Scratch (Mtn View)
Scratch (Mtn View)

Scratch (Mtn View)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scratchmtnview.com/
  • Phone: 6502373132x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Scratch offers multiple seating options. Our main dining room affords a casual dining experience in a relaxed setting of beautiful walnut table banquettes, the community table seats up to 12 and is a great place for small groups, and the wine room is available for semi-private parties with seating up to seventy for dinner and a hundred for cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Kloth 6502373131x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and public parking lots
A word from Scratch (Mtn View)
Scratch features American cookery in an elegant setting. The cuisine is based on the premise of simple food done well and draws from American classics reflecting today's influences and bounty of ingredients. Choose from a tender moist braised short rib, rotisserie chicken, or perhaps a selection from our fresh seafood and oyster bar.

For beverages Scratch has researched some of the finest vineyards and distilleries in the United States. We have a wide variety of wines and spirits to choose from in all price ranges. Some of our wine and spirits are highly allocated and will not always be available.

Scratch also offers a vegetarian menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Scratch (Mtn View) reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)good for groups (58)vibrant bar scene (53)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (51)great for lunch (36)hot spot (30)notable wine list (30)romantic (29)great for brunch (20)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was good but not great. It was not at all cozy as the genre should require.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    coastalcowboy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have eaten here many times and never tire of the menu, food, ambiance, etc. If you like comfort food in a energetic, fun and relaxing environment, then Scratch is worth checking out. The wine menu is extensive with some little known wineries and excellent wines. In fact the entire beverage menu is excellent. Definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot though inconsistent
    Flash
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Appetizers we ordered were great and service was friendly and exceptional. Quality varied in the entrees which was a little disappointing since they usually are better all around. I'd still definitely go back and would expect to have a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SDDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Nice menu, bit pricey, good food. Ok but not fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liza
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    All the meats and fish seemed over cooked. Besides the overcooked meat, the food was "ok", nothing I would rave about. Maybe give it one more shot and see how it goes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love the elevated southern home cooking. My husband is from the south and it reminds him of home only better. Also had great fresh oysters and yummy drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Vegetarians
    VeggieDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place has great food. They have a separate Vegetarian Menu showing the Veg items and there are many. These are great items that non-veg people will love as well. We were a party of 11 at my last visit and everyone loved their food. Four of us were vegetarian and we loved having a variety of things to pick from. The décor is open and airy. They have a large bar with creative cocktails. This is a great spot for cocktails and appetizers or for a full meal. You will love the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food a bit heavy
    foodandwine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food is a bit heavy, but overall pretty good flavors. Great atmosphere. Glad I tried it, don't know if I'd ever be a regular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food and atmosphere
    Truckee
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The silicon valley is hot these days and the Castro street in Mountain View is always buzzing. Scratch offers a hip and popular spot for the valley types. The food was tasty but not of large portions (which I like). The price was reasonable. The wine/beer selections were broad. And they were able to accommodate our large party. The only thing was the service. It was decent but not great. The bus staff insisted on filling water all the time which was disruptive. The wait staff was competent but a little stern. Overall all, I'd give it 4 out of 5 considering its overall performance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Restaurant
    Mickey
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Scratch is truly a gem. I ate there when I visited my son 7 weeks ago. I then returned for his wedding, and immediately booked a reservation at Scratch. I really wanted to get the amazing filet again, but they do not typically offer the filet on their Sunday brunch (but their brunch menu was also fabulous). I contacted Scratch and they graciously made special arrangements to prepare the filet for me. Their food is outstanding, and their wine list and specialty cocktails will please even the most discerning. I highly recommend them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban fried chicken
    localcoupleVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My daughter was visiting from NYC and we wanted really good fried chicken for our dinner out. The Scratch menu seemed just right. We liked the environment, the drinks, and the chicken a lot. Biscuits were a bit under-cooked and watermelon salad could have more flavor. Overall satisfying dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiters Aren't Up to Snuff
    notafoodsnobVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I ate at Scratch twice in five days & each time was underwhelmed by our waiter especially the 2nd. He arrived promptly, asked us if we wanted water like a bus boy & then left for 15 minutes. We wanted to order drinks which we ended up ordering with our food. Our three drinks arrived in stages, the last being with our food. Nothing like a scotch with your fish. He never checked in once we had our food, hello - I'd like a glass of wine - until we called him over. When we said "no" to dessert, he didn't offer coffee. Thankfully the bus boy was on the ball. Our first waiter was a little better but still looked surprised when we asked questions about the food such as what fish is that?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced Bad Food
    lauriepgVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    For an appetizer, we ordered the deviled eggs with crab for $9. We got 1 1/2 egg, deviled with a scrap of crab on top. My husband ordered the filet mignon, which came smothered in a very salty gravy. Why ruin a good piece of meat? Maybe it wasn't such a good piece of meat ... I had the scallops, which I was excited to try. Unfortunately, they were overcooked & dried out. There was nothing redeeming about any of our food. The service was excellent, which was why I gave Scratch 2 stars, but we will not be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch Food and Service
    Noreen
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We took the whole family for brunch this week. Everyone was super happy with the food. The Peaches and Cream Pancakes were excellent as were the sandwiches and burgers. I asked to have my coffee warmed up and the waiter volunteered to bring me a new cup of coffee. That is an example of service excellence you don't find most places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had great potential
    TEGO
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What we ordered and received was good but.... My daughter and I were splitting 2 appetizers for our main course along with salads. The crab cake was very good, but on the small side. We also ordered the beef brochette, but it never came. The food had already taken a very long time to arrive to our table, so after about 10 minutes we realized that the beef dish was not going to come. The waiter asked if we wanted him to replace the order. We said no. He then offered to comp a dessert. The cheesecake was very good, but appeared on our bill. He did take it off the bill after we inquired. As we didn't receive a portion of our meal, my daughter and I left hungry. My husband and son had the Ahi Tuna and said it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was my second time at Scratch in MV. This time I had dinner with my friends. From the moment you enter the restaurant, the atmosphere is classy and hip. We were welcomed and taken to our table immediately. The drink choice incredible, food choice is fitted for everyone. Presentation of the food is beautiful. The only negative remark is that we weren't lucky with our server. He seemed very grumpy and tired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food for Thought
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Have had dinner at Scratch and lunch before. I wasn't too pleased with the dinner (maybe I ordered the wrong thing) but the lunches were very good and beautifully presented. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    CarolCVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My 3rd visit and the food was wonderful again. The watermelon/mint/feta/orange/pepper salad was outstanding--a refreshing dish on a hot Saturday.BBQ pork sandwich was unique--a bit spicier than I liked-there was no warning that it came with onion rings. The choice of salad or fries was appreciated; the salad was a nice one and sufficient. The place was almost empty for Sat. lunch and we had three different staff constantly leaning over to refill water glasses that weren't even half empty--no sooner would I resist one than another would appear seconds later, even if I moved the glass further away. We were trying to have a conversation and the interruptions were intrusive. This is inattentive service (not noticing other waiters had done this)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should be better for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The lobster roll is pretty good and generous, but pricey. I should have split it with wife instead of listening to waitress about the quantity and then ordering a pulled pork sandwich, especially since we also had ordered the calamari salad. My pork sandwich was way too salty. The calamari coating was saturated with garlic. This restaurant should practice a little finesse in cooking. Saturating food with salt or garlic doesn't quite do it. The fries that came with the entrees were enormous portions, another reason to have split a dish. We left most of it. I suggest the sweep potato fries over the regular.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best fried chicken ever!!
    Foodgasm
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Amazing ambiance -nice balance of romance and fine dining without being uptight/stuffy. Food was amazing and perfectly seasoned. Only room for improvement would be to elevate the options on the kids menu (ended up ordering sides for the little one as it offered more well rounded options),and we could have had a more attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location, interesting menu
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After Scott's closed down, we were looking for a place near TheatreWorks in Mountain View. You could easily walk by Scratch without realizing it is there, but the interior is very nice. There seems to be a lively bar scene, but unlike many other places the noise from the bar area does not overwhelm the surprisingly quiet dining area. Interesting menu with lots of things we wanted to try. Good service. The food came quickly and was excellent. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • walbut
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was really rushed. The waiter was waiting in the wings with the entrees while we completed our appetizers. For the price of the food it is missing the ambience and overall dining experience of places of a comparable price. The food itself was fine - nothing special. Overall an okay experience but not one I would recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Rated
    Curt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The taste of the food was just ok and the portion was on the slim side. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant as a must dine establishment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • shouldn't have to wait for a table
    Kevin
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The whole point of OpenTable is getting a reservation so I can dine. Asking me to wait 10 minutes for a table when I've got a reservation is annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SCRATCHed my head after
    LeeLee333
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good. Meatballs and Grits & Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates were tasty. Although, my Oysters Rockefeller had sand in them. Service was bad. Our server was aware that we were there for a birthday.Disappointed to not be brought a small desert for her. We put in 3 separate orders of appetizers. After our last order of appetizers, our dirty plates sat in front of us for 30 minutes. I had to ask him to remove the dirty plates. We asked other servers & attendants for clean plates, utensils, drink orders, etc. Our bill was incorrect. Manager made an exception for happy hour prices but bill did not reflect these prices. It was corrected. It angers me that this server received a 20% gratuity when his service was unsatisfactory.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dont scratch this one off your list
    TravellingElbys
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In keeping with Palo Alto's Reposado, Scratch has a large, lively bar scene. The menu is suprisingly varied and all items we tried were excellent. The service was excellent - always available but not intrusive. Located on Castro in Mountain View, this is bound to be a go to place for locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Scratch used to be a great place for foodies, now the food is.... Well, meh. They ruined their Mac and cheese, the medium rare burgers came out well done and the can only seem to make decent fries 1 out of 10 times. This time was the last. Especially since there are so many other choices in this area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but too pricey for two $$
    jsvh2000
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a good experience at Scratch, but it is billed as a two dollar sign menu, but should be three or four dollar signs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Review
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Enjoyed my salad very much. It was rather unique in that it had Quail eggs in it (hard boiled, of course). The service was excellent and it is a very up-to-date place. I also had dinner there once, but think I chose the wrong dish, so I gave it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Saturday Night
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My fiancé and I hit up Scratch this past Saturday night and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was DELICIOUS! I had the Surf & Turf and he had the Fried Chicken. I would recommend them both. Surf & Turf was AMAZING and the Fried Chicken was crispy and delicious without being too bready or oily. Service was excellent and relatively fast. We asked about a butter sauce for the lobster and the bus boy brought out 4 different dipping sauces and explained what each one was. It was relatively quiet and great ambience for a date night. We'll definitely be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Wonderful service
    Noodle23
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I picked this place as it was the first on the list on the OpenTable app. Staff was very accommodating as I was going to a concert before and was running behind. The food was awesome and the wine selection is killer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    EileenTBrooklyn
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    we had a great time celebrating my husband's birthday here. the restaurant was loud (because of the busy bar area) and our waitress was very soft spoken so it was difficult to hear her, but overall the food was delicious and i would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Company Event
    like2eat
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I made reservations for our company dinner event. I have never been to Scratch before nor my boss & co-workers. It turned out that it was the best experience we had for a company outing! the food was so tasty along with the presentation that we decided to make another outing. The restaurant ambiance was so inviting, we had a great time. Thank you Scratch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love going to Scratch for lunch. Their food is fresh, well prepared and presented with options for all palates. The wait staff is so friendly it just makes for a nice relaxing lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • N/A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I do not wish to write an in-depth review. I believe this is asking too much. I am a busy person and while I recommend Scratch to anyone looking to buy a $50/person dinner, or $20/person bar-experience, I don't plan to go there again any time soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked it
    pjbj
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good, service was excellent. We were not pushed to depart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovetolunchVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I recommend the delicious BBB pulled pork sandwich but not the pappardelle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Dinner
    bizluncher
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Lunch and dinner is good at this restaurant. It's easy to have business conversation at either lunch or dinner. Ambience at night is great too. Seemed like a lot of people at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Again great food and service
    InfobahnFoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Unlike our first visit which suffered from several noisy groups, our most recent two visits (on Sunday evening, avoiding the after work crowd?) combined the great food and service with a pleasant sound level. We will return, working to schedule our visits on slow nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scratched
    Gonz
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sorry, didn't pass my bar for a fine dining establishment. We started with the seafood plateau and the lobster was chewy and rough and oysters were just so so. The shrimp and cocktail sauce were nice. We tried the chorizo stuffed dates next and there was not much contrast so the date was mushy. The flavor was nice but it really needed some texture contrast like "crispy" bacon, yes the bacon was not crispy either. My wife ordered the crabcake and we didn't even finish it. It was mush again with not a lot of flavor and slightly "fishy"...........Yes, I am eating a seafood but I do make them and know the difference between crab tasting fishy. :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate