Cilantro
Cilantro

Cilantro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.crmr.com/cilantro/
  • Phone: 4032291177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ken Canavan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs/Lounge:

    Site down dinner: 28 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 40 persons maximum

    Sit down lunch: 28 persons maximum


    Downstairs/Dining Room:

    Site down dinner: 40 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 60 persons maximum

    Sit down lunch: 40 persons maximum


    Whole Restaurant:

    Site down dinner (both rooms): 60 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 100 persons maximum
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Migliarese 403-245-8880x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th St SW
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot available and street parking and public lot near by.
A word from Cilantro

Cilantro is a seventy seat upscale casual style restaurant, with an additional fifty seat enclosed patio and veranda. Surrounded by white lights above in the trees and our luscious Virginia Creepers, Cilantro remains the casual, cozy and quaint atmosphere that we have been known for 26 years.






Chef Ken Canavan is the creator behind our menu, which has an unconventional Californian-Southwestern flare. In addition we offer daily and nightly features with our specialties being flat bread style pizzas, homemade pastas, along with many different appetizers, salads, and entrees, something to suit everyone's tastes.





Cilantro offers an ever-changing extensive wine list of 250 wines by the bottle and features up to 25 different wines by the glass. We are also proud to be a recipient of The Wine Spectators "Award of Excellence" for our wine list from 1996 through to 2010.
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Cilantro reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (83)special occasion (61)fit for foodies (58)notable wine list (53)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (36)good for groups (27)hot spot (11)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • First but not last....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first visit to Cilantro, and it certainly won't be our last. As with all the CRMR establishments we've enjoyed, the food and service were excellent. Dining on the patio with the candles and twinkling lights, you'd never know you're in a very busy part of downtown Calgary. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cilantro and would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fine food.
    Jessie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A wonderful place to eat. The food was outstanding. Try the Beef Tenderloin, and if you are a beef lover, you will not regret it. For a real treat, be a little bold and go for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Cilantro has a relaxed, casual atmosphere with an warm elegant touch. The hint of smoke from the wood burning oven added a rustic element to the already inviting ambiance. The polite staff accommodates your every need. There is both an indoor and an outdoor eating area with heaters in the outside patio if needed, and free parking around back. Over all, a perfect place for, not just a meal, but an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great. Again!
    GorbyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love the patio at Cilantro, lots of room and the walls make it private with no street traffic. I love the Sea Bass which is (IMHO) the best in the city. The food and the service are consistently excellent. Love the restaurant scene in Calgary and Cilantro is in our top three. Bottom line is when you pay good money you expect nothing less and Cilantro does it again and again. Well done Cilantro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favourite spot now!!
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first time at Cilantro and I will definitely be back!!! The food was absolutely fantastic!! The service was excellent and the ambiance on the patio was awesome. I went with two of my girlfriends and it was such a great time. I recommend going her if you have never been because I was blown away :) I would love to take my hubby because its a truly romantic setting when it starts to get a bit dark. The full patio is lit with candlelight. 10/10 for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • okay food, high price point
    Nephron010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food at Cilantro was good, but definitely not what you would expect for the price point. Dishes are typically 35-40 for mains, 15-20 for apps. The gorgonzola pear pizza is exactly as described- mostly pear. My guest who is a vegetarian, had very little to pick from on the menu, and the waitress didn't offer any suggestion that the kitchen might accommodate because of that. We were informed that the staff felt one of the specials needed to to be kicked up a notch, so they added bacon. Never seen bacon treated as a spice before. No chance of leaving off the bacon as specials were not modifiable. Seafood was reasonably cooked. Risotto was a bit dry, possibly from being plated a while before the seafood was added.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A most unique Dining Venu anywhere
    Arthur1932
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Restaurant is in a very nice location ; the ongoing fire is really special. Converting a 3 story house into a Restaurant with interesting options for table location is enticing .We have dined there at least a dozen times and look forward to an annual revisit. I doubt that we have sat in one table location more than once over the years. Several good friends are equally as fond of tho restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend
    Calgarydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our food was totally mediocre at best. The ribs were cold and not flavourful. The chicken was very average. The smoked salmon appy was decent. The food has gone really downhill in our last two visits within the past two months. New chef, perhaps? It used to be better. Portion size was small for the price. We left somewhat hungry. We won't be back for a long time until the kitchen improves the taste and quality of food being served. It was not worth the amount that we paid the last two visits.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • junebug
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love sitting on this amazing patio. All the food was delicious but the caesar salad is deserving of a special mention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pedictably excellent
    Happy2report
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Celebrated an anniversary at Cilantro recently. This place never disappoints. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very good, the patio was gorgeous. Would have liked to see it as the sunset as they have lights all around the patio which would look incredible! I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    atalyx
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We went for the food, not the drinks, but the Tobacco Vanilla cocktail is the best new cocktail I've tried in a long time! (food was amazing as usual)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Patio
    foodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went for a work group lunch and were able to sit out on the gorgeous patio. Trees are filled with lights, which would make dining out there in the evening really romantic. The patio is enclosed so you don't even rememer you are sitting along 17th avenue. Perfect for a date night. Food and service was great. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As always, the food and wine were wonderful, but on Thursday evening there were a couple of very loud tables. Nonetheless, we will continue to go to Cilantro at lunch and dinner time. Like all the CRMR restaurants, the selection and quality of the food and wines are reliably excellent. We were disappointed not to be able to eat at Cilantro at Buffalo Mtn Lodge on the weekend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cilantro
    greatdining1000
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Cilantro has consistently good food, with imaginative dishes that often change. I usually order from their daily sheet which provides additional items than the regular menu. The pastas are particularly good, and so are the entrée salads. Wine selections are diverse, and well matched with the food courses. The patio on a warm & windless night is a special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summer dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    07/18/2014 - We went there for my birthday and got a spot on the patio. They were very accommodating to keep us comfortable. We had to move inside as it was just a little to cool for me, and they were great. The meal was fantastic along with the service. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is one of my favourites in Calgary. Always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always lacking
    greatview
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As i looked at the menu, i was reminded of why i do not go to this restaurant more than once or twice a year. The appetizer and salad selection is poor. Then there are the $16 pizzas, $20 pasta or the $40 main- such a remarkable pricing spread! We opted to share a pizza, salad, and pasta. All were alright. I do remember the pear and Gorgonzola pizza having less pears and more cheese previously. I guess i will wait another year and give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Cilantros!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I dined at Cilantros for my birthday. We both had a pasta dish and it was amazing! Would highly recommend the Black Pepper Linguini. We sat on the patio which I have never been on and really enjoyed myself. It was a beautiful night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cilantro Dinner
    PolishBob
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Took two female associates out for dinner to this Sourhwest style restaurant. Wine list was good, food was good. Service was great and atmosphere was good. I would recommend this place to others in my firm and to friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a very enjoyable evening-impressed that there was rear off street parking-very lovely hostess- attentive waiter and food very unique and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salad is more then greens
    veganlove14
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I like salad and ordered a blackened chicken salad. Good size, nice blackened chicken but I would have have liked to have had actual vegetables in the salad..lettuce does not make a salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neuromod
    Brunches
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Good spot for getting together. Had previously read the reviews and now understand the hit and miss of the ratings. Over-all it was a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but not great
    Hemmy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Service was average at best. The food was good but would have liked a more diverse menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Yum! Great food. Lovely patio. Sadly, server did not really seem to care about my patronage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but too long wait
    Shamu13
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been there with a couple of friends, that was nice, the food was good and we shared a nice and cozy moment. Unfortunately we had to wait 1 hour between the appetizer and the main dish ..... way too long for us. I still recommend it but don't be in the rush
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dinner is always good at Cilantro, although i was a bit disappointed with the deserts - didn't hit the spot like I thought they would. Service was grand in a buzzing environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yardcreative
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Gluten-free options would be a real value-add. Service and food quality excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Calgary's Best
    Reto
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    It has been around for a long time and they still do a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    Yumm
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    It's my family's favourite restaurant, and we always celebrate the big things there. This time, it was my parents' 30th anniversary. Fantastic, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before concert
    Spike12
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    For the price, the food was barely ok. Have had far better flatbed for 2/3 the price. Cocktails were good but again pretty pricey. Great patio and service was ok. More a place to go for the atmosphere than the food experience. Won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MaggieMay
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    4 of us Started wt the muscles, CHORIZO CLAM BROTH & BLACK BEAN CREAM SAUCE. Both were VG but like the 1st 1 best & I'm not a fan of Chorizo. Then 3 of us had the CHILEAN SEA BASS cornmeal tamale, grilled peppers, citrus ancho chili sauc. I have to say it's been the best meal I've had in a long time. At $40 it's a bit pricey but VG period. Sea Bass was thick & super moist. Told them not to over cook it & it came out perfect. The citrus ancho Chilli sauc was just the right flavor. Very unique dish. Can't say how good it was. I've been plenty of times to Cilantro but this was by far the best & only time I've raved about it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    foodienews
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My husband and I went for his birthday. I had specifically mentioned in the reservation that it was his birthday, however there was no acknowledgement at all from the waiter. I had smoked salmon as a starter and my husband had buffalo moza salad. Neither were know outs, my salmon was relatively tasteless and the salad was ok. My husband ordered beef tenderloin med rare - it came over cooked. The waiter acknowledged this and took the salad (the cheapest thing we ordered) off the bill at the end - why not the beef I would wonder? The gorgonzola pizza I had was undercooked and really only the edges of the pizza were crisp - all in all not a great dinner. Others I know have said the restaurant is over rated and living on past glory.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favs
    bettyboy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Every time I visit, I'm always amazed. Cilantro made my anniversary very special with great food and awesome service. Our server was very knowledgeable and is very good at her job. I watched her circle the room very gracefully, not only tending on us but many others without a person even emptying a glass of water. I do feel like the front rooms needs a facelift, the atmosphere isn't the best but the food makes up for that. My favorite spot is in the back or when the weather permits, the patio! Much more romantic and cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average experience
    Carlay
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was very good but the service was almost invasive. A little too much - and to the point where it got annoying.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it use to be
    Dine1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was only so so, survive was poor with an attitude. Cilantro is not the restaurant it once was. We will not be returning.
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  • Disappointing Pasta
    Lov2eat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My pepper linguini overall was tasty, but I felt the food for hours after and I had heartburn. Was it the heavy cream? Also the pieces of chicken in the pasta were very bland. It was disappointing. We did not have dessert or an appetizer and I am glad since the food was like a stone in the stomach for hours. I was also surprised to see a seabass on the lunch menu for $40.-! This seems pretty steep for a lunch menu, chicken $36.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    flavorseekerVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Enjoyed our lunch of pizza and salad at Cilantro. Although it was too windy for lunch in the courtyard we considered it as the space was inviting. The candied ginger offered at the welcome desk on the way out was an interesting alternative to packaged mints recognizing the significance of plants and sustainable fare for the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and wine list, but..
    ABfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Service was excellent, and the wine list is extensive. The server was very knowledgeable about the wine list, too. However, the food was very disappointing. Our party ordered soups for appetizers, and everyone thought theirs had too much salt. The mains were also overly seasoned, including a pasta that was so heavily peppered that it was all you could taste and was inedible. We sent it back, and the re-made version still had too much pepper (the pepper was in the pasta). I was very disappointed in our visit there, as I've been to this restaurant before and had a great experience. However, I don't think I'll be headed back again anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Outandabout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had a lovely evening with friends our server was very knowledgable about the wines and menu and attentive to our needs. The menu is not large but they do have a daily extras as well. Although we enjoyed our starters both the special and the mushroom soup had a kick of spice but acceptable. However our main courses were hot spicy and my husband could not finish his linguine with meatballs and I left some of my pasta with mussels. The portions were large and it was shame about the spice as otherwise tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an old friend
    dungbeetle
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We used to go to Cilantros a lot - years ago. Then we moved away and, when we returned, we just plain forgot about the place. A great pity! It's gone upscale, and the prices are up - but its still a great place for a special dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.