Gaido's Seafood Restaurant
Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gaidos.com/
  • Phone: 4097629625x4
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 39th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gaido's Seafood Restaurant
The toast of the Texas coast.
How can frozen fish be called fresh? The answer for anyone with snap is simple: it can’t. That’s why Gaido’s is the classic choice for fresh Gulf seafood. Patrons know Gaido’s is real, when others are clearly not. From red snapper and blue crab to white tablecloths crumbed with panache, there’s no denying Gaido’s is one-of-a-kind in a world of imitation. Now, after four generations of filleting, frying, grilling and baking, Gaido’s has grown into the picture perfect place of traditions– birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, reunions. As the largest fresh fish house on the coast, Gaido’s can serve up to 2,500 happy diners a day. Plus, with the Pelican Club, private dining, catering, a new food truck and parking galore…it’s easy to see why Gaido’s -– for over 100 years – is truly the coastal classic.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Gaido's Seafood Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
250 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (156)scenic view (109)good for groups (89)romantic (81)fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (62)kid-friendly (61)great for lunch (46)notable wine list (38)hot spot (33)great for brunch (30)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Poor Service
    SunnyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our first time to Gaido's. Our waiter had little knowledge of the menu or wine list. He kept repeating that he was new but didn't offer to find out the answers to our questions. His service was spotty and the food was mediocre. The only highlight of the night was the pecan crunch dessert. We will not be returning or recommending this restaurant. We have previously dined at the Pelican Club and were very impressed. We will definitely return there!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tile Fish
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We decided to go with the special fish of Saturday evening--Tile Fish. although we had never eaten it before, our server did a nice job of describing the rather rare opportunity to fish for it, the special depth one has to go to harvest it--as well as the delicate texture and mild flavor. My husband and I typically each get a salad or soup and then split the entree. He had a cup of gumbo, I had the three-soup sampler--both great. We went with the server's preparation recommendation for the Tile Fish--broiled and then we chose the topping--callee, I think, Maria--a creamed crab topping--great! One portion was perfect for the two of us. We don't do dessert--so, along with a nice bottle of a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir-we were happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Hostess needs to work on her smile!! Poor attitude during our seating process. All this without a semblance of a smile or cordial attitude!! On the other hand, our waiter Bill was outstanding and one of the best waiters we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Crunkest1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have not been there in over 20 years and nothing has changed. It is still a special place to visit along Seawall Blvd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Must
    BOK2
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were visiting Galveston for our anniversary and found Gaido's through positive reviews. It did not disappoint. Incredible food, impeccable and friendly service. The food was so amazing I bought the cookbook. Don't miss this gem when visiting. And save room for the pecan pie it's amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    edmack
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I went to Giados on Sept 24th. At the time the waitstaff were great. We had a great meal and the waiter at the time was great. My companion had placed her phone in the chair next to her and we left without remembering to get it. After we arrived back to our hotel we noticed this and I called to see if it had been found. I talked with some lady that placed me on hold and I was on hold for 12 minutes until I went back and walked in still on hold. I asked reservastions and they said they would check. came back 5 min later said no phone. I sated it was in the chair at oor table. Ignored me so asked waited to check. said he couldn't. Went over and asked patron to look found phone in chair. No help from staff. Very Disappointed in that service,
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Reviews
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had dinner here on September 19th and were disappointed. We arrived on time for our reservation at 6:30 and were seated at 6:45. Due to extremely slow service, it was nearly 8:30 before we were finished with our meal. The complimentary bread was good as was the shrimp martini appetizer. The crab cake appetizer was fine but nothing spectacular. I had the fried stuffed shrimp and potato wedges - the outside crust on the shrimp was overdone, the stuffing was very underdone and the shrimp did not taste fresh. The potato wedges were no better than frozen ones. My husband had a seafood combination platter that was average at best. We had the Crème Brulee for dessert which was very good. It was definitely not worth the $100 bill.
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  • A Fond Memory Renewed
    ontheroadagain
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It has been quite a few years since we had last dined a Gaido's with our (then) young children. In the intervening years, Gaido's has been the yardstick by which which we measured our family dining experiences. With this visit, we found the same extraordinary service and excellent food we remembered. The atmosphere was the same mix of elegance and hospitality in an enlarged and expanded facility. It was so rewarding to find our expectations from the past fulfilled and surpassed by the reality. Food, service, ambiance, everything was impeccable. It certainly will not be decades until our next return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appetizers
    Appetizer
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The specialties were crab dishes and we loaded up on the appetizers which were to die for and filling enough for dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • visiting an old favorite
    mandfc
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was wonderful. Loved the bread with oil and herbs at the beginning. Proportions were good. Toppings on the special were really wonderful. Would return for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Seafoodjunkies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated within 10. minutes after our arrival thanks to Opentable! The table was great, food was fantastic, and the wait staff was extremely knowledgable! We had an exceptional dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food & Service!!
    latxkay
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Using "Opentable" was a great way to get great service! I pulled up and received a text our table was ready! David our server was Wonderful! The "Jazz Martini" & Crab Cake was out of this world! Will always come back here to eat while in Galveston!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet our expectations
    BMPHouston
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were disappointed in the good at Gaido's. From the bread which had little body to lobster bisque soup which had virtually no lobster in it, to fried shrimp which was pale and under cooked, tasting more processed than fresh. Sadly, we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful and just like old times
    stefanihVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our meal at Gaido's was SUPERB! The food was so fresh and delicious! Melody was our server, and she was outstanding! Everything was as good (or maybe even better) than it was back in the old days when we came here. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was great, but a bit over priced. We would recommend lower in the prices. Other restaurants have great meals as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveyablue
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    good food from an old friend. Good to see Gaidos and Galveston back from the storm
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    CD7903
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The night I proposed to my wife we went to dinner at Gaido's afterwards. It was excellent that night. Fast forward to six years later and we went back this past Saturday to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. The food was just as excellent as the first time we dined there. We have been several times throughout the years but wanted to go for our anniversary this year. We were not dissapointed. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Cooked and too fast
    billVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been coming to Guido's since 1971. I used to think this was the best place in the world for seafood. Of the four meals only was was good, the other three were over cooked. The meals came to fast for us to finish our appetizers. The resuturant was not super busy, its was mid evening and we had reservations. We should have had time for out meal.
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  • Great recovery.
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our experience could not have been better. While there may have been recent concerns regarding a decline in quality of food and service at Gaido's and their Pelican Club, that certainly was not the case on this occasion. Gaido's deserves another try by anyone who may have given up on them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2seeusoon
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We are enjoying on this restaurant. The food are very good . The Waiter is friendly , we love the deserts they have everything so we can share. We definitely would return again and i already told to my friends and relatives about this restaurant too. They will see You soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service and the food were excellent. Only little snafu was the soup of the day mentioned (scallop chowder) apparenlty ran out and tortilla was served instead in my 3 soup combo. I guess that was also the soup of the day but I was looking forward to the chowder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    43andcounting
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have dined here several times beginning with our honeymoon in 1971. We have returned to celebrate several anniversaries. We have never been disappointed with the food or service. From the hostess, waiter, and manager we received the most hospitable service and attention. The food was excellent, the atmosphere perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressed still
    StillHoneymooning
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went here for or first anniversary. The food was great. Our serving staff was friendly and attentive. We mentioned it was our anniversary when our server asked if we wanted dessert. We declined but he insisted that we allow him to get us something, his treat. He returned with the best creme brulee I've ever had that said happy anniversary on the plate in raspberry glaze. We were blown away by this place. It became an instant tradition. We will be celebrating here every year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressed
    letseat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Over all I would say it was great dining experience. Initially we were brought to our table, greeted, specials were given and drink order taken, it seemed like a very long wait to have the server return to get our food order, that was out only bump. I'm glad we decided to stay. It was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, ordinary food. Avoid.
    likesgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ordered the Red Snapper fillets which were $31 each. For that price we expect quality. The fish was dry and rubbery, consistent with fillets that have been frozen. For $38 we can get a whole fresh snapper cooked for us in Houston and that feeds two. Ambience and service quality was 4/10. Despite being on the ocean front, they put a car park out front so forget about a nice view. We were hoping for a place with a bit of class, but the place is full of loud families who haven't bothered to change out of their beach gear.
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  • Tony
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    our party of 8 enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts that were expertly prepared and presented and graciously served. our waiter Dante was helpful in answering menu questions, making good recommendations and providing attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!
    Herbert
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Whenever my wife and I visit Galveston, one dinner will always be at Gaido's. It's our own tradition for a great seafood meal. Yes, in the summer the place is hectic; not so in the winter. The food quality and service, however, is equally high no matter when. Of course, booking a table ahead of time on-line is almost mandatory. We arrived for our 7PM reservations; all was fine. A walk-in couple in front of us was told to come back at 9PM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katy, Texas
    KatyTexas
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice restaurant located in great location on Seawall of Galveston. Worth the trip and the time to eat a really good meal. fresh seafood. Way Better than the many other national and regional restaurants. I'll go back and recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perhaps the best seafood ever.
    Global4foodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I did not check to see if the planets and stars were aligned but on this day they certainly were at Gaido's. I am almost certain that the blackened red snapper was grilled to a level of perfection I have never experienced in any restaurant in any country. The fish was so fresh and tender it melted in my mouth and the Cajun spices were just perfect. The shrimp were similarly unbelievably fresh and delicious. The scallops, one of my favorite all-time seafoods was 10/10. The Snapper and shrimp were on a new scale for me at 15 out of my previous 10. I do not think I will ever forget this outrageously unexpected flavor burst and joy from seafood. And the service was spot on.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gaidos Galveston, Tx
    TracyL
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner for my father in law. Food was just ok. The Jazz Shrimp Cocktail was over sauced with mayo or whatever the sauce was. Most of the food was cold. I ordered scallops and was greatly disappointed in the size for the price. I did have the steak fries as my side and those too were disappointing. They were not hand cut in the kitchen, just poured from a frozen fry bag Im sure. The stuffed shrimp was disgusting. Small shrimp with a ton of stuffing and breading. The asparagus side was ok, nothing special. The Side of Parmesan tomatoes was a joke. 3 small slices topped with some parm and broiled . Really? That is considered a side? A birthday dessert was pre arranged and it did not happen. That was the end.
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  • A Galveston,TX must!
    Reavesmc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food. Great atmosphere. If you're in the Houston area take a drive and eat here. The fried food is good, but the fresh catch selections are "to die for"! Beware, the Jumbo Baked potatoes are big enough for two. If you're in or near Galveston and don't eat here... You cheated yourself.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Place
    NotImpressed
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had reservations, but they seemed to be unsure about where to seat us. We waited 10-15 mins without being addressed from the waitstaff. By that time we had put our menus down and decided to leave. Once the waiter finally addressed us he said, "I guess I'm your waiter and it looks like you've decided." We left and went to the The Steakhouse at the San Luis Hotel. (Which was a great rebound restaurant) Gaido's may be a staple to Galveston, but doesn't seem to be adjusting with the times. Restaurant looked old inside and items on the menu looked average.
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  • Since 1911...
    pbcuz
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent seafood with traditional white tablecloth service with a gulf-side view from every table. Staff was young, vibrant, attentive, and knowledgeable. Will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carneygirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful food! Excellent service. If I ever make it back to Galveston it will be the first place I have dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What was AWESOME ????!!!!!!
    Addie2213
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Shrimp Cocktail was AWESOME !! Chocolate Brownie AWESOME !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, love the stuffed shrimp, scallops, and the au gratin potatoes. Menu is ala carte. Service was slow to bring drink refills, additional condiments etc.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Bisque
    MB1958
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The highlight was the lobser bisque. If I am ever in Galveston again, it will be a MUST to go back and have some more of this! The bread served at the beginning of the meal was also excellent. My husband raved about his fried shrimp, and I really enjoyed the blue crab and avocado appetizer. My only disappointment was the wedge salad; the iceberg was bitter for some reason. My young adult children tried crab for the first time and gave it 5 stars. The service was superb; water glasses constantly filled. Surprised at how dressy it was; the outside of the restaurant was deceivingly informal so we were underdressed, wear at least business casual and have the kids in polos/sundresses to fit in. Great tee shirts and sundries in the gift shop!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Seated shortly after arrival. Service was great as well as the food.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great.
    MagnoliaConfusion
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were great. We had a reservation and they were right on time. When we made our reservation it asked for additional comments. We told them that we were returning to the very place where a proposal was made to be married. This was 34 years ago. We told one of the managers why we were there and he was amazed. He said " This is a very special moment for each of you and we appreciate you returning for such a special event. I am going to do something veryspecial for you while you are here". We did not know what to expect. He passed our table numerous times and never again said a word. We paid our bill and left. Why would someone tell us that and not follow up on that? This is not characteristic for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past wait staff
    Zoup
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Throughout the years the wait staff did not have to take out a pad and write down the order. The food is always wonderful and my water glass was filled repeatedly.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate