Kellari Taverna
Kellari Taverna

Kellari Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kellaridc.com/
  • Phone: 2025355274x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Zapantis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: •Custom Designed Menus, Waitstaff, Bartenders, Theme Stations (Raw Bar Station, Pasta Station, Curving Meat or Fish Stations, Omelette Station and more).
    •China, Glassware, Barware, Linens, Floral Arrangements, Decorations Bands, DJ & Greek Music, Jazz, Piano and more
    •The restaurant is available for parties large and small. We have two semi private dining rooms (seats 50), and main dining room (seats 120).
  • Entertainment: Live Greek Music Every First Friday of the Month! Music Starts at 8:00pm
    Outdoor Dining Now Available!
  • Special Events: Live Greek Music and Dancing every first Friday of the Month. Music Starts at 8:00pm



    Complimentary Cheese, Olives and Crostini



    Happy Hour Monday-Sunday3:00-9:00pm: Happy Hour Beer Domestic $5.00,Happy Hour Beer Import $6.00 Wine $7.00, Cocktails $7.00



    Greek Wine Happy Hour Every first Monday of the Month. Authentic Greek Wine Varietals:Glass $5.00, Half Carafe: $11.00

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17 th Street
  • Public Transit: One Block from Farragut north and Farragut West Metro Stations. We are located on K Street in the Middle of the block between Connecticut Av. and 18th Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet: Service fee: $10. We offer valet parking through Crystal Parking. Monday-Saturday 5pm-10:30pm
    There is no service on Sundays, street parking in DC is free on Sunday.

    The Mid-Town Parking Garage is conveniently located next building to Kellari Taverna at 1750 K Street. Between 18th and Connecticut Ave NW (Same block as Kellari)
    11am - 10pm (Monday through Friday)
    Visit their website at MidTownParking.com or call them directly
    at 202-775-0069 for more info.
A word from Kellari Taverna
"The dining experience should be sharing appetizers so that everybody can get to taste different flavors and textures " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Many people ask me if this is Greek Cuisine , and I don’t know what to compare it to, either to Greek cuisine of 1962 or 2009, but my answer is a seafood restaurant with a Greek Flare to it " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Our Menu of Simply Grilled fish but simplicity with elegance ! " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"we are bringing to the people of Washington Something they haven’t experienced before " Chef Anthony Acinapura.

Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.
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Kellari Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (61)fit for foodies (60)special occasion (54)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (29)notable wine list (27)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • klaifimust
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    this is a classic spot with a high-brow look and feel. the fresh fish is fantastic, the wine was unusual and tasty, the aperitivo deserves more attention. the experience was only imperfect due to an obnoxious serve who repeatedly interrupted our conversations and offered far too much of his own opinion on our meal. there is a fine line between helpful and overbearing, but this gentlemen continually crossed it and it reflected negatively on the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    DCLad27
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A dear friend was in from NYC and we took him to Kellari to celebrate his birthday. Our waiter was attentive and struck the right balance of checking in with us. The food, as in times past, was prepared perfectly. Thank you for another really enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great expansion of KT Empire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Those of you familiar w Kellari in NYC, rest assured that this location maintains the standard for quality product and outstanding service. Delighted they have decided to grace DC with their presence on the scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great service
    Taylor
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My reservation time was constantly changing due to flight times, and they were very accommodating. Once there the food and service was excellent, and despite being the last people there, we were not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not as good as my previous visits to Kellari. Everything from the service, atmosphere to the food was fair to good. Felt a bit rushed to order in the beginning. Did not care for the techno pop music they played throughout the evening. Did not seem to be appropriate music for the atmosphere. Mentioned it to the waitress but they continued to play it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious fish!
    DCfishloverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I dined here during Kellari's extension of restaurant week. The menu had excellent choices and was a great price(it is the same menu as their pre-theater menu). I had the spanakopita which was delicious and a generous portion, and my husband had the wild salmon tartare, which he enjoyed. I had the lavraki, which once again was a large portion, and was excellent, cooked just right. It was served with steamed wild greens which didn't have much appeal to me. My husband had the artic char which was also delicious. The baklava for dessert was excellent. Overall an enjoyable meal and an excellent value! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Outstanding as always ... my tuna, ordered medium rare, was overcooked at first, but the waiter immediately substituted a perfect one when I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Restaurant Week Experience
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went to Kellari Taverna for Restaurant Week with my girlfriend. The food there was excellent, and they give you a great portion size (unlike some restaurants which seem to try and cut corners for Restaurant Week diners). The service was also phenomenal. Highly recommend Kellari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    Palakchaatforever
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went there for restaurant week - it took a long time to have the waitress come over and I felt they could have been more attentive - spanakopita was good, dessert was good, but there are better Greek options in DC
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very disappointing, 85% tomatoes, flaming cheese with no flame and NOT warm
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freshest fish in town
    Liketoeat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have eaten in this place a few times and it is very nice ambiance and it has one of the freshest fishes in town. The service was friendly and hospitable. Also I have had their pork shops which taste as it were in a Greek isle. At the end of the meal the server gave us free of charge a glass of dessert wine which was very welcome with the sweets. This is a worthwhile place to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ile209
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything was delicious from the appetizer to the dessert! Try their sour cherry mojito so sweet. They have an extensive wine list from all over the world.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Only Fish
    Pine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I usually go to your restaurant to eat fresh grilled fish. However, I also enjoyed grilled lamb this time. I brought my guest from Los Angeles, and she was perfectly satisfied too. Watching her, I was happy to have had chosen your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bleuz4Nina
    Bleuz4Nina
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Restaurant Week here was exceptional. I would recommend Kellari to others. The Seared scallops w/risotto & truffle oil.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    AWESOME and INTRIGUING MENU!!! Fresh seafood prepared in delicious hints of flavors that embrace and tantalize without overwhelming the palate with salt/brine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Tarbush
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great service and even better food. I had driven by the restaurant for years but had never been able to visit. That will change in the future. Excellent experience before hitting the Kennedy Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    yummy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had added a small note to my reservation on Open Table about how we're celebrating my boyfriend's birthday, and the restaurant took it very seriously! The entire staff was so incredibly welcoming and sweet, they greeted him with birthday wishes and gave us a complimentary glass of champagne. I really don't think I've ever had better service- they were so professional, friendly, and truly provided us with a wonderful experience. The ambiance was perfect- very beautifully decorated, lighted, and romantic. The food was delicious! I had the Chilean seabass, and it was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal for dinner!
    SeekingGreek
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really deliciously prepared mains. The lamb was perfectly cooked as ordered. And the appetizers were great. Got the eggplant and zucchini chips and they were exceelnt, with just enough tsatsiki for the stack. Very shareable. And the Greek wines were really nice. I loved the Gtreek Syrah. I like the DC banch almost as much as the NY one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had lunch for 5 and the service was wonderful. Our waiter did a great job explaining the specials and verifying that we understood what we had ordered. When the shared appetizers arrived he suggested we start with one, as it was better hot and said the flavors of the other appetizer would overwhelm the first. We appreciated and followed his advice. The food was incredible! We all enjoyed our choices (fish, salad, oysters).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table location
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I want to thank Kellari for "listening" to my request via Open Table for a table in a quiet location, away from the main area. Upon arrival, we were showed to exactly such a table where we could conduct business discussions without disturbances. Thanks to the staff for meeting my request so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Greek Food in DC
    rwkahn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Superb food in lovely surroundings, with well above average service. My husband & I recently tried the Sunday Lobster feast, which is not to be missed. He started with the grilled calalmari appetizer,and it was delicious; I started with a Greek salad, which had the best tomatoes I've had in forever. We both choose the grilled lobster--2 lbs each--more than I could eat, so there was lunch the next day. The lobsters were perfectly prepared and scrumptious. We ended with the chocolate torte (taken home) and vanilla gelato--delicious & patate cleansing. Both of us highly recommend this find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great job!
    AlexB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent fish. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service breakdown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been to KT on probably five previous occasions for business lunches that have been great. The food was just "OK" and the service was attrocious on my latest visit. In one visit servers: were bickering with each other beside our table, asked us three times for our drink order, tried to deliver the wrong table of food, and let an inordinate amount of time pass between courses. Forget the finer points of serving and clearing properly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Greek Restaurant in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Kellari is the best Greek restaurant in Wasington, DC. Everything was perfect. The service was excellent and the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seafood
    JohnNPaul
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    focus is in greek cuisine with a specialty in seafood, yet have a meat selection//restaurant found opentable reservation without a problem//dined on a voucher and there was no hassle redeeming it. all the food was fresh and cooked to order. the fisherman's soup is the absolute best seafood soup! it is regularly on the menu - must try! lobster was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was cold and not prepared the way it was ordered. The restaurant is quite pricey and there is a certain level of expectation that is expected in quality. It in no way lived up to this standard. One guest asked for his meat medium rare and without sauce on top and it was well done and and it was drenched in sauce. Another asked for salad without out onions and again, they were present. The prepared fish (a signature dish) was served cold and again overlydressed. The sides of vegetables were ice cold too. The restaurant was not crowded and , for the prices charged, unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solo Early Diner
    Alice
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I always dine early as not to take up space...needless to say, I was not treated any differently as if I was a table of six instead of one. My server Efrain was very attentive, answered all my questions and gave me suggestions. He was very well informed of the menu. The Lamb chops with the potatoes were to die for. Everything just melted in my mouth. The special cocktail with bourban just hit the spot upon arrival.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service
    NikiBooVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Unfortunately we have to rate the service lousy on Monday. My BFF and I thought Abdon was an unattentive, aloof and somewhat rude waiter. He wasn't at all friendly. We both felt he didn't feel like helping. When asked about cheese for happy hour, he pointed over his shoulder in the direction of the cheese. In fact, he at that time since it was still early (5p) was on his phone. Guess I disturbed him. He never welcomed us checked on us, it was the lady greeter who at one point took our second order. Maybe he was having a bad day but we decided we aren't coming back for awhile. A pity because I book quite a few times through open table for Kellari. We were both surprised and disappointed at the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Greek dining
    PhilipDeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Kellari Taverna is perhaps the best Greek restaurant in Washington, and also features a great seafood selection. The two- and three-course dining options are excellent value, and the comprehensive wine list is perhaps the best source of Greek wine within the DC Beltway, by glass, carafe, and full bottle. My only criticism is that, having selected the two-course option (appetizer and entree), I still had two servers trying to interest me in dessert and coffee as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greek Seafood
    LadmantVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We tend to get the heavier meats, moussakas, Greek salad with feta and the like in most Greek restaurants. But Kellari gives us the real feel of what I'd expect if I were in the Greek isles. Octopus, fish galore, grilled with light but perfect flavors. The mixed seafood appetizer was a perfect meal and more than I could finish. I had to take some home. Don't miss the Greek coffee - excellent. Love Kellari for happy hour as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyed Kellari
    Txfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything was really good. And we had an outstanding server. Would have rated overall experience 4 or 5 stars but entree was very slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    S2kdine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fantastic menu and service. Wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best for Business Lunches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Kellari Taverna is my no. 1 spot for business lunches. The food is consistently delicious, light, healthy, interesting and attractive. The service is impeccable -- attentive, but not intrusive -- and the noise level is low enough that conversations can be had easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second class citizen?
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I requested a relatively quiet table and at first they wanted to seat me in a 'private" (dark) room in the back. After some hemming & hawing, two possible tables in the front room were 'found'. I believe they should have given me those options to begin with. Food 'ok' but not as good as previous lunches. I thought calarmari & octopus, which I requested on the Greek salad, was not cooked to order. Waiter also opened and poured a second bottle of sparkling water without asking if we wanted it. That being said, salad ingredients were fresh and service friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Greek
    Tamora
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    One of the best authentic Greek Restaurants in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't miss a note
    JamesRVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    From its consistently good good to its excellent service and lovely dining room, Kellari Taverna is an exceptional restaurant. Grilled calamari is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoanB
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I enjoy this Greek restaurant in downtown DC and take friends there for special occasions. The food --especially the seafood --is always fresh and the service is always good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    KenSVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Always top flight very fresh food. The fish and lamb are terrific. The lobster salad is particularly excellent. Pleasant, light room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Etsy-ketsy (Greek for "so-so")
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for a special birthday dinner. Food, as always, was excellent Nice setting. But the music playing was quite annoying. Didn't want or expect Greek music. But something conducive to spending $300+ for dinner. I may as well have been at Hooter's or TGIFridays. My office is around the corner, so I stopped in this morning to speak to a manager and give my feedback, as I didn't want to do Saturday night and ruin the celebration. The hostess wouldn't even let me speak to a manager. Ran interference and thanked me for my input. Pretty sure where it got filed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    AGBeecher
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ate here in a group of 6 before heading to the DC Improv. It was very convenient, had good food and a nice wine list and great service. My mild fish was cooked very well and paired nicely with a salty Spanish rice and sweet beets. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.