Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern
Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern

Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.epeppercorns.com/
  • Phone: 5087527711x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday thru Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Marcos Ferreira
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Peppercorns is famous for their great catering services. We have a wonderful catering menu available at www.epeppercorns.com as well as the option to personalize any menu of your choice.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Oliveri 5087527711x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Downing
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern
Serving up casual Italian food in Worcester has been a Peppercorn’s tradition for over 25 years. Peppercorn’s Grille and Tavern is a comfortable, family friendly Worcester restaurant offering up a variety of tasty and affordable menu selections with featured entrees that include seafood, chicken, pasta, burgers and more. Peppercorn’s also has daily specials to tempt your taste buds along with Worcester’s best thin crust pizza, an outstanding kids menu and a wine list that rivals any Worcester restaurant. With 7 high definition flat screens, appetizer specials, a one of Worcester’s best collections of craft brewed beer, including our very own Wormtown Ales, the Peppercorn’s Lounge is the best place in Worcester to catch a game, relax with friends, and have a great night out on the town. For two generations, Peppercorn’s has been the place to dine for great Italian food in Worcester. So stop on in, and let us show you just how good Italian Dining in Worcester really can be!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (19)great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (7)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Consistently great
    SRSM
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The food is always great, the wait staff very professional. I have been here many times with friends and relatives and it has always been a great meal and atmosphere along with very pleasant and efficient wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    BigDVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Each time we have eaten at Peppercorn's the food has been excellent. The prices are reasonable and the service is good. Great place to go in Worcester.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased every member of our group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We went to peppercorns to celebrate a family birthday and diners ranged from 86 to 26. The food was fantastic - everyone was pleased with his or her meal. I had the hand of the chef after seeing it on a nearby table - the chicken stuffed with goat cheese and spinach was cooked perfectly and the accompanying marscapone mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious. The asparagus wrapped in prosciutto was also a nice addition. Other diners had pasta, fish and chips, and steak tips and most plates were clean by the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made my reservation on Open
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Made my reservation on Open Table, asked for a table in a quieter area as my husband is very hard of hearing and a lot of background noise is problematic for him to carry on a converstion. We arrived 15 mins early, as traffic was not as bad as we had anticipated. We waited the 15 mins, then were escorted to a table at the entrance of the dining room, the most bustling, noisy area in the entire room! Oh well, didn't want to make a big deal. Wine and beer selection was good, husband had the beer sampler. 1 of his choices was not available, he did enjoy the 4 he tried. Pasta bolognese was AMAZING, chicken piccata a little bland. Panzanella salad excellent. Service was very attentive. Will wait for a more satisfactory table next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and reliable
    Allen
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The 'corn is near to my home so its a regular dining spot for us. The brewery is right there so the are always many beer choices as well as wines. But the food is far above typical pub fare. It has a well rounded menu with many Italian influences. All in all,very dependable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The quality and quantity of food exceeded my expectations for the reasonable prices. I also liked the wide selection of wine, all at $23/bottle. The atmosphere is quite casual but the food is fine dining, a perfect combo for me. I'm looking forward to returning for the steak tips and Neuberg soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    Greg
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I recently brought my wife out to Peppercorns for our anniversary and had an awesome time. The food was excellent, the service was great and we will definitely be back! And soon! The dessert menu was my favorite. I can wait to go back next month when we go to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monthly get together
    Lucy
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Went there on a Tuesday night wth family, no children. Had a very good dinner. Server was wonderful. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Karen
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We chose Peppercorn's for a birthday get together and had a great evening. The entire meal was very good, from appetizers to dessert. There were 6 of us and no one had a complaint about the food or service. The portions were large. 4 of the 6 of us went home with doggie bags. It's been a while since I'd eaten at Peppercorn's and I know I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    AllovesHartfordVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    One of several specials for the evening was a lemon-peppered swordfish served with their own version of a deliciously crispy potato pancake. Both were spectacular. I've eaten at Peppercorn's many times and always been pleased with my meal, but this time it was even above the very-high previous standard of my earlier visits. All 3 people dining with me were pleased with their meals as well. This was a very busy Saturday evening but nevertheless, the service was friendly and efficient. I really love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    johnsonra2VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Appetizers, entree, wine, and service were all great. This was our 3rd time here and haven't had a bad meal or service yet. The appearance is not that great though. It is a 45 minute drive for us, but worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    anon
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Excellent thin crust margherita pizza. Well presented imaginative entrees, not iovercooked. Excellent beer on tap. Knowledgeable and friendly server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service with a Smile
    Dons
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    From the time we pulled up to meet the valet we were treated very well. We came in for our 7:30pm reservation and were met with a smile by the front desk area the GM. We explained we were first timers and he made it point to explain the menu and give us his recommendations. They did not disappoint. The wait staff was prompt and friendly which included the bus staff. I would highly recommend as the food was fantastic but the service, which may be a lost art was very prevalent here. Great job Peppercorn Grille Team!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome...
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was great, service impeccable. We will be going back again. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    law1
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I would highly recommend this restaurant. I chose it online to meet an old college buddy and it was halfway. I'm so glad I did and the next time we get together we will come back here. The food was excellent and the service beyond great. It was a very nice family place and seemed the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    Cnewk
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Our group of 4 enjoyed a wonderful night out at Peppercorns. They have interesting drink selections, such as Bananas Foster, which was better than I expected. The meal selections all looked wonderful! The tortellini Matthew was terrific. Service was quick and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great deal
    m2smith
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Dinner for two after work because no one felt like cooking means we're tired and just want to snarf something fast. Haven't been to Peppercorns in a while so we gave it a shot as a change from Shrewsbury Street. We have to remember to go back more often! Seated right away, specials explained, orders taken drinks arrived then dinner. I had meatloaf, quinoa and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto - awesome! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun date night
    LisaC
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    enjoyed sampling many Wormtown brews...great server...and fun to try the mysterious "hand of the chef" dish which was delicious! reasonably priced and easy to get a reservation day before. definitely noisy, but not in a bad way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Peppercorns never fails to impress us. Their Restaurant Week and Lobster Mania menus gave us so many delicious options. Their is always someone that orders the "Hand of the Chef" entree and it always receives high praises. Our group considers themselves draft beer snobs so the beer list is a definite plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    jshoopVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    My family and I love Peppercorns. The food is always good and they have a wide varitey of micobrews. Very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local microbrewery
    Wineguy
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Great local place, always has new brews on tap to try. The food is fantastic, atmosphere is great. If you've never been, gotta go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Have been here twice for Xmas parties & thrice for dinner ...In terms of atmosphere, service and food, it's all average at best. Recently, party of six.; waitress [KK]; need draft beer in 2-sizes; good bottle of red wine at $22.; 'tuna' burger small; the 1/2-plate of 'fire & ice' lacked seasoning; 'lettuce wrap' appetizer was make-it-yourself with only sprouts, grated carrots & lettuce leaves with some grilled chicken; 'fish taco' appetizer look/tasted like frozen fish-sticks; the $21'stuffed tuna' special was over-priced; 2 burger o.k; only 1-loaf of bread & dipping oil offered [butter packets?]; 2cheesecake desserts looked better tasted; Menu is busy -- italian? Pub? Service slow for a place that wasn't busy. Would not recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant night
    Brew
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    I had never been here before. Staff was attentive and knew the menu. I didn't make it past the lobster menu. I chose the lobster ravs and they were excellent. I loved the Wormtown Brew beers also. There were children in the resturant that were enjoying themselves and were very well behaved. I love the fact you can make a reservation as I hate waiting for a table. The noise level measure above is difficult. i would say it was between quiet and moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Suprise!
    Zelmo
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Name seems to suggest a beer and burger type bar, but is anything but. They have a small brewery attached, but that is a nice add on for the beer lovers. Wife and I were surprised by choice and quality of food. She had the special pork tenderloin; loved it. Says it had the best mashed sweet potato she ever had. I had the chicken special with mushroom ravioli which was grilled and had grilled portabellas, peppers, onions in a spicy tomato sauce that was really very good. I took half home! My cousin and his girl had the "Hand of the Chef" special. It a special designed for the adventurous foodie. They won't tell you anything about it other than you will love it. This time it was a fish dish designed to look like the USA Flag! They loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compared with other open table
    NiceSurprise
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Compared with other open table restaurants this could have been the diamond in the rough but alas no. Everyone was friendly and attentive. The food was generous but that is about it. This place should close for a month and remodel the 1950's nothing quaint setting. This is clearly a popular local watering hole. It is too bad they aren't better served with something to be proud of and enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food but .......
    Workparty
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    The only issue our party had was the billing. The waitress was unable to process more than one card on a bill. She also flat out refused to divide the bill up for us despite us asking when we first arrived. The food was excellent and the food service was great up until the bill became an issue the waitress became somewhat nasty to us. We all paid 20% gratutity, I would have felt better about that if we were allowed to divide the bill up. :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobstermania
    Jslantz1948VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Returned to try some more of the Lobstermania menu; lobster risotto last time was delicious. This time the Baja salad was just as good...it is going to be a very good lobster summer a t Peppercorns!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We chose the restaurant because it was halfway for us and my daughter's CT family. Pleasantly surprised by the ambiance. Nice menu variety with very reasonable lunch prices. The Lobster Mania specials were very enticing. My wife enjoyed her Lobster Risotto, although it had a bit too many tomatoes. My Pasta Bolognese was excellent, as was my daughter's Seafood Risotto. The Wormtown brews available added to the overall excellent meal, accompanied by excellent service during a very busy time. We will return to Peppercorn's soon. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Advertised
    BigDVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The staff was attentive and very friendly. The food was excellent for all five entrees...so good! The fresh, delicious "Wormtown" craft brews were a very pleasant surprise. I recommend for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All Around Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    I've been to Peppercorns for appetizers in the bar and lunch and dinner in the dining room. Excellent each time. Great food, drinks, and service. Reasonable prices for good portions. Wormtown Brewery is an added benefit. Love the Pro Am Porter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value, Great Food
    Nanie
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    We had a graduation lunch there. Great kids menu, and we had a nice three course meal for 10 at an extremely affordable price. The menu was varied, and everything was tasty and well prepared. The only downside to the restaurant was that it is very dim. All of the windows had curtains on them which were closed, and even the windows themselves were tinted, creating a nighttime atmosphere that didn't seem appropriate for a sunny weekend lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peppercorn's
    Enviroscimel
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    My fiancé and I love going to Peppercorns. The food is creative and great tasting. You should order the Chef's Hand and let the Chef decide what meal you will eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    My biggest complaint was that although we had a reservation we waited 20 minutes for our table. Once we were seated though, our server was very attentive and we were served quickly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood place pub style
    Annonymous
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Nice neighborhood family style place with a brewing company attached. The summer lobster specials are good and very reasonably priced. Beer is average. Good selection of desserts.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good staple
    Murphy09VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    This is a good place to visit if you need a decent meal and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Accomodating
    Christine
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    We had reservations for 7 pm but showed up early. They worked hard to seat us sooner and were successful at it. It was very much appreciated. I have been going for years and it stays consistant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent, we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The food was excellent, we had a party of 7 who all loved their meals! Thank you for making our graduation celebration so nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    JRLo
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    We were looking for a place to meet with coworkers out of town coming from Springfield, Providence and Southern NH and picked this place on a recommendation for a Clark University graduate. Not super expensive or super cheap. They have a good variety of menu items and all 5 members of our group enjoyed the meal completely. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WPI's Baccaulaureate celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We love Peppercorns' We go there every time we come to visit our son at WPI. I get the lobster mac and cheese every time and it is delicious. Even if it's at lunch and not on the menu I can still order it. We'll miss the place once he graduates.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion gathering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The room behind the bar was perfect for our group of 8. Even with two other similar sized groups in the room, the noise level was acceptable. The service was excellent. With coverage provided by 2 servers, attention was appropriately frequent. Everyone enjoyed their meals, covering a wide range of preferences. Peppercorns in Worcester was a great central location for a mini-college reunion that drew people from 3 New England states. Chosen sight unseen, the on-line reviews proved very helpful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate