Nicollet Island Inn
Nicollet Island Inn

Nicollet Island Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicolletislandinn.com/
  • Phone: (612) 331-1800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Stechschulte
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Sarah Gruber 612-331-1800x3
    Island or St. Anthony Banquet rooms
    -An outdoor patio with two-tiered walkout garden
    -Small meeting space available for up to 24 people
    -State-of-art A/V equipment for any occasion
    -Space for 10-100 guests seated and up to 150 for a reception
    -Free wireless Internet access
    Our professional staff provides attentive service combined with excellent cuisine to create a productive and memorable event.
    Please visit our website for more information: www.nicolletislandinn.com/specialevents.html
  • Private Party Facilities: Nicollet Island Inn has three private/semi-private dining rooms and 2 banquet rooms. The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 8 guests, the Captain's Room up to 13, and the Fireside Lounge up to 24. The Island room can fit 50 seated, 70 for cocktails. The St. Anthony room can fit 100 seated.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Gruber 6123311800x3
  • Special Events: We have multiple private dining options for groups of 6-24 guests in either our Private Dining Room, Captain's Room, or Fireside Lounge. Whether it's a meeting, family celebration, or corporate dinner, our experienced staff can create a menu to meet virtually any need. For more information please contact Brianna via email at events@nicolletislandinn.com or by phone 612-331-1800 ext. 7.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus Stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking for guests of the Nicollet Island Inn.
A word from Nicollet Island Inn
The Nicollet Island Inn has stood witness to over a century of change on the shores of the Mississippi River. The Inn is consistently named the most romantic restaurant in the area and its river views have been voted some of the best in the city. An immediately recognizable Minneapolis landmark, the Inn offers world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Ryan Stechschulte , whose innovative and constantly updated menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks and gourmet specialty dishes. Our wine menu has been chosen specifically to compliment the food and highlight producers from the world's leading wine regions.

Nic's bar, just off the main dining room, is a casual, old-world tavern and the patio offers stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline. The Inn is a convenient, comfortable destination for breakfast or lunch meetings while the 5-course Champagne Sunday Brunch is the perfect weekend indulgence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Nicollet Island Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)romantic (128)scenic view (119)neighborhood gem (81)fit for foodies (70)great for brunch (52)great for lunch (31)good for groups (31)notable wine list (26)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Discovered the piano bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food and service was great. Had the Char which was excellent. After the meal we, by chance, went into the piano bar. Great singer, nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic, but not our cup of tea.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I wouldn't say we are bona fide "foodies", but we found the menu to be extremely limited, with no real thought given to vegetarians (my wife is a meat-avoiditarian). Yes, we should have gone online and checked first. But, we were there, so why not make the best of it? It turned out the gnocchi was extremely bland. The strip steak was tasty, but very gristly, so I had a pretty big pile of parts I couldn't chew. We were on a romantic night out, so we didn't have the heart to tell the waiter we were unimpressed. To make things a little less enjoyable, the piano bar chose that night to feature nothing but Disney hits. My wife and I decided since there were people around us who seemed to be enjoying themselves, this was just not our style.
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  • Highly recommend
    JandTfromMinnesota
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We have already recommended the Nicollet Island Restaurant to friends and family and we hope to return soon for more of the outstanding food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    TurtleoxVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    As usual, excellent experience at Nicollet Island Inn. Great food, wonderful atmosphere, friendly servers and hosts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    cupcake77
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was so excited to eat here with out-of-town guests and was so disappointed. My husband had a company Christmas party here a few years ago and the food was excellent! I don't know if they have a new chef but it just wasn't good. My walleye reminded me of fish sticks. Sad, because I really loved it before.
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  • Outstanding
    Bpinmn
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    OUR dining experience was wonderfull. The food, service and atmosphere were fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chowtime
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Just enjoyed lunch here twice, once with family & once with friends. Service of wait staff & food were exceptional during both visits. Bonus in this neighborhood is a large free parking lot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicollet Island Inn
    Richard
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Seated immediately, beautiful river view, great service, and outstanding dishes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a treat!!
    Foodiewannabe
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Why don't we eat here more often?! Such a special feel to the Inn and wonderful food & service to boot! Just love the atmosphere & location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Forgot How Amazing
    teddyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I have been here before, but this rekindled the love I have for this place. All times of the year create special moments
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    A charming place full of ambiance. Excellent food and service! Great if you are gluten free, many items can be made for you to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the location on the river
    Julia214
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I love to meet here with friends, and organize a group for a special occasion. The food is great, the service is usually winderful, prices are on the upper level, but fair. Ambience is formal, but still relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 2tcdinersVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We enjoyed another wonderful dining experience at our favorite TC restaurant. Our guests marveled at the outstanding quality of the meal and service, as we did too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicollet Island Inn
    abcdVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a delightful evening. We enjoyed the opportunity to be have a conversation and hear others at our table talk, unlike so many restaurants today. Excellent food, service and ambiance. We'll be back, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wow in Minneapolis
    BeetiebVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I stay and dine here whenever in Minneapolis. This is an idyllic spot and I love this place. My exhibition of antique Soviet holiday ornaments opened this weekend in the Museum of Russian Art on Stevens Street. Dining in the fine restaurant was a perfect fit with the fabulous opening of the exhibit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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  • Before the game
    NotAGormet
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went to Nicollet Island Inn for an early dinner before a football game at DeLaSalle High School. Only had starters because it was a little early for a full dinner. Excellent and friendly service. Nice menu. Good wine and a nice view. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • foodiegirl
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our stay at the Inn was great fun. We had a lovely room; it was very quiet which we appreciated. I do think that the plastic flowers in the window boxes on the west side are very tacky, and should be removed. Otherwise, a lovely place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money or reputation
    Dawniew
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Although the restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere, the food is marginal at best and extremely overpriced. Would not recommend ever.
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  • A Fabulous Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Bill the General Manager was wonderful. We had a table by the window and it was a beautiful fall day. It was my first time there and I will be going back within the month. It is a fabulous venue for entertaining, a great breakfast with friends, or a romantic dinner. Kim was our server and very attentive to our needs. Her recommendation of Huevos Rancheros was great. It is the best I have had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Brunch
    countrycritic
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was delicious. Not an over whelming portion-perfect and it left room for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All polish not substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Beautiful setting , good service , awful food. No more needs to be said.
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  • Nice place
    Chachi74
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food, great service, nice scenery. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Wonderful food and ambiance! Very sophisticated which I appreciate!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ban cell phones from dining area
    gostone
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a lovely dinner with close friends. The food was top-notch - as always - and the ambiance was great...until the last 30 minutes. At that point, a couple of very loud 20-somethings decided to plant themselves down and proceed to talk *very loudly* on their cell phones. We asked both the server and the manager to intervene, but this didn't seem to do the trick. We overhead the table next to us walk out due to this, and we followed next. TO MANAGEMENT: Yours is a fine dining establishment. Loud and prolonged cell phone conversations should NOT be tolerated in your dining room. Your diners should not have to point this out! Train your staff to be proactive about stopping such events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Brunch
    Skip
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visited Nicollet Island Inn for brunch on 10/12/14 to celebrate a birthday. I made the reservation on the 13th and added the birthday piece about an hour before the reservation on Sunday. The staff was aware of the birthday and provided wishes on several occasions. The brunch had some good taste treats. My favorite was the Nik's Benedict. The chocolate tart for dessert was excellent as well. We ordered one 3-course brunch and one 5-course brunch since we like to share. The serving sizes for each course were the right size and we left comfortably full.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Classy historic atmosphere with quality food. The scallops and risotto was excellent. The service was superior.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If God is in the details. . . .
    SinceYouAsked
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I can never quite figure out Nicollet Island Inn, for some things are really good and others are simply not; for example, the lobster roll was outstanding, but the accompanying salad greens were far from fresh--a surprising lapse from a purportedly serious kitchen. We also waited an inordinately long time for our meal to arrive--although the service was otherwise very good. So I would give it a B-. Not bad, but they could do much better!
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  • Nicollet Island Inn
    Anne
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had the scallops, they were great but there were only 3 of them, not many for the price. My husband had the tenderloin steak, he thought it was excellent. I did try a couple of bites and it was great. I asked in the reservation to get a seat by the window, the hostess gave us a table not by a window and had to ask again. She did seat us there but why put that in the request and then not put us there to begin with?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Ahh Romance
    Booo
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Went here with my husband for our second anniversary. I added in the details of our reservation what we were celebrating and we were given so many well wishes. I think we were told happy anniversary around 5 or 6 times. They also gifted us both with champagne to toast our special day. Yummy food. Great ambiance. Great place to dress up for and not feel awkwardly overdressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sunday Brunch at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The fall colors and softly flowing river were gorgeous accompaniments to a fine meal. All five courses were just fabulous, and the mimosas and Bloody Mary's delicious. Especially noteworthy were the quiche and the lobster bruschetta. The beef stroganoff, a new entry, is made of shredded beef in a surprisingly light sauce, with fresh mushrooms. Delicious. The pumpkin brule to complete the meal was extraordinary, with raisins poached in honey to top the brule. I wouldn't have included the raisins if I were making it at home, and that would have been my mistake. I nearly asked for more. The service was as great as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Amazing food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant is a gem! The food was amazing and te device was impeccable! I can't wait to go back and eat there again. The fall desserts are also delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    TheCeesVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Nicollet Island Inn and we were very pleased with our choice. The food was excellent, Corey our server was very good and quite attentive to our needs. All and all a night we'll remember.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Very classy dining experience!
    DawnygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a very enjoyable dinner at Nicollet Island Inn a few nights ago. We had the asparagus salad, beef tenderloin, and steelhead trout, with Sauvignon blanc wine. It was a delicious meal, and our server was great. The manager also was making sure everything was satisfactory for all of the diners. We will return. It's a great place for a nice dinner before seeing a movie at St. Anthony Main.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    ELDM
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Waiter was personable, unfortunately he had the entire room to service. Which meant once the food was delivered he was too busy to stop back. The hostess that seated us originally told us the restaurant was not open yet ,even though we had reservations! The waiter set her straight, they actually had been " open" for 30 minutes. Our food was very good. The waiter, who was also the bartender made the BEST Sweet Brandy Old Fashion drinks! Would recommend the restaurant for lunch and would like to try their weekend brunch, but would hope that they would be sufficiently staffed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful spot!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious food on a spectacular Fall evening - expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Loved watching the horse & carriages go by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale, romantic dining
    FromMN
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I like to pick random date nights for my wife and treat her to romantic, upscale destinations. This historic location is perfect for anyone planning the same! It's a short walk to the riverside, the dam, and the Stone Bridge; don't forget the small-audience St. Anthony Theatre, only 4 blocks away. We were welcomed by the owner and general manager, wonderful and knowledged staff, and felt very comfortable! The decor is antique, but well-maintained; very welcoming; generous table space (to get in and out). A complimentary appetizer was served; we don't recall the name, but it was a cube of honeydew, topped with smoked trout, finely shredded radish and cucumber, and crowned with flying fish roe: absolutely amazing! We'll be returning again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Still a Great Experience
    Stev
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I did the 5-course tasting menu brunch and we thought it was a high quality meal and a very good value. The courses are designed to be less than a full portion, so in the end you don't walk away stuffed to the max. The Nic's Benedict with the house smoked salmon was particularly good. The main course for us was the Steelhead trout and Strip Steak. The trout was excellent; hot and tender and served with a butter-based farro. The steak was cooked to our request, but it was a bit chewier than we like. The Lobster Bruschetta was exceptional; flavorful. The final course was really memorable; lemon meringue tartlet and chamomile panna cotta. the desert servings were large and really topped off the meal nicely. It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • A bit disappointed
    35andhappy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nicollet Island Inn is a lovely facility however the food was a bit disappointing. The filet was served already sliced and was luke warm. The vegetables served with the filet were too salty. The potatoes that came with the strip steak were not cooked enough. Based on the price of our dinners I would expect the food to be exceptional.
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    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Unique Setting
    LeLu
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We enjoyed the intimacy of a table which provided entertainment of people enjoying the segways, hack carriage riders, runners and walkers, plus the river. It was a birthday celebration so we enjoyed cocktails and visiting before ordering and our waitress was excellent keeping an eye on us till we ordered. The fish courses were excellent nicely presented and prepared with side trimmings. The pasta was lack luster in presentation and flavor. Tasty side dishes of asparagus and brussels sprouts were delicious with grilled smoky flavor. The dessert to share was chocolate ganache with strawberry was superb, but not birthday complimentary. In the future I'd try the prix fix meals for a better value. A lovely evening and great hospitality.
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    scenic view, special occasion
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  • Never disappointed
    noreservationsVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    From the food to the setting to the service, everything is impeccable at the Nicollet Island Inn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.