GW Fins
GW Fins

GW Fins

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gwfins.com/
  • Phone: 5045813467
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday from 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Tenney Flynn
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining up to 28 people - restaurant available for buyouts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bourbon, Dauphine
  • Public Transit: Bienville & Rampart
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available at Standard Parking Garage on the corner of Dauphine and Iberville St.
A word from GW Fins
Experience the cuisine that has created raving fans of local diners and national and local food critics alike. Chef Tenney Flynn (New Orleans magazine's 2004 "Chef of the Year") ensures the highest quality seafood by flying in products from around the globe and featuring only the best from local waters - both at their seasonal peak. This commitment to freshness, variety and to the guest are some of the many reasons GW Fins prints its menu daily and has received numerous glowing reviews in The Times-Picayune (4 beans), Food & Wine, Southern Living and Esquire magazines. We look forward to serving you soon so we may learn what you think.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
GW Fins reviews from OpenTable diners
603 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (420)fit for foodies (418)romantic (298)notable wine list (211)good for groups (188)neighborhood gem (157)hot spot (140)vibrant bar scene (40)scenic view (16)late-night find (15)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Happy in NOLA
    Lovenewplaces
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After eating heavy, fried foods in calorie rich sauces in other New Orleans restaurants, CW Fins was a welcomed breath of fresh air. The menu was what tempted us to secure a reservation and it did not disappoint! All four of us raved about the unique, masterfully executed fare, from appetizers through entrees and crowned by dessert and after dinner drinks. The wait staff was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive...all that you could ask for. The restaurant's ambiance felt warmly intimate despite its open floor plan. The decor was well appointed. We rank our experience here as one of the top 10 meals of our restaurant dining experiences!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great accommodation !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made a mistake in the time I entered on my opentable app. I did not realize I had entered military time of 17:00 thinking I was entering 7:00 PM. I realized my mistake at 3:00 and called the restaurant. GWFins was awesome to accommodate us on a busy night. They took us at 7:00 and we had a great meal. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in a word...
    rickyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    SUPERB! my husband and i are uber critical but i can't make one negative comment about this restaurant. from beginning to end, it was a great experience. if you go, please have the yellowtail tartare appetizer; it was incredible! the biscuits are wonderful. the service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was amazing. Salads, vegetable sides, BBQ shrimp - it was all delicious. The staff was attentive, helpful and personable. This is one of New Orleans' best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpentableuserVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food here is great - every time I have been here. It is unique and changes based on what is fresh and in season. Service is usually great. At times they seem overwhelmed, especially on busy weekend nights. That said, I would never hesitate to return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent everytime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Love this place Always a favorite when in New Orleans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    LoPa
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Top notch food for each course. there's a reason why the lobster dumplings are famous...they are excellent. red snapper was a perfectly crafted symphony of flavors. Salty Malty ice cream pie topped it all off perfectly. Marlon D is outstanding wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expensive as I expected.
    Robkress
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant is rated $$$. And it is but it didn't cost as much for our dinner as it could have. The wife and I spent $100 for 2 starters, 2 drinks, and 2 entrées. It has everything that you would expect, good service and great food. But we felt like we were treated to a higher level of service than we were paying for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    All4FOOD
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One word that can describe this dining experience. Quickly becoming one of my New Orleans favorites. The food or the service will not disappoint. My wife and I gave eaten here several times and it is always the level of quality. We look forward to our next visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated and disappointing
    StevefuzzyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    While the fish seemed fresh enough, the dishes were surprisingly bland for such a highly rated restaurant. The chef does not seem to know his way around a salt and paper shaker, much less more exotic spices. While not bad, everything we had was basically just adequate. More On par with the Bonefish Grill than with a fine dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in New Orleans
    Diner7766
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of my top five meals ever!service and lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first day in New Orleans
    AntoinetteC
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food was delicious, my next trip to New Orleans I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at GW Fins
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was amazing. My husband and I each had different fish dishes and both were very good. Nothing out of this world fantastic, but very good. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 25th Anniversary Terrific
    CatskillFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We spent our 25th Anniversary dinner at GW Fins and enjoyed it tremendously. Throughout the meal our fine waiter, Carl, was appropriately attentive but, never hovering. I cannot recommend the lobster dumplings to strongly. they melted in my mouth with a flavor I have never experience before. I could have made a meal of just them. My wife had the tuna tartar and was also delighted. For my main course I had the sea bass with mushrooms and bok choy. Excellant! My wife had the Parmesan crusted Drum which was magnificent. For dessert the restaurant treated us to a delicious chocolate bombe as an anniversary gift. How thoughtful. I recommend this as one of the finest seafood restaurants in which I have eaten. It exceeded Le Bernardin .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining option in the Quarter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We dined at GW Fins and were not disappointed. The Lionfish ceviche was very tasty, as were our entrees. The fish was expertly cooked, as is to be expected. Servers were tentative and friendly, coming by with continuous rounds of warm biscuits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I'm not exaggerating. This was quite possible the best food I've ever eaten. We were sad to hear that their signature scalibut was not on the menu the night we were dining there, but if that's their best dish the ones we had can't be far behind. The lobster dumpling appetizer was melt in your mouth good. My grouper on a bed of sweet potato and corn was spot on. My wife had the swordfish which was also tasty but not as good as mine. We finished with the best bread pudding either of us has ever tasted. The dark chocolate chunks cooked in the pudding are to die for. John, our waiter took good care of us without smothering as did all of the other helpers. All in all it was a perfect meal to end our time in New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eataly
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent restaurant. The food was really good.We had the lobster dumplings followed by the salibut which was amazing. To finish this off we had a salty malty for dessert. Everything was great We highly recommend this restaurant .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must!
    Bwan
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great meal, service etc... Will be back. Don't know how I missed this great restaurant in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent food -- Lobster dumplings were amazing. Scalibut was delicious! Great service. I have no complaints and would dine here again in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started off great.......
    Krueg2812
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our food was great and service started off great, but the service after our entrees were served disappeared. Our entree plates were cleared and our server (Carl) placed clean forks and knives down, but never asked if we were having dessert. We waited for 20 plus minutes and then we were offered bread by the bread person (huh?). At that point my belly was registering full and we no longer desired dessert and our server finally came (he had been standing at the bar almost the entire time) and he got around to offering dessert and we declined and he apologized and brought our bill with one of their ice cream desserts (why?). I can't eat dairy and wouldn't have a dessert without coffee anyway. It ruined our dining experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food, Attentive Staff
    StrigineFoodie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This remarkable seafood restaurant was recommended by multiple friends, family members, and on-line reviewers: it did not disappoint. Easy to make on-line reservations; lovely setting in the French Quarter in the heart of New Orleans; superb food, with an obvious focus on a wide range of fresh seafood. The staff were particularly attentive: unexpectedly on my own for dinner, I was graciously given several magazines by my waiter to have something to read while awaiting my food. Not cheap, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Miss
    Godfather
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The service is top notch and friendly from the hostess right down to the bus boy and the owner came over to say hello to boot. The menu is wonderful with great unexpected combinations, soft shell crab with scallions and bacon, lobster pot stickers, fresh lock fish with a menu that changes daily depending on what local fish is available that day. My wife is a vegetarian and she said the assorted veggie platter was the best she ever had as there were so many different vegetables from brussel spouts, grilles asparagus cauliflower spinach etc, not your typical boring trio of standard uninspired vegetables. We enjoyed it so ugh after we dined there on Tuesday we booked another reservation for Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • louis
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great food and service, a must do, but you pay for it. Still great value.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Tmcnp
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The entire experience was wonderful. The food was amazing. Lobster ravioli best thing I have eaten. Definite recommendation
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service. Food ok.
    TxTarheel
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Oliver was a fantastic, attentive waiter. The food was just mediocre at best outside of the bread pudding which was delicious. I'm not sure how this place is rated so high. I've had much better upscale cuisine in New Orleans and we won't return to GW Fins.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food, attentive service
    Meladav
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal at GW Fins! Everything from the lion fish seviche appetizer to dessert was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant experience at G W Fins was one of our highlights in New Orleans. The food was fabulous. The ambiance was elegant and the service was warm, caring and attentive but not intrusive. It was my daughter's birthday and they made her feel very special.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    Tuggo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wife and I had dinner at GW Fin's after seeing one of the musicals at the Saenger. Each time we have dined here has always been a very pleasant experience. The restaurant was busy Sunday evening but we were seated in one of the back rooms. The wait staff would close the doors to the main dining room which made for a much quieter and cozy atmosphere. The wait staff we had were excellent- friendly, outgoing, and very attentive. I had the salmon with a jalapeno seasoning. It was smoky and seasoned but not hot or spicy like when you think "jalapeno" which was exactly the waiter described it. My wife's grouper was also excellent. We each had a couple of drinks with our meal and at the end were pleasantly surprised the cost was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best selection of fish
    Frechquartertransplants
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have a lot of great restaurants in New Orleans but when you want fish, and you want a variety of choices, GW Fins is hard to beat. I appreciate the effort they put into matching the preparation style, sides and sauces to each type of fish.. Each dish is unique so it is the kind of place you are drawn back to again and again to explore the menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    GreatFood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and fantastic service. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A consistent favorite.
    MandL1997
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The food is consistently delicious, and service is wonderful. With so many choices in New Orleans, we find ourselves always going back to GW. As locals, that says a lot. The soft shell crab is to die for, and the signature "scalibut" is one not to miss. Great place all around!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was delicious and atmosphere was hip and swank.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed with GW Fins
    gourmetdiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Fins - outstanding service and seafood as usual. We will be back
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Phenomenal
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rarely that I am excited and rave about a restaurant; however, GW Fins has met this threshold. I took my family there for dinner. From arrival to departure, I have nothing to criticize (constructive or otherwise)! I would return in a heart beat! One of the most outstanding elements was the "Noise Level" (for someone with hearing limitations this becomes a major issue in a crowded and noisy atmosphere). It was a moderate to slight energy (but bear in mind that I think a "energetic" noise level is a "smoke screen" for dog gone noisy) leaving me with the opportunity to interact with my family and not be a so called "bump on the log." Highly recommend - would return definitely and in my visit an outstanding experience. Thank you GW Fins!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good- noisy,rather expensive
    Peeps
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our server Marlon was very friendly and knowledgeable explaining the dishes very well. We were 4 and all rated the appetizers and mains as very good - two rated the bread pudding as excellent. Lobster dumplings were tasty but no lobster tasted or seen. We had 3 different fish entrees (grouper, scalibut and sheepshead) all very tasty and well prepared, somewhat on the smaller side while one ordered the pork chop which was very large. The restauant is very large and noisy, there is a very nice small room with about 8 tables if you want something quieter but every time the door is opened the noise rushes in. I am hard of hearing so would have great difficulty enjoying conversation in teh large room. Somewhat over priced in my opinion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scallibut.
    NdngolferVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A halibut filet top with scallops and a light crispy Parmigiana cheese crust. An amazing fish combo.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • george
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    wonderful food, friendly service and overall great experience
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  • Fun Spot
    RushVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Welcoming! Nice place to relax and enjoy a fun evening in the quarter. Terrific staff, "fresh" seafood, great view of the French Quarter Streets, and invited to "sit and enjoy" the evening .. which we did ... vibrate bar scene ... pleasant staff ... timely service ... hours seemed liked minutes ... most enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstandingg
    Vera
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Believe the reviews. This seafood is unbelievable. The chef is a sauce guru. Service is top notch.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    LoveLife
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My fiancé and I went here for his birthday dinner. It was great! I made reservations and told the restaurant that it was his birthday. They made a menu that said happy birthday to him on it and both the hostess and server wished him a happy birthday without me reminding them that it was his birthday. The food was tasty! The restaurant is definitely focused on presentation so you do not get an abundance of food, but it's enough to leave you satisfied. This is definitely a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.