Carlo & Johnny
Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com/
  • Phone: 5139368600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Justin Leidenheimer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Carlo & Johnny
Jeff Ruby's 1930 Chicago style steakhouse and supperclub. Same great Ruby steaks with an Italian accent. Three unique dining rooms, three wine cellars and live music.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Carlo & Johnny reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (189)romantic (138)notable wine list (99)fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (53)good for groups (47)vibrant bar scene (44)hot spot (30)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (17)scenic view (9)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Thanks...Carlo & Johnny's
    John
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, it was a special occasion and it turned out to be so very special thanks to the staff. The meal could not have been better, it was prepared perfectly!...my wife had the Halibut and I had the steak Collingsworth...both were beautifully presented...additionally our appetizers beef tartar and tiger prawns. My wife loved the beef and the prawns were luxury sized, the wine list was fantastic...our server, Pierre as well as the remaining staff attended to our every request in a professional and personal level. All in all we will return to this wonderful venue as soon as we can...thanks again to Paul the on staff manager...we appreciate all you did for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is very good. The cold bar is excellent. Steaks are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everyone was so nice. The food was wonderful. Bar drinks need a little work I will just get wine next time they have a great wine list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had a fabulous time and meal for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We've been here numerous times and this was the best. Carlo & Johnny really took good care of us. I had the Chicago style veal, which is a cross between wienerschnitzel and veal picatta. It was different and excellent. The main dining room (the Hollywood room) makes all the difference in the world. Ambience in that room compared to the other rooms is so much better. If you're going to Carlo & Johnny for a special occasion make sure you request the Hollywood Room and a booth. Don V., our server did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special nights
    wdkl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent place for great food, service, and location. Priced a little high for the average diner, but I don't believe they are trying to attract that crowd. Dined there for wife's birthday with family members.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jim is the man!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We dined for my wife's 30th Birthday. Had an absolutely beautiful time. Great food, Great time. Jim was our waiter. We've dined all over the world and had the best and worst waiters and Jim is up there with the BEST! Way to Go Jim! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The real deal
    SanMarcoSays
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bone-in filet. Enough said. The best Ruby's restaurant. Not as cramped as the precinct, and close to home. Cool atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo & Johnny
    Bosswife
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food and service. Always a good experience. Consistent. Plenty of attention without being a nuisance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • canmaker
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was excellent, steaks done just right, very good. Shrimp cocktails were huge, deserts were unique / different and outstanding. Waiter made a mistake with my wife's entrees. Manager came over to apologize and offered us free deserts. Atmosphere was good............tables not too close together. Little pricey......this is a special occasion establishment
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carlo and Johnny is Outstanding
    jerryVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you are looking for great steaks, top notch drinks, super service then this is the place for you. Great attention to detail. New dessert menu is upgrade and very good. Doughnuts are an excellent addition so save room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CBCB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    FOOD EXPENSIVE AND ONLY OK.....STAY AT BAR. GOOD FOR OLDER PERSONS TO HOOK UP
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Steak/Great Service
    jam1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Steak was great as usual. My boyfriend ordered the wild salmon special which they ran out of between when the waiter told us about it and when we placed our order. The waiter offered to prepare the farmed salmon from the menu in the same prep as the special for the same price as the menu salmon. I also like that there is good selection of wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grandmadd4
    grandmadd
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were ad to see that Carlo & Johnny has decided to revamp their menu. No more hot bread, only one choice instead of two. Appetizers was extremely expensive. One very tiny crab cake for well over twenty dollars. The petite tenderloin steak was served warm but not hot. My veal dish was very disappointing. Should have stuck with a streak. Our bill was well over what we usually spent and I only had one cocktail. Very unhappy to see these changes at what was once our favorite special night spot. Diane Tocash
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Graciously greeted and promptly seated.Attentive but not pushy server.Asked how our food was after 1 bite, then left to dine.Unfortunately,the recommended Halibut was dry.Told server and Mgr comp'd glass of wine.Steak Collinsworth, perfectly prepared and up to Ruby-par in flavor,the crab on top,a $10 premium, was no where to be found.Any Ruby Restaurant I consider fine dining experience and the price to go with it.Should be 5 stars everytime.My pet peeve in restaurant is anticipating dinner and,if it is not right, to have to send it back.I'm not waiting again for my dinner while my partner dines.Unless it is inedible,it's not going back.When we pay the high price,I'm betting it will be perfect.Next, I'll likely gamble where I know I win.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    Sister
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very nice experience. Service was very good but initial contact with waiter took longer than I expected. Selected veal on the menu, should have asked how it would be presented. It was very tender but two giant slabs on the plate. It was a little overwhelming and looked unappetizing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Carlo and Johnnys is our favorite restaurant. The food never disappoints and the service is second to none. We always make it a point to get there early to enjoy a drink at the bar before we are seated for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    dougg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Carlo & Johnny has been on our list for special occasions for 10+ years. They never disappoint and always exceed expectations. I made reservations on Open Table noting my wifes birthday. The staff at C&J made note of it ahead of time and the hostess, waiter, and manager all made a point to wish her a happy b-day. Food and service cannot be beat in Cincinnati...or anywhere for that matter. World class steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were concerned when we had to take an early reservation (5:45), but the experience was a very nice evening meal. Our server was very attentive and courteous as were the rest of the staff. Great food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I frequent C&J often with customers. We are never disappointed in the food or the service. If you have the opportunity.....request Thomas to manage your evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Tmoney
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I visited on my birthday and was very impressed with the waiters attention I received ie, cheesecake and a picture to remember it by! It was a perfect birthday dinner. The food was fabulous! We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • near perfection
    foodchaser
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Used to eat at the location in Belterra. First time here. Steaks, scallops, appetizers, drinks and service were impeccable. The oysters were rather lacking in character but I imagine that had more to do with nature than handling or prep of the product. Excellent evening, I'm just glad this place isn't closer to home or I'd weigh 300 pounds AND be broke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GradyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    WE HAD A GREAT TIME. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, FOOD WONDERFUL, AND WE STAYED AFTER DINNER AND DANCED TO GOOD MUSIC. IT WAS A PERFECT NIGHT OUT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The staff was awesome and the food amazing!! They made us feel very special
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very good food and surprise cheesecake dessert for anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not a happy birthday
    mellie7
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every year a group of my friends and I come to Carlo and Johnnys for our birthdays. We have always had a wonderful time until now. It took them 2 HOURS to serve our dinner. Its a very expensive place to eat and I expect a lot from a place like Carlo and Johnnys. We had to ASK to see a manager. He did give us a round of free drinks and a few free desserts. but by the time we left my husband did not have a happy birthday.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere - Food o.k.
    4paynes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Carlo & Johnny for a special occasion. The atmosphere was nice, a band was playing up front near the bar. Nice outdoor seating available. We came for the Jeff Ruby's great food, but was not as good as the downtown restaurant. The steak was good, the side dishes were not good, just o.k. barely. 5 of our 6 steaks were cooked to order. The well done steak - still had some pink in the middle. The other 5 steaks were great! The desserts were great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    mnusair
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Second visit to this restaurant, and just as good as the first. Service was excellent, food was superlative, and the macaroni and cheese side dish (huge, to be shared) was superb. If anyone had said that mac and cheese could taste like this I would not have believed it! Since the Maisonette went away this is as close as it gets, and it's in a really nice area just down the street from our house. It's not cheap but worth the cost, perhaps special occasions or once every now and then as a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attentive staff, great experience
    dinner4jc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We certainly enjoyed our first visit here. The staff was very attentive and friendly. This was our anniversary and they gave us a free piece of cheesecake and took a free photo to memorialize the event. The food for the most part was excellent, I love the tomato habanero soup with grilled cheese croutons and the baked macaroni and chesse, plus and my fiance's scallops huge and were amazing! I was a little disappointed with my new york strip. It certainly was not a bad, at all, it was very good, but I'd always heard Jeff Ruby's steaks were the best in town and I didn't find that to be true. I went to Ruth Chris's some time ago and got a new york strip there and the Ruth Chris steak was significantly better imho.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd annual visit
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Carlo and Johnny has become a tradition when we visit the area.....never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoeinKenwoodVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great ambiance, wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Since we met a La Boom ( circa 1980 nightspot at the Waterfront), we always celebrate our anniversary at a Jeff Rubies restaurant.. since the demise of the Waterfront it has been Carlos and Johnny. While expensive, you will not fine a better steak in Cincinnati. And the speakeasy/ gangster ambiance is very different and special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place for special occasion!
    2long2waitVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had four of us celebrating a birthday dinner. Food is always great. A little disappointed they changed the menu a little and took off the onion straws that top steaks. But the other sides were great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo & Johnny
    Highlander
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The steak was the best I've ever had, hands down. When Jeff Ruby has a restaurant, he hits it out of the park no question. You cannot go wrong with steak here. We had reservations and the seating was immediate. The staff was great and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary diner
    Gr8food
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is the third Jeff Ruby's restaurant we've visited and boy does Jeff Ruby deliver! The food was spectacular. The service was superb, the wait staff was very accommodating and the overall dining experience was exactly what my husband and I were looking for to celebrate our anniversary. We were most surprised that the menu is extremely similar to that of The Precinct! Still it was a great time and we enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    cincydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful meal. All staff was excellent. Steak cooked perfectly. Couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    blanchesarongVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Although we did not order steaks, the food we had was excellent. I had the pappardelle pasta with shrimp & crab. It had lots of seafood & they prepared it without the cream sauce, as I had requested. It was out of this world delicious. My husband had the veal & was very pleased with his dish. We had a side of green beans & they were seasoned perfectly. Although there was a screaming baby at the next table, I would not judge the restaurant for that. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Steaks but Overpriced
    Reds2BengalsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were surprised to find prices increased significantly - $60 for a 20 oz. strip and $50 for a "12 oz. filet". The filet definitely seemed smaller than 12 oz. - more like 10 oz. at most. The atmosphere is always one of the best in Cincinnati. However, our spinach sides and scalloped potatoes could have been better. The service was good but the server did not handle gift card credits very efficiently (confusing) and offered a free dessert for a birthday after we had paid our checks, so it became a take home one. If had been offered earlier, it is possible that others would have ordered dessert as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a Great Evening
    Birthday
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I brought my mother here for her 73 Birthday and the experience had was exceptional, from the valet attendant assisting my mother out of the vehicle to the Hostess at the front door to your servers. Our Server was outstanding he paid a lot of attention to my mother and answered all her questions and gave her suggestions on what to try or what she may like. From everyone that had contact with our table they were very prompt and professional and truly made you feel welcome and important. from when we sat to order and time of the different items arriving from appetizers to the main meal and dessert was perfect not rushed or delayed in anyway. The quality of the service and food was outstanding and I'm glad this is where I choose to take my mom
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All in all a Great Evening
    Aussieexpat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Been a regular Customer since C&J opened & ALWAYS had a good experience.. Moved to California in 2008 so lost contact for a few years , now back in Ohio & this my 1st visit in about 5 years & quality all round still excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Night
    Treatedlikeroyalty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our birthdays in the company of our three adult children. We loved being treated like kings and queens while every delicious bite of food or sip of wine was savored. As always, you know you are getting something first-class when you walk into any of Jeff Ruby's restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Romantic Evening
    SRJones
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great restaurant with great ambiance, service and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.