El Mansour
El Mansour

El Mansour

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmansour.com/
  • Phone: 4157512312
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Abou Houm
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We will cater for your special event. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate among others.
  • Private Party Facilities: El mansour has been throughout the years a staple in catering for large parties. Great food, Great entertainment and ambiance make this reataurant a must to visit.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack Tanverakul 4157943482
  • Entertainment: We feature belly dancing nightly except on Mondays. Weekdays shows are around 8:00pm. Weekends shows are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Ave.
  • Public Transit: 2 clement, 38 Geary and 1 California.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking nearby.
A word from El Mansour
El Mansour is a well known Moroccan restaurant that has been in business for the last 38 years. We offer traditional Moroccan food. It is very important to us to serve homemade high quality ingredients. We make our own bread, sauces and phillo dough on a daily basis.
El Mansour is more than a culinary experience, it is also a trip to Morocco. Decorated with the authentic Moroccan decors, everything was imported from Morocco indeed. We also offer entertainment from Tuesday to Sunday. At El Mansour you will be our guest for a night, you will enjoy our tasty food, great ambiance and caring service.
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El Mansour reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (24)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (17)romantic (15)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Take me to the kasbah
    RLPL
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a unique place with very good good, a unique ambience and friendly service. I was part of a foursome on a Tuesday and we had the place to ourselves for most of the dinner, which was unfortunate for such great place. The food is authentic, savory and sweet blend with variety of veggies, chicken, lamb and seafood in that inimitable Moroccoan culinary tradition. While it is not the cheapest place in the avenues, the portions are generous. The setting does creat a kasbah, tent-in-the-desert feel, with a belly dancer to provide entertainment. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • El Monsour is Always Excellent
    Gina711
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great experience at El Mansour. We went for a friend's birthday celebration and El Mansour made for a memorable evening. Great food, entertainment and service. El Monsour is always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good to try something different
    Familyfun
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a fun night out at El Mansours. Took our 4 children. They enjoyed the plush interior, sitting at the low tables and the belly dancing show. No kids menus so our children shared dishes. Set menus worked out at about $40p/p. expensive for a family night out but food and experience worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Joespdrcr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great place. People there were all so welcoming. Our first time trying Moroccan food and we were all kind of nervous at first. The host and waiter made it a great experience. Explained the menu and how the food was made. Anytime we had a question they were happy to help us. Good was awesome! Belly Dancer was great! All and all a very memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place to celebrate!
    LiviaA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary! My parents have been going there for 45 years! A great place to celebrate with family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    MissPollyPrissyPants
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Celebrated twins 24th birthday with family and friends..everyone had a great time..especially with the belly dancer. The owner, Jack, was very hospitable. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Tradition
    Margot
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have been coming here for over 30 years. We took our kids when they were small and now we take them even though they're in 20s and 30s. The menu is a model of consistency - you know what you're getting. It's fun for a group. Very casual. The belly dancer is a nice touch especially for those who may never have experienced before.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been to many Moroccan restaurants and this one is my favorite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Spot
    Bente
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner, a show and an experience not to be missed. Loved the hand washing and the great attention by the staff. Loved that you felt transported to Morocco. Loved the belly dancer and the mint tea was divine. Loved all of the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun !
    outdoortechchick
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If you are looking for a fun night, in a group or on your own, this is a wonderful place. The seating is community style and I ventured out on my own - but quickly joined a friendly group. Food is good, feels just like being in Morocco. The dancer was great and she got us up to dance with her and showed us some moves. Fun times !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mesmerized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was amazing, and the belly dancer was phenomenal! I will most definetly be returning and recommending it to others!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Authentic charming neighborhood restaurant with authentic Morrocan food. Service warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Slow service but nice atmosphere would return but dont go here if on a time constraint
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The lamb and Bastilla were awesome, but the bass was rather dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Moroccan says it
    scarabe
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I'm Moroccan and I have very high standards when it comes to Moroccan food (my grand mother makes the best Moroccan cuisine) and I have to say that I was extremely pleased by El Mansour. The menu variety is great and it offers customers a wide range of options from traditional Moroccan food. All the flavors are there! We went there for a friend's birthdays and we all unanimously loved the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly dance and Fine Dining
    SwankieVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Celebrated a wonderful birthday evening and almost had this place to ourselves. Amazing food, generous portions, an eat with your hands affair we laughed and feasted on. Good belly dancer but missed Sasha and her sword dance,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 263 reviews are from the El Mansour reviews archive.
  • Best kept secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We made a reservation for my wife's 40th birthday party. We had five in our group. The food was way above what I expected, healthy and delicious. The entire staff were very friendly and helpful. We closed down the place and never felt hurried. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very accommodating for large groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Celebrated my birthday here and had a large group. They were able to seat us together and made sure we were all clear regarding the menu and prices. The belly dancing made it fun and the food was soooo delicious! Some people in my group had never tried Moroccan food and they loved it. Great service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience, food and show
    Nids
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My positives about the restaurant in the same order: Food, Ambience, Belly dancing show, service. The food was really unique and authentic. It is a go to place for vegetarians. Belly dancer was very talented, performed well and interacted with the customers. She taught some belly dancing moves and was really sweet about it. Ambience is really good. This place looks authentic but is still bright and cheerful. A great place for large group of people as the setting still feels very intimate - not like a long table where u only get to say a Hi and a Bye to people in a group. Negatives - The waiter spilled hot tea on my friends legs which was a burning experience. Overall, this place gets a thumps up from me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So much fun!
    epronz
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is our new favorite restaurant! We originally came out for a girls night, and were shocked to see how our expectations were met over and over again throughout the night here. We were amazed by the food, they were so welcoming we felt like family, and we can't wait to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was great however my expectations were lowered this visit since the belly dancer started collecting dollar bills and it seemed like I was at a strip club. I took my boyfriend for the awesome experience I had the first time I went (food, show, and personal dance lesson by belly dancer to the group) not for a cheap dollar show. I was quite dissapointed with the dance show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I loved this place. Super fun and a great way to enjoy the night with some fun dancing to watch and delicious food. We were there 2 hours+ just enjoying every aspect of our meal. The appetizer was a nice salad and a dough with sweet chicken and nuts. I had the lamb with vegetables and rice. Completely tender and amazing. Was so full near the end! Service was fun and the ambiance was just great. Would come here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greatest experience ever
    LioryVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was the most amazing restaurant i've been to yet. Between the authentic Moroccan experience to the refined foods we ate, this place is truly amazing. You can't go wrong with any food items here and it was a truly entertaining night between the belly dancing and the big birthday parties that were having so much fun to the wait staff who wash your hands for you and cater to your every culinary need. I would go back here every night if I lived in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and fun atmosphere
    kahandfam
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My husband and 15 year old son went in for dinner on a Sunday evening. The food was excellent. We were surprised that they had belly dancing on a sunday. Our son danced and had a great time. I laughed my head off. The service was very good as well. We were the first table of the night, but we felt well cared for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Mike1Marty
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Good restaurant with delicious food and good service. Belly dancing on Fridays!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Mansour
    Foodiesil
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I came here for my birthday celebration this past weekend. I had been here previously and thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it would be a fun place to go with my friends. We had a lot of fun, however the service was very slow and it seemed at time that they forgot about us all together. Over all still highly recommend this place, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun experience with good food
    hmbpam
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The atmosphere at El Mansour is relaxing, the service is very attentive and the food is delicious. It is mostly a fixed price menu, but the portions and different varieties of dishes included are more than satisfying. If you go with a party of 3 or more, ask for the tasting menu and you get to try a little of several of the entrees. The included lentil soup, Moroccan salad and Bestela are fantastic . . . and the frequent offers of the delicious bread to go with them make a meal in themselves. I've had a couple of the lamb dishes with almonds and they have been so tender and flavorful. The Moroccan seafood is wonderful too. On the weekends, there's a bellydancer! Seating is comfortable at low tables and couches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining Dinner
    Taste11
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was excellent with large portions. We ordered the (1) Chicken with Honey and Prunes and (2) Lamb with Lemon and Olives. Both dishes were full of flavor and did not disappoint. The belly dancer was a nice touch, but interesting to see little children tipping her with $1 bills by stuffing them in her skirt. My only regret was not bringing cash to tip the dancer. Most people brought their own wine to be served at dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could be better
    foureyedreviewer
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Went here on a Tuesday, not sure if it was the weekday but service was extremely slow. El Mansour is a Moroccan restaurant that is at the outskirts of the Richmond district. If you are not looking for this place, you can easily pass it up as the outside looks like a regular apartment building. The menu is simple once understood, it is a pre fixe menu, all you have to do is choose your entree. All come with soup, salad appetizer and entree and dessert. The food was tasty, interesting to see rabbit on the menu, gamy but seasoned well. As for service it was nice but slow.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for special occasion
    EatingReal
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    For something different and fun, great place to celebrate our friends' birthdays with a little trip to Moracco right in the middle of SF. Belly dancer was entertaining and livened up the atmosphere and festivities.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst dining experience ever!
    RG2014VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Here are the "highlights" of our dining experience: 1) No host station/host - upon entering the restaurant, we stood awkwardly for almost 5 minutes, while the servers completely ignored us. Finally, had to walk through the restaurant into the kitchen and ask if someone could help us. 2) Ambiance: Poor - the restaurant feels like the inside of a cheap circus tent. 3) Menu: Very small, but still confusing. And the server wasn't much of a help either. 4) Food: Worst part of the entire experience - completely bland and unimaginative. 5) Service: Poor - had to repeatedly ask for silverware and salt/pepper/hot sauce. Do not understand how this restaurant can survive in SF, a mecca for foodies. Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from this place!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Mansour was an awesom adventure
    Aman
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Thank you El Mansour for providing excellent food service and entertainment for my Birthday Dinner! We enjoyed the endlessly delicious dishes before the main course, great champagne entertainment and the main course was also very good. We kept increasing the number of people in the party and they readily accommodated us making it a very nice experience. The entertainment with the belly dancer really got us all going and the group joined in! Really awesome guys, thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a wonderful time..
    licha61
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The food was great and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A full Moroccon Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Intimate and comfortable, this place offers the unique Moroccon experience of great food, music, and belly dancing. The wait staff and maître d are very personable and add to the experience. It is a beautiful place and very entertaining. We were able to try foods we never had before. Great place to take a fun date or enjoy a night apart from ordinary dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and unusual
    JSB94118VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I have been to El Mansour many times over the years, and always enjoyed it. It is decorated to give the impression of being in a big Middle Eastern tent, the servers are dressed appropriately, and there is belly dancing (if you are not a fan, make an early reservation, since the belly dancing starts around 7:30). All entrees come with the same (lovely) appetizers, including a lentil soup, and a savory chicken pastry). Of the entrees I've tried, I favor the lamb with lemon and olives, and the chicken with honey and prunes. The wine list is just okay, so you may opt to bring your own, and pay the corkage fee.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food ever!
    pvee
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We LOVE El Mansour. I take my kids there twice a year - on their birthdays. All of the courses are amazing. The lentil soup, salad, the bread, and the pastille with chicken courses are all excellent. And our favorite entrees are the chicken & lamb with almonds, and the scallops & shrimp. All served with couscous and veggies. And of course sitting on cushions close to the floor and the belly dancer highlights the evening and makes it fun. They will offer forks, but don't take them. This Moroccan meal is made to eat with your fingers. :) (yes, they bring warm water and towels to wash your hands both before and after dinner)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly Dancing
    MBLANGERVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    While the belly dancer was great and talented, she was over an hour late...not so professional.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ver small portions. Didn't
    Labelle
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Ver small portions. Didn't really enjoy the food as i thought it was too salty. Owner + chefs are both not from morocco so you are not getting authentic Moroccan cuisine. We were waiting for the belly dancer to come out and she was an hour late so we had to leave unfortunately. AND My father in law got diarrhia that same night after we ATE there. I do not recommend this place.
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  • Terrific for a celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    With a prix fixe menu, belly dancing performance, wonderful service, and decor that makes you feel as if you've catapulted to Marrakech, this is a great spot for a celebration. The lentil soup and b'still are great. The chicken portion was huge but veered toward salty, though that might be because I ordered the one with preserved lemons, and preserved lemons have a tendency to be salty. You can tell lots of people come here for birthdays.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Theresa
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Love everything about this place. Great service, friendly staff, great food. They even have very good belly dancers! Fun atmosphere without an interfering noise level. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.