Morimoto
Morimoto

Morimoto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2154139070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 8th on Chestnut Street
  • Public Transit: Route 47 bus – Chestnut Street stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at $15 per vehicle starting nightly from 5:00pm. Limited street parking is also available.
A word from Morimoto
Morimoto is a cutting-edge restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame prepares traditional dishes with a modern flair. Reservations will be accommodated at the sushi bar or a table; both options are fabulous! Special requests are encouraged but not guaranteed; please call the restaurant to discuss your special requests well before your reservation date.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Morimoto reviews from OpenTable diners
273 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (209)special occasion (205)romantic (107)hot spot (103)good for groups (56)neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (24)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Never Disappoints!
    Elluminated
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been to Morimoto's Philly location a handful of times over the years, and each experience has been a delight. Definitely a must-experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    been here before, and this never fails to disappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi - a little sloppiness
    DrScott
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had the lunch tasting menu. The meal was generally very good. Fresh and imaginative dishes. The initial courses were very slow to arrive. The restaurant was half full. The sushi course came with wasabi on the fish despite specifically asking to avoid wasabi. I do wish the dessert was chocolate based but that's just a personal preference. Waiter was very good and apologized for the lapses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FABULOUS
    PB188
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER MORIMOTO A UNIQUE AND FABULOUS EXPERIENCE BEGINS. THE CREATIVE DECOR MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A SENSUAL CALMING CAPSULE. THE SERVER WAS WELL INFORMED, FRIENDLY AND ATTENTIVE. MY ONE NEGATIVE WOULD BE THAT SOMETIMES THE STAFF TRIED TO REMOVE PLATES BEFORE WE WERE FINISHED. THE FOOD WAS PREPARED AND PRESENTED IN UNIQUE AND INTERESTING WAYS AND IT WAS DELICIOUS! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE RAINBOW TROUT ENTREE, THE SMALL OYSTERS AND THE WHITE SHRIMP SUSHI. OVERALL THIS WAS A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE BUT WITHOUT THE WHITE TABLECLOTHS AND TRADITIONAL DECOR!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Thank you for making our special night a top notch experience. Food was excellent, service was downright courtly, yet warm. This was our second visit and it was everything we'd hoped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go iron chef!
    pantageticketholder
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great selection of fish and saki! Some unique items were available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morimotos again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our fourth time dining at Morimotos over the 13 years that it has been open. Each time we have had the okase with drink pairings. The offerings have been tailored tour food allergies and sensitivities. Each time has been an excellent experience with the opportunity to appreciate new foods and different preparation. The service is attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Chef7A
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great experience. Hardest part of the evening was deciding what to order. The Toro Tartare was amazing as was the Uni, and the seafood toban-yaki offered a great selection of fresh seafood bathed in a rich broth with a perfect portion of sticky rice. I know the review sounds a bit too glowing but it is seldom that I enjoy a restaurant meal as much as I enjoyed this. Everything was cooked and presented perfectly and the flavors were deep and rich. Can't wait to travel to the area again so I can try some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum- Even with children
    Visitortophilly
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went with our four and six-year-old kids. They enjoyed the steak, rock shrimp, dumplings, miso soup, and California roll. It was great that they could join our fine dining experience too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Fancypants
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service is amazing. The only downside is the restaurant is very loud and it detracts from the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dining Experience
    cakedec
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dining at Morimoto is not just an evening out for dinner - it is truly an experience. Each course is uniquely beautifully plated with many complex flavors. Servers explain each element of every dish. The cubicles change color. Cubicles are mostly a zig zag with tables for two on a pedestal down each side wall. The overall ambience of this restaurant is vibrant. Did I say the food was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    Hungryman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very nice restaurant, food was outstanding. The A5 Wagu beef was unbelievable. Try this place you wont be dissapointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    Kbake2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I went to morimoto for my birthday dinner with my mom and fiancée. None of us had been there before and were immediately impressed. Everything was impeccable, the service, food, and environment were all amazing and I can't wait to go back. Our server was very knowledgeable and happy to give recommendations, and wonderfully gifted at sharing information with is about the menu without coming off as snobby, as some higher end reataurants can seem. It was really a wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went high end and did their special -- $130/person. I've never spent this much on food before. It was good, and I liked savoring the food, but I wish there was more continuity (and food) within the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BUGDR
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Practically every dish was exceptional. Only the scallops were pedestrian. The creative and fresh ingredients were treated with a light hand. We never had such an elegant presentation of classical Japanese cuisine. Our waiter was cordial, knowledgeable, and excellent in guiding us through an extensive and foreign menu. The wine selection is interesting. Our first wine choice was corked and he replaced it without a question. Would love to go back and try everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and service were excelent. The restaurant it's self is stunning. I have been there twice and both times have been way above standard.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Japanese Fusion
    Brainbob
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance of the restaurant and the food. All the reviews I read had expressed exactly what we had experienced, great food, great service, and a very modern setting. The food was tasty, albeit expensive, but of course you are paying for the name behind it. The omakase was good and fresh and definitely filled me up. Would I go for a regular Japanese dinner? No. Would I go back for a special occasion? Yes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We finally had the chance to get to Morimoto's! Nothing short of sensational. The food was just fabulous, the ambiance so nice. All our meals were so delicious. Can't even say one thing was better than the next because all our meals were equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the same anymore
    scubado
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We always enjoyed coming to Morimoto. Even after moving out of the city, the drive seemed worthwhile. Not so this time. We realized that the $120 assorted combo did not contain many of the delicacies we were used to. When we asked our server about the special items that the chef would include, we got a flat, “well it is the chef’s choice, so he will decide”. Earlier the server would check with the chef who would provide a wide range of specialty fishes worth the experience. The rock shrimp tempura was majorly coated in batter, hiding any taste of the shrimp. The sushi & sashimi quality was lower and lacked the flavors and spices we were used to from past experiences. Our five year-old enjoyed the trout though. In all, quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    WineandDine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were an hour late for our reservation and they were still able to seat us. Great service, great food. More than please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look forward to the next time!
    balance
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Loved the interior and food presentation. Whitefish carpaccio was absolute winner, but everything else we had ordered was delicious as well. Wasabi fried rice is addictive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Wombom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fun spot for dinner with friends... Trendy in a good way! Food was Fab!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was the first time that we have been to Morimoto's and all I can say is that it was worth the trip. We did the Omakase (Chef's tasting menu) and course after course the food was just simply amazing. There was such a well balance in all of the courses. I enjoyed the dessert the most however since I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. The green tea matcha tres leche was unforgettable! It is very tempting to just go back there for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing knives
    avocatVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    How do they do it? I got a glimpse by arriving early on my fourth visit, to sit at the sushi bar. In the middle. The dozens of fresh fish from Tokyo fish in cool cases in front of me. And the knives of each chef moving smoothy through the elements of a perfect meal. Long white steel sharpened to molecular disappearing edges which slid through the fish where the fish was not. Quiet Japanese chatter sometimes punctuating brief down moments. Of course, the meal. Tasting menu different from my last. On purpose. By digitally enhanced memory. Flavors living in memory. Make no mistake. Some choices are expensive, but the brilliance and discipline of Chef Morimoto is here. If you think this was a once in a lifetime experience, you will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Meal for a Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My finance and I could not have asked for a better dinner to celebrate our engagement. The Omakase was amazing, especially the Tuna Tartare and the Japanese Wagyu Beef. Not only were we given a complimentary glass of champagne, but we were also given a tasting appetizer from the chef and an additional complimentary dessert. We both left Morimoto agreeing that was the best meal we've had. Thanks for making it a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You're paying for freshness only
    Gooseylucy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was really excited to eat here, but ultimately left the restaurant broke, still hungry, and more than "fished-out." While the fish was extremely fresh, and we were served a good variety of fish...for someone who doesn't have a distinguished palate for fish, it all kind of tasted the same. I kept waiting for something other than fish, or at least something cooked to come out...or even just something more than 2 bites worth. If I went back, I would definitely NOT do the omakase. I don't think it's worth the money unless you REALLY like raw fish and are able to appreciate the difference. On the plus side, the service was great!
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  • Loved it!
    Morgiparents
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my wife to Morimoto for her birthday. It was our first time dining there and it was fantastic! When we walked in, we were seated right away. The staff and service was excellent, the food was outstanding and in a great location. We had the duck and was cooked to perfection. I would definitely come again!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moromoto is the best!
    patatty
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There is a reason Morimoto in Philly is my favorite restaurant! It never disappoints! The flavors, creativity and service are second to none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    jkemmerer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a great time celebrating birthday and anniversary. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOUD
    Dreammaker
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Interesting menu, tasty food, fun atmosphere, but way too LOUD. Saturday night at 9:00 at a table for 6 in middle of restaurant and we could not even hear our waitress. We were a exhausted by the end of our $1,000 meal from screaming at each other. Food was good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night, great food!
    chefmichelle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was nothing but amazing! My husband and I had the omakase!! Eight courses and oh so delicious! The quality of ingredients were showcased in every bite! I haven't been to morimoto's in twelve years, it was even more amazing now all these years later!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Brunch
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The restaurant was spectacular. We have been to comparable restaurants in other cities and countries, however, few are comparable in terms of food, decor, and service. The restaurant is beautiful. The layout, the lighting, and the design adds to the ambiance. If you are really into food, you will have a great time. We had the omakase which was a treat. The toro tartar was spectacular. It had a great balance of melt in your mouth goodness from the high quality toro used and a bit of slight crunch. The tartar sat in a shallow bath of soy which complimented the tartar phenomenally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Morimoto NYC could take a few lessons from Morimoto Philly...everything was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dinner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first visit and was really looking forward to a great experience. The food wasn't as good as expected. The noise level was extremely high. The worst part of the evening was the valet loosing our keys!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    queenie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious, beautifully presented, and superbly delivered. The staff was wonderful, very informative and willing to go over the menu in detail to clarify any questions one might have. A complimentary tasting was offered, and it was just as good as the rest of the meal. I would absolutely eat there again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Moritmoto: Oishi
    DrJoe
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This iconoclastic Iron Chef continues to persist with Morimoto...the best of everything...the only venue in continental US where one can savor uni from Hokkaido...what more can be said...best sushi and sake one can find outside of Japan...service and decor are exquisite...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Sushilovers
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We ordered soup, sushi & dessert. The soup & sushi were ok but the brownie dessert was terrible. The worst part of our experience, besides the noise level, was it took nearly an hour and 20 minutes to get our entree!
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    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Modern decor with delicately balanced food. Chefs tasting menu is the way to go for the first timer.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta Go Back
    WhiteSun
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My fiance and I went for our anniversary dinner and it was delicious. We are self-proclaimed foodies and definitely enjoy good food, all in all Morimotos made us very, very happy. The service was excellent, the hostess was nice and quick to get us seated, the waiter was great and energetic, providing recommendations for taste level as well as good explanations of some of the dishes we were not so familiar with. We had the diver scallop ceviche, rock shrimp tempura, and the yosedofu appetizers which were excellent! I am a soy sauce fanatic and it was incredible there. For dinner we both ordered the Chief's Combination of sushi rolls, sushi, and sashimi and we enjoyed every single bite of decadent fish! We want to go back to have the Omakase!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food and atmosphere at Morimoto are excellent. Most recently I was there and tried the Omakase, and it was fantastic. Morimoto is just a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic