MacCallum House
MacCallum House

MacCallum House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maccallumhouse.com/pages/restaurant/
  • Phone: 7079370289x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 10:00AM

    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Alan Kantor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The MacCallum House accommodates groups of up to 200 for weddings and corporate events. We can also host smaller private groups in our dining room and bar area.
  • Private Party Contact: Herman Seidell 7079376756x
  • Entertainment: Live acoustic music in the Bar area every Friday at 8:30 pm. Free admission.
  • Special Events: We host weddings and other special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lansing St.
  • Public Transit: Mendocino Transit Authority.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking and we have our own small private lot.
A word from MacCallum House
Everything about the MacCallum House Restaurant and Grey Whale Bar & Café is warm and inviting, from the sunny wrap-around porch to the convivial bar and romantic fire lit dining rooms. An exceptional staff makes you feel as if you've been invited over to dinner by friends.

In the restaurant dinners are served in the former library, graced by two river-stone fireplaces, candles and garden flowers on the tables or, informally, in the sunporch café.

All food is prepared to order with an emphasis on the use of sustainable meats and seafood along with organic produce to create delicious fresh cuisine.

The food is complimented by an extensive wine list featuring local and regional bottles at reasonable prices; here is a full bar and innovative cocktail list with seasonal cocktails and creative concoctions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
MacCallum House reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (35)special occasion (35)fit for foodies (31)scenic view (18)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (14)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Gourmet Dining in Mendocino
    Foodluvr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fantastic dinner menu. Our Black Cod entré was beautifully presented and the balanced ingredients with an Asian flair were worthy of a Thomas Keller presentation. Portions were generous and wait staff helpful and responsive. I ordered the duck paté, which was placed in good sized ramikan, the paté was spreadable and delectable. We split the fresh organic greens salad with Pt Reyes blue dressing, again the portions were generous. Mendocino wines were featured and easy to select, especially after tasting so many of Mendocino's finest along Route 128. The breakfast included 7 selections of courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but way overpriced.
    LongtimeDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The restaurant is housed in an historic residence in central Medocino. The lighting is soft and ambience romantic and quiet. The menu had a number of nice offerings, but the prices for entrees ranged from $32 to $39 - more typical of an up-market restaurant in San Francisco. Service was perfunctory except for the sommelier, who was excellent. While the food was serviceable, it was not particularly noteworthy and certainly not commensurate with these prices. The wine was more reasonably priced. Café Beaujolais offers much better value (i.e. more notable & contemporary food and lower prices). We are unlikely to return to MacCallum House given other options in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special evening
    deva
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Even though we were there on a Wednesday night, the restaurant was sold out. We were celebrating an anniversary. The staff made us feel very special, waiving the corkage fee for a bottle we brought. The ambiance its very lovely, very romantic. The food was wonderful, the highlight was the dessert souffle, their specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming old style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great chef, creative preparation. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Although a little limited in number, the menu choices offered a sufficient variety to be interesting. The venison medallions were done perfectly and the sauce on them complemented the dish. The wine list features a number of local and Anderson Valley wines reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food and we had a lovely table overlooking the garden. However, the staff was overwhelmed and service was very slow. The waiter did apologize and offered us another glass of wine on the house, which was nice. Overall it was a very pleasant evening and we would definitely go to MacCallum House again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spoiled by the service
    GrandpaMikeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I checked "Yes" above but I'd only recommend it with qualification. We had a Sunday night reservation and were seated promptly in a lovely dining room, unfortunately near the entry to the kitchen and the adjacent room I'd describe as "chaos central." They claimed to be fully booked and we saw the front desk turn people away but the pleasant dining room we were in was only about half full. Nevertheless, there was a frantic and distracting bustle by the staff which was evidently trying its best to solve some problems we couldn't discern. Obviously, there's a management problem here. There were frequent delays and inattention by our quite pleasant server who seemed to care. The food was excellent but I gave up on trying to order dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner experience
    Christyspirit
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Very good food, excellent service and a great wine list. This was a delightful dinner to end our time in Mendocino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dineinaz
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Location in town is convenient and atmosphere very nice. Service was not special but adequate. Food very good, probably one of top three or four restaurants in Mendocino
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie11
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    VEry good service.....at breakfast not sure why they don't charge for hot tea but charge for ice tea. Food was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be picky about the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good, our particular server was excellent. Loved the spaghetti squash puttanesca. The grilled peach with rice pudding would have been better if the peach had been ripe. The big disappoint was the location. In spite of a mostly empty restaurant , we were seated next to a door between dining rooms. I felt like a herd of rhinos were running behind me throughout dinner. The flatware on our table actually rattled at times because some servers were rushing and very heavy-footed on the antique wooden floor. When one slipped on a spilled onion, I was baptized with white wine! They did take the dessert off the check, which I appreciated. We will return but will ask to sit away from heavily traveled areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very good food with inventive combinations. The fish was (surprisingly) a little overcooked. Service very good and a great setting in this lovely old house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food overcomplicated
    ck7l
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had the tasting menu and while the ingredients were fine the courses were overcomplicated and many of the combinations did not work. It was a shame as the menu looked promising. Overall not good value for money.
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  • David
    davidVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were seated promptly,waitress informed us of special entrees; have us time to look at menu. The fried oyster tacos and clam chowder(with whole clams and done east coast style) were hits! Entrees were impressive-generous portions artistically presented- no repeat of accompaning side dishes among the four in our party. Seared scallops and duck breast done just right. We brought our own wine- corkage reasonable and waitress immediately replaced the glasses on the table with stemware appropriate to our varietal. We shall return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    RestaurantPro
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    "Brunch" on Sunday generally extends beyond 11:00. McC House was very CLEAR that they WOULD NOT seat us after 11:05. As they are the Number 1 listed place on Yelp for Mendo brunch we went ahead and hurried to check out of our Inn and get there by 11:05. Mc C House was not busy, in fact there were two nice window tables available, but the hostess steered us to a cramped wall table. I asked if we could sit at the window we were told No, the tables were set for dinner :( This at 11:05 a.m. The food was fine, the bussers were excellent, the servers sloppy. Much better breakfast (& it was breakfast) places in Fort Bragg.
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  • Great food!
    CaliforniaTraveler
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The steak was wonderful as was the pork chop. The flavors were perfect and we enjoyed the atmosphere and everything about the meal. Will definitely dine here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graham
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had brunch here on Sunday. Very limited menu. We both had the McBenedit and it was very good. A little easy on the ham. Bloody Mary was good but made with a mix; I like it from scratch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tasting menu was very good with a couple of real gems. Service was also excellent. My wife and I had a babysitter for the 3 kids and enjoyed an excellent meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everything was very good here...nice setting and views; food was very well prepared; wait staff very friendly and attentive. Definitely a good place for a dinner out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Touch of Class
    Food4thotVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Dripping with history, the Mc Callum house dates back to the 1870's....it has it all.... A charming Victorian, sitting pretty with a view of the Mendocino headlands and ocean plus an extensive menu featuring the freshest scallops we had ever tasted, an interesting duck pate, as well as many other choices......the interior of the house is well appointed.......our maître d welcomed us like old friends as we came in the door which set the tone for an overall good dining experience......
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABQArtist
    ABQArtist
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    There were four of us in our party and each person was delighted with what they ordered--an amazing feat! Excellent food, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings. We enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    TroyS
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal here. Service was excellent and the food very good. Well rounded selection for all tastes and well prepared
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion Spot
    ShannonG
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went here to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday and it was a wonderful and memorable meal. The food was spectacular and wine sommelier was very helpful in our wine selection. Fire was crackling and lighting was just right; perfect for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Spot
    CynzinVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is our third time at MacCallum House. This visit, the duck and daily fish (black cod) were amazing - paired with full wine list that included many local wineries. Ask for corner or window seating to add to the romance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, have small town expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was generally ok/good. The Clam Chowder was the highlight. But expect the service to be slow and not great, it is a small town after all, I assume the pool of applicants for service jobs is lacking.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Folsom
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Breakfast all 4 mornings was exceptional. Recommend the eggs benedict. Dinner 2 evenings and on both nights the food was excellent. We recommend the caprese salad - filet and Ahi entrees. Service first night was befitting the prices and ambience. The service level dropped the 2nd night. We will return and would recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the MacCallum House reviews archive.
  • You can't go wrong
    Somuchfoodsolittletime
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Loved everything on the menu. If you go during this summer season (2014) order the clam chowder, light and delicious. Not at all what you'll expect. Also recommend the Fried Chicken big plate and Grilled corn side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming & Delicious
    Vixter
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Charming restaurant in Victorian house. Romantic atmosphere w cozy fireplaces. Excellent service. We had Clam Chowder which surprised us with a dozen fresh clams in shells and a light broth. tasty. Salmon and the duck were delicious and cooked perfectly. Try the Praline Taco served with small scoops of their homemade ice cream for dessert. Good wine list. very good meal. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Fauxpas
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great food, great ambiance.. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at MacCallum House. The suit was peaceful with the breakfast waiting to great us at the restaurant, I found myself wishing we had stayed more than one night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • MCCallum House Inn
    Brody
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Fabulous in every sense!! Service, knowledge wines & food, meal was outstanding. Highly highly recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in town
    BbaaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Lovely brunch. Outdoor garden seating, weather permitting, excellent service, variety of typical breakfast choices done well with flexibility, and a fabulous breakfast burrito. Dinner dishes are well prepared and plentiful, high quality meats, but as many places not a lot of vegetarian options. Wine list is lacking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too pricey for food and service
    bjean
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    For the price, the I expected more from the food. To start, We had Niman Ranch Carpaccio with a pastrami rub. This dish was adequate, but nothing to wow the senses. We also had the duck breast and the scallops. It again was good, but nothing outstanding. I think to substantiate the prices charged for the entrees and food, it needs the wow factor. I was also thrilled when our waiter exchanged our wine glasses for the more open bouquet glasses needed for the red wine we were drinking with dinner but disappointed when they appeared with water drops and clearly had not been wiped dry
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day brunch on the porch
    mamasita
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was very good but portions were small. We had to order an extra side of potatoes in order to get enough. Bloody Mary's are excellent with fresh tomato juice. They usually only serve breakfast until 11. Because we inquired, we got to have brunch at noon when almost no one was there. We sat on the front porch in the sun and admired the sparkly day with a view of the gorgeous garden, the town and the ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    craftyoneVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Beautiful historic house. All persons from the host to the servers were wonderful. Pricey menu so we expected more from our dining experience. Food was mediocre. My husband's steak was not a distinguished cut of meat, was not cook to order and was barely warm which is the reason for the 'poor' food rating. All else was fair. The only highlight may have been the souffle special ordered for dessert.
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  • Excellent Food and Ambience
    NALI86
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place has it all for couples - excellent food, scrumptious drinks and very romantic ambience. The food is a great standout - excellent chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their version of clam chowder
    WedontneednonicknamesVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Their version of clam chowder was really different and really good more like a cioppino with white broth but it worked.Torta and duck breast were excellent.Desserts were really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very bad service. Everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Very bad service. Everyone from the host to the waitress seemed rushed and dis-interested. They were "sold out" of their signature dessert, the souffle. That seemed so odd early in the evening The food was not well preparef. There is plenty of good places to eat in Mendocino so we will not be back.
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  • Dine by the Fire
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here recently during a visit to Mendocino. They have a nice selection on the menu - not overly creative but all tasty sounding. I enjoyed my beef tenderloin a lot, it was cut it with a fork tender and nice to have something more straightforward after a round of fancier cooking in San Francisco. My husband loved the wild mushroom gnocchi and he had a souffle for desert that he especially liked with the chocolate sauce. There was a nice fire going in the room where we sat. Be advised that they are particular about reservations and won't seat you if you arrive early so as not to get the wait staff and kitchen backed up. The bar is nice and you can drink there while waiting. We will definitely return. Our server was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • December 29, 2013
    John
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I'm not playing this stupid game of maximum minimum characters for a review. You can't get anything accepted. We are unlikely to return because at these prices our evening fell short of our expectations.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistant
    Bills
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Food was very good although pricey. Very limited menu. Has dinner two nights. First night service was excellent. Second night service was slow and the waitress wasn't very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.