Monsieur Benjamin
Monsieur Benjamin

Monsieur Benjamin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monsieurbenjamin.com/
  • Phone: (415) 403-2233
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-1:00am

    COMING SOON: Weekend Lunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jason Berthold
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: For groups of 9 or more, Monsieur Benjamin offers group dining in the main dining room in a semi-private setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathryn Douglass 4156854860

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough and Ivy
  • Public Transit: The closest Bart station is Civic Center. Bus Stops for the 5, 21, 47, and 49 are located nearby.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located kitty-corner from the Performing Arts Garage located at 360 Grove Street.
A word from Monsieur Benjamin
Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Monsieur Benjamin reviews from OpenTable diners
387 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (277)neighborhood gem (201)hot spot (180)special occasion (134)late-night find (100)notable wine list (77)good for groups (62)romantic (55)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (24)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I have eaten here a number of times since their opening and the food is consistently good. One of my very favorite spots for pre-theater dining or just a nice French meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The modern bistro look is interesting in that you can watch the kitchen crew at work from almost anywhere. The menu is unique. The camembert beignets and the duck confit and sausage were stand outs, as was the hazelnut dessert. The wine list is eclectic and well-selected. Service was attentive considering that it was pre-concert and very active. Food-wise, this is one of the best in Hayes Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatenbutnotforgotten1
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    i had read so many mixed reviews and did not know what to expect. I am a fan from here on out. the service the cocktails, the wine selection were great. I have traveled all over france every year and the food reminded me of the regional flavors
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It has been really hard to get a table here. The food was really good, I was here with a pick eater and we were able to accommodate her needs. Good sea food. The mussels were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Bistro
    TracyL
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great bistro food and atmosphere. Attentive service for a relaxing place. We love the food especially the duck confit and the chicken soup. Hopefully they will switch out their menu seasonally. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't do monsieur benjamin
    davidg
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Had a 9PM reservation. Ordered the only salad on the menu and sea bass. Apparently they had sold out of salad. To get something green in the meal, requested the horicots verdes that were the side dish of a different entrée in lieu of salad. Waitress returned to say that would be impossible. Waited 45 minutes for the meal. The sea bass was good. The rest was mediocre. I would not go back to a restaurant that can't get good meals out of its kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Major disappoinment
    ljseVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    For the money, M. Benjamin should do better. Costco's rotisserie chicken has more flavor.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasing new experience
    Vicki
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Delicious beet side; arctic char over harts vericort absolutely lovely, as was the blanquette de veau. Good wines-by-the-glass selection. Service could be spiffier (cheerier, more attentive/interested) for this premiere venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • before SFO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good food, reasonable service, a bit loud, crowded tables
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizer Tasting
    bsilkie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Three of us made dinner of appetizers: Butter lettuce salad, camembert beignets, sweetbreads, beef tongue dijonnaise, frogs legs, steak tartar, dry martinis and a nice selection of wines by the glass. Salad was huge, steak tartar was nicely seasoned with raw quail eggs (I think). The person who had the beef tongue didn't think the sauce was a match for the tongue and thought the sweetbreads were slightly overcooked. I'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff needs to step it up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Good food. A bit pricey...we ordered small plates--great portion size, tasty and worth the extra few dollars. The wait staff were not on top of things --we ordered 6 dishes and specified when we would like them in order. Oysters first, wings and mussels with a potato gratin side served together, followed by a salad --then we would see about a cheese course--no cheese course available --that surprised me! We waited 15 minutes to get our second course of food without the gratin---I alerted the waitperson and she said " I thought you wanted the gratin with the salad --well a waitperson should know that makes no sense! We had them remove from the order had our Salad and then waited another 15 minutes for our dessert! Not acceptable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was very special - every dish was a treat! The staff were very helpful with suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tres bon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This restaurant truly is a neighborhood gem with such stellar French cuisine to be enjoyed in this retro part of San Francisco. It is open late, which is exactly what opera-goers need for that late night dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food/ No where to wait
    mlmlVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food is delicious! However, don't get there too early for a drink before dinner. There is only a very low bar area to stand while you wait, and it's right in the area where servers pick up drinks for the tables. It's crammed and awkward :( However, they WILL seat you before your whole party arrives so it's possible to wait at your table with a drink if your table is ready.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Operabuff1
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    They have done a great job designing the restaurant. The view to the kitchen or out the windows are both good. The menu is creative and fresh. I do wish they would chose others herbs than tarragon the flavor dishes. I prefer my butter lettuce without it. The fogs legs would be better sauted. The quail is fantastic! The artic char is fantastic and the Puilly fume is beautiful to drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good pre and post opera spot
    MartinigirlVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Service was great, very attentive and welcoming staff. Food was good. Steak and frittes were very nice and meat was lean, tender and just prepared to perfection. Frog legs were good, a little too much crusty coating for me. But the flavor was nice. Definitely going back to try other dishes. Love that they are open til 1!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Kid on the Block
    ChesterVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Only been there for 3 months so maybe the adjustment time has not past. Found the service disjointed, the food............... OK (rich & ambitious), and prices very high. No bread and a 40 minute wait to see anything edible on the table. My wishes and expectations were high as well. I have lots of music tickets...... so a new place to dine in the area was very exciting and the disappointment equally high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine new place
    robertcommanday
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Excellent dining, easy, soft music, open layout not private but separate setups. It's already well attended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mon. Benjamin
    FoodMavenVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We dined at Mon. B this past Wed Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive throughout the meal. The food was another matter. I ordered tartare and it was different than any other steak tartare I have had. It had all the usual ingredients plus a few extras, but lacked any punch. My wife had the four large prawns. They were quite good as was the house made cocktail sauce. My entree of Med. Sea Bass was just food. It was completely lacking in any discernible flavor. I add salt to no avail. My wife had the pork rib. It was ham with a bone attached with some small apple diced along side. Her sauce was slightly more flavorful than mine, but certainly not memorable. Too expensive for bland food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro at its finest
    Zuzu427VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We were in SF for a long weekend get away and was delighted to find Monsieur Benjamin. The menu selection is varied and we had a hard time choosing because we were enticed by so many menu choices. The small plates are fantastic because it gives you the opportunity to sample the chefs talented creations. Would definitely return to try other selections!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey. Service excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Probably won't be back. Corkage was very high and the bill too expensive for the overall experience. We lucked out and got a great parking spot, a great table and a great server so will most likely quit while we're ahead. SF just has better restaurants for the money. Two comments to the restaurant. One of your bartenders who was serving a lot of food had one of the bushiest beards I've ever seen. Really not appropriate for food service. Also, on the way out the door I complimented the service to the manager and his response was "oh yes, Mary (female server don't remember her name) is very sweet". I don't equate a server who has a "sweet" disposition with necessarily being good at their job. "Mary's" service was outstanding because she was attentive without hovering, was knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations, timed our various courses well, and was very gracious. His comment was a small thing...but really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Civic Center dining
    cnalscVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We reserved a pre-performance meal after reading a very complimentary review. The review was fully justified. The room has a bistro feel and smells delightfully of garlic. We received a warm welcome and the service was friendly and correct. The wine list has some great options. Everything we had to eat was absolutely fantastic, from the picholine olives, camembert beignets, perfect butter lettuce salad, roast chicken, and Mediterranean sea bass to the palmier ice cream. This restaurant will give all the other restaurants in the Civic Center area a run for their money. An absolutely fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    great food - needs to get rid of 'rap music' and add 1/2 bottles of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before show dining
    JenSFVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Made a reservation here before the opera and Monsieur Benjamin delivered on every count. Seated right away at a great table by the window. Server not rushing us, but conscious of the time we had to leave, which she asked us right away; friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious and different, camembert beignets with mushroom powder-need I say more? But I could because everything was great and a mix of choices. My husband had the French Dip and said it was great; I had the ribs, also really good. Usually only give 4 stars even for someplace really good, but MB nailed it on all counts and was exactly what and who they should be for their location and how they present and market themselves. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant in Hayes Valley
    effie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    What a delightful and tasty treat awaited us! Design was striking, food was tasty and beautifully prepared and the ambience very upbeat. Great addition to the pre-symphony or ballet dining options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The servers were nice although seemed everyone pitched in. The food was very good although my gravy for my artic char was cold and I wondered if the two atlantic char from the couple next to me which was sent back (because it came "with their appetizer) was given to me. My real only complaint was that when we got there they asked if going to a show - it was 6 p.m. and the show was 7:30 and they said well just so you know you can only keep the table for an hour because we have others coming in. The table 2 down from us was finished withtheir food at 6 p.m. and they did not leave until 7:15 p.m. so that kind of annoyed me (we left a 7:15 as well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hayes Valley Gem
    dawnmkVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Classic French food with a modern twist. Best escargot I've ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Walked out
    galestormVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Playing rap music, loud. I asked if they played different kinds of music and they answered "we plan all kinds," but it didn't change for 4 songs. Most items on menu $30 without seeming inventive enough to be interesting. Music drove us out before we even ordered.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    mccalmoVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had excellent food. Butter lettuces followed by char. One of the best two or three options in Hayes Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxed and classy place
    mabesfVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    the biggest surprise to me was how the spacious restaurant made me forget I was dining at one of the most popular (at least for now) restaurants in SF. most hot spots are loud and crammed with people either because the space is small, the music is blasting, or you have people hovering over communal places and spilling over from bars. MB had none of that, and delicious food in small(er) portions - just the way the French would. someone else will talk about the food but the clear winner was the ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I don't care how many stars Corey Lee gets from Michelin or Bauer. Came here to enjoy some small plates, and 4 of the 7 dishes we ordered were completely disappointing. The highlights were the Oeufs, the Potato Artichoke Gratin, and the Butter Leaf Lettuce--but then how can you ruin butter leaf lettuce? The Steak Tartare tasted like wallpaper paste; the Beignets tasted like cardboard; the Croquette tasted like Tater Tots; and the Liver Mousse was overwhelmed by the taste of onion--completely devoid of any taste of liver mousse at all. When we told the hostess that it tasted like onion dip, she said that's what it's supposed to taste like. Then just serve onion dip and don't bother with the liver at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hated it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Every dish was carefully crafted for maximum profit, perhaps the most French characteristic of the restaurant. Some of the food was actually horrible-inedible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sophisticated French dining
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We wanted to try this new restaurant in the Civic center area. Modern, open décor. Great bread. Menu choices were excellent variety. I had blanquette de veau which was delicately flavored and tender. My husband had duck breast confit. Portions were ample, and we will definitely return to sample other items. A great addition to the dining scene for lovers of opera, jazz, ballet, and symphony!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Benjamin
    Dutchman2
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The restaurant was more than half full when we arrived for our 5:30 reservation. Food and wine was average. Ordered French dip, tasteless, hardly any meat. Reminded me of a Subway sandwich! Cocktail tasted water down. Noise level was building as we finished! One waitress very helpful, the second had an attitude. I don't know what the fuss is about?! Cafe Claude much better atmosphere and food! Not interested in going back too soon. Might try the burger; always looking for a french burger.m
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date Spot
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The only downside of this restaurant is it's so popular we had to make our Friday night reservation a month in advance. Other than that it met every high expectation we had. The service was impecabble and the food delicious! We started with the potato, leek, and gruyer croquettes... yum, along with the escargot which was extremely tasty as well. Because everything on the menu looked attractive, we asked our waitress what her favorites were and went with the quail and the lobster spaghetti. Both were killer but the quail exceptional. We will definitely be back. Great wine list as well, lots of French wines to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    we had dinner before the symphony on Wednesday night and it was fantastic. one of the best meals we have had in a long time. we shared the oeufs mayonnaise and croquettes. then my husband had the lobster ragout and I had the artic char. will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new pre-opera option!
    SFFresserVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    How exciting to find a very good new restaurant so convenient for dining pre-opera or symphony in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun, tasty new place in The City
    jimc45
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very interesting menu. This is a fun new place to have dinner. The cuisine was appreciated by the three of us. The sweet breads were the best we have had in ages. The cheese balls were outstanding and the char and veal selections were suburb. The only dish we did not think perfect was the chicken. The portion was too large for my taste and a little over cooked but I like my chicken on the just cooked stage but this might be a problem in a restaurant with health concerns. The sauce on the side was a great idea. The dessert was heavenly! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Every part of the meal was excellent. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New and Already Fine
    Vertigo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    For being open only three months Mssr Benjamin is off to a great start! We've been visiting San Francisco for a week now, and this is the best food we have had. And it was recommended to us by local SF friends - another good sign. Interesting varied French-based menu, with a nice mix of standards and newer items. Location is great for those heading on to the cultural venues of Civic Center - it's a block from the SF Opera. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic