Ambrozia Bar and Bistro
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ambrozia-avl.com/
  • Phone: 8283503033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday5-CL
    Friday-Saturday 5-CL
    Sunday Brunch 11-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Sam Etheridge
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full service catering company that can accommodate any type of event or cuisine needed.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beaver Lake Shopping Center
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot located right in front of the restaurant in the Beaver lake Shopping Center.
A word from Ambrozia Bar and Bistro
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro is a neighborhood café located in North Asheville next to scenic Beaver Lake. It features modern American cuisine with a twist. The ever changing menu specializes in farm fresh local ingredients. The quaint atmosphere is modern and comfortable. The Bar is wine focused with local and craft beers, specialty cocktails and a full service bar. Professional and knowledgeable service can be expected from the friendly Ambrozia staff. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch with ample parking in the Beaver Lake Shopping Center. Reservations are recommended.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (69)special occasion (30)great for brunch (27)notable wine list (25)romantic (17)hot spot (12)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Hip
    Barbara
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Feeling uptown in Asheville, this is a fun spot on the north end! Different kinds of things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jack
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just moved into the neighborhood. Will be a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem to be shared
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took friends and they now declare it's their favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great experience across the board. Wonderful food, great service. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Gluttoness
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our third visit was great, again! Tried the oyster appetizer and the four pieces left us wanting 50 more. Had the duck special which was terrific but might be a little underdone for some people. A little pricey to go as often as I want, but love it every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    jqmarshall
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    we find ourselves coming back every date night. we are addicted to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    CharitySBT
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We consulted various review sites to assist us in selecting restaurants on our getaway to Asheville this week. We loved Ambrozia - delightful flavor combinations. The fried chicken legs and the trout with cauliflower risotto were my favorites. Don't skip the Chocolate Bomb dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was incredibly good
    Foodie26VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the pimento cheese popovers and they were heavy but delicious. I also had the Steak Frite. The gorgonzola sauce was a perfect compliment to to the perfectly cooked steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    Joiedevivre
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service and ambiance is always so nice at ambrosia, and we like that it's quieter and easier to get to than restaurants downtown that are so often flooded with tourists. Cocktail list is creative and specials unique. I'm vegetarian and always have options here, like spring veggies and gnocchi, melon feta salad. My family enjoyed the steak & frits, local nc trout and seared sea scallops.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love love love
    Austin1040VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food with attentive, charming service. Who could ask for more? I've been to most of the highly rated restaurants in Asheville and Ambrozia doesn't get the attention it deserves. Interesting appetizers and entrees. All we had were well prepared. And the service was outstanding. Highly recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood find
    Sweetandsavory
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Living in a town with so many choices for great food often makes it difficult to decide just where to go. Ambrozia is a fantastic spot, and one of the many reasons to like it is simply because it's NOT downtown. Besides having a fantastic menu, lovely sleek but not cold ambience, professional and attentive (but not overbearing) service - it's great to have a spot that is really kind of a neighborhood spot. Easy to get to, park, quieter..... I told our waitstaff that I think of them as our burger destination because their burger is really out of this world - caramelized onions, pimento cheese and a great locally sourced beef make it absolutely divine. But really, their entire menu is always tempting....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another first rate experience
    anotherfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    North Asheville neighborhood is so lucky to have this great gem. The service is always delightful with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. They made it so easy for a table of six to share tastings and were terrific with recommendations for wine and for the vegetarians in our group. The local field to table food is always wonderfully inspired. The grand finale was a spectacular dessert plate for each of the three birthday guests who were dining - and that was served as a surprise response to a casual comment by our dinner host as we arrived. Way to go Ambrozia -a class act. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful!
    Liss
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Invited by a friend to try this place. Took 3 hours to get two burgers and a couple of Apps and get our check. Server was plesant but inexperienced and not trained well. Couldn't answer many of our questions. Food was OK. Can't go wrong with HNGF's meat but roll was burned on both sandwiches and fries were cold. Oyster app was dried out. The place was hopping as they had a burger special which we weren't told about until we ordered. North Ash needs a good restaurant, sadly this isn't it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right for brunch
    Zoro
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent, creative food and friendly, efficient service in pleasant surroundings. Just 2 slight quibbles: 1. Restaurant website said mimosas were available all day with Sunday brunch, but they're not because of NC prohibition against Sunday sales before noon. The restaurant may assume everybody knows this, but laws change and some customers are out-of-state tourists who can't be expected to know them. Website should say "available after noon." 2. One member of our party ordered the 4-course brunch after being told the courses were small to keep the total reasonable. The third course was actually quite large; had she known, she would have ordered that a la carte. 4 small courses are a good idea, but they should be accurately described.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in ASheville area
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Out of the downtown area just north of town in a small strip mall, but once inside it was a vibrant and great find. Great food, great service, and something for everyone in the family. Highly recommended for innovation in the menu choices, and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a treat!
    Janet
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very creative menu. We enjoyed 2 small plates per person and found that to be just the right amount of food that also enabled us to try more of the menu. Alie was our server and she took great care of us. Menu changes monthly and great care is taken to cook seasonally.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun!
    avilleVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We always have a great time at Ambrozia's! The staff is so welcoming and helpful, and the food is always a taste treat with nightly surprises. The menu changes often, so while you can, be sure to try the heirloom tomato tart, and the seared scallops with braised short ribs..... Yum! And be sure to have Caren whip up one of her specialty drinks at the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    CliftVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food and great service. Real neighborhood gem! Would definitely go back when in Asheville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beaver lake gem...
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our party of 4 enjoyed an excellent overall dining experience. Wednesday night is half priced wine--we had a superb Pinot noir. The elk Wellington was good, the seafood enchiladas puréed rather than lumpy (lumpy preferred), the trout not quite "fresh from the stream", and the pimiento cheese burger was outstanding. Smoked trout nachos were a hit. We also ordered the chorizo stuffed piquillo peppers as an appetizer--delicious! The desserts were fabulous--the hot fudge ice cream sandwich was decadent and the chocolate cake rapidly disappeared. With a modern decor, outside seating (limited), friendly and helpful staff, and innovative cuisine this is a true neighborhood gem as well as a worthy destination from any part of Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Beaver Lake area find...
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Having read mixed but favorable reviews I decided to try Ambrozia. What a good choice and terrific addition to North Asheville dining! Located in a shopping strip there is limited al fresco dining available. Interior seating parallels an elongated bar. Staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. The menu is innovative and intriguing. Smoked trout nachos were delicious followed by a pork chop in chutney accompanied by tomato grits, greens, pork rinds, and a superb chorizo stuffed Piccadillo pepper (would make an appealing main course or appetizer). Only complaint is the chop was overly fatty. Will definitely return and the Sunday brunch looks to be a special attraction.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it, again.
    Gluttoness
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Other than the odd location in a small shopping center, we're delighted to have Ambrozia nearby. We took a guest this time and despite his initial reaction to the "fussy" menu - he loved it! The trout with cauliflower risotto was absolutely amazing, seafood enchiladas equally delicious and the Bistro Burger so reliably good one person at the table always has it, again. We were lucky to get our same server both times; she knows the menu and how to take great food and turn it into a wonderful night out. If I had a complaint about Ambrozia it would be the "wimpy" wine pours. At $7 per glass another splash isn't going to cut into the bottom line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular food & service
    Joyce
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had reserved a table for 2 but some friends decided to join us. The restaurant was so booked that we could not be accommodated; however, room at the bar became available and we ate there. Karen , the bartender, was awesome and her service was spectacular. I started with appetizers, then salad and the scallops. The salad was well dressed and the scallops were perfectly cooked. The prices are very reasonable. There are even 2 tables outside. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Eddie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great service and good food. Great presentation A bit pricy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great hamburgers
    Barbara
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a difficult time finding something I liked on the menue. Creative dinners but when the food came I didn't enjoy it. Good hamburgers in the past and next time I'll stick to that.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another great night at Ambrozia
    Sawgrasser
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great cocktails (pirate themed for tonight), loved the pimento popovers. I had the elk wellington that was cooked perfectly and tasted great. My wife had the Dirty Burger with the fois gras, pimento cheese, fried egg, onion rings , and bacon is probably the best burger in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    Akr700
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Though nothing we ordered could be considered delicious I want to highlight the most offending course.....the green salad. The greens presented were wilted, bruised and soggy and the few tomato slices pale. The waitress informed me that the greens had been "massaged" with the dressing and said she was sorry the preparation did not appeal to me or my guests. We were not offered a substitute and the salad was included on my bill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good neighborhood restaurant lounge
    Pizzagirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ambrosia is a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic dinner and cocktail or have a spur of the moment meal. All of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and I love the focus on local foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful flavors
    DininginAshevile
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The flavor of the scallops, ribs and parsnip purée was to moan for. Burger, sauce and seasoned fries were perfect. This is a casual atmosphere with sophisticated food. All in all a very pleasing dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and unusual selections
    zanball
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very much enjoyed the unusual selections and small plates. Trout Tacos were wonderful; Oysters Appalachian were smokey and delicious; Wild NC Clams were nice - the broth a bit too salty for our taste, but interesting and definitely on our "do again" list. Elk Wellington was not so much to our liking (although we eat a lot of wild game). We've eaten at Ambrozia before and highly recommend the restaurant and experience - friendly staff, nice ambiance, good food, interesting and unusual dishes! We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ClosedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We are always pleased! Everyone is so kind and makes us feel like family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining gem down Merrimon
    hickoryfoodies
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Definitely fit for foodies of all stripe, including vegetarians. Very good and personable wait staff and general mgr. Jamal, were friendly and attentive to our needs. Good bar and wine list, and an interesting and well-executed menu. Two different entrees were ordered: daily special of braised rabbit with savory bread pudding and grilled squashes and vegetarian enchilada of mushrooms and collard greens with a heavenly mole and a side of quinoa and squash that seemed to be fried crispy (stir-fried, perhaps) -- all of which was well-prepared and delicious. A seasonal berry cobbler to finish was outstanding. Recommended, fine-bistro-dining for any evening. Minimal children - important to us when fine-food & bistro dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    whycookVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We have been twice with friends and each time it was fabulous. The devils on horseback appetizer is wonderful. Cheerwine short ribs with pimento mashed potatoes were wonderful. Friend had the steak with the smoked frites --- the frites were so good everyone at the table wanted some. What a great find and right in our neighborhood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hip Design in North Asheville
    ElsenorVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is a nice addition to the North Asheville restaurant scene. The decor is comfortably modern. It's hip without trying too hard. The food is good - a little pricey for what it is - but solid. The service is friendly but a little scattered. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Birthday Boy
    outoftowner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Extremely creative food at a reasonable price. We enjoyed every bite and, the pop overs are not to be missed! Excellent wine list. Friendly and engaging wait staff. Even the chef and kitchen staff gave a friendly wave from the open view kitchen as we left the restaurant. We were all happy, happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice surprise
    table4four
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although we had heard about Ambrozia through friends and local media, we were surprised by the quality of the food and experience of this "off-the-beaten-path" restaurant. The food was delicious, plentiful and reasonably priced compared to many of Asheville's downtown restaurants, which are increasingly overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite up to regular standard
    eliscoming
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We love Ambrozia, it has been wonderful every time we have dined there. However our latest experience, we found it to be a bit off for the night. There were only 2 other tables seated when we arrived at 5:30 pm and service was not up to par. Our server seemed to be more interested in socializing with her co-workers. We each ordered a glass of wine, one of us had a burger and the other had a salad and the oysters. It took 30 minutes to get our food which seemed long considering what we had ordered. The burger was very good as were the oysters. The salad was very disappointing, half of the greens were deteriorated to the point of being inedible, very little dressing & minimal toppings. Server never returned to table to ask how the meal was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely addition to North Asheville!
    MtnMAR
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    So glad the neighborhood seems to have welcomed Ambrozia with open arms! Always a nice size crowd of mixed ages any night of the week that I have dined there. Food has been consistantly good, prepared fresh and hot with eye pleasing presentation. Service is attentive and friendly. Nice bar to grab a drink at with friends or dine at if alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch Value
    foodsnobVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    At $20 for a 4 course brunch it can't be beat in Asheville. The basket of bakery treats is so good. The remaining choices are all outstanding. Reallt loved the Sausage Wellington. Try the Appalachian 75 for a different brunch cocktail. Service is excellent - friendly, knowledgable and just the right amount of attentativeness.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finedine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We always go early and take friends, but still gets loud by the end of the meal! Foods always fabulous, cocktails at the top, and service the best we've seen!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    BillS
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Ambrozia Bar & Grill continues to be our #1 choice for weekend dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.