Primavista
Primavista

Primavista

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pvista.com/
  • Phone: 5132516467x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
    Closed on Monday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Prince
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Primavista offers the same excellent food and service with the same breath-taking view as our main dining room, for private parties. We pride ourselves in the fact that our Chef Chris Prince prepares dishes for 100 guests with the same care and attention as he does for two guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Rixson or Joan 5132516467x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. 8th & Price
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking across the street. Driveway is wheel-chair accessible.
A word from Primavista
Primavista, named after our "Premier View", takes your breath away! Enjoy Chef Chris Prince's award-winning Italian dishes while over-looking the Cincinnati skyline, Ohio River and Northern Kentucky hillside. Primavista, established in 1989, is the cozy but elegant creation of Owners Frank and Joan Lenkerd. They and Chef Chris Prince have been working together to keep Primavista "Primo" for over 18 years. Because of our long-standing reputation for excellent food and service, Primavista draws guests from all over the world. From Prom dates to 50th Anniversary parties, Proposals to Rehearsal Dinners and Business Dinners to Birthday Parties, you're sure to impress your guests at Primavista. Just 5 minutes West of downtown we're quite convenient to all areas , but please see our website for directions, promotion details, and other information. www.pvista.com 513-251-6467
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Primavista reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (194)special occasion (159)romantic (153)fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (61)notable wine list (56)good for groups (26)late-night find (14)hot spot (12)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great view, great food, a bit dated
    Jamie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The place was romantic, the food and service was great. We watched the sunset over my boyfriend's 40th birthday. The only complaint I have is that the decor could use a bit of updating. It seems like the decor is set for a bit of an older crowd. I think with just some freshening up, they could really appeal to a wider crowd looking for a special occasion dining location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner on a Saturday night. Got there a little after sunset but watching the city change at dark was still beautiful. The cocktails were delicious (and strong). We started with the ravioli appetizer. It needed some salt but the gorgonzola cheese balanced it out some. The gnocchi side and the fish special (striped bass) with crab was better. We had the tiramisu for dessert which was good although I think my fiance likes other versions more. The service was great although it took a while for the entree to come out. Overall it was a nice night out!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    MrObjective
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Primavista was a wonderful experience. I was very pleased with the food quality, service, and the overall experience. Best of all, the menu was very reasonably priced. I had the risotto, and added a meatball and Italian sausage. The risotto was some of the best I've had, perhaps the best. Meatball and Italian sausage will definitely be ordered next time. My date had the shrimp scampi, and it was perfect. Could not have asked for a better prepared dish. In all honesty, I was somewhat concerned after reading a couple reviews on a different food review site. After my experience at Primavista, these reviews must have been from perennial complainers. I have high expectations, and Primavista exceeded them all. Returning!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If not for the view...
    KYDinerGuy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If not for the beautiful view, this would just be an average restaurant that only locals would frequent. The food is good and the service was attentive, but the decor is from the 1980s. The menu could also stand to be updated.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I came for our wedding anniversary. The staff remembered and brought us a special dessert at the end. Nice touch!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMMMY
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful meal! Food is always great... very consistent. Andrew our server was excellent. Looking forward to our next dining adventure at Primavista! And the owner/mgr. always stops by to check that our food and service was great. A nice touch...and much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The View and the Food!
    Judi
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Prima Vista is always our choice for a quiet evening out or a special celebration. The food is prepared so well with fresh ingredients and creative presentation. The view of downtown and the river is the best in the city. The Incline District is adding to the revitalization of East Price Hill and Prima Vista is the heart of it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    LizzyAusten
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great view, great food and great service. Even the owner walks the floor to ensure you are having a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Romantic Spot
    leonratings
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was by far the best place I have ever been from the scenic view to the amazing food and presentation of the dish, it was like eating a piece of artwork!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our only hope is that the new construction very near Primavista doesn't adversely affect the parking and use of this great gem in Price Hill and our city. It is truly one of Cincinnati's finest restaurants operated by a dedicated and caring couple and family!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    You will never be disappointed in the food or friendly service at the Primavista. One of our all time favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Cicero
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First visit to Prima Vista Restaurant, definitely won't be the last!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AKWB
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's one of the Queen City's top 10! Such a gem! You'll never be disappointed. A Cincy native
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Primavista
    JT57VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Best Italian restaurant in Cincinnati. Great view as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Khartoin
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very nice dinner. Striped Bass and chicken meals were great. Service was great. Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carpdiem1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Have dined at Prima Vista on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. Our waiter went out of his way to get us a sample of a blueberry zucchini bread that was part of an appetizer different from the one we ordered. A great romantic dinner location.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always impressive
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    we love this restaurant. We took friends from out of town on our mosr recent visit. They were very impressed with the food, the service and theview. Allie was our server and has been on a number of occasions. One of the great things about Prima Vista is the consistancy of thier servers. Allie is pleasant, attentive and very knowledgable about the menu. The Prima Vista is always impressive and neber disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Cincy magazine recommended and my daughter had been wanting to try the place. Family went on her 21 st birthday. We were grossly disappointed. Food was fair at best and we had to make a special request for bread. Entrees were reasonable but add an $8-9 small dinner salad and bread...we all would rather have dined at one of the top steak houses. Portions were large but were mostly pasta with little else. None of us found eat our leftovers. What a dud on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food, beautiful view
    AnnaM
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The view of the city was beautiful. My boyfriend and I came for dinner for our anniversary. We had delicious Italian food, and had the city to look out at as we were eating!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    bravo2bubbles
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had an absolutely wonderful dinner this week at Primavista. The food, view and service were exemplary. Everything on the menu is sensational, however, I have had a favorite menu item which is no longer featured. The staff made the delicious entree happen anyway and delivered the dish to our table. Visit this restaurant for a special evening out. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly named - Primavista
    Onthe10brink
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Took my family here to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday and my son's 18th. Had forgotten how spectacular the view was and must say we all had a wonderful dinner and a very nice evening here. Will definitely make the trip to this area more often. We ordered a variety of entrees and they were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pasta , nada
    1chicchef
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    salad was not fresh , angel hair pasta only ok , meat balls only ok, I will go back for the view , but I will stick with a steak , fish or chicken & a vegetable , no salad . Hors devours were 50/50. Bruchetta could have been SO much more SO easily. While the service was great , awesome view , & good wine I have to say the rest of my $230.00 dinner should have honestly been $110.00 max. Prima , don't be a Donna & reach out for that potential that's at your finger tips .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and View - Bit Noisy
    DLowe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had the veal scaloppine special and guest had the ravioli. Both were excellent and served in the right portions. Appetizer special was also outstanding. Selected a great bottle of Red Zinfandel for a great evening. Tori worked with us to find just the right table for an anniversary dinner. Waitress was a bit inattentive at the outset, as we waited about 10 minutes to get in our drink order. Great sweeping views of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including the "super moon" rising over the Ohio River! I would rate the experience highly. The only downside of the restaurant is that it is a bit noisy and the tables could be a bit less crowded together.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday dining experience.
    VisitorsFromCincinnati
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went for my fiance's birthday here for a first-time visit that certainly won't be our last. They accommodated my request for an intimate table for two with one of the best views in the house. Attentive, prompt, friendly hosting and service from the time we arrived (we were late) to the time we departed. The food is top-notch. I had the pork tenderloin, cooked to perfection... just one of those moments when your body goes weak temporarily because the food is SO GOOD. My fiance had a pasta entree, the Chicken Formaggio, which compelled an identical reaction... incredible flavor with an authentic, firm texture. Brownie ala mode w/ coffee for desert. Go at night, because the view is far more arresting with the city lit up in the dark.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Place!
    Upfromabove
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our 4 year anniversary and we were both extremely pleased. Whether it be the great view, amazing food, or just overall experience it was a great decision to dine here. For being a fancy restaraunt the food is not over priced. It is one of the best restaraunts I have been too. I look forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We chose Primavista for my Mom's 70th birthday celebration. There was 7 of us. We had a table with the most amazing view. Our server, Annie, was PHENOMENAL. Actually, everyone who worked there was helpful, nice, fun, laughed with us, and incredibly efficient. All 7 of us loved the appetizers and the food. We all got different things, and nobody was disappointed. We had a great time. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed 2nd Time Around
    Jenelle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I visited Primavista for the first time, last year for my birthday. I was simply blown away. The food and the ambiance was amazing. I had the New Zealand Lamb chops for dinner. The meat was tender and seasoned to perfection. The portions were more than enough and fitting for the price. I had the bread pudding for desert it took my breath away. I went to Primavista last weekend for my birthday again and I was highly disappointed. The New Zealand lamb chops are no longer on the menu instead they have a lamb lion. The portions were small and the lamb didn't have any flair in taste. My bread pudding was disappointing as well. The pudding was spongy and the sauce was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Personal Touch
    BigGuy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Has repeatedly proven to be a very good dining experience. Food quality, presentation quite good. Never fails that Frank, owner/manager is hands-on, and pays attention to the details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will definitely come back again
    YankeeFanInOH
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing views of Cincinnati. Fast, attentive service. We only took an hour at the restaurant as we were headed to the Reds game afterwards, but we could have stayed longer if we wanted to. I don't know what kind of sauce I had with the chicken formaggio - some sort of lemon butter sauce - but it was DELICIOUS.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pitcher
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We came for our anniversary and it was the best one yet! Crab cake was wonderful and great start to striped bass entrée. The veal with truffle oil was amazing. Bread pudding here is my wife's favorite dessert and the sorbet is light and refreshing. We love this restaurant and always come here for our special nights to watch the city go dark and light back up while having one of the best meals you will ever enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was the best dinning experience and food from beginning to end that I have ever had in my 67 years. I will definitely be back, in fact we just gave our daughter money so they can experience the same outstanding meal and dining experience that my wife of 40 years and I experienced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drmmVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our meal started with a hot shrimp bruchetta, buttery and delicious, which my wife ordered but I got to taste. WOW! I had the Caesar Salad. The accompanying bread was superb and the giant garlic was awesome. My wife had the Veal Saltimboca which she always has when dining there because it is the best in the city. I had the penne pasta made with butter, garlic, artichokes, onions, and pancetta. I added an Italian Sausage. It was the first time I tried pasta with Italian sausage but without tomato sauce. What an eye opener. This dish allowed all the subtleties of the sausage to come through together with the other ingredients. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect accompaniment.We ended with coffee,and three different flavors of gelato.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    jonnyfancyhat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I love Primavista, so when my parents came in town we brought them there. The the atmosphere, the view, the meals, are amazing and we are on a budget so we both split an our entrees but were completely satisfied and even brought some home! Primavista never disappoints we always feel special and well taken care of there. I tell all my friends to go here for romantic dates!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Food with a View
    FoodieatHeart
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ever since visiting Italy in 2009 I have been on a continual quest to find traditional Italian food made with quality ingredients. I have had teh occasional success but generally I leave disappointed. This was not the case at Primavista. The food was EXCEPTIONAL! Their Beef Carpaccio is tender well seasoned and the Gnnochi were cooked perfectly. I could not get enough of the roasted garlic served with the bread. The building and decor are dated to say the least but don't judge the book by it's cover. Our meals were outstanding and no one at our table was disappointed. We were seated by the window so we got to take full advantage of the amazing view of the Cincinnati skyline. Save room for dessert the bread pudding it's divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST VIEW OF CINCINNATI
    CincinnatiKid
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Always fabulous food and service. The panoramic view is not to be beaten.....seven hills, downtown, and the river:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not so good
    Teogopa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was not very good. Wine was very nice, the service outstanding. Bread we got was obviously cut earlier in the day and it was warm but dried and too hard /crusty. My meal either had too much olive oil, or butter, could not say which one from the cheese taste. There is way too much cheese that that taste takes over the entire meal. My husband said same thing about his veal.He could not taste the meat from the cheese on it. Wine was very nice. Service was outstanding. There is no blend in tastes and seasoning. I ate better prepared food in some way less exquisite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very amazing night with a wonderful view and nice food at a affordable price
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Waiter cordial, food very tasty, view outstanding. A great first time experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu Choices
    CVGJetGuyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The new summer menu at Primavista offers some great new choices and makes some of their popular "specials" into standard menu items.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Gluten Free Service
    Stormy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service was beyond extraordinary. They were extremely careful and knowledgeable concerning my husband's gluten free requirements due to Celiac Disease. This means a lot to me as a wife. The gluten free options were diverse and numerous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.