Amuse Restaurant
Amuse Restaurant

Amuse Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amuserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5414889000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Wednesday-Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Erik Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Small dining room seats up to 14 people. Patio seats up to 35 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie North 5414889000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Main
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking also available.
A word from Amuse Restaurant
We seek the finest ingredients, utilizing organic, small-producer items. Shaded outdoor dining in summer months. Voted Best New, Oregon 2002 by Northwest Palate.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Amuse Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)special occasion (77)romantic (47)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Superb, accessible
    WonderlandVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant hits it out of the park on all factors. The menu, food preparation and presentation were all outstanding, high quality and creative. intimate in size, minimalist decor but yet warm. As a bonus - it is easily accessible in this town which has its share of steep hills for those of us who have some difficulty walking. Amuse is at the part of town which is flat. The service was excellent and they got us out in fine time to make the play. If you like chardonnay, you must try Cowhorn Sprial 26. Crisp, lovely. It was a great discovery. The salmon and halibut were both well prepared. The beet puree was fabulous. Also highly recommend the tarragon ice cream with fennel sorbet and anise shortbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unusual mixture of constituents
    DoloZ22
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been eating at Amuse for 9 years. As I recall, they have always had sweetbreads on the menu. I ordered the sweetbreads again this year. I did not, unfortunately, read the menu thoroughly. The sweetbreads were served with Manila clams in a broth. while the dish was OK, it is yet another way to mess up sweetbreads.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in Every Way!
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always enjoy coming here. The food is always amazing - beautifully presented and perfectly cooked every single time. The service is friendly and attentive. Always a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lbmdesq
    LBMDESQ
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    BEEN HERE MANY TIMES.QUALITY ALWAYS EXCELLENT IN ALL ASPECTS. WILL RETURN! LAWRENCE BRATT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some excellent, some overpriced
    Dina
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Amuse offered near-elegant simplicity in environment and a few inspired menu items. The cheese plate presented a dance of delightful flavors and desserts were truly excellent. Tomato soup was nondescript. Pricing was on the high side for wine and main meal selections. Amuse charges $7 to split meals, but servings are already small so we were happy to have full portions. Our server was polite and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third time not the charm...
    wggzreviewVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Third visit in 4 years. First visit was excellent. Second visit a little less so. Disappointed with this visit...the value to the dollar spent, in my opinion, is now a negative calculation. Sweetbreads were $15 for four very small pieces of dry glands. The four pieces could have been served on a tablespoon. The Halibut...$30...had little flavor and was overcooked. Sadly! We will probably not return next year as there are other places in Ashland serving up better value for one's dollar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the best
    costosVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Amuse continues to be the most reliable and consistent restaurant in the Ashland area. The room is charming, the back patio is great (except when the outside temperature gets too high), and the service is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food is always excellently prepared with the best ingredients and, the sweetbreads remain among the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Ashland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    All of us had to agree this was the best food we had in Ashland. I am thinking next time to book two evenings there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amuse is AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I don't respond to reviews but I have to share on Amuse. It's off the charts! Alice Waters would be right at home here. In particular, the salmon was unbelievable, so succulent and served with an incredible mushroom side (I'm not even sure what to call this but it had bite-size whole mushrooms - a few different kinds - drenched in a very tasty light gravy. OK I'm not a food critic so excuse my limited vocab). We were ascending the gates of St. Peter through dinner and made it to heaven after eating the delightful beignets for dessert. Coffee was outstanding too. If you like really great tasting but not too fussy food, you will love this place. It's upscale but not pretentious and the service is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we'll be back
    FlavorSeekerLA
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We're visiting from OOT, second time here - the food is outstanding. Game hen, gnocchi and prawn salad were standouts. See you next time, Amuse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Amuse is one of twpo FANTASTIC restaurants in Ashland! In summer, it is serving lunch with best hamburger north of SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    maynman
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our first time back in several years. Even better than last time (which was good, but not great) - the gnocchi with eggplant was excellent and the salmon was very fresh, albeit on the rare side of medium rare. The veggies were perfectly done, and always our favorite, the warm chocolate truffle cake. If you love chocolate, as we do, this is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    Happy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything about our evening at Amuse was outstanding. Service was great and food was tremendous. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish we had found it earlier
    QuietVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We joined a couple of friends here for our final night in Ashland. The menu selections are few, the wine list is modest, but it's all really good! My wife and I had a fresh-as-the-moment heirloom tomato salad and, for the entree, we shared the grilled albacore. As "dessert," three of us ordered cognac. It turned out there was only enough cognac in the one remaining bottle for one person so the waiter divided it into three glasses and we left happy! (We hope their purchaser orders more for our future visits.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST
    RestatsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I went for the first time in several years because we chose not to see two shows a day this trip. We both had an appetizer salad and mine was with shrimp. The freshest and best cooked shrimp I have had in many years. They were plump, moist and almost like scallops in texture. Then for main courses we both had fish. The salmon was as good and fresh as it could be while the albacore was the same and cooked rare the way it needs to be. The flavors were superb. This is a restaurant on the major city level of food service and quality along with the subtlety of flavors and presentation. For dessert we had two cheese boards and Stumptown coffee (Portland's best). It is well worth going here for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Zoolady
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The absolute best place to eat in Ashland!! The menu changes with the seasons and you are always delightfully surprised!! I don't know how the food combinations are put together but WOW!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amused by Amuse
    taster
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    In Ashland for an event, I always head for dinner at Amuse. The lovely food and friendly service make dining a special event. My friend said her halibut was the best she had ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So delicious!
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The culinary experience in Amuse continues to please with freshness, delicate flavors, and tasty sauces. Everything comes together here with no pretension, just pure dedication to bringing out the best of each ingredient. It's about the food. We started with the prawn salad and then moved to halibut and salmon entrees. All dishes exceptional! The corn ice cream dessert was refreshing and flavorful. Service was friendly and the descriptions of the dishes and the recommendations enhanced our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well prepared excellent service
    diane
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    the restaurant has a small menu, but all the dishes were well prepared, the 3 sauces for the bread were excellent. the albacore was done just as I requested and excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Done here on every visit
    PickyPescatarianVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I dine at Amuse every time I visit Ashland and have for the past 13 years. The quality of food and experience has stayed outstandingly high. I might go back again tonight and select a different entree to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best by far
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amuse is exceptional: excellent, well-planned service, no delays, no rush, no hiccups, even when getting a pre-theatre crowd out the door in time, it never feels rushed. The food is beautifully prepared with fresh ingredients and there are many lovely touches, like an amuse bouche of bread with several types of spreads and more treats after dessert. The servers are all very pro, but welcoming, friendly, and helpful. We had sweetbreads, heirloom tomato salad, halibut, a cheese plate (very nicely done) and dessert, all delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    outforlunch
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best meal we had in Ashland. Delicious sweetbreads. Fantastic chocolate truffle cake--one of the best desserts I've ever had. Great ambiance and terrific service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Anniversary Dinner
    NewlyRetired
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary here and the staff treated us royally. Excellent food and wine offerings, everything was delicious, and the waiter made suggestions to add to our most pleasurable experience. This will be our "go to" place in Ashland when we want a special evening. They did not rush us, but we were still out in plenty of time to make our play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Visitors
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Two years ago we had a fabulous meal at Amuse. We returned this year with great expectations that were not fulfilled. The game hen breast was overcooked and the halibut with radish, tomatoes, olives and tomato-watermelon water was bland except when you ate an olive which overpowered your taste buds. The halibut however, was perfectly cooked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovefood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I did not think their food was anything special and there was hardly any food at all on the plate. I am not asking for a lot, just enough. We ordered an appetizer that we did not get served. Maybe there was some confusion about it. Or maybe the waitress didn't hear it through all the noise.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great from beginning to end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Never fails to deliver a delicious meal with outstanding service, and considerate of theater goers time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ashland Experience
    Yummy1
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed an amazing meal in a lovely setting. I ordered halibut which was cooked to perfection with a delicious accompaniment of radishes with cucumber plus added berries (the cranberry beans were bland). My friend ordered rib eye steak which was prepared perfectly, but was a bit fatty. We shared beignets for dessert...a must.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb food, modest portions
    CalgaryNative
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I agree with others who have reviewed this restaurant, in claiming that the portions are puny, given the price of the meal. That said, I'm glad we went - creative food, excellently prepared, waitstaff and service competent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was our second time at Amuse and the experience was equally as wonderful as the first. We were seated immediately, waited on in a timely fashion, served beautifully presented and incredibly delicious food, I had the salmon which was cooked to perfection and my friend had the game hen. Highly recommend Amuse. One tip, Amuse has a sister cafe called Mix at the other end of the down town about ,four blocks away. They have wonderful pastries, coffees, and killer ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but still striving....
    JillVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our family of four began our weekend of plays with dinner at Amuse. The service was outstanding - the food was very good indeed - hen, porterhouse pork, steak and halibut - with two appetizers - salami plate and tomato salad. The pork arrived at a temperature less than hot - the waiter bought the family a dessert of apology (appreciated). The flavors were well balanced - the entree portions were reasonable. The tomato salad was not quite what the description suggested - it had watermelon disguised as tomato and the portion was so preciously small the complex flavors were difficult to discern. We would return - and ask more questions next time.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Renny1
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Their salmon was the best meal I had during a week of dining out in Ashland.
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  • Very amused at amuse
    BigEasyVisitor
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wow. Three of the 5 items we ate were special, the halibut quality and preparation VERY special. The green salad, poorly and underdressed, and the pasta preparation needs work if it is to stay on the menu. Still we had a wonderful time, lovely local wine and aypttentive and friendly service. We met so,e wonderful people there.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner @ Amuse
    nvdiners
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I was disappointed to be seated (with a 5:30 PM reservation for 2) @ a table directly in the middle of the inside dining room. We observed the hostess taking multiple phone calls, meanwhile patrons waited for extended periods of time to be seated, while she solved problems with reservations or the booking of future reservations. From our "middle of the hub" vantage point we also easily overheard the wait staff receiving a "dressing down" about a previous meals activities/inattention to customer needs. This however, while a distraction, did not translate into a lack of tastiness of our meals chosen. The food was prepared to perfection and the presentation was excellent. I do hope they will deal more privately with reservations or HR issues
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    dockateVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were anticipating a fabulous meal based on previous reviews. Our dinner was good, but uneven, so overall it was less than expected. In addition, we felt rushed through the amuse and appetizers. We would recommend the Corn Soup, Chicken Mousse, Beignet dessert and Chocolate Truffle cake. The dessert was the highlight of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant & Relaxed
    AshlandroseVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Sums up Ashland implicitly. Superb cuisine in a lovely, romantic surrounding. This is our favorite spot for special occasions because you won't find better, more creative dishes, more attentive service or a more divine experience in any other dining establishment in Ashland.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Lp1066
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant very much. Had a beautiful table for two next to the window, lovely décor, and good service. Unfortunately, a couple ladies that sat near us were talking very loud, and got even louder as they drank more. We would have lingered and enjoyed more wine and probably even dessert, but we couldn't wait to get away from them. It was too bad because there's nothing the restaurant could really do about it. The room we were eating in was small, and we were kind of stuck. Was a busy night, or we would have asked to move. The food was amazing - in presentation and taste!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    dvCorvallis
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our party of 4 had a wonderful pre-theatre dinner here. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding! Will definitely eat here again when we return to Ashland.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality Always
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food here continues to be at the highest levels. Gem salad was perfectly prepared and salmon was the usual fresh and subtle prepared. Pork tenderloin was a tasty dish and the fruit crisp dessert was a nice touch. This was July 4, but the food was sublime! Perfect dinner.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine here. Food is beautiful, creative, perfectly executed. Service is impeccable !
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    raindrop
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is my 3rd visit to this gem in Ashland. On my first visit, I just came upon it as I was exploring the little town. Each visit the food and service have been wonderful. Highly recommend trying it. If you are going to a 8pm play, make a 6-6:15 reservation. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate