Le Zinc - Seattle
Le Zinc - Seattle

Le Zinc - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.le-zn.com/
  • Phone: (206) 257-4151
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-Midnight

    Sunday Brunch: 10:30AM - 3PM.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jaron Witsoe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Pine / 15th Ave E
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Zinc - Seattle
Le Zinc is the ideal restaurant for those diners who seek a casual yet creative dining experience in Seattle. Our goal is to provide a relaxed, neighborhood-style French gastro-pub and bar that features French cuisine, highlighting local ingredients with an emphasis on Penn Cove mussels, and a wine list featuring wines from France and the Pacific Northwest. The bar and lounge primarily showcase local premium beers and spirits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Le Zinc - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)neighborhood gem (38)romantic (29)special occasion (23)notable wine list (17)good for groups (16)great for brunch (11)late-night find (9)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good overall
    Fofinha
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My only suggestion would be that I'd prefer not to pay extra for bread/butter and vegetables to accompany the main dish.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opposite of 1st time
    Piqu
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. The first was wonderful. The "chief" waiter was skillful and very professional; the cassoulet was great. BUT, 4 of us went on a Monday night. I had the "coq a van." It was tender chicken served in a heavy brown sauce (perhaps A1 steak sauce?); the potato "soufflé" was undercooked potato chunks with a coating of melted cheese; the americano coffe was bitter. There were 2 waiters. Ours was friendly but inefficient and incredibly unattendant, especially considering the restraurant was practically empty. The other waiter looked slovenly. All in all, we won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, drinks and ambiance
    Umiaq
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    There are lots of choices on Seattle's Capitol Hill and I put off going to Zinc until last Friday when I was entertaining a friend from out of town. It provided one of the best dining experiences I have had in recent months - creative cocktails, excellent food and service and an ideal spot to sit and converse with friends. Will be back soon and can highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely french-inspired restaurant
    LizLars
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We came as part of restaurant week and really enjoyed it here. The meals were sized perfectly that we weren't over-full after three courses and everything paired quite well. We started with french onion soups- rich and hearty. I had salmon over pureed yams. The salmon was cooked til crispy on the outside and soft and perfectly done inside. My husband had the beef cheeks and both the beef and the brussel sprouts around the outside were nicely cooked and flavorful. We both had creme brulee for dessert and it was crunchy on the top and rich on the inside- excellent! We had a great time. A bit of a newer on inexperienced server, but otherwise great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Misleading ads and poor service
    OpenTableFanVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    As advertised on their website: "FREE MUSSELS WEDNESDAYS (no joke!) There is really no catch. Just come enjoy FREE mussels from open to close. We just ask that your order something else from our menu (drinks, bread, happy hour, dinner, anything you want!) Reserve for dinner or walk-in for lounge/bar seating!" There is actually a catch. It's only free for the 1st order-- if you want extra, then you gotta pay. And the mussels were REALLY tiny! When we pointed that out to the head server, he said, "if we offered unlimited mussels, we would go broke." Well, guess what? Don't advertise it and mislead people then! If they can't be upfront about this, what else are they hiding in their kitchen that they don't want you to know?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovetoeatout
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First time at Le Zinc, and was disappointed....service reminded me of Faulty Towers! Our server was run off his feet and the owner/host did nothing to help other than stand around and look stressed. Everyone needs to pitch in and help when busy. The other odd thing was we were given 2 menus for the 4 of us, and when we asked for menus, were told they didn't have enough - that's a first! The food was good, and if not for the disorganization, our dinner would have been really good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francophile
    filmbella
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My friends and I met up here before a show at Neumos and we were not disappointed. We all wanted moules (mussels) but didn't want a giant order for each of us, so the waiter suggested we order two kinds of the full order with an order of bread and share. It turned out to be a perfect size. A bottle of wine, a few chats in francais with our waiter and the owner - we were all utterly charmed, including our French friend - and you know French people are not easy to please. Plus, this place gives away moules on Wednesdays - no joke! I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    MelandMe330
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was amazing, especially the mussels, French onion soup, pate and Salmon. My only disappointment was that they seemed understaffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Jenny
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I dined at Le Zinc with a small group of girlfriends for restaurant week. We all purchased alcohol so there shouldn't have been any animosity about the skimpiness of our ordering. Bottom line is this: food is fair, nothing INSANELY good, but the services is really lacking. Not very nice and not very attentive. Its too bad, too, because I would have come back for the food--with the service though? Nope. Lots of places in town have equal or better food with service to match.
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  • Horrible waiter
    hu1993
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    After seating us, the waiter asked us if we wanted bread and butter before we got a look at the menu, so we said sure thinking it was complimentary. Later when we received our bill did we find out that we had been charged for the bread because it was an appetizer. Throughout the meal the waiter served us in a very rushed manner and in the end he made sure to tell us multiple times that "tip is not included". The food was good, but the service was so bad I would not come here again
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  • Le suprise
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A charming spot with delicious French classics. Service a bit confused but worth a second trip. Dessert was a lovely baked to order gem! Worth it just for that but a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little spot
    djc1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    went here for a birthday celebration with family. had a great meal (I had a shrimp special, the salmon that others had was also very good) and really good coctails. Our waiter seemed a bit inexperienced but was earnest and attentive without being annoying. I intend to go back for one of their weekly specials.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food
    RinaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Le zinc is very good food at affordable prices. The service is prompt and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJW14
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Delicious food and excellent service. Best cassoutlet I've had in a long time. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her scallop entrée.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taste of France from the Hill
    FoodieMomma
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lovely atmosphere for a special occasion. Had dinner the night before visiting Seattle U, just blocks away. Made an 8pm reservation in order to use a TravelZoo certificate, so no wait & no crowds. Unfortunately, our 1st server was not very gracious. As soon as he saw we had a prepaid dinner voucher, he didn't return for our drink or dinner orders. The woman who seated us came pretty quickly to check on us and when she discovered he had not returned,immediately took over our table and served us herself throughout our meal. We enjoyed chatting with her. She went out of her way to make a special "mocktail" for my daughter and let me taste 2 unfamiliar French wines so I could select a glass. All food was beautiful & delicious. Definitely go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Floridaguy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We enjoyed our meal here greatly. Steak and frites and mussels were excellent. Had the travelzoo coupon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Both the server and the bartender were less than friendly. Server asked us twice if we wanted bread; it felt like it was being forced on us even. We refused both times. At the end of the night, on top of a lot of other serving mishaps, what do you know, a charge for bread and butter ended up on our bill?!?!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem!
    jemerdeuse
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Le Zinc didn't look like a place I'd have normally walked into, but a friend's recommendation sent us to dinner there. What a lucky turn of fate! Dinner was marvelous and the service was absolutely impeccable. We'll be back again, no doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Le Zinc is a gastronomic pleasure with a quality barstaff, waitstaff, and an impressive menu. The offerings are delicious and beautifully plated. Paris is a delightful host, with extensive experience in the business. Check out the Sunday brunch or the happy hour specials of food and spirits!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Zinc Wonderful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my first visit at Le Zinc. We arrived early so we were the first couple to be seated. Rene was our server as he was very attentive and would pop over to see if we were enjoying our meal. He was very pleasant and truly helped to make our experience memorable. Additionally, as we stepped into the restaurant, the owner greeted us warmly, which helped to set a pleasant mood for the evening. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dinner never ceases to impress! We had a wonderful night and a wonderful dinner! The staff is always amazing! Love Le Zinc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Le Zinc is fabulous. An unpretentious French cafe with excellent food, superb service, and great prices. The mussels here are the star, but everything else is great too. If you like mussels, be sure to go on Wednesday nights when they are free. Yes, FREE. Don't miss the craft cocktails and the cheese selections. The attentive, unfussy service really makes the experience great. You can just tell that they care about their customers and want you to enjoy your experience - that is why we keep going back. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet & charming
    CapHillres
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Was very impressed by Le Zinc on our first visit. The lemon gnocci, mussels, salads, and frites were very memorable. We loved the ambience - unlike a lot of the new restaurants in Capitol Hill, you can hear your companions talk because Le Zinc is quiet. The interior is interesting and fun. Best of all is the outstanding service - warm, attentive, and thoughtful. When I asked about the frite-like items on my friend's plate, our waiter, Paris, explained that they were made of parsnips and showed up with a bowl of them for all of us at the table to share! And the chocolate cake is awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Mussels in town
    Jlars
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have eaten here twice. The food is excellent especially the mussels. My friend and I think those with the delicious bread and salted butter should be outlawed. It is almost impossible to stop eating them especially if you have any hope of also having dinner. They have a very nice menu. We landed on splitting a burger with pomme frites. Both were delicious and cooked perfectly. Heavenly dessert... Welcoming atmosphere with friendly people. Wait person who was extremely attentive and helpful. I plan to come back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth a trip
    hungry
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nibbles at the bar. Mussels in lobster broth excellent. Fois gras disappointing.
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  • A Symphony with one sour note
    drsbattenVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Le Zinc was a great find in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. We were greeted warmly by staff and our server was attentive, informative and professional. The food at Le Zinc was a symphony of flavors and the meal was excellent. I ordered the Foie Gras which was very tasty although a bit small and my husband had a pate that was quite good. We both ordered the salmon and were impressed with the subtle mix of flavors and perfect temperature of the fish. The wine list is quite nice and reasonable, especially since Monday was half priced bottles. The only sour note to the evening was being charged $4 for the bread and butter we were offered by the manager without explanation of the pricing. It seemed a bit tacky for such a fine place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • elegant dining
    charlotte
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We arrived fairly early (6pm) and the noise level was much higher by the time we left (8pm). Too much for us, but while we were eating it was perfect. Everything we ate was beautifully prepared and delicious. Service was unobtrusive and helpful when needed. The prices were a little for regular meals on my budget.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confit OMG
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a great meal with a group so had a chance to taste multiple dishes. Everything was really outstanding and the duck confit was unbelievably awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lounge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The lounge was very comfortable for my group. The people was very accommodating for my group. The food was good! Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fooooood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The pan seared foie gras was AMAZING, the mussels were delicious, fries were well seasoned but came to the table a little cold, and the duck confit was also good. The bread is a little over crisped and was almost difficult to eat without cutting your mouth. This seems to be pretty common in a lot of Seattle restaurants. The host and waiter were very sweet and made the experience fun! They also have great cocktails!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Le Zinc is one of those notable small neighborhood restaurants that truly excels...in the quality of its food and in the commitment of its staff, especially its maitre'd whose friendliness and helpfulness was so great I actually mistook him for the owner. Mussels are the word here, though the menu includes a lot of other tasty items too. The full buckets of large, fresh Penn Cove mussels exceed other restaurants both in their quantity and their quality. Try the creamy Madeira sauce ones...even when the mussels were gone I didn't want to surrender the dipping sauce. The lobster broth ones are terrific too; the garlic and wine ones lighter and more delicately sauced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this real life??
    DutchBrownbear
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Prior to my visit to Le Zinc, I was missing something in my life. Every single meal I had had up to that point in time was not cutting it for me. The flavor was lacking that BANG!! That pupil dilating effect. I was in a food slump. I had made a reservation to Le Zinc due to the fact that I received a gift card from a prior boss. Clearly someone who knows food. The second I stepped into the lovely spot, I knew my funk was over! From the cheese plate to the steak tartare and all the way up to the Angel Food cake. THIS. WAS. BLISS. I HIGHLY recommend Le Zinc to everyone! It was an absolute delight eating there and I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 140 reviews are from the Le Zinc - Seattle reviews archive.
  • French food on Capital Hill
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Casual restaurant with very good French bistro food. Fun cocktails and friendly service.
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  • Friendly Service, Great Food
    TAB1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The welcome was warm and friendly from the moment we walked in the door. I've rarely been to a place that so effectively makes me feel like I belong. I had the mussels again. Very French. Very good!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended
    LakewA
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Nice space, friendly staff and very good food. Only criticism would be how long it took to get entrees. But they were worth the wait
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly neighborhood restaurant
    nakedtonueVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Friendly neighborhood restaurant with a decadent French flare. The mussels were the crowd favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic French Cuisine
    BoxDeluxeVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Celebrated a birthday party here. Really friendly waiting staff. We thought the wine list looked a little limited so we brought our own with no pushing to try their wine. We eventually tried the Margaux too. The real star was the food, the frites & foie were delicious, with the perfect bite of crisp crunch exterior and fluffy interior. We coming back for the moules creme de madere which were just stunning and the steak frites and steak tartare were very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner experience at the Zinc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and great experience. We went there my husband, our 2 children (13 years old and 17 years old) and I and all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Interesting and varied menu, local produce, all freshly made.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice!
    TLFurst
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    nice place and excellent food, made with care and very high value for the money. Ambience is nice, also. Only quibble was that the service was a little perfunctory--just not very engaged or engaging.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Zinc is a home run
    lesley
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We live very close to Le Zinc and it has become out local favorite. Monday's there is no corkage or half price wine, and there are free mussels on Wednesdays. The frites are the best in town. It is nice and quiet, unlike many popular restaurants so good for talking. Good service and a nice bar area for casual dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet