BIX
BIX

BIX

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bixrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4154336300
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Hill
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300
  • Entertainment: BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson & Pacific
  • Public Transit: Muni bus: #41 Union
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is valet parking nightly after 5:00pm.
A word from BIX
An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior distinguished by a gently curving mahogany bar, fluted columns with ornate capitals, stunning original art, plush banquettes, cozy booths, starched linens, glittering glasses, and polished flatware. Overall, the ambiance is pure 1930's and 1940's - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory days of Cunard and French Line ships. Fashionable and glamorous are the hallmarks. Trendy is simply not a part of the BIX culture. The clientele at BIX ranges from San Francisco movers-and-shakers to "savvy travelers" - owner Doug Biederbeck's term for the many diners in the know from out of town who patronize his establishment. All of them step from the featureless alley into another world - a world of superb cookery and libations, of sparkling service, of stylish nostalgia, of polished live jazz. That world is BIX.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
BIX reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (125)special occasion (123)vibrant bar scene (81)fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (54)hot spot (43)late-night find (35)good for groups (29)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service were fantastic, but for $34, I expect more then a few tiny pieces of lobster in the lobster spaghetti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimJVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Consistently excellent...great atmosphere and music...interesting food and conscientious service...thoughtful restaurant manager allows us to select our preferred seating...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were a group of 7, service was fair, food was good. My upset was that we brought in a bottle of wine, a little larger than most because we were 7 people and they charged us double corkage because of the size of the bottle which we felt was not fair and they would not adjust the bill. Because of this I will not return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Asked our server for another butter and her comment was--you have on--she did not notice it belonged to my guest Bad overall attitude with all the servers--like we were doing them a favor for eating at their establishment!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bix is the best! Great food, great service, great ambience! Perfect for a romantic date or fun, adult dinner party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occaision
    serverschild1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The ambience is Art Deco 20-30s San Francisco with dim lights, little lamps on tables, a wide, curving staircase to upstairs dining and a lively bar downstairs with white jacketed, attentive bartenders. Recorded jazz played downstairs while we dined. If you go in late afternoon/ early evening when the sun is bright, allow some time for your eyes to adjust as it's very dark. All table servers at our large, rounded booth were excellent. Can't say enough about the service. As for the food, I really enjoyed the deviled egg hors d'oeuvre and wished I could have had more than one half of one. We shared an order among the six of us. The lobster pasta was ok, not bad, just ok. Loved the bananas foster as well. I'd go again, just for drinks & apps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I appreciate you recognizing that we were celebrating a birthday and the note at the table and spoon of sorbet was nice, thank you.Upon departure you had a large group siting outside drinking champagne and very intoxicated. They took over the entire street and our Uber driver was unable to get to pick us up. The drunk party had 2 Uber cars just waiting for them to get themselves together and load the cars. . I can't say this would be a restaurant that have on list to return. We felt our waiter was not excited to accommodate us. I had to ask him to tell us about the menu. He cited only the most expensive items and unable to elaborate on anything. It kind of killed our appetite and we ordered apps and wine only.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It
    BaseballMom
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had an early dinner reservation. Admittedly we were still full from a foodie event we just attended. I was concerned that they would be irritated that we only wanted drinks and appetizers. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Our waiter was a true professional and treated us like we had ordered the most expensive items on the menu. Our "snacks" were fabulous as were the desserts we shared. The bread pudding was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattleite
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food at Bix's was great (my husband wasn't crazy for his lobster spaghetti but the appetizers, tomato cart, and my steak were all fantastic), and the service in both the bar and the restaurant was outstanding. My only complaint is that we were on time for our reservation - a few minutes early maybe - and we had to wait a significant time for a table. Which might have been fine if it weren't for the fact that the bar is tiny and there were no seats available there because people without reservations were eating dinner at the bar. We overheard a comment from someone else that led us to believe that this is a pretty common occurrence. Despite that, I would recommend Bix to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birdman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Reliably exceptional dining experience in such a swank spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodieTraveller
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bix had been recommended by a work colleague who hadn't been for while. While the quality of the service and the ambience were good, the meal was not on par with the reputation of the restaurant or the cost. As an example, one of our party ordered the Spaghetti with Lobster dish which contained virtually no Lobster. The server did offer to substitute the dish (so as not to delay the meal we elected not to change out the dish), however, for an upscale restaurant, we did not feel that the dish met the minimum standard.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun evening, great atmosphere
    Chris
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here, food good, great waitress! Neat location, fun bar, nice booth arrangement upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My second time here and can't wait to return next time I am in SF. Love the ambiance. The food was fantastic. The server was great but the food runner not so much. Dropped an entree in my brother's lap and ruined the suits of 3 diners. The management and server were extremely apologetic and made amends right away. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SF Calif Casual Elegant at its best
    jazzo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful meal, great ambience; impeccable service. Feels like 30's-40's modern but not like a "theme" restaurant; rather, it has an authentic vibe. You almost expect to see Bogie lounging at the bar as the smoke curls upward. Tucked away in an alley with old exposed bricks; valet parking service was prompt and friendly. Pricey? with tip, cocktails and a bottle of wine, $300.00 for two. Special place!!! Highly recommend if it's in your budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DPOPT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good food, fantastic space and wonderful drinks. Our barman was tremendous fun and taught us a lot about Gin martinis and rye whiskey. The Jazz was also excellent. Will be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    sfbayareafoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I very much enjoyed all parts of our Anniversary Dinner at Bix. We felt very well taken care of by the waiter and like we had all the time we desired to enjoy our drinks before dinner. The delivery of each course was well-spaced out and they even gave us a candle in our dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maddie
    Naplesx2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Bix continues to be an all time favorite. Romantic, sophisticated, wonderful food, corn bisque soup incredible, oysters, yum, fab decor & jazz .... A San Francisco treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too $$$$ for what they offer
    Becks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tiny portions, okay but not special food, slow service with attitude, and far to pricey for what they offer. If it was not because of the ambience they would have closed long ago.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Bix!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved the jazz playing, and the food was excellent. Will definitely go again when we are in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tricia
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Bix is so San Francisco. Beautiful ambiance, great food and service was very professional, yet friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great New Find
    merrynoel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary. We received excellent service, and many congrats. They had a table open or a better one to offer in a few minutes, we opted to wait and had drinks at the bar. The ambiance is fantastic, great old school feeling to the interior, loved having the piano and jazz music. The noise level was never loud despite the live music and packed tables. The food was delicious. We recommend the tomato cart, duck entree and lobster spaghetti. The wine list was a bit pricey for us, but expected with the prices on the rest of the menu, we still found an excellent bottle of cab to share. For dessert we had the chocolate bread pudding, it wasn't too rich, just right Love this place and will visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, mediocre service
    gdtang
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Made a reso for my birthday. 1 person got stuck at work late, but called Bix to let them know that she was on her way and would arrive ~20 min. The rest of of us were there ready to be seated. The hostess refused to seat us due to their policy that all individuals must be present before a table was seated. She also kept telling us that they needed the table back at 9pm. We reassured her that we understood, and we would be done by 9, but we could still be seated now, but she refused. The policy just doesn't make sense-- the table was sitting empty, while we were standing around the entrance waiting...had we been seated, we would have ordered additional apps & wine. They lost $ by refusing to seat us. Not impressed by their level of service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday lunch treat
    Melrose
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've had Friday lunch at Bix on my birthday many times and always enjoyed it. I took a new friend this time and they raved about the ambience, and that is a big part of the experience. It's beautiful. The staff is uniformly welcoming and professional, and the food is nicely done. This visit was slightly less spectacular than prior ones for two reasons: The waiter forgot my drink (truly surprising and quickly remedied) and my Caesar salad seemed rather ordinary: It looked a little messy, the leaves seemed slightly tired. On the other hand, my friend's corn soup and chicken hash were both nice, and my tagliatelle was perfectly done, al dente, bravo. I'd go back again and hope this was just an off day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The staff was great, the food was great, and the lounge music created a romantic ambiance (piano & vocals). It was tucked away in an alley, which added to its charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It was amazing WE love this restaurant WE are french and réal lu appreciated the atmosphere the good and the service
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always enjoy an evening at Bix. It's my go to place for celebrating special occasions, or just when I what to feel like I've stepped into another world. The service is always top notch, the food never disappoints, and the live entertainment is the icing on a delicious cake! Truly one of the best dining experiences in the city!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dses
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great atmosphere. Food is just ok. Loved the location in the city.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to be missed!
    Eliza
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Every time I go to San Francisco I make a point to go to BIX. Love the Jazz, worth paying attention to, but doesn't disrupt dining and conversation... classic service, fabulous food and wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Special
    Simon
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was our first time visiting Bix. When we set up our reservation I stated that it was for our wedding anniversary. So restaurants on Open Table read the, "Special Attention" box and others don't. We we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess greeted us right away and congratulated us. When she showed us to our table, which was a nice and romantic corner table, Bix had a very nice hand-written card congratulating us on our wedding anniversary. Everything from the service, the food and the feel of the room were just first rate. If you are looking for some place romantic, this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time capsule
    Trix
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I first went to BIX about 20 years ago - to remain this vibrant and relevant after all this time is a worthy accomplishment. It is noisy - but the energy is part of it's personality. Food is not necessarily inspired but very satisfying, flavorful, and with just enough variety to engage most diners appetites. I am sorry I waited so long to return and will not make that mistake again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    All of the things we ordered were excellent. We had 4 different appetizers and they were all wonderful. The entrees were also excellent. It is a bit noisy and was really getting hopping around 8:30 when we left. We would return here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were in SF and a friend had recommended this spot, so we gave it a shot. Wow. We are so happy we came. The ambiance is wonderful. Our waiter, Chris, was great and was very knowledgable on the menu. We split an incredible heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad that they made table side. We then had a corn soup with a habanero sauce that we shared that had just a hint of heat to it but great flavor. Finally, we had the duck and got the side of smashed potatoes fried in duck fat. The potatoes were indescribably awesome. The only reason I give service 4 stars is that we wanted to try the fish too but knew it was too much food. We found out as we were leaving that we could have ordered half of two dishes. Would still go back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for everyone
    Junnie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Love this place, will recommend to everyone. Food is good service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visually a lovely hidden gem...
    Letsdineout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Although we found the restaurant to be quite beautiful; the food, while acceptable, did not manage to match the caliber of the service, the ambiance, nor the prices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar service lacking
    suzanneVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The bar service was extremely poor last night. It took 1/2 hour to get an initial drink at the bar and it wasn't all that crowded. Getting refills was almost as hard and we had to chase down the bartender. Bartenders need to look around and be aware - catching his eye was impossible. We then asked that the bar tab be put on our dinner bill and it never was, nor was our credit card returned until we asked for it at the end of the evening. A very poor experience at the bar while waiting for our table. Inexcusable for a restaurant like Bix
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  • Perfect for Mom's Bday dinner
    jfabVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Took Mom there for midweek Birthday dinner and everything was excellent. All the staff were very accommodating and patient with Mom. They even had a birthday card for her. I knew she'd like it and she did thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience- big thanks to Bix! My only note is that I didn't remember it being such a lively, loud dining experience. Perhaps it was just this evening, but we couldn't converse with each other without leaning in across the table. Otherwise, great spot for fancy, old san francisco dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    TornadoOrphan
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife and I came here on our honeymoon and could not be happier! It all started with the service. Our waiter took the time to explain the entire menu to us, and also made a special cocktail for my wife based on what she described she liked. Her drink was exactly what she wanted. I had the Elixer No. 3 to drink and it was unlike anything I've ever had. It was wonderful. We had a couple appetizers which were very good, and my wife had a couple great glasses of wine. For our meals, my wife had the duck and I had lobster spaghetti, both of which were outstanding. It was an overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    MVARELA
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Really enjoyed this place, very classy solid service and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smooth jazz - cool place
    Okok2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We loved the look and feel, very old world cool. But Bix was very busy, and our service staff presented as overwhelmed and stressed. Combine this with it being very loud it was not the romantic dinner I hoped for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It used to have amazing food, and the attire was way above casual. I was disappointed in the food, just okay, and terribly overpriced. There were people there in jeans and t-shirts. When we go to celebrate a special occasion, very disappointing. Also, part of my party was arriving late. We were very hungry, yet they would not let us sit and begin eating appetizers (which would have made the bill even higher) until our entire party was there. I would have been happy to sit at the bar and eat and drink while we waited, but we had minors, and yet, they still would not seat us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic