Dockside Bistro
Dockside Bistro

Dockside Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.docksidebistro.com/
  • Phone: 3609561928
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Laurie Nguyen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar is available for private parties, featuring unique and specially designed menus to meet the needs of your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie Nguyen 3609561928
  • Entertainment: Dockside Bistro, with our focus on jazz, periodically hosts premier local and regional jazz and blues performers. Please visit the Events Page at our website at www.docksidebistro.com for upcoming music events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia Ave NW
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant and boardwalk is available at Percival Landing North
A word from Dockside Bistro
Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar, established in 2007, focuses on locally sourced produce, seafood and game with the intent to provide a vibrant culinary experience to the diner. Chef Laurie Nguyen brings the culinary traditions of her native Vietnam to bear on traditional Continental and Northwest cuisine to create exciting and unique culinary creations. We take particular pride in featuring daily fresh and ever changing seasonal appetizers and entrees. In addition to top-shelf mixed drinks, Dockside Bistro also has an extensive list of over 130 different wines from the Pacific Northwest, California, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. As with our locally sourced produce, we take particular pride in hosting established and emerging wineries from the exciting wine scene developing in South Puget Sound. Please join us for an exceptional dining experience in our warm, waterfront setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Dockside Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (47)fit for foodies (44)special occasion (42)romantic (39)notable wine list (30)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (13)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (8)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A must go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very very tasty and the staff was really helpful with the menu without judgement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Have eaten at Dockside several times since the converted to a full service restaurant and have aways found it of good quality. Last Tuesday I took 2 friends to dinner there, expecting the usual professional standard food. I and one friend ordered the sea scallop entree, the a steak. The appetizer, salad and dessert were as expected. The scallops were sauteed, nicely browned, and RAW inside. It was obvious that the chef? didn't know how to prepare a basic dish such as sauteed scallops or didn't check their doneness before serving. I sent most of mine back with a complaint-with no reaction from the kitchen or our server.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem of Olympia!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had the Pear Gorgonzola Ravioli. Amazing!! Excellent service. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Ninjafood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is a place that my wife and I regular. The food is outstanding and the wait staff is phenominal (as always). We hade the Calamari and dungeness crab dip as appetizers. My wife have the Lamb rack and I have my all time favorite, The Elk Duet. I will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and colleagues.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had reservations, were promptly seated and had our orders in, drinks served probably within 15 minutes. Cut to an hour and 15 minutes later and we still did not have our food, our drinks were empty and other tables around us were getting served, eating and then leaving. After an hour and a half, our food finally arrived, the waitress offered no apology of any kind for the wait. The others in my party had fish and they said it was good - definitely not great. My butternut squash ravioli was overcooked - almost as if it was sitting under a heat lamp for an hour. I could hardly chew it. I know others have had a good experience, but I would certainly never recommend this place. If the waitress been more apologetic it would have helped some.
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  • A little disappointed
    Senior
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Beautiful setting and pleasant service. The starters were very good, but the entree (halibut) was rather dry and not particularly tasty. We had a creme breulet for dessert and were not impressed with it. Very pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LovechocolateVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The view.. Awesome!!! The ocean almost at your feet. The service great! Make sure to make a reservation especially if you want an oceanview table and even then they will make you wait anyway. The good very good, we had the kale salad with salmon-delish, appetizer shellfish yumm!! Saw some sliders go by, looked yummy too. I also like the bar area.. Cozy. Had trouble with desert though.. Not a great selection
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dockside Bistro
    Andy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    An amazing lunch at Dockside Bistro...the fish tacos are to die for. Service was professional, efficient and friendly. Ambience was warm and inviting and, of course, the view never lets us down. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food choices
    MCars
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good selection and Great wait staff! Our dinner was served cold and undercooked. Would still recommend going...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place for great food
    Priorygirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dockside is a lovely place with an elegant ambiance and great food. The filet was beautifully cooked and the appetizers amazing--artful and delicious. This place is a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dockside Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a wonderful time having lunch this past Saturday and our server was excellent. It was nice and quiet, the cocktails and wine was great. We will be back for another special occasion soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very impressed
    Cornfed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was astounding! Great healthy choices with the taste to back it up! Strongly recommend dockside bistro to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Unique menu, fabulous food, and terrifice service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal!
    MCSB28117
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We tried this restaurant based on positive recommendations on Open Table - we were not disappointed! Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful bottle of wine (Oregon pinot noir), the bread and dipping oil were amazing and the filet mignon was delicious, with a very flavorful sauce. My husband had the seafood chowder and sea scallops, both of which he really enjoyed. At first the shades were down to block the setting sun, but once the shades were up we enjoyed a nice view of the harbor. The restaurant definitely has a cozy, comfortable feel - nice enough for a special event, but also relaxed enough that we didn't feel out of place in our casual clothes. If we are ever back in Olympia, we will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been there twice now, and both times the food was way better than average nice resturant. I will make this one of my first choice resturants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • katbob62
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    As always Dockside delivers. Food is fantastic & service perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Pleasant surprise
    Nick
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Stopped in for lunch after some business meetings. Made a reservation as a precaution but it wasn't really needed. Very enjoyable meal, had a large bowl of clam chowder and some pan-fried halibut on tacos. Friendly service.
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  • Lovely dinner
    olyfoodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was excellent. They needed another waitress as ours was managing a very busy restaurant and no one could have kept up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chuck
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We now go at least once a month. It is that good!!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef & locally-sourced items
    jmc1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Superb soup and salad and bread to start. Excellent albacore from Washington State, prepared medium-rare as we requested, and served with noodles and lovely broth. First-rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent ambiance
    dp08161950
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Special event for my wife. The staff was exceptional, the elk was superb, the view was breathtaking, the wine selection was great and the experience was memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    olynewbiefoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were a party of two and opted to sit inside for lunch only because alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the outside seating and we wanted a glass of wine with our lunch. We opted for the special; oyster tacos and halibut tacos. The halibut was good, under seasoned though, as were the condiments that came with. I would go back for dinner, not having eaten here before, to choose from a more extensive dinner menu and its options. There were only a few other tables filled during the time we were there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Stop into this unassuming treasure for a delectable dining experience. Utilizing the freshest ingredients and unique Northwest meats and fish the chef always amazes and leaves my mouth happy. I have not had a dish I did not enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite in Olympia
    Okeedoke
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We always look forward to eating at Dockside! It's absolutely our very favorite in Olympia, and its food, staff and ambiance are above reproach. We trust the wait staff to recommend the best wine pairing with our dinners and we're never disappointed. Also, the view on the Percival Cove and marina are literally stunning. Why would you eat at a chain restaurant when you have this gem in Olympia? We love Dockside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TomDavis
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Exellent food. Consistently creative and well presented. Always pleasant to take a walk on the boardwak and look at the boats, afterwards. We take all our out-of-town guests there. Made reservations for my wife's birthday and there was a card on the table when we arrived- classy touch - and no tacky birthday singing. Would have liked to take advantage of the flowers option, but put my same day order was too late to honor (my bad). A bit pricey, but, in this case, you get what you pay for. NOTE: If you're a cheap tipper (less than 20%) please dine somewhere else, as this place is a neighborhood gem I would hate to see change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Olympia
    Rickraff
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Dockside Bistro scores on all counts: great food, varied and uncommon options, terrific service, excellent wines, and nice ambiance. It inches up toward pricey, but not too badly, and let's face it -- you get what you pay for. And at the Bistro, you truly get a memorable and terrific meal for your dollars. One tip: in ordering how you'd like your meat cooked, err on the more-cooked side. My duck, which I requested medium rare, seemed more like rare (which I'd prefer to overcooked, so it was still good); I suspect medium would have been what I consider medium rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    murph
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening of dining at Dockside Bistro. This is a great place for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. Food was perfect, and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Local Gem
    Foxy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Although Olympia is not long in the excellent department, we think this is one of the best in town. We had dinner there on Father's Day and, although it was early in the evening, the restaurant was very busy which made for the service being a bit slow. That said, the food was worth waiting for. One of our party had a elk, prepared in two ways and was thoroughly enjoyable. Wine recommended by our server was a hit! This was our third visit to Dockside Bistro and they have not failed to provide a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    EatWellBeWell
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Celebrated a special occasion and could not be happier with the selection. With six of us in the party, each of us enjoyed our meals. The food was original, well-prepared and beautifully presented. While the food was serious, the mood was light and comfortable. Our server was delightful. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was my second visit to Dockside...it didn't disappoint. The ambiance is great and the view of the water outstanding. I only have a couple very minor notes of desired improvement. I never saw a hostess, and we waited about 5 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at the front desk. For a busy restaurant on a Friday night, there should be a hostess. Second, the menu, while lovely, is a bit limited and hasn't changed at all since my last visit six months ago. And finally, while I enjoyed my wine by the glass, I wish there was a bit more to choose from. But again, all in all, the food, service and ambiance were excellent and I definitely recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for anniversary meal
    MickyB
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Lovely experience from start to finish. Seated immediately with choice of booth or window seat. Service was friendly and professional. Food was divine; my greens and goat cheese salad was combination of sweet and tart; partner's wild mushroom soup was earthy and smooth. My lamb was perfect as was partner's sea scallops. Hurray for Spanish Cava! Finished meal with coffee and shared fight over the last bite crème brulee. Pianist provided soothing background music that added to overall appeal of experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect lunch
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    After flying into Seattle and driving towards Willamette Valley wine country, this bistro was a perfect stop to have lunch and begin to relax. You have a view of the dock area and into a bay - very picturesque. The wine list was extensive and had delicious local wines (OR and WA) by the glass. We both had their crab soup special and a fish entree. Both the soup and the fish were excellent. We recommend the Dockside Bistro to anyone in the Olympia WA area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 278 reviews are from the Dockside Bistro reviews archive.
  • Charming on the water
    GoodtimeBPVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We arrived at sunset with a lovely view along the dock and a pianist while we were seated. The house specialty drinks were super and we both had wonderful fresh oyster appetizers and the two fresh fish specials of the day were creatively prepared by the chef and were incredible. The wine list was wonderful we chose a dry Riesling and the fresh huckleberry and blueberry dessert was a finish to a delightful meal. We look forward to coming back to this charming intimate restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Rhapsody
    totalcolour
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Our favourite place for an anniversary - fabulous food, great wine and excellent staff. The food really is exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good the 2nd time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Revisited this gem Sunday. Just as good as when we last visited in September. We are from Indiana and this gem will continue to be a must do!! Great food surprises; wonderful service and the keyboard player adds just the right touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    LSL4ever
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is an outstanding restaurant. I will definitely come back. Their Halibut taste wonderful, it was cooked beautifully with a perfect sear.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining with a view
    LGRF
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have dinner at Dockside Bistro about once a year, and our latest meal showed that they have maintained their high standards. Service was excellent and the elk carpaccio appetizer was fabulous. We look forward to returning more often.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Outstanding doesn't discribe it
    Southpw
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I was a patron of the previous owner and this was my first visit. I was amazed at the environmental changes. Wonderful and inviting, remarkable change. Loved the food, but was't sold on the crab chowder...not enough crab favor and didn't care for the Taraggon (?). My friend is going to bring her group from Steilacoom that how impressed she was. #1 in my book. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Tasty Meal
    homeden
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a very nice and enjoyable Mother's Day dinner. We split different parts of our meal: seafood, salad and dessert. It was tasty in a relaxing atmosphere. The cost is a bit pricey for Olympia but the restaurant is consistently good and provides a nice selection and variety of choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Olympia!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our server was fabulous, our food was amazing, and the environment was wonderful! My family and I ate in the banquet room on Mother's day and Dockside Bistro catered to our every need. Our server was more than accommodating to any and every question/request we had. I don't usually write reviews, but I can't wait to go back and I think more people in Olympia should know just how great this restaurant is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.