Flora
Flora

Flora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.florarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (781) 641-1664
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bob Sargent
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Flora is happy to cater events of any type and size. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Flora offers a private dining room that can seat up to 36 people! Other options include reserving the bar, cafe, main dining room or the entire restaurant! Choose from one of our preset menus or order from our seasonally changing restaurant menu! See the Private Dining link on our website or contact our Event Manager Megan Harrington for more information at floracatering@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Harrington 7816411664
  • Entertainment: Flora's Music Series - Live and Free Music performed while you dine featuring great local acts every Thursday! Most music starts at 8pm. Dinner Reservations are recommended for the best seats!

    Flora features an upscale, white tablecloth dining room dramatically housed in a restored bank with 30' vaulted ceilings, 20 foot windows and an open kitchen!

    Flora also offers a more casual option in their Bar and Cafe with lighter fare options and high top tables that look out over the bustling town! While there is a TV in the bar, it only goes on for our local teams! ;)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake St.
  • Public Transit: 77 Bus runs right past us along Massachusetts Avenue out of Harvard Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Mass. Ave. and on any side streets.
    Please use the parking lot behind the Cambridge Savings Bank next door.
A word from Flora
Chef/owner Bob Sargent creates menus drawing on American classics with French and Italian influences. Many of his dishes include seasonal vegetables and local foods, especially seafood and farm products.
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Flora reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (51)romantic (39)good for groups (18)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Not their best
    Billy
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Been here multiple times. This was not their best. Early on a Saturday. The chicken was excellent as was the trout but the shrimp scampi (my dish) was mediocre. The Fritto Misto was too much fried crust and not enough of the vegetable. The room was a little cold. So, I've whined. I will go back. The food and wine selections are too good to miss.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average at best
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    flora used to beagreat spot. Thhis visit showed a less than tender steak and my wife's toughpork special. At flora's price level, thefoodneedstoimprove.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoy
    boxochoc
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I live nearby, and Flora is consistently the best restaurant we've been to in Arlington. Much better food and service than Olivio or Scutra, and a broader menu than Tryst. The waitstaff are relaxed and friendly; the food is tasty, well prepared, well presented, and seasonal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Really enjoyed the squash soup w sage leaf, the duck, and the ginger creme brûlée! Very nice place to enjoy dinner before a concert at the Regent in Arlington.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    DrDiscerningDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our waitress was a thoughtful, charming Nepali whose smile, attentiveness, and gift for easy and informative conversation defined the evening for us. She made Flora shine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first visit to Flora. It is tastefully decorated. The staff is gracious and efficient (our waiter, Theo, was excellent...attentive and knowledgeable). The portions were neither too large nor too small. The pace was relaxed. And the food? It was delicious. Creative without being too "out there." We ordered seasonal items (butternut squash-apple soup, wild mushroom risotto) and all was fresh and well-prepared and served piping hot. The dessert, a pear tart with cinnamon ice cream, was splendid. The prices were fair-to-high. It was a lovely experience and we are sure to return and to recommend Flora to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What's the fuss?
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I'd been wanting to try Flora for years. But my first visit, as part of a small birthday party, was a disappointment. This former bank has a wonderful main dining room, with huge windows and a vaulted ceiling--spacious and elegant. We were warmly greeted by the hostess. So far so good. But our server was a little too familiar. Was it her place to be charmed by one of our party's foreign accent? Was it her place to repeatedly interrupt our conversations? The soup of the day--apple/squash--was delicious and plentiful, but served barely warmer than room temprature. A fritto-misto tasted more of the frying than the veggies. The chicken was bland, the taste of the steak (an ample sirloin) rather buried by the accompanying sweet-potato hash.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and service
    HarleysMom
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We always go to Floras whenever we go to a concert at the Regent Theatre. The food is always fantastic, and they have a new menu every time, with seasonal specialties. All that and fantastic service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we went back
    Larryb
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We hadn't eaten at Floras for a few years -- our loss! Glad we went back and it is going back on our "special occasion" list. (PS -- there was no reason it fell off our list either.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Service & good food
    Pamela
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Flora's. Quiet on a Sunday early evening before going to the movies, but enough people and movement to not feel lonely. The entrees and desserts were perfectly served and delicious. The only thing to deter is the fact that all was quite pricey. More Back Bay prices then Mass Ave in Arlington prices. We will go again but the high prices will limit our visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New menu not very exciting
    Eric
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I always like going to Flora, but I found that the new menu did not have much that was appealing. There was no pasta selection, for example. I ordered the Falafel entre and even the smaller portion was too much and not very good. I will check the menu online before I make another reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine new menu
    minutemantrail
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The menu is all new recently. Our dinners were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    momoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Inventive, flavorful food, beautifully prepared and presented. As we were among the only diners, it was probably much quieter than usual, but the tables are spaced well to provide visual and auditory privacy. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been coming here for many years....for a special occasion dinner or for a good drink and light meal before a movie. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food quality was far below my prior experience here. The server provided bad (inaccurate) advice on menu items. The bartender, in decanting wine, spilled a substantial amount on the carpet, with no apology. Service was fairly slow and inattentive, despite the lack of a crowd. Underwhelming at this price point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Arlington classic
    ArlingtonFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent combinations of flavors, and a nice range of choices. As someone with food intolerances (gluten, diary & egg) I was very pleased to find both a terrific salad and entree that I could eat. A very enjoyable meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    MadameX
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Flora is an old favorite, and my first choice outside of Boston for a special night out. Great service, a wonderful atmosphere, and as always, inventive and delicious food...thank you everyone who made it a great night. Opentable made the reservation process so easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    Naco
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We very much enjoyed Flora. The atmosphere was pleasant and the food was very good and unique dishes. The service was excellent and they made us feel comfortable and special given that it was my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    elzab
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been going here for years. This time was a bit disappointed by a strangely textured key lime creme brulee, everything but light and too sweet. Just not as exciting. I hope just an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed quality
    yodad
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I found the protein portion of the entrees was excellent (e.g., arctic char was grilled to perfection and very tasty, the chicken was crispy on the outside and very tender and moist on the inside -- even the white meat). However, the accompanying elements were terrible (e.g. bean ragout was too oily, the grilled figs -- which sound great -- were just done wrong). The coffee (decaf) afterwards was burnt. The waiter was indifferent to helping us out -- he didn't do anything 'wrong', he wasn't rude or inattentive - (e.g., I would like to be able to understand the answers to my questions). Given the prices I expected (and have gotten elsewhere) a much better dining experience -- better service, better and more consistently enjoyable food.
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  • Outstanding!!
    nikiVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I returned to Flora after a year of exploring other restaurants; I wonder why!! Flora is consistently outstanding; never disappoints!! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flora's Review
    tallone
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Flora's was highly recommended. The menu was limited, I would recommend checking it online before making a reservation. The sweet potato rolls are not my favorite -- too heavy. The beet salad was delicious, but filling, and one salad was fine for two. My husband had the calamari (cooked perfectly) and noted that the batter used for frying contained a lot of garlic. I usually order calamari, but passed after the server accurately said that the garlic couldn't be avoided (as in a dipping sauce). Our main courses were good, seafood linguini and arctic char. The seafood, other than the shrimp, mussels, and a small piece of lobster, were in VERY small pieces in the linguini sauce. Dessert, key lime crème brulee, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flora an Arlington gem
    tjlnc
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I received a gift certificate to Flora. After dining there, we were so happy that we did. i cannot say anything negative. It was a wonderful dining experience and will definitely go there again and we highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Dining Experience w Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Having eaten at Flora's three times now I have found that the food is consistently good and interesting with good drinks and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Star
    eat4fun
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We sampled a few different area restaurants these past 2 weeks as DineOut Boston is on. This was our favorite. Not only was there an ample selection of appetizers and entrees but all at our table of 4 were wonderfully seasoned and creative. The fan favorite was the salmon with a hazelnut accompaniment that delivered both interesting texture and flavor. We all would definitely go back to try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week menu
    LaurieA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went on a Friday evening. At first we were seated near the open kitchen bust asked to move to another room due to allergies. We had fried green tomatoes (the salad part was great, the tomatoes ok) and the beet soup (purreed and very rich). Mains were the Morroccan chicken and the seafood pasta. I loved the chicken; a spicy tomato sauce with israeli style couscous. Mu husband said his past was good. It was full of shell fish. We both brought half our dinners home. For dessert, I had the peach and cherry cobbler. It tasted of fruit - not sugar so it was a hit. The chocolate creme caramel was like a deep chocolate flan i Waiters were attentive and helpful. Ours told us about a wine they didn't have on the menu : perfect
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun at Flora
    bluebelle
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have been to Flora twice in the last two months. Both times we went, we were celebrating wedding anniversaries with friends. Both times the Winikers were playing. We ate wonderful food, had interesting cocktails, and danced to the band. We'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Flora remains one of my favorite restaurants. The food is wonderful, menu varies nicely and the wait staff is always professional and personable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Arlington Gem
    barbh
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We are very fortunate to have Flora in Arlington. It is owned and staffed by the friendliest and kindest people in the business and the food is always superb and unique. My husband and I have been going to Flora for years and absolutely love it. We would recommend it for couples of all ages, families, large and small groups of friends and everyone in between. We bring friends there and they always become converts. It's the kind of place you can go to every week and only have an enhanced experience by knowing the people who work there, especially the fantastic bartender, Ken, the marvelous staff, including Suju, Megan, Dependra… There is not enough space to name them all. The owners, Bob and Mary Jo, are the best in the business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always charming
    time2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Flora is a lovely space, with delicious food and an elegant atmosphere. I find I'm drawn to them in the summer because they showcase fresh vegetables and seafood so well. I particularly enjoyed the mussels with chorizo - the smoky note and spicy heat made a delicious broth. Both us thought our salads were delicious - fresh fruits balanced with blue cheese or arugula. We also love that they have small and large entrees. We ordered from their "middle plate" options and got to really enjoy our desserts because we weren't too full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something missing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Tuesday evening with a couple at one other table made for a quiet night. This old bank is beautiful with high ceilings and interesting art. 3 choices of sparkling wine with one a French sparkler from Alsace was wonderful as was the Elsa Bianchi Malbec chosen to accompany our entrees. The food was well prepared but my Scottish salmon served with a pea pesto was missing something. The cinnamon quinoa was tasty but the overall dish was not toothsome as would be expected at a high end restaurant. My companion's sirloin was good. With so many outstanding restaurants in the area we would not return here for the food but perhaps for a drink as the setting is lovely.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1162 reviews are from the Flora reviews archive.
  • Great First Visit!
    TheOs
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our first dinner at Flora! What a gem! The food, decor, friendly service and outstanding live music made for a perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My fiance and I went to Flora for our dating anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious. Both my salmon and his steak were cooked perfectly. We also enjoyed a delicious bottle of wine with our meal and topped everything off with their chocolate cloud cake, which was topped with some of the best whipped cream I've ever had (weird thing to comment on, but it's true). The wait staff was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I expected more
    WatertownStrong
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The restaurant itself is lovely. Situated in a former bank, the decor is classic and elegant. The waitresses plaid shirts and black shorts were an odd choice compared to the neutral tones of the restaurant. The menu is limited and each entree is about $30 dollars. I ordered the lobster barley risotto, while tasty, was nothing special. The lobster was rubbery and tough. The service was great, and the waitress neither came too often or too seldom. I would be interested in coming back and trying more of their dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed our evening at Flora
    needhamfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was really delicious and the setting was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening!
    CaptainNemo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great server, lovely food, pleasant and quiet atmosphere, the perfect place if you want a relaxed, pleasant dinner with conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ricki10
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Ordinarily I have an outstanding meal at Flora. My husband and I are vegetarians and the only things on the menu for us were pasta dishes. Usually there is something else in addition to pasta that we can eat. The dessert was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Anniversary Dinner
    LadyG
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our first visit to this neighborhood restaurant was a success. The food was good and well prepared. We shared the calamari as an appetizer which was quite tasty. The dining room is spacious so you can easily carry on a conversation without hearing conversations from other nearby tables. The waiter was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Count on Flora's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    For dependably delicious food, caringly prepared and served, you can't go wrong with Flora's. Great cocktails and always interesting wines, we count on Flora's to always make us smile and say, "Wasn't that great?"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Soh21
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    A fine dining establishment where I can go with wife for a romantic evening, with family during week for an impromptu dining, or with a group of friends for special occasions. Very nice ambiance (two sides of the restaurant has different ambiance to fit your preference), very good service, and excellent/ consistent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.