Pintxo-Montreal
Pintxo-Montreal

Pintxo-Montreal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pintxo.ca/
  • Phone: 5148440222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque
  • Executive Chef: ALONSO ORTIZ
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LAVAL
  • Public Transit: Sherbrooke Metro Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Pintxo-Montreal
Step inside one of Montreal's Spanish Basque restaurants and experience a night of exquisite taste of modern Basque Cuisine all tapas style also known as Pintxos. Located in Le Plateau on Roy Street between St-Denis and Blvd. St-Laurence, it`s an easy find. Pintxo is a convenient restaurant to eat at since it is in the heart of one of the busier districts in Montreal.
Besides being known as La nueva modiva Basqua (New trend of Basque cuisine), Pintxo is also known for its extensive Spanish wine list which is offered by the glass or by the bottle, and along with a beautiful full bar for those who just want to chat and have a few drinks while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere. At Pintxo the tapas are presented in a typical Basque style called Pintxos (Basque bites in English). The chef, who is part owner and studied Basque cuisine in Spain, is determined to please everyone who is willing to experience modern delicious, artistically presented Pintxos.
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Pintxo-Montreal reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)romantic (54)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (41)good for groups (19)hot spot (14)late-night find (10)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Tantalizing tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    food was beyond fabulous. Delectible bites blending flavours and textures so pleasing to the palate. Even non-foodies and "difficult" eaters can choose wisely and totally enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find Basque food
    SJ28
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We split a half carafe of rioja and ordered 6 pintxos, along with an individual salad and strawberry gazpacho. The arugula salad was great, but the gazpacho a bit sweet for our taste. But the pintxos . . . snails, octopus, shrimp oh my! The scallop was particularly good. A great meal of unique tastes and textures. Don't be afraid to try something unusual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Delicious Plates
    DDHDolly
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The concept is simple and well executed. Wonderful, full flavoured small dishes. The service was polite, aproachaple and never intrusive. The ambiance was perfectly suited for girls catch up dinner but would easily been great for a special occasion too. Loved the neighborhood. Loved the experience. Thank you to the Staff for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow and terrible service!
    Sarah123456
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Montreal for the thanksgiving weekend and decided to check out this restuarants..... It is a tapas style so you order small plates. We ordered 9 between the 2 of us. However we were only served 1 plate every 15 minutes!!!!! The food is average. Nothing special for tapas. While ordering I asked the waitress if she recommended the asparagus dish. She responded "well asapargus are not in season right now, so if you like your asparagus out of a can then you may". After that response I of course did not order the aspAraus, but was now questioning the other ingredients on the menu! Don't waste a dinner in Montreal on this place. You will be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service/atmosphere
    AvidDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great for couples, wonderful service. Shared 10 tapas, for 2 people and a bottle of wine, came out to a little over a 100 each including tip. As for the food, was a hit and miss. Hits were great though, none of the dishes we had were a perfect 10. The restaurant is split, a more 'intimate' section, the other for larger groups. Not the best tapas in Montreal but overall a good find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent resto
    Laccha
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ce fut une expérience très agréable. La nourriture est excellente et le vin aussi. Nous y retournerons c'est certain et ferons connaitre ce reto à nos amis.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    bmred
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I went to this restaurant on a Friday night and ordered 10 of the pinctos to share. Everything was great. The food was fantastic and the staff was great! We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun!!!!!!
    FlaneurBN
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Love this place. Went twice in the past week, and the whole sharing a lot of small plates and a great wine selection = a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    totor
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I took some friends to the Pintxo in order to let them discover the typical basque tapas. Everything was perfect. The pintxos were of high quality food. There pintxos are "de concurso" : they could win a contest.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly and good dishes
    Mary
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We arrived late because we got lost and when we explained the situation they understood and they served us, food is very good, duck with risotto especially! I liked also the octopus carpaccio!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a birthday date
    sl33
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very great ambience, food, and especially service. Really appreciated the birthday surprise for my girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    jeanetlise
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was perfect! If you want a sweeties, cheesecake is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pintxo in Montreal
    Darkscryber
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pintxo is a nice little restaurant with lots of choices for pintxos (spanish entrée). Although some pintxo was not super great, the whole thing was very nice with a "plateau" feeling with gluten free stuffs and organic menu. The service is personnal and very nice and fast and you won't wait for anything more than you need. Excellent for a first date or a romantic evening with your SO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Morsels
    FoieGrasEnthusiast
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were a group of 6 and ordered 9 pintxos to share. Our favorites were the Boudin aux pommes, morue et sauce vierge, pieuvre grille et chorizo, pieuvre farci and the cotelette de cerf. The feuillete de tomate et fromage de chevre and the salade de maquereau were solid bets. However, some like the carpaccio de wapiti and the tartare de canard fume were a bit bland and left us indifferent. We also asked for a wine that would be suitable for our choices of pintxos and the waitress did great (grenache and tempranillo blend) Service was a little slow and a bit absent-minded (e.g. they brought out the olive oil, but not the bread). They did take the time to explain what the pintxo were as they came out and that was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an amazing time!
    teenthebean
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I have been coming here for special occasions for several years now and it never disappointing! Outrageous food, delicious wine (they boast an amazing selection of Spanish wines), the consistently outstanding staff - Pintxo has it all. Tucked away on a quiet street in Montreal's lovely Plateau neighborhood, this restaurant is a sure bet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Libertad
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It is a very good restaurant with high quality of food, gourmet, and from Spain. The concept is very nice and permit to try different flavors and types of recipes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great overall, avoid the desserts
    Axlle
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We shared 9 pintxos between the two of us. While most were refined and flavorful (the duck tartare and the mackerel special were to die for), others like the oyster tempura were forgettable. The low point was the dessert. My berry tart was overly sweet and lacked subtlety, and the poached pear was hard as a rock. After asking a waiter about it, he told us that this was perfectly normal, and brought us a steak knife. Yes, a steak knife to eat a poached pear; and yes, the steak knife was necessary. We stated that poached pears should not be hard, but he insisted it was normal. When the bill arrived, we weren't charged for it, but we felt their denial and dismissal of our complaint was condescending. We'd still recommend going for the pintxos.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    liketodineoutxo
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Two of us ordered 8 pintxos, which were served one at a time, in the perfect order. Each one was a taste-treat, and standouts were the two nightly specials of mackerel and venison, along with the mushrooms and duck confit. Our server was friendly, helpful, at our table when we needed her, and the support staff were equally capable and friendly. We will be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice evening
    Binou1979
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A great place for foodies that truly prefer taste over amount because the portions are quite small but the flavours are really wonderful. The overall ambiance is quite nice but the restaurant fills up very fast and the noise level is moderate. The menu degustation for 38$ is a good value because it allows you to try 4 tapas (chef’s choice) and one main dish of your choice. A nice place for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner In Montreal
    RYan
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    After scouring around yelp for hours my travel companion and I decided on Pintxo. The dining room is cozy but not crowded. The service is impecable. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The food was outstanding. Artfully prepared and the progression was flawless. If on the menu, I highly recommend the 'grilled octopus and chorizo' and the 'venison medallions'. I cannot wait to visit Montreal once more to eat at Pintxo; it was a highlight of my trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite
    ultimarker
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had been trying to get a reservation here on a weekend for over 3 years and finally got a chance to enjoy their amazing food. Our expectations were high and they were surprisingly exceeded ! We shared 10 pintxos and each one was a delight for the eyes and especially our taste buds. Will suggest this to anyone looking for a great restaurant in Montreal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect, as usual
    Marnie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was my third visit to Pintxo, and I love it more each time I go. The food is lovingly prepared and served. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The wine list is impressive and mixed drinks amazing. This is the second time I've brought my 11-year old daughter--who now calls it her favourite restaurant--and I am always impressed when a restaurant gives the same level of service to a mom and her kid as they do to anyone else (which is sadly not often the case). We shared 8 plates and absolutely loved most of them. The stuffed figs, smoked duck tartar and torchon de foie gras are real standouts. The grilled vegetables were a little disappointing, they weren't bad, just not as exciting or interesting as the rest of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • desserts
    Rodito
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The dessert list is limited, it should include a natilla
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great discovery
    restolover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I dined at Pintxo with my boyfriend for our third anniversary and we loved it. It was our first time there and we loved the food and the concept. With the pintxo option we got to taste many different things in one meal. We definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone who likes to try new things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch with customers
    Restotester
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a great time, our server was professional, polite and very knowledgeable of his menu. We took the Pintxo menu and every plate was extraordinary. Awesome food, awesome service and great Wine list, definitely a well hidden treasure in mtl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good, but a bit pricey...
    coyote
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The selection of Pintxaos (Basque tapas) is very extensive (including 2 additional ones which where specially offered the evening I was there) and all of the 9 I shared with the out-of-town business associate I dined with ranged from very good to excellent (the bajoue de boeuf has been rated as the "most tender and flavorful piece of beef I've ever tasted" by my colleague). The only one that was slightly disappointing was the stuffed calamari: it was a very small calamari (especially considering that we were sharing everything...) and although the stuffing was very good, the animal was somewhat tough and hard to cut & under the teeth... Good wine list (private). We had 9 pintxaos and an average priced wine bot. and ended up with $180...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Très cher pour la quantité
    jlch22
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    J'ai trouvé les portions exagérément petites pour le prix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food...but
    charliemtl
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The place is really nice, the atmosphere and the staff are great. The food was simply amazing, even if the pintxos are smaller than a tapa (with a very similar price). The only thing we didn't appreciate was the slow service. It took a lot of time to be served between pintxos, it was so long that we ended up eating one of our friend's food! Also, the team service approach might work in some occasions, but for us and for the staff was confusing, that is another reason why we ended up eating our friend's pintxo! Besides that, nothing to complain about, the food is tasteful, even the bread was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Daniel
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This restaurant, with the great variety of tastes, textures and visual of the different pintxos is a wonderful and unique culinary experience. The service is friendly and competent without being clingy. The wine list includes private imports to give a good choice very finding something to go with a meal made up of multiple and varied dishes. Overall a great place to eat while having a relaxed conversation or celebrating an occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Délicieux!
    Rosy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Délicieux de A à Z ! Ambiance vraiment chaleureuse, très beaux produits sur la carte de vins, présentation des assiettes super, vraiment bien si vous avez envi de gouter à plusieurs choses et partager entres vous ! Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ljamaicain
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    La bouffe est incroyable a chaque fois!! a essayer absolument:-foie gras -bajoue de boeuf -pievre et chorizo Tres bon service
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas style dining
    Jmdl84
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Small plate tapas restaurant hidden on a side street. Food and service are very good. Decent list of Spanish wines for pairing. Overall an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 388 reviews are from the Pintxo-Montreal reviews archive.
  • Outstanding
    LeopoldBloom
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Neighbourhood restaurants like this, off the beaten track but culinary delights, are what make Montreal the best food city in Canada. Discreet service, excellent tapas menu and superb Spanish wines. Quiet, dimly lit and very romantic. Tables are close together but seating is arranged in such a way that you don't really notice your neighbours. I highly recommend this place and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small delicious bites
    foodrunner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My fourth visit to Pintxo did not disappoint. We did not want a big meal so we ordered six small plates. All were nicely presented, interesting in taste and texture and filled us with delight and good Basque cuisine. The service was discreet and friendly. The waitress helped with the wine choices by the glass. We did not order the main courses but from post experience these too are delicious. A good restaurant for a twosome or a small group, music and good conversation can be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Pintxo was very good. We were 4 people and we all enjoyed all of our dishes. Dishes in general were on the small side even for "tapas"...either charge a bit less or give a bit more...though again all were very good and well presented!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivement les tapas !
    Aaaaa
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    À proximité du quartier des spectacles, ce restaurant fait découvrir différents agencements de saveurs à travers les différents tapas (ou pinxto). Cependant, j'ai été déçue de constater que le repas à la carte - excellente bajoue de boeuf - ne contenait aucun légume. La prochaine fois, je prendrai seulement des tapas. Bon appétit !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Montreal's Basque Gem!
    LoulouB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If you love the "tapas" meal approach, I strongly recommend a smaller offering called Pintxo in Montréal which is truly my favorite. Greeting, service, servers' recommendations, food and wine are outstanding! Feel free to let your server make you discover a tour of the Basque Country via its Pintxos recommendations and surprises! You should make your réservations at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance since this restaurant is a popular one in the neighborhood! Enjoy :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but expensive
    Kerwin34
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food is good but not as I expected from reviews. Portions are very very small (hence the name pintxo) but very pricey. Worth giving a try to see for yourself but I personally would not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual!
    Nanixz
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Every time we go there, we have a great experience in food and service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Tapas!
    TheBrick
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful Basque style tapas right in Montreal. The food is fantastic, the ambience is perfect for a date, and the wine list is well chosen and offers great value. Top it off with excellent service, and you have the recipe for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet