Bandolero
Bandolero

Bandolero

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bandolerodc.com/
  • Phone: 2026254488x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tony Starr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Bandolero regularly hosts events and lively happy hours. Check twitter and facebook for updates.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom on the Blue and Orange Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available right outside of the restaurant and a public parking lot is conveniently located right across the street within the Shops at Georgetown Park.
A word from Bandolero
Opened May 24, 2012, Bandolero is a modern Mexican restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. The two-story, 5,000 square foot, high-energy space reflects a Day of the Dead motif, and plenty of bar space to imbibe. The menu showcases classic Mexican dishes with untraditional flavor profiles, including dips served with housemade chicharones and masa crisps, tacos, taquitos, enchiladas, empanadas, and quesadillas.
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Bandolero reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)good for groups (30)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (21)neighborhood gem (18)late-night find (12)romantic (7)special occasion (7)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was very good (as it
    Susan
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Food was very good (as it usually is), but a particularly busy, noisy night. Service was great at beginning of meal, but hard to get attention later. Took forever to get coffee and check. We'll certainly go again, but earlier.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    A fun place to enjoy small plates and fresh margs with friends! We went on a rainy day Sunday and the food and great service was exactly what we needed to end a crappy weathered weekend. The host let us take our time and to enjoy every bite and moment with good friends. Thank you Bandolero :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the Mahi mahi tacos
    Tony65yVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The suckling pig taco was excellent. The appetizers such as guacamole and ceviche were all delicious. I was really surprised when a deep fried, heavily breaded mahi mahi taco showed up with little to no flavor and no resemblance of what sucha flavorful fish. It was so bad I didn't finish it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Megs1986
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My boyfriend and I wanted to try somewhere new and were amazed by the gorgeous ambiance, delicious margaritas and excellent service! My favorites were the mahi mahi tacos and steak tacos! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. It has a vibrant and energetic feel. The food was great. The pork tacos and brussel sprouts were particularly good. The margaritas are really good. I look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place for great food!
    Pabs
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is a tapas style Mexican restaurant with a ton of unique dishes. I absolutely love the brussel sprouts, mahi mahi tacos, and skirt steak. And everything else is great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Great food and drink in a relaxed environment. Happy hour specials were great and would recommend this place to anyone who like good food and drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's our waiter?
    RookieFoodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The decor is notable and definitely a hot spot for social 20 somethings (which we are), but I immediately felt old as soon as we sat down. It was so dark I had to hold the menu near a candle to read it and it was so loud we spent most of the meal asking each other to repeat. All of that could have been forgiven because the drinks were strong and the food was pretty good -- at least the items we received. Our waiter was attentive for about 15 minutes and then seemed to end his shift without telling us. 2 of our items just never showed-up. No one noticed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nacho Mama's Enchiladas
    Autumn
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Most imaginative south of the border cuisine since Jacque and Herbert went to Cabos on vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere, OK food
    Neil
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Stopped by this place because it was fairly new and it looked nice inside. The good: Portion sizes for tapas were actually fairly good The bad: Food was just mediocre, IMO
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  • Queso Fundido
    Mich
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I have been to Bandolero four times, three of which to impress my friends from out of town with a solid DC restaurant. This past weekend we went and got the brussels sprouts, steak tacos, tuna tacos and.....queso fundido....times two. It was a great dinner with good friends and a fun waiter. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and servic but deafening
    DCTasterVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food here is great but even upstairs the noise level is hard to take. Love the guac and ceviche.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre...
    VegFoodLover
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were excited to bring an out of town visitor to Bandolero but were disappointed. The service was very poor- we waited 25 min for margaritas that we ordered right when we sat down! The drinks were not worth the wait either- the pineapple margarita tasted like something I could have easily made at home with some canned Dole juice. We also waited a long time for our food- but I think this was more a waitress issue than kitchen because once it finally started arriving it came out nicely timed. The food was good- lots of spice, decent portions, a couple veggie options. Overall we were disappointed in a spendy meal with poor service and below the quality you would expect for a known chef.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Terribly Lacking
    DCAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food: Really great and inventive, albeit overpriced. (It's tapas-style, and this restaurant ascribes to the new trend of running up the tab while serving smaller and smaller portions, siomething that young restaurateurs need to just get over already.) The service: I had to call the manager over to let them know that our server had gone AWOL for the 30 minutes since we were seated, no food orders taken in that time. In an effort to make things right, we ended up with THREE people taking care of our table, with a good degree of confusion ensuing from crossed wires and lack of communication. No matter how good the food is, at that price point, you need to be 100% on your game - and, for that reason, I more than likely won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The waiter recommend his favorites and he was definitely right on target, they were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, terrible service
    KateVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Bandolero to celebrate his birthday (which just so happens to fall on Valentine's Day). It took our server FIFTEEN MINUTES to even come over and say hello. By then, we were ready to order our food and drinks. She offered zero apology for the delay and then took another 15 minutes before someone brought over our bottle of wine. We received our food--- and it was delicious. We loved every dish-- the flavors and presentation were excellent. Our server did not once came back to check on us. The food was spicy and I ran out of water and no one came over to refill our glasses until after our food had been finished. I was appalled by the terrible level of service (and overheard other tables complaining as well).
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  • Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Tapas are always a great choice for date food, and Bandolero did not disappoint. They are a bit expensive (~$12 per plate), but the food is very flavorful. The service is good, and there's a great ambiance. I would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bandolero was good, though
    jsweat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Bandolero was good, though a little pricey for Mexican (even upscale Mexican in Georgetown). The fish tacos and butternut squash tacos were excellent and the side of crispy brussel sprouts were delicious. The plantains, however, were below average - tough, underripe, and flavorless. The portions were also much larger than we expected. The server said it was tapas and suggested 2-4 dishes per person. We had two appetizers, two orders of tacos and two sides and were stuffed. Overall, it was good and I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great tequila list, good food
    fatboy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went her for Valentine's day. Dinner started off well, service was great and friendly the whole night. The waitress helped us disect the tequila list. The food is served tapas style, we ordered 4 for the two of us which was more than enough food. Every dish was good but HIGHLY recommend the Mussels Cazuela, definitely the highlight of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definition of Average.
    Ashley
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I went to this restaurant when it first opened and it was incredible - everything from the food to the service was spot on. My second time back was not so great. Our food came out cold and some of it tasted stale. There were four items that we ordered (to be fair, one was a dessert) that they were out of, so we had to settle for some items we were not very excited about. The service was mediocre as well, as we were always trying to find our waitress to get more drinks or to order more food. I have to say our first experience so great this was a massive disappointment. If you're looking for average service and food, this is your restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was good but the margarita pitcher was tiny, filled with ice, and $40.00. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    Benitez
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Went with my girlfriend to celebrate our anniversary, the food was really good and I love how they brought us a desert at the end without us asking for one. Our waiter was very genuine and knowledgeable about the menu when we asked specific questions. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    If you are looking for twists on traditional Mexican, this is your place. Everything is small plates for tasting and sharing. Great flavors and unique combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy-Going & good Variety of dishes
    MBAFoodie
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I went with a group of 7 people and we were accommodated well. The signature margaritas are pretty decent and strong but $10 each. Lots of choices of tacos and other dishes. Guac and chips was good. They don't sell single tacos are allow you to mix and match. You do a plate of 3 (of the same) tacos. So go with more than 2 people so you can share and try different ones.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hip spot for drinks and food
    ZachB22
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Came here with two friends who went to Georgetown as undergrads 10+ years ago and wanted something new. They were not disappointed in the food and drinks here. We hung out for a while and never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My husband and I absolutely love this place! The food is very good (but, I have to admit I am partial to Mexican!) and the atmosphere of the restaurant is fun and romantic at the same time. Definitely recommend this place for a date night and/or a dinner with friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much flavor!
    KBAC
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We ordered from the restaurant week menu which included; ceviche, salsa trio, suckling pig tacos, chorizo pizza and for dessert- tres leches. EVERYTHING was delicious. You can tell the chef has a good sense of how to pair different ingredients to create something amazing. Every bite was a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Mexican food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We got the bottomless margaritas, queso, fresh guacamole, and each had an entree...everyone left full, happy, and feeling good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atrocious Service
    FloridahoyaVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We arrived at 8:30pm and were told it'd be 15-20 minutes as they hasn't sat the 8:15 reservations (?!).. We went to the bar and met 3 other couples waiting on reservations. One couple eventually gave up and ate at the bar. We watched the hostesses walk by and 30 minutes later asked one when we could expect to be seated. She looked at us blankly. We inquired at the hostess stand and told soon. We gave up and sat at the bar. 47 minutes after our reservation I received a text saying our table was ready. They never said we'd receive a text about our reservation and its so noisy you can barely hear someone else talking, let alone your phone ping. I replied we'd given up and were at the bar. So they submitted our reservation as a cancellation
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  • It's okay
    Luv2dinewfriends
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Went with a group and it was not what I expected. Loud,expensive and the food was not that great.
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  • good food, mediocre service
    aemirfa
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Drinks are the bar were great! The bartenders were not attentive. Was there during restaurant week, the table runner brought a dish that we didn't order (but as it's small plates, we didn't realize) and our service was pretty nasty about it, and tried to make us pay. Wasn't really impressed with that. otherwise, it was okay. Wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Very good food and nice host. The waitress, however, seemed distracted. Hope you have better luck than I did with your service.
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  • Good w/ the restaurant week deal
    Alex
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    W/o the restaurant week deal, it would have been too expensive. Ok food but the brussels sprouts were drowning in sauce. Mahi mahi tacos were good and the tres leches cake was superb. Service was bad. Our waitress only brought one person his food at the beginning and the rest of us had to wait like 20 minutes before our first course came. Restaurant was basically empty since it was lunchtime so there's no excuse for her inattentive service. Overall, 3/5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Chef Bucket List
    jstavish
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    I came here with a friend for Restaurant Week - she loves all things Top Chef and was excited to see Bandolero was participating in this year. Every dish we tried was delicious - even if none of them were what I envisioned when I ordered. Siki Pak was actually a dip, ultimately it was very yummy with the perfect amount of kick to it. I ordered the Mahi Mahi tacos, and the waitress was very helpful in making sure we were able to order gluten free options for my friend. The fish was crusted, again, unexpected, but delicious nonetheless. The crazy corn was plated as little "corn on the cob popsicles" which was adorably fun. Overall, I found every dish to be a new surprise - and isn't that why people love Top Chef!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Gems
    VAFoodie
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Went here on Day 3 of our restaurant week tour. This place has been on my list of places to try for a while. The Restaurant Week DC menu offered a nice diverse selection for the 3 choices. My dining companion and I both enjoyed the Brussels Sprouts. The habanero-coconut sauce was perfect! Both of us had the mahi mahi tacos. They are tapas sized, but offer a tremendous amount of freshness and flavor. Dessert on my end was 2 coconut cookies, but really they were 3 perfect gems of toasted coconut maroon snowballs. Perfect ending to a great meal. The Mexican chocolate ice cream was enjoyed by my companion. All in all this was a vey enjoyable meal, and I look forward to returning for dinner sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night!
    pizzamonster
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We arrived early for a 7:00 reservation, but were seated right away. The hostess took us to a cute table upstairs next to the exposed brick. Our server was so friendly and helpful! I wish I could remember her name. We had the guac and salsa trio which was very delicious! Then out of the ceviche, chicken tacos, mahi mahi tacos, and enchilada, our favorite was the mahi mahi. I do wish however that it wasn't fried. Overall, we had a great experience and would recommend Bandolero to friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too much food, very expensive
    theaterbook
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I felt the waitress pushed us to order too much food at the onset. We couldn't eat it all and had a lot of leftovers. Spent more money then we needed to. The "small plates" are a much healthier portion than most, which is a good thing, if only we didn't order so much.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    RVAgirl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My boyfriend and I had New Year's Eve dinner here. The space was vibrant and bustling-- the perfect vibe for NYE. We ordered the Caesar salad, suckling pig and steak tacos, chips and salsa, and chicken wings. Everything was absolutely delicious. We also got a pitcher of margaritas, which packed a punch. @$40 a pitcher, they were a bit pricey, but like our entire evening, didn't disappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas, fun place!
    charlc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I came to Bandolero with three friends to celebrate New Years. Three was the perfect number of people to share most of the tapas dishes that we ordered -- one friend is vegan, so she was unable to share most dishes. In terms of vegan options, they have a squash taco, rice and beans, and chips, but not much else. The general scene was a lot of fun. It was loud and crowded, but did not make conversations difficult at all. Overall great place! Tasty, reasonably priced (each thing is about $10), and fun atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve Dinner- Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Had a rather large party, which they accommodated very well (had to adjust out numbers a few times). All the food we orders was great; took a while to get drinks. Waiter seemed somewhat frustrated with the large party. Asked how we could help make the billing portion easier for him. He have us a couple options, then handed us the bill without gratuity included. Once we divided it up he came back with an updated check with gratuity included. Then of course we had to recalculate. Would definitely go back for the food though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.