Casa Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oaxacaindc.com/
  • Phone: 2023872272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Closed Monday Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Blangiardo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday. We offer catering for parties of 20 or more. Please visit our website to check our catering menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining area for up to 50 guests for a full menu sit down dinner and up to 70 guests for a cocktail reception. Restaurant buy-outs are also available for up to 130 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Barroso 2023872272
  • Special Events: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida Ave.
  • Public Transit: Closest metro station: Woodley Park, Red Line Bus stop in front of the restaurant for L2, 90,92,93
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Parking lot available just two blocks aways at 2328 Champlain Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
A word from Casa Oaxaca
In 2007, we opened Casa Oaxaca in Washington, D.C., a traditional restaurant that brings the flavors and colors of Mexico to the capital city of U.S. Our main objective is to give Washingtonians a better exposure to the richness and diversity of Mexican cuisine. At Casa Oaxaca, mole sauces are our specialty and we have six types that you will be able to taste with chicken, beef, seafood or tortillas.
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Casa Oaxaca reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (13)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (6)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    ASouthernGal
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great dining experience. Went for brunch, all of the food was delicious. Fantastic michelada as well. One of the best I've had. Great service from fun and charming staff! I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious date night
    Shawna
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I decided on this spot as a late dinner date night option. My boyfriend and I arrived at 9 pm and we promptly seated. Although, it did take several minutes to take our order our waiter answered all questions and actually asked us to wait a few minutes and he would bring all the moles for us to try! They were all really delicious. I settled on the vegan mole with ribs. My meal was amazing! The pace was very slow, however for a night on the town with someone that I enjoyed the conversation, it was welcomed! The waiter ended up being great and personable. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casa Oaxaca delivers again!!!!!!!!!
    Will
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everytime we get the chance to go there we are so impressed by the quality of the food, staff, and ambiance. The queso fundido and mole verde ribs are beyond amazing. Try once and you'll be hooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A molé heaven!
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It was our first time at this conveniently located establishment on the southern end of Adams Morgan - but it won't be the last. The service was prompt and attentive throughout the meal. The marguerites were perfectly made, as was the freshly made guacamole. But the highlight was the various moles available. I chose the tres moles over grilled chicken breast and all three sauces were rich and flavorful, without overpowering the perfectly cooked chicken. This will definitely be on our list of very high quality Mexican restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, authentic food
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The staff at Casa Oaxaca could not be any nicer. They are so accomodating, polite and attentive. I've eaten there many times and have never had a less-than-perfect experience. Their brunch is the perfect hangover cure, as well as a little slice of home cooking for Mexicans in DC. Their drinks are generous and the food is flavorful, filling and inexpensive. Aces all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO Good!
    annie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was visiting DC with my vegetarian boyfriend and his picky-eating friend. I, myself, don't eat meat, but will occasionally eat fish. This was the most authentic Mexican food I've had on the East Coast ever! We started out with the queso dip with your average expectations. The dip was phenomenal, so far above the typical queso I've had anywhere else. This was spicy, and so flavorful. They served this with chips and warm salsa, which at first I thought would be gross, but was actually spectacular!! I ordered the fish tacos which were outstanding. Fresh corn tortillas and tons of vegetables and flavor! My boyfriend got the veggie tacos and they were amazing as well. His friend ordered the lamb tacos and was very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK Food, Slow Service
    dceater82VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food here is just OK as far as Mexican brunch fare. The service was really slow, though, esp. for a Sunday when you would expect there to be a large brunch crowd. It took a really long time for our server to bring us our check, and when he did he ran the wrong card! If you don't live in this neighborhood, I would not recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was fine, but nothing special. We had to ask for the customary chips and salsa that everyone else had on their table. I thought their prices were a little steep for what you got.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great moles!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Enjoyed the great drinks and authentic cuisine. I also love the getting a mole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Horrible Service
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went for brunch for a friends bday. There was one server for about 15 tables of four. We were seated before at least 30 mins before our drink orders were taken. The waiter was completely indifferent about the inconvenience and was not knowledgeable about the menu. Luckily the food was amazing otherwise the whole outing would have been a bust.
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  • once again
    boardhead
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were somewhat disappointed with our return visit. First, only the low-ceiling downstairs was open. It's below ground level and noisy. We made our reservation through Open Table and although we were told it would be recorded, that was not done. The ceviche and tortilla soup were excellent, but the main course tacos (pork and skirt steak) were rather bland. Not as satisfying as our prior visit, and we are Oaxacan foodies having spent several months there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Quiet little restaurant with great food and margaritas. We had a delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Every time I've been to Casa Oaxaca, whether it be for happy hour or dinner, it has never failed to be a good time. The food and drinks never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Rarity in the USA
    GayConnoisseurVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Most Americans don't realize how diverse Mexican cuisine actually is. To find a restaurant - in Washington DC of all places - that specializes in Oaxacan cuisine including mole is a rarity! Most "mexican" restaurants in the USA are Tex-Mex, which I happen to love, but Casa Oaxaca is a very nice change. I love the chicken mole, the queso fundido, and the tortilla soup. Absolutely delicious! I plan to keep coming back for more and plan to tell all my friends about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mole
    grace
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Authentic Mexican food. Excellent mole, margaritas and sangria
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    this was a very enjoyable meal; much better Mexican food than many other DC spots. Our reservation was at 7:30 and they were able to seat us early but a little later and the restaurant was pretty crowded. With the crowd it got loud downstairs but by that time we were done eating. All in all, I would recommend Casa O for the good food and good service. If you are going to eat here, avoid the downstairs back corner tables due to poor lighting. We didn't sit there but I saw the young folks sitting there have to get out there phones to light up the menus.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food here is fantastic. I am a vegan but my wife is not. Both of us found food we absolutely loved: pink mole for me, plantains and black mole for her. The atmosphere here is a bit downscale compared to the price. It's not dirty or sketchy or anything like that. It's just not a very nice, polished restaurant. The staff was friendly though, and I definitely plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpectedly Fantastic
    MelanieMcVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Being from Southern California, it is hard to find Mexican restaurants on the East Coast that are great! Boy were we surprised! From the moment we walked in everything was great. Lovely and lively service, delicious food, fun artwork. The menu was different than just your typical tacos and everything we tasted was yummy-- even the grasshoppers! My friends and I had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Salim
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This was my first time at Casa Oaxaca, and as a Mexican I would definately recommend it for anyone who wants to try authentic mexican cuisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was pretty good, but...
    NSamuels
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Came here for Mother's Day brunch. I really wish their brunch menu had been published online. If you are vegetarian/vegan (I, and my dining partners, are fiercely carnivorous) their $30 unlimited mimosa/food deal will probably be great for you. The brunch menu is essentially just egg dishes, which is, in my opinion, not worth it. We all ordered off of the regular menu. Service was lacking, but not horrible or unfriendly. Just one guy waiting all of the tables and tending the bar it seemed...so he seemed a bit out of it. They also neglected to check me in for my reservation. So I just got one of those "you're a no-show" emails from Opentable. TL;DR - I wouldn't return for brunch. Dinner, maybe? But it wouldn't be my first choice.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 667 reviews are from the Casa Oaxaca reviews archive.
  • Great Spot
    Breezy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food is always great along with great service. No negatives, except chips and salsa would be nice as a complementary option. They do have it as a chips and queso option though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Mexican restaurant
    rosariot
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The meals and the services are quite good. The price not so cheap but the restaurant is located in a good and vibrant area of Washington.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love Mexican
    lorlaskin
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great service, wonderful tasting and unique authentic Mexican cooking
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Pedrosayz
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I must said that the service we received at Casa Oaxaca while visiting DC on the Cherry Blossom Festival Wekened was outstanding. Food was excellent and the ambiance great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We found this Adams Morgan Mexican restaurant to have stellar service but just good, not great food, for the price. A agave margarita is $12 and meals run about $19, which is high for the fare. We started with Kekas, which were the highlight of our meal and a bargain at the happy hour price of $5. The Mole Verde Con Costillas De Purerco (ribs) were dry and flavorless. The Enchiladas De Camaron Y Queso De Cabra was above average. In short, we find this establishment a good place to take advantage of 1/2 price appetizers (beware - the list is short) and drinks.
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  • The food was amazing- the
    Titina
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food was amazing- the meat- incredibly tender and flavored perfectly, everything very fresh. We even enjoyed the grasshoppers which they graciously prepared to our preferences- plain with dipping sauce on the side. We dined early so that they were able to cater to our large crowd. All perfect!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The food was not authentic and it was very overpriced. Would NOT go back
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot in Adam's Morgan
    NancySGVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We ate here one night while on vacation in D.C. The service was very friendly, the waiters were so sweet to help my kids practice their Spanish. The lamb tacos were awesome, and they make a mean Old Fashioned.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Casa O!
    Cis4couture
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We've eaten here tons of times and it's always a delight! This occasion was a double date and our friends loved it as well. We sat by the fire place downstairs and had our favorite waiter. Viva la mole!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Drink - Authentic!
    cbougas
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    All I can say is this place is great! The staff is friendly, the food and beverage are delicious and creative. Our group of 4 had a wonderful evening and we look forward to our next visit. I'm not sure how we were able to get a last minute reservation on a Saturday night, but I'm not complaining. This was a very lucky find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Love!
    EatOut
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our first visit started off a little shaky, I must say. It took way too long to get a drink. I'll be honest, get me a drink right away and I can relax and enjoy the ambiance, people watch a gander at the menu happily forever. Once our karaft of deliciously mixed margaritas arrived all doubts vanished. Soon after our apatizers of squash flower raviolis with creme fresh and black bean-filled plantains were before us and were catapolted to Oaxacan heaven. The waiters and bar folk were pleasing. My main course of carnitas tacos with pickled red onions and pineapple salsa made my tummy do leaps and bounds of joy. I'd avoid this place if I were you! Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    dferro
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We loved the Rellenitos de Platano Macho, the the Enmoladas, and the Ravioli de Huitlacoche. However, be warned that the last too are very big appetizers, so that you will be pretty full after eating them. The shrimp enchiladas and the Mole Coloradito were also superb. Our waiter was super: he was funny and helpful, bringing us a sampler of all of the moles, which really helped us to make our choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Oaxacan food
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Chose this spot for our out of town Valentine's Dinner as we are both big fans of mole and Oaxacan food. The restaurant, upstairs was beautiful and comfortable, we were bought to a table on the lower level which we found more claustrophobic and very loud. They accommodated us easily with a table upstairs when we asked. The food was as good as most of the food we had in Oaxaca. The tortilla soup was the bet I ever had. My tamale was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Mexican food
    Leon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This place was a great Valentine's Day dinner find. I originally ordered the beef fajitas but the waiter recommend another beef dish and he did me a favor. It was delicious and everything else that came on the plate was great too. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vegan friendly
    jules
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It's hard to find a good vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant. Casa Oaxaca has a great atmosphere and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The service was decent and they do take reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as in Oaxaca
    LeneButterfly
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The mole was delicious! We were pleasantly surprised to find the food just as goos as we remembered it to be in Oaxaca. A+ The place got crowded quickly after 7:30, so we know it's popular with the locals at least. Good for young crowds. If you are there with older parents, go on the early side as it can get noisy very quickly when the margaritas start flowing. Ask to be seated towards the back if you prefer a quieter spot. The mole coloradito with the flank steak was amazing. Wish this place was close to home in NYC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always find the food interesting
    GeneVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We always find the food interesting and the service attentive. It is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Washington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Mexican Fare
    archy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We discovered this restaurant thanks to a discount coupon, and the meal was absolutely delicious. Mole is the specialty, and my husband and I ordered the coloradito (with steak) and the amarillito (with chicken). Both were amazing, and the guacamole appetizer was one of the best I've ever had. Even without the discount, the prices are very reasonable for DC. We'll definitely be heading back for more.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Oaxaca is a DC Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    DC has plenty of restaurants serving "Mexican" food, but most of the restaurants specialize in Salvadoran cuisine that offer a Salvadoran take on Mexican OR they are chain restaurants. Casa Oaxaca is a standout because it is authentic and Oaxacan cuisine is unique that you rarely find anywhere in the US. The menu offers many intriguing items that are approachable at the same time. Plus, the margaritas are banging! The service is very friendly and accommodating notwithstanding the near capacity crowd, CO often seems to have. I think Casa Oaxaca is a DC Gem because it offers high quality, interesting cuisine at a very affordable price. It's accessible in taste and location. And everyone needs chocolate in their lives.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming Ambiance, Real Mexican
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    DC is just not known for its Mexican food. After coming from Phoenix, it has been a real disappointment not to be able to find any great Mexican. I love mole, and as it is a regional dish, not all Mexican joints serve it. A Mexican referred me to this place, and I was not disappointed. Great mole! Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet