Gertrude's
Gertrude's

Gertrude's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 4108893399
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Bill McKinley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: In addition to birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and corporate affairs, Gertrude's hosts many wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and “day after” brunches throughout the year, for groups as small as 20 guests, and as large as 150. You may visit our web site, www.gertrudesbaltimore.com, for more info, or contact John Gilligan at jg@johnshields.com (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: John Gilligan 4108893399x105
  • Entertainment: On Friday nights listen to mellow jazz with Gary Thomas & Friends at Gertrude's from 6 to 8pm, while you enjoy dinner or cocktails in a beautiful and relaxing setting. And the Dottie Tim Jazz Duo plays here on Sundays during our popular brunch, from 11:30 am till 2:30 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Charles St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot for over 40 cars, operated by the BMA; payment is required to use the BMA's lot. There is also plenty of on-street parking directly in front; parking meters are in effect during our operating hours.
A word from Gertrude's
Gertrude's Restaurant, located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), is where John Shields celebrates Chesapeake cuisine using local foods, in a warm and stylish setting. Chef & owner John Shields, a Baltimore native who is a cookbook author and television cooking show host, named the restaurant after his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary, who taught him to cook as a child. Gertrude's dishes up a sophisticated regional menu of Chesapeake foods and traditions for lunch, dinner, and brunch using local, organic ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant's interior, inspired by life on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is beautiful & elegant yet comfortable. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the museum’s Sculpture Garden floods the open & airy dining room with natural light. During the warmer months, additional seats are available on the terrace surrounding a fountain and reflecting pool.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Gertrude's reviews from OpenTable diners
401 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (280)special occasion (204)great for brunch (197)fit for foodies (196)neighborhood gem (180)great for lunch (173)scenic view (150)romantic (138)good for groups (104)notable wine list (50)kid-friendly (36)hot spot (20)late-night find (19)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Docent
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Delicious as always..the vegan soups are outstanding. Any guest I bring to Gertrude's. Love it.. Glad the Front Door is open again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointing
    rolandparkneighborVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We love going to dinner at Gertrude's. The food is consistently excellent, and the atmosphere is wonderful -- we can even carry on a conversation and hear each other. Rockfish was delicious, fried oysters were perfect, and we love the Caesar salads, which come with anchovies without our having to request them. Great pre-theater place for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Setting, Food Less So
    dmbalt
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our server was outstanding. Appetizers were very good. While both my wife and daughter enjoyed their entrees, my fried oysters were beyond disappointing, as were the potatoes that accompanied them. The oysters on my plate were few and what was there was heavily breaded, as well as hard-fried. I had anticipated lightly breaded and pan fried, which may be my fault, as I did not inquire. The potatoes were could have been crispier and spiced up a bit more. After tasting my daughter's crab cake, I'd say that it was above average, but not in the same league as Koco's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good food an serivce
    museumdining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Have had dinner here several times. Quality of food is consistently fresh and high quality. Prices are reasonable. Wait times are short. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • silky
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Gertrude's never disappoints as far as food, menu and service go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Dining
    Brooksie6
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dining at Gertrudes has always been a pleasant experience. One can count on the food and service to be consistently good. The dining room is lovely and we especially like the high table in the bar. During good weather the outdoors is our first choice but either way one will not be disappointed in Gertrudes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    loved it. Only thing I didn't like was that it is not that kids friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Enjoyable
    gnilesd
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Really great place, especially after a tour through the museum. Dinner was great, wine was excellent, vegetarian options, coffee excellent. Atmosphere was relaxed, facilities very clean, staff very friendly and attentive. Overall great dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is a special meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I invited a special friend to brunch to celebrate the life of a loved one. We were greeted with smiles and immediately put at ease. Our server was kind and patient as we caught up over cocktails. He allowed us the time we needed without being disruptive nor inaccessible. Once we placed our order, our meals were brought timely, as were our drink refills. Brunch has never disappointed me. My friend was also delighted. The seafood is always fresh and cooked to order. Flavors burst in your mouth and portions are just right. This is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious meal, great glass of wine, with ambiance and a view. There's even parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ate here based on a Baltimore blog. Would return in a heartbeat. Terrific food and great jazz. Went for the Sunday brunch. My. 2 complaints: the music sets were far too short, though the quality was very high. Also, if you take a cab, be sure to have them call a return cab for you as it is very difficult to get one in that area. Crab cakes a 10. Waitstaff all seem to be grad students who are very bright and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The waffles are awesome!!! Appropriate size for brunch.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect !
    BaltimoreNPVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Even though I am an infrequent diner at Gertrude's, this lovely restaurant has never missed the mark ! Delicious food, beautifully presented. Wonderful atmosphere, friendly service. It's not hard to understand why this place is a local favorite all year round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    On a Saturday, my wife and I had brunch at Gertrude's. Everything about eh experience was enjoyable. It is a perfect add-on to a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch in the Sculpture Garden
    ladydiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always a treat! The menu gets ever more creative, and makes wonderful use of Maryland's bounty! Do save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The staff is always very kind to me due to my wheelchair and I am a member of the BMA, where Gertrude's is located. It is the most urban dining experience closest to the Hopkins campus and serves as an escape from Baltimore. In terms of food, I really enjoy the small plates and what the menu offers and will try to accommodate any food requests. Overall, great memories there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Tuesday at Gerties
    tastefullytacky
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Love the $12.00 dinners on Tuesday night. Looking forward to many more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • toni
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went for the $12 entree night. The food was delicious, and the service was great--as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DiningGuy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everything was superb, as always with Gertrude's. It was my companion's birthday and she enjoyed it immensely. It just happened to be a Tuesday and it was a special bonus to find bargains on wine and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My ears!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had great food at Gertrudes. I love that they had several marked vegan options on the menu and just a huge variety of items in general; however it is so noisy in the main dining area that I couldn't hear people across the fairly small table! Still, it's a lovely place with a very friendly ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2diners
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was very good. Had the Eggs Gertrude for the first time and while I wasn't sure I liked the combination of crab and eggs, the poached eggs were prepared perfectly! The noise level was a little high for conversation, but the place was packed so I guess it couldn't be avoided. Really enjoyed the live music (clarinet and keyboard) which was a lovely background and not too loud. Our waitress was attentive and gracious. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and we received a complimentary apple pie sorbet big enough for all to share. It was a nice touch and quite delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice near Museum of Arts
    Wanderer867
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It's a good choice if you are planning to visit the museum of arts or its vicinity but would not recommend to go out of your way to dine there. The food is good but nothing special, the place needs renovation (the gb ceiling is cracked and flaking from an apparent leak, the sun shade under the glass curtain wall is stained and seems to have been collecting dust for years now..) and a more experienced staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Awesome
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Came here for Brunch with my mom on a Saturday. We loved that you could see the sculpture garden and the mood in the restaurant was excellent. I had the crab cake benedict and my mom had the vegetable quiche which was on special. Both absolutely delicious. The biscuits that they put on the table were a great starter with the butter and jam. The coffee was great and so was the service! Perfect place for a quiet brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Ckehne
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything good. Reserved table wasn't ready, but in 15 minutes we sat down.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite places
    jms1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food at Gertrudes is always delicious. The menu has so many delicious entrees to choose from, that it's hard to decide what to order. I ended up with the veggie flat bread, which came with a side salad. It had caramelized onions, eggplant, and cheese...delicious! When the weather is nice, I love sitting outside and looking over the sculpture garden of the BMA. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot in the middle of Baltimore City. It's a good idea to make a reservation, as sometimes it is hard to get in, even during lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chesapeake Regional Cuisine
    GAFoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Gertrude's does a very good job highlighting what's fresh and seasonal from the Chesapeake region. Their servers however, could use some more training, given the caliber of restaurant they are. It irks me to no ned when asking a server for advice on a menu or wine list, and they respond with "it's popular"...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a treat
    Peter
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Gertrudes has maintained a tradition of innovation and excellent service in a unique setting designed to reward all diners. My wife and I enjoy lunch or brunch periodically throughout the year, when visiting the BMA or just needing and appreciating a calm setting for a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • #@ GERTRUDE'S.com
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was in search of an elegant, romantic restaurant to surprise my husband with since he always take me out. Not only was it romantic but the food was perfected to my taste. Thumbs up, would definitely recommend. The staff very professional and friendly and the atmosphere awesome. We had terrific time and are looking forward to our next dining experience at Gertrude's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONSISTENT IN FINE DINING
    PLEASURABLEVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My guests from out of state enjoyed the delights of a great "Baltimore" seafood dinner. I choose this restaurant because they never disappoint. The foods are pieces of art unto themselves.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AN UNDERSTATED GEM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I lunched here recently with a friend (who was making her first visit to Gertrude's), and we both had a marvelous lunch. My friend remarked that it was better than many restaurants in Washington she had been to.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    lckain
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Creative menu well executed, good wine list, very nice interior design and ambience. I've eaten here both for dinner as well as for lunch. In the case of my most recent experience (dinner), I commend the restaurant for its generous support of the Turkey Trot fundraiser for Y of Central Maryland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful gem!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Terrific place that we hadn't been too in a while... It has a wonderful quiet atmosphere with fabulous outdoor setting next to a terrific sculpture garden! The food was delicious-- Gertie's crabcakes are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food. Inattentive Service
    Heavyhitter
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was fantastic. Enjoyed duck rolls, spinach salad, oysters. Entrees were excellent as well - catfish, gumbo, and rare ahi tuna. Service was not good. Server disappeared for long periods, and we had to ask hosts for drink refills. Then when server came back out, she checked her other tables and didn't even look at us.
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    fit for foodies
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  • What a great night!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Thanks for accommodating us for the dinner that benefited the Y of Central Maryland! The food as always was exquisite! Our server could not have been better! The 10 folks in our party thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for family celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The garden was spectacular and the food was fantastic. It was truly a special place to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR OWN METROPOLITAN
    BESTOFBALTIMORE
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Gertrudes surpasses the MET in menu choices, ambience and service. We have a jewel, undiscovered for the most part, that I often use to IMPRESS out of towers. Thanks
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Sarah54
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was my second time dining here and I enjoyed the meal. The server was friendly and the service was surprisingly fast considering the crowd. I did want to sit outside but there were no tables available. I have recommended friends here on several occasions. I have to say there is one problem I did have with the menu which is the prices are printed very small and I ended up ordering a $16.00 glass of wine because of such small printing and it being printed as 16
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    rolandparkneighborVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a great dinner at Gertrude's: beautiful evening to sit outside and enjoy the fountains and sculpture garden. The service was just right -- attentive but not pushy. And the food was lovely: nice Caesar salads, perfectly cooked trout, and one of the best crab cakes I've had outside of my own kitchen. Also good, reasonable wine offerings. And best of all, we could hear each other talk -- a rarity these days!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic
    perfectlyromantic
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were married in the sculpture garden and had our first anniversary dinner. It was just perfect. We couldn't have picked aa more perfect venue. Everyone was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fancyeating7
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I took my best friend for her birthday celebration. This was her first time there and she was amazed, calling it a "hidden secret". She will now be telling all her friends and it will not be a secret any longer. I really enjoy going there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Note to restaurant-Please update the restrooms. It was a horrible experience to have to use a Port-A-Potty, with non flusing toilets and your head hitting the door while you are standing over the toilet. There were no napkins to clean your hands. It was just a terrible experience.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate