Heartland Cafe
Heartland Cafe

Heartland Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://heartlandcafe.ca/
  • Phone: 4039954623
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Wensday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Comfort Food, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elizabeth Street and McRay Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Heartland Cafe
For over 23 years,Heartland Café has served the public with creative signature dishes and innovative creations.

Our menu is a fresh interpretation of traditional, healthy, & flavorful recipes derived from whole food cooking, created with high quality ingredients without additives or preservatives.

The selection of wine, beer, & beverages compliment the wide array of robust dishes that change seasonally to reflect market availability.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Heartland Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (39)special occasion (36)great for brunch (29)fit for foodies (26)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (18)romantic (16)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (9)scenic view (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Just ok this time..
    mclc
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I love eating at the Heartland. It was disappointing that on this particular evening there were a number of items on the menu which were not available. I enjoy the turkey meatballs and was looking forward to a turkey burger and was unhappy that these items could not be served. I hope this is rectified the next time I visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • girlsnightout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were a table of 6 and we were seated a round table which was pulled next to a square table, seating was awkward. we arrived at 630 and received our food at 735 much to long a wait! Also portions were very small based on the price. My daughter has glutten allergies and asked for her burger without bun you would think they would add extra potatoes but they didn't.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday eve delight
    hard2plz
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always a pleasure .........manager is fantastic......could do with some quality help. Food fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upfront
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was over an hour to be served.The potatoes were to be roasted and you could roll them like bowling balls.We have eaten here once before and it was good are reason for returning.Will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Be Back
    Migonette
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great burgers and salads in a historic setting--an old church. Nice wine list and a very friendly server means we'll definitely be making a return visit soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SEOF
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. I ordered the vegetarian wrap and it was very flavorful. My husband ordered the quiche and he explained it as being rather tasteless, although enjoyable. He prefers the quiche at Saskatoon Farm much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Brought my brother and sister-in-law (from Victoria) here for dinner. Wonderful food -- very delicious and great presentation. The waitress was attentive to us without interrupting our conversation and/or meal. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. Great job, Heartland Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Surprise
    Molly
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were given a gift card and expected just another lunch. This is a very unique place with old church character, very good food, friendly and helpful staff. We will definitely be back and we recommend it to everyone. It was a great sunday lunch. Easy to make the reservation online as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Food at the Heartland in Okotoks is always spot on. I have never had a bad meal here and will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy with the service
    Brunch42
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had been told that Heartland had a good reputation but we were disappointed. We went for brunch. The food was uninteresting but worse it was cold. We think this was more to do with the slow service even though the place was not that busy. Th waffles we ordered were not warm or firm but cold and limp.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Ducky
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I always enjoy this place the food is great & lots of interesting dishes, service was a little slow. We were celebrating a birthday so the wait to be served even our water was not the most enjoyable, but once the food came everybody was happy & we enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food2savoour
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was first time.I had read about it in a magazine/newspaper article earlier this year.I kind of filed it away.A special occasion came up and it was a go. My son and I were impressed. Food was great- wonderful flavours.It wasn't overcooked and my dish the pecan herb chicken breast had good selection of veggies.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    birthdaygirl63
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I went to Heartland Café to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary. We had a table for 2 on the altar, as requested. Although the restaurant was busy, our server was very attentive. The food was very good. In particular, the rice pudding is the best my husband has ever had and he is a connoisseur. He chose the halibut, which was cooked perfectly and had roasted baby potatoes substituted for couscous. I had the 1/2 rack of ribs, which were very tasty. We began with a scallop appetizer. The 1/2 litre of wine was nicely chilled and the server made sure our glasses were kept full. We have eaten here before and the food quality will not disappoint. Overall, a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic evening!
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always Heartland Café delivers the most amazing meal. This is our special place that we always go for our birthday's and anniversaries. Fantastic evening! Service was outstanding, efficient and friendly. Food was very good. Looking forward to returning soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Welshgal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have always loved this place but they really need more chefs or waiters. We waited 45 minutes for lunch to come and they were basically sandwiches and salad. Although that was not really important as we were three friends visiting, the attitude of the waitress when we asked how long the food would be was a little sharp. We would have appreciated someone coming to our table and saying it would be another ten minutes due to the amount of customers they had. Other customers who had arrived after us, got served before us and this approach would have allowed us to know that they had had only a salad so got served a little quicker. Over all this is a fabulous place to eat and I have no major issues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Slow service, but worth the wait. Mussles in cream were not seasoned well, but still very good. Three cheese pasta fantastic, as was salmon, and pear salad. Cute surroundings. Overall I would certainly go again! My three teenagers loved it too, which says a lot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with family
    Goodnotperfect
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Table arrangement was good. Spaced out, not crowed. We liked the old church windows. Three of the four main entrees were good. Unfortunately the fourth entree was disappointing. It was the pacific steelhead trout daily special. The whole dish was bland and boring. We liked the ribs, meatloaf and chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    AJDJ
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Amazing food, fantastic service, lovely atmosphere. It was the perfect place for our anniversary dinner. Thanks for being as great as you always are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fly in Your Drink.Is that a Problem
    Courtney
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to heartland for supper Thursday August 7. We made a reservation and had a nice table on the patio. The atmosphere was nice. The food was good. The service was ok to begin with and went downhill as the night progressed. Our bill was dumped on our table along with our dessert order. When several people tried to order coffee, we were rudely told that the pot had just been dumped out. There was no offer to make a fresh pot. When we asked we found out that there was decaf still available. It was 8:40. We asked what time they closed and were told 9. When the coffee came out one had a fly in it. As the waitress put her fingers in the cup to pull the fly out, she asked if we minded or if we wanted a new one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anoldiebutgoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. As seniors, we would like restaurants to start offering smaller portions. The food here was good but way too much for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant, Small Portions
    OkotoksDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Heartland Cafe is a beautiful, elegant choice for a romantic night out. Everything about the restaurant is great - it's ambiance, it's beautiful church setting, it's varied menu. The only downside? Incredibly small portions (think Tapas bar). But, it's still a good value for the price, but you may indeed leave still a bit hungry. All in all, we will definitely return, but the restaurant should consider increasing its portions sizes just a bit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Excellent Service Slow
    Bootcamper
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed our meals in this old church which has turned into a restaurant. Our meals were excellent ( Salmon and ribs) but the service was slow. Ambience was quiet. Out door patio was busy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love going to Heartland Cafe!
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love going to Heartland Cafe! We have never been disappointed, always a reliable place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    unbrokenreflections
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was looking forward to a quiet, high-quality dinner with my friend, but our experience was sub-par at best. First, it took ages for our waitress to come take our order (although we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time). Then, when the food came, they forgot my soup, which didn't end up arriving till we were nearly finished eating. My friend enjoyed her meal, which I was grateful for, but my vegetables were stringy and rather bland compared to what I'm used to being served at gourmet restaurants that specialize in being "local." They then wanted to charge me $7.50 extra for the soup, although it was supposed to be a side. Thankfully, all was put to right, but I left feeling stressed and unsatisfied.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special place in Okotoks.bestaround
    hard2plz
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I always find everything just perfect. Food is always spot on. Friendly knowledgeable staff make for a special occasion no matter what. Hot fresh timely...and usually great specials. Great breads
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome change!
    NewNumber1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We walked down to Heartland for an evening meal with friends. What a lovely change from a loud, tv focused eaterie!! It was easy to carry on a conversation, no yelling to be heard over the din! Just enjoyable music on the background. Our meals were yummy, fresh and substantial. The fresh raspberry ice cream was heaven!! Definitely our go to place now!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had to wait a very long time for food, so I don't think it is a good place to go if you only have an hour. You have to be able to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Waitress was very good but run off her feet!!it's a great place and the food is wonderful but you need lots of time. Plus the parking is extremely limited.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic.
    Janine26
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We reserved for my husband's 50th birthday brunch. Heartland turned out to be everything I'd hoped for. The ambiance was just perfect for a nice Sunday brunch, as it's in an old church. Lots of original elements of the building remain, including stained glass windows and wood floors. The service was friendly and prompt, but not so prompt that we felt rushed. The food was amazing. Probably the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had. Our guests also mentioned their food was wonderful. The coffee was terrific, as well. I'd highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Heartland Cafe.
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    First visit. Will definitely return. Great location, food was very good, prices within reason, great wine list and service was terrific. A definite feeling of a friendly and homey atmosphere within all the staff encountered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just8
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Took a drive Saturday afternoon for a celebratory lunch to Heartland Café in Okotoks. The parking was almost non-existent and access to the building was a challenge for one member of our party with a walker. The dining room was really noisy making conversation difficult. The place was packed inside and out which may explain the lag in service time. Overall, it didn't provide the atmosphere I was hoping for but they came through when lunch was served. The mushroom soup was tasty with just the right amount of peppery heat and packed full of enormous mushroom slices. My pulled pork sandwich was a little light in all respects (pork, sauce and cole slaw) but all the flavour was there. Great place but stay away during peak hours.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch restaurant!
    XfitT
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I love Heartland Cafe! A real gem in this town and delicious food! My favorite is the beet and feta salad with Thai lemongrass turkey meatballs. Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my Fav's
    loulou
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I love coming here for lunch so we thought we'd try dinner. I had my usual, Chicken and Brie sand which which was great. My date had the salmon which was a tad overcooked but still yummy. $5 wine night as well which is a great deal as most glasses are $8-$10. The selection of boutique wines is great. Even though we had a reservation we were shoved in a corner which wasn't very romantic, but was OK. I always recommend Heartland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    lunchtimeblues
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service was very lacking. Waited a long time to get our orders in and our check. They never came back to see if our food was good or offer water or a refill on coffee. It seemed like the servers forgot us. The restaurant wasn't even half full so we can't understand why the service was poor. But the food was good and hot when it came. So because the food was good, we can forgive the lacklustre service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • steve's birthday
    hard2plz
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    went for birthday celeb. food was amazing. sevice tiny bit slow big group in. fantastic soups,sauces great find !! must try brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet 16 Birthday
    family6
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We had a nice evening to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. The food was delicious and the service was friendly. I liked, too, being able to read about the history of the church/building in the front of the menu. It was our first time here and, overall, it was a pleasant way to celebrate on a Thursday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Heartland Cafe reviews archive.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Have only been to the cafe for lunch x 2. Both times had difficulty settling on a menu choice as every item sounded appealing. Both times had salads with added toppers (lemongrass turkey meatballs are fantastic) and once had the soup of the day (also fantastic). Would highly recommend the restaurant for the food quality and selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    luvmyfood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My friends and I had lunch at Heartland and it was amazing. Everyone loved their meals and it's such an adorable and historic building.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had a lovely Friday lunch at the Heartland - I had never been but my 2 friends had. Everything was very good - had the chicken sandwich and carrot soup which was excellent. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We were disappointed in our waitress not knowing about anything abiut what was available with requards to beer or hard liquor. We had company from Europe and my cousin wanted to try the bison meatloaf and the waitress wrote down the wrong item and he ended up with a chicken dish. We were all talking and didn't ask him how the bison was until he was almist finished and found out that he didn't receive what we had ordrred for him. Because he was almost done, they, of course, wouldn't give him what we had ordered, he was disappointed not to have been able to try bison. Giving a dessert in its place was not the same. He wanted to try the bison.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heartland Cafe Okotoks
    dizzy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Took family and friends there to celbrate a 66th birthday over lunch. Fantastic service. Food was amazing as always. Absolutely love this place. A real local gem. Prices are equitable to any other restaurant in town, but they are so much more, especially with the small town ambience and freindly service. The food is always AMAZING. Perfect portion sizes and always delicious. All around top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate