NECI on Main
NECI on Main

NECI on Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.neci.edu/neci-on-main/index
  • Phone: 8022233188
  • Hours of Operation:
    SUNDAY Brunch Buffet 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    MONDAY Closed
    TUESDAY - SATURDAY Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Lite Fare 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Farm to Table & Mediterranean Tapas Menu
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Wine Room is a private room located in our Cellar area. It seats 16 guests comfortably. This space is popular for smaller gathering or meetings.

    Please contact Neil Archibald for Wine Room inquiries
    802-225-3314

    Our Chef’s Table dining room is located on our second floor. It offers seating for up to 40 guests. In our quiet, private space, separate from the rest of the hustle and bustle of our Cellar and Main Floor.

    Please contact Fawn Wells Maxfield for Chef's Table inquiries
    802-225-3333
  • Private Party Facilities: NECI's fabulous dining rooms are available to you for business meetings, corporate retreats, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, banquets, private dining and so much more.

    The use of regional ingredients, innovative cuisine and gracious service in an intimate setting continues on. For a one of a kind culinary experience, no matter the occasion, a fine dining experience awaits you and your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Fawn Wells 802-225-3333
  • Special Events: Vermont Restaurant Week menus available for Lunch, Dinner & Tapas 4/26/13 - 5/10/13

    Local Foods Dinner Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:30 PM in Chef's Table
    (reservations required)

    Mother's Day Brunch Sunday May 12, 2013
    (reservations recommended)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: School St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from NECI on Main
Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own laboratory where food products are grown and created for this particular climate; seasonally, organically, and sustainably. Now imagine restaurants as teaching laboratories this restaurant for instance.

NECI on Main is a production lab for New England Culinary Institute. For 30 years we have been teaching students to make connections with farmers, between the landscape and our food, and between seasons and culinary traditions. Sometimes we include food items that express a particular sense of place from outside of Vermont, or culinary traditions from other cultures, and use those items or experiences to enhance the foods grown here in Vermont.

Our menu is no exception in this teaching philosophy, and reflects the best that Vermont’s farmers, and America’s next generation of young chefs offer.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
NECI on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (19)good for groups (16)romantic (15)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Too salty
    DaisyMaeVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    While my dinner partners seemed to enjoy there meals, both my Caesar salad and mushroom barley risotto were far too salty for me to give more than 3 stars for the food. Better to under-salt than over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Do not miss dining at NECI on Main when in Montpelier! Our experience was lovely. A rare treat to have an excellent dinner and a tasteful quiet setting. Well done NECI!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance and Taste
    Clay
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I dined in the basement which I feel is a cloistered mecca of quiet ambiance. A feel of secrets and mystique envelope the dining experience in an aura of calm. Is it day or night, is it sun or rain...all thoughts leave and allow one to revel in good companionship, food and drink. The food, napery and service is perfection. I could go on...but there must be imagination for your own visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    xmasboy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had Sunday Brunch on Mothers Day. The only thing I did not like was being seated upstairs, a bit inconvenient when all of the food is on the first floor. Service was great, food was amazing! Save room for the deserts - the selection of varied deserts was overwhelming. I sampled as many as possible! We have primarily done Sunday Brunch in and around Burlington. Sadly the choices in Burlington are either real good (over priced or no reservations available) or just not that good. Decided to make the short drive to Montpelier to try something different. Very happy we did so.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Small Plates
    MichaelB
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful 3 course, 6 small plate dinner. Everything arrived on time and was delicious. As usual NECI is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Dinner
    MSRDOVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We chose this venue for our graduation celebration and it was excellent. Small enough to be intimate but a very diverse and fun menu. Food was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fan already
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I already commented at the restaurant. To me, NECI is a "find." It was the second visit for me, and both were enjoyable: meal excellent and staff most-pleasant. I wish a NECI existed closer to where I live, in Venice Beach, California. Maybe one of these days. Robert Kelm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good fresh food
    Ellen
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food was good and waiter very attentive. Quickly corrected a miscommunication re ingredients with a new plate that was perfect. Accommodating to vegans.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    Nancy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, wonderful service, and very good food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    VTeats
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We enjoyed our Easter brunch at NECI on Main. We especially appreciated that the staff worked hard to find us a better table--they originally had us in the downstairs bar area, rather than the more pleasant and lively main upstairs dining room. They were completely booked, so it was very nice for them to take the time to find us another table. The brunch is very reasonably priced, given the range of choices offered. In short, good value, and a very pleasant, festive brunch. By the way, we had eaten at NECI the evening before with friends, because we wanted to hear our conversation. So if you are looking for a quieter dining room for dinner, and some tasty eating, this is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lesser brunch
    Knippelche
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Enjoyed brunch, but were disappointed in lack of bread, fruit running out and no butter or margarine. We were used to better brunches with you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11th Anniversary
    JayMcMillan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    For Our 11th Anniversary we dined there and it was the Challenge of the Chopped Champions and it was FANTASTIC. It was so fun! Our server was GREAT! Enjoyed her a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Option in Montpelier
    TrojanHank
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    There are not a lot of options in Montpelier to start with and most are chain type restauraunts or so small getting a table is near impossible. This was my first time at NECI and the food and service were great and high end food for a place like Montpelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a fabulous meal here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had a fabulous meal here! The staff were very friendly and professional. They made our night extra special when they heard we were there to celebrate a special occasion, and made it that much more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Film Festival Augmentation
    fghill
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We've dined at NECI for some years, during Green Mountain Film Festivals; it's one of the high spots. The conflict with films can make a dinner rushed, but Sunday brunch is leisurely. Brunch, dinner - they're all creative and fantastically good. I'm amazed that such innovative menus, exquisite preparation, and memorable flavors can be achieved in a teaching restaurant. The venue is blessedly quiet, elegant without show, the personnel friendly without exuberance, and quietly knowledgeable. This is one place where you have confidence that praise for a particular dish will be passed along to the chef responsible,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable Experience
    katef
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Whether for lunch, brunch or dinner, the many times we have eaten at NECI on Main has been pleasurable...good food, great wine list and affordable......especially enoy going with close friends. The restaurant has updated dining room and it appears more expansive, in a good way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lunch in Vermont
    Local
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Variety, great presentation and food made with skill and care. The best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Old Friend
    Mimi
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We enjoyed brunch with an elderly (older than we were) friend. We had reservations, but she was quite late. The wait staff never pushed us to eat, just brought coffee, then a little pastry teaser, allowed us as much time as needed to chat, catch up, and finally eat. Food all excellent, nice variety of "main dishes" as well as salad and desserts. Could have used some plain bread or rolls--the other pastry was great but couldn't manage too much of it. Would certainly come to brunch again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drew was great!
    habinvt
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Our waiter, Drew, was pleasant, attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. He made everything else about our experience.at the restaurant excellent! We had a great variety of wonderful foods for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    NECI on Main is such a treat -- top-notch food and warm service. We were there on Valentine's Day, and the prix fixe menu was delicious from amuse-bouche to dessert. Comparable with fantastic NYC restaurants and yet using the best local purveyors, NECI on Main is a wonderful evening in Montpelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    NECL is a "training restaurant" for folks wanting to learn the business of high class dining. As such, they provide central VT with a dining experience that is hard to beat at any price. By local standards, it is a very expensive place to eat, but the quality of food and its preparation is commensurate with that cost. It was a great time for myself and "my valentine" to do something special. We arrived near on time, were immediately seated. Service was prompt and friendly, the multi-course dinner was served in a timely fashion, the Malbec was great. Food was well prepared, and nicely presented. The desert was neat, a little chocolate fondue pot, with all sorts of unusual goodies to dunk in it. We'll be back. :>)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected gem in central Vermont
    nekocat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    NECI reminded me what good food is. I took my wife there for Valentine's Day and it was excellent. It was a little more expensive than it felt like it should have been, but the food was excellent and the service was as well. I will go back many more times I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    It was our 4th anniversary when we ate at neci on main. Not only was the service excellent they made our anniversary very special and memorable! I would highly reccomend this restaurant!!! My husband is in the military and when we got married 4 years ago neci made our wedding cake as well. It was really cool to come back 4 years later and dine with them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some hits some misses
    MadridVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We were a large party. Service was a little intrusive and awkward, but attentive. As for the food, some menu items are wonderful; others seem like good ideas but lack in the execution. Ox tail ravioli were tasty but salty and swimming in grease. Faro risotto had a weird balance of over sweet and over bitter. But the atmosphere is very pleasant and conducive to conversation, and the menu has a nice mix. We will definitely be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Randolphite
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I have been to NECI Main Street many times and have never been disappointed. Their ever-changing menus are filled with amazing tastes and presentations and we have had many "the best evers"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value
    mikeandjane
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The fact that students are cooking and serving was amazing. The food was excellent and the service was decent given that it was our server's first night in the front of the house. The best surprise was the bill. Not cheap but certainly 1/3 of what it would be in a comparable restaurant. Wish we lived closer, we would be there all the time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vermont Gem
    1968bah
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Right in the heart of Montpelier, A gastronomic gem! The New England Culinary Institute is a best choice for any group or couple, always appropriate, warm and inviting, and Great food. Glad we have this Gem to enjoy in our Capital city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Booked NECI on Main for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Booked NECI on Main for a business meeting lunch. High quality service, comfortable tables, good value, and excellent lunch fare earn my excellent ratings across the board.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service bumps
    MadridVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Nice menu, nice ambiance, but our server kept rudely interrupting in mid sentence and forgetting to bring things requested. I realize the servers may be students, but the prices are not. Service not up to par.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place to meet friends
    Geri
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My friend lives in Quechee and I live in Burlington, so we met for lunch in Montpelier. What a delightful experience. The folks at NECI were attentive and supportive. the food was amazing....The Parsnip Soup was totally incredible! We weren't rushed and we delighted in the ambiance, the flavors and the attention. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As with past visits, our recent
    vernfin
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    As with past visits, our recent dinner at NECI was excellent. One would never know that the food was prepared by students. I think it's as good as any restaurant that we've found in the metro New York area. The one downside was that our server had a very difficult time extracting the cork from our wine bottle and the meal was almost finished by the time we were able to drink it. The exact same thing happened on our previous visit. Perhaps it would help to provide the servers with a more sophisticated cork puller or give them better training. But other than this relatively minor glitch, it was a terrific meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slightly more expensive than
    Nicole
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Slightly more expensive than what I'm used to there. The prices have been going up slightly each menu change. For the size of the appetizers and certain entrees the price is too high to be considered reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch buffet
    Wihakowi
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Nice selection of items. Omelets, waffles and other items to order. Wouldn't mind a wider selection of fresh fruits. Didn't care for the style of home fries (diced up small and possibly deep fried), but I understand the potatoes change from week to week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait time
    Trulocals
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    My daughter and I went for a dinner before she moved, but if We had been a little pressed time, we might have been more upset over how long it took to receive our dinner. 45- 60 min wait, the food was awesome just took some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a visit to Montpelier.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    On a visit to Montpelier. I had high expectations for this restaurant, which is probably why I was disappointed. The presentation and the menu was very good, but the food was VERY over seasoned, aka very salty, (both the simple burger my date ordered and the menu items I chose). It might have just been a rookie mistake, and I'm sure others have had much better meals there, so others should give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food at NECI
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Always have had excellent food & service at NECI. Decent beer list (did not peruse the wine list) and all around an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent ; food
    JeanQC
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Service was excellent ; food was very good. It compares favorably with the Québec equivalent. Will recommend to frieds going to Montpelier
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great brunch!
    foodie
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The food was all delicious - as most of your reviews reflect, I'm sure. So I will tell you of my VERY MINOR observation. The small apple tart on the dessert table had absolutely no apple taste. Other than that, it was a delight. The students do very well indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our dinners were delicious,
    batcadre
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Our dinners were delicious, and the service provided by Sarah and Louisa was both helpful and professional. We dined at the institute on a Wednesday evening which happened to be $5 wine night. Very enjoyable. Thanks and continue the great work educating your students.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOM
    JmNECI
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Made reservations very quickly (Hours ahead of time) to ensure they would have space for my party of 10. They were very accommodating, the head server was knowledgeable about both the menu and beverage menu. The student waiters did a great job running food and assisting Anthony. He is one of the best waiters NECI has and I have always had great service from him. The food came out timely, hot, and tasty. One guest had a problem with a dish, it was replaced and dealt with swiftly and professionally. Great job NECI
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.