around the edges and the dish did not live up to expectations from the menu description. All four entrees were perfect -- sugarcane tuna, cilantro honey mustard glazed salmon, sea scallops (very small portion) and skirt steak. For dessert, the roasted strawberry crepes were less than average, but the chocolate peanut butter bombe was out of this world and large enough to split. Service was perfect except when our server forgot to bring our coffee. The noise level was SO LOUD that the four of us had extreme trouble hearing one another. We won't return due to the noise level.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time at Alma De Cuba
    MMc9156
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my third time to have dinner at Alma De Cuba. All three have been fantastic! Went with friends that I see about every 7 years, so I'm not sure how adventurous they are in their dining. I think they were a little tentative going to a "Cuban" restaurant; however they left raving about it. We ordered Ceviche, which none of us eat regularly and all enjoyed it. Two had chicken, I had the Skirt Steak and only needed a fork, and my buddy had the fish. All dishes were cooked perfectly and were flavorful. Our server was perfect. Can't wait to get back to Philly and Alma De Cuba!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and service with a great atmosphere!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely night
    MercuryCT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the tuna, salmon, fluke ceviche and it was out of this world. Spicy, fresh. The scallops we both had were cooked to perfection. The chocolate cigar was delicious and creative. Our server was excellent, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The surroundings, no matter what section you sit in, are inviting. We sat by the front windows and loved our table. The restaurant was a little chilly; if you are a woman who gets cold easily, bring a light sweater.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PenningtonPop
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Outstanding in every way! We enjoyed the happy hour in the bar area before dinner. The mojitos were the best! With our mojitos we ordered the amazing dates and guacamole. Both were full of flavor. Dinner was very flavorful. The fish was well prepared and the special of the night delicious. We definitely intend to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate