Rudi's Portsmouth
Rudi's Portsmouth

Rudi's Portsmouth

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rudisportsmouth.com/
  • Phone: 6034307834
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Kline
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Exceptionally high standards of service including cocktail, passed hors d'oeuvre and wine table service, as well as a diverse array of entree and homemade dessert options are just a few of the amenities our guests can expect to enjoy in either of our Private Dining Rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Maureen Baker 8776482460
  • Entertainment: Join us for live music five days a week, including piano Wednesday through Saturday evenings and Jazz brunch on Sundays. Thursday nights feature lively sets by local favorites and specials in the lounge. Be sure to check the schedule on our site.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private parking lot to our guests on a first come first serve basis.
    Parking garage and on street parking (metered) also available
A word from Rudi's Portsmouth
Rudi's Portsmouth is a contemporary American restaurant with something for everyone. Ease your way in to a bright and brassy Sunday afternoon or moody weeknight when Rudi's charismatic atmosphere boasts an eclectic mix of downtown charm and uptown polish. Sample the freshest of local farms and Seaport bounties with menus for cool, quiet lunches (daily, 11:30-3) and upbeat, lime-lit dinners (nightly, 4-close) featuring a wide array of traditional dishes with signature twists.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Rudi's Portsmouth reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)romantic (29)neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (17)good for groups (17)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Pre-Show Delight
    TonyBennett
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Before catching a show downtown Portsmouth--I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner and some pre-show cocktails. Booking my solo table experience in "Open Table" was a breeze. And when I arrived at the appointed time, I was warm greeted by the staff and brought immediately to my table. The atmosphere at Rudi's is gorgeous. Very chic, very classy--but not stuffy or overly formal at all. And I must say--the lighting was impecible. It was cozy and dim but without any eye strain due to being too dark. The decor was, again, classy but comfortable. My waitress was sweet and helpful. The food was amazing--I had a crab ravioli special for my main and a brie for my starter. Wickedly wonderful! Had the best Cosmo to wash it all down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    BedfordVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Rudi's is one of our favorite spots in Portsmouth, always enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful food, ambience, service, etc...! My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at Rudi's. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is always delicious. The service is always great. The atmosphere is very warm. The jazz music is awesome (and not too loud by the way). The wait staff is always knowledgeable. This is my favorite restaurant by far in Portsmouth. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dan Hussey
    DanielJH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first trip to Rudi's and the food was great, service wonderful and the overall experience was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Uneven
    CurtVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, well located, there was live light classical music, and the service was good. Our party received seven dishes, of which three we palatable. The arctic char was dry and tasted quite freezer burned, the lamb and pasta floated in lamb grease (perhaps it had not been seared to drain the fat), and the mussels were overcooked into raisins. Only the pasta with alfredo sauce was delicious. I had to imagine a young chef with talent but no fine training and an understaffed kitchen. This restaurant can be saved, and I hope it will.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful experience!
    Sheri
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    For the past 6 years, we have been going to Rudi's and have never had a bad experience. We lived in Newton, Ma with a vacation home in New Hampshire and Rudi's was our favorite stop for dinner every Friday night as we made our way North. The food is great and interesting, the ambiance is lovely and there is always good music! We especially love the bar table in the corner by the window. Tom, who is wonderful, is then our waiter and bartender and it is always a lovely experience. Although these tables can't be reserved, I called in May when we returned after 4 months in Arizona and Tom, knowing that we loved this table, had it reserved for us when we arrived. This kind of amazing service makes this restaurant a real gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Deni
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my second time to Rudi's and it was excellent again. They had a trio playing and they were awesome. I highly recommend Rudi's and will be back there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great Experience
    Mactor17VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Portsmouth has a lot of restaurants to choose from and I am happy O chose Rudi's. The burger was cooked to perfection. The fries were tasty and I really enjoyed the salad I started with. If I go back to Portsmouth I will be sure to go back to Rudi's.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went for lunch and the restaurant was quiet. The staff was very attentive and wonderful, the food was very good - we recommend the bacon lobster sandwich!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rudi's does it again!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We go to Rudi's regularly and always have. Great meal. Their dinner specials reflect what's fresh and local - seafood and produce - and the preparations are always creative and delicious! The wait staff is professional and friendly, remembering our "regular" favorites. It's a great place for lunch too!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will go back
    lynnski
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our server deserves an A+. Food was great and we loved being able to sample the gazpacho. We also appreciated being able to order a 1/2 glass of wine instead of a a full 2nd one. Our only complaint was that when we walked in, the place was empty except for the bar since it was early and the hostess seated us at the only table by the bathrooms. We had a reservation and the restaurant was still almost empty when we left, so why give us the worst table in the restaurant??? We will go back, but I will be more picky about the table next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Wine Bar
    JFM2VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great restaurant and the wine bar is a welcome addition.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was quite good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    There were 5 members in our party. All enjoyed their meals. However, for the price some thought portions were rather small. One had pork tenderloin which was cooked to perfection. However the onion strings and kale that came with it did nothing to enhance his meal. He ended up eating some of the mushroom risotto (which was great) to complete his meal. All in all this is a great restaurant, the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Restaurant is warm and welcoming. Great background music which allows the guests to actually converse with each other. Definitely would go back and recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night idea
    Biomajor88
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My girlfriend and I love a good date night but were pleasently surprised about this place, we had made a reservation for 645 but were caught in the thunderstorms while downtown. When we came in we had asked the host if was alright to be sat earlier than our scheduled time and she said it wasn't a problem and sat us immediately. The food was amazing and the service was great, I highly reccomend this place to anyone looking for a fancy night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rudi's is "OK"
    Oldster
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I must be too old- but jeans on staff seems odd in a "fine dining" restaurant. Seafood bisque was over-salted and less than "creamry." Although we were one of the first diners, wait for meal was rather long. We actually did not complain, but waitres nevertheless offered the explanation that everything was "cooked from scratch" (a doubtful statement since the main course was pork shank).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive Dining Experience
    marklab69
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were visiting from Houston and were looking to treat family to a nice dinner out. Rudi's really delivered. Excellent service and ambiance. Food highlights - calimari, fried brie starters; arctic char, duck breast, risotto, linguine w/chorizo & calimari, seared scallops w/ penne mac & cheese mains. Everything that came to the table was outstanding. A gem of a restaurant that would hold its own against any of the Michelin or James Beard award winners in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Coop3842
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    For a first time visitor I was impressed with the quality of the food. Although the selections were somewhat limited there is enough variety to satisfy most people. The service was very good. The only negative was the ambiance. The decor is quiet plain and dark, however, if you just go for food you won't be disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday brunch
    tedi
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a delightful birthday brunch last Sunday morning. Our waitress was excellent and the food was very good...a good selection to choose from and everything was hot and appetizing. We will definitely go back for lunch or dinner in the near future...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phillies fan
    PhilliesFanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner with friends. The food was memorable. Great wine list and lovely music in the background .
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rudi's on a summer Saturday nite
    Carpoolguy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went to Rudi's this past Saturday night (thank you open table). Although I have dined often in Portsmouth, I didn't know what to expect. The good: the food was very good, from wild mushroom Risotto to the pepper rubbed Artic char and the seafood/chorizo linguine. The waitress was quite helpful in her recommendations and her willingness to substitute different sides. The jazz trio was terrific creating a nice ambiance. The price point for Portsmouth was about in line. The not as good: the specialty cocktail was so-so, the free parking was full, the noise at first was rather loud but it turned out to be the party next to us. We were seated next to the kitchen/bathroom hallway so the traffic was a bit heavy. All considered, I recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Can't say enough. Probably one of the best service ever. We had a group of 8 plus toddler - they accommodated us so well. Everyone's food was super. A special place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food & Atmosphere
    CaseyTVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been coming to Portsmouth to dine for years and we are not sure how we missed this fabulous experience until now. Great food, wonderful attentive service and the jazz trio was a perfect compliment to the ambiance. We will be regulars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely going back!!!
    thegoodlife
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Found this restaurant online after looking for restaurants in the "portsmouth, NH" area. Looked at the ratings on trip advisor. What a great place! Might have to make it down there once a month from the Portland Maine area - so worth it! OK - so we are in our young 50's, I love live jazz music which happened to be playing that night (a friday night). Ended up just eating on the lighter side - apps - the lobster crepe is probably the best I've ever had (even better than my home made), nice antipasto platter for two and a really good spinach salad. Notably - the "grapefruitini" was an excellent drink and the wine list had some really nice wines as well. The whole thing worked for us. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience at Rudi's
    foodlvr
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Enjoyed an early evening dinner for two at Rudi's in Portsmouth. Food was flavorful and well presented. My ribeye was cooked to perfection and tender. My wife's dish, seared scallops over penne mac and cheese, was excellent, though with 4 small scallops and a price of $25, perhaps not the best of values. Our server was excellent - professional, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Ambiance was pleasing with soft, live piano music providing a pleasant backdrop for easy conversation. Our seating arrangement was a bit odd, with two couples seated at opposite ends of the same long table. We were separated by enough space so privacy was not an issue. All-in-all, a positive dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll Be Back!
    tonyiovino
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My wife and I stopped on our way up to Maine. First, we love Portsmouth--a great town! Found this on Yelp I believe, then reservations through Open Table (great app by the way!). The dinner was a series of pleasant surprises. First--it had parking! Love Portsmouth, but you really need to stay in town and walk--parking is at a premium. 2nd-- ambiance was totally different than we expected. 3rd--the food! We saw on the online menu a burger and figured it was a casual, pub type place. Uh huh. Very nice atmosphere, tending upscale. Little combo playing. Friendly, professional staff. And terrific food! The burger was clearly a throw-away item on the menu--the rest of it was first class. Food was fresh and cooked perfectly-- we highly recommend!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for business lunch
    phonegirl
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I took an important client there and asked via the Open Door website for a private, quiet place and they gave us our own room! It was wonderful. I will go again but next time with some friends!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect romantic location!
    Happycouple
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We got married at Rudi's last year and had a wonderful time! Everyone was friendly and so accommodating, especially the event coordinator Maureen. The food was fantastic and we were really treated like royalty! We came back for the jazz brunch on our first anniversary and the chef treated us to an incredible dessert. The whole experience was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    kpal
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have been to Portsmouth many times and have always overlooked Rudi's. I decided to book it on open table and it was such a great place to have lunch. The menu is inventive with a great selection of lunch items. We were absolutely blown away by the food and still talk about the food. Great job and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rudi's was fabulous!
    katebrigham
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to Rudi's for Mother's Day brunch and was pleasantly surprised. The service was terrific, and the food was amazing! Both my mother and I had Huevos Rancheros which were to die for, and my dad's omelette was fantastic. The menu was extensive and had something for everyone, and prices are incredibly reasonable! The live jazz was a marvelous touch. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day hit
    Love74
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a great brunch! Service was stellar! Food very good too!! Huevos rancheros was yummy and the asparagus salad was delish! Jazz added to total 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Experience
    Yorky
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Ambiance was fine although the noise level was high in the other section of the dining room. People there were happy.food was well prepared and nicely plated. Out waiter was attentive but not obtrusive. Overall a great evening. We will do it again for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    jubailkid
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Rudi's is a great spot in downtown Portsmouth. I really like the ambience - it's not noisy and not overcrowded - a great place to go and have real quality time with people. the drinks are excellent and so is the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No better place for a nice lunch
    bentleyjrtVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    There truly is no better place for a nice lunch in Portsmouth.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 309 reviews are from the Rudi's Portsmouth reviews archive.
  • Lovely cadre, food disappoints
    wisegourmet
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Everything seems right until the food is served. In the modern way the entrée is incomplete (it'd require a side or two). The presentation is good. But unfortunately dish after dish has no taste, whether starter or entrée. The bread is not bad however. Rudi's is expensive by local standards. It's an attractive place, and in the evening the jazz in the background is pleasant. But one ultimately goes to a restaurant to dine, and for that you will do better making another choice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spot on!
    Ellen
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My Husband and I were traveling to Portsmouth for a performance at the Music Hall. A friend of mine mentioned Rudi's. I went to their website and everything clicked...right atmosphere, great food selection and jazz too. Made our reservation through Open Table. Our dinner was fabulous and really hit the spot. Brilliant!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    ESGF
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Wait staff is professional and friendly. Food is very good, but there was a mix up in the kitchen on this visit and I was disappointed. Sent us free dessert as apology. Lovely brunch with friends where we head to Portsmouth as a midway meeting point. Very nice jazz during Sunday brunch. Price is very reasonable. I would recommend a visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous brunch!
    DebbieandLarry
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Wonderful experience at Rudis! Delicious food, live jazz, great atmosphere, attentive service, and the best Bloody Mary we have ever had! We will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant to others!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Once again a great meal. One small fault though. One member in our group ordered the ravioli with the seared duck add-on. The duck was fatty and chewy, not much meat to enjoy. Too bad because the ravioli were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent evening/dinner - try it!
    Rocco
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very nice décor/ambiance. Food was excellent. Server was engaging, attentive and accommodating. Live music was added treat. Enjoyed everything about this place and the dinner. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.