Girl & the Goat
Girl & the Goat

Girl & the Goat

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://girlandthegoat.com/
  • Phone: 3124926262
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Stephanie Izard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: The Underground Goat, our 18 person private dining room, is not your typical private dining space and the name encapsulates exactly what you're looking forward to. Located under the main dining room, you and your guests will be lead downstairs, through the restaurant and into the "staff only" halls of the Goat. The room itself echoes the casual, rustic atmosphere of the main dining room and is host to the restaurant's wine and liquor stock - don't be surprised if you see the hardworking bar staff sneak in a few times to keep things rolling upstairs. Chef Stephanie Izard will design a family-style menu for you (dietary restrictions will not be ignored) and our beverage director will recommend wine, beer and/or a signature cocktail to match what Stephanie comes up with.
    For more information visit http://www.bokagrp.com/eventsandcatering.php
    or call 312.492.6262.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted
  • Public Transit: #8 Halsted Bus at Randolph
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and street parking available. Valet parking on Randolph for $11 per vehicle.
A word from Girl & the Goat
"Top Chef" Season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard is chef / owner of this new restaurant in the west loop. The menu will consist of 30 items, separated in the categories of vegetable, fish, and meat, with all items meant to be shared.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Girl & the Goat reviews from OpenTable diners
717 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (600)hot spot (481)special occasion (390)good for groups (263)neighborhood gem (215)vibrant bar scene (167)romantic (135)late-night find (105)notable wine list (102)great for outdoor dining (72)great for lunch (22)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (4)Show More
  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place is the absolute best. The food, the scene, the drinks and the people made it the greatest dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy, tasty dishes
    TrueVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We get to the restaurant and are quickly seated with menus. It's 5:45 and the place is packed. Before anyone can really start looking, I mention that I know some of these dishes have an unusual mixture of ingredients, but everything I've ever had has been in the range of good to really special. This is when I find out my friends from Detroit were a little wary of the menu when they had looked online. By the end of the first dish, their reservations have disappeared. We shared a couple of the breads, ham frites, kohlrabi salad, squash blooms, scallops, broccoli, muscles, and the budino for dessert. Highlights were the scallops, muscles (which I usually pass on), and the budino. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you are looking for outstanding food, creative options, great atmosphere...look no further. We had an excellent meal with a server who was spot-on in terms of how many dishes to order for our party as well as which items to order. Loved the pig's face, scallops (new to the menu and a "must have", and many others! I can't wait to return?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait
    ItaliangemVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had reservations 3 months ago and waited that long to finally go here and it was definitely worth it. Everything we ordered was very flavorful. The drinks were really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday dinner
    Barry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our experience was fantastic. It's a small plate dining experience and the as soon as one dish was finished the next plate was arriving. The waitstaff was on the spot with new dishes, silverware and to refill out water. The prices were not as high as my wallet feared and the food was absolutely amazing. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone I know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    HeatherN
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've never not enjoyed the food or service at this restaurant. Consistently wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet without pretentension
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Girl and the Goat offers a wide array of delicious food presented beautifully by a friendly and efficient staff. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and extremely aesthetic. If you are early for your reservation, you can sit comfortably at one of the comfy couches and have a delicious cocktail or one of the many wines or beers offered. You never feel rushed or as if they are trying to turn your table. The timing of the food delivery is very impressive. You order everything at once, but it is brought out in well timed intervals so that your table is not overflowing, and so that your food never has a chance to get cold. The staff describes the dishes and answers questions without a hint of snootiness and the food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great experience, we wil be back. Wish I could figure out how to get a reservation for a decent time....alll that's ever available is before 5.30 and after 9.30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    and I think the portion size even grew since the last time I was there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food EVER
    12thMan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Vistited from Seattle and was so happy we ate here. The food and ambiance far surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the family style small portions- it was great to be able to try so many different things in one evening. Interesting combinations that melted in your mouth. Will come here everytime we visit Chicago again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KMPA
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent innovative dishes; we have learned to order only 2 dishes at a time, and pause in between since they may rush you by bringing too many dishes at once, especially at earlier seatings; overall great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good again, but beware the salt!
    stcolfaxVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had several small plates, but some like the broccoli were very very salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just so so...
    Defoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was expecting to be wowed and it just didn't meet the mark. I read reviews ahead of time and was probably psyched up too much by the reviews. We were a party of 3 and ordered 6 dishes. The roasted cauliflower was burnt. They buried the worst pieces at the bottom, the roasted pig face was pretty dry. The best dish was the halibut. So flavorful but such a tiny portion. Later in the night we were looking for a cup of coffee and discovered the other girl and the goat diner type restaurant across the street. Maybe next visit to chicago we'll try there. The mocha coffee really hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated and over priced
    bbbbb
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Was very disappointed, after trying to get a reservation for a long time. Felt that the portions were small and very expensive. The waiter explained that their menu was designed to be several plates to share, and recommended ordering at least 5 or 6 as a start. we decided on 3 to start. After the second plate we were ready to go somewhere else, but the food was coming out to fast. The plates were hitting the table before we were half way through the previous one. I also felt that $20 for 2 medium/small scallops was a lot. And that there was only bottle of wine on the entire list that was under $40.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent food and service, way too noisy, unnecessarily so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service and Food
    Louie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was incredible! and the service was perfect. Our server was incredibly nice and informative of the menu. We sat at the kitchen bar top, it was great to watch the food being prepared. Great prices, great ambiance, and wonderful lighting. Definitely want to go back next time i'm visiting Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded all expectations!
    Blake
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was incredible across the board. Make sure you try the pig face and duck tongues. We also had the goat belly confit that was the highlight of the meal but that was on the seasonal menu so it may not be available all of the time. Hardest part of the evening was trying to get a reservation! We called in July for a September date and ended up with a 9:45pm reservation. They were still seating tables close to midnight and likely could have done so for a few more hours. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't bring out of town parents
    Taylorae
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My dad's girlfriend was not pleased with the table behind us SCREAMING and just the overall loudness of the restaurant. The food was pretty damn good though. I had the squid salad (or whatever it was) sans bacon (cause I'm allergic to that sh*t) and it was smokey and delicious. Anyway, we had to leave quicker than I would have liked because of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    kamiidiaz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I came from out of town in Calgary, AB and heard about this restaurant through a few people. Wanting to make sure I could go, I booked the reservation 3 months in advance. The food here is unreal. I am a huge foodie and love trying new restaurants. The serving style here are sharing plates (each plate can be shared among 2 people), and in total we had 5-6 plates (including dessert) for my boyfriend and I. Food is innovative, interesting, and made up of ingredients I wouldn't normally hear of putting together but are INCREDIBLE. If I lived here I would come back over and over again. Loved loved loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait
    Diner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Made the reservation months ahead of time and it was SOO worth it! Great atmosphere, outstanding food and service! My favorites were the goat empanadas, pig face, and the cauliflower! We were fortunate enough to be sitting at one of the chef's table - what a fun experience (recommend this if you can). Love the whole place and already have reservations to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    ChiTownGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have been to Girl and the Goat nine times over the past few years. It is always a dinner that I look forward to and whenever I can, I bring someone with us that has never been there before. This time we brought guests from out of town but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. The food across the board was just OK - not the excellent or very good that I have had in the past. The service was good but quite impersonal - from the time we arrived to the time we left. Efficient but not very warm. This was one of the few times that I did not see Stephanie at the restaurant. Don't know if the two are related.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    For a restaurant THAT busy, I wouldn't expect that the server would spend so much time explaining the menu and chatting with us. Food was flavorful and creative. I would recommend this to a friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best!
    MrsB
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was amazing! We ate the duck tongues, grilled baby octopus, roasted pig face, roasted cauliflower and braised pork shank! We got full with 5 entrees! But it was worth trying all those food! Amazing service! It was just loud inside! Overall, 10 out of 10 is what I will rate this restaurant!😋
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie spot
    LeftCoastin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place lived up to the hype. Service was welcoming, and efficient. Ambiance was cool-- more modern and noisier than we expected, but still totally fine for a conversation. Food was killer. Dessert was killer. Wine was killer. Call 1 month ahead for a reservation-- the only thing I could get from 3 weeks out of Labor Day was 10:45 on Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    hab10213VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is eclectic and top notch. We will be going back as soon as we can get another reservation. My fiancé said it was the best meal he's had in his entire life. I would have rated this 5 stars however, I felt like I was sitting on top of my neighbors on either side. The tables were so incredibly smashed together it was near uncomfortable. Do not go here if you are claustrophobic. It was also quite loud. Service was also just average. Go for the food, not the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    abcd234
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    the food was good, the service was snobby and unfriendly, very not kid-friendly. Not worth the buzz.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives Up to the Hype
    JaxGatorVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was every bit as delicious and creative as advertised. Best place we ate all weekend and more than worth the 11:30PM dinner reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss it
    StarkMC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I dined at Girl & the Goat two nights ago (Friday) and have got to say that I have never had customer service this good in my entire life! After having issues with our reservations, where they were not properly logged into the system, the chief hostess informed me that it would be a 1.5 hour wait because we were simply not in the system for the right time slot. I was clearly perturbed. She offered my wife and I drinks while we waited and ended up finding us a table within around 20 minutes. That is how you impress customers, and I will definitely be spreading the word about how great this place is. Regarding the food itself, it is absolutely phenomenal-- every single dish! If you pass on this restaurant, you are passing on the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional experience
    Krazycat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Found out about this place on Food network, and was able ti get a reservation on a busy holiday weekend-what a great meal, and equally great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, ambiance, service
    JohnH
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Hearing that getting a reservation at Girl & the Goat was tough, I figured it had to be a hot spot. It sure was! I took advantage of the valet parking that was offered and their service was also expedited, efficient, and professional. The food at Girl & the Goat was delicious. Compliments to the chef because everything came out cooked exactly how I wanted it. Sadly a few exquisite dishes were not available, however nearly everything was and I can't say it enough that the food was delicious. I suggest coming early if you do not have a reservation. But I ensure you that it's worth every dime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Madge
    Madge
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Well thought menu with flavors that melded magnificently! Everything was fresh and very innovative. The roasted cauliflower was indescribably delicious. Would definitely go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time!
    christine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After a week of checking reservations openings, I got lucky and scored an 8:45 for two people a few days beforehand. We got there 15 min early and were seated right away! We were also surprised when they sat us at the Chef's table! Everything we ate was delicious! Would come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would go back
    bmac
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was great but way too much! Waiter told us each (party of 4) to order 2 to 3 dishes and share them all. Ended up with 10 items to share. 6 dishes would have been plenty. Veg dishes were much better than the meats. Halibut was delish. Too loud in the restaurant to hear each other talking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food
    cocomo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I had an incredible experience at Girl and the Goat. We were lucky enough to find an open reservation two days prior. The corn fed bread was delicious...hot and soft. I've never tasted broccoli so delicious! We also had the pig face which sounds a little scary but it was to die for! Our waiter even mixed it up for us and explained all of the different flavors involved. We also got the miso butterscotch budino for dessert. It was SO good! We weren't even hungry at that point but decided to try something sweet and couldn't stop eating it! We were worried the pineapple might be too much but it wasn't at all. The only thing we didn't care for was the hamachi crude. Can't wait to dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect!
    Frenchlove
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have yet to have a bad experience here. I had the goat neck for the first time and it was amazing! Always get the green-beans and goat empanadas. Our server was very personable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • got the goat and loved it
    4datenight
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Four of us met and had dinner before a concert at the UC. It was our first time there and we had a great experience. The service was perfect, not too intrusive not too submissive. Suggestions were helpful and we ordered the goat neck as one of our plates and found it to be delicious. There was a great variety of choices and all were spectacular. Would definitely come back again for a fun and scrumptious night out. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mind blowing creative cuisine
    gellybear
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    One of the best meals of my life. Must try their goat specialties; the flavors are so surprising in a good way, it will change the way you think about use and taste of goat in cuisine, and how it pairs with other ingredients. The other non-goat dishes are equally delicious. Less surprising, but extremely well executed. Grilled octopus was one of my favorites of the night. They also have a great wine list, and the server's recommendations were spot on. If ever in Chicago again, I would definitely try to re-visit. I recommend this place to anyone who loves food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High energy dining spot
    jlc17
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Restaurant was really packed - noise levels were almost deafening and we had to wait about 20-25mins from our reservation time to be seated. Food was designed for sharing, while the server recommended 2-3 dishes per person, 5 items were enough to fill our party of 3. Highly recommend the wood grilled broccoli, wood fired sepia, and their breads. Their pig face, goat belly were pretty decent too.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Can't wait to go back again. Very hard to get to get a reservation in advance but was able to secure one the day before. Stephanie Izzard was at the back, making sure all the orders were prepared. Would love if she would greet some of her patrons personally as she is so well known and runs such a great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    So different and very good! Everything was really good and I would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall