Justin's Restaurant
Justin's Restaurant

Justin's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefjustinperez.com/
  • Phone: (408) 638-5300x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday -Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Friday 4:00 PM to 9:45 PM
    Saturday 4:00 PM to 9:45 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Perez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: If you consider yourself a foodie and dream of an out of the ordinary, sophisticated and unforgettable dining experience for your event or wedding, then Justins Catering and Event Production is the perfect fit. Not only do we specialize in unique and adventurous flavor pairings, wine-paired dinners using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, but we also handle every fine detail of event planning. At Justins we are extremely passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on being able to provide you and your guests a truly memorable event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private wine room seats 30 comfortably and we can accommodate larger parties in a separate area of the restaurant. The Pizza room seats 50 and the main dining can accommodate 80 for seated dining and more for cocktail receptions. Give us a call and let us help plan for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Kerkhof 4086385330x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe Street
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop on the Monroe Street side of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a public lot behind the restaurant that is free after 6:00 pm
A word from Justin's Restaurant
The restaurant, four years in the making, just had its public opening on March 5, 2013. Located on Homestead Road in Santa Clara, the restaurant is a meeting of the quality of fine dining with the casualness and price of less-expensive restaurants. The seasonally rotating menu will feature items that would please any foodie there are even gourmet pizzas cooked in a custom wood-fire oven,the restaurant’s bar, features various microbrews on tap and hand-picked wines from local vintners, as well as a quality collection of spirits and wines offered by the glass. In the lobby, guests are greeted by items of cooking nostalgia, such as an old scale and collections of vintage cookbooks resting on shelves. The wine cellar and bar were also projects constructed with a specialized wine rack that holds the bottles neck-side-down. A board holding various antique bottle openers from Chef Perez’s late father’s collection hangs outside the cellar door for decoration.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Justin's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (36)special occasion (30)good for groups (25)romantic (20)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Birthday party
    disapointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I set an open table for a party of 7 for a birthday and requested a quiet spot and advised we would be bringing a cake if they didn't mind and was told that it was not a problem. I expected a cut or setup charge, but there was not one. We were seated in a spot which turned out to be perfect for a family birthday. No one near us at all. Our server handled our table as though we were the only ones in the place. Totally professional and our dishes were not only on time, but prepared to perfection and excellent in taste. Their presentation is over the top. All dishes were towered and a work of art. We have now been to Justin's on four occasions and they have all been 5 Star reviews.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the anniversary we wanted...
    TheBigRavioli
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Like the title says, "Not the anniversary we wanted..." I'm sorry but we have been here 3 other times before and they were good. Why on our anniversary do we get flat warm beer, poorly made cocktails, cold undercooked apps and a hair on my pate? This is very uncalled for and all we got was a sorry from the server and 4 free glasses of some really bad cold duck.. The manager Todd didn't even come to our table to say anything at all? Sorry to say this might just have been the last time we visit your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SFvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I visited with my 4 grandsons. We were all very pleased with our choices. the waiter was knowledgeable about the menu. The dishes were beautifully presented and the combination of complex favors were outstanding. A glass of Justin's pinot noir was delightful. I hope to return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodandWineLover
    FoodandWineLover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have eaten here many times and will continue to do so. The menu changes quarterly or so which is a terrific way for the chef, Justin Perez, to incorporate seasonal ingredients and keep the menu fresh. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed the pan roasted mussels appetizer which seems to remain a staple on the menu. It's a very generous portion so I shared with a friend. Next I had the skirt steak in a delicious mushroom sauce topped with an arugula, cherry tomato & sweet onion salad in a light vinaigrette. It was great!! The sauce had lots of flavors going on but was not heavy which suited me well. The salad added a freshness. Dessert was blueberry lemon cake which was light and flavorful and also enough to share. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD
    Christine
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is our second visit and it was as good as the first...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were excited to try Justin's as we were big fans of O's. We were not disappointed and had a wonderful dinner. The 4 of us tried the Risotto as an appetizer. The risotto was cooked perfectly and the blend of wild mushrooms and asparagus was great. One of the things I like is a menu that rotates seasonally and provides a new experience. It ended up that we had 2 of the lamp and 2 of the Halibut and the consistency of presentation made the first bite almost impossible, My lamb was cooked to perfection (MR) and the blackberry sauce delectable. The star of the plate was the garnish which was tempura shaved asparagus. My wife's Halibut was superb with a chili sauce that had the right amount of heat counterbalanced by the pickled pearl onions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to Justins numerous times and have never been disappointed with the food. We've brought friends who have also really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMYUM
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was a family celebration. Everyone ordered a different entree and everyone was pleased with their choice. The presentation is suburb as well as the food itself. Very nice service and pleasant atmosphere. Would definitely return and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Paul
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the mussels; they were very flavorful and perfectly cooked. Our server was very attentive, and kept our cocktails replenished. The location has a lot of parking, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten free choices
    GFlady
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is our second visit to Justin's. The menu changes seasonally with favorites still available. Fresh local produce and well selected meats. One of our party said the risotto entree was the best he had ever had. The chef and staff are know what goes in the dishes. They will readily make substitutions to help those with allergies and have a number of entrees that will please gluten free dinners. The service is thoughtful, but not fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Fantastic!
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The halibut was phenomenal! It was outrageously good. Our service was great as well. We certainly will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justins The Place
    BlueGoat
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Beautifully decorated inside with a modern touch. Friendly and informative server which knew the dinning choices very well. It was our anniversary and a desert with “Happy Anniversary” was brought to us complementary after the meal. Much appreciated! The meal was fantastic and the wine was great. The server knew exactly how to present and pour a great wine. It makes a difference. The cost was not inexpensive, but it was worth it and we plan on going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great with special food needs
    GFlady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Most of the people in our family group have special dietary needs. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable about preparation and ingredients. There were lots of good things to choose from and everyone was very happy with the meals. The waiter also made suggestions of restaurant favorites. The mussels appetizer really delicious and large enough to share. We were a party of five. High fives! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ready4Din
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall, great food. Prices reasonable. Ambiance nice. Uncramped, nice decor. easy parking. service a bit spotty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place..but
    disapointed
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I am really happy to have such a wonderful restaurant in Santa Clara again. My only negitive comment would be that the young lady who served us never made us feel welcome. She was never rude or late to check on us, she just was not very friendly...maybe a bad day. I am not disappoined>>>will definitely go again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PartyOf4
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very quiet at lunch time, wish they had more of a following for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • catconsj
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything we had at Justin was delicious. The waitress was extremely knowledge regarding the menu items. She recommended the mussels and they were excellent. Would not have ordered them if she hadn't told us about them. Also had the ossa bucco . It was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Santa Clara Specialty!
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Justin's is a welcome addition to Santa Clara. The food is always good and plentiful. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Although expensive (appetizer, two soft drinks, two entrees, two cappuccinos, 1 dessert for $100 without tip), it was worth every dollar! Food was fantastic - Shrimp wrapped in Italian Ham with jicama and a great light sauce, pastrami sandwich, quail, mascarpone pastries for dessert - everything was wonderful. It was not very crowded, and the service was excellent as well. I look forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, weak desserts
    newbaysee
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Overall the good are excellent but the desserts were a little disappointing. The Gravlax is great, points for using lotus roots chips. The skirt steak is tender and flavorful, the bitterness of the arugula balanced the dish quite nicely. The creme burlee was good, but the color of it wasn't quite right. It wasn't a chocolate flavor creme burlee, so i wasn't sure why is was light brown. The chocolate covered strawberry have seen better days, the green stem was dry and turning brown. It probably sat in the frig for days.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies in neighborhood
    FoodDiva
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    HI Wonderful dinner, experience and food. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars on the food, was the lamb chop was a little too salty for me...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining for any occasion
    WeWillBeBack
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We went to Justin's with a couple out of town guests. We all had different entrées, drinks, and desserts, but we were all completely satisfied with what we had, and are looking forward to coming back soon to try something new (as the menu changes over time, so there is always something unique). Justin's is a great addition to Santa Clara.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five Stars!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Menu continues to change and impress! The seasonal choices are very imaginative. The service is the one area that could use a little improvement but overall we have been very impressed the two times we have dined at Justin’s.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No salt shaker needed.
    BayAreaBabe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I give Justin's a star for creavity, and one for service, which was fine. But all the food was over salted.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nothing special
    foodie62
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I was so pleased at the service. We tried 2 wines before choosing. The bread baked in terra cotta pots was lovely. Unfortunately the food was trying hard but not very special. No plans to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch!
    DietzVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great service and food. Menu offers a little of something for everyone and changes seasonally. I enjoy going to this resturant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 100 reviews are from the Justin's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Lunch with firend.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I took my best friend here for her birthday lunch. GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what I expected
    LoveFood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The ambience was much more casual than I thought it would be. I didn't think it would be an extremely fancy restaurant but I imagined it to be a little fancier than it was because the way their food is plated and for the price. Besides that I thought the food was good. I ordered the halibut which I liked. It had a berry sauce over it and I was afraid it was going to be too sweet, but it wasn't. Had just a slight sweetness to it to compliment the seasoning of the fish. I'm normally not a sweet and savory fan but I liked this combo. I got to try the Osso bucco which was tender and flavorful. I also tried from someone else in my party the chicken. That was really good! The chicken was moist and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    Foodie14
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Once again, amazing food. Never disappointed with the selections. My only complaint is, the tables are huge, so you find your self leaning across the table to hold a conversation. We went to dinner on a Tuesday night, so they were not as busy, and it made for a quiet dinner. Overall this is a go to hidden jem. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was very slow.
    ntomomi
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Our reservation was Friday at 11:30am. It was not crowded are all but the service was awfully slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food exceeded expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Amazing lamb preparation. Everyone was wowed by their dishes. We went with the beet and pear salads and both were amazing as well. I have been several times and have never been dissappointed. Keep it up Justin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    OutforfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Justin's is a wonderful addition to the Franklin Square restaurant scene. I'd go into greater detail right now, but time is short. Just get here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as ususal...
    HalseyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Not sure why, but tonight my dinner selection was not up to the usual Justin perfection. Cioppino seemed overdone--at least the crab part of it. Flavors were good, but the crab was either not fresh, or had been in the cioppino for awhile. Otherwise, everything was spot on. The creme brulee (apple) was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Affordable fine dining
    Will
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant in Santa Clara near Santa Clara university. Great food for the price. A superb value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    EuropeanDiner
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    On a weekday, the restaurant was quiet and the patrons were tactfully distributed throughout the place. The service was prompt and efficient. The menu was extensive. We had four different appetizers, main courses and deserts. The mussels with lemon butter were consumed with obvious delight. My escargot with dark chocolate was unique and a most pleasant surprise. Our main courses were the lamb with curry sauce, duck breast, butternut squash and I ordered the braised short ribs. Everyone was more than happy with their choices, but my short ribs with blood orange and Benedictine reduction and milk chocolate offered a rich bouquet of flavors, in fact, it was a culinary masterpiece. We will put Justine's on our rotation of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent. The
    disapointed
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was excellent. The presentation was outstanding and the service was great. I enjoyed it very much. Was not sure what to expect as it had not been rated well in another place, but I think they were just wrong altogether.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is the third time we have been to Justin's and just as every time we have eaten here before, as we are walking to our car we say to ourselves, why did we eat here. The food and service are mediocre at best. The price for the quality of food are not in line with each other. I guess we need to give up on Justin's as it is not living up to our expectations and high hopes of having a good restuarant in Franklin Mall.
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  • Overall good
    GFINowVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was very creative and tasty. Generous portions. Service was OK. Will return to try lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I liked the food alot but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I liked the food alot but thought it was way overpriced. I mean, $18 for a cauliflower "steak" that probably cost less than $2 to make. Entrees all over $25. If the food wowed me, I'd consider going backk but the food did not wow me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really wanted to like this, but...
    Dolphin781VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Sorry, I can't recomment this one. First off, the tables are huge. You basically have to yell across, which then annoys the person next to you. Our server was very ho-hum. Definitely not friendly, but not outright rude. We started with the Brie. It was terrible. We didn't send it back, but should have. It was wrapped in a very thick phyllo type dough, and filled with dates/nuts. It was so dry, you couldn't eat it. To top it off, they serve it with dry crostini. Not a win-win. The entrees were ok. Kind of plain, and definitely over priced. The dessert was good, but again, not worth coming back for. We were really excited when this came in. However, I can't even say we will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic