Nico Osteria
Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicoosteria.com/
  • Phone: 3129947100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
    Lunch
    Monday-Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Dinner
    Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am

    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Kahan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bold interior design, rich décor accents and innovative menus curated by Chef Erling Wu-Bower come together to create a luxurious private dining experience. Guests overlook the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, while enjoying Nico Osteria’s Italian fare in an intimate and inviting environment.

    Plush velvet and mid-century furniture envelop the second floor private dining room, which offers views of the cityscape along with a stunning gallery bar overlooking Salone Nico and its living green wall. The space is composed of three private dining rooms with floating walls that allow its shape and capacity to be dictated by the demands of the space. When combined, the private dining rooms can accommodate up to 70 guests for a seated dinner and 150 guests for a reception-style affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Ann Beteta 3129947101x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rush and Bellevue
  • Public Transit: The closest red line stops are at either Clark/Division or Chicago Avenue.

    The closest bus route, number 151, stops at Division and inner lake shore drive.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.
A word from Nico Osteria
From the team behind One Off Hospitality Group, Executive Chef Paul Kahan and restaurateurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban present Nico Osteria. An authentically Italian seafood restaurant, Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago hotel brings rustic simplicity to the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast.

Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood, alongside Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman's unconventionally creative and approachable style are perfectly suited for the setting’s rustic elegance.

Salone Nico is a welcoming gathering space, celebrating the European tradition of afternoon apertifis and low-proof cocktails. The approachable wine list features wines from Italy and Greece, as well as grower champagne, with an emphasis on small producers and older vintages. Grab a cocktail, sneak in a light bite or settle in for a night cap at Salone Nico.
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Nico Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
431 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (326)hot spot (238)special occasion (214)great for outdoor dining (138)neighborhood gem (124)notable wine list (116)vibrant bar scene (110)romantic (99)good for groups (82)great for lunch (64)great for brunch (52)late-night find (34)scenic view (21)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 2thegoodlife
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    One word: Overrated. Cocktails were small. Wine list was very limited if ordering wine by the glass. The lobster spaghetti was salty and average. Overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is by far one if the best restaurants I've been to in a really long time. The service was impeccable. The drinks/wine were amazing. The food was some of the best Italian I've had outside of Italy. I would highly recommend Nico if you want excellent food in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's with all the kids?
    HCaesarNation
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went to Nico for my anniversary dinner. We arrived there about 2 mins. after our resso time and they didn't have menus ready so they had us wait at the bar until they had the menus ready. Food was outstanding, service was very personable; one note - what's with all the kids? I thought this was an upscale dining establishment, and while I understand you can't predict population on a friday night, i felt like it was too kid friendly. Everything else was fantastic. Will definitely be coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KPLNeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Had a wonderful meal ... Our server was engaging and attentive ... Sitting at the counter allowed us to engage the kitchen staff (also engaging). The reason for 4 not 5 stars for service is based on the host/hostess ... They knew it was our anniversary and our options were the counter (fun but not at all romantic) or a table in the passage between the front door and the bar... They might as well have said that first time patrons don't get great tables- the honesty would have been refreshing ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OKay Nico not Great
    Lunchnut
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Service was a little off, dishes arrived and the server was not knowledgeable about what the dish contained, thought that was odd considering that you are paying high prices for top local. Pasta was incredibly salty. Overall okay not great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nico is chic-o
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Chicago trendsetters flock to Nico Osteria in the upscale Gold Coast area. On a recent visit to the city, we enjoyed the vibes and the food. The service, and the ambience, are welcoming and casual, just like Chicago itself. The wine list was varied and reasonable. A sturgeon entree was a pleasant surprise. We would definitely come back the next time we're out that way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a great value
    ValerieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A lot of the entrees are overpriced. Food good not great. Nice space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a lovely dining experience!
    Belle
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Nico Osteria was an absolutely wonderful dining venue! After running the Chicago Marathon, it was the ideal place to celebrate this accomplishment. The food was delicious and Italian seafood at its finest! Brett, our server was extremely friendly, available and quite attentive, as was the rest of the wait staff. Anyone visiting Chicago, dining at Nico Osteria should definitely be on your must-do list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love fancy family style!
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place is great because it is nicer italian/american fusion that is all designed to be shared by the table, and I love that approach since we all get to try more things! The ambiance here is great too and it has an open kitchen with a chefs viewing bar dining area I would love to sit in if/when I come back here. The highlights food wise were the whole rainbow trout--my goodness so good! And the big eye tuna crudo, the crab bruschetta, and this pork and truffle papperdelle! So much food and our server helped us order exactly the right amount. Huge, almost overwhelming wine list too, but the sommelier is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pre-threater find.
    relevart
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We tried Nico Osteria before the theater in the loop. Because they are open prior to 5 we were able to enjoy a great meal and still get to a 7:30 p.m. show. The meals are made for sharing and sampling. But it doesn't have a Tapas vibe. Your waiter really knew the menu even the obscure digestive liquor menu. The fish was really fresh and interestingly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous
    Kleemanimal
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Fantastic all around experience. Started with craft cocktails in a beautiful bar and then moved to a lovely table along the Windows where we enjoyed a fantastic multi-course meal. The service was impeccable! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre service
    BobCVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Good food, mediocre service. Long wait to be seated, then at times difficult to get our server's attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • srlwwodVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was good,nodes not live up to the hype. Portions are small, meant to be shared and overpriced. happy we tried it, will not go back. Some of our food was over-salted or had too much lemon...both flavored I usually enjoy. Great but $$$$ cocktails.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing visit to Nico Osteria
    eat2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have visited Nico Osteria in the past and looked forward to treating our daughter to a special evening out. Unfortunately, it proved to be an off-night for the kitchen. Despite glowing recommendations from our waiter, all of the dishes proved disappointing. The flavors were not distinctive and bordered on being tasteless. Not what we were expecting from the team at Nico Osteria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Server Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had a terrible server the night we went. His name was Dusty. Food was good, but server had no clue. Skipped me twice on ordering drinks. Walked away without asking if I wanted something. He was super short with us, and I will never go back again. Also he brought me the wrong drink and didn't ask what was wrong when it was left on the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • crudos just ok, everything else yum
    purplefoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    fettuntas, branzino, and pastas were the standout dishes. ribeye also delish, esp for a seafood focused restaurant. bread is great (nice bonus). crudos underwhelming ...not as tasty/flavorful as described. crudos also overpriced since overall quality not there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and ambiance!
    Jessica13
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nico was great. Got my recommendation from bon appetit. Food was amazing and the server very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    TK2550VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Seafood was very tasty. Presentation was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this might be my new favorite
    misszee
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This time tried the seasbass appetizer (excellent!) and chef added a taste of halibut. Then mussels, with one of the fancy grilled toasts with walnuts (? I can't remember which one) and then my new favorite - the pork parpadelle. The home made noodles are stuffed, and look like half the width of a lasagna. Very clever, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seafood...italian style
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We appreciated a knowledgeable and thoughtful waiter to explain the concept of the restaurant. He walked us through the menu, gave feedback on choices and suggested a fabulous wine pairing. Also, he arranged a birthday dessert that was amazing. Overall, great experience but will save this spot for special occasions only...it's pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Nico
    mxpwrhs1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been wanting to try Nico Osteria for a while now, and a friend and I finally decided to make a reservation. The ambiance is excellent, with beautiful interior decoration. The tables are very close together so you can hear the conversations next to you, but we were so caught up in our food and cocktails that it didn't bother us. We ordered some crudo, the beef tongue, the branzino, and the merluzzo. The merluzzo and branzino are out of this world. I'm not a seafood lover, and I found everything at Nico to be on the next level, no fishiness here. Also, the cocktails are delicious and strong. The final bill was pricey, mainly due to the branzino and cocktails, but I would definitely dine at Nico again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Quite simply, one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It's very popular, and, after one visit, you'll know why. We ordered an item from each section of the menu and each was very well done. The tuna and mackerel dishes in the crudo section were particularly good, as was the fig and chicken liver on bruschetta. The roasted mushrooms were terrifically flavorful. The stuffed Pappardelle was also very good. Finally, the ribeye was very well done, if a bit fatty. The dessert, the Dulcey Budino, was superb. Add on the excellent and attentive service, and Nico Osteria is a very special place. One note: it is expensive. But worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-hyped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food had great flavors, but the portions were incredibly small. The focus was on being trendy and not an Italian restaurant, in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad attitude bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my second attempt at this place and the failed very badly - again, so much that my GF and I had to leave the place without ordering anything. The staff has an unnecessary uptight attitude, even though they were semi empty they didn't assign the table we wanted, the menu is very limited, and the waiters attitude terrible - we just stood up and left without dining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place, fun vibe
    mariVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    very nice spot, good food. odd parings of dishes but fun adventure. nice staff, a bit slow. overall, would go back anytime
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love love love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is one of my very favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. The waitstaff is very very good at what they do. Food is absolutely fantastic. Recommend sitting on the patio for a fantastic experience. We are making our way through the lunch and dinner menu. Can't wait to try it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miserly and disappointing
    Buongustaio
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have dined at Osteria Nico on two separate occasions (Brunch on Saturday and Dinner at mid week). For the prices they are charging, they cannot afford to have inexperienced wait staff with bad attitudes and poor table manners, food which is average at best, and tapas sized portions that are passed off as entrees. Poor service, forgettable food, poor value. As an alternative, try Riccardo Trattoria or Sofi. These are the best Italian restaurants in the city, less the hype.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    chifoodgirl77
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Nico is just perfect in every way, from service to the food, to the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Noodles
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was fantastic. It was a special occasion and the server was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing
    RamenFan
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It's refreshing to have really good food with impeccable preparation. Nothing fancy here--we basically had a sort of crab toast, a pasta dish, and roasted fish. Loved the fresh bread. The only thing that didn't fit was dessert, the Nico torte, which I'd have again in a second. It was outstanding, but just saying that it was so complex and sophisticated that it seemed out of place in the scheme of things. We had a knowledgeable, engaging wait person, Dustin. The restaurant design itself is nothing to write home about.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    SamuelD
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Was looking for a good dinner in Chicago. Found this place- which had awesome crudo, and excellent fresh pasta. Heartily recommend this place..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Donnaart
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restuarant has amazing food that is fresh and delicious. Sharing is recommended and provides an opportunity to enjoy many dishes. The pasta is a must try. The goat cheese pasta bursts with flavor in your mouth. The oysters and tuna were the so fresh. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maddie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Absolutely remarkable experience. The food was so delicious and different. The waiter was top notch and the atmosphere was fabulous. A beautifully decorated space with class and comfort. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Bavariagirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Incredibly fresh seafood, wonderful fresh pasta and an imaginative menu. Service is very good and well informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bday dinner
    nwill
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Loved this place. Great drinks great food! I would go back in a heartbeat! Definately try it I'd you like good food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Foodies
    babygirl28
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I had the fatty tuna which was delish but kinda pricy. The grilled octopus was a popular item from the reviews on yelp, we tried that and it was good. I had the lobster spagetti and my husband had the veal. They were both good but alittle salty for our taste buds. Overall, we had a good experience, service was good, food was good, ambieance was nice. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For foodies
    Harald
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It is an excellent restaurant but i am not adventurous enough. I wasnt sure if i liked the steak heart.... I dont! They took it off the bill, exemplary. My dining partners also tried the octopus...different but nice. Tuna and halibot exemplary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    FoodFreak
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Bunch was so delicious the first day we Re-brunched (went back) the second day of our stay. Try the scones with ricotta based creme and homemade jam/honey. Outstanding waiters were very attentive and accommodating. Very impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outstanding bar!!! Wonderful pasta with creative flavor combinations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had heard great things about Nico, and it certainly met our expectations. The food was excellent, and the choices varied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.