Bistro Cacao
Bistro Cacao

Bistro Cacao

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrocacao.com/
  • Phone: 2025464737x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Kemal Deger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Yes we do Cater

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd and 4th NE
  • Public Transit: Union Station red line three blocks away
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Cacao
Where Romance meets Flavor… At Bistro Cacao, chef-owner Kemal Deger brings nearly 25 years of culinary expertise to your table. In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine in a romantically charming and comfortable setting blending old France with modern creative touches.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro Cacao reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (136)great for outdoor dining (113)special occasion (107)neighborhood gem (107)fit for foodies (91)notable wine list (67)great for brunch (45)great for lunch (37)good for groups (21)late-night find (11)hot spot (10)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • High expectations, not let down.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food and service which was our expectation going in. Nice ambiance. Drinks a bit pricey in our opinion. Had Mahi Mahi and Filet for entrees. Both wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for romance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We came to Bistro Cacao to have our first date as a married couple on the night after our wedding. We came because it was a suggested restaurant for romance with great food and wine and we were not disappointed! Upon walking in, we knew that we were in the perfect place as the decor made it feel as though we were in one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. We were walked to our special table in the red room; but first we got a glimpse of their extensive wine selection on the walk there and couldn't wait to see the wine list. The wine list will make a wine enthusiast VERY happy and our server really paid attention to our wine palate; suggesting a wine that we ended up adoring. The food was amazing and everything was PERFECT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem!
    Opihimoke
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Located a few minutes' walk from Union Station along Massachusetts, Bistro Cacao is a real gem in the neighborhood. The food was outstanding - try the duck - it's unbelievable! As is the beet salad. The filet mignon is always perfectly done to your choice and the wine selection is great - not so extensive that decisions are hard, but a perfect balance of various priced wines from good to great vineyards and appealing to various palates. While the food is excellent, the service is what really makes this place stand out from all the others. Not pretentious, but extremely courteous, friendly and, most important, is serious about service to its customers. Whether a newbie or a regular, their service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect anniversary spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were going to be late arriving into DC and was worried about finding a nice place so late. I ran across this restaurant online and they had late reservation options. I am so glad I chose this place. It was the perfect romantic spot for our anniversary diner. Our waitress Julie was very nice and attentive!! I loved it! Next time I visit DC I will definitely go back. Thank you Julie for a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS FOOD, GREAT AMBIANCE
    GreenDolphin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Four of us ate here on a beautiful September evening, on the patio. We enjoyed playing "flaneurs" as we watched the foot traffic along Massachusetts Avenue and dined on the artfully-prepared fare. I had the special entree of trout stuffed with goat cheese and crab meat. My friends had the duck breast, the scallops-and-avocado salad, and the grilled hangar steak. All were excellent. We popped inside to take a look at the interior decor: very elegant, plush, cozy, romantic, lots of little tables in nooks, red color theme, flowers, woodwork, etc. Great place for a romantic night out. The service was quite good, although we did sit for some 10 minutes before we were given menus, water, etc. Otherwise, our servers were pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michelin worthy - tops Capitol Hill
    TomandMaryVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great shrimp appetizer and outstanding scallop and avocado salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummyfood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was excellent. Very enjoyable sitting outside on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem
    AlvaladyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food, attentive service, charming setting. Filet mignon, mahi-mahi and vegetarian plate quite enjoyable. Looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional French Gem
    SLGDC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We booked a table for five this past weekend before an 8 p.m. performance of King Lear. We were seated at a lovely, quiet table (a rarity in Washington these days). The escargot is reminiscent of Paris, the wines beautifully paired, and the wait person was more than willing to describe her favorite dishes in sensuous detail. The vegetarian option, a portobello mushroom ravioli with a light sauce was no just an afterthought ! We enjoyed a most delightful dinner conversation inpossible! For Francophones, or anyone missing pate or frog's legs this is an authentic traditional restaurant in Capitol Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    food4me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have been to Bistro Cacao before but this time they outdid themselves. the food was excellent and the staff was very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. A fine meal and looking forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charm
    FrancieFVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food, attentive, but not cloying service. Romantic setting, good music selection. Very relaxing. They clearly value their customers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Restaurant chosen due to its proximity to Union Station for DC, MD. & VA residents to meet for Sunday brunch. Although the website stated that all parties had to be present to be seated, this was not the case. One party was late by 30" and another party unable to attend, but the restaurant did not change the table size. Wait staff were attentive, but did not hurry the diners. The ambiance, pastry basket and brunch items were all enjoyed while the diners discussed a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 wonderful meals!
    Nancy15
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here last Saturday night for a special occasion. Food was fantastic all around and the waiter was well acquainted with the wine list and made great recommendations. Romantic and unique atmosphere. We had such a great time that we came back 12 hours later for Sunday brunch, which did not disappoint! We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French cuisine in DC
    carino45
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our Turkish waitress was super nice and accommodating. The meal was exquisite. The decor is a bit too antique though. Edith Piaf singing in the background added to the Frenchy ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific!
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    went there for a friend's birthday lunch - a rather romantic spot with lots of little hidden nooks - good for private parties - great selection of salads, sandwiches and entrees - easy to have a great lunch without breaking the bank and still feels like a grown-up restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Gerry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great service great food. What else could one ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot for outdoor dining
    Steve
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    i went here with my wife for a quick dinner to eat. Service was prompt and friendly. we dined outside so i can't really comment about noise level or ambiance. The signature cocktails were very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate dining experience
    NovaDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    From the delicately adorned dining room, to the romantically tea-lit outdoor patio, Bistro Cacao offers an intimate and chic dining experience. The food is expertly prepared and very tastefully presented. Not to mention the profiteroles are to die for! We had no issues in changing our reservation to accommodate additional guests, and all wait staff was attentive, friendly, and accomdating. I will definitely be back to check out brunch and highly recommend Bistro Cacao to anyone looking for an authentic French cuisine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    ralphwiggum
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A great find. The items ordered were cooked perfectly, the wait staff was superb without being obnoxious. Parties of two are treated to semi private booths with very comfortable chairs and a lot of character in their decor. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappionted!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I made a reservation for Sunday lunch last night through the "RESTAURANT WEEK" website, however, when my friend and I arrived there, we were told that yesterday was the last "RESTAURANT WEEK" day, and they even don't offer lunch on Sunday, what we could choose was just "Leave" or take brunch! However, when we went out of the restaurant, there was a chalkboard, said "RESTAURANT WEEK Aug 11-18 fix menu lunch & dinner" OMG! We spent so long time to get there for lunch!! Feel like being cheated!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service & Quality of food
    Juan1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was spot on! We went for restaurant week and everything as top notch. Highly recommended and just a few steps Union Station.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner on Restaurant Week
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to Bistro Cacao for the first time during Restaurant Week and it was delightful. Service was great, ambiance was great and the food was to die for. Will be there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nocookVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    To be fair it was restaurant week ......but the service and food were not as good as I had remembered on other special occasions when we dined here. I will try it again ....but no time too soon . Food sides were cold as if they had been sitting for awhile. This used to be a favorite restaurant of ours ,but just not up to par I guess with the volume of people so great !
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  • Excellent
    TBD2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place for a romantic dinner. Private tables, calming ambience, excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place is amazing! Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I had the worst waitress ever. I have eaten here before and not encountered bad wait staff. Hoping this was an off night due to restaurant week?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fabulous experience all around. Food, ambiance, and service were all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food and wine
    KarenML
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Romantic atmosphere. We spent only $300 for 3 of us including 2 bottles of red wine (although this was $35 menu of DC's Restaurant Week). The food was awesome. Wine is fine. The service was good even though they were very busy. I will come back when I have a chance.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reminiscent of traditional France
    DeanDine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Terrific ambiance for a French restaurant of yesteryear. Jest left Paris after a number of years in France and Bistro Cacao reminded us of the more memorable restaurants in France. Music (Édith Piaf included), decor, and the menu all work together for a great dining experience. Also great to work on the language as well!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food excellent but service rude (although efficient). Could not order a salad while my husband enjoyed his cocktail as I do not drink. They were too busy to serve me any way other than the entire order at once. There at 5pm. Not another patron for almost an hour. Chef looking out window, servers roaming around eating or engaging in personal conversation. Find it difficult to dine somewhere where I cannot be served the way I wish. After all I am the paying customer. And to be told in such a rude manner....do not think we will be returning or recommending.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch- that's it.
    Jayjay2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Just super overpriced and not ready for prime time. Staff doesn't have it all together and is constantly changing, food is meh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great ambience, poor service
    Abby
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The ambience is great, lots of character, well done. It was too warm though, and the AC was turned on/up too late, so the dining experience was marred by the fact that we felt hot. The food was decent, nothing to complain about, enjoyable but not memorable. The service was extremely poor. The maître de was in your face (seemed to be play acting the character of a French foodie). He took my friend's order but forgot to take mine until I reminded him, but even then, forgot to ask me how I liked my beef done. They forgot to bring our dessert--we had to ask for it. To top everything, they did not split the bill in half like we requested, but put a larger sum on my credit card than my friend's. I am not going to return, and will not recommend.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Bistro Cacao this week. It was a lovely evening to sit out on the patio. Our server, Jaime, was attentive, professional and fun. The food was a limited 3 course menu for "Restaurant Week" but offered a nice variety of options. We were not disappointed in any of the dishes we ordered. The pheasant pate was delicious. Our entrees of filet mignon and duck were done to perfection. My trio of creme brûlée was wonderful. In all a lovely night in a lovely city setting with good food and drink. We will return......
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently enjoyable experience
    bmcg7VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've been to Bistro Cacao for both brunch and dinner and have enjoyed it each time. The outside deck is perfect for brunch on a nice day and the inside is great for dinner any time. The food is consistently very good. For dinner, I'd recommend the Cacao salad as an appetizer and the mushroom ravioli as an entree. I recently went for dinner with my mother, husband and 4 nieces/nephews and everything was nice -- from the food to the service to the ambience. They were taking the train home so the proximity to Union Square Station was very convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great business or personal lunch
    Balthazar
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Laidback but nice; not stuffy but not casual; extremely affordable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    4 of us for enjoyable restaurant week lunch -- sat on patio -- had fish and shrimp salads; rare hangar steak looked the best; gazpacho with watermelon excellent; assorted creme brulees good, not excellent, but the chocolate profiterolle looked really good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, and one complaint...
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    ... the outdoor chairs could be more comfortable. Despite having cushion on my chair, it still was uncomfortable and my behind started to hurt. So much so, that I was happy to be able to get up and leave. Perhaps, thicker cushions would help. Other than that, it was great! Food was great and it was nice to sit outside under their huge umbrellas to not be directly in the sun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here during Restaurant Week and the menu and service were amazing. We had a romantic little candlelit table and an extremely friendly and helpful waiter who helped us settle on ordering the perfect bottle of wine and some great filet mignon. The food was delicious, the service was fast and very welcoming, and the ambience was perfect for a romantic dinner. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Disapointed
    CB00VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service was superb and the setting (outside on the patio) was delightful. The staff went out of their way to be accommodating,very friendly and professional. The food however just wasn't good. Beet salad consisted of one slice of beet, a few walnuts and raisins and the smallest lettuce leaves I've ever seen. The chicken that followed was almost cold and very (very) dry. The balsamic reduction overpowered the taste of the other ingredients. The waiter immediately exchanged my dish for another dish - the mahi-mahi sauce was delicious (just too little of it) but the fish was very dry . I think they have far too many items on the menu - which results in not being able to showcase really good dishes.
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  • Wonderful
    slisa
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was delectable, the ambiance was fantastic, and the service was superb. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, odd service, dead quiet
    hmastro7
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food here is always great but this last time, despite the place being empty, the hostess mistakenly seated the rest of my party separately rather than seating them with me, despite knowing I had a reservation and was expecting others. We ended up sitting separately waiting for one another for 15 minutes - and never really got a full apology.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.