Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street Cafe

Flea Street Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cooleatz.com/
  • Phone: (650) 854-1226
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

    Reservations highly recommended.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Canada / Jesse Cool - Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a full service fine dining catering company, offering menus similar to the menu at Flea Street for 50 to 500. Please call 650-325-2068. Our Director of Catering, Emily Martin, will be happy to assist you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our large party, private dining room can accommodate up to 22 guests. It is available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30

    The minimum charge for the room is $2500 exclusive of tax and service charge. A special four course menu and wines will be chosen for your event.

    We also have restaurant buy-out capabilities for groups up to 80 people.

    For further information, please email rika@cooleatz.com

    Thank you!
  • Private Party Contact: Rika Zilant 6508541226

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avy Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot located behind the restaurant
A word from Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street has been a Silicon Valley favorite since 1980. The atmosphere is contemporary, sophisticated and inviting, making it the perfect place to meet for cocktails, business meetings and private gatherings. Jesse Ziff Cool, along with her remarkable staff led by Executive Chef Carlos Canada, creates a dining experience that is nurturing, soulful and memorable. The menu is a celebration of the rich Northern California food community: seafood is caught in the nearby Pacific, produce is carefully sourced from local farms, meat is grass-fed or pasture-raised to name just a few. Flea Street offers innovative yet approachable cuisine that showcases the very best of the season. Our lively, yet intimate bar specializes in martinis and unique cocktails using small batch liquors. A large hand-selected wine list features the best of California’s extraordinary vineyards with an emphasis on the local appellation--the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Flea Street Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (134)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (108)romantic (83)notable wine list (35)great for outdoor dining (28)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (9)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Amazing food - I am ready to go back and try what we weren't able to on the menu. Packed on a Wed evening - turning away walk ins when there was no space at the bar - and we got a visit from Ms. Z-C at our table - it was just a wonderful way to end the dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Design
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Dinner was overall, nice, but for the prices, it was not that great! Bar bill was again high. If you want a nice wine fine, if a house wine would be fine, great. There was no house wine. I was disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood
    Beauty
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Cozy and friendly very pricy for a neighborhood restaurant. I found it very with limited in choices especially the main courses not enough lite dishes Good in season vegetables , nice casual atmosphere I would go back but not often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but watch the step
    4thgenCAVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I booked this place for a group celebrating after completing a Master's degree presentation on the Stanford campus. The food was--as always--wonderful...carefully prepared, fresh ingredients. Seating was a bit of a scramble because our group kept changing their minds about timing and the guest of honor kept adding invitees--to the extent that we had more people than the restaurant would accommodate on a Friday or Saturday night (limit was 6). So we ate outdoors, and even though it was a chilly night, the heaters kept it reasonably comfortable. A quibble is that despite our reservation, it took about 20 minutes to get settled in. (However, we've eaten here before w/ reservations and didn't have a wait. No doubt with such a big group and at the end of an evening, seating delays add up.) Bigger quibble is what happened at the end of an otherwise enjoyable evening: the entire parking bumper adjacent to the south side of the building (looks to have been recently resurfaced, and is therefore covered in black top-coat, as is the rest of the parking lot)--given the very poor lighting in the lot--is virtually invisible. In leaving the restaurant, I tripped over this invisible hazard and fell sideways, landing on wrist, elbow, and smacked the back of my head on the asphalt. I survived (despite goose-egg on head), but the parking bumper step needs to be painted white immediately and/or lighting needs to be improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fabulous and the service impeccable.
    Tilly
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We've been going to Flea Street for more than 25 years and it just keeps getting better and better--if that's even possible! We shared a salad, which the waiter kindly split without our asking. Fresh, fresh, fresh, and a glorious combination of fruit and greens. Our entrees were beautiful and so tasty, with different and perfectly prepared veggies and great sauces. Dessert was also 10 out of 10. The waiter recommended the very best wine pairings, and all of the wait staff were extremely attentive, without hovering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful!
    Yummy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have gone to Flea Street numerous times and always have great food and wonderful service. Locally grown and tastily cooked we enjoy each course. The flavors and style is always somewhat unique and we heartily recommend Flea Street for special occasions, meetings with friends, or any time you feel like great food and quiet, pleasant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    SavvyAbbyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner. I had a special: lamb prepared two ways -- lamb meatballs and lamb loin. My boyfriend had the beef short ribs that is a regular menu item and a customer favorite. The food was very, very good and the service was top notch. We will definitely return again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    Punkin
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Flea Street Cafe is one of the best local restaurants around. We particularly like the small rooms which makes the experience feel more intimate than the large open rooms. We will return with our friends as they also enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent in every way
    Penny
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Quiet, friendly, laid back, wonderful service, superb food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    JoeB
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Had a nice b-day dinner. Very delicious vegies. Good drinks. Joe
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as usual
    SaltlyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    There are so few restaurants of this quality on the mid peninsula. Too bad more don't open. Then maybe we could get in without having to make a reservation a month in advance!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menluncky
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service an food were excellent. I have always enjoyed the experience and food at Flea Street. Our entire table enjoyed every serving. The halibut was tops. I can't war to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for Socializing!
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Two close friends and I had delicious appetizers and meals, unhurried dining and plenty of time to visit throughout our visit together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Food Right from the Farm
    frequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent sourcing, preparation and presentation of the food. My cocktail, “Spiced Ice Gin and Tonic”, was perfectly crafted. The wonderful spicey flavor remained unchanged throughout the appetizer and entree (about 1.5 hours). If you want a hint why, read the menu. When we return in January I hope it is still available. I had fried green tomatoes and the “Which Came First”, chicken and egg combo. I rarely order chicken in a restaurant. I am glad i did this time. My wife had the “Pan Roasted Black Cod”. I tasted it, and it was perfect. Next time I will order that, just for the change. I can't remember my wife's appetizer. The service was impeccable which included special requests. The price including deserts and coffee was about $200.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flea Street Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Everything was perfect at this restaurant. The hostess let us choose a wonderful table. The servers were prompt without being pushy. The food was fabulous. We chose some of the specials, some from the menu and shared everything. Jesse, the chef, honored us by stopping at our table and chatting: lovely lady. The wine list was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, quality experience
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had heard about this place for some time but finally had a chance to try it on Saturday. It has a great neighbor hood feel and each of the menu items was special. Everyone at the table ordered a different entree and we shared a few appetizers. The place is not a over-the-top foodie joint. It is just a great place to go for inventive, high-quality and delicious food. What's not to love? Service was great too. Efficient, not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snick
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    An absolutely fabulous restaurant!! Superb food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a place
    Karen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    If you are yearning for learned, courteous, and professional service, beautifully presented, creative, and fresh food, in a comfortable, welcoming setting, you can't beat the Flea Street Cafe. Drove by for years (like 30 years) and never went in until this year. Will go back for special dinners. What a jewel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suevVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    last minute decision to go out and lucky to have availability. saw 3 other tables with friends. great neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu, but all good
    WontBeBackVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Haven't been here in 20 years, but it's still excellent. All the food was tasty, innovative, & local. No complaints. Jesse Cool is still around; wandering the tables and making sure people are enjoying things. Pricey, so not a regular kind of place, but good for occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • two star food at four star prices
    JohnK
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a nice restaurant, very good ambiance. Perhaps we had a bad day. The salad had a very average dressing at best. Squash soup was excellent. The sardines were salty and horrible. The coho salmon average at best. Noise carries and there were several people talking loud. For $150, try Madera, also in Menlo Park. Underwelmed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidden gem
    grundygastropub
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Tucked into what looks like an old strip mall is this hidden gem. four delicious courses showcasing local ingredients, pumpkin soup, Beet salad, fried green tomatoes and short ribs. Cocktails were great (lavender drop) and wines were reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday, great food
    Kennedld
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My mom and I took a cooking class with Jesse and this dining experience was an amazing extension of that. Fresh food, with a fresh twist!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • impressive from start to finish
    cheesy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything was done so well including service. Appetizers: Heirloom Salad, Grilled Sardines, Daily special Salmon (prepared like salmon sushi plus something that resembles Thai style green papaya salad Mains: Lamb (YUM), Chicken (YUMMMSSS) Dessert: Double Layer Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a fabulous evening at Flea Street to celebrate our first anniversary. The food, service and ambiance were excellent and we really had a special evening. Can't wait to go back. Corkage is steep at $30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious, the Flea St we love
    scarlettosarahVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been to Flea Street many times, and the food is always different and delicious. After having a less-than-ideal experience on our previous visit, the staff went out of their way to make sure that we had a great evening this time. The food didn't disappoint (fall vegetarian tasting in particular was seasonally fresh and a perfect blend of familiar and unfamiliar dishes), and our waiter and the restaurant manager were friendly and attentive. This was the Flea Street we know and love, and we look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet
    DolceVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a nice restaurant. The staff is very friendly. Service is very good. But the food, I am still after few years going to this restaurant try to find out what the chef is trying to do. The main courses ingredients never go together, the taste is good but I expect more from this restaurant. I usually order appetizers since they are better than main course. This is one of the rare restaurants that you will find local fresh sardines.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected
    KG09
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant has great reviews and comes highly recommended but I was disappointed in my meal. I had the halibut and it was ok. The pumpkin soup was good and the apple pie desert was a disappointment. The apple pie was 80% crust, 20% apple. Next time I will order their vegetable platter. Their vegetables were outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is lacking
    HKdinning
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Came here for dinner with my girlfriend and another couple. The service was so slow, we sat down before others but still were the last to leave. When our friend went to ask why the service was so slow the waiter came over to us and complained to us that we were not happy customers. I was happy but dinner for 4 shouldn't take almost 3 hours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennifer
    PaloAltoDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The braised short ribs were amazing! The mushroom ravioli was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    AAF1
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Old favorite now sharply changed for the worse. Overpriced, incredibly loud, some dishes ridiculously small, very poor selection of wines by the glass, with incredibly high prices. Years ago, Flea Street was a weekly destination, and an utter delight. Just returned this week, and it bears no resemblance to the charming establishment of the past. Will not be retuning.
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  • hearing
    deafgirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Hi there. The table was perfect for me because I'm hearing impaired, but there were some extremely loud tables on Tuesday night. So even though it was a lovely dinner, I could not hear well. Perhaps next time I'll request an outside table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite neighbood restaurant
    Quail
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Within walking distance of our house, Flea Street is fabulous. The food, the service -- everything is such a pleasure. We have been fans of Jesse Cool since she ran Late for the Train 30 years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally a 5* experience, but...
    scarlettosarahVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not this time. I'll start by saying Flea Street is our goto date night spot, but on our last visit, they were off their A game. Our table was right next to an exit, and parking car headlights shone right into our eyes through the door. My first course was missing a major ingredient, my husband's second course didn't arrive (when our entrees came, we asked, and they brought the second out of order), and we had to ask for another round of drinks (normally the waiters are more proactive/attentive). The food was still great, and they did comp the out of order second. But if it had been my first experience, I'm not sure I'd go back given the headlights and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always magical
    Peninsulalocavore
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Grapes from the owner's garden, cherry tomatoes from the kitchen garden, and refreshing creations with beautiful ingredients. There is always a special twist at Flea Street, as the food is original but not weird. Six people ordered different dishes, and there were no disappointments. I am not a vegetarian, but I often get the vegetarian sampler just to see what lovely things come out from the kitchen. Short ribs, chicken and sardines were standouts on our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jimkVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    FSC continues to shine with interesting delicious food. Good indication is that we could have eaten multiple items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best organic restaurant
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Local food partners and high quality entrees. You also never leave hungry. Very impressed with the decor and ambiance that makes you feel like you're in a an upscale but very friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food
    kyCAVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food and service have been both notable. I've come back several times this year to Flea Street, and I have been delighted by the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food,cocktails&service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wonderful service! OUTSTANDING tomato, peach & burrata salad. Unbelievably good. The avocado cocktail is unusual and wonderful. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always very homey
    Hallif
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is beyond excellent. I always feel so relaxed when I am there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet