Roy's - San Francisco
Roy's - San Francisco

Roy's - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4157770277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Aloha Hour: Sunday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Payo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call For Details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd
  • Public Transit: BART (Montgomery Exit) MUNI (Mission #12)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Additional parking is available in multiple garages on Mission Street and behind the restaurant on Minna Street. Parking fees vary.
A word from Roy's - San Francisco
Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach to fine dining. The first Roy's opened in Honolulu in 1988 and we've spread our warm hospitality and passion for innovative and creative cuisine around the world ever since. Indulge in one of our spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from our award-winning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by our local chefs that made us famous.

We invite you to join us at Roy's San Francisco located in bustling SoMa, just two blocks from the Moscone Center.
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Roy's - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (18)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (12)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very Dependable
    EimsaiyanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Having been to the Roy's in Hawaii I felt we had to see if the experience was commensurate so we decided to try it. While the food was certainly good, it didn't seem to be as extraordinary by comparison especially when compared against the plethora of other excellent options in San Francisco. That said, both of our meals were very good and the wine list was stocked with a few Napa Valley wines we had previously tried during our tours there which was a treat. At any rate if you are looking for a place you can expect to be good without being too adventurous you can rest assure Roy's will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's San Francisco
    Go4Seafood
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    We had our anniversary dinner there. We had a corner table for ourselves - quiet for a good conversation. The food is as good as the one in Big Island. Glad that we can enjoy it right at home without waiting for the next trip to Hawaii. Service was good. They also surprised us with a "Happy Anniversary!" dessert .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's Anniversary Dinner
    CalP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    The minute we walked in they gave us our table after we were running a little late. We were celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary and when we opened our menus there was a letter congratulating us and was very special. The food and service was exceptional and everyone was very nice even moving things up as we had to head to a concert. To top it off we were very full after our meal and passed on dessert but were surprised when the waiter presented us with a mini 9th anniversary dessert to top off a wonderful evening!, First Class!,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our third visit to
    ProBowler
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    This was our third visit to the S. F. location and we remain pleasantly surprised that our high expectations continue to be met. We had the pleasure to meet Roy when he still had his Manhattan restaurant and were saddened when it closed. Roy operates terrific restaurants and we wish him continued success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot for corporate & private dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    This is my go-to spot in the neighborhood for a celebratory meal or an amazing happy hour. The food is always delicious and fresh and the service is outstanding. The prix fixe is a great way to enjoy a 3 course meal at a reason price. The main courses are outstanding (try the Butterfish or the Filet Mignon) and the desserts are amazing (the molten chocolate cake is to die for). Staff was attentive and professional. I would recommend this restaurant for a private get-together, a corporate event or to just grab an excellent happy hour after work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat!
    rkloepfer
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Was suggested this restaurant by a co-worker, the food was great and it was a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special event extras
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    We went to celebrate a birthday, and they provided three special extras for the celebration (I won't say what in case you are going for a special event-I want you to be surprised!) They were quite lovely surprises, and it made things extra special! I was impressed by the amount of birthday extras and the care that went into it! The food was very, very good. The seafood was wonderful. Sides were unimpressive, but I was going for the seafood and felt I got what I wanted there-fresh and delicious! Service was nice. I was hoping for more of a Hawaii feel in the atmosphere, though. I've been missing Hawaii lately and wanted to feel like we were back in Hawaii, but it didn't really have a "Hawaii" feel in there, which I missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's a San Francisco treat
    mikey1946
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    In August I took my daughter and her family to Yosemite, Sacramento and San Francisco on vacation, In san Francisco we dined a Roys Restaurant and we had an incredible dinner. We all had different appetizers, entrees, and deserts, and all were wonderful. The Valet parking made it easy to get in and out for the downtown area of San Francisco would have been hard to park our rented suv. The only thing that I would change is that you should get a table upstairs away from the bar if you want to talk or hear the people you are with for it is VERY loud downstairs, but all in all its a great restaurant that features Pacific - rim and San Francisco mix of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner
    TiburonEater
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    We enjoyed a good meal but discussions across the table were a bit difficult. I would go back for a social meal. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always Roy's shines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    I have dined at Roy's on a few occasions. Every time I have felt like the experience has been excellent. Service, food and ambiance are world class. I highly recommend Roy's for a special occasion or business lunch/dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A few dishes were too salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    My wife found the soup that came with the Surf n Turf too salty. For the price charged, I was expecting better. The food tasted better a few years back. I've been to Roy's in Hawaii and the quality is much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Love Roy's Restaurant! Love, love, love, their butterfish and short ribs. Their is nothing bad I can say about this restaurant. Class act. Excellent food, great wait people, and very good drinks. Love their happy hour prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    We went because we had a gift certificate. Glad we did or else we may have not come in. Good food, no complaints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time I eat at Roy's
    FaireTheeWellVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Every time I eat at Roy's I leave with a smile on my face and a very happy tummy! One of my all-time favorite places to eat. Mahalo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Great Service
    LaFemmecoVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    The staff was soooo nice and the food was fabulous. The signature drinks all sounded yummy but my waiter suggested a very tasty option that I can't remember now but I'm sure they all were good. I was in San Francisco on business and dined alone. It was a perfect place for dining by yourself as it was quiet and cozy. I'm not a picky eater but I tend not to eat in large quanties the chicken dish I had was in just the right portion so I could eat it all and not feel stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent. Not as good as in Hawaii
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Food was just ok. Definitely not bad, and I'm glad that I went once to try it, but there is better food around. Nowhere NEAR as good as the Roy's that I went to several years ago in Kaua'i. So if you are a fan of Roy's in Hawaii, don't expect the same quality here. It's probably worth going to try it once, but I doubt it will become one of your favorites.
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  • Great Birthday Place!
    Orianna
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    My friends and I went to Roy's to celebrate a birthday and between the appetizers at the bar and our dinner in the restaurant area it was a night we won't forget. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful and all of the food was amazing. I would recommend this place for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun fish
    canadatourist
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    I had the fish trio - the mahi mahi was great, and the salmon was excellent - this is a fun place to eat fish dishes cooked with a delicate touch and attention to detail. I would definately come again when in San Francisco, and I'm from Vancouver, so I'm not easily impressed re fish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's is a GEM!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Roy's was our first stop during a recent San Francisco vacation. We had eaten at Roy's in Hawaii and loved it so much that we just had to try this location. We were graciously welcomed and seated right away. Our waiter was a young man who was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the entire menu. The food we ordered was perfectly cooked and well presented.... seasoning was just right as was the food temperature. You can't go wrong with anything that is served in this wonderful establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Bink
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Loved this place. Wanted to treat a special someone with a nice night out. Mission accomplished!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The happy hour at Roy's has
    JockWuVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    The happy hour at Roy's has some great food choices at cheaper prices. Went here for dinner but decided to just order the happy hour appetizers. Service was pleasant and the atmosphere is upscale but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointing
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    This is not the first time I have dined at Roy's in San Francisco. I have been quite happy to eat there due to the fresh and interesting menu. However, this meal was uninspired. I had what passes for a ceasar salad with tuna. The tuna was great, perfectly cooked and seasoned. The greens were bitter and the dressing poorly flavored. My friends sandwich was huge and not very tasty. Overall a poor dinning experience for a city like San Francisco
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  • The waitress was great. Offered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    The waitress was great. Offered menu suggestions and was very attentive. Food was good and the presentation was lovely.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    NickVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    I had the Salmon Salad. Okay, maybe not the signature dish but I really wanted a salad! THe fish was cooked right but the dressing, and I'm not one who likes a lot of dressing, but it was almost nonexistent! Made even a "salad" taste kinda dry!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At one point the food was
    Mori
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    At one point the food was inconsistent; however, in the several times that I've been there in the last 6 months, I think they've leveled off and the food is very consistent. Great Hawaiian fusion food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    we went there for a birthday and had a great time trying different items on the menu and sharing them. I am a big fan of seafood, especially the raw/rare kind. They had a great selection to satisfy many tastes and were very attentive even on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's day visit..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    All of Roy's restaurants never dissapoint. Food is delicious,service top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    AsianfoodtoluvVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    This has been my favorite place but in the last three visits the food seems to suffer from a lack of variety in the menu, boring menu. The flank steak was small in portion and lacked any flavor. I ordered medium to get it rare...food can be pricey and being as such the food has been disappointing. Celebrated Mother day and the old menu the occasion not as special. It was a let down...
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived early so we just
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We arrived early so we just sat at the bar and enjoyed the appetizers and drinks. we will return for dinner some time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would like alittle less noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    would like alittle less noise ... perhaps noise absorbing materials place in main dining room... Very noisy when sharing with large groups parties. But overall very wonderful experience dining here....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    jar321VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Great time! Great food! Great Service! Great Mother's Day Brunch! Never disappointed when I go here!
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new Fav!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We were looking to go to a new place to eat in the San Francisco and heard that Roy's was great place to start the night off! What great place,great staff,great food!Perfet food,We love Roy's don't miss this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    I have never been disappointed by any dish. The chef sent an amuse-bouche to our table. It was a breaded shrimp with a mousse/pate and was very good. I ordered the Big Island Ebi Roll appetizer. This dish is wonderful. The shrimp is perfectly cooked and the cream cheese gives it a wonderful creamy taste. No one should fear this dish being hot or spicy - it is not. For dinner I had the Corvina Sea Bass. All I can say is ORDER IT!! Get it while it is offered. This fish is wonderful and sweet. If your someone who has been adverse to eating fish, give this a try. For dessert I had the Mango Creme Brulee and was nicely surprised at the wonderful taste. A unique twist on traditional creme brulee and it works well and tastes great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Bad Service
    unhappydinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I ordered a green salad and asked for aspargus. The salad came and there was no aspargus on it. No problem it happens. Instead of adding aspargus our waiter came and said "Oh, no aspargus. Have your salad anyway and I will be back later". I was like what? Another waiter came by and said "Oh, no. There is aspargus on your salad. It is grated aspargus". I could not believe they would go to the extend of lying this much instead of say I am sorry, I will bring your aspargus right away. Simple and no issue.
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  • Highs and lows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    The highs were unfortunately counterbalance by some distinct lows. The butterfish was delicious, but the vegetables and rice that came with it were cold. The crispy lobster pot stickers weren't crispy, but the lobster butter sauce with it was yummy. The highlight of the meal was the chocolate soufflet which I will bring my granddaughter to enjoy sometime.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • superb server
    jhenie
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    we got seated with no hassle, the service is super and very friendly, the food is great and delicious the butter fish is best and the ahi tuna is classic, the best dessert i 've have is chocolate souffle. bit pricey but its ok its once a year that birthday comes. we had a wonderful time and really enjoy the food
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What can I say? Its a chain
    JenRecommendsVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    What can I say? Its a chain restaurant. We tried it because someone gave us a gift card, so why not? The dish we ordered ( the trio of fish samplers) was very good, the standout was the butterfish. But overall, its very overpriced. $35 for a fish dish is steep in my book. If you want to spend that much, I'd go to Waterbar instead. Again, good meal. Not outstanding. Was worth trying.
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  • The signature macadamia Mahi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    The signature macadamia Mahi Mahi was not as good as in the past. All else good. But, strikingly attractive staff with attentive service made it a memorable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Expensive but worth it
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very nice ambiance. Restaurant is larger than the average San Francisco eatery and we appreciated not being squashed together so closely with other diners. Food is mainly from the sea but they have delicious land options such as short rib, and good dessert options. I enjoyed the "lifestyle" cocktails - skinny version of well-known drinks at 150 calories each. Would give five stars if it was cheaper. For a special occasion, much recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We asked for a quiet table
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    We asked for a quiet table and really had a wonderful spot! Our waiter was very attentive and the food delicious!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic