Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar
Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar

Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.glenelleninn.com/
  • Phone: (707) 996-6409
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Thursday - Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christian Bertrand
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are thrilled that you have considered Glen Ellen Inn for your special event! See our web site for more information!
  • Private Party Facilities: Outdoor: For Groups of 80 and under, our romantic garden features grass for mingling, mini waterfall and Koi pond, and an L shaped dining area. Famous for our warm Sonoma evenings, outdoor dining is a pleasure from June through October. In/Outdoor: For groups up to 45, our Covered Patio features shaded dining, and can be open air for warm evenings. For cooler evenings, the Covered Patio is enclosed with glass windows, and features a fireplace and romantic lighting! Indoor: For groups up to 35, our Main Dining Room features cinnamon colored walls, and a lively view of the Chefs Kitchen! For Groups up to 80, our two indoor rooms can be combined for even more friends! Menu: Our Menu changes often, because we use in-season ingredients. So about one month before your party, you can design your own brunch, lunch or dinner menu! We’ll even put the heading of your choice on each menu! Fees: There is no set up or rental fee-visit www.glenelleninn.com for more info!
  • Private Party Contact: Karen 7079961174

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carquinez Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking.
A word from Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar
The Glen Ellen Inn-known for its great food & full bar, offers a relaxed, romantic and fun hideaway spot just for you! Tucked into an original 1940's wine country cottage located just minutes from downtown Sonoma and a scenic drive from Napa, the Glen Ellen Inn features delicious French & Italian inspired cuisine all day long! House baked breads, House made pasta, lovely salads, light appetizers, fire grilled chicken, steaks, burgers, chops and seafood are sure to satisfy any appetite! And why not make a night of it-stay overnight in the adjacent Glen Ellen Inn Secret Cottages. The All Day Menu is offered from 11:30 am to 9 pm; Wednesdays 5 pm to 9 pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (60)fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (52)romantic (48)special occasion (42)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (27)good for groups (17)scenic view (14)great for brunch (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    The beef comes from Idaho and the oysters were from Washington; why? There is an oyster bay within an hour of this restaurant and kobe beef is available in CA. With all the restaurants that serve fresh, local fare in the area, why should anyone eat at GEI? Disappointing experience.
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  • Still Our Favorite
    KAK2VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Martini's, wine, oysters, very good menu supplemented with chef's specials, and the secluded Sonoma County location. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SuzieRichmond
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have been to Glen Ellen Inn more than once and think of it as a special place. And it IS lovely - quaint, cozy and on a Saturday night - CROWDED. As you know I made the reservation for my husband's birthday dinner well in advance, confirmed by phone and they confirmed by email, yet when we arrived they had trouble finding a table for us. Two very nice tables had reserved signs, but they were for other people Food good but not as fabulous as we remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Run do not walk to this restaurant
    HeyMambo
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here for my birthday dinner and enjoyed every moment from our lovely waitress to the unexpected delight of dessert. I can't wait to return and try more selections from the menu. The martini list is inventive, luxurious and the only drawback is it can be addictive! Whatever you are doing here - don't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Foodies99
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great Lamb burger that cooked to the perfection along with Garlic Fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came in for my husband's birthday and sat at a window seat. It was a romantic setting and a perfect place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeff
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Almost always enjoy this place. Excellent food to enjoy, good wine and drinks. Nice for a two-only get together as well as for small group. Everything is well prepared. We had the Kobe hamburgers for lunch. Delicious flavors. Won't need dinner. The only thing we can think of we haven't enjoyed is their thinly-cut steak which has been tough. Otherwise we like everything about the Glen Ellen Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet spot in a quiet town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A super place with great food and super service. Jennifer, the sous chef, was very helpful in identifying the available oysters they had. The decor was beautiful - made us wish to stay at one of their lovely cottages..........maybe next time. The Martini list was certainly 2nd to none but they did have a very complete wine list (even with a few NON-CALIFORNIAN wines). This is a Must Go place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steve
    Steve
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is an outstanding restaurant. Martinis are wonderful and they know their wine. Fantastic and personal service but professional and not intrusive. One of our North American favorite spots. We eat here several times when we visit wine country
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date spot.
    Chris
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It seems to be the perfect place to impress a date or business client. Glen Ellen is on the outskirts of Sonoma over a unkept road. You wouldn't think that anywhere in this small country town would cater to the middle-upper class judging by looks. The staff is very friendly and even calmly entertaining. Their filet mignon and salmon plates are delicious, and their martinis are perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TandSVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A great meal for 4 of us. And the gluten free selections were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place, really good food
    rosie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We very much enjoyed our trip to Glen Ellen Inn. The food is very good, the service excellent and the wine list is fabulous. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "Can't Miss" Romantic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Treated my lovely wife to a "no special reason" lunch before touring a local winery. The outdoor seating and imaginative menu were an immediate hit with her. We lingered longer than planned just to take it all in.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • divadixie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The glen ellen inn is very charming we loved the small town feel and special attention
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill and bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Glen Ellen in was just a fabulous find. We stayed in their hidden cottages which was fabulous, had and incredible dinner with excellent service, great wines and an awesome dessert. I would highly recommend the Glen Ellen Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Little Gem
    MulvaneVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    First time dining here and I'll be back on future trips to wine country. The oysters were terrific, i had both the baked and the raw versions. Highly recommend the grilled romaine and caesar, it was off the charts. After enjoying the seafood pasta special I was satisfied and had not interest in desert. To my surprise, my server Jesus provided me with a complimentary desert of vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and toasted coconut. Needless to say, an extra 2 miles of running was in order the next day, but well worth it!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Spot, Service and Food
    DineAndTravel
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Glen Ellen is a charming little village and the Glen Ellen Inn restaurant is a wonderful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch location
    Spearfish
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Three women for lunch at Glen Ellen Inn found it a perfect spot for catching up on all of our news while enjoying good food in a quaint village setting. The service was attentive but not overly so. The menu had a nice variety of choices. We had a leisurely "European style" meal that lasted longer than usual and were not rushed to leave. It was a lovely afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Would have been all 5 rating if not for large LOUD group beside us.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The best roadside attraction
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Just enjoyed an anniversary dinner on the covered patio. Great service food and atmosphere. Calamari appetizer is terrific ... crisp outside and tender inside and don't forget the grilled romaine salad ... it's the absolute best. This restaurant is always a winner for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Consistently Good Food
    jeffl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Ate here for our 3rd time in 3 months - each time we had great food and service. Our only issue this time was that we had requested a good table for a birthday celebration (as we did the last time). Unlike our previous experience, a table had not been set aside for us in the best room, so we had the option of eating outside (windy and cold, no heaters) or squishing 4 of us into a round booth with the other 2 in chairs. Did not like the seating, so I guess in the future we will have to be even more specific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Mcfamily
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything we had here from appetizer to dessert was outstanding and our waiter was helpful with suggestions.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Glen Ellen Inn was a great little place! My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there and sat out in the garden with a view of the fountain. The Wild Boar shank was fantastic and the wine list was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack Shearer
    SonomaJack1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been dining here for over ten years. The owners are gems and a real boon to Glen Ellen. The food, at times has varied, but never has it been bad. We own a shop, in Sonoma, and I have no qualms about recommending the Inn to visitors and locals. We wish them continued success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • A delight
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were a group of 7 people, both men & women from the USA and Europe, everyone in the party was pleased. The food menu is not exhaustive but all excellent choices. The fish tacos were amazing, as were the wicked oyster trio. The baked brie was delicious! Our waiter, Raul, was super nice and guided us through the experience. This charming restaurant has a great bar and a beautiful outdoor seating area. It is a wonderful place and I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Knows good food
    1935SFred
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a girls time lunch with my daughter and 2 daughter-in-laws. I had been raving about the Kobe burger and Garlic fries, three of us had them and no disappointments. LOVE THE GLEN ELLEN INN, thats all that I can say. Hope that we can be back before heading back to Arizona.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HORRIBLE! Just keep on Driving by!
    TOMMNASHVILLE
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Bad food quality, out dated! This resturant needs to update everything! We made a bad choice on this one- we were told not to go to this resturant by the locals--We always ask the locals but we were starved after a day of wine tasting- so they the the only open resturant near by - bad mistake! Loud table near us-even the waiters were shaking there heads! slow service, bad food not a good experience! For lunch go into Sonoma-Girl and the Fig FOR Dinner GLEN ELLEN STAR was Excellent!
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  • DanL
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What's to say....good food..great service..priced right
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • knows good food
    1935SFred
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not our first time here, but the first for lunch. Our daughter-in-law visiting for the day, I did not want to prepare lunch at home so…. I had the garlic fries and the Kobe burger - WONDERFUL is all that I can say!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely dining inside and out!
    luvsonoma
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a very lively, quaint, and delicious restaurant in beautiful Sonoma County. They have a long martini list, with our favorite being the blue Heisenberg! Our meal was delicious, but the setting and spirit were what would keep us coming back as often as we can!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner!
    Barbaratynan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. One very small detail: table should have been wiped after the appetizer because we had unfortunately made a bit of a mess with bits of calamari and salsa. Other than that, our dining experience was great. Service staff is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RonH
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good service and a well prepared meal. Overall a very good choice for a casual meal.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Romantic
    LuvEverythingVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The service from the head manager was great! The regular waitress who was covering the table was so-so. The appetizer of calamari was ok. The food I ordered was the wild bore shank which was really good but my wife had a salad with tuna which was very small so she shared some of my food. I would try some other restaurants in the area the next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was an excellent restaurant find in a small town with few credible alternatives. Martini list is outstanding! Bar is small and cute, owners in action and very attentive. Wild bore was falling off the bone tender and delicious as were several oyster apps.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Incredible find!
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Glen Ellen is a small community of 750 people in Sonoma County (wine country), but visiting this restaurant make a trip to Glen Ellen an essential part of any visit to the wine country. This restaurant has a rare combination of truly outstanding food and a warm, knowledgeable, personable servers, and an experienced chef/owner dedicated to maintaining this combination. Additionally, there is a garden and a terrace both of which are lovely, quiet settings in which to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on point
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What can you say about GEI that hasn't already been said... brought some family that was visiting the area to one of (if not) our favorite places in the north bay. They are restauranteurs and very tough to please. Loved every aspect of the experience. Great restaurants start from the top, and every member of the floor staff was in perfect balance with the high quality of the food. Service so polished that you look around at your table and realize plates have been cleared, water refilled, new bread dropped off without asking; a great restaurant works to keep the guests happy without encroaching on their conversations. GEI is legit. Halibut in parchment was my one concern when my wife ordered it and it was the favorite dish of the night!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yogagirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Lovely place. Some of the food items are wonderful and some just OK. The homemade scones and ice cream were fabulous. And the melted brie with grilled peaches and micro greens appetizer was wonderful. But I forgot to ask for the dressing on the side on my entree of a Greek Salad with grilled chicken breast and it was quite tart. Also could have used more greens. But very cute place. Was fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food & service
    KayW
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been enjoying this restaurant for many years, both for lunch and for dinner. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The atmosphere is casual elegance and the service is very cordial and accommodating. Ingredients are fresh and breads and even ice creams are house-made. Lovely cocktails and wines are plentiful. While not my cup of tea, many go for the martinis and fresh oysters. It would be hard to go wrong with this Glen Ellen gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    jeffl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food, service and ambience were all top notch. Would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat, drink, and be merry
    greatfoodgreatcompany
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I love food. And we love any excuse to try a new place whether near our home or on our travels. We were road tripping through Sonoma on a trip from London and got recommended to Glen Ellen Inn for martinis and great grub. The place is fantastic. Absolutely delicious food with incredibly fresh ingredients served with flair. Incredible value and that martini list (dozens of them!) is epic. Enjoy an evening here like we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.