Spanish Pavillion
Spanish Pavillion

Spanish Pavillion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spanishpavillion.com/
  • Phone: 9734857750x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Fernández
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Michael Fernández.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Spanish Pavillion is the perfect venue to host your next event. We can accommodate office meetings, family & friend gatherings, holiday parties, retirement parties, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, bridal showers, wedding rehearsals, or repasts.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerry Fernández 8886037932
  • Entertainment: Located just Blocks from NJPAC, Red Bulls Arena, Prudential Arena (home of the NJ Devils), Newark Bears Stadium, Newark Library, Newark Museum and more...
    Located less then a block from the Hampton Inn Suites Newark River Walk

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Passaic Avenue
  • Public Transit: Spanish Pavillion is located 5 blocks from the PATH Train, at the Harrison Station, and 3 blocks from the NJTranist, on Broad Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available upon request for private parties.
A word from Spanish Pavillion
The first Spanish restaurant in New Jersey opened in 1963 by our grandparents, Antonio & Estrella Martinez. The idea was simple: Give the finest traditional Spanish food at a reasonable price, with warm, friendly & efficient service. You may have entered as a customer, but you left as a friend.
As the second & third generations continue the family tradition, we want to maintain the same ideas which were taught to us by our grandparents. We not only welcome you as customers to our restaurant, we welcome you as friends into our home.
Sit back, relax and enjoy some friendly service while your mouth-watering meals are being prepared by some of the same chefs who have been with our family for years.

Your Hosts,
Jerry & Michael Fernández
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Spanish Pavillion reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (6)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • If you love paella
    BigEVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Huge, huge, huge portions of paella! One can serve 3 or 4.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful meal!!!
    KenBVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I had another wonderful dinner at the Spanish Pavilion. The octopus a la plancha was its usual decilious dish, as was the Pavilion calamari, perfectly cooked with sweet peppers. We'll be back soon...especially since the owner repeatedly visits each table to make sure everything is satisfactory!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suze
    shadow
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant was clean and well maintained. The server was especially gracious and attentive. The food was excellent tasting, made from fresh ingredients. Had a wonderful time once again. The quality of the food served and the great customer service is consistent from visit to visit. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for some great Spanish food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shadow
    shadow
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was fresh and excellent tasting. Highly recommend the Paella and Gelato for dessert Very generous portions. I love this place and can't wait to return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spanish Restaurant
    KenBVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I had a delicious dinner at the Spanish Pavillion. We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience with excellent service. Be back soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    Nana
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    For a Tuesday evening it was reasonably busy the service was very good waiters were attentive. My husband had calamari and salmon I had the steak which was cooked perfectly. Having been there before the Gordon Ramsey do over and a few times after they have maintained the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great upscale casual dinner
    Eddie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were a party of 8 people who went there before a game at Red Bull Stadium. Everyone really enjoyed their dinner and appetizers. Service was good and friendly and the price was very reasonable. We parked our car there and walked to the stadium and after dinner we stopped for a few beers at their outdoor beer garden.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Enjoyed
    DooneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a party of 9 who met friends going to the Red Bulls Arena nearby. We had an absolutely delightful lunch. Choices ranged from tapas, to full hot lunch meals, to salads and sandwiches. Everything we ate was delicious! The service was excellent. We started out with drinks and asked that the white sangria not be too sweet. It was great. Light and refreshing with just enough alcohol ...well maybe ...could have had a bit more white wine, but for lunch just enough. They were nice enough to include soup or a nice salad even for those of us who did not have hot meals. We can't wait to go back for dinner. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous, food so tasty! There is also a nice outdoor area. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garlic Chicken at its BEST!
    RudyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Spanish Pavillion aims to please. Great Wait Staff-in our case Tony is the "Man!" The Garlic Chicken was Excellent, the Spanish Home-made Potato Chips were amazing. A good bottle of Spanish wine was better than the Sangria. Enjoy when you are in the mood for super Garlic Chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spanish restaurant
    KenBVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I took two of our friends to this well reviewed Spanish restaurant before a Red Bulls soccer match. It was excellent. The food, service, and cordial nature of the place were superb. I especially enjoyed the Octopus a la Plancha, which I had made never had made that way anywhere else before. We plan to be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-game venue
    justintime
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We wanted to grab a quick bite to eat before watching the NY Redbulls at the nearby stadium. The restaurant accommodated our quick turnaround with a tasty meal of tapas that suited adults and children alike. The staff were courteous and helpful. The proprietor was even onsite to help with parking and a short-cut to the stadium! Would definitely head back next time we are in Harrison NJ.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good seafood
    SWMomVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have dined many times at Spanish Pavillion over the past 15 years and it is always good. The service is attentive and the food is tasty and delicious. The seafood is fresh - mariscadas salsa verde, garlic shrimp and twin lobsters were great. Skirt steak was very flavorful too. We enjoyed the sangria too. Dessert ended the meal on a sweet note with flan, lava chocolate cake and carmel pudding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    GpFoodie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here. Overall, the experience was excellent. I've been to many of the Spanish Restaurants in Newark, but never tried the Spanish Pavilion. The food was excellent and our waiter was efficient and personable. I had the paella, which was chock full of seafood. I don't think I finished half of it. My wife had a shrimp dish which she loved. We also started with Calamari with hot peppers. Yum. The waiter was pleasant and efficient. Would definitely return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Xpertxp
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We came here with a party for 5, the owner was very accommodating even tho we were an hour late for our reservation. It was overall a very nice experience. It was a family gathering/birthday and everyone really enjoyed the food and drinks. It was a great evening with fantastic food and drink. Thank you again for an amazing experience! Can't wait to come back! Oh and the sangria was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 201 reviews are from the Spanish Pavillion reviews archive.
  • Great Lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had an enjoyable and quiet business lunch that was very successful. We had a delicious meal and I recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well
    pguillermora23
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I like this restaurant. The food is good and the service is normal
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Pavilion
    RobonLBI
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. Food was well prepared. The Fabada was really good. Pretty close to the PAC Center if you are going to a concert. I definitely would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    mkfromtheshore
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Love the food, the great service, the ambience. A family-owned and operated gem. Easy to find. Easy to park (in their lot). A mix of nrighborhood clientele where everyone knows your name, Newark residents, people on their way to or from NJPAC and other Arts and sports venues all there to enjoy great Spanish food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Will go back again and happily recommend it to friends. The food, value for your dollar and service make it easy to understand why it has remained a favorite for so many for so many years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal.
    Nina
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Service is wonderful. Love the soup that comes with the meal. And the sangria is just right
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Experience
    GrannyBeans
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My siblings and I had heard good comments about this restaurant from friends and family, but we had never eaten here. We made a reservation for Easter Sunday, and that proved to be a wise decision. The food was incredible, from the camarones ajillo to the salads and the entrees and desserts. The generous house salad is chock full of baby lettuces and baby spinach and tomatoes, and the house dressing is magnificent. Among us we ate prime rib, stuffed sole, and salmon costa brava. We sampled each dish and pronounced each of them exceptional. This is definitely a restaurant to revisit. I am hoping to come back with a larger group to sample and share tapas.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner.
    marlew
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We met two other couples here for a Saturday night dinner, and as usual, it was great. The service was excellent, as was the meals. Everyone enjoyed their dinners, from Steak, to shrimp to salmon, with different sauces. The portions are large, so I wound up taking half my dinner home for the next night. We started with different appetizers, and enjoyed them all. We keep coming back. They also have their own parking lot next door.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Nights
    Lady
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I went to Spanish Pavilion this past Friday for the all you can eat buffet. Excellent choice. The food never ran low and the service was exceptional! They're doing it again next week, I'll be sitting right there. They've been one of my favorites for years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The steak was wonderful. The
    NYE2013
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The steak was wonderful. The dessert was too. The only issue is the paella. The rice is crunchy and hard. I believe it's a baked dish. Unsure if paella should have this consistency since it was the first time I'd tried it. I simply picked and poked through it, eating only the seafood in it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service friendly but slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The place needs a facelift but the people greeting and serving were fantastic. The food was great! We ordered paella for one and it was more than enough for two. We also ordered some tapas and expected it them to arrive while the paella cooked but all the food came together.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    luv2cookVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We have been eating here for years and the food is still very good. Jerry and Michael work very hard to carry on the tradition of their grandfather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best Spanish restaurants
    coopVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Newark area. Always gets us out on time to go to NJPAC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I hadn't been
    JerseyKVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My wife and I hadn't been here in over 25 years and were pleasantly surprised. Great menu, great food, great service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always the Spanish Pavilion
    Chris
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    As always the Spanish Pavilion was great. Good food and fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spanish Restaurant
    Stanley
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaurant has the best service I had ever seen in any restaurant I ever been to. They were constantly cleaning up empty plates. Always kept glass full. And very attentive to your needs. You could ask any waiter or for anything and they would instantly get it for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    kcmc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    huge portions. We had several tapas and 2 dinners, everything was wonderfully flavored and presented nice. Enjoyed the place, nice neighborhood gem, didn't feel like the other spanish food warehouses in Newark.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came after not eating here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Came after not eating here for years. Used to love the place but stopped going after their Kitchen Nightmare. Well, the place looks great, very friendly staff and owner but the food is eh. My Marsala was just okay-more sweet sauce then Marsala wine. One of our guests sent his dinner back as the shellfish wasn't fresh. Hit or miss I guess. Won't be going back. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • time
    berger
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    waiters were friendly and did not rush you to order or to move the table. Let you sit with your friends and take your time and not try and hurry you, which was nice. They came around and asked if everything was ok and if they could do anything for you. Been there before and would go back. Also very large portions, only one person finished there food the rest came home with us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service wonderful, Food OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    All of the service staff were absolutely very accommodating and attentive. No complaints there. The food was plentiful but not fit for foodies. The bread was cold as if they just took it out of a refrigerator. Not sure if we'll go back. Only 2 minutes from NJ PAC so convenient if you are attending a concert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    barbwire
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We enjoyed everything at this restaurant--the food was outstanding and made any way you would like it. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and they grilled it and put garlic and oil on it for me. Never had one so good and I eat at all the Newark Spanish/Portugese restaurants. Sangria was top notch as was the service. Price was great too. Friends we were with were very impressed and want us to invite them there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner, as usual!
    AntToz
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The food is top notch and authentic, the service is AWESOME and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Try the paella - just do it - there's really no good reason not to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant was empty when
    shadow
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    The restaurant was empty when I arrived on a Sunday in the evening. The restaurant was quiet and comfortable. I was told the entrees would take 30 minutes to prepare. They offered soup which was hearty but not hot. The entrees arrived on time, but the rice was burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pan and the sausage was a little too dry. The portion size was generous and the shrimp and scallops were moist and tender. Overall, the entrée was good. The dessert was excellent. All items served tasted fresh and made with high quality ingredients.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well done...food menu is creative
    linnieVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    well done...food menu is creative well priced. going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chomp #1
    FoodKing
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    This is my 2nd time to Spanish Pavilion. Heard about this place when it was featured on Chef Rasmsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Great food. Good Sangria. Service was attentive. They would come around to make sure our glasses are filled. However, I would suggest the following to the next person who tries this restaurant: 1. When they bring out the loaf of bread ask for it to be warmed up. 2. Paella - they say good for 2. It's good for 4 and maybe 5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food with friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Solid food with friendly service at very reasonable prices
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.