Kanella
Kanella

Kanella

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kanellarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159221773
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday: MEZE MENU ONLY 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Dinner: Teusday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Konstantinos Pitsillides
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
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Kanella is a Greek restaurant located in the Washington Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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Kanella reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (142)neighborhood gem (135)great for brunch (81)great for outdoor dining (58)special occasion (47)romantic (40)good for groups (37)great for lunch (32)hot spot (23)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • A culinary treasure can be uneven
    discriminatingdiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall, Kanella is a gem with food hard to find elsewhere in the City. Its rustic Cypriot cuisine is unusual, adventurous, and usually delicious. The appetizers are wonderful. We had lamb dumplings in a wonderful sauce, a refreshing sliced turnip salad, and great fresh hummus light years from the supermarket kind. My companion had a delicious rabbit dish, while I had an evening special of quail. The latter was over-salted and a bit disappointing, but the rabbit was excellent. The BYOB policy helps keep the fair prices down, too. Desserts are rustic and good, service excellent. It can be loud, however--more a fun place than a talk-business place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch at kanella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    we. 4 of us, had a wonderful brunch at kanella. i'd put in one of my top five spots that i've ever eaten. amazing food!!! crazy good dessert!!! the chef is a true artist. our service couldn't have been better-bill, our waiter, made our experience so enjoyable. it was great to try so many different foods that we have never tasted before (and have them all prepared perfectly.) we will return every time we visit philadelphia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Mira
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Everything I've tried on the menu is great so far! The service is very friendly and fast. Great place for both a romantic dinner or a group dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great greek food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Every aspect of the meal was excellent. Great food, great service, a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as ever
    worlddinersVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We have been eating at Kanella for a pre-theater meal almost since it opened. It continues to be among our favorites. We particularly appreciate the high quality of the food and the creative preparation. Service is always friendly and prompt with regular stops from the chef to highlight his best picks for the evening. Goat this night was a new and happy try for me and cooked to perfection. My wife had fish also perfectly cooked. As always the vegetables, prepared in the Cyprus style were a gem. Octopus appetizer was as good as I've had anywhere. Deserts were excellent in the Greek/Cypriot style. Still reminds us of our visit to Cyprus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch
    Jwhmima
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything about Kanella is wonderful. But the noise level can be deafening. They should consider installing some sound muffling materials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    FineDining1VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The service at Kanella was excellent. The food outstanding. A wonderful neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant was was extremely disappointing. The hummus appetizer was the only good dish. The bronzino was served as a whole fish, and the waiter offered to filet it, but he did a totally incompetant job - leaving the fish replete with bones; and it was dry and tasteless. I made the mistake of ordering the wood pigeon entree - which was completely unappetizing in presentation and taste - the only good thing was that the portion was so tiny that it didn't make much difference. The service was very slow, leaving us no time for desert or coffee. The restaurant is deafeningly loud and extremely cramped; the waiter couldn't even get to our table without difficulty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    katrinka
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everything was OK, but nothing outstanding. The salads were fresh -- not terribly interesting, the hummus excellent, the vegetarian muss aka (ex spelling) very heavy, and pretty dull, seemed heavy on potatoes and turnips, and the wild buck-shot bird virtually without any mean. We've been there several times, and have never been overwhelmed, so I think we'll cross it off our list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently tasty Cypriot cuisine
    miamiforlifeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Kanella is an outstanding Cypriot restaurant that never ceases to disappoint. The restaurant serves traditional Cypriot cuisine (similar to Greek cuisine. The place is BYO and you can save a lot of money by being able to bring your own wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this neighborhood gem
    LizzyPoo021VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been to this restaurant numerous times due to the food being outstanding and I love the cute dining room. Reminds me of being in Greece. Everything was great - except for once we completed our meeting, and this seems to happen every time we go - there is a long delay from the time we are finished with our food and then receiving the check. Not sure what happens, but it is annoying. It was loud on this particular Saturday afternoon, a few groups of women, but the food was excellent. Will continue to go! Just wish the restaurant would figure or hire more wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Mary
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went to Kanella last Friday evening to celebrate my husband's birthday with our two adult children. Great food including the whole fish, filleted at the table. Chef came and spoke with us about a variety of menu choices. Everything is well prepared here, it is obvious that the chef and staff have great enthusiasm for the food and guests. We always have a wonderful meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It wasn't bad
    scribdafoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Didn't realize that they only offered Cypriot Mezze on Sundays when I made the reservation. When the server informed us of that we stayed because we were already there although we were all really excited about the a la carte menu. There were three of us so we went with two regular mezze options and one vegetarian, for more variety. Normally ,when you have multiple courses, the better restaurants will change out your plates and silverware but we had to ask them to every time. Also, dessert wasn't included which I thought was strange since it usually is in multiple course dinners. At the end, we were overcharged but the server promptly fixed that for us. Good place overall but I'd like to try their menu one of these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    mmmmmVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went for Sunday dinner, which is a fixed menu ($30 for vegetarian and $35 for meat/fish). The menu is made that day. There were 4 of us and the waiter suggested 2 vegetarian and 2 meat/fish so we could try everything - that worked perfectly. The first course of salads were all fantastic and the lamb short rib was a hit. Nobody cared for the swordfish. You get around 10 dishes, so portions are small but you get to try a LOT of different things. Food was fine, definitely worth the low price. Service was slow, we sat at 5 and didn't leave until nearly 7. They also don't clear your plate between courses, which is a bit odd. Overall good experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The fish was unbearably salty!!!
    disappointed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I was going to go with my usual order: the kebab. But after hearing the specials, I went against my insticts and picked the smoked fish. After eating a few bites, I told my server that the fish was way too salty! He reacted by saying that he had told me it would be "overwhelming" because it was smoked. Perhaps it was due to the heavy accent of my server, but I definitely did not catch him saying that the fish was overwhelmingly salty. And second of all, even if he had said that, Kanella, do you really think it's a wise idea to serve something that is "overwhelming" to your patrons? I could feel my arteries clogging up as I was eating! I was so queasy that I had to skip my favorite dessert: baklava. Not sure if I would return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was well prepared, but not too innovative or special. The flavors were subdued. In addition, one of the dishes (Shakshuka) arrived with so little bread we had to constantly ask for more, and each time we got another slice, and another slice, and another. A little annoying.
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  • Exquisite Food and Service
    RRucci
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was fresh, delicious, prepared with care and served beautifully. Johnny, our waiter, could not have been more attentive, warm and welcoming and present. Clearly a Five-Star restaurant which I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place-not good service
    ChemFoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the second time that I have gone to Kanella. The first time I went I loved it all, the place, the food and the service. This time around I was a bit disappointed with the service. I went there for brunch with one of my friends whom I had not seen in months. The moment the waiter came he started rushing us to order. Since we took a bit longer to order our food, he proceeded to say that we needed to order quickly or leave because he had another party of two coming and he wanted to have the table available for them. We ordered our food, but he rushed us out!! Not very nice!!!! I understand it was a Sunday and all restaurants are busy on Sundays for brunch, but it is not the way to treat your customers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, awesome wait staff!
    Grazer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As always the food, quality and service are excellent. A definite must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the best Greek food I've ever had. Each dish is authentically prepared, but has the chef's creative twist done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place.
    sweetpea87
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I came here with a foodie friend for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. The place was not packed, although I made a reservation because I heard there is usually a long wait for a table. We had brunch, tea/coffee and dessert. Everything was perfectly seasoned, the waiter was knowledgable and friendly, and the ambiance was charming. Can't wait to come here again! I've already told some friends about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    AbbieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Brunch or dinner you will not be underwhelmed! You will want to try everything on the menu, BUT save room for baklava and homemade icecream!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had the lamb dumplings and the vegetarian mousaka. Both were delicious! The dumplings were served on sauce of yogurt and oil that had a warm, nutty flavor with just a bit of kick. The vegetarian mousaka was very hearty for being vegetables and not lamb. Perfectly flavored! Such a delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    lotusblossumVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Terrific flavors, quality ingredients, good service. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I stopped by for brunch w/ a friend. This is a Greek-style brunch (not your regular steak and eggs), so a lot of the items were a bit foreign to us. Our server did a great job of explaining the menu to us though. We both highly recommend the malohwa as a starter. This place is also BYOB so that's nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday event
    Bibb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We chose this place for the reputation,the uniqueness of the food, the convenience of the neighborhood and the festive ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't forget - it's BYOB
    pseudandryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We forgot it was BYOB. For us, it changed the atmosphere and meal we had. Not that we're winos, but it made our meal go rather quickly. Service was fine, but since we weren't lingering over our dishes, it seemed that as soon as one plate was empty, the next one came. The squid and the octopus appetizers were properly prepared and tasty. We got 3 appetizers and one dinner to share. We shared the goat meat platter, and it was plenty of food to share. We would come here again, but because we like Greek food, and that's what we got. Nothing to r.a.v.e. about, but good quality food and preparation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Meze
    Goblue16
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Outstanding food at a really good price...$30-$35 a person for 10-15 small plates highlighting Greek food at its finest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first time at Kanella did not disappoint! Great food and outstanding service! Tasty Greek food, reasonable prices and friendly atmosphere. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch I've had in awhile
    Ajh714VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been meaning to try brunch here and so glad I finally did. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the octopus and Kanella sampler as appetizers - terrific. My wife had the lamb and I had the snapper for entrees and both were outstanding. Desserts were delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food/service, but noisy
    Suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food and the service are outstanding. The chef/owner is from Cyprus, so the food is similar to Greek but different enough to make dining there truly unique. The only negative is that when the restaurant is full, it gets too noisy, but unfortunately that is true at almost all of the best restaurants in town. An especially good deal are the price fixe dinners (choice of vegetarian or meat) available on Sundays. We have been there four or five times, most recently with two other couples, and we have never had a disappointing dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ever so good
    TettemerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It had been about a year or more since our last visit to Kanella. We were once regulars, living a block away. Shame on us. Our return was triumphant. The mad chef greeted us like long-lost cousins. We wolfed lamb dumplings (better than any dim sum dumpling in Chinatown) and sardines and unbelievable octopus. And returned to our old favorite, the whole fish wrapped in grape leaves. Rumor has it that a larger venue is in the works for the cramped, noisy and spectacular Philadelphia gem. Let's hope it's closer to my new home!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food! Calamari was flavorful, tender and not fried. Will go back for sure.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as advertised
    nativecypriot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you're looking for a true Cypriot mezedes, this is not the place to go. A pleasant tasting menu, but barely a hint of true Cypriot cooking. Baklava was excellent. Service inattentive.
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  • Single diner
    Lmkp3VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As a single diner I am often ignored or not engaged. Not the case here at kanella. My server was amazing. Offered recommendations and checked back to see how I was enjoying everything. Great service and great food. Will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    JennSJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food and service were beyond expectation. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BC31VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I had an early dinner here on Thursday night. We chose to share 4 appetizers instead of getting entrees. The boureki is always a hit with the crispy phyllo and honey. We tried out a chefs specialty of duck sausage with lobster mushrooms- very tasty, the sausage was soft and flavorful. The chef even came out to our table to ask how we liked it! All in all, I've been here several times and will likely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Stop
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The last dined here, the food was good, but an annoying and intrusive handle-bar mustached waiter ruined the experience. Five year's later we returned to celebrate our anniversary and cap off seeing a great musical. The waiter was accommodating and pleasant; a 360 improvement. My wife had the vegetarian moussaka and I had the vegetable stuffed pepper. Both were melt-in-your-mouth experiences. Very happy to add Kanella to our must return list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    Julie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been to Kanella many times. The food is always fabulous and the service is outstanding. The place is pretty small and fills up quickly so, reservations are highly recommended. I really can't recommend Kanella enough. I take out of town guests here and they are always impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.