Cheval Bistro
Cheval Bistro
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Cheval Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chevalbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6265774141x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wed-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm, Sunday Dinner 5:00pm-9:00pm, Bar opens at 4:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact the restaurant.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cheval Bistro is the perfect place for any celebration or event, be it a birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, holiday, wrap party, awards show reception, charity reception or corporate meeting. We are available for location filming for television, features, fashion and music. Buyout of the entire restaurant also offered. Total capacity 150.
  • Private Party Contact: Karissa Neff 6265774141x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colorado Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available curbside as well as self parking in the De Lacey Garage.
A word from Cheval Bistro
Cheval Bistro has introduced to the Old Pasadena dining scene the unique beauty of traditional French bistro fare. The dark wood paneling sets the tone for the warmly-lit, remarkably comfortable interior. The sprawling antique bar dispenses vintage cocktails, single malt scotches, and a wide selection of French and California wines by the bottle and glass.

Experience the taste of France that is not to be missed. With a broad menu consisting of classic bistro fare such as Steak Frites, Duck Confit and Coq au Vin, Cheval Bistro brings you an authentic French "comfort food" experience that guests new to French cuisine, as well as seasoned gastronomical Francophiles will appreciate.
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Cheval Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Terrific French Bistro
    morley
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    With a modern menu of traditional French bistro items made with the finest of ingredients and an obviously talented chef, this bistro just off the Colorado main path in Old Pasadena is a great restaurant to go to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a fine meal. Staff, including the waiters, are incredibly friendly and helpful. No stuffy French snobbery here. Service can be a little slow out of the kitchen but the food and ambiance is so nice you probably won't notice. Morley
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I make a point to eat here whenever I'm in Pasadena. The steaks are fantastic, be sure to try the peppercorn filet. Nice wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for a family event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was the second time we had gone to Cheval Bistro- and again, the food was great. Service was so so and not welcoming. We had a birthday we wanted to celebrate. I called ahead, twice, to remind them that we had a birthday to celebrate and asked them if they do anything special. I was told they put candles on profiterol desert. Desert came and went and no candles for the event. Very disappointing. But, again, food is very good. We would go there again, but if you want an energetic, welcoming, or lively place, this is not it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    GourmetGourmand
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    While the food was delicious and well prepared, the kitchen was very slow (20-25 minutes wait), and waiter could be more attentive. Restaurant was 1/2 full, so not sure what the problem was. Also prix fixe--$45 per person was exorbitantly high since same items ordered on regular brunch menu ran at $15-20 less per person. Prefer Parkway Grill's policy of ordering off the regular menu with some special items for Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, but some price issues
    JaclynVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nice place with good food. I made a reservation approximately 3 weeks in advance for Mother's Day. I checked out the menu online and, while it was not inexpensive, I found it to be reasonable for the occasion. We arrived on Mother's Day to a prix fixe menu without any indication of the price. For five people for brunch, our bill came to $250. The quality of the food and service was good (not great or outstanding), but definitely not worth the exorbitant we were charged. I was quite disappointed that the restaurant didn't disclose their pricing or at least have the prix fixe menu available prior to Mother's Day and definitely wouldn't go there again for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good place for wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was good, but the food was slow. Great ambience for dating, small group social and wine lovers. The bar was historic and still in good condition. We went on a Saturday night, hard to find parking, but they did provide valet parking validation. Overall 3 star is because the food portion is relatively small and food choice limited. But will recommend friends go there if they are in small groups and want some really tasty French food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • doc
    peteVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    everything we ordered was very nicely done - good stiff Martinis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lucky find
    littleboo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very cool deco kind of feel. Waiter was very nice, attentive but not overly so. Coq a Van was delicious as well as the steak. Best Manhattan ever, just the right balance between sweet and the bitters. Loved my basil mint martini and of course the souffle for desert was awesome! Will definitely go again and highly recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    SammyCVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Amidst a quagmire of average restaurants: Cheval notably stands out. Their food is definitely fit for even the most discerning palette and their wine list is pretty impressive. I hope to return soon
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent!!
    baaramu
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    this restaurant NEVER disappoints!!! I take clients here because I know the menu and service will be stellar. The bar makes a fabulous French 76!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our first time
    armand
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    What a joy when the evening just flows with nothing to remember--like a pesky waiter, cold food, cheap, over-priced wine. The soup so delicious, the duck so tender, the soufflé so rich...and the wine so perfect! Only the glow of knowing that you will be back, not to relive it but to enjoy once again. It is the reason this was not our first time.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Geek
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Coq au vin was excellent, as was the Sancerre by the glass.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    GinnaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I hadn't been in this place for a very long time, I wonder why! Food is great, service is fantastic. The only thing is you really need to keep in mind that the chocolate or Grand Mernier souffle do take 45 minutes to serve. For the rest, great place!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    KatandRichVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    What a beautiful space. We went their for a Mother's Day brunch. Apparently, they weren't prepared and someone decided to short staff the operation. Food took forever, it was god, but there was a lot of sitting and waiting. The restaurant wasn't even very busy... overall it was OK, but not worth a second visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not a Bouchon
    patron2VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    In this category of restaurant, Bouchon in Beverly Hills is much better. The food was good but not spectacular and strangely enough they were out of sparkling water and out of the wine we ordered. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere and service were good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same restaurant...too bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife and I just returned home from Cheval Bistro...what a disappointment. They fired our favorite waiter and manager. They promoted the hostess to manager...huh? The food has also gone downhill. Sooo much salt on everything. In addition, they watered down the Bernaise sauce..why? Is the restaurant having financial problems? We usually spend more time and money there. No one even asked if we wanted coffee with our desert. It was good while it lasted. Now, we will not go back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • France in old Town
    ElJefe
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is like having a Paris bistro in your own back yard. The service is always goodd, the food perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Dining, True French Fare
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    A few times a year we drive 50 miles to enjoy Pasadena. Cheval is a favorite for lunch or dinner. The French menu has much to offer, and the service is always pleasant. The steak tartare, duck salad, mussels are personal favorites. My spouse loves the escargot or the very rich, cheesy mushroom crepes. Entrees are plentiful. There is a full bar and reasonably priced wine list, wines by the glass are good pours. Profiteroles are a better choice than the soufflé. Regretfully, we were unimpressed with the chocolate cognac soufflé and would not order it again, was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exciting new find for us!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary there and were very pleased with the meal, beginning to end. Nice french ambiance, very sweet and attentive waiters, delicious cocktails, a serving pace that felt just right, and perfectly cooked and seasoned food. Can't recommend it enough, really, though it's not cheap! Without wine, about $150 for two, from cocktails through dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Firts time to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Firts time to this restaurant since the renovation, it was my birthday and they treated me like a king! Food was outstanding as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Team work
    partyof5
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We a party of 5 professional LA women looking for a dining experience centrally located on a Saturday evening. Service was lacking and left us not sure we would return. The front of the house not supporting the restaurant. Technically the waitress had to do too much, and she was not properly supported. Too many people going by, but not working as a team. There were enough "warm bodies" just no focus on customer service. She seemed to be ~on her own.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro worth knowing
    Eating4funVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Formerly Delacey - Cheval is a great rebirth - you will make their muscles and frite a regular need!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheval Bistro
    Dale
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    With another couple for a special occasion. A beautiful restaurant. We lingered over drinks for an hour without any harassment from the staff. Dinner was delicious. Again, sat around afterwards with coffee and dessert for quite some time. Waitress was attentive but allowed us to sit, talk and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday gift
    Ruby
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I am glad I have experienced dining at Cheval Bistro. I do have a few comments: I was surprised no one answered my initial phone calls to make my reservation. When i have told others about this first impression I get surprised reactions from others as well. I can justify your need to have your staff help your customers but this first impression wasn't good. Your parking situation needs to be addressed. De Lacey is a narrow street not conducive to valet parking especially when I am in a wheelchair. The parking structure had a "Lot Full" sign out at 6:30 PM while cars were lined up exiting this structure. This was the place I was told to use by your staff. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgable, and someone I knew from another restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    EvafoxcVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The only comment I would make is that the place is primarily for those who like traditiona/contemporaray french food. What is disappointing is the wine list - too expensive with high mark up. In France one can always order a good bottle of wine for a price of entree! Bring your own bottle.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French dining
    Wesley
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was a real treat. Chaval lives up to its reputation for fine dining in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. The ambience is well appointed and the staff warm knowledgable and attentive. The food and drink are the ultimate measure of a restaurant and Chaval more than exceed my expectation for authentic French dining. Everything was high quality and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Cheval Bistro is on my regular visit list. Food and drink are always superb and service is always attentive and prompt without being pushy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty woman with no manners
    Phyl
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The decor is reminiscent of a Paris Bistro, very attractive. The service is poor. Our waiter mixed up our salad order, didn't listen and kept bringing extra plates AFTER we told him twice the plates were not needed; literally "dumped" the wine into a carafe, no delicacy at all, and then spilled the wine on the table trying to pour it. Worse, the waiter tried to be "cute" about his excesses. The quality of the wine selection is poor, which is inexcusable for a French restaurant. The food is adequate but highly over priced. Our lamb was properly cooked, but dry, and to our taste not properly seasoned. Go the Cheval Bistro for drinks at the bar, enjoy the decor, eat elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Birthday Brunch
    Francophile
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Cheval Bistro was lovely for brunch. Comfortable quiet setting with a French bistro feel. Nice varied menu with all the French standards (omelette, duck confit) but not overwhelming. A nice selection of champagne cocktails (a little pricey since they most likely use Champagne and not another sparkling wine), and good coffee. Birthday girls were treated to a special dessert of profiteroles with Birthday wishes and a candle; a very nice touch. We probably didn't need the delicious Grand Marnier souffle we ordered, but oh well, we were celebrating; and it was worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening
    MMJLCVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything tasted very good; the wine was excellent and the service very attentive. I will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avg food, bad service....
    DevAppetite
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We got here at 1:50pm, kitchen stops @2:30; waitress seemed unwelcome and almost didn't want us to stay.... One word, "cold"! We couldn't wait to leave....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French food American style
    Reviewer1000VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    If you are still one of those people who like French food and don't want to drive to the west side and you want a change from Bistro 45, cheval is for you. Their portion is completely American that my husband and I always split the main dish and it is more than enough. My favorite is duck confit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sad decline
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have happily been going to Cheval Blanc for years. But something has changed - certainly in the kitchen and the ambience has become jaded too. I got a sense of this on a visit last August but told myself it must have been an off-day. It seems not. In February this year we went again. I ordered Coq au Vin. It arrived with chunks of white breast meat just plopped on top of a BBQ like sauce. The chicken had certainly not been cooked with the stew. No browning of the meat, no richness, no subtlety, no flavor from the vegetable/wine stock. I suspect the issues run deeper than one bad meal (my son's frites were stone cold and my confit starter was likewise cold). I've always liked this place and it's sad to acknowledge I won't be coming back.
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  • Amazing Valentine's day dinner!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was excellent! Service was great! Sooooo worth it! Will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Treat
    TrendComa
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    $190 with tip is a once or twice a year stretch for us, but worth it. The cliche French we ordered for fun ranged from very good to fantastic (beef bourguignon , pork chop, escargot, frisee salad, chocolate souffle). A click and a half below the very best experience I've had at some super fancy chef owned places (a dozen times in my life), but a click above the 'corporate fine dining' that's become common. Goofy neighborhood (OT Pasadena), but once in the restaurant beautiful wood and friendly service make up for it. Some of the rude-people-with-too-much-money-SO-bored-with-$18-cheeseburgers vibe, but that's to be expected I s'pose. Our waiter Raul was relaxed AND attentive. Good stuff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corporate French Food
    foodchowVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Cog au Vin was basically roasted chicken with wine sauce overit. The legs seemed more cog au vin than the breast which was juicy It didn't taste as if it were stewing awhile.. Served with carrots, little oinion, bacon and no starch. Better was the Duck comfit. Beet salad too simple and disappointing although the dressing was very good. There will be a next time because the food is good enough in case we are in the area and want French. Will try to starters next time - maybe make a meal of them. Wine llist corporate too. The room is lovely, There is a back bar worth seeing - from the old days. The chocolate souffle was delicious. Service seemed slow but friendly. We certainly will place this on a list to revisit but not soon.
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  • A solid dining experience
    GudfudluvrVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Cheval does a great job every time and I'm very happy with my experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out for date night
    lindylu
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My husband and I finally got out alone for dinner and we dined at Cheval Bistro. The food was wonderful and the service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    Pasadena
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This is the second time that I have attended this restaurant. I arranged for a birthday dinner for a friend and the staff including the host were quite attentive. They always were near by if we needed anything. Many started with the duck confit salad and the two color beet salad. Lobster thermador was one of the specials and three of us ordered it. I brought a magnum of wine to start and we also ordered wine from their very nice wine list. It was not too large of a list. but was carefully chosen. The menu had about twelve entrees which included sea food, fish, lamb, cassoulet, beef steak and beef bourguignon. The have valet parking or you can park in the garage next to the restaurant. Give this place a try. I plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of Cheval Bistro
    Duke
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food was average for a high quality restaurant. Our particular service was terrible. We sat down at 7:30 p.m. and got our entrees at 9:30 p.m. (It was a Saturday night.) Also the place was too noisy for my taste. We had to shout to communicate across the table. I think there are better alternatives.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic