Restaurant Alba
Restaurant Alba

Restaurant Alba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantalba.com/
  • Phone: 6106444009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm



    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sean Weinberg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 60 guests can be accomodated. Customized tasting menus are available for wine dinners or special events. Please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Weinberg 6106444009
  • Special Events: Please go to our website to sign up on our mailing list to receive newsletters about upcoming events. We do a variety of events such as winemaker dinners, farmer dinners, wine tastings,as well as off-site farm dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Warren Avenue
  • Public Transit: The SEPTA R5 line stops at the Malvern train station directly behind the restaurant. Please check schedule as not all trains stop in Malvern.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street, directly behind the restaurant in the Malvern train station SEPTA lot & within a block in the municipal lot on S. Warren Avenue.
A word from Restaurant Alba
A casually elegant restaurant featuring hand crafted locally grown artisan foods simply prepared & cooked over a wood-burning grill. The seasonal menu is comprised of foods sourced from over a dozen local farms. Recent accolades include top honors in food & service from Zagat Guide 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 & "3 Bells - Excellent" from food critic Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Private parties can be accommodated. In addition, customized tasting menus are available for your wine dinner or special event. Leave time to enjoy a cocktail or craft beer at our bar or perhaps something from our extensive wine list. An additional lighter fare menu is available in our bar area as well. Reservations are only accepted in the dining room, the bar seating is walk-in only.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Restaurant Alba reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (59)romantic (45)notable wine list (31)good for groups (17)great for outdoor dining (16)great for lunch (15)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent Restaurant
    epicure16
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had a wonderful meal with great wine and excellent service. What a great find in Malvern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, 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.
  • Local restaurant
    GoldingGoldens
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We'd never been to Alba even though we live in Malvern. We tried it for an anniversary dinner and both liked it. We had good food and good wine. The one shortfall though is that there are few choices for tables for two. We were first shown a tiny one up against a wall almost behind a door. that felt like the kids' table at Thanksgiving...an then a second one which was a small round table in a corner, and almost in the laps of our neighboring diners. There was a large group that evening, so perhaps several of the tables which could have been used for two were swallowed up by the group. We both decided it was worth another visit. The service was very good, and our server was very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Care in food and svc
    CindaSaid
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Alba consistently serves excellent farm to table food that delights the tastebuds. The service is genuinely caring and knowledgeable of the food. Enjoy the wine list too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was our anniversary and Alba provided us with a special night. We were greeted by our server Frank who guided us to our specially requested table that provided us with privacy and a romantic mood. The wines, primarily Italian, were spectacular. Their list is extensive and the servers quite expert at their attributes and matching to our meals. I had the slow roasted pork with corn pudding and caramelized onions....excellent. My wife had the grilled lamb with feta and kale with pancetta. Overall, her meal was a B. There was far too much pancetta and too little kale. In addition, the feta portion on top of the lamb was overwhelming. However, it was quite delicious. Overall, i very very fine evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at Alba
    TonyBones
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I went there for the second time since moving to the neighborhood, and it did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the food was prompt and delicious. The easy standout was the homemade pasta which was fresh and tender, mixing well with the respective sauces that we got. We'll certainly be back again at some point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    Alan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Restaurant Alba is small, but cozy. Almost everything on the menu passes through their great wood-fired oven, and their multiple varieties of bruschetta are just one facet of an overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Andrea
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    A friend and I went to Restaurant Alba on 5/1/14. I had the watermelon salad, and the grilled trout with roasted hazelnuts and escarole - it was exceptional! The peach tart was also fabulous! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alba Aniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really liked Alba. Went there for 1 year wedding anniversary. Very nice atmosphere, great service and wonderful food. They have a nice bar as well. I cannot believe they have been around for 9 years and I'm just discovering this Malvern Gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this place... Great date nite with the hubby! The hangar steak is always fabulous and the bruschetta with choice of toppings! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent for Lunch
    LauraJ
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I took several coworkers to Alba for a celebration. We had someone join at the last minute and they made it work without a flinch. The service was great (thanks, Frank!) and the food was just as good. It was a little loud in there but once a few tables cleared, it was fine. Highly recommend for a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Food and Excellent Meals
    AusOCNJVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Alba fulfilled both of our wants in a restaurant: they use locally-sourced ingredients and they prepare interesting and delicious meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Been too many times to count as it my wife's fav place. I'm a tad weary of the menu which doesn't change much around the general theme of fish and beef. But, it is always well prepared and it's a lovely spot for a quiet night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why did we wait so long
    LetsDoBrunchVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Amazing food, fantastic waitress, comfortable ambience, will definetely go back again soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    HungryRich
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been to Alba at least five times and had a great experience every visit. The food is great and service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Business Lunch
    bizzee
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Brought prospective clients for lunch and it was a nice, quiet place with great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    mikerocks
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I went on a Monday night on a whim, trying to find a new local restaurant. We tried the 5 course tasting menu and the accompanying wine sampler. I would literally rate this in one of the top 3 meals we've ever eaten. We've been to Le Bec Fin and all of the other high priced restaurants in Philly, and the closest comparison that can be made is to the fine restaurants we've eaten at in Italy. My wife and I had some amazing meals in Anghiari, Venice, Rome and Sorrento, and the food we had at Restaurant Alba brought all of those memories right back. Justin was in the kitchen that night and the meal he put together was incredible and Claudine (our server) was great. I wish I could write a longer review, the experience was that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly enjoyed the decadance ...
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Popped in for a first time visit on Saturday, we were the first to arrive and while we were the only ones in the dining room at 5:30, when we left - there wasn't a table to be had. For good reason. The late summer menu was decadent. The heirloom beet salad and fresh burratta were our starters - the char on the wood fired oven fresh toasted bread was amazing. The cheese (burratta), was seasoned with a light hand - with just a hint of fresh olive oil and some sea salt. The entrees - (the PA Fresh Trout and the Short Rib Parpadelle Pasta) were truly decadent and both plates went back clean. Our first visit was terrific and definitely will inspire a return to sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food had wonderful new combinations of food. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    John
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am not sure what happened but food was much better before. They changed the way they prepare trout for worst, may be faster now but not as taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • not a great lunch scene
    donna
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    service great but 2 dishes off the lunch menu and the menu is small. Rib burgers were tasty but not tender....delicious arugula and beet salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really great !
    Wenny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great menu, food and service. Can't wait to go back. Only down side is a $20 corkage fee - I really don't think they want to be BYOB !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    Cactus
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone has good days and bad days. I've been to this restaurant on several of their good days. Unfortunately for my wife and I this was not one of those. Not how we hoped to spend a rare "date night."
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Perfect as always and never disappoints! Always feel welcome and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    Summrbaby
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We chose to try Alba for my husband's birthday dinner and we left wondering why we hadn't gone sooner! Our meal started off with amazing service from Frank who walked us through the specials and the menu. We took a few of his suggestions, beginning with the wood grilled octopus and beef short rib flatbread which had just enough heat to balance the delicate flavors of the meat. Our mains were hanger steak which was prepared perfectly and accompanied by an arugula salad and some sort of whipped cheese that just melted like butter over the steak along with the Rabbit agnolotti. The homemade pillows of pasta just melt in your mouth. Their cocktail menu is also worth calling out. Whiskey lovers - Be sure to get a Black Buck! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have been to Alba many times now. Each and every time, whether it's my husband and I, a girl's night out, or a work dinner, I have always had a wonderful experience. I'm a bit of a foodie and love the selections the chef puts together and the every changing menu! Also, the wine list is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Encore!
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had our recent anniversary dinner at Alba. It was a great return visit, having been there several times, and we can heartiy recommend every item on the regular menu. The specials are worth your attention, too. Never disappointing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    Felini
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    There were many bright spots, (mini lamb cutlets; out-of-this-world, pillow-soft gnocchi, a chef choice appetizer plate that teased the palate and trout grilled to perfection and wonderfully sauced) but it was a surprise to find the suckling pig roasted to dryness and a rabbit dish that was non-descript. The food overall was very acceptable but my expectations had set a somewhat higher bar. However, we had a most pleasant evening greatly fostered by our wonderful waitress. The wine and overall dinner pricing would be better justified with more uniform quality delivery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, won't be the last
    srslyanicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The menu was fine - it takes a bit to wow me as I live in Philadelphia (where there are a lot of creative menus) but the ambience was great, dining room beautiful, and the service was absolutely outstanding! We had two gentlemen attending our table and they did a great job, including recommending a great bottle of wine that would go with everyone's entree.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was my second time here but first time reserving through Open Table. I can't say enough good things about this place. They called to confirm my reservation, then when I had to change the time, they were accommodating and polite. It was my mother's birthday and she can't stop talking about how much she loved the food. I had the lamb and have to say it is probably the best prepared lamb I have ever had. This place is slightly expensive, bit it is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    kenron113VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Alba is always excellent. I had the black bass and it was wonderfully prepared and plated. The nice thing about Alba is the food is great and you get enough of it. Had the white chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for desert - OMG.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed
    LovethefunoffoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've eaten hear often and had been a favorite however our experience was quite different this time. One diner had a $40 rib eye that was unevenly cooked and impossible to eat. We should have sent it back but didn't, take responsibility for that. Peach salads included bruised peaches-not appealing, the trout was just so-so and was over flavored by toppings, the dorado was just so-so with little flavor, relish with it didn't compliment, just plain lemon would have been better. Service bordered on being ignored, had to ask the waiter to clear a number of times. Prosciutto appetizer and Sardine appetizers were good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lisastar
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in years. Great service. A wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Steve
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came here with a party of four, seated right away. Had the anti pasta special platter for four. Ordered all the bruschetta. Ordered all the pasta! Ordered even more! Everything was superb. Professional through the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite!
    Coyotefe
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been to Alba twice in the past week (the first was my first time). Great food and a laid-back atmosphere. What's not to love? Service was attentive and pleasant. My foodie friend approved - which if you knew him you would understand this is praise from Caesar! Great Spaghetti Carbonara!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food, well presented, excellent service, nicely appointed dining room. Was definitely on the noisy side but that may have been mostly due to the party of four at the next table. After they left it was much quieter (but there were also fewer parties in the dining room by that point (8:00 on a Thu). We especially liked the fried green tomatoes, ricotta gnocchi (delicious and feather light, serving is shareable), the wood grilled Pennsylvania trout, the slow roasted Berkshire pork and the sweet corn pudding served with the roast pork. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Steevo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Went with another couple. Interesting antipasti appetizer with a combination of brisket, smoked salmon, farro, and salami. Interesting that the waiter that brought over the appetizer didn't really even know what type of food farro was. The waitress was very knowledgeable about all of the dishes. We had different entrees - 3 pasta dishes (including lobster ravioli which was a special) and a pork shoulder dish. All were very good. Atmosphere was perfect - not too loud and easy to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Italian
    windy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Don't miss this place if you want really fine Italian cuisine. However, in typical Italian fashion the tables are crowded together so if you want quiet and be a bit apart from those munching next to you, choose another eatery. Also, don't expect to eat on the cheap; bring money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lackluster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Second or third try at Alba...expensive fish entree, yet did not seem bright & fresh and muddled with the accompanying sauce, couldn't pick out distinct flavors....skimpy wine serving for $9 glass....feels a bit like it's trying too hard
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  • Wonderful flavor and service
    GDives
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Unique and remarkable flavors of food! Friendly, professional and knowledgable service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    NJfoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Having dined here several times for various special occasions (as well as just for a great meal), it's great to know that consistency in food excellence is alive and well... Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate