Cyprus Restaurant
Cyprus Restaurant

Cyprus Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cyprushighlands.com/
  • Phone: 8285264429
  • Hours of Operation:
    5pm -11pm
    7 Days a Week


  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, International
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Figel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We Cater special events and private parties, Call for more information at 828-526-4429

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cyprus Restaurant
Award Winning Chef Nicholas Figel introduces destination quality International Cuisine to Highlands, NC.

In the Cyprus open kitchen, we take our inspiration from peasant foods and traditional cuisines from around the world. We hand harvest our vegetables and shop the ethnic markets to deliver authentic and traditional International flavors.

We feature a unique regional menu, written and executed each day in the Cyprus kitchen, always by hand, and always using time honored, traditional cooking methods.

The dining room is relaxing, inclusive, and a great place to enjoy great food and good times with friends.

Cyprus International Cuisine, The most exciting dining destination in Highlands
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cyprus Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)great for outdoor dining (69)special occasion (56)neighborhood gem (55)hot spot (48)notable wine list (31)scenic view (29)good for groups (27)romantic (25)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Somewhat disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cyprus has long been our favorite Highlands restaurant. We could always count on a creative menu, fabulous food, and cozy atmosphere. Nick is one of the most creative, hard working chef-owners we have ever known. This was the first time we dined at Cyprus since the move to "the strip" in Highlands. The food remained outstanding but we were not happy about the atmosphere. We found the noise level prohibited easy table conversation. Also it was a cool evening and with the large walls open to the front of the restaurant it was uncomfortably chilly. We'll definitely go again, but next time we'll avoid peak time and dress for outdoor weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlands Golf Trip
    StevieB52
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This evening was our first visit to Cyprus, and it was a great experience. The weather permitted them to leave the French doors open over Main St., and it gave the effect of dining outdoors without being there. Our server was a young lady from Belarus. She took great care of us by explaining some of the international dishes. The menu spans many countries and different preparations. All in all, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I miss the old location
    lovewineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    New location is more conveniently located in center of town, but the ambiance has changed and not in a good way. Bright light bulbs strung from the ceiling are too bright and detract from the experience. Food has remained excellent! No notable wines on the wine list and had to send back two bottles that were bad. Still great place, but sorry to see the change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unusual menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was very loud the night we were there. The menu was most unusual and it was difficult to find an entrée that sounded appetizing. All four of us in our party agreed. We would personally not recommend Cyprus. To have some of the items they offer would be fine - but it would have been nice to have been offered some trout or fish ....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    Macfamily
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The whole evensong was wonderful.....service, atmosphere! But the food was absolutely the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very impressed can't wait to return
    Champslovr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had the best time dining here. The staff was very friendly & accommodating from beginning to end. Our server Jesse was thorough, knowledgable & attentive five star service to match the five star meal. Creative cocktails expertly made, fabulous wine recommendation to pair with our masterfully crafted dishes. Loved the rich bouillabaisse inspired l'americaine with the freshest of seafood (pompano! Yum!) their willingness to accommodate my allergy with utmost care! Wish we had room for dessert, next time definitely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried again after their move.
    fred
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We visited Cyprus last fall when they were in a shopping center out of town. The food was superb and the service was great. This week, we were back in Highlands, and noted that Cyprus had moved to the main street in town. I am happy to report that the food and service are just as fine as in the previous location. Cyprus is in a very nice venue with an open kitchen and tables in the kitchen and near the windows (which can open in good weather). The layout is the same as in the old location, except that there is now an outdoor dining patio and a big bar. As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a receptionist who explains the dinner options, and shows you a display of the food for the evening in an ice tray. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat and Unusual Menu
    Douglascen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This place has a refreshingly unusual menu. International foods are prepared and presented expertly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun fun fun
    Gina
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cyrus was exciting and adventurous considering the available menu options. The atmosphere was electric. Our waitress was excellent and offered suggestions that proved to be perfect for us. I would definitely recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eclectic
    hungryforfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Every week, the chef creates gourmet foods from different areas of the world food scene. These items are always tasty, unusual for the American palate, and reasonably priced. For the food scene in a small North Carolina mountain community, the restaurant should be on everyone's list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cyprus hits the spot
    Nick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chef Figel has always offered an outstanding international menu, but in the new location he has improved not only the menu but the entire dining experience. Now my favorite Highlands restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the Terrace
    bamarph
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our party of 6 arrived at Cyprus on time for our 8:15 reservation but there were a number of people waiting. I am not sure how many had reservations. We asked for an outside table since it was such a beautiful night. They said we would have a table shortly. We were offered an inside table but decided to wait for one outside. Over 30 minutes later our party of 6 were crammed into a 4 top being told this was all they had. I thought "we waited this long to be seated like sardines". We had a very good waiter who was attentive and knowledgeable. But the kitchen was out of grouper which was the only fish on the menu. All of us except one enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I dined here for the first time. I made reservations 2 weeks in advanced for 8pm. We arrived about 7:50 and checked in. We were told it would be a few minutes which was fine so we went to the bar. Well 15 minutes later the hostess approach us to ask if we were on the wait list. I informed her again no we had 8pm reservations. Well in listening to those waiting around us it appears reservations are not really reservations it is first come first seated. We were eventually seated at around 8:30. Had great outdoor seat. Are waiter was a good. Food was interesting. I think they were a little overwhelmed with the interest in the place, so they were a bit unorganized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highlands Hotspot
    isleofhope
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have always loved Cyprus, and the new location has become very attractive to all! The outdoor patio is dog friendly and are the best seats in the house in nice weather. A table inside was attractive, but Nick likes to play his Jimmy Hendrix music so loud, that you cannot have a conversation with others at your table! Please Nick, tone the music to a level where we can enjoy both our friends and your music! Dinner was fantastic as always, best fish (served four different ways) in Highlands!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nwrwc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The new location is outstanding and the food continues to be as well! Music might have been energetic, but a little too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a deversified menu!
    Barb4080
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cyprus was one of our top two dinners in Highlands, NC! Their regular menu offers cuisine from all over the world and then you have their special offerings which change on a weekly basis. We visited during Taste of Amsterdam . Two out of three of us chose the lamb chops and striped bass dishes, which were outstanding. The other person tried the steak off of the regular menu. All so us were thoroughly pleased with our plates. I also noticed that they have a well run wait staff. Everyone was pleasant and Olya, our waitress, greeted us with a smile that beamed "I am happy to wait on you". She's a gem:-) We will certainly visit Cyprus on our next trip to the Highlands!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cuisine
    Cosmogal1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is excellent! Service is always top notch. The mixed drinks fairly weak and it is too hot inside.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect birthday dinner
    CarolAnne
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Another simply amazing meal! The creativity of Chef Nick boggles the mind and delights the senses! The new location is wonderful. The view just put the icing on a lovely birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Warm
    ErnieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Upon arrival with a reservation we still had about a 20 minute wait for a table. I t was a warn night and while the front windows were open it was a bit warm to my taste. The service by Jesse was wonderful. It could not have been better. The food was excellent as expected. We are long time customers of Cyprus prior location. This was the first trip to Main Street location. It will get better when construction is finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointment
    Sierra
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have gone to Cyprus every time we come and stay at our home since 1997. It was one of our favorites. We booked a reservation and came at 7:15. They put us at a small two seater table in between a table of four and two on the other side. It was uncomfortable and noisy. We asked to be seated outside. When we ordered their special after the waitress highly recommended this dish she came back to tell us they ran out of the special. I ordered lamb which was to come out medium rare and was rare also very bland. The whole experience was a disappointment. We have no intentions to go back as we have other good restaurants in Highlands.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique experience; wonderful time
    golfchick
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cypress has a revolving menu and we hadn't been before because the theme at that time wasn't that interesting to us. This time we went and loved the new location and the food. Cypress is in downtown Highlands in an upstairs space, with street level access at the rear. Part of the space is outdoors and the interior space has large open doors and windows giving it an open air feel. We all enjoyed our food and wine and would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very creative chef
    Jstra
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nick is an amazing chef. He always has a lot more hits than misses. It is always a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed results
    BethesdaresidentVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Highly eclectic menu with mostly hits and a few misses. Our table was not ready until long after our reservation time, and when we were finally seated it was at perhaps the smallest, most cramped and lowest table in the restaurant. Service was alright, except for the busboy who was grabbing across the table and spilling water on us. Kind of noisy. Most food items were good, although my pork dish was flavorless and the special $13 dessert I had was like someting conceived and executed by a ten year old: a hard, overcooked pastry with an un-set "custard" the consistency of heavy cream and a few berries tossed on top - it was disgusting. We wont be rushing back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impression versus reality
    PeteK
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ate at Cyprus while visiting Highlands for a few days. The menu looked fantastic, and we really liked the idea of their theme menu. We also loved the energy and decoration of the place! Service was good and responsive for Tatiana. Then there was the food...the bread was tasteless as was the olive oil. we started with a noodle soup from the theme menu and found it interesting, but not really good. The ingredients just did not go together and compliment each other as they should. My wife had grouper from the special menu as her entree, and I had the mussels and chorizo for our entrees. They were good, but not up to the prices charged! Our bill at Madison's the night before was equivalent, but the quality of the food was not even close!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey, but great
    Jamber
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was perfectly cooked, portions are small, prices were not. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gottadinehere
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of my favorites in Highlands.... Add it to your "must" visit list!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love new location !!
    FoodieNC
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Delicious specials this past Monday!! Loved the octopus salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LorraineB
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My go-to restaurant in the Highlands-Cashier area. Food is always prepared exotically and appeals to an educated palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative food & great wine list
    Bliss
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The title of this post says it all. It was a wonderful experience. My wife and I sat at the dining table in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent once again!
    Sukhayogi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my second time dining at Cyprus and it did not disappoint! Food was delicious and beautifully presented, staff super friendly and the atmosphere fun. I will certainly make my way back here on my next trip to Highlands.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Highlands restaurant
    pambaugh
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastic menu created with considerable imagination and talent. The cuisine is terrific and worth every penny. Don't miss their lavender ice cream sandwich for dessert. It is noisy, though. Also, it looks like there's a chef's table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twice in 1 week !
    HIGHLANDSHEDGE1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great dinner , beautiful décor and lively crowd ! Had dinner Monday night and returned Friday night . Both meals exceptional ! Big hit for Highlands .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night at Cyprus!
    Frenchy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our experience at Cyprus was wonderful.The menu is eclectic featuring dishes from all over the globe. The appetizer salad was beautifully presented for two with the most delicate lemon dressing , a few fresh edible flowers and a slice of blue cheese on the side. The chicken dish was delicious, a tender breast accompanied by flavorful jasmine rice wrapped in ti leaves. On the side a piece of slate held little rectangular containers of condiments. The music was a tad loud. Otherwise, Cyprus reminds me of the Frog and the Owl restaurant that was one of the best restaurants around about 35 years ago ( featured in Gourmet Magazine). The imagination, the attention to detail, the freshness, the taste of everything can't be beat at the Cyprus!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went for wife's birthday. Seated right away for reservation and service was timely. Food was excellent and a small chocolate desert came for her at the end of the meal! Overall great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Solid as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was excellent. Waiter really new his menu and had me order something I hadn't chosen. He nailed it. There new location is hip and has a beautiful outdoor patio. Highly recommend Cyprus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too bright, But Good fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our server was very rushed at the table, but they were busy. The food was great and we enjoyed our dinner. The place is way too bright though. Hundreds of light bulbs hanging all over turned up and the flourescent lights in the kitchen light up the whole side of restaurant. It is hard to believe they have not had that complaint before. Overall, not a bad place and the weather was quite nice for the open air atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Just the place for an adventurous diner. Friendly and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dumbingdown
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best restaurant in Highlands relocated to new more convenient downtown location and increased itgs ambience and capacity while retaining its great food -Nick was was there to cook and greet us as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New improved location
    Momwantstoeatgoodfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We dined here on a busy Saturday night. The food is so creative and I love the surprises and the ever changing menu options. We consumed a lot of food and the standouts were the pork belly beignet, tamarind ribs (again), and the lavender ice cream sandwich. The service is always a tad different but pretty much standard for most places in the Highlands.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experimental dining
    hosephVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Menu you changes daily and you must be willing to experiment in various selections offered. The offerings use the freshest components and the selections are from around the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic