Birch and Barley
Birch and Barley

Birch and Barley

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.birchandbarley.com/
  • Phone: (202) 567-2576
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 PM-10:00 PM
    Friday-Saturday: 5:30 PM-11:00 PM
    Sunday All-Day Brunch: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM

    If you are unable to book a reservation through OpenTable, please note that we hold several tables for walk-in guests, including all seating on our patio, weather permitting. Please be advised that we serve an All-Day Brunch Menu on Sundays through 8:00 PM, with a few supplemental dinner items offered after 5:00 PM. Our normal bread service, dessert menu and Chef's Tasting Menu are not available at this time.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Bailey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: For those who have enjoyed dining at Birch & Barley and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Hahna Kim at hkim@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Hahna Kim x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rhode Island Avenue NW
  • Public Transit: 15 minute walk from the U Street Metro Station or the McPherson Square Metro Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Birch and Barley
Birch & Barley is a ground-breaking Washington DC restaurant dedicated to an unparalleled collection of 555 artisanal beers.

Located on 14th Street near Logan Circle, the restaurant delivers a completely unique food and beer experience celebrating a full spectrum of styles, traditions, regions and flavors. Led by Chef Kyle Bailey and Beer Director Greg Engert, Birch & Barley is made possible by a passionate team of professionals relentlessly committed to their craft.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Birch and Barley reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (149)neighborhood gem (80)special occasion (66)great for brunch (63)hot spot (57)romantic (48)vibrant bar scene (44)good for groups (39)great for outdoor dining (20)notable wine list (14)late-night find (14)great for lunch (10)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Awesome Brunch Menu
    baltimorediner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You can't go wrong with anything you order here. I ordered the corn beef hash and it was great. Extensive beer menu as well. Service is fast and attentive. Highly recommend making reservations and showing up 10-15 minutes early to try and find a parking spot (if you don't want to spend $20 for a garage).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 175 Disappointing Dollars
    moosefoodVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was it the room so dark we couldn't read the menu? Or the tasteless food? Or the duck ordered medium rare that came well done and cold? Or the cold pork? Or the likelihood both had been cooked long before ordered? Maybe it was host asking a couple sitting next to each other to leave. We finished, tipped (20% staff needs to live), and went across town for cheese and dessert. To Bernaise. Where they get it right.
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  • bad meal & worse service
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have long been a fan of Birch & Barley, so I'm hoping that this review is the exception to my general impression of an excellent & friendly neighborhood restaurant. The Meal: my soft-shell crabs were over-battered & soggy, the asparagus salad should more aptly be described at "frissee salad with a few asparagus shavings." The Service: The WORST! The waitress never came by to ask how the meal was so I had to flag her down to let her know the crabs were sub-par. The asparagus salad had only 3 thinly shaved slices of asparagus so I sent it back but the server tried to charge me for it anyway. The manager was appropriately apologetic. The Ambiance: We sat outdoors on an atypically beautiful summer evening -- it was delightful!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time diner
    Luvfood23
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a great first visit. The chef sent out some dishes to try when the server found out I was a chef. It was a really great time and I will definitely bring friends and family. The restaurant does get very dark and difficult to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jose
    Jose
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was amazing, beer list (Church Key) is expansive, almost daunting but the waiter knew his stuff and walked my group through it. It's a little pricey but well worth the ocassional visit and I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab tasting menu
    12345
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We went with the six course tasting menu and it was so good! Started off with complimentary risotto balls. Didn't love all of the beer pairings but the food was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were wonderful!
    Bill
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I look forward to returning and having dinner outside!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love beer...
    CBartelsVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Birch & Barley is a great combination of an amazing beer menu and great food! I am not a beer drinker but enjoyed their wine list. Our server was terrific, giving great care to my dairy allergy, being extremely knowledgeable about each dish and gave excellent recommendations! We live in this vibrant neighborhood and will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mafer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The octopus appetizer was amazing and the waiter described it so well that most of us ordered it. The desserts are amazing, they have one of the best desserts chefs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Asocorro
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I made a reservation at this location because it had a notable beer list and my bf looooves beer. Well, let me say that the beer list is quite long, but since I'm not a huge beer fan, I opted for wine. The food is another thing. I was NOT impressed at all. Not sure if it's a DC thing to make all things "organic" or "free-range whatever", but really I couldn't figure out half of the menu. I don't care for all the fancy wording or fancy chickens (none of which they had) but just give me real food. I saw our neighbor's plates, and the amount of food is quite minimal. We had a few beers and a flat bread appetizer and left to go eat somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorite places in DC
    Vimak
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our second time eating here and this time we opted for the sampler menu. All the items were delicious and the proportions were great for both of us - and as before, the wait staff was wonderful. Attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the food and beer items on the menus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not outstanding this time
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Been many times and gotten the tasting menu which had delicious food with beer pairings that were excellent but this time the tasting menu was medicare and the pairings did not go. (liked the beers but the didnt go with the food well) It was quite a disappointment. Would have to try one more time before I write it off.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    GoTribeGoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    After reading other reviews --- excited to go hear. But the food was mediocre and a bit overpriced. This is a fancy upscale beer location. So if you like trying different beers this is the place to go --- For dinner, not so much….
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  • Nice Dinner
    AAAA
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a beer upstairs at Church Key and went downstairs for dinner at Birch and Barley. Both have impressive beer menus and we had stuff we had never seen on tap (and we are beer snobs). Flat bread for an appetizer which was nice to pair with the beer. Server seemed new and didn't know the menu very well but was pleasant and attentive. It was an early evening on Tuesday so probably a good time to get the new help trained. Main courses were a pasta with pistachio pesto, pork loin and trout. All were good although the portions were small. Trout dish had a surprising lack of actual protein on it but the taste was there. Small pour (available for all beers) of another unique beer for dessert. Overall good experience and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Wine/Beer/Drinks!
    Stardestroyer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for a later dinner and the restaurant was still very busy. Our server provided us extra beer pairings with our dishes, which was unexpected but much appreciated - especially since she did an excellent job with the pairings. We were quite full of food and liquor when we left. The chef even sent out an extra complimentary dish for us to enjoy. We were treated very well and will tell everyone to go to Birch and Barley. Excellent food, drinks, and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dinner and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was expensive but excellent but the service was truly outstanding! I have a couple of food allergies and the staff was knowledgeable and so helpful. What a wonderful dining experience and we will certainly come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Resturant
    Noel
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Huge selection of draft beers. Comfortable pleasant ambiance. Wonderful service from friendly knowledgeable servers. But the food is their crowm jewel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grits done right.
    Arlingtongal
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great menu. For anyone who likes grits, come here and order them as a side--they are the best grits I've had. The beer choices are extraordinary, and the cookie dessert plate was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just bad
    DCeater
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went excited about the beer selection and appetizing menu. However, the food was just bland and not good. Totally not worth the money. My pork and sausage dish tasted like it had been reheated, plus it was a really small portion size. I wouldn't have minded that it is was amazing. I tried the other dishes in our party and everyone agreed it was nothing spectacular. Just another bland DC restaurant. Only thing they got going was the beer list. Eat somewhere else and drink beer there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    parking difficult; they should offer valet beer selection great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise!
    Sandrew
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    What a wonderful quirky restaurant! The food was great, even for my husband who isn't always thrilled by "new" things. The server was well versed on the menu and wine/beer pairings. Just lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I consider myself someone who does not choose restaurants by here-say. I search out exquisite menu's. Birch and Barley is on the list of restaurants that has a menu of gold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Vicky
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. He is much more a beer connoisseur than I, but we both enjoyed ourselves with the tasting menu and beer pairing. The place isn't quiet, but 2 or 4 can carry on a conversation easily. Give yourself plenty of time if you choose the tasting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savvy
    chilefood
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went for dinner for the first time and was accompanied by two gluten-intolerant friends. Just about everything on the menu could be accommodated for my friends and very tasty as well. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic menu but average service
    Phudee
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The highlights of Birch & Barley for me was a very good drink menu, especially the beer selection. The menu had a nice mix of starters and entrees and I liked the soft shell crab and the chicken liver. I didn't have a bad experience with the service, but found the waitress entirely unengaged. I asked her for recommendations and she gave 1-2, but couldn't have cared less if I actually liked them or not. Normally folks say, 'How do you like the (blank)?', but no such interest on her part. Coincidentally, I went upstairs to Church Key for a drink and the bar staff was the surliest I have come across in D.C. Note to them: It's okay to make eye-contact with patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birch
    sushiVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The beer list is extensive! If you like trying different beers this is the place to go! The food is superb! It is not your usual bar grub!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food with Fuss
    Eddie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was delicious, although some of the entrees didn't come out quite how we'd imagined - the lamb came out as lamb sausage, but I suppose it's possible I just missed that on the menu. The fuss part would be our server - he was pompous and arrogant. He corrected us a couple time on the pronunciation of some beer labels, went off on a long unnecessary diatribe about the origination of a Kolsch, and was overall just not very friendly. By the end of the night it had ruined the experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu
    BobL
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Go with the tasting menu. It was fantasitic. The flat breads, etc. are nice, but not the reason to come here. They were flexible to accomidate our veggie and vegan needs.
    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.
  • One of DCs best
    PRLLDUERINGERVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    What a great dining experiance on our 8th Anniversary. B&B never fails!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quirky but good
    DanManVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    great beer list; food i found a bit quirky/unique, fairly tasty. would go back but not urgently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nick are waiter was exceptional. ..
    boca
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food was fantastic. .halibut with black ink orzo..excellent taste
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maybe I missed something
    nova78
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I'd read many very good reviews of this restaurant and was really excited to finally have the chance to eat there. The pluses-the host and server were both very nice and had no problem seating me while my husband parked; the coffee and our cocktails especially were really good. I had the brunch punch, hubby tried 2 different bloody marys (muddy blarry), all were different and delicious. Minuses-parking on street is nonexistent, $20 for 2 hrs in a garage. Food=meh. The much raved about chicken and waffles-tiny bit of dry chicken, dry waffle. Donut holes, waited till end of meal till they showed up, tasted like microwaved Dunkin holes. The French fries with the brat burger were really good. OK if you're in the area.
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  • Best Brunch in the District
    Betty
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The boozy brunch is an awesome deal at $30, you get 3 drinks (2 cocktails and bottomless coffee or ice tea), 3 donut holes, and any entree. I tried two of the bloody marys and Enter the Dragon was easily the best bloody mary I've ever tasted. It had sriracha people! Yes your mouth will be on fire but it will not stop you from devouring every drop.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    TeetoTaler
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I'm no "foodie," per se, but I dine out a lot in a city known for its dining. This one is an easy decision. Just go. The food was outstanding. Our waitress was very helpful. The ambiance is ideal for a date night and the partner bar upstairs, Churchkey, is a nice change of pace if you want a night cap.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks B+B!
    st282
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My girlfriend brought me back to Birch and Barley for my last birthday in DC before moving, and B+B did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was fantastic, particularly the goat pasta, but what was more impressive was the sheer quantity of freebies that are brought out with each course. We received a pair of arancini, a delicious flatbread, a nice pickle board, the duckfat peas, and some extra desserts without asking for anything. As always, the beers and service were spot on. Birch and Barley's my favorite restaurant in the city for good reason!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More Than You Expect
    AllisonVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Expect house-made sausages, pates and roulette; pickled veggies, pretzel rolls, biscuits and olive bread from scratch; craft cocktails, well-curated whiskeys and bourbon; and, a beer list to impress any hopicionado. Then they go beyond. Somehow, they always manage to impress and indelible memory either food or service-related to ensure this is the one restaurant in D.C. I make certain to visit each time I return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable beer list, tries too hard
    BoroughParlor
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Heavy on gastropub feel, goes over the top on most entree items. Some of the best things on the menu were the apps and comp bread before the order.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    Maria
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Birch & Barley is a gem. Everyone from the hostess to the back of the house is friendly, considerate and genuinely cares about your dining experience. The food not only tastes delicious but is beautifully presented. I recommend the Tasting Menu so you can try a little of everything! Also, the manager stopped by after our meal to ask if we enjoyed the Tasting Menu and if there was any feedback he could relay to the chef...I love when chef's are constantly striving to do better. That's a chef that's passionate about his food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Ed1012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Girlfriend and I decided to repeat our first date and had an incredible time. I brought flowers beforehand and the host hid them for me, bringing them over with our first drink, surprising her. Great night and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming increasingly disappointed
    SEGdc
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've been coming to B&B since soon after it opened and the food has always been reliably excellent. Their pasta dishes are tender with mouth-watering sauces; they prepare fish, like the halibut I had recently, as good as any I've ever had. In the past, every dish was fabulous and I'd leave raving, but two visits since March haven't lived up to what I've come to expect. While some dishes have been on par, more have been rather nothing, like the mix of flavors cancel out all the taste. Until these two visits, the service has been amazing, so good we've stopped to tell the manager. These two visits have left a lot to be desired in that area as well. I will give B&B another chance, but the prices are too high not to get good service & food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate