Nightwood
Nightwood

Nightwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nightwoodrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3125263385x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:30pm (no dinner)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shae Daher
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Customized events in our private Wine Room for up to 40 guests. Patio and/or private luncheons available upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cermak
  • Public Transit: Halsted Bus route #8 stops right in front, Cermak bus route #21 is also nearby. Orange Line Halsted stop. Walk north.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking; free parking on Halsted and adjacent streets.
A word from Nightwood
Welcome to Nightwood. Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds, owners of Logan Square's Lula Cafe, invite you to join us in Pilsen -- at our open kitchen, on our patio, in our wine room, with the warmth and fragrance of applewood scenting the air.

We are a farm to table restaurant, featuring local produce and sustainably sourced meats and fish on an ever-changing, handwritten menu.

Spit roasted chicken, whole slow cooked pork, squash grilled over the open flame, a simple bowl of perfect fruit and sorbet. Hand in hand with the best farmers and craftspeople of the midwest, we cook with bold simplicity and care. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Nightwood reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (138)neighborhood gem (117)great for outdoor dining (74)special occasion (68)romantic (66)great for brunch (48)hot spot (40)notable wine list (40)good for groups (30)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Nightwood Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Charming restaurant with delicious brunch. Friendly staff, great coffee, and the donuts are to die for...order as an appetizer. I ordered the bagel sandwich with trout, cream cheese, arugula, bacon, and over easy egg - it was an explosion of flavors and utterly delicious. My father ordered the burger - it was colossal yet elegant. I will definitely be going back for brunch and cannot wait to try for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChefHRSVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Interesting preparations and good variety. Cameron is an excellent server.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW! highly recommend!
    CANDC
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Nightwood came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Food was exceptional, the Chicken & Duck main dish selections were simply delicious. The service was absolutely top notch. I love the seats around/next to the kitchen which we will definitely try next time. This is a great "Romantic" date night option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nightwood is a terrific restaurant.
    seasonedcitizen2
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is my first visit to Nightwood. It was my friend's 81st birthday, and the restaurant made it a very memorable evening. Beginning with John's warm greeting, the knowledgable, gracious server, the delicious food, and the finale, a plate of cookies with a candle. The wait staff overheard us talking about going home for a homemade birthday cake, so they gave us scrumptious cookies with a candle, to be boxed and taken home. How thoughtful was that? We won't wait for a birthday to return to Nightwood. It's a favorite restaurant already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    KelvinVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I was asked to find a restaurant by a very picky eater. I chose this based on the ratings and menu. All 5 of us were very pleased with the great food and service. Amidst all the choices in Chicago, this is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Atetoomuch
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful experience and will be coming back frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fantastic!!
    Penguin
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Another amazing meal!! Nightwood continues to impress with creative, innovative dishes, farm fresh ingredients, stunning presentations and impeccable service that is personal, knowledgeable and manages not to be stuffy or smothering. Nightwood gets my highest recommendation! Great place to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best brunch in the city
    toolwoman15
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Flawless. from the Bloody Mary to the bacon donut to the egg sandwich this meal was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't sit downstairs
    MichaelCVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were in the basement which had spotty service and strange smells.
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I've been wanting to try this place for a while and it did not disappoint. Went for brunch, will be back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great people
    DinerDude
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    When we're at a brunch spot, how they care for our kids is an indication of what they are as a service restaurant. Nightwood was wonderful with ours. Honestly one of the best service experiences of my life, and that's saying something. The food is fantastic. I recommend the bacon donut. It's perfect! Light, sweet, savory all at once. The hush puppies alone could bring me back. And my duck confit eggs were yummy. Though we go across the city to get there, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, Neighborhood Gem
    yay14
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I wanted to try a restaurant in the Pilsen area, and I decided to try Nightwood because I like the farm-to-table concept. This restaurant is definitely a place I will attend again! It was small and cozy with great food. It's on an empty street, so you won't get the crowds that places in other neighborhoods do, but it's definitely worth the trek to Pilsen. I had the pork belly with green beans, and it was delicious. It tasted homemade and everything was well cooked without trying too hard. My friend ordered the burger and fries, which was similarly good. The fries were definitely worth it. The mozzarella appetizer was excellent as well, although the desserts didn't live up to the rest of the meal. Overall, a great place. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic Chic
    SMULawyerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything at Nightwood is fresh and fun, but the entire menu is a bit rustic flavorwise. The hand-pulled mozzarella is nothing like I'd ever seen before--more like a flameado at a Mexican restaurant but without the Mexican flavors--meaning it's melted and dredged in oil and seasonings. The agnolotti and the cavetelli, though delicious, still had a more earthy/rustict flavor profile, despite the ingredient lists. We also got the Punch for 2, and although refreshing, it lacked depth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Appetizers, main courses, desserts were all consistently good. Pretzels to open were fantastic. Only downside was no draft beers as their CO2 machine was out of order, but I'm sure that's an isolated incident.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A memorable meal; beautifully prepared and presented. Attentive but not cloying service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Staff
    ebdain
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My friend was late. The wait staff was fine with me sitting and having my coffee. Smart, kind staff. Food was delicious. I wish the soft scramble was softer and fluffier, but I would order again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food,service and setting
    Bonaire1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Third visit to Nightwood and again came away impressed with the consistency of quality in both food and service. Highlights this visit were the oysters and Churchalinni pasta appetizers , the Trout and Pork Belly entrees and the popcorn panna cotta dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    slb1492VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I live in the West Loop, but leave my favorites on Randolph to frequent Nightwood between two and four times per month. My dining experience last night was appalling. The service can be described as: inconsiderate (e.g. practically throwing shared-entrees on the table without serving utensils and walking away), rude (e.g. failure to make eye contact; clearing dishes before the food was gone), lacking (e.g. not speaking to us, not asking if we'd like anything else -- another bottle of wine, anyone?). Our bill was $350 for three -- reasonable, but the new menu was incredibly salty and, as a result, wasn't inspiring. In addition to the food, there appears to have been staff turnover -- the cost of which is the loss of a regular customer.
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  • So disappointed
    ChicagoFoodie1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was excited about going but when we got there I asked the server about some stuff on the menu and he didn't have much to say, couldn't describe much for me so we ordered anyway, quail was flavorless, so was duck, cauliflower and cheddar was blah and we couldn't find any cheddar in it, my girlfriend's fish was ok, but just ok.The only think that saved the meal was the desserts which were fantastic, Apple Pie , Chocolate tart and Popcorn with peaches and ice cream. Oh and the drinks were ok... All in all a bunch of food that looked good but fell short on flavor.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always amazing!
    Zxcv
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nightwood is our very favorite restaurant, and our experiences there are always wonderful. The setting is so comfortable and well designed, the service is top notch, and the food is sublime. Not to forget the drinks- those are notable and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a Blast
    WorkingClassy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. I drive by this place often and have been wanting to go for some time, so i thought her birthday was a great opportunity. Plus, my co-worker has been bragging about her experience there for months now. So i was excited about going. The place is awesome, the staff was super friendly, the food was amazing, a little pricey, but for what you get it is well worth it. Great drinks. Cocktail menu was really cool. every component of the meal was flawless. The only thing i would change would be where we sat. Next time i'll plan on sitting in the back bar by the kitchen. You'll get a real good look at the kitchen crew put out amazing plate after amazing plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical tater tot orbs.
    jchap
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delicious bday brunch for my wife with fantastic donuts (we split the bacon ____ one as an appetizer, and then they gave us a free chai ____ one with a candle in it), and my egg plate thingy was really great, too. Every plate I saw had 3 of these magical tater tot orbs on them, basically finely-shredded potatoes shaped into a ball and heated til the outside is crispy, salted, and ready for ketchup. Friendly service and great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MIKEVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Based upon reviews, I was expecting much more from this restaurant. It was totally mediocre and high priced for mediocrity. Their heirloom tomato appetizer tasted no different than any tomato with ordinary olive oil. The spaghetti/eggplant was a relatively small portion(for the money) and very salty.Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu but lacked personality. The best I can say is the water glasses were constantly filled.
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  • Worth the trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food and service. Don't be intimidated by location. Took us 15 minutes on Friday night from Lincoln Park area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a fresh menu!!!
    ChicagoLanceVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Nightwood changes their menu daily so whatever someone may recommend may not be available during your visit. Our table had the duck, chicken and bass. All were delicious and served with a medley of unique fresh vegetables. While absolutely delicious all the way around - the fish and duck were a little heavy on the salt. The service was top notch and amazing all around with suggestions. They even brought out a special birthday treat. If you go during the week street parking in front of the restaurant is rare; however if you go down the street right by the car wash you won't have a problem finding something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food, service and drinks were excellent and we appreciated the quieter atmosphere for a birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday Dinner
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife took me to Nightwood for my birthday. We loved it! The chef has a unique approach with a strong focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. Even the meat dishes seem to feature creative vegetable creations accompanied by excellent meat preparations versus the typical meat focus. Nightwood is not a vegetarian restaurant (although a vegetarian would love it). The fishes and meats are excellent, but the chef is a wizard with fruits and veggies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, but a few flaws
    foodisgood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Appetizers and drinks were excellent, but I surprisingly found my duck entree to be a bit lacking. My girlfriend felt similar about her pork. Both were a bit fatty and lacking any kind of complex flavor. Service was good, but we did wait a bit to put our order.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    hutvchvVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always good. Enjoyable foodie twist. The burger rocks. Took clients that were visiting from out of town. They loved it. I wish Nightwood had more round tables - we were seated at a rectangle one. Made conversation difficult. Our waiter made excellent wine recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grey food great service too loud
    Wanderingdiner31890
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Grey food great service too loud. Enjoyed the food and the service. Be sure to try the smelt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jcb456VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    very expensive for what is served such as a chicken thigh for twenty five dollars
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  • Amazing
    DAVMG
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Second visit to Nightwood, and everything was amazing, from beginning to end. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great for Sunday Brunch
    dsc3291965VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    have never been for dinner but the Sunday brunch is fantastic - particularly their unusual take on donuts, like bacon carmel etc...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Together Brunch
    Nicolette
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Brunch was delicious and service was great. We were 4 friends catching up after not seeing each other for some time and never felt rushed to order or pay our bill. I am still thinking about the Chickpea pancakes...they were unbelievably good. A great savory breakfast. Not sure what kind of coffee is served, but it was also great. And, who doesn't love those breakfast tater tots!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique little place
    Fionette
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The freshness of the ingredients was wonderful. The variety and use of spices and flavors was great. They were flexible in letting us do a little "family style" mixture of entrees and appetizers. The semi-outdoor area was delightful, and the bar seating facing the kitchen was special…we hope to come back and sit there! We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner experience
    Omnomnom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner experience. The duck was fantastic and the wine list was more than sufficient. It was a bit noisy, but that is to be expected on a crowded Saturday evening. Desserts were all fantastic, and the price ranges were sensible. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious! Great experience!
    Reckless
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delicious! Staff was friendly & attentive! Decor was beautiful. Excellent wine list, and dessert list was exquisite!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank You Nightwood
    BeerBeard
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I'm not huge on writing up reviews. I will say this though.. My girlfriend and I enjoyed every moment of our most recent experience at Nightwood. Cocktails, Rose, vegetarian accommodations, a dessert reference to my all time favorite mystery series, and all topped off with the perfect pairing of Sherry by our server. Thank you for everything, Nightwood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great Restaurant
    MMeat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A little noisy on a Friday evening - very vibrant - good ambience excellent service and very fresh and creative food. We had a great time and will recommend the restaurant any time. Keep on cooking!
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  • amazing food and outdoor setting
    Susiequeue
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came to Nightwood to celebrate a family gathering. We sampled 2 appetizers, 5 different main courses and 3 sides. Everything was delicious and interesting. The grilled octopus app was to die for in a spicy mole sauce. The cornmeal gnocchi main was so delicious and unusual. We also tried the roasted chicken, served with pickled radishes, duck breast, cheeseburger and bass - all standouts. For dessert we tried the chocolate bomb - truly worth splurging for. The outdoor setting was so peaceful and gave us an extra sense of privacy within the patio setting, with its wood slab and ivy covered walls. The service was impeccable. We will definitely be back for another occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.