Bavettes

Bavettes

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bavetteschicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 624-8154
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 5pm-11:30am
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-12:30am
    Sunday 5pm- 10:30pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells/Franklin
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bavettes
Bavette’s is a European-Style steakhouse. The signature is a prime ribeye that is dry-aged in house. There is also a wide variety of fresh seafood, including a daily selection of fresh oysters, king crab, and shrimp cocktail. Bavette’s also specializes in classic cocktails with a focus of brown spirits. The value driven wine list is eclectic and global.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Bavette's main dining room. The largest party size that the restaurant can accommodate are groups of six. Currently, we do not offer any private dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Bavettes reviews from OpenTable diners
372 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (268)romantic (259)fit for foodies (239)hot spot (180)neighborhood gem (108)notable wine list (91)vibrant bar scene (86)good for groups (73)late-night find (54)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Excellent place, my friend and I really enjoyed our dinner. The ambience and noise level were just right, really alive. Our waiter was excellent, friendly and professional. Good food, good wine. There was only one blemish: as we were waiting for a table and we're wandering why there was some delay, we asked member of staff who was rather abrupt and refused to help. We then we're thinking of leaving but our waiter arrives and from that point onwards all was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago Gem!
    TA5413
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This place is total Chicago! It's only a couple years old but it has the old Chicago look. It has a 1950's feel. It just is Chicago! Nice to get away from the super posh feel and have a laid back true old school feel. Very romantic, went here for our anniversary and it was a home run! Had the 10 oz Filet Mignon, it has to be one of the best in the city. Sides were fantastic. One of my new favorite restaurants. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    endhungernow
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Excellent dining experience overall. We both had steak and their were cooked medium as requested. Asked for recommendations on the appetizer and salad, the shrimp and the tomato salad were recommended and we were happy with both. The shrimp was fabulous and the salad gave us a chance to try the thick cut bacon, which was superb. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding.
    KMPAVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Outstanding dining experience. Aged rib-eye best in the city. Service was a bit off tonight which is unusual, but the food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, a bit salty
    clellyn
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our server was extremly attentive and explained the menu. Be ready for heavily salted food. The taste finally left my mouth the next morning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    5Minutes4Fighting
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was my second time going to Bavette's. I like the place a lot and hope to go again. We got the oysters, which were good. Not Shaws or GT good, but not too far off. The bone marrow was awesome, as usual. We both got Delmonico steaks (bone in strip) which were good, my buddy loved his. The mushrooms on mine were very good. The corn elotes were very good too. Good Experience and I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    SteakFan
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Came for my girlfriend's birthday and could not be more happy with the food or service. Everything was perfect and I plan to go back as soon as possible. Besides the food the ambiance is perfect and the BYOB policy is fun and worth the "cost".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome atmosphere
    Boatty
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This place makes you feel like you are being transported to the 1940´s. I was expecting Al Capone to walk in the door at any point! And to me that is a very true-to-Chicago feel! Atmosphere is absolutely fantastic, service was perfect. Food was good. For appetizer I had the garlic shrimps, which were very tasty. I was pleased with the Ribeye, by no means being the best steak I have ever had, but it was good steak. The sides could be better, taking into account the level of this restaurant. Both good, but nothing too special. The wine list on the other hand, was extremely well done, and the waiter seemed knowledgable in the subject. Overall I would come back mostly for the atmosphere, and the good price/quality relation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous
    babette99
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Every single time I go to Bavette's it feels special and exciting. The room is energetic, the food and drinks are exceptional and the service is attentive and respectful (not over the top). My ONLY major issue is the wine list - almost all wines are way too expensive. It is nearly impossible to get a wine under $80 which is not commiserate with their menu. It is one of the most expensive lists in the city, especially for this caliber of a restaurant. Every list should have a selection of reasonably priced wines (not 1 or 2 bottles to choose from) especially since most tables like to get a white and a red. If they fixed this, they would be perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great place, Great food, great service, great wine list. Go - will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Got it all
    Czarina
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was dining with an old friend from out if town whom I hadn't seen in awhile. Bavette's delivered: great service, ambiance and food. Would highly recommend for a special occasion or a romantic dinner for 2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is maybe the best steakhouse in Chicago. Everything from the bread and home made butter to the steaks to the wine....amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place!
    MoonRiver1VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great food, service, and the music was fantastic. Interesting eclectic menu (although wine prices not for the faint of heart). A great neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing steak
    Chumster
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Literally the best steak I'veever tasted. The fllet mignon was perfectly cooked; the loaded baked potato was delicious. A must-do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST restaurant in Chicago
    LindseyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It took me 10 years, 10 years living in Chicago to finally commit to "my favorite restaurant in Chicago." People ask all the time. I couldn't do it. Bavette's is it. The food is just decadent, and the service is unmatched. Our waiter, Johnny, made our dinner an event. We even had two bottles of wine with a side by side tasting. He made wonderful recommendations and was full of personality! Oh, and did I mention the chocolate cream pie? Holy moly. I went home after dinner and immediately made a reservation for December. Bavette's does it right. It's officially my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic with Energy & Service
    Hedhunter9701
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This is the second time my colleagues and I have dined at Bavettes during PackExpo week. Even though we needed to back up our arrival time by 3 hours, during PackExpo week, we were immediately seated upon arrival, our entire meal was on our table within 7 minutes, and the service was exceptional right down to how quickly our check was processed! And, while the filet we had was cooked to a perfect medium-rare as we requested, it was not a prime cut of beef. Once Bavettes obtains a consistently high quality of only prime cuts there will be no top restaurant in Chicago that can compete with the Chic energized atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, creative menu, meh
    FloridaFlash
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We found this place to be a lot of fun. It seemed very vibrant. Lots of craft beers, as is very popular these days, but why no mass market beers? The wait staff was very helpful trying to find the craft beer most like a traditional lager. Unfortunately, most traditional lagers do not have citrus flavors. Menu was very interesting, but, again, probably for someone more adventurous - Broccoli grilled? Fatback bacon a quarter inch thick with no discernible meat? Big, pretty, cooked medium ribeye that tasted pretty good but was hard to chew? I think this would probably be a fun place for a date, or gathering of a group of buddies drinking and eating appetizers. For great dining, this is not it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    JackieBVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The steak is amazing..... need to come up with some better desserts
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem in the heart of Chicago
    CTnFB
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came as a family to attend what was known for one of the best restaurants in Chicago! They did not disappointed that's for sure! From the minute we walked in, we were guided towards the reception area, where we were then brought into the main area. This main area took all of us for a wow factor! The decor was just wonderful, a mix between some old french, and some intimate light setting. We truly enjoyed the ambiance this restaurant had to offer. Food was delicious, with family size appetizers, and full meals. Steaks were delicious. It was truly a world class restaurant and left happy! Santiego and Shawn were great! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All-Around Fabulous
    MrsSaraFunk2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came here for our 1 year anniversary and LOVED everything about it. The music was old school Sinatra with other classics that fit the ambience so well! The exposed brick and chic decor was different and fun, unlike anything I've ever seen. It was romantic and dimmed yet not so dark you couldn't see your food. The food was spectacular and let me say that I am pregnant and never once did I feel limited on the foods I could/couldn't have. In fact the server notified the bartender and he made delicious us some delicious non alcoholic beverages so I never felt left out. I have hard pallet to please and I will be sure to return again for the best wedge salad, pork chop and decadent chocolate pie I have ever had! Bon Appetit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • part-timer
    Gr8tlater
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    took a bit to get the service started, but then it was all about us! not a menu for weight watchers, but very interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing!
    rpadila
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I love eating and since I arrived to Chicago I have been seeking for the best restaurant in town. I have tryed plenty!! But I think this one is the best!! My friends have the filet mignon (it was amazing) and I had the salmon it was really good too . To share we ordered goat cheese with tomate and foie (really good) Also the drinks are really good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dry-Aged Ribeye
    SmittyLA
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I really enjoyed their dry-aged ribeye. It was perfectly prepared and the quality was outstanding. We had one of their seafood towers that was very fresh and tasted fantastic. I recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys a good steak and an enjoyable night out with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful evening
    jnavery
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our evening at Bavettes was wonderful from beginning to end - the food and service were excellent - modifying our reservation was easy and a great time was had by everyone in our party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bavette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Although my steak was delicious and perfectly cooked it was nearly inedible with all the connective tissue. I know I should have sent it back but I was on s date and I wanted us to enjoy the meal together. Not have to wait for another steak.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    Sevilla
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Always wanted to eat here and was totally satisfied when I finally did! Really great atmosphere, service and the food was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    jennjen
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was an overall great dining experience. Everything was amazing, from the food to the spectacular service. Bavettes can easily claim best steakhouse in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speakeasy meets steakhouse
    katie60611VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    If you want to dine at a restaurant that feels like a swanky speakeasy and meets the criteria of a traditional Chicago steakhouse, come to Bavettes. I often get drinks with friends and coworkers at the downstairs bar, which is also outstanding. Jazz plays as you dine in the low lighted room, with decor fit for the set of Boardwalk Empire. I took my father here for his birthday and he loved it--there was enough noise to feel like the restaurant was popping, but quiet enough that you can hear your dinner guest across the table without any strain. It's an all-around great place! The BYO wine policy is interesting, but a great alternative to a high corking fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday dinner!!
    China24
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I'm from Mexico, and My husband and I love checking places locally, even more for his Birthday celebration. We went to Bavette's per a recommendation given by a local person. We ha dinner and we were delighted with everything, especially the crabcake and the chocolate pie... Service also made the difference plus the atmosphere was great: the place, the music and the lights. TRULY recommendable!! Since it is expensive, I'd recommend this for especial ocassions or either be aware as it is pricey.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks are Superb
    BigEater
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The best steaks that my wife and I have ever had anywhere including the other top ten steakhouses in Chicago. Great ambiance and service. Suggest all try it, even if you have to sit at the bar to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't get it
    OTreview
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Its a lovely space but the food was not great. The beef stroganoff that seems popular was like fettuccini Alfredo with pieces of short rib and mushrooms on top. The steak frites came with overcooked fries- steak was ok. Dessert was average. I don't get the appeal!
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  • over rated
    rg1219VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    i was feeling "lucky" to snare a 5:15 reservation and was surprised to walk into a nearly full pitch black restaurant at that time. The vipe was good but every dish was average. Good size portions but bland from start to finish
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  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Really good restaurant with really good ambience. The food was amazing, their meat is really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant in Chicago
    JPjp
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bavette's is consistent in every way: great service, OMFG the food, and a really cool ambiance. We switch off between dining upstairs and downstairs; each has its own vibe. Upstairs more traditional steakhouse-y, downstairs more speakeasy-ish. We have not ever been disappointed here; it's still out favorite restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    Celine
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went to Chicago for the weekend with my parents and had dinner at Bavette's... Superb! loved the coctails, beers and the meat was great, I totally recommend it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I went to celebrate our "big" birthdays with 2 friends. My son lives in Chicago and recommended it. We had a delicious dinner, and loved the ambience and vibrant scene. Found out later that my son had never even been there…he will now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok but wouldn't go back
    wieds138VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I found our waiter to be very awkward and shy. He didn't take time to explain much or take us through the menu or his recommendations. If I were at a late night diner its the type of service I would expect but not at classy restaurant. The Chicago Cut Rib Eye was about 30% fat and I found it is tough as leather. The steak salt provided did add nice flavor. The creamed spinach was great as well as the bread. The baked goat cheese app, butternut squash side and cheesecake were all okay but not good enough to make me want to return. Overall nice place but was expecting more out of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent again – or nearly so
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Bavette's has been our favorite restaurant since we discovered it a few months ago. We have brought friends numerous times, and the food, atmosphere, and service are seamlessly integrated and, frankly, excellent. As we've noted before, we also love the 'free' corkage policy – be sure to tip your server extra if you make use of this. Our most recent visit was more of the same. If this review sounds too generic, it's only because we have enjoyed every food option we've had, each cocktail, and we have had very good servers. We are excited to see that the standard has remained high here over our repeated visits, and we cannot recommend Bavette's highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    HappyFace
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Steak and pork chop were outstanding. We would definitely return when in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Chicago's best
    FLTraveler
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Outstanding food and service. I've eaten steak at a lot of places in Chicago, and this is one of the best! Sides are delicious and huge-shareable. Great menu selection for those who want something other than steak. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.