BLD
BLD

BLD

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bldrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (323) 930-9744
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm (Large Party reservations of 5 - 12 are accepted between 9am - 2pm); Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm (Reservations accepted between 12:30pm - 2pm); Dinner Sunday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday- Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Reservations accepted Monday - Sunday between 5pm - 10pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Neal Fraser
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Doughnut Shoppe every Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m.
    Mariah's Milkshake Madness on a rotating Sunday every month beginning at 5 p.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vista Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available at lunch beginning at 11:00 am. Valet available at dinner beginning at 5:00. Free 2 hour street parking from 8:00am to 6:00pm everyday.
A word from BLD
BLD IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR PARTIES OF FIVE OR MORE DURING BRUNCH.

Within its sunny space BLD (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is both a popular neighborhood spot as well as a great destination restaurant. This latest venture of husband and wife team Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser with partner Richard Drapkin, is another successful collaboration of the talented team from Grace Restaurant just down the street. At BLD diners can remain comfortable all day long in a friendly, upscale café atmosphere. The enticing space and the service are approachable from the moment the doors open early in the morning until they finally close late at night. BLD has become the go-to spot for all day gourmet comfort food. House-made pastries, salads, sandwiches, and more feature seasonal ingredients. The all-day charcuterie and artisanal cheese section may just be LA’s answer to the ultimate bar food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
BLD reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (34)neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (33)great for lunch (20)good for groups (19)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (5)special occasion (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • JamsterVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Have dined at BLD for years and have always had a good experience, however, their once awesome charcuterie seems to be lacking now. The selection of meats and cheeses seems to be very limited and not as well curated. Also, the portions were incredibly small where they use to be quite generous. Bummer-- as this was one of my favorite parts about this place since charcuterie is rarely offered in LA restaurants.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unusually quiet day at BLD
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Food: the chopped salad and flank steak were delicious, the soup was almost warm Ambience: unusually quiet which was great Service: good but I had to get up to ask for the check
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Service
    JOEROB35VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We went to the restaurant for a relaxed business lunch. We used OT for our reservation and were seated promptly even though there were people waiting. After almost 15 minutes, we asked the hostess to send over our waiter. He came over and took our order for both food and drinks. Another server brought out our food. The waiter checked back mid meal to ask if anyone wanted refills on drinks. Everyone did. We never saw him again. Eventually, we asked the hostess for the waiter again. She couldn't find him and another waiter dropped off the check. The food was very good but there was basically no service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RICOTTA BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
    lifeinpictures
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    great place to come for brunch with the girls on the weekend! make sure to make reservations if you have 5 or more in your party :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    lfadVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I've been coming here for years, it's always good. Really comfortable, easy place for a meal and you know it'll be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch, but needed more water
    NeedMoWata
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    LOVED the food. Friend and I went for brunch and it was delicious. My only issue was the water. I drink a lot of water while eating and at one point had to wait about 5-10 minutes before I could even get someone to notice that I needed more. When I don't have water I simply will stop eating until I get a refill. You can see where the problem starts here: my food quickly got a lot colder and lot less enjoyable the longer I had to wait for a simple refill. Maybe it's because I was sitting outside or maybe it was something else. I noticed our waiter inside just kind of standing around sometimes which annoyed me a bit, but I let it slide. It was good food before everything else, after all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've Discovered my Fave Egg Dish
    Chewie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were seated pretty quickly per our res--great! Service started off slow, and some members of our party got quite cranky at not being able to order their coffee. We did end up having to ask for our server, but it was smooth sailing from there. We each ordered an entree, as well as their famous Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes to split among the 6 of us. Suggestion: ask for their housemade blueberry jam for your breads because it is yummy! But also for the pancakes because, while good, they didn't have nearly enough blueberries in them. Love their maple syrup & the tin--super cute!! The star of the show was definitely the Ode to Butterfield's Benedict. Beeeaautifully poached eggs, tender flatiron steak, and an absolutely divine cab hollandaise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT LA BRUNCH BPOT
    lorne
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    BLD is a consistent and iconic LA breakfast spot with a vibrant social scene on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for mixed groups
    tyronestaste
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Something for everyone on this menu- we had a mix of picky conservative eating omnivores and non picky but vegan and all had CHOICES of entrees that they liked. The staff is attentive and friendly. Wish more restaurants were as considerate. They also offer breakfast for dinner for their famous ricotta blueberry pancakes or vegan benedict.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan friendly
    BigDaddy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The menu is so varied that the vegan selections are as prominent as the carnivore choices. Everything looked great and my vegan dish was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes
    LAfoodie921
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Best pancakes I've had in a long time, my turkey sausage frittata was also delish, but get the pancakes!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still outstanding
    Foodiegirledibleschlyard
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to BLD many times, wanted something close to the Grove so we could eat while friends were at a movie. It is strange that there are so few options right now, but BLD still delivers on every level. Was fantastic, would go again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened BLD?
    YumyumVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are regulars at BLD. This time the service was really bad. Food was good, but not as good as usual. We know the manager, Anwar. Well, he WAS the manager. Now he's been promoted (good for him! Very nice guy!) but we fear the restaurant is suffering. Hope this was just an off night and not a pattern of things to come...
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  • good food
    wsoup
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    great cocktails, good food, tasty donuts and coffee! definitely recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Restaurant
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Restaurant Was Interesting Very Interesting Menu . They Let You Have breakfast for dinner Which Is Great I Always Like To See What Interesting Items To Chose From Blueberry Pancakes For Dinner , Just For When You Have The Craving After Dark ,,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for dinner
    onlyforbreakfast
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Been here couple times for breakfast/brunch. Wanted to try dinner but I didn't like it at all. Food was salty braised beef. Pasta was meh- ... service was nice. not much on the menu either. I'd only come back for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • Brunch with Band Width!
    FoodFight
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was promptly seated for our 10:30 am Brunch reservation and service was attentive. The Bloody Marys were potent and the brunch menu is as varied as you could want - everything from a Fried Egg Sandwich to awesome Huevos Rancheros and good, traditional Eggs Benedict. I went with my grown kids, but there were several baby strollers and snugglies in the dining room and all were having a great brunch in a nice, casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid but not wow
    OKNotExtraordinary
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I heard of BLD thru friends and Chef Neal Fraser on Top Chef Masters. Was expecting "wow". It was fine but nothing special. The waiter suggested my salmon be cooked to med well. That is a sign of worry. I asked for med rare. It arrive very med. My date's kale salad was the only wow of the night. My caesar was a solid starter. We came for dinner. Maybe I should try brunch or lunch. Ambiance would be better suited for those dining hours. Thanks to OpenTable for the reservation though. I had been meaning to try this restaurant for awhile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Big Hit!!!
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food. Great for those who eat Vegan and/or Gluten-free. Menu offers lots of choices. The trout was outstanding as was the Lamb Burger with a gluten-free bun, the braised short ribs, and the vegan chocolate cake. Wonderful service. Waitress was very knowledgeable. We cannot wait to return. Our new go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ninjaneds
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We loved it. From the specialty cocktails to dessert and everything in between, we had the best night for my boyfriend's birthday.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BLD always one of my faves!
    Iate2much
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is always delicious. The menu is filled with fresh yummy takes on classics and original creations that will keep you kidding off of the "specials" menu. Skip it for brunch though because the less people that know how delicious the brunch is the easier it will be for me to get a table. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time here. Liked the food but did feel it was overly salty. Mussel appetizer was good. Stand outs were the Brussels sprouts and the banana cream pie.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Puuur-fect
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Sometimes you just want an awesome breakfast and Friendly service. This isn't my first time at bld and it won't be my last, I would suggest trying the brunch on Saturday you might a to wait a little but it's totally worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 767 reviews are from the BLD reviews archive.
  • Even better the 2nd time around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    After a wonderful first dining experience, decided to bring my neighbors here for a birthday celebration--what a great time! Once again the service and food was impeccable, especially the cheese plate! Can't wait to go back for 'donut Wednesdays!'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was outstanding! I wish Dine L.A. was 3 times a year!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DineLA specific
    Toni032003
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was amazing! The server wasn't there all the time but had an eye for attention to deatil. Ambiance is a bit noisy, but I think that had something to do with dineLA. I do have a feeling that if you came during prime dinner time it would be busy anyway. Time between courses was a bit long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful DineLA Dinner
    Chewie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food here was delicious! For the appetizer, the lobster roll and the prosciutto fritters were presented beautifully & tasted amazing. For mains, I personally loved the duck confit ravioli. It was a well composed dish with a great ratio between the ravioli, duck, mushrooms & sauce. Finally, we ordered both the doughnuts & ice cream pie. Both were much "lighter" than expected and absolutely scrumptious--yum! We did decide that the lemon ice cream pie was the winner. The only thing was that our server was not very attentive and seemed quite nervous & awkward around us. He was a little odd and rather neglectful in relation to the business of the restaurant, which is the only reason it was a good rather than an excellent dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Overall decent experience
    Lester
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Enjoyed my meal here. The chicken and brussels sprouts and mushrooms deconstructed dinner dish was good. But service was a little slow for me. And although the food was good, I did not think it was worth the $25 for the plate. Just a good place to have dinner and drinks with some friends. But will certainly be looking for something a little less pricey next time.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot for a great bite
    er62003
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went to BLD for their Dine LA dinner menu. Lobster roll and duck ravioli were delicious. The sauce on the ravioli was the perfect consistency. The ice cream pie was tasty though the crust was too dry.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABC, BLD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Doing the BLD DineLA dinner special is one of the best decisions I've made all year! Food was excellent and our server Vanessa was a little gem--extremely knowledgeable of the wine and food choices and just a great server all around. Will definitely be back to BLD, especially for the cheese plate and micheladas!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DineLA experience
    live2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I went there for dinner during DineLA week. The food was good. I think it might be a more interesting and relaxing experience to try it another time.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine LA Winner
    YumyumVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This year's menu choices were excellent from top to bottom. And only $25 per person! Kudos, BLD!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was very good - service was really bad and needs improvement - we felt forgotten for a good part of our meal and as the restaurant got busy the our server disappeared!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 of the better July Dine LA meals
    arnoldVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to 9 DINE LA menus this past week. My personal favorite was BLD. I enjoyed the Lobster roll app and the Branzino entree. The wine pairings where tasty All members of our group enjoyed the Dine LA Menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was OK
    0845
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been there many times.. It is a great go to on the way to the theatre and the wait staff was very considerate of the time constraint.. however I had the turkey burger which I had had before.. It was just OK.. being as it is Dine LA week, they had a limited menu and there were not a ton of chioces for me....I thought the waitress was a little cold and distant.....Have had much better waitress's in the past.. will go again..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    bahbeeg
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    All around.. dine la menu was not as good as regular menu but I love BLD..u can really talk there & its lovely atmosphere..
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    romantic
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  • BLD Fills the Bill
    Naspy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    BLD's DineLA menu has got to be one of the best deals in town! Food is innovative enough for foodies, & there were plenty of families also enjoying the relaxed ambience of a great neighborhood spot. Try any of the items on the DineLA menu and you won't be disappointed: Lobster roll, tomato and arugula salad, kobe beef tataki for starters; pan fried branzino, the veggie lobster mushroom with hand torn pasta, the surf/turf, the duck ravioli and for dessert, choice of lemon icebox cake or Guinness doughnuts. Wine pairings are extra. Great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LA restaurant week
    glowshines
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I've been to BLD for their brunch which was excellent, but being able to get the amount of food and the variety for 25 dollars during L.A. restaurant week was just outstanding. I LOVED the lobster roll, the branzino and even though I went with the crowd favorite and chose the donuts I actually didn't like them. BUT dessert was redeemed when my friend got then lemon ice cream pie! To die for! Loved it. I will go back for dinner again and I'm due for another brunch outing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JasonVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was a special 3 course dinner. Tough steak, tiny lobster. stale lobster roll Loud noise. Would not return
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Duck Ravioli to die for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I had passed by this restaurant and always wanted to try it and thanks to DineLA, I was able to! I ended up waiting a long time for my party and the servers brought me water and were very gracious to me. When my party arrived and we were seated, the wait staff was attentive and speedy. They didn't rush us to make a decision and made suggestions. I had the duck ravioli and it was AAMAZINGGGG. I almost licked the plate it was so good. I would definitely go back with or without DineLA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet