Maximiliano
Maximiliano

Maximiliano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maximilianohp.com/
  • Phone: 3237396125x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andre Guerrero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our outdoor patio is a perfect place to host any intimate event. We offer many different private dining options, call during normal business hours to inquire.
  • Private Party Contact: Spencer Cox 3237396125x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aldama St.
  • Public Transit: Right off the Metro Bus 83 line at Aldama & York
    A few blocks away from the Gold line in Highland Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered Thurs-Mon after 6:00pm
    Street parking is also abundant
A word from Maximiliano
On the corner of York Blvd and Aldama Street, in Highland Park Los Angeles, there is a place where “Kinda” feels progressive, where the “Old School” is recognized as a source of inspiration and where a chef’s ideas of quality and playfulness redefine what a neighborhood Italian American restaurant and pizzeria ought to be. Chef Andre Guerrero challenges assumptions about Italian American fare, satisfying cravings for quality while remaining affordable. With Maximiliano, Guerrero continues on his mission to elevate classic dining traditions by doing things the right way; with care, creativity and above all a respect for great food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Maximiliano reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (53)great for outdoor dining (42)good for groups (33)great for brunch (28)special occasion (18)great for lunch (16)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (15)romantic (15)late-night find (13)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Highland Park Hot Spot
    Chopper
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In case there is somebody who has not noticed, Highland Park has experienced a renaissance these past couple of years. What used to be a place to avoid, HP is now alive with new restaurants, bars, shops, and spas, all good. It's the new to-go-to place. One definite highlight is Maximiliano Restaurant on York, owned and operated by the owner/chef of the Oinkster in Eagle Rock (and now Hollywood). The food is the main reason to visit Maximiliano. I particularly like any of the pasta dishes, but the chef, Andre, cooks a mean pork chop. The pizza is a sure bet too. I can't think of anything negative. Maybe the parking? Maybe they will add valet parking one day. Probably not. No matter, just go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    JG14VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    great restaurant. food and service are always awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It only takes one person
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level at Maximiliano is always on the "energetic" side. There are no sound-deadening surfaces in the place and usually that is OK. But it only takes one unusually loud table, with a couple of individuals who only had one volume level (shout) to make it miserable for us at the next table. I tried and tried, but could not carry on any conversation at our table. In a room that was already pretty loud, it was impossible to hear anything beyond the high decibel noise from the next table. The place was packed so moving tables was not an option. Sadly, this was so frustrating that I think we will avoid Maximiliano in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pizza & salad
    JandM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is creative & very good. Service is great, had a great time with the family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, but flies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ate outdoors, very pleasant, but lots of flies near dusk. food was very good, everyone very happy. water was never refilled. server nice. pizza good, short ribs great, burrata nice, watermelon salad good, tagliatelle was very good, calcio e pepe was a bit dry. desserts were good. overall excellent will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good and consistent
    chilefood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been eating at Maximiiano's on and off for a couple of years and the food is consistently good. I had the special ink pasta with seafood and it was delicious, with a good portion of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, tiny scallops and spanish chorizo. Jalapeño gave it a spicy touch but not too much. Hope it's on the menu next time I go!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Little Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had dinner here a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. The waiter seemed a bit hurried and distracted, and I was weirded out by the way the bartender (owner?) just stood behind the bar, staring at everyone eating. (The place was not that crowded, so this was very obvious.) The food was pretty good but nothing I'd go out of my way for, with a few exceptions... the roasted asparagus and spinach were very good. The pasta was ok (a B+). The salad was excellent, and the pizza was ok. This seemed to be a good place for kids and it is in a cute little location - very neighborhoody. Give it a try - maybe you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Scene Alive in Highland Park
    ScottDines
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So proud that Maximiliano's continues to wow food fans in Highland Park. The food is terrific - elevated without being fussy - and the neighborhood vibe is so electric that you can feel that you're part of a simmering geographic hotspot. If it's on the special menu, you must try the mushroom soup with truffle oil, so, so, so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Go here for the food, not the ambiance (which is not bad, just nothing special). We all loved our entrees, the roast chicken and salmon were terrific. Portion sizes are generous here and everything was cooked to perfection. I wanted to order everything on the menu - starters, sides, entrees and dessert. I will definitely be back to try something else next time, especially the seafood pasta dish that the person at the table next to us ordered. It looked amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firstbite
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my 8th visit to Maximilliano and it just gets better all around. Food , service, ambiance, drinks, dessert, etc. My biggest problem with Maximilliano is that they do not duplicate this restaurant in my neighborhood in the South Park area of downtown. I have to fight a lot of traffic to get to them for an early dinner, but I have to admit it all works when I have my first sip of their Italian Red and one of their delicious appetizers to start the magic. I grew up in Highland Partk and never imagined such a place could exist there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    Stenojan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Every time I go back it's as good as I remember it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food good atmosphere
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Maximiliano is a great neighborhood restaurant. It has a diverse clientele, a wonderful staff, very good food, and a small, but nice wine list. We've been with both family and friends and always gave a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had been to Maximiliano's before, and they have amazing food and service. The only issue this time was that for brunch they took a long time to get our food out. My friend who had arrived ahead of me, let me know that they opened late because they said they had an issue with the kitchen. So this probably explains their delay with the food. But I would visit again because I have been before and they've had great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been wanting to try this place for a while now and so had dinner here past Saturday. The service was good - our waiter was funny and nice. The manager though I was kind of disappointed because he checked on diners next to us but not once on us...that was kind of disappointing. The food was good - the pizza - was thin crust so very crispy. the baked polenta was delicious and also the baked fennel was very tasty. Overall I enjoyed the food and service here. We didn't think it was worth it to valet so we just parked across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joseph & Mary @ Maximiliano's
    JandM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been there twice & we will continue to go. Great Highland Park gem. Pizza & pasta are very tasty, the meatballs are fantastic. Watermelon salad is refreshing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gross scones. Food good
    RealTalk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Ricotta lemon pancake was the best! Everything else was good Except the scone!! The baker must have messed up it had waaaay to much baking soda in it and tasted matallic and nasty. It's too bad when a place doesn't even taste their own cooking. Everything else was good but not unique, portions were big but you paid for it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    ClayBauer
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Took my out-of-town nephew here and we both really enjoyed the food and the ambience. We ate outdoors which is much quieter than inside. I've been here many times and always enjoy it. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    In the words of Monty Burns, eggsellent! Food delicious , perfect for birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highland Park Gem!
    JandM
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had cycled by Maximiliano's several times & finally decided to check it out. Wow!! Food was great, especially the watermelon salad & the meatballs are very good too. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute neighborhood restaurant!
    Suzanna
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    You must get the backyard patio seating if you get a chance. This restaurant has excellent Italian food...the pork chop is a must! Their pizzas are delicious also!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pizza I have ever had, really
    skydesign2000
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I ordered the Potato pizza, and substituted Tomato for Potato. They let me because of the rhyme. But when I took the first bite, my mouth exploded with flavor. Ive been eating pizza, like everyone else, my entire life, and this was, hands down, the best I have ever had. The beer tap was out of order, the only bottled beer I wanted was out of stock and our waiter's suggestions were not good at all, but I don't care because the Pizza is so good! If Spinal Tap were writing this review they would give the pizza an 11! I give it a 12. The interior design was spectacular. Ive worke with top architects and interior designers for a decade, and this place is just about a perfect design: Fun, Playful, Smart! Bravo to the whole team!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Always
    LovePizza
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Loved the Pizza and the house lager is so good!! See ya next time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Shibagirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Glad I finally made it to check out Maximiliano. The food was amazing! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maximiliano is a keeper
    judyrose
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was only my second visit to Maximiliano, but it is becoming one of my favorite places. We had a reservation for 2, but my dinner partner added someone at the last minute. This is a very busy restaurant, and it gets fully booked very quickly, so I knew adding a 3rd person at the last minute would be a challenge for the hostess. And it was. But she was very nice and worked hard to sort out a table for us so we didn't have to wait. Not every restaurant that is this popular would go to all that trouble. The food was excellent. I particularly like the various veggie dishes. What a great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hollandaise sauce ever!
    booba918
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Thumbs up for brunch. Not crowded. Lovely patio. Smoked salmon benedict was PERFECT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nuhntime
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Pasta, Pizza, a fun salad and some Wine....what more do you want me to say!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    RubyTuesday
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have been to Maximiliano's on numerous occasions and it has always been good, sometimes great. The dining area is noisy and very popular with the younger crowd, but the back patio is peaceful and quiet, perfect for warm weather. The menu is very inventive and has lots of options for vegetarians and vegans. The staff is friendly and the new manager, Matt, seems experienced, observant and interested in input from both the staff and the customers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LSLUVS2DINE
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fabulous appetizers. Mark Jilg's Craftsman beers - Yahoo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute neighborhood joint
    Thereetress
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Nice addition to an up-and-coming neighborhood. More upscale than the traditional Italian restaurants in Highland Park/Eagle Rock, but not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the brunch
    atrisktravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    First time here and was impressed. This place clearly didn't just copy someone else's menu, this menu is populated with unique and delicious creations. The price is very fair for what you get. I'm going back for dinner and this is my new brunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Luckygrrr
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have been here several times, as it is in our neighborhood, but most recently we sat in the patio, which we had never sampled before. It was very nice! With a deck, nice lighting and a cozy ambiance, though it was odd to see the astroturf on the walls immediately adjacent to the far end. Must be for noise dampening, which I'm sure the neighbors appreciate. It was fun! The food is always very good here. I had the halibut special, which I liked a lot, but I think one of my favorites is always the seafood pasta dish, with black noodles, red sauce and all kinds of shellfish. Yum.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD
    patronjeff
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food, great service, I love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Flavors
    PalateGirl
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great service fun environment and interesting food. The white wine selection needs some help but everything was terrific. Chocolate Cake is Incredible! I will dream about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    TioBoniVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was not Maximiliano's fault that my brunch companion didn't like poached eggs which come with what she ordered. And they were poached perfectly, which meant that I got a good sampling of her pulled pork and biscuits, as well as all of my corned beef hash. I'm not sure why, but the corned beef was good, but not great. The meat used in the sandwiches at the Oinkster tasted better to me so next time I'll try something else. But there will be a next time, which speaks well of the restaurant. Service was great and very considerate. Every dining experience in LA should be that way.
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  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always listen to the specials. This time, I had the squid ink seafood pasta and it was possibly the best seafood pasta I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food needs work
    Jkohl40102VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    With 100s of great Italian food restaurants no need to go here. Beatballs a little bland. Pizzeria Mozza much much better Ordered 2 pastas , took 2-3 bytes decided not worth it Chicken good Pizza soggy
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  • Great for beer and food pairing
    Shandu
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Very nice local spot, tasty pizzas and brunch items were great. Great beer and food pairing menu items. They exclusively have Craftsman Brewery beers on tap, sort of like their unofficial tap room. The herbed house beer was awesome with our pizza! Hey Maximiliano!, till we meet again!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • within 10 minutes of home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    first time to this locale. pasta dishes were satisfying, but we really liked the vegetable options. kale salad was great and roasted cauliflower too. We were actually able to avoid a pizza, but the two at the table next to us looked irresistable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Maximiliano reviews archive.
  • Andre does it again!
    drala
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were fans of Andre Guerrero's Max in Studio City and were sad to see it close years back. While the Oinkster is great, it's a different vibe. Finally we took the drive to Maximilianos. Was it worth it! A nice collection of craft beers, amazing pizza (we had the deluxe on our waiter's rec.) and great pasta. The vibe is a both nice and low key - much more fun than Max. It's a different neighborhood that Studio City and as such it's an earthier, artsier crowd. Only complaints, and these are very small - the cacio e pepe was a bit TOO peppery for our taste, and the amazing seasonal raspberry rhubarb cobbler came with a dollop of tart raspberry ice cream - perhaps vanilla would have offset the tartness of the cobbler better. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bjja
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Fabulous! Had a great time and food is excellent! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.