McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
  • Address:
    21 East Fifth Street
    Across from Fountain Square
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Neighborhood:
    Cincinnati
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    Price: $30 and under

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: 5137219339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm. Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Hayden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: All Pre-Theater diners are encouraged to make reservations at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the performance time and to make a notation indicating what theater they will be attending. This will allow for a unhurried, complete dining experience.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: There is a Metro bus stop located one block east of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have valet service available at the Central Parking Valet stand located on Vine Street. There are numerous parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant as well.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
Offering extraordinarily fresh seafood and tender steaks, McCormick & Schmick’s represents Downtown Cincinnati’s most exceptional dining experience. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from Fountain Square – a short trip from many of the city’s sporting venues, theatres and shopping destinations. McCormick & Schmick’s features a menu printed daily by the chef, employing seasonal seafood from around the world and full-flavored beef. Guests also enjoy the nation’s best happy hour, according to USA Today.

From fresh seafood and shellfish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations.

As our guest you will experience culinary excellence at its best. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)romantic (65)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (37)notable wine list (30)great for lunch (26)scenic view (19)vibrant bar scene (15)neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Restaurant Week
    bdaygirlVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Restaurant Week gave us the opportunity to try McCormick & Schmick's. It was really good. There were several options, & the food was very good. Our server, Don, was very attentive as well. There were 6 of us, & we all had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent choice Restaurant Week
    MLM7356
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My sisters and I decided to wait until Restaurant Week to celebrate our summer birthdays together. One of them had visited McCormick & Schmick's at The Greene in Beavercreek, OH and was very pleased with her meal. After reviewing the other options, we chose McCormick's. And what a great choice it was. From the warm greeting at the front door to our departure, the experience was par excellent! Hats off to the chef - the meal was superb. The blue crab and corn chowder had us humming after each spoonful. My Canjun seared Snapper was cooked and seasoned to perfection - tender and flaky; the creole risotto was heavenly. The portions were just enough so that we were able to enjoy the delightful desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yay! Here, SEAFOOD is the focus….
    dinerater
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A welcome diversion as most of the restaurant choices featured "red meat"! My GENEROUS portions of both the calamari (appetizer that had a very tasty dipping sauce with it) and the "shrimp trio" (entree') were absolutely DELICIOUS……lightly breaded and done to perfection. (My companion's snapper dish was just "O.K.", not intriguing enough that he would order it again.) Our service was EXCELLENT! (Donald was our server). We were pleasantly surprised with the restaurant, as we'd heard a rumor that it had "gone downhill" in quality and was in peril of closing!! (Sadly, the carpet in the diningroom where we dined desparately needed cleaning! Otherwise, the restaurant, including restrooms, was clean.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huge Disappointment
    JandJVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoying restaurant week, but had to ask for the restaurant week menu. Made to feel like we had the nerve to ask for it and order from it. Took nearly 2 hours to be served a 3 course pre-fixed menu. Had a relative in from out of town who asked if she could decide her dessert choice after eating her entree. The waiter said no. All 3 entree meals were cold. The "rare" steak medallions were raw. Waited so long for the meal so I took it home and ate the cold lobster tail. The roasted potatoes had a few that were barely cooked. Never asked if we wanted coffee or tea with our dessert. First time giving a bad review to a restaurant, which says much about how disappointing this experience was for all of us.
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  • Enjoyable!
    Dinning4U
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came for restaurant week and this was our first time trying M&S. We tried the steak and lobster, both were seasoned to perfection and everything came out hot. The chocolate lava cake was to die for! We had an awesome server who was attentive and very friendly. Between each coarse the server timed it just right without the wait. We had a nice evening and will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    Slim
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    McCormick and Schmick's did a wonderful job of showcasing their restaurant during Restaurant Week 2014 in Cincinnati! The dining options from the appetizers through desert were great! The portions were extremely generous, and the service was incredible. The location across from Fountain Square adds to the ambience. Everyone in my party of five left with a great feeling about this restaurant and would gladly visit them again, and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week treat
    Dojibo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Of the 3 places I went for restaurant week, this was the best food, and the best value. I would return at another time and order off the regular menu, after this sampling of corn chowder, steak and a small lobster tail, and dessert -- quite a bargain for $35. My friend had a salad, blackened fish, and the same dessert, and she was also impressed. There wasn't much to see from our table down a few steps, but the service was good and we really enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first time at McCormick & Schmick's and it was a great first impression! My boyfriend and I both picked from the 3 course meal items for Cincinnati's Restaurant week and were not disappointed. The fried calamari appetizer is fantastic! Also, we both really loved the cajun seared snapper with creole risotto entree. Although I had to get a box because it was so filling! To top it all off we enjoyed the hot chocolate molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream, yumm! You can't beat amazing food and superb service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening!
    CarlWitbeck
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went back to McCormick & Schmick's for dinner this restaurant week. We found our place at the bar, selected over a table by us. Portions - great! Service by our bartender - FANTASTIC! Attentive staff and beautiful place! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • seasoned
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    server Katie is a pro and everything was served at the correct pace,the steak and lobster was great but the star of the night was the best calamari ever even beating out our fave in Mykonos,Greece Try this calamari that has some nice carrot,banana peppers and other treats dusted so lightly to be crisp and ready for dips. The light lemon cream is super and an Italian thicker red sauce is good. Everything is classy and the entire staff is cordial without being fake or putting on airs as some of their downtown completion does. You will have a fine experience and great food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish lover
    ifif
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    If you love fish this is the place for you. I had snapper for dinner an it was perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    CincyDiners
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've been there a few times and I like it. I'm not a big seafood fan, but I like dining out. This time I went for restaurant week with my boyfriend. He had never been there before. Everything was pretty good, except our food was not hot. We ordered off the limited menu and it seemed like it sat for awhile. That's never happened to me there before and I know a lot of people who really love McCormick's. I just think if you have a limited menu for restaurant week, wouldn't you want to make sure the food came out really good and hot? The whole point is so that first timers will have a good experience and want to come back. We will give it a another chance, but only because that wasn't my first impression. My boyfriend wasn't impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service/good seafood
    RHH01VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While we don't typically frequent chain based dining, thought we'd try M&S based on friends experience. Nice wine list and great seafood selection. Most impressive was the excellent service from our server, Michael. Rarely does one encounter such a professional and well versed wait staff as thus gentleman. Some surprising wine selections. One curious observation - a front desk hostess person walking into the fining space about every 15 minutes with a sheet of paper making checks on something - very odd and reinforced what I dread most from a chain based place - that standardization and corporate feel.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Portions, Very Yummy
    Madd4MTL
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was delicious. I chose the salmon rigatoni & lobster mashed potatoes. If you're on a budget, the portion sizes are substantial so one main with 2 sides should be plenty for 2 people. Plus if you have room at the end, there's always dessert. It was a bit pricey but the service was great. I was not a huge fan of the techno/club music playing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have been here many times for happy hour and always pleased, but thought we would try it during Restaurant Week and not impressed at all.
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  • Disappointment!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Past lunches-Great This visit, slow service,given wrong menu,presentation sloppy
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food still awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Noted we were coming for birthday but no recognition of same. Service, food A1
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 55th wedding anniversary
    enjoylife
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We took my parents out for their 55th anniversary, and it was sweet. The waiter was charming and attentive. We had an early reservation, and my mom is a slow eater, so it was nice that there was no rush. They forgot to put the sauce on her shrimp scampi, but the waiter realized the mistake before we did and brought it. Also my parents were delighted that the menu was personalized with a Happy 55th Anniversary message. The "chocolate bag" for dessert was a hit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mrs. Kramer
    Nightout2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The lobster was extremely salty, to the point it couldn't be eaten. The shrimp scampi was very bland.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A disappointment
    Rettore
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The beautifully appointed room promised a lovely dining experience. Our waiter told one of us that a particular fish was not available. It was. He told another of us that a different fish was available. It was not. When the entrees arrived, we were satisfied, although mine was the right fish, the wrong preparation! I made the mistake of ordering an espresso. A truly awful double espresso was served. I had ordered a single. Imagine the sticker shock when I found a charge of $6.99 on my check. I have dined at McCormick & Schmick's in Washington, D.C. and in Chicago. These are by far superior.
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  • great desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wouldn't have expected such good desserts, but we got 3 for our table and all were high quality and plenty to share amongst the 5 of us. The food itself was good, not off the charts, but good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great happy hour!
    AMP1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Happy Hour specials were awesome! We were able to sit outside and enjoy live music from across the street and still make the Red's game!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to par
    FamDiner5
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have been to several locations and this was by far the worst. The waiter spilled a drink on me (however he was very gracious about it), the food was cold, they forgot part of our order and the steak I ordered was terribly undercooked. When it was brought to me (without a knife to cut it) even the waiter exclaimed "oh my gosh! That's not right!" Thankfully the management corrected all of their mistakes with a smile but it was not a good experience.
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  • Excellent
    billh
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had a viitor from Germany last week in town and she absolutely loved the food, atmosphere, service, and overall atmosphere. She was ver impressed with the very nice view of Cincinnati. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fabulous.
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was fabulous, the new décor is stunning, the service was attentive and right on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel Fire Alarm
    MiasMommy513
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Flashing light and noise for about 10-15 minutes. Fireman came on a loud speaker and addressed the situation was at the hotel. Came back and addressed it was fine. Noisy and annoying. Manager should at least given discount
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Night without the kids
    AverageJoe
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went with a plan to stay a few hours, talk and eat, no children, just enjoy each other's company. And that was exactly what we got. The waitress was well knowleged on the menu. We arrived in time for happy hour and she kept up on us for the drinks. She brought us a nice spinach/artichoke appetizer, bourbon wine and beer. Next was soup clam chowder and lobster bisque. We split an steak, cooked just like i asked juicey and delicious. Finally desserts and coffee. Everything was excellent the waitress took care of us and never rushed us left us to talk and enjoy the night. We left full happy and plans to return again. All for under $175 including a good tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all that
    Dontdoit
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We waited about 30min for our food, the burger was burnt , the pasta had all the veggie missing, and wa dry looking. We got different food that we were over charged for. The table that sat next to us was severd first, we were there 5 mins before they were . It took over 10 mins for us to sevred to get drinks .We ask to sit away from everyone one else, but was sat by bar. The manager told us he was taking care of the bill, I expect aleast one food item to be removed , that did not happen, they charged me for somthing I did not have . My money could have been spent at red lobster
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    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good food
    LdmvolleyVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was great as usual, but service was spotty. While the server was pleasant enough, he didn't know the menu well enough to describe kinds of fish or difference between dishes. Server also slow in bringing more bread and completely forgot my companion's second cocktail. However, the food was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Dee75
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Restaurant was almost empty except one table next to us. They were complaining about quality of food & service loudly. We should of left then. Weird server kind of creepy... Food was cold when we got it, horrible portion sizes for price. We got 4 scallops for $28. Bad choice for my Birthday dinner.
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  • zacotaco
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    19th anniversary, The food was excellent, service was stellar. The restaurant overall was very accommodating!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience
    Horrible
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very over priced for what you get. We were very disappointed. Our waiter was rigid and not very helpful. He made us feel like we had to do everything his way or he was completely thrown for a loop. The crab cake one of us got as an appetizer was just horrible and over priced. The rest of our food was very mediocre, except for the filet Mignon which was very good but the asparagus that came with it was undercooked and somewhat bitter and like warm when served. The iceberg wedge salad was $7 for 50 cents worth of lettuce and once again mediocre dressing. I was embarrassed that I recommend we go there. It started when the hostess looked disheveled with her uncombed hair and then the table next to us sent their food back . . .
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  • flygirl
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Poor service due to lack of staff. Waitress was outstanding trying to give exceptional service ( she tried so hard). But, we had to wait for a long time for our check due to lack of staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jamie the bartender
    DoctorThomas
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Jamie covered 15 to 20 servers at his bartenders position (alone) and never missed a lick. As busy as he was, he still had time to carry a conversation with my wife and I and went a step further in suggesting a cocktail for our sons partner since they didn't carry the vodka that he normally drinks. You guys need to make sure Jamie stays with you in the future. Dined with you on 07/04/2014 at 6:00 P.M. THANKS...TDR
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bettboop
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Good Happy Hour selection and prices. Convenient when going to a ball game.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    FoodieFun
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very tasty. Good for foodies. Splendid Happy Hour prices. Heart of Downtown. Scenic patio. A must visit place for seafood dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Not a good night. Grilled shrimp were so salty they were inedible. Lobster bisque was fair(but at $12.99 it should be extraordinary). Crab appetizer was short on crabmeat. Jeff Grady
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing dinner
    DedeeVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I generally like McCormick & Schmick's very much, but this is not a good experience. I sat at the bar as it was just me and the bar wasn't busy. The service, or lack of service, was frustrating. I had to ask for everything and never got a glass a wine I'd hoped to order. The wedge salad was excellent but the pasta with the shrimp scampi was tasteless even after I asked for parmesan and salt and pepper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Eatinggood22
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service and food was fantastic. The only complaint I have is how long it took. We were there for three hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyfella
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Lovely, quiet, perfect for meeting friends. Food is consistently good. Brett, Front Door Host, was exceptionally accommodating and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.