Mockingbird
Mockingbird

Mockingbird

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mockingbirdoakland.com/
  • Phone: 5102900331x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday thru Friday 11:30-2:30
    Tuesday thru Saturday 5:30-10:00
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer full service catering services. From lunch drop offs to weddings up to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Axelrod 5102900331x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mockingbird
Mockingbird is a restaurant in Uptown Oakland featuring Northern California, farm to table cuisine and an exciting new build your own beverage program. No fee BYOB!
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Mockingbird reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (15)great for lunch (14)special occasion (13)romantic (9)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Decent dining experience
    diner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Brussels sprouts and steak frites are yummy. Currently they don't serve alcohol. You may bring your own and there is no corkage fee.
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  • Memorable ***** Star Experience
    jojo
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Four of us shared corn chowder, duck pate, smoked trout salad, brussels sprouts, orecchiette, and pork tenderloin. The food was all delicious. We couldn't believe how quickly the food came out. Our servers were delightful. We were able to bring in a bottle of wine since the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol. My favorites of the night was the Smoked Trout Salad and the Duck Pate. I would most definitely go back again. Thanks Open Table for helping me find new great places to try!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
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  • Mellow Lunch
    JazzyJay
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We took a co-worker here for a birthday lunch celebration. The ambiance was perfect, the service was impeccable and the food was delicious.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Nice place
    Neoflipside
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I think the space is great. I hope it succeeds. There seems to have been more then one restaurant at this spot. The brussel sprouts were delicious, and so was the trout salad. The bread pudding was a little too sweet. I would recommend drizzling the caramel sauce on top rather then having it sit in a bowl of caramel sauce. The sauce on the steak frites was oily and grainy and not very tasty. Too bad, because the steak itself was cooked well and tender. They also no longer serve alcohol but you can bring your own bottle. I thought it was a nice place but I wouldn't go out of my way to come back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I had such high hopes...
    ELGourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Hopes were dashed as we walked in the door. Awkward deer-in-headlights looks from staff. Someone finally came and fumbled through looking up our reservation. Why weren't these printed out for the night? Clunky tables, poorly lit. No lights in 2/3 of the restaurant. No candles? Tired, trendy Edison bulbs. And then told they no longer serve alcohol! No wine store nearby. Why not call reservations to a) confirm and b) to politely let people know and to perhaps BYO! We remained without water our entire meal. Appetizers fine. Nice salad but almonds could've been sliced/chopped. Awkward to get with your fork. Lacked salt, acidity. Corn soup fine but unbalanced. All we tasted was poblanos. Orecchiette undercooked and crunchy and no flavor
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  • Excellent experience
    MikeD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ordered the pork tenderloin and roasted half chicken, both of which were terrific. For dessert, the bread pudding, which we took down handily. Friendly service as well. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • So-So
    Shri
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Parking can be difficult on weekends around this place. It was easy to settle in once we arrived as the hostess was sweet and fun. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing! I ordered wine to go with fish, so I was bummed when I was later told that they had miscalculated and were out of the fish, which we had come there for. Since I am a fish, chicken, and veggie eater, the only other dish I could get was chicken, which was pretty bland and unexciting. One of our servers was great, the other was okay, such that offering the tip was a little more challenging since it was combined for the multiple servers. Overall, the experience was okay and I don't think I will return.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OK, but not much more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was good, not great and the service was good, not great. I am getting a little tired of the restaurants not putting any emphasis on the design of the restaurant. I get it, you are trying to provide food (substance) over form, but I would like to walk into a new Oakland restaurant and marvel at the space they created. Another group of ten tables with not much design. I'll pass.
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  • good find
    fishfaceVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    food was thoughtfully prepared and presented; service attentive without being intrusive; everyone was quite nice. a very pleasant experience
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  • This could be a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really liked the space. Had read. The menu online and they had many vegetarian options, which was one of the reasons I choose the place. Menu had no vegetarian offering and was not close to the one posted online. The food was good and well priced. Service was slow. The place is not bad but the impression I got is that they really don't care that much about the customer. I would not rush back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food; service a bit lacking
    SlappyMac
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    What we hoped would be a quick dinner before a concert at the nearby Paramount Theatre turned into a slog with very slow service. The food was great, but it was eternity between courses, a glass of wine I ordered took forever to arrive though I kept being told it was coming soon (how long does it take to pour a glass of wine?) - this in a restaurant with about 25 customers in it! So it was hard to enjoy my food when the clock was ticking and my wine took forever to arrive, though I think the food was quite good. I started with a delicious salmon tartare and followed with (yes, lame repeat) grilled salmon. My wife and I split a great salad and she enjoyed the Brussels sprout starter. But with all the competition, probably won't go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Party of Six
    Six66
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I would definite eat at Mockingbird again. We had the trout salad, pate and pork tuchon appetizers; Sliced pork, Roast chicken and Steak and Frite entrees; bread pudding dessert....all tasty and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too bad the place won't make it
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Because the food was very good. innovative, well prepared. service was good too. But the place was empty. it was odd because I couldn't get the reservation on Open Table at the time I wanted, our group almost cancelled. Only my stubborness of wanting to try the place kept us going. My companion mentioned that her husband wanted a business lunch there also and couldn't get in that day -- but the place was empty when we left. Something's wrong there.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Restaurant
    lulu
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had to wait quite awhile to get seated even though we had a reservation. That was a little disappointing. But once we were finally seated. They made up for it with great service. The food was amazing. The brussels sprouts were divine. The steak was cooked perfectly and so so yummy. And the deserts were a perfect ending! Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charmed
    stutzco
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Met the owner while lunching last week and I was impressed by her vision and the resulting food
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Exceptional service and amazing food. We will be back!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gotta love it
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Consistency consistency consistency Am posting again because this kitchen continues to deliver time after time. Not like so many where one time it is great and the next time - not so. Love anything they do with Brussels sprouts!! Bread pudding and butterscotch pot de creme for dessert - made me a convert - these are the best!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly fine
    oaklandauthor
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was good. Highlight as others suggested was the Brussels sprouts. Trout salad was nice. Salmon was fine--cooked just a tad too long but crispy skinned and flavorful on a likewise flavorful bed of lentils. However, the portion was quite small -- maybe 4 ounces at best. Enough for me but I think others would be disappointed. I am told the pork was quite good. Service was painfully slow and not helpful with regard to wine selection. I wouldn't mind eating here again, especially if I was attending a concert across the street at the fabulous Piedmont Piano Company, but I found it unexciting and not a great value.
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  • kp01
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was great, exactly what we needed! The brussel and wine were great, would definitely come back again with a friend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch menu!
    funkyfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    If you are looking for a special restaurant with a creative, tasty lunch menu, visit Mockingbird. The nuanced salads are flavorful and unusual in subtle ways. The Cuban pulled pork on pretzel bread is indescribably good and the brussel sprouts will knock your socks off. Go on a day when you want to have dessert and don't leave without ordering the bread pudding. Warm and delicious!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • AWESOME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant is our go to place for lunch and dinner. I took a friend to lunch for her birthday and they brought over a candle and their bread pudding even though we didn't order it. Very thoughtful and very delicious. It's even good for picky eaters as we've brought them to dinner and they liked it a lot.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderul flavors friendly staff
    litwitfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We ordered the salmon, roasted chicken and several small plates. All the food was well prepared and perfectly seasoned. Every dish had a complex and pleasing flavor profile. If seemed like everything on the plate was meant to be there and added to the overall taste and texture. The salmon had crispy skin and flaked beautifully. The bread pudding was somehow both tender and well-toasted. The waitstaff was available at a moment's notice, knowledgeable of the menu and possible substitutions (two of us were g/f) and friendly. We had a great time and will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My favorite lunch destination in Oakland. It's downright peaceful...a little oasis from one's hectic day. Menu isn't too long or too adventurous...but it's more than adequate for lunch. The pot de creme was yummy but a bit skimpy for $8...which would be my only complaint on the food. The server's recommendations were spot on and much appreciated. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Love the decor. It's very comfortable there. Lots of natural light. Food is wonderful. Service is great. Just wish they served dessert at lunch! I'm definitely going back.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food here
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Something special happening in the kitchen here. If you haven't tried it yet - you must. Careful attention to prep of each dish. Wonderful blend of flavor and texture. Oh, and well executed desserts too.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The waitress told us the restaurant serves no bread and butter. So we dined on an adequate salad and a fairly good soup. While paying the bill, we noticed our waitress bringing a robust plate of bread and butter to table of what appeared to be friends. Differential treatment and lying are never good business practices.
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  • Needs a new host
    SondheimVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    An hour into our meal (after we had ordered but not yet received our dessert) the hostess saw that I was finished with my main course and thinking I was finished with my meal actually asked me if I wouldn't mind leaving to make room for customers that were waiting at the door. First of all, even if I was finished, you don't chase customers out of your restaurant, especially when they've only been there for an hour (two courses apps and entree). Second, maybe you should have asked the server where we were in the meal? even if we had been finished we hadn't been presented with a check. In hindsight, I should have done just what she asked, I should have left without paying the bill.
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  • What a gem!
    jandfVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    As Oakland continues to up its cool factor, restaurants like Mockingbird are continuing to contribute. It's a lovely spot in an up and coming neighboorhood - peaceful lovely block that always seems sunny and cheerful. The service is always very friendly and knowledgable, and the food is awesome! Salads are perfectly dressed. The Cuban sandwich seems to be everyone's favorite. I love this place!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with friend
    Simone
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I found the food underwhelming. Just ok, nothing special. Not bad, but not great.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Mockingbird reviews archive.
  • ok, but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was fine, but not a great value really. Appetizers outshined the ordinary entrees
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  • ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS
    MlavaryVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    While the sever was a bit of a novice, that was not a major detractor from the outstanding food. We had the kale salad, summer squash salad, chicken, the sliders, Meyer lemon pasta, and orecchiette. Every plate was practically licked cleaned. Then came the desserts, which we FOUGHT over - strawberry shortcake and simply the best bread pudding known to man or woman. The wine list is small, but very well composed and priced. The atmosphere was incredibly flexible - not too loud, friendly, well lit, and could easily be a date night setting, but still worked well for a family of four. I will be back.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in uptown
    SFDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Found this restaurant online at the last minute and decided to give it a try. Was impressed by the short but eclectic menu. We went for lunch and tried many of the dishes recommended by our waitress and were very pleased! The people were very friendly and seemed actually happy we were there (don't find that at many restaurants). Costs were reasonable and quality was high! Environment was industrial chic but very comfortable. Now we have to go back for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem ...
    Vittorio
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The ambiance and food here are unmistakeably good. Most definitely a neighborhood gem, and for those going to a show they are aware of times and will try their best to get you there (Fox, New Parish). Oh, try the Duck Liver Mousse and the pork loin....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome spot
    mehmehmeh
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    we went for brunch. i wasn't a fan of my salad, but the sliders were great. also the service was wonderful. nice neighborhood area--cool venue :) definitely a bright, cool spot. I would recommend it to others.
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    great for brunch
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  • Great food, great service!
    barolinaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been at Mockingbird twice. Both times loved the food. Very fresh and tasty!
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    fit for foodies
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  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Rosy4u
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love this restaurant...a gem. The food is excellent with a romantic atmosphere. I keep coming back because I can't stop thinking about the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great find
    jandfVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I'm thrilled to find this gem in my neighborhood. The food is delicious, the service enthusiastic and excellent, and the space is really lovely. It's my new go-to for business lunches. I can't wait to try it for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Promising new restaurant
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Mockingbird hits a few home runs but some equally big misses. Duck liver mousse was great, but trout salad was sabotaged by sloppily-cut pickled onions and even worse cucumber-dill salad that had the most sulphuric, unpleasant raw green onions I've encountered in 45 yrs of dining. The burger sliders were delightful, old fashioned buns and super-tasty patties. But the orechiette was a disaster: so undercooked it was crunchy in the middle. I sent it back to be redone; 2nd bowl was only marginally better cooked but came swimming in bacon grease. Dish concept good; execution was -star. But panna cotta was divine so we ended on a good note. Service okay but really slows down as place fills up. Potential is here; only time will tell.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dishes, could use more veg
    Gregbob
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had the pork torchon and brussels sprouts starters. Both excellent - the torchon is like a nice crab cake, but with pulled pork. The brussels sprouts are a great addition to the emerging East Bay Brussels Sprout trend: roasty, rich, with a great combination of little sauces. We went for the pork loin and the burgers, both of which were quite good. The space is well lit, it's reasonably quiet (nice jazz), spacious, and parking was no problem for us on a weeknight. Check it out. Critiques: It's not like Oakland is suffering for cocktails these days, but it's kind of expected for this kind of place. Bigger critique is the lack of vegetables - even if they came as sides, that would be good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I LOVE THIS PLACE
    HSauce
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    That is pretty much all I have to say besides I eat there about 3 times a month and its always GREAT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.