Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4072261600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday and Saturdays 5pm-10:30pm.
    Happy Hour Everyday 5-6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Pernot
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: On Fridays, Saturdays and for special events, Cuba Libre turns up the Latin rhythm as professional salsa dancers, musicians and other entertainers perform floor shows in the dining room. After dinner hours Cuba Libre clears the tables allowing guests to dance to a DJ spinning tropical dance, salsa, merengue, bachata & Latin house.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar-Orlando offers Complementary Valet Parking.
A word from Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando
Cuba Libre features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine & a broad base of authentic Cuban cocktails, including an extensive rum selection highlighting our signature mojito. Passing through the doors of the restaurant, guests are transported to Havana, Cuba, circa the 1950s. One-of-a-kind mill work & architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture & accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Our name is our hope for the future of the treasured island nation of Cuba. Cuba Libre will not accept reservation from diners under the age of 21 after 9PM on Friday & Saturday, & the dress code for Friday & Saturday is upscale casual. Complimentary valet parking available for your convienence.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (62)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (51)romantic (39)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (32)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (26)neighborhood gem (12)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (7)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Super
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really good place to have fun with friends and family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service, Poor Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It took a very long time to get service, even though we had reservations. We understand being patient on a busy weekend night, but it doesn't excuse poor service. Add to that that the food was mediocre. We had to send back items multiple times. The overall experience was not pleasant. We did not feel like we were attended to properly. We do not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban Sandwich Spring Rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    These were my favorite - could've just eaten these all night for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Ambiance was fabulous. Food was delicious. Our server was attentive and very informational. The kitchen was exceptionally slow so be sure you have a lot of time to relax and you will enjoy. The mojitos were nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We haven't had much exposure to Cuban food, this was awesome! We had the 15 flavors special and all was great. Wait staff was attentive and courtious. The background music was nice without being too loud. Prices were what I had expected for a restaurant like this. Will make the 80 mile trip again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Good ambience
    TheresaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was fantastic. Somewhat different than typical Mexican fare. very flavorful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Table4Two
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were looking forward to eating at this restaurant. Unfortunately, we left disappointed. We are familiar with the style of food; therefore, we can honestly say that it was extremely overpriced. The food was average. The service was ok. Portions were small, especially dessert ( served in a container slightly larger than a shot glass). We will not return!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant
    gemsd
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we sat outside, very cozy. Service was great our waitress knew the food and was able to make recommendations based on our questions. Our food was delicious, great seasoning not over the top. coconut mojitos were great. I would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cuban Food!
    NameVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We always visit Cuba Libre when visiting Orlando. Consistent great service and the consistent delicious food. Caipirinhas are a MUST! If you get there for happy hour, they're only $5. Value!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuba Libre
    Viszla
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We visited Cuba Libre on a Monday evening. The restaurant had a good crowd. Our wait staff was very knowledgeable of the menu and made excellent suggestions for both drinks and dinner. I had the grilled pineapple mojito which was the best mojito I have ever had. Our meal was equally delicious. We left full and satisfied and will definitely stop back on our next trip to Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good was amazing!
    Kris
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here with a group of 6, great size booths along wall. Waiter had good suggestions and ended up with pitcher of sangria (half price during happy hour!) and most of us did the Magical Dining menu, choosing 2 tapas, an entree, then mini dessert.. The tapas were a large portion so we couldn't eat much of the entrees, but had great leftovers the next evening!! Everything was flavorful and melted in our mouth.. We ALL will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome islander visit!
    Delicious
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was a first for our family. The Food was great and the atmosphere was unique with lively music. More importantly the service provided was over the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gomeserika
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food (could be better), expensive drinks (with almost no alcohol), cool ambience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Started so well...
    TeddiMill
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went to Cuba Libre on a Tuesday night; the restaurant was busy but not packed. We ordered from the Magical Dining Month menu, and it started so well. Our tapas were exceptional (particularly the mussels and the malanga fritters). Unfortunately, despite our 8pm reservation, it was 9.30 before we got our main courses, as the kitchen lost our ticket. I ordered the citrus grilled brick chicken, which was overly salty and the black bean croquette and kale were soggy, limp and chewy. My wife's paella de la huerta was so salty as to be inedible. In the end, neither of us ate more than a few mouthfuls of our mains; had we had more time, they would have been sent back. Desserts, however, were lovely, so the meal ended on a high note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban fusion Food
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We tasted the Magical dinning menu and it was a great value. you choose 2 appetizers, 1 entrees, and 1 dessert. We like the steamed mussels, yuca fries, and the pulled pork. Waiters were friendly and helpful, and the service was great. The only negative notes are the music was too loud, and they should go light on the sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    Latingrl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went for a dinner date night. I am Latin by blood and was looking forward to this meal. Everything at CubaLibre is authentic!!! From the atmosphere to the food is pure Cuba. We had a reservation so there was no wait. The waiter was extremely attentive. Food was delicious, from the pressed Cuban bread to the malanga fritters to the ropa vieja. New modern twist to old Cuban classics. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatDon
    DrDon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I will start with the free valet parking!! That is real plus in the Orlando International Dr. entertainment area. The service was informative and attentive. We choose to eat inside because the sun was strong on the patio when we arrive, but by the time we left I could see that the patio ws the place to be. I held back a star for ambiance because my chair and table "rocked back and forth. The food was good and was not some fare that you could not pick up in your neighborhood bar and grill where everybody knows your name.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Dining
    Misbja
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My family and I dined, choosing the Magical Dining menu. Our server was very good. We chose 2 tapas each to start and shared, they were really taste Nd quite large. Main course was very large, too much for us. The desert, was a choice of 6 cream based in small glasses. The Tiramasu was the best. We ordered a bottle of red wine, but would not recommend to do this as it did not go with the high spice food, water would have been better. There was a $5 that could be ordered with this menu, we had one to finish, but we're charged the full $10 price, spoke to the server and this was quickly rectified. Would visit again, but probably only order some tapas and waster, as we are not big eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, disappointing dancing
    RichardL
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have had dinner before at this place and the food is superb. Service is good. No complaints here. On the weekends there's latin music and dancing and we wanted to do that. Starts around 10:30. To my disappointment all they played was bachatta music. I like bavhatta, but not good at dancing it. I would think that latin dance would entail salsa, merengue, maybe even samba, rumba, or tango, but we stayed for 45 minutes and left as nothing but bachatta was being played. That was anticlimactic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    larafl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we went and got the September dining menu for our 50th anniversary. the choices were good and we ordered from the menu and also had a bar drink, WOW. Server was attentive and one of the items ordered 'fried green plantains' was not what we expected, we told her and she immediately talked to her manager and got us a replacement, bravo. for anniversaries, they usually give you free dessert, but since dessert was included in the price of the dinner, we opted for free coffee, and got the Cuban style, which was also wonderful. we had enough food to take home and will have another feast tonite. this is a great restaurant, and they validate parking !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Experience
    LLB7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere was fun - like you were in a Cuban village. The mojitos were fresh and delicious and the service was great! The waiter was so helpful on explaining the items on the menu. Two lively salsa dancers gave a preview of what the dancing would be like later in the evening, which was fun to watch! I only wish we could have stayed to part of the nightclub scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fusion
    Colewa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cuba Libra is a great fusion restaurant. Successfully they have fused together traditional Cuban flavors with the modern flavors of today. Served in a beautiful setting of the courtyard brought indoors this high energy restaurant is a great night out on International Drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    magicdine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I liked the food at this restaurant and the service was good. I was disappointed as I taught the dancing continued as you dine. A pair of dancers did one song at 9;15pm and that was it as we dined. I picked this restaurant as I was told my previous guest to the restaurant that they had dancing as you dine. The overall experience was good and the staff very friendly and professional
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Time and still the same
    Tinkeringeek
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We visited the restaurant 3 times now, and each time has been a great dining experience. Food taste is authentic (at least to non Cuban like us) and service is awesome. The appetizers are great as Tappas and alone, they could be dinner. The entrees are of great portion. The Mojitos are excellent, and they have a full bar. The decor is intended to be a reminiscent of old Cuba, and if it's truly representative of it, we would love to see Cuba someday. Overall, it's a reliable place to come and dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding all around.
    Sfarm
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place for Cuban/Latin food. The food served was wonderful. Very well seasoned and flavorful. Waiter (Alan) was one of the most attentive I have experienced. Had excellent knowledge of the menu and made great suggestions for our table of four. The ambiance of the restaurant added to the food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Tampa1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a really nice experience and the food was authentic cuban food! Music was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good drinks.
    unclefunkle
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Was in Orlando for a tradeshow at the Orange County Convention Center. Walking distance from the convention center and surrounding hotels. Good food, drinks and friendly quality service. Large high ceiling main dining room, outside and upstairs options as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Excellent Service
    TheFernandinaVillager
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The portion sizes and flavor were excellent. This is the first restaurant I've been to that the waiter cleaned the table between each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Done Right
    Robert
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Went to Cuba Libre for our anniversary, we were greeted at the front door and welcomed with Happy Anniversary. Sat down and our Server said Happy Anniversary. The Server suggested some Pisco drinks and we ordered the ceviche appetizer. Both were awesome. We then had the Red Snapper special and Arroz con Pollo, both were amazing. I forgot to mention their bread is killer. We skipped dessert but they looked yummy. Overall, our anniversary dinner was special. The staff, food and drink were perfect. Bonus was the Manager called me the next day to check to make sure our anniversary dinner was special. We will be back to Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food, ambiance, service, v.good
    Goldstar
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We experienced Cuba Libre for Magical Dining experience. Very impressed with ambiance, food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shrimp Cheese Appetizer - GOOD
    KMGSA
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Pallamillo steak was thickly breaded and overcooked, ate only a few bites. The pulled pork was stringy and tough. The shrimp/cheese appetizer was excellent. The restaurant was not busy early Sat evening but we felt rushed for our table to be cleared. We were looking forward to dinner at Cuba Libra but it was a big disappointment - we will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Magical Dining
    Mtron
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant has one of the biggest Magical Dining menus I've seen. The food was delicious! The drinks from the bar were good. We had a 6:30 reservation on a Friday night so it wasn't crowded or loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    DCDinner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The decor feels like a Cuban casona with nice upscale touches. Their food is fresh but a far shot from the real thing - Ceviche w/o rocoto pepper and paella w/o olive oil - (I know neither are Cuban dishes, but they should have thought of those things before adding to their menu). Mixed service, with poor seating process and an aloof hostess but great table waiting. I would go back just for drinks. They seem to try to improve as they followed up with a phone call.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food at Cuba Libre is on the gourmet side, ridiculously delicious and worth the price! The service was also EXCELENTE! I hope they never change the quality of food and standard of service! A great gem in the middle of all the other touristy and chain restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great fantastic service. Awesome server. He was very informative and wonderful vibe.professional that represents the restaurant well. The desserts are very very sweet. overwhelmingly underwhelming. Delicious mojitos. Especially the coconut.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • David and 20 y/o daughter
    Superb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent service. Food is great and the ambience is amaizing. Well culinary knowledgeable staff. Mojitos....OMG!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner I Had in Orlando!
    Thundermagic
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I visited Orlando, FL, for a week, and this was the best dinner I had during my stay. I had the Chef's tasting menu of 15 items and it was absolutely great! I think they need to work on their wine menu though, but that aside, it was a great value and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place to celebrate
    Chacha
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We dine at the Orlando location for many special ocasions from large party birthday celebrations, romantic anniversaries, to celebrating good news with family including kids. We've sit outside and also inside. The food is awesome, tasty and so different the regular restaurant chains. I've always received good service and even when I asked where they purchased the seating, the manager came out to explain everything to me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's not to love?
    TXKs
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    An amazing experience! You need one of these in Houston. Seriously! Everything was outstanding. Mojitos are terrific. Food is unbelievably good. Really worthy of highest praise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JTNJ
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food all around, had a group of 12, everyone loved everything they ordered. Food is very consistent to the high quality food from their other locations
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.