Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan
Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan

Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/dalgt-gaylord-texan-resort-and-convention-center/
  • Phone: 8177782215
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30 am - 11:00 am
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Southwest, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Santos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gaylord Trail/State Highway 26
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Local day guests who spend $25 or more in Riverwalk Cantina will receive a complimentary self-parking validation for the resort garage.
A word from Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan
Nestled in Gaylord Texan’s festive Riverwalk Market District, Old World Mexico meets authentic Tex-Mex for a delicious dining experience. Riverwalk Cantina captures the charm of the San Antonio River walk in an open-air café setting featuring a delightful Koi stocked waterway, festive architecture, and colorful vegetation.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (40)kid-friendly (28)good for groups (25)special occasion (25)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (20)great for brunch (15)romantic (8)fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nice Mexican restaurant
    MarshaMallow
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I visited because I was attending a conference on the premises. It is one of several on site and was the only one which showed availability for reservations on the night I was there. It was an excellent choice. The food was wonderful and so was the service. I would definitely visit again if I am back this way.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Great Food!
    mgr0503
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our waiter Hector was very attentive and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Atmosphere
    FoodisGood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Stayed at the Gaylord Texan and ate 3 meals here (1 dinner and 2 breakfast). Food is good and the atmosphere is great. Service was friendly without any issues.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 75th Birthday Bash
    Shelby05
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My family & I had a nice time at the Riverwalk Cantina. We were seated right away. Our waiter was attentive. The food was good but a little pricey. The meal for me & my husband was $85 that was with the fajitas & 4 drinks. I think that is way to expensive. I thought since I mentioned we were celebrating a big mile stone birthday your facility would have at least brought out a complimentary dessert for the Birthday Girl but no such luck on that. That was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Mexican
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a good meal - not great - but in the Gaylord you are trapped. It was ok - but for Dallas, if you could get out, was not the best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We ate there for lunch - food was good - not outstanding. The service was very good (almost too good) - but overall adequate. Inside the Gaylord where everyone is captured and has limited choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Linds
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bachelorette dinner with several people went smoothly. Great food, pretty good prices, split checks without problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so suprise birthday dinner
    Cno1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I don't want to write a long rant, so to make it short. I had suggested to be sat at a table by the water which was ignored, I had to ask our waitress.. We waited a while for our drinks and then felt that we were mistreated by the young lady because we asked to move next to the water.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    JimBob1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to the Gaylord Texan for my son's and wife's birthdays. I decided on the Riverwalk Cantina while they were at the waterpark. I booked a table online and requested a bottle of champagne be at the table. We arrived on time and had zero wait time. The table I requested next to the water was ready as requested. All of the staff wished my family a happy birthday and the service was excellent. The food was well prepared and good. I would highly recommend the Riverwalk Cantina.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    bpvette
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made reservations but it turned out not to be necessary on this Saturday evening at 6:00pm. We were immediately seated at a nice table for two right next to the "river". Table side guacamole was served fresh and fast. We customized it to our liking and it was fabulous! Our entrees came out a short time later and they were both awesome! It was fun people-watching as patrons were walking through the Gaylord Texan. If I was pressed for finding a downside it would have to be the noise level, although it was not really bad at all. It was a little pricey but I would highly recommend eating here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant is nothing special
    luv2trynewthings
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant itself is not worth the time or money. Being inside the Gaylord Texan makes this an enjoyable experience, but that experience doesn't justify their overpriced food and beverage menu. The food prices are slightly over priced, but manageable; however at $8 for a 16oz “large” draft beer is a complete rip-off. We wanted to try this restaurant for a while, and now we have. We can check it off our list as a cool experience, but we will not be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had my 21st birthday party here and the waitor was so nice and made my day so special :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK Breakfast / Disappointing Dinner
    CheatsheetVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love TexMex! Eager to try dinner at this cute Mexican Restaurant on the canal. Felt like outside but in the atrium:) Really wanted to give them a good review. We ate breakfast there every morning, although they ONLY offered a buffet for $22 a person. Ouch! Pretty good omelette station. Good pancakes. Great French Toast. But, dinner was a disaster! Requested table with a view - not given one. They let us change though:) Alexa, our waitress, was darling, but made all kinds of mistakes. However, her tableside guacamole was good. One order came with beef when chicken was ordered. LONG WAIT for correction. Enchiladas were awful. Fajita beef in taco was ugly. Side of slaw never came. All food was bland! Only go for breakfast, if in the budget.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was excellent and the waitress was super. I loved watching the fish in the "river". That was very soothing and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch . . .
    rsm500VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything at the Gaylord Texan is overpriced but the Sunday Brunch at Riverwalk Cantina is excessive. A less than average buffet with fair service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could do way better
    Starbucks10v3r
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very slow service. The food was really bland. We are in Texas, ive had way better texmex than this place and we paid how much for it?? Super expensive for the lacking food. Id rather have the chain resturant On The Border to be honest. Go to downtown dallas and go to the Iron Cactus for some good texmex.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good place fair service
    Betancourt
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I believe for this type of location it was very understaffed for a Friday evening. I must say the food was still very good the staff was working hard and making it the best they could but still had to wait due to the amount of people there and them being short staffed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Henry was outstanding and great with kids. Way to go Henry you deserve a rise.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We are locals in the DFW area and eat Tex-Mex all of the time. (we've also been to countless spots on the San Antonio riverwalk- which this place is trying to emulate) The food was very very bland. I ordered a chile relleno which was overpowered with way too much bland oaxca cheese and very little sauce. My wife's chicken enchiladas were bland as well. She also said her margarita was very sweet/syrupy. Our kids split chicken quesadillas and they were okay with it- although my 11 year old daughter said, "It's tough to mess up a quesadilla!" LOL We were in town at the hotel spending the 4th of July weekend. We were really hoping to have a "knock-your-socks-off" dinner- and it just didn't hold up. Last time we'll eat here for sure
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited an 1 1/2 hours to get food!!
    Disappointed101
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Unacceptable !! Paid $310 for my room and $163 dinner tab!! No the service I expected for this amount of money!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LR
    foodee
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were seated and no waiter came to our table for 25 minutes. We had the menu's sitting in front of us, no drinks had been served. After 25 minutes I asked Manager to come and take my order. Manager took my appetizer and drink order. Then a regular waiter came and took our meal order. I asked for the appetizer and drinks to be comp because of the unreasonable delay in getting initial service. Have eaten here 6 times in the past, at different times of the year and never had such poor service. All I can say is the food was great as always so we left full and satisfied, just not with the service. manager apologized. Love the feel of eating on the riverwalk. I think our whole meal should have been comp because of poor service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican Food!
    Sarag
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We recently ate at the Riverwalk Cantina during our stay at the Gaylord Texan with our three young children. We were seated outside on the "Riverwalk". The kids were entertained by watching the fish swim by. Our server Molly was very attentive. The kids menu selection was nice and when our daughter wanted a fish taco for her kid's meal instead of beef, Molly asked the chef and he obliged for no extra charge. The Margaritas are great and made from scratch. We had the chili relleno and the short rib. Both dishes were delicious! We will eat here again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benoit13
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My favorite spot for brunch. I like the fact that they had the World Cup game on. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unmemorable Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I dined here when I attended a conference. Since I only had an hour for lunch and the Gaylord Texan's dine-in food offerings were limited and expensive, I made reservations at the Riverwalk Cantina three hours in advance on Open Table. Numerous conference attendees wished to dine at the restaurant but were forced to wait in line. Even my colleague and I had to wait a few minutes despite our online reservations. Once we were seated, the service was quick. As a vegetarian, I found the menu selection limited. I enjoyed the beans, rice, and guacamole, but the three unflavorful enchiladas that I ordered were submerged in cheddar. I was hungry. However, I didn't finish them due to the daunting amount of cheese.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    MrsMarshall628
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I really enjoyed eating here. The atmosphere was wonderful and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Flavor and really slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had the beef fajitas and a chicken salad, niether one had any falvor to speak of. several tables that odered after us got their meals and were finishing up before out food came out. Way over priced for the quality of the food. I would suggest to anyone staying at the Gaylord to go to one of the other dining options or leave teh resort and go into Grapevine rather than trying this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY EXPENSIVE!
    Honestreviewer14
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Couldn't get pricing or menu before arrival. Stayed on a weekend so no menu, just buffet, very PRICEY! Here is so you'll know because I didn't until I received my check, $22 for adults & $15 for kids, no specification on age, no discounts for seniors, this was the breakfast buffet. After 10:30 they add the Lunch buffet "Brunch" w/the breakfast buffet. VERY PRICEY NOW, $32, Adults & $20, kids. The waitstaff already knows they're adding 21% gratuity or "service charge" to your ticket so to be honest, they tend to forget about ya, its a buffet & they get 21%!! Really! Never again!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Eleven of us dined here together. Food was not very good. Not a lot of care taken in making the food taste good, pretty bland.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine in but out
    SteakofChoice
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Located inside the Gaylord Texan hotel. Fun waterfalls and rivers inside the hotel. You feel like you are outside; but, you are inside in the cool air.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TW55
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Liked the riverwalk area, food was fine but could have used more servers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An evening of promise not so great
    Riverwalktogo214
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had reservations for 7:30 p.m. and we were seated right away but the person who took us to our seats was not to enthusiastic it seemed. Once seated, our chips and salsa were brought but we never saw waitress to get out drinks till about 15 minutes later. Take in mind, that tables around us were happily getting refills and drinks while we sat almost forgotten with no server in sight. I would understand if the restaurant was busy but they weren't! The Gaylord Texan is not the cheapest resort/hotel but it is praised as a 4 star resort and I would expect that from all their services including the Riverwalk Cantina. The customer is first, and I didn't experience that 6/17. Chef/Manager need to show face to make sure everything is in order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at the Riverwalk Cantina. We were plesed with the service, food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maranatha
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The woman who served our table was great. Her name was Jordan, very polite and kind we could have a good time per her help.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced
    suzyQ
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Ambience was great, service was good but the offerings were mediocore at best. Had been there numerous times prior to 2012 & it was wonderful so our out of town guests were very disappointed with our Sunday Brunch after I had raved about it. Coffee was awful, everyone mentioned the"funky" taste of the orange juice, bland scrambled eggs & no one would eat the egg/cheese combo in the rolled tortilla. For $30 per head, we expected more of a selection of food and a better quality. We could have gone to IHOP or LaMadeline & received the same service, better food at a much lower price; each of us could have ordered two separate meals & still come out ahead on the deal. Very sad. We ate at 10AM & had to re-feed the bunch at 1. Never again
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MEH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is just ok! Great atmosphere but will not make a special trip and pay for parking to eat here again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had a fantastic time celebrating a birthday! Best waiter we have ever had at a restaurant (Michael) he went out of his way to bring something special to the birthday girl!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation dinner a huge success!
    diggit
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Thanks sooo much for accommodating my nephew's graduation celebration. It was wonderful to be seated at a table where all ten of us could enjoy each others conversation! Food was terrific and service impeccable. It was nice to be able to enjoy the food and conversation without feeling rushed! Thanks again we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riverwalk Cantina
    britnnp
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The beautiful atmosphere of the Gaylord Texan took a turn for the worst when our waiter was noticeably perspiring so much we were praying drops of sweat didn't end up in our food. This unfortunately became the topic of conversation at the table between the guys. I ordered the beef burrito with rice and beans and my food was very good, however my husband was not impressed with his beef fajitas. The kids menu was pretty limited as well as the adult menu. We expected a variety of options on the menu given this restaurant is inside the Gaylord.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed
    MrsRobinson
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It's hard to go wrong with a restaurant inside the Gaylord Texan - it's always beautiful inside, and you can count on good service. I was a return guest... and it seems as though the menu has changed. Although it was more budget friendly than I remember, the food wasn't quite as good. My "sizzling shrimp" fajitas didn't sizzle at all. It seemed as though it may have sat for a while before it got to the table. That being said, it was all good food - and still warm - just not what I expected since I've been there before. Maybe they changed owners? I'm not sure. I hadn't been in several years, so there was plenty of time for things to change.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 30 reviews are from the Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan reviews archive.
  • Cantina Review
    dinningforfun
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It is unfortunate that the menu has changed from a buffet to primarily mexican food. The margarita was very bad with mostly the mix and no tequila. The food was alright but nothing I can't get elsewhere for less money. They need to go back to the buffet format many more choices of food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate