Bistro Bohem
Bistro Bohem

Bistro Bohem

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistrobohem.wordpress.com/
  • Phone: (202) 735-5895
  • Hours of Operation:
    5 pm - 12 pm
    Brunch - 10 am - 3 pm Saturday,Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Shaw- Green Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Bohem
Bistro Bohem, Washington DC's newest and most lively hangout, is located in the historic U Street/Bloomingdale, just a mile north of the White House. We're unique to the area, offering flavorful Eastern European cuisine in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Sink into our cozy banquettes and chat with friends while enjoying succulent meats, delectable sides, and irresistible desserts.
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Bistro Bohem reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (16)romantic (13)good for groups (8)great for brunch (7)late-night find (5)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Authentic Czech
    JAMI
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Having been raised on food from my Czech grandmother who immigrated from Prague many years ago my yearning for this type if food in the DC area has pretty much been satisfied. The borscht was phenomenal The traditional dumplings were very light and similar to what I remembered The caraway kraut was good and the pork tips tender but a bit too salty for my taste One disappointment was the lack of traditional kolaches for dessert - I was so looking forward to them !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went for the mulled wine
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This was our unteenth trip to Bistro Bohem, so what can I say. I like it. I didn't have super expectations because all I wanted was a place to eat with a friend and some mulled wine. I got that, and I was happy. For food we ordered chips (comes with some 1000 island type dressing), pancake-chicken-whatevers, also with dressing and perogies. For entrees we had cauliflower steak, meatloaf and something else. The mushroom sauce on the cauliflower was a little too rich, but that was fine, I could just scrape it off. The focus wasn't the food, it was the company. If you show up early enough you can hear each other. By the end of our dinner we were speaking with raised voices and leaning over the table. The mulled wine was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ethnic czech food ,
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Great ethnic czech food , inexpensive and delightful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner option
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    It was my turn to cook dinner and the meat wasn't dethawed so I decided, we'll eat out. So we went to Bistro Bohem for dinner. It is in the neighborhood and we like it. I really liked the mulled wine, even though it was a little heavy on the clove that night. It was a Monday so the place wasn't crazy as usual. I had the kale salad with lentils. It was part cold part warm. It was okay, I enjoyed my husband's dish a bit more. He had the chicken in pancake batter, like chicken fingers but better, and their meatloaf. He wasn't too crazy about the meatloaf because it wasn't like the American meatloaf he is used to. I loved the side of thick hearty mashed potatoes that came with the dish. We will come here again because it's in our hood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and very friendly.
    BrunchBuns
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Great service and very friendly. Made us feel very welcome. Ambiance was unique and comfortable. Food was well priced and plentiful. Great for something different but not too off the wall. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth calling a favorite!
    Ddine
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    I've eaten here on 3 different occasions with guests visiting the city. Always a hit and now a favorite of mine. The staff is friendly & unobtrusively attentive. The menu seems always to have something for everyone. Service is timely & unrushed. The portions are generous & I've had the misfortune of ordering a meat platter. Leaving little room for my main course. The food feels home cooked like that I experienced on trips to austria, belgium, germany. Each bite triggered a memory from those trips I then shared with a friend. All of this is especially impressive as it's a type of food i'd always avoided. No More!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • late night happy hour on Fri and Sa
    LindoroVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Great Czech food -- love the atmosphere. Our waitress is really nice (who is Czech) but not very attentive -- probably because she has too many tables. Was quite surprised to know they have a late night happy hour from 10pm-2am during Fridays and Saturdays.... Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't wait to go back!
    apjf17
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    food was delicious, service fairly prompt, attentive and very cordial. great atmosphere. special and low key at the same time. my friends and I had a terrific time. I've been dying to visit Bistro Bohem for ages having lived in Eastern Europe for a couple of years and I'm so glad I finally got the chance. I will definitely be going back to visit Kafe Bohem to try their Julius Meinl coffee. I met Lenora (?) the GM and talked to her a bit about the kafe, the coffee, etc. and am even more excited to go back & bring others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Bistro Bohem is the best Cheque cuisine restaurant in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Candle list Bohemian Rapsody
    KJDCVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Late night last minute dinner but really adore this small chic little slice of Czech paradise in the U Street corridor. A very hip and trendy spot but its intimate size and excellent menu make it worthwhile to cross town for! Love the wide selection of Czech and Eastern European beers - can't go wrong with any.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm lucky I didn't find it sooner
    mg2449
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Finally went to this place the last week I was in D.C. If I had found it sooner, I would have overspent on dining by a lot! The food was divine. I had the slow cooked duck and my uncle had the pork shank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fix of Mitteleuropa
    givlcae
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I've been to Bistro Bohem three times now, and every time was great. First was just for a beer while I was waiting to meet someone back in February '13. It wasn't a busy time, and the bartender and I had a great conversation while I nursed a Czech beer I'd never had in the US before. The second and third times were for dinner. The food is excellent, and the portions aren't huge FYI--not tapas-sized small, but may or may not whet your appetite depending on your preferences. Go for an appetizer if you're hungry. The beer and wine I've had were great. The restaurant's not huge, so don't expect a huge group to be accommodated. Great for couples or small groups. Lively but not too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a lovely spot.
    JOSH
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I had a small birthday party for wife at Bistro Bohem recently. She had eaten there before, but neither I nor our friends had. The server was attentive and everyone was happy with their food. The music playing was nice but not over;y loud. Too often, I find myself in restaurants where I have to shout to be heard. I want to go back several times too explore their menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    hubbaram
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I absolutely love this place. Amazing food and wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice beers, a fun but intimate
    foodcomma
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    nice beers, a fun but intimate vibe, delicious small plates - a great place to go and share unique dishes with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The second visit and stil ok
    gerry
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This is the second time I've been there for dinner. It is a fun place with good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Czech It Out
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Washington is not filled with restaurants specializing in Central European cuisine, which by itself makes Bistro Bohem distinctive. The food we had was quite good -- my spouse and I split a beet salad with goat cheese and capers (he liked the capers, I could have lived without them); I had a tasty dish of pork, sauerkraut which was not overly sour, and bread dumplings, and we split a nice, house-baked chocolate cake. The fare was not as heavy as this cuisine can be and was reasonably priced. This is one place where one is better off in the back room (which serves as a coffeehouse during the day), which is roomier and quieter than than the original dining room.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not everytime as to be super
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The Bistro is a neighborhood gem to us and unless the food goes downhill we'll still come. I had one of the specials, the cauliflower soup which was super excellent. It was a must have if you visit soon. My entree, the parsley walnut fettuccine, sadly kinda, meh. We had a little trouble getting our waitress' attention, but the other problem is we couldn't remember which one of the two-three dark haired women in jeans and a dark shirt was ours. We could tell the place was busy but our apps did not come around the same time for our table. The place was LOUD! But louder than normal because the windows were open and at least 2 ambulances drove by on Florida Avenue and the siren noise seemed amplified in the tiny space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    TimInDC
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We've dines at Bistro Bohem on several occasions and the food has been excellent every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had one of the best DC restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Had one of the best DC restaurant meals in a while at Bistro Boehm on Saturday night. The food was delicious. Had a very old world authentic feel to it. Reviews from our 5-person table were uniformly positive. Serivce was spot on--attentive and pleasnt but not overbearing. There was no forced pressure have the plates taken away or be pushed out the door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good comfort food
    Nick
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Both dishes* I tasted were tasty and well-prepared, but were a little bit homogeneously soft and brown. My friend aptly described it as "grandmother food"--delicious and warm, but not particularly exciting. If there were a bit more color and contrast in the dishes--maybe something fresh--it'd totally have been worth the price. Although maybe in mid-winter I'd have been more appreciative. Definitely a spot worth czech-ing out, though. *Knedlo, vepro, zelo, and lamb chops over risotto. The KVZ was more interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eastern Europe on Tucked in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    My boyfriend and I came here for an early dinner before going out for the rest of our Saturday night. This place is tucked away around the corner from the Shaw Metro. I assume it is a spot Shaw residents frequent because it is super cute and delicious. We went because my boyfriend studied in Prague and wanted some of the same dishes. He wasn't disappointed and was especially excited about the drink list. My favorite thing we got was Bistro Bohem's Smazak. We'll definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast/brunch find
    aucontraire
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    The menu here offers an unexpectedly large, tasty variety. The banana crepes were delicious and light, but not overly filling. My friends and I sampled each other's dishes, and we all liked the tastes, as well as the presentation. The server was not overly attentive and came by at the right times to make sure we were all set.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    HR13
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We always enjoy Bistro Bohem. Most recently, we started with cocktails, the Campari Spritzer is a good one, and a Farmer's Platter. The platter is sizable, so you may want to stick with small plates instead of opting for a main course. The roasted pork with bleu cheese sauce was a special, and was good, but not as flavorful as expected, based on experience with prior pork specials.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food nice ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    First time at this place on a friends recommendation. Really enjoyed the cocktails and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An authentic gem!
    JoeLoganVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Excellent food (Czech and Eastern European), reasonable prices, charming staff. A great addition to this dynamic neighborhood.
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  • Other-worldly
    JPinDCVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    The food was fantastic, and of traditions you can't find frequently in DC. Very unique dishes from traditional Czech, Hungarian, and other Eastern European countries. The night we were here, we all loved our meals, and the live band in the other side of the restaurant playing interesting music as people danced. We felt like we had stepped into a Czech bistro circa 1960. We'll certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    SG12334
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Service was ok. Vegetarian options were oily and not exciting. Ordered pierogies without bacon, yet there was meat in one. The server promptly replaced it with a fried cheese appetizer claiming it was a kitchen miscommunication. Overall, food was boring and not great; I would not go back.
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  • Fine Comfort Food and Good Ambiance
    NickVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We at here on a Friday evening and were pleasantly surprised by the lack of deafining noise that is so common in DC restuarants. The food is (mostly) traditional Czech fair, with some twists -- such as the peirogis with pesto cream sauce. The service was efficient and unobrusive. We will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    dcsapperVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We were going to a show at the 9:30 Club with friends, one of whom is vegetarian. Bistro Bohem provided the perfect mix of foods on the menu for the Carnivores and the Vegetarians. Superb food, delicious tasting, well presented and well served. We were so lucky to find this place and had an excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful staff, delicious food
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    The homemade potato chips with yummy dip are addictive and wonderful. Loved the taste and texture of the gazpacho. The Knedlo, Vepro and Zelo-- slow braised pork, bread dumplings and cabbage-- were the perfect balance of melt in your mouth tenderness, soft breadiness and tart tanginess. Hearty, delicious comfort food. The staff was friendly and efficient-- many are recent immigrants from the Czech Republic who are fun to chat with. For a small and very busy space, the service ran like clockwork. We were especially impressed with the hostess who managed some obnoxious and demanding customers graciously. Love the busy atmosphere and old world feel of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, Local Atmosphere
    Norah
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Living in the U street corridor is great for access - but sometimes you want to dine without all the 'trend' chasers who come in from outside of our neighborhood. Bistro Bohem is a little off the beaten path which gives it a nice authenticity and cozy feel more reminiscent of cozy restaurants in NYC. The food is good with some dishes being excellent... but a little hit or miss. This said, we will definitely try it again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd Visit Was Just as Great as 1st
    Kiley
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    This was our second visit to Bistro Bohem. We were just as pleased as we were with the 1st trip. Great food and really nice staff. There was a noisy bachelor party when we got there, but they soon left. One of the managers came over to apologize for the noise, so I was very appreciative of that gesture. I highly suggest this great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date spot
    JA1207
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Good drinks, food was good (not amazing), and service was very good. I like the look and the atmosphere a lot.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Waitress served wrong drinks and totally neglected our table (and other tables around us). Gazpacho and risotto were excellent, but two other dishes were terrible. Not going back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • used to be a lot better
    totalfoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    I have been here before and they had a great potato salad that came with the shnitzle. This time it was dry fried chicken and a few loose undrrcooked potatoes.we won't be back.
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  • Awesome Czech Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    This restaurant, in the middle of the Shaw neighborhood, is excellent. The atmosphere was great, the food was absolutely superb, and they comped us for something that was *my* mistake...they didn't have to do it, but they did it anyway. We will definitely be going back as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy spot
    kbl83
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    I enjoyed the intimacy of the restaurant. The appetizers were great but the entrees were a bit on the oily side.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Went to Bistro Bohem for dinner with friends and had a great time. The beet salad was fresh and light. The mushroom risotto was creamy and flavorful. The pesto fettucine was perfect! The bacon stuffed pierogis were a little too doughy for me, but still good. We stayed for hours talking and taking our time through the meal, but the wait staff never made us feel like they were eager for us to leave. Granted, the night was pretty quiet, but we still appreciated their patience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Experience
    luvczechfood
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I chose Bistro Bohem for my birthday celebration and like always I had a fantastic experience. The food, beer, staff, and atmosphere made the evening wonderful. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.