Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Cibo Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cibo.com/
  • Phone: 8316498151
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Open 4pm - 2:00AM
    Best Happy Hour in Town 4-7 nightly
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cibo Ristorante Italiano happily accommodates business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events and customized private parties open only to you and your guests. Choose from the selection of group menus presented on our website or contact us to discuss your specific requests and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Mario Catalano 8316498151
  • Entertainment: Cibo has long been known as the place for live music on the Monterey Peninsula. The music menu has been carefully arranged to bring you an exciting, danceable mix of jazz, R&B, funk, reggae and Latin beats. With dinner, cocktails and live music, Cibo is the perfect place for an evening out.




    Cibo presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, sophisticated Cocktail Jazz with Joe Lucido accompanies dinner from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a party atmosphere and a lively mix of Latin jazz, salsa, soul, funk, swing and R & B dance music Tuesday through Saturday. Please visit our website for the entertainment calendar -

    www.cibo.com




    Cibo Happy Hour
    Nightly from 5-7pm!
  • Special Events: Cibo Ristorante Italiano happily accommodates business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events and customized private parties open only to you and your guests. Choose from the selection of group menus presented on our website, or contact us to discuss your specific requests and budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Del Monte Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Monterey Airbus stops near Cibo Restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a City of Monterey parking garage (for a nominal fee) located on Tyler Street, behind Cibo. It can be reached from Alvarado by turning right on Franklin St. and entering to the left in the first block. Free on-street parking is available throughout downtown Monterey after 6 p.m.
A word from Cibo Ristorante Italiano
COCKTAILS•DINNER•JAZZ
Cibo means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. An intimate yet vibrant atmosphere is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners.
Hand-selected from the finest Italian and California vintages, Cibo presents an extensive range of wines to enable the perfect pairing with your dinner. Cordials as well as traditional and creative cocktails are available to complement your dining experience. For an elegant evening of cocktails and jazz, a custom private party, a special group event or quiet dinner for two, Cibo will accommodate.
Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990. Located in beautiful, historic downtown Monterey, California. Dinner served nightly from 5-10p.m, the bar is open 4:00 p.m. to 2am.
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Cibo Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
62% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (6)romantic (5)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)fit for foodies (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • My second visit
    Haardrock1141VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was my second visit to Cibo (I live in Arizona) in a month and the food and service were excellent. My first visit in August was great as well. If you are looking for something slightly different, Cibo is the place. It is convenient to downtown located near the wharf. Definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monterey Fabulous
    Haardrock1141VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Just an outstanding experience. The food and service were fabulous. The food was prepared with great care and presentation. The timing of when the waiter brought the food to my table was perfect. If you're in Monterey and looking for Italian food accompanied by some jazz music, CIBO is the place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent Experience
    spiceman
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed Cibo. We had been attending the RM auction across the street during Monterey Car week. A fun, energetic vibe for the evening was set, and Cibo was the perfect spot to dine to keep the spirit going. Good location, ambience and food. When we return to Monterey we will certain return to Cibo.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weekend in Monterrey
    MVTraveler
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our first visit to Cibo was great, we sat in the bar listened to Jazz , enjoyed Happy Hour specials. We went back the next day for dinner, expecting the same good service. It was busy , several large parties. The service was slow, about 40 minutes into our stay we received our entree. A bit surprising since we did not get our appetizers, the waiter did not realize his error until we pointed it out. He was apologetic. Overall disappointing. I doubt we will ever go back for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another try
    TORCVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was very good this evening. Better than the last visit. We were there early evening so it was low key, and left before the music was to start. The wait service was much better than last time. They give you plenty of food. I had a pasta special, and it was very tasty. we would return
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  • The food is excellent!
    FormerChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was excellent - I do feel our server was knowledgable and good, if only he had some help - it was a very busy night and he seemed to be the only waiter there. Also, the decor needs a consult. But honestly, I mainly go to restaurants for the food - so I will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have dined here on 3 or 4 occasions. I have had an excellent meal on Sunday when the restaurant is generally and very average meals on a Friday when the restaurant is bustling. If the food was more consistent this would be a very good place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    mike
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    food was dry and uninspired. Wine list was unexciting. Very nice atmosphere in the place and the service was attentive and courteous. We all expected much more from the food.
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  • Sadly, just average
    ladyonthelake
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We have visited Cibo's in the past and had lovely dinners. This time we were underwhelmed. We were given a nice table, the waiter began the evening very attentive but became unavailable as the evening progressed. The food was okay, nothing outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opt1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    we had a party of 8 for business dinner. Our table was next to the band and cant really converse with each other. Food was not bad but services was terrible. We have to waive for the waiter to get us water & drink. The waiter broke the cork of our own bottle of wine. Had to flag down the manager to get our waiter to place our order and drinks. Missed an order and took them 20 minutes until we made a scene. There is no one really in charge. All the waiters congregate next to the kitchen talking amongst themselves. They don't have to give us services because the 12% - 15% gratuity is a sure shot. Never go back to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Cibo Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Could be better...
    JDunNMonterey
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The price was right for an after dinne meal, but not a place I would go unless I wanted a bar scene with music at night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ... not sure??
    TORCVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is my second time here. The first time was maybe 10 years ago. We had a big group staying at the nearby Hotel, so thought it would be a good place to try again. Their pricing was reasonable, the food selections were reasonable, the quality - actually didn't really hear much. I had the porkchop and it was okay, a little on the dry not much flavor. It was the waiter that made the overall experience -- a little much. If I thought he was new, I would give him a break. He seemed 'high'. He couldn't keep any of our orders straight, starting with the drinks. He took one beer order and left... so much to comment on.. but that is the brunt of it. Will I return, only if it is convenient location.
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  • consistently good
    luvmywineVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have dined here several times in the last couple of years and have always enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband and I were here with a group (total 16). We were seated at 2 tables. That would have been fine but when the bill came it was all on one! So we had to have him split it and then he couldn't remember who had what. The music was so loud that you couldn't hear the conversation. I had to ask the owner to have the band stop playing for awhile. She agreed that they were too loud. The food and wine was excellent so we will return. We had eaten here a few days earlier with just 2 other people and the experience was so much better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CMac
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our reservation was on a Saturday night on Memorial Day weekend a 7:30 pm.....we were running a bit late and I called to tell them so. They said no problem. We finally got to the resturant just before 8:30 pm to find the place somewhat empty. This is not normally a good sign, especailly on a Saturday night. But surprise....it was great. We were to couples and and service was great, the food was good and around 9:30 or so a band played. So a good time to our surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • srodskiVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    It was a OK choice but turned out to be very average overall
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere, Wonderful Food
    Dwest20
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Service couldn't have been better, food was AMAZING, atmosphere was wonderful. Great place to have a special meal or just grab a quick bite. Had the Sea Bass Special and it was to die for. Everyone's meal was delicious. Must try the Crème Brulee cheesecake. The BEST!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We hosted a reception at Cibo and the food and service were outstanding. Dinner followed for a smaller group, and the food and service were again outstanding .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Msbusyb
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Loved coming here for dinner - was perfect for just 2 people, but would also be great for larger groups. Food was excellent - pasta was al dente, food made from scratch. Our servers were very attentive as well. Would definitely come back!A
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pasta In Monterey
    TomBVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Cibo is serves up fine pasta dishes in Monterey. The Rigatoni Bolognese and Paparadelle Della Casa were dishes we enjoyed. The wine list is extensive. If I am need of a pasta fix the next time I am in Monterey, I will return!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice. Predictable.
    rickracerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I've been to Cibo about 5 or 6 times. It's always predictable; never outstanding but always pretty good. Portions (on the pasta that I had) seemed small but it ended up being a sufficient amount. It's a good, consistent place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I ate here twice during my stay in Monterey. The first time was by myself at the bar. Even though I was the only one at the bar - service was slow. Waited 5 minutes just to be recognized. Food was great. Had to ask for bread with dinner. Came back with a party of four after our event and the place was very busy for a Monday night. The waiters were slammed but did a great job and the food was again very good. Would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Misses, Music Great
    JMNWVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We were in on a Thursday and a jazz band was playing doing 20's jazz, 40's hot jazz including Django Reinhardt among others - fabulous. I wish I could say the same about the food. We started with clams which tasted fishy and old. I had the aglio y olio which provided no relationship to the dish whatsover. My husband had the chicken arrostito which was dry and flavorless. I would definitely go back for the music but would avoid the food and stick with cocktails from the bar - until they improve the output from their kitchen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and music
    Terrie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great combination of good food and quiet jazz group in background! Also, good value!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was fantastic as well
    Deets
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Service was fantastic as well as the food. They really went out of their way to take care of 10 of us for dinner. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we attended the San Carlos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    we attended the San Carlos School request to try Cibo's and whatever money we spent, Cibo's would donate 20% the church. We decided to try it and loved it. The food was fabulous. Probably the best fish pasta I have eaten. Tons of fish, flavor was excellent and our food server was well trained and very friendly. I suggest you do this more often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth Trying
    GoodEets
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I wouldn't have tried this place had I not read such positive reviews about it. I ordered the Gnochi Trio and my wife has a pasta dish. Both meals were wonderful. The portion sizes were generous. All in all I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Cibo. The food was excellent and there was a small band that added to our enjoyment
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    KSMJ
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We gave specific details on how we wanted our pasta dishes to be made, and still the kitchen made big mistakes. Also, the waiter was not attentive and rarely came to our table to see if we needed anything. The waiter did not seem to care at all. The food overall was mediocre, and very overpriced. The only good thing about this restaurant is the overall ambiance and maybe the live music.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service
    Local
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Restaurant was busy however our service was attentive and skilled. I would rate our meal as good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    FRGC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We try to dine here whenever we're in Monterey. Reliably excellent menu, and dependable serving staff. While the menu changes, the quality is top shelf.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great italian.
    BethRNorCalVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    The artichoke ravioli was delicious. And I loved the arugula salad mostly because it has a perfect goat cheese medallion on it that is so yummy! I was sad that they did not have any of their chocolate desserts on the night we were there but the creme brûlée cheesecake was yummy too!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Dinner.
    thegallaghersVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We had a wonderful family dinner at this restaurant! The service was wonderful and the kids food was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian excellence!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    I hadn't been to Cibo in years. . .but tried it again on New Year's Day. What a wonderful experience. From the waiter to the dessert - I would come back in a moment! Thanks for making it all so delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super yummy authentic italian
    Meandmythree
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Super yummy authentic italian cuisine. The owner came up to our table and checked on us. She was sicilian and you could tell she cares about her restaurant. The food was delicious. The waiter however forgot about our table at the end. We waited for 15 min without anyone coming to check in at the end. To his defense it was busy and a saturday but still.The host was very accommodating. We had been hiking and our party looked a little to outdoorsy but he made sure we felt welcome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeymoon Dinner Experience
    Harrison
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My new wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Hyatt Camel Highlands and had a great time there. On our last night, we wanted to find the perfect Italian restaurant in the area and we found Cibo through Google and selected it based on the positive reviews. The wait staff were great and attentive however the food was very disappointing. We ordered the BBQ Baby Octopus where the presentation poor but the octopus was not quite a baby. Instead it arrives in huge pieces that were very tough with the texture and taste of beef jerky. I ordered the snapper special and it also arrived at the table in pieces and with a very poor presentation. The side vegetables where completely overcooked. Very disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for live jazz on Thursdays
    localsoutandabout
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    This was our first time at Cibo, the main draw for us was to enjoy Holidoff's Jazz Trio - great local musicians. They played many standards in the hour or so we were there and we thoroughly enjoyed it - not too loud to make conversation difficult at all. The bruschetta appetizer was great and the perfect amount for two or three people. The ravioli entree was a large portion and very rich, tasty but I think I would opt for something less rich next time. My husband had the grilled salmon and said it was overdone around the edges but got better the more he got to the middle, the accompanying risotto was fantastic. Attentive service and support staff, we look forward to going back and sampling the menu which offered a nice variety of entrees.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cibo
    MamieVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    I went during happy hour and it was unbearably loud - should have paid attention to the Yelp review about the noise level. Wanted to try a nice restaurant in walking distance from my hotel, having tried another the night before. Asked to be put in a quiet corner because I was dining alone - but was seated right next to the other side of the bar. likely no other suitable spot that was staffed at 6:30 because not many diners at that time. Lobster and filet carpaccio was unremarkable; the complimentary polenta appetizer courtesy of referral from Marriott Hotel was similar. Ordered hearts of romaine - because I didn't feel like anything heavy - meat, pasta, cheese, etc. Service was distant; the noise was so loud I just wanted to eat and leave.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good Italian
    TheSponz
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Consistently good Italian fare, good service and live music. Artichoke appetizer fabulous -- the roasted artichoke and the balsamic reduction and cream garlic sauces are a tasty combination. Pear tart lacked flavor and the short crust was soggy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner last Saturday night. The Calamari appetizer was very fresh and enjoyed the Salmon with the blood orange sauce with bright flavors. Service was excellent and surprised us with a wonderful birthday dessert complete with a candle. Thank you for an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.