Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante

Branzino Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.branzinophilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 790-0103
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only. Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Luan 2157900103x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Locust & Spruce
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate parking with Expert Parkway Lot of Pullman Garage on 1617 Chancellor St.
A word from Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante is a Classic Old World Italian restaurant located in the heart of Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. We Specialize in Fresh Seafood Dishes, Seasonal Pastas, and Exquisite Meat Dishes to satisfy the most refined Tastes. At Branzino, we combine the Italian art of eating with an old world tradition of hospitality. Come join us and taste the Art of the Old World Italian Tradition.
And now we are offering to our diners outdoor seating's in our garden. Something rear to find in center city. Partial Sun, partial shade, between the beautiful flowers and the Summer breeze you'll feel like you are dining in the gardens of Tuscany. Come and dine with us and forget about the every day rush and stress, and if it is a special occasion or a business meeting, dinner with your family and friends or private party up to 55 people, if you give us the opportunity,we will make those hours memorable.
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Branzino Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (83)fit for foodies (80)great for outdoor dining (76)romantic (75)special occasion (65)good for groups (48)great for lunch (14)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Atmosphere is better than the food
    seldomreviewer
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Although the front room is jarringly awkward, the main part of the restaurant is lovely and inviting. The service was also good. Unfortunately the food was pretty ordinary. Salad felt like it had been premade for hours, the fish was overcooked, and the tiramisu was kind of out-of-a-box. And of course the lack of alcohol doesn't help the food taste any better!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Kinman14
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We made a reservation for dinner here last weekend. It was a very disappointing experience overall. The waitstaff was very pushy and it took over an hour for our food to come out (no apps, 3 pasta dishes and two salads as entrees). In addition, the menu on their website did not match the menu in person, which was part of our decision to pick Branzino in the first place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You bring the bottle - they have the food
    GAProvinceDiningVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian - nice emphasis on seafood. I had the signature fish - the Branzino - about a 1-1.5 lb whole fish beautifully cooked - fileted at the table and served with a white wine caper sauce. Paired with lightly grilled Zucchini. Fabulous. My fellow diners had the salmon and scallops. Also both excellent. Other items sample were the beef carpaccio and the mussels appetizers. Both well prepared - the mussels had a nice kick to them which worked well. The portions were adequate bu not huge. We were all more than satisfied but a big eater might want to head for the primi as well. Slight whine - the bread was only so-so. It would have been nice to have a really good bread with those mussels. Oh yes - it is BYOB - decent glasses and they handle the service well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favors , service and value continue to satisfy.
    BazkapVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Branzino's continues to temp and satisfy adventurous dining with value and personable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food and experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Very nice restaurant reasonable prices with very good service. We're from out of town but would definitely go again. I didn't realize it's BYOB, so bring a bottle if you like your wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 1h40 waiting for the meal
    Maria
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    we reserved for 21:30. At ordering, the waiter told us they didn't have half of the menu that night. We instantly chose what was available. One hour later, the waiter came and apologized to one of us, they had run out of salmon. We asked which would be a suggestion in order to not make people wait longer. only at 23:15 we received our meal. In fact, my rabbit pappardele was the best I had ever experienced, and the lamb ragu that both my son and husband asked for were also very tasteful. A very talented gourmet restaurant in need of being better administered. The owner apologized and said it was once in a lifetime that it happened. She also provided us with a reward. Even though, it was our first time and the experience that we kept in mind.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great night
    leslie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was amazing, went there for that only and wasn't disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good BYOB
    NSllVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I was amazed at the crowd of people at Branzino on Sat. night. It appears to have become a real hot spot. The food varied from good to very good. It was somewhat salty. The endive salad was great. I had the zucca which was ravioli with butternut squash which was good not great. My husband enjoyed the osso buca.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Home Run
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We loved everything about our experience at Branzino. Elegant, upscale look with an unpretentious, comfortable vibe. Perfect for a date, the food is outstanding, the service was spot on, and the prices fairly reflect the quality. BYOB so bring a bottle of your favorite wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprising!
    Tourmama
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have walked by Branzino 50 times since becoming Center City residents, and never knew anyone who had eaten there, much less recommended it. Friends from the suburbs suggested we meet there, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Really good food (the branzino was outstanding), interesting menu choices, and great service. It's quite lovely inside, and we're looking forward to the chance to eat in the garden in the spring.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty Food
    Radome
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The lentil soup seemed more like salty corn starch and water with some flavoring. The canned artichoke hearts served with the salmon topped off the meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always terrific
    PhillyGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is fabulous, the service is attentive, prompt and unintrusive. I always enjoy having a meal here and it's BYO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    BraveheartVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I took business associates to this restaurant for a dinner. Everyone had a great meal and the wait staff was excellent. It is a bit tight in the restaurant so larger groups may be a problem. I had heard split revenues on Branzino but it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Luv2designVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my third time dining at Branzino's since moving to Philly two years ago. However in a city with so many great restaurants this may be my last. The food was not good Saturday night. I had the scallops and they were cold and slimy. One of my friends had Salmon which she couldn't eat either. We were having such a great time together despite our disappointing meals that we never bothered to go out of of our way to complain. We just stopped eating our dinner until our server asked how dinner was and we told her the truth. She brought the table a complimentary dessert but still charged us for the uneaten scallops and Salmon. Food quality just wasn't there that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very delicious and innovative dishes. Friendly, efficient waitstaff. We had a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CopiouseatsVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had dinner reservations for 6 for a special occasion (birthday) and the food and service was excellent. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and healthy
    AngieV
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love an Italian restaurant that focuses on flavors and not just cheese and pasta. We had the arugula salad, salmon with artichokes and the scallops with parsnip purée. Everything was delicious. Because the meal was so wholesome, we had room for a guilt-free dessert, and opted for a chocolate hazelnut cake topped with hazelnut ice cream. Yum. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This neighborhood gem, can always be counted on for a fine meal. The service is excellent and the owner visited every table throughout the meal to make sure that we are enjoyed our dinners. My wife and I are particularly fond of the branzino and oso bucco. Being a BYOB is a real plus. If you've never been to Branzino's, you're missing out
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo Branzino
    ShanRanNYC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I took some family and friends here for dinner one Friday night. We had an excellent meal; all four of us ordered different starters, main courses and shared 3 desserts. Food was excellent. Service was excellent too. A variety of servers attended our table so all was well. It was a bit noisy as the evening wore on, but an indication of happy customers. I live in NY and was visiting Philadelphia. A friend recommended it and I am going to give her a big thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday dining
    Ernie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    On the recommendation of friends four of us dined here on a busy Friday night and we were all very happy with our dining experience and food selections. The filleted Branzino was excellent as was the salmon. The service was very attentive, helpful and unobtrusive. When we arrived and were seated at a table in the back dining room we were unhappy with the noise level as there was a large party in the next room, the wait staff quickly seated us in at another table in another room and did this with a smile. As the dinner hour continued the noise level in this front, small room also made it challenging to have a conversation, which is our only negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of towners
    fishbellyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I like to take friends from California to Branzino for real Italian food. They are always so impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    very loud dinner parties the night we ate there... only 1 out of 3 meals were worthy of praise...good service however, yet food is very over rated based on previous reviews...don't think we would rush back again anytime soon... its very sad because we really wanted to enjoy one the more 'hyped BYOB restaurants in the city
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiter to City
    Visiters
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were two couples visiting from Detroit and Los Angeles. We enjoyed our dinner so much on Thursday night we returned on Sunday night to enjoy the excellent Branzino and the veal chop once again. The service was warm, friendly, and welcoming. We did not know the city and were thankful that the hotel had mentioned one needed to bring their own wine because they did not have a wine licence. We thought the prices more than fair (no corkage fee) and the food from the salad to the dessert was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints with the food
    SherzVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the rare BYOB's in Philly that also has an outdoor garden for dining. Their food is always realiably good. The decor is elegant and beautiful. This time, we were seated in the indoor front room, and the only problem was that the noise level was ridiculously high. It made for strained, shouted conversation. The food was good, however. Particular favorite dishes: grilled calamari, arugula salad, salmon, branzino, lamb shank, veal shank.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • excellent and elegant
    Peter
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My dinner at Branzino was the setting for a reunion with an old, out of town friend and his student. I chose it in part for the location (close to Raddison/Warwick Hotel and the Curtis Institute), and the availability of vegetarian dishes (for my friend). The ambience was excellent on a weekday evening, with multiple choices for seating inside and in the garden. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The menu was very large with a number of specials. I had the branzino, which was fileted at tableside, most expertly, and the Caesar salad. My firned had a beet/lentel salad and a squash ravioli pasta, and the student a veal involtini. We were all delighted with the main courses and they had the pumpkin and hazelnut cake desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the courtyard garden!
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We dined in the courtyard garden - quiet and beautiful surroundings. Food and service were excellent. I will definitely return and recommend it to others. In cooler weather I will dine in the new large attractive room adjacent to the courtyard.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best garden dining in the city
    OctoberdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    What a gem! The outdoor dining at Branzino is quiet, romantic, leafy, and lovely -- you can't believe you're in the city. The food is excellent - try the grilled calamari, signature branzino, orecchiette with lamb sausage, carpaccio, gnocchi, risotto with wild mushrooms. My favorite Italian restaurant in Philly, and one of my favorite BYOBs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tiny portions, big $$$$
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food at Branzino was decent, but it is totally overpriced and the portions are half of what you would normally get elsewhere. Big disappointment!!!! Also, the prices displayed in the online menu are not up to date and nowhere in that same website is an inbdication that the restaurant is BYOB
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  • Charming garden dining!
    CandM
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The garden dining area behind the restaurant made us feel that we were in Europe. Old brick walls and abundant lighting made a beautiful combination. I had the branzino, which was plated perfectly: it tasted delicious! My dining partner had the lamb shank, which was meltingly tender. The service was just right. I've already recommended this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful patio. Wonderful food.
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were lucky to visit Branzino on a gorgeous September evening, and enjoyed the evening in their lovely patio. We took our server's advice on what to order and were thrilled! Two appetizers, two main courses, two desserts: all exquisite! Especially memorable: the arugula salad (yes, memorable!), the branzino, the duck confit pasta (mouth-watering)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely but lacking
    nessundorma
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The garden is a lovely dining spot. The veal dish was excellent. The arugula salad was terribly over salted. The waitress poured the white wine we had brought without chilling it first. Dining experience was uneven.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, with HORRIBLE service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was amazing, too bad each course was introduced and concluded with poor service and especially rude male manager. He explicitly instructed my table to eat quick, so they can over turn the table... even though the whole restaurant was empty, at the time and we already had reservations. To start off the waitress rudely told off a guest of mine, from out of town that it was a BYOB and thus of course don't have a wine list. Another one of my guest from out of town has a food allergy and the manager yelled at me saying that whatever is on the menu will ONLY be served. When I asked the waitress if I could have pasta w oil and chicken she wasn't sure if the kitchen served chicken. This was my 1st and last time at Branzino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must try!!
    juuusgo3
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of it's large restaurant-week menu and because it is a BYOB. I love to take advantage of a $35, 3 course meal without feeling like you paid full price because of the cost of drinks. This restaurant is truly deceiving in size, and character, as it is quite noisy (but joyful) and extends all the way to the back of the property. The food was absolutely INCREDIBLE and the portions were perfect- not too much, not too little and that melt-in-your-mouth goodness. I will definitely be going back to this restaurant, and hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will bring my parents back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was very impressed with the food and service again. I will definitely bring visiting parents and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    TomD
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had reservations for 6:30 PM, I told them two of us were there and waiting for the other two. I said we'd wait outside. Our other two drove up at 6:50 PM she got out and he went to look for a parking space. They sat the three of us gave us menus and didn't rush us or ask if we want to order until the other person came in all most 15 minutes later. They made us feel welcome even if all four were not there until 35 minutes late. Needless to say the food was wonderful as always.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was excellent, I'm looking into booking a party of 15 for Christmas!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful setting, very good food
    librarian
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've been to this Northern Italian BYO several times but had never sat in the garden before. It's a lovely patio with trees, candles and soft music. I felt like I was in Italy. From now on I'm going to sit there -- even in the winter! The patio seats maybe fifty people. That space is a treasure, and it's in good repair -- no tripping in your heels walking over gouged cobblestones! The food for Restaurant Week: 1) about eight appetizers -- a tasty carpaccio, salads and seafood; 2) a long list of available entrees -- beef, veal, vegetarian, pork and chicken. I had chicken rolatini, which was very good, and the gnocchi was delicious; 3) three options for dessert. We had the tiramisu and the panna cotta, and they were both wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Restaurant Week Gem
    RestaurantWeekGem
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to Branzino for Restaurant Week and we were blown away. There were five of us from work and each of us loved the meal and the experience. We sat outside in the back patio area which is like an oasis in the city. Highly recommend for Restaurant Week or anytime you are looking for a great meal at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Outing
    LowkeyeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We took my mother in law here for birthday. She is a great Italian cook by nature and she loved everything that came out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romantic
    PhillyStudent
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. Got to sit outside in their outdoor patio garden. The garden is beautiful and there are candles on all the tables The entire meal was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate