Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern

Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.racksboca.com/
  • Phone: 5613951662x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday + Sunday - 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
    {Reversed Happy Hour} Friday & Saturday 10:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Danaher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We will try to accommodate any/all catering inquires
  • Special Events: We can accommodate any special events requests;
    Personalized menu
    Seating layout to your liking
    from creative to the day of, we will accommodate your every request to make the event special

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Federal Hwy @ NE 2nd St, one block North of Palmetto in Mizner Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: On street, public garage or Valet parking $5
A word from Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern
This restaurant reinvigorates Boca Raton’s Mizner park dining scene with lively ambiance, striking interiors and a chef-driven American menu presented by award-winning celebrity chef Matthew Danaher. Restaurateur Gary Rack’s newest dining destination debuted in June 2010 after nearly $4 million in renovations, including eye-catching décor elements by Karen Hanlon and a chic indoor/outdoor bar and lounge area, perfect for game-watching or smoking a cigar. Grab a power lunch, enjoy “farm-to-table” dinner options, or grab cocktails and mingle. Lunch and dinner served daily. Happy Hour is daily from 4 – 7 p.m. and features a delightful Happy Hour menu | Friday is HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY beginning at 11:30 am - 7pm.
{Reversed Happy Hour} Friday & Saturday 10:00pm-2:00am featuring 25% off ALL RAW BAR items, Select Drinks are HALF OFF!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (33)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (27)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (20)great for lunch (17)late-night find (14)romantic (10)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Good food but
    AlexcwVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Amateur service. Waiter in such a rush he didn't even take my order, forgot my moms order, allowed us to wait for quite some time before showing up with someone else's order. We've been here before and to others in the chain. The food is usually worth putting up with noise and minor mishaps. But not this time. To compensate, the waiter brought everything all at once: appetizers and main courses together. The manager was kind to reduce our bill for our troubles. I hope this was just one inept instance and not a new trend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the artichokes!!!
    BenjVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food, the artichokes are delicious! It is a little noisy
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    As always we enjoyed our dinner at one of our local favorites.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Will Be Back
    jvd1659VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It had been awhile since we had been there. Dinner for 4 at the last minute. Hostess was very helpful in getting us seated. The server was fun, knew his job and overall was on it. The food and drinks are just what you would expect. Actually, better than I thought. A pleasant surprise and we will return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service
    dineoutxoxo
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I went to racks with a group of women and a great time. Our bartender was very personable and made us feel welcome. Then we ate outside and our server was very nice. We had a lot of questions and he was very knowledgeable about the menu. I would have liked the appetizers list to contain a couple less expensive items, but overall great menu. I would definitely dine there again and definitely go there for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inatentive
    ugly
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    we were sitting at our table for over one-half hour before we received our drink order and another half hour before our food arrived at table. one of our guests received his fish cold and sent it back with apologies from manager (who was less than professional) and it was still not hot. the manager was told upon our arrival that we were celebrating a birthday and did nothing to acknowledge it. at other restaurants the manager at least offers free coffee or dessert when you have an issue. believe me we were not looking for anything for nothing, but common courtesy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good at all
    Horrible
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We sat down and a waitor asked us for our drinks. Minutes later another waitor asked us again. I had asked for a coke and got a diet coke. My friend asked for a lemonade and did not get it for 45 minutes and it tasted over due. Then asked for a sprite. was charged for both. The menu did not have any options. We were rushed to order. And then as we needed refills we could see the waitor stuffing his face with food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 15 th visit! Fantastic again&again
    Barrys43f
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Racks is the Best!I go there whenever I want a 1st class top meal. It is a great location& I always bring "new people" 1st timers and every single one of them have now adopted Racks as one of their favorites. You cannot beat the wide variety of choices. I am completely biased for the dessert called "S'mores" wow! Outstanding. U can't go wrong with anything in the menu and every person is a professional and very well versed on every item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehubbard24
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    For dinner: The stone crabs smelled bad and the sea food platter wasn't fresh but the sushi and the burger were delicious For lunch: everything was fresh and amazing Could have been an off night
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Bad Service
    Bocadiner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    While the food is good, it is not worth sitting there endlessly waiting for the food. Maybe it's better during the week, but I wouldn't go near here on a Saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland and bad service timing
    Bigapplemom
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went to Racks at 7:30 on a Friday night when most other Mizner park restaurants were booked and should've taken this as my first warning. There were 4 of us. The good is we were seated promptly and the ambience has a cool feel (funky, huge lights hanging from the ceiling that are made of large tubes). Our server took our drink order and brought it quickly and was nice. The rest of the meal he brought 2 of our appetizers then we waited 4-5 minutes for the other 2, and same thing with our dinners. Three of us ordered red meat dishes and they were all bland and chewy meat. Nothing was hot. Very forgettable food and too many other good choices nearby to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Proceed with caution
    RickVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I read all the reviews about this location. They were very mixed be we decided to give it a shot. Most of the issues were with service and yes, we had the same experience. Service was very slow. I think our server was new. She read us all the specials for the night and then realized she was reading off the wrong paper and had to go get the correct one. We both ordered salads but only 1 arrived. I had to remind her that I also ordered a salad. We ordered a kids pizza which arrived with basil or some sort of green leafy substance on it. I would assume that most kids would not like that. They were very quick to replace that meal with a pasta dish which was good. Peter, the manager on duty, did come by and check on us and was gracious about it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite, but the service was BAD
    FamilyOfThreeVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We dine at Rack's fairly regularly, and the food is always very good,. This time was no exception. Even the items from the new sushi menu were great. But the service. Ugh. I asked for recommendations on three menu items and the waiter basically read the menu to me. No help at all. We had to go get our own soda and water refills from another waiter. Never asked if we wanted another cocktail. Our meals were almost finished before he asked how the food was. We had to chase down the manager to order dessert. It was a complete mess, and something not worthy of a restaurant with this caliber of food ... and these prices!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait, Wait, Wait.
    BabaluziVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Requested a table outside with our reservation. Got there and was told a 15 minute wait. Half hour later we were told 15 more minutes but they could seat us inside. We walked around, found an empty table outside and they reluctantly gave us a table. Reservation was for 8:00 pm we sat down at 8:45. Not acceptable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place
    LappVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere here. The server was lovely but the prices were a bit high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night and day
    Nickname
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went to Racks Sunday afternoon and had a great experience- joe was our server and food and service was great. So decided to go back on Friday night and had a completely different experience. Don't know the waiters name because he never told us but our receipt said his name was Bucci. This guy was not worried about us at all - too pre-occupied with the table across from us. We barely saw him -didn't make us feel like he gave a damn about us. Food was ok - overall we were thrown off from the start and contemplated leaving after poor service prior to getting drinks. Hindsight - we should of because didn't get any better. Overall, we will spend more money and go to trulucks or just spend the same money and go to j Alexander's -they want our biz
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    gatorrisa
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Delicious comfort food, nice-sized portions (Hubby and I each had a drink, but split a salad, hamburger, and side of brussel sprouts and we were more than satisfied), reasonably priced. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was not hot and was
    Dino
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was not hot and was under cooked. The waiter had an attitude. I sent my food back and it came without the condiments I ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice place
    CFH1064
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Well decorated inside and out. Excellent waiter. Loved my Seabass, my Uncle's pork chop a little tough. Excellent French Onion Soup. Little pricey, but we expected that in Mizner. $12 for a cocktail a bit much, but it was good (Mojito)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere & Great food
    LuvmexicanVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The decor was beautiful and the food was amazing! The crab encrusted seabass was delicious and the crab cakes were all crab meat ! Our server Bucci was spot on with great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoyed the vide
    Underwhelming
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I really enjoyed the vide and the food- I had French inion soup and a spicy tuna app.. finished with the best smores dessert ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back for more and didnt disappoint
    ErickVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    From the ceviche, burger and sweet potato brulee, hands down, heaven for one night
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    MsFussyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We shared a wonderful salad with dates, the crabcake special and the trout. All excellent! The trout was huge and big enough for 2 people to share as a main course. Excellent service as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FOOD WAS GOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT
    Nash
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was good but the service was great! WE had a wonderful waiter that made the experience great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would definitely go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Everyone was extremely accommodating from the first hello to the end. We sat outside and our waiter, Joe, was efficient and very professional. Everyone enjoyed their food so I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic Boca Eatery
    criticalcriticVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was good, limited menu but enough of a selection even for picky eaters. Service was average...seemed a bit snobby at first but warmed up as meal progressed. Desserts are not anything special even though they sound it as described.....pass them....Otherwise, good place to meet for drinks and a bite to eat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad night
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I had dinner there one week earlier and food and service were great. In fact I had the same dinner twice. I ordered Sesame crusted Tuna. My Tuna was great the first time and terrible the second. My server was anything but accommodating. I told him I did want a replacement or credit. However I told him to let the manager know. When paying check I asked what manager had to say. He said I should not tell you, but he said the tuna tasted good and I was wrong. We had three other dinners and two were not as good as always. However the calamari was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spot ON
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    we always enjoy our experience here- it's a must do in boca raton, fl. Great late night happy hour!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Chestnut
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Mizner Park is always a nice place for a dinner date. It's a nice place to take out of town guests as well. We hadn't been to Racks in a while, but the food is good, the prices are within reason, and it does have a nice atmosphere for dining. The tables are a tad closer together than I would like, but overall it was a good experience. Our waiter was great and our company enjoyed their evening as well. Good place for people watching in Boca :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers very good
    Jayne
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Four of us went and shared a bunch of stuff. Skip the artichoke but otherwise everything else we ordered was very good - especially the ribs which were outstanding! Pizza with wild mushrooms was very good but next time I would ask for it to be well done as that is how I like my pizza and this was very soft but flavor was excellent. Crab cake was good but I would have liked something to dip it in
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some Good But Needs Improvement
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our party of four had crab meat and shrimp cocktail to start. We should have eaten it at the bar or bar table for $9 during happy hour rather than at the table for $18, but the quality was good. For entrees we had the crab cakes- superb, the seabass with crab topping - overcooked but otherwise tasty, the salmon - not memorable, and the spicy tuna roll - where's the tuna? The pretzel sticks would have been a fun change, but only two were served for a party of four. How are you expected to share a pretzel stick? I'd go back for the happy hour but not for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were really disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were really disappointed - when we got there the waiter was fabulous - after we ordered he was never to be found. No bread and when finally requested from another server it arrived a long time after and was burnt. The brussel sprouts were disappointing and neither tastey or well cooked. However, the appetizer of the rock shrimp and the salad were great....main courses, meatloaf and salmon were nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Onion Soup..EVER!!
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Lots of good food here, but if you like..no LOVE French Onion Soup, you have to try theirs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiting for the order just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Waiting for the order just to be cooked and served was endless and then she forgot to bring part of the order . Poor service . Food was served cold not warm or hot and it took so long for everything altogether . Maybe it was just a very busy evening gor them all?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Fish & Seafood
    ErickVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Highly recommend the Ceviche and specials. Nice priced menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    Jimthefoodie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had a great experience at Racks. We were greeted at the hostess station when we arrived very graciously. Our table was available and we were seated immediately. Our waiter Peter greeted us and took exceptional care of us during our divining experience. We had a dozen blue point oysters which were delicious. We all ordered different entries and there were no left overs. Needless to say the food was great. This was our second time there this winter and we will definitely be there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - hard to find a parking
    weinway
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Dining experience was great but the parking was a nightmare on a Saturday night. Valet parking was shut down and at 7 pm it took me 35 minutes to work my way around the gridlock of Mizner Park to find a location to park..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great area
    CindyJVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    What a find. The short rib with risotto was so tender that you didn't even need a knife to cut it. The risotto was creamy but not over-powering. The sushi roll - had dragon in the name - was some of the best sushi I've ever had. The service was a bit slow, but our waiter did the best he could. Just disappointing that when he said the shortrib would take some time, he didn't mention it would take nearly an hour! My friend didn't like her dish, so he got her something else and seemed to push through that order, which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happening place...food needs help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Crowded , good looking place. We ordered a shrimp tempura roll to share. It came out very quickly. The shrimp was over battered and over cooked. It made me think it had been pre prepared. They served rolls that were a bit odd. On the hard side and dark. However the butter was a mustard sauce that was quite good. My wife's sea bass was overcooked, a no no for that fish. My salmon was done perfectly medium as the waiter said it would be. However, there was a mustard sauce around the plate that tasted exactly like the mustard sauce butter that came with the bread. One of the managers stopped by so I told him about the sauce. He said they were not the same....which didn't matter much to me. Food quality was good just poorly prepared.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful restaurant, but
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    beautiful restaurant, but so so food, one entree cold and sent back and amateurish service from a clearly new waiter. Can't recommend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic