Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking

Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lukepalladino.com/
  • Phone: 6099263030x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luke Palladino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Luke Palladino Catering would be pleased to cater any event, from an intimate dinner or party to an elaborate wedding. Catering menus can be customized with Luke personally, to suit any taste or budget. We will be happy to work with any idea, theme or vision you have for your event.

    Delivery, set-up, cooking staff, serving staff, bartenders and other services available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Avenue
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently situated on Route 9 in Linwood, NJ with access to NJ Transit public transportation. For transportation from any point on Absecon Island, we recommend the Island Hopper Taxi Service 609-576-1900.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Newly expanded and relocated, Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking is a culmination of Luke's experiences working throughout Italy. Our menu changes regularly and is based on seasonally-available prime ingredients. We are proud to offer you what so beautifully defines Italian cuisine: freshness of product, simplicity and spontaneity all bound by tradition. 
 Handcrafted pastas are made daily on premises. We feature expertly prepared meat, fish, poultry & seafood. You and your guests will delight in our seductive interior designed by Scott Eccard of Eccardesigns. We are a BYOB.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (55)romantic (25)good for groups (19)hot spot (17)great for outdoor dining (15)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The manager was very helpful. The staff was great and attentive. The chairs are very uncomfortable! Had to get up and walk around then come back and finish my meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent until the entrees came
    Margatian
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great flavors but poor execution of entrees, 3/4 sent back. Two veal chops and duck breast special were well undercooked. Duck presented at a very questionable temperature. Entrees returned still not satisfactory Our server made a feeble attempt to blame the air conditioner positioned above our table for the cold duck plate and the hostess too defended the kitchen's presentations. And we all know what happens when one let alone 3 entrees go back, the entire rhythm of the meal is thrown off. The extra sides (wonderful crispy brussel sprouts) got eaten or cold before the main dishes returned. In the end two chops went home in doggie bags ( the price of one was removed from the bill) and a complimentary but uneventful dolce was provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luke's is always superb
    Fredw1762VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere . Gia is an outstanding server .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BetterthanTomatoes
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We always go to Tomatoes in Margate for my birthday. NEVER disappoints. Tried Lukes instead & the food was very good (w/ the exception of one app that was supposed to be hot but was cold) but the service - disappointing. Couldn't complain about the app b/c waiter was MIA. Seated immediately by friendly hostess but long time waiting for server to approach us. In fact, he waited 1st on another table seated after us. Ok to wait if he had at least welcomed us, brought a wine bucket & and opened wine to enjoy while reading the menu. So, great food but disappointing service. Except bus boy! He was very attentive, clearing plates, refilling water and bringing us a wine bucket (after we asked, of course). Back to Tomatoes for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    maddie6887
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Dined on Oct. 5, 2014 for a birthday party. There were six of us and one diner took advantage of the Pre-Fixe 3 course Sunday menu ($29) while the rest of us ordered off the menu. Delicious from the first bite to the last. I ordered a chocolate mousse cake from the restaurant that everyone raved about, even the one person who "doesn't like cake" ate his entire portion. Great local restaurant away from casinos that features a seasonal menu. This is a B.Y.O., so bring a nice bottle of wine to accompany your dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    ubasmom
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    On a Thursday night out with friends, we had choices of food with different "twists" (bread sticks with truffle butter and prosciutto). The noise level was not a problem. The food and service was very good. It is a BYOB restaurant. Looking forward to next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikegallowayVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love Luke Palladino. Excellent chef and a really good guy. The noise in the restaurant was loud this evening and wasn't quite as romantic as usual. This is my wife and my date spot so it wasn't as appealing as usual. Also, service was moderately slow this evening. Waited 20 mins before anyone really attended to us. Food was it's usual excellent though so all was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fall night
    Suncloud
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My 2nd time here in less than a month . That means it all works so well together. Would have loved fireplace on but other than that it's perfect. See you on Passyunk ave
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the seafood grille
    LikeToEatOutVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Appetizers were good, calamari, eggplant. Party of 5, three had the seafood grille for $34 each. Awful! 2 greasy breaded shrimp, 2 greasy breaded scallops, 1 small greasy breaded tuna. Tasted like they were dipped in oil after frying. Such a disappointment! Another had the beef ragu, which was more like where's the beef? Menu was very limited. Won't be going back.
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  • Great anniversary dinner
    Volpinator1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Luke is an incredible chef awesome flavor combinations just really awesome food he is the man when it comes to Italian food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three times a charm
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have had dinner on a Thursday, Friday and this time, Saturday at Luke's. Each time it was a great experience. The service, setting and very inventive food were all great. Caesar salad and beautiful baked cheese with honey followed by a velvety pasta with a pesto sauce. Byob!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    NiNiVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I both enjoyed our dinner. I had the mixed grill which included albacore tuna which I have never had fresh before only from the can. It was very good, the dish also had shrimp and scallops. My husband had seafood Pescatore which he said was very good. This restaurant is a BYOB. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bergers
    Bergers
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bin trying to get a reservation for a weekend night for a while, was not disappointed with the restaurant or the food. The smoke BBQ pork ribs were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant
    Fredw1762VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Luke's is always an outstanding dining experience . Food and service is always exceptional .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful appetizer
    CookKey
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is the third time I have tried Luke's restaurant which is a BYOB in Central Square. The atmosphere is urban chic and very trendy, decorated in black and white. The main courses are a bit of a disappointment, but the mushroom crepe appetizer is fabulous. With a good bottle of wine and perhaps a nice salad, this could be a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to expand menu
    mikegallowayVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We truly love this place but unfortunately do not eat fish and there are times when there are not a lot of choices for us but everything is always prepared perfectly and the staff is wonderful. Our meal was excellent again and I recommend the ribs--fall off the bone and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and setting at byob
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A little shopping center yielded a nice dining surprise. The setting was nice, serving very professional and he food was innovative and tasty. Good selection and everything was fresh. Choices of seafood, meat and vegetarian. Asked for a substitute in the dish and after a brief question to the chef the server came back with a positive response.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    MDandHVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We took the kids to dinner here a few weeks back and absolutely loved it! We all had the "Chef's Tasting" menu and it was Fabulous! Staff was wonderful...food was delicious...Keep up the great job Chef Luke!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luke always does it well
    mikegallowayVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was prepared perfectly and everything to our liking. Have to have the ribs. Better than any I have ever had but the appetizers and pastas beat all. This place can be anything you want it to be. Fun and energetic or romantic. Really one of the best in Atlantic County and certainly the finest place to eat west of AC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harrah's to Northfield
    McQuade12
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were disappointed that Luke Palladino's restaurant closed at Harrah's Atlantic City. However, the food is worth traveling to the Northfield location. :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie2
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Creative and inventive menu. Incredibly fresh. Service was pleasant but not attentive-- ie our water glasses were never refilled. That said, we would go back to try some additional dishes. The octopus salad was excellent. You must bring your own wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just not quite what it was
    Leeagolf6VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Luke, in the original spot was really the place for innovative, creative food at the Shore. It is still very good. It is just not exceptional. We were served by a young girl who was competent; just not polished. My wife and I agreed that the good preparation is just a smidgen below where they used to be. The "wow" is gone and it is a shame. You used to walk out shaking your head ad to how great it was. We still shot out heads last night, but not for that reason. It is too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noreen
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Whenever I stay at the Borgata in AC, my husband and I wouldn't miss a dinner here. My dining experience gets better and better with each visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luke Paladino--Outstanding
    Fredw1762VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always an excellent dining experience . Food and service is always great .
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in New Jersey
    aperle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Luke Palladino is the best Italian chef in New Jersey and his seasonal italian location never ceases to amaze me. The food was spectacular. We had a party of 6 and there was literally not a drop of food left over. I highly reccomend any pasta dish. It's all made fresh everyday. The real star is his gnocchi. It's a special everyday. Get there and tell your server to set aside a dish as soon as you sit down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Italian food!
    OCdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took our very selective Italian friends from Greenwich, Ct. here based on multiple recommendations and we were all thoroughly haooy with the outcome. As we left they asked us to keep it on the list for their annual visits to our beach house. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This used to be our favorite restaurant, so I chose it for our 49th anniversary celebration. I did notify the restaurant by note through open table and also by phone of the occasion. The event was totally ignored by the hostess, staff, etc. Being a frequent customer, I was most disappointed. My husband enjoyed his dinner of pork ribs which had peppers and a bit of garnish with it. Being celiac, I called ahead to speak to the chef. My meal was prepared by special request, but I felt it really was disappointing - I specifically ordered a lobster, and it was pre-cracked in the kitchen, but there was nothing served with it. The side dish which I ordered (grilled eggplant) was overcooked, cold and greasy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good evening!
    FruitFulVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had heard so much about this place and were looking forward to our evening. Started out with a very inexperienced seeming hostess taking our party of 4 to a table. There were many empty tables available, asked for a corner one as my husband has a fairly severe hearing loss, told it was "reserved". About 20 minutes later a group of 4 asked for the same table. After conferring with another hostess, this party was given the table! The meal was served erratically with awkward spacing between courses. My meal was cooked way too soon and was served charred and cold. It was a broiled seafood combo with ahi tuna which was like leather! They offered to redo which I declined. I was told the chef would contact me the next day, it never happened.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as when in northfield
    richie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Moving a restaurant is a tricky thing and I read some negative reviews after they relocated but we thought the new space was nicely done and the food as good as ever.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Ron22
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Love this place, the food is awesome. Great palce for lunch or dinner. Luke's cooking style carries on at this place. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise find!!
    Jupitergirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sometimes a restaurant appears and you were not aware. This restaurant is just 10 minutes from us at our summer home. The food was superb. First thing I noticed was a spinach ravioli appetizer called "nudi". This was spectacular - light and flavorful. One of our group ordered the mix grill - an array of seafood - so happy he ordered it as I may not have because it is fried but when I tell you it was just skimmed with a breading which gave it a delightful crunch - heavenly! And the fact that it is a BYOB just adds to our delight so we can bring our own favorites. Gia provided us with a perfect dining experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gteat dinner!
    Hilarie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food is fabulous. I love that we can order varied appetizers and pastas and share them with our dining group. That way we can try lots of good stuff before our entrée. I have been here 3 times in the past 8 weeks and have brought several friends. I love when luke is available at the bar for a chat or when he comes out to the tables. One suggestion: the waiter did not tell us what cheeses we were eating on the cheese tray. Even if he had told us we may have forgotten. So how about having little paper doilies under each cheese with the name of the cheese and its origen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    BentleyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had to ask for water to be refilled 3 times. Clams with fruit do mare had to be sent back because none opened
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    Jeanfromnj
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had the spontaneous 5 course tasting menu. There were 5 of us. It could not have been better. Everything was phenomenal and the chef was also willing and able to accommodate some dietary restrictions in our group, dairy and gluten! We all enjoyed every morsel, I was especially pleased with the mushroom crepelle and the ravioli. The pasta was so light and delicious. And the ribeye was beautifully prepared. Highly recommend this place. And try the tasting menu. You will not be disappointed. I just wish I lived closer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    mcjm
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had the chef tasting menu, which was fun and enjoyable by not knowing what you are getting. We are looking forward to trying it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Local Restaurant
    OCMidge
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Luke Palladino has obviously reached out the local community. It is such fun to go there and see lots of locals who obviously like 'great' food, 'great' service and comfortable ambiance. What a pleasure to go into this restaurant and see the owner walking around talking to customers. His food is wonderful, the combinations inventive and very tasty. The servers in Luke's Restaurant are knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients, a rare combination. In addition they are so friendly and accommodating. Pure pleasure on every level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatswell
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    the food was delicious however the service was a little slow. the dining chairs are not comfortable. I would come back to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniverary dinner
    cyndyleg
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Mine husband and I chose to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary here. We arrived and were greeted with a friendly hostess and shown to our table where there were flowers on the table my husband sent through open table. We again were greeted by our wonderful waitress who explain the menu and specials. She made great recommendations about the food. Our appetizers arrived and were excellent. Dinner was also delicious and dessert was to die for. Our meal was so enjoyable there was time between each course for talking and each course was timed just right (we were not hurried or waiting to long for food).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum yum yum
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food has improved with new location which has a better venue The major problem was that our assigned waiter timing flawed on slowness almost as if he forgot us I however cannot wait to come back next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    melgodyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This new location is excellent. The food is just simply delicious and the service was excellent. I ate at his other location a few times and this one is larger and very nice. The only complaint is that they have an air conditioning issue. It was freezing in the restaurant. Bring a sweater and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.