Stage Left
Stage Left

Stage Left

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.stageleft.com/
  • Phone: 7328284444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: J.R. Belt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire contact our Catering Manager for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Stage Left has several rooms available for private events. We can accommodate groups from 15 to 130. We offer a variety of party menus. We also offer wine dinners and wine classes ideal for that a special celebration or a corporate mixer.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex Hall 7328284444

Getting there

  • Cross Street: George Street
  • Public Transit: The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available $10-15 per vehicle located at The Heldrich Hotel. There is some on street parking (some metered till 7 pm). There are also city parking lots and garages.
A word from Stage Left
Stage Left has been ranked among the best restaurants in NJ since it’s opening in 1992. The focus is on the best local ingredients in the kitchen and an award-winning wine cellar stocked with wonderful gems from $30-$3000. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Our elegant private dining rooms and rustic wine cellar are perfect for business or romance. NJ Monthly – Best American Restaurant / NY Times – Excellent / Star Ledger – 4 Stars / Wine Spectator – Best of Award of Excellence For reservations in the bar area of Stage Left, please note this in your reservation notes. There is limited seating in that area so we may reach out to you if we do not have availability.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Stage Left reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)notable wine list (29)fit for foodies (25)romantic (21)great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (7)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Eric
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was an anniversary dinner. We are always happy to eat there. Service was a bit slow this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • professionalism
    stakelover
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Seating, waitress and food server are very unprofessional, especially for this kind of expensive restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    tipardo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Small family group for dinner. Food was fantastic. Scallops were done perfectly & the dirty martini was smooth. Wild boar chops & steaks are always our top choices. Leave room for dessert if you can-will be well worth it. And the sides are enough to feed two people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomato Tomato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the most wonderful time exploring "Tomatoes through the ages"! What wonderful soup! Very forthcoming with ingredients for recipe! The most inventive dish however was BRULEED tomatoes with lemon basil ice cream! Wowwie Wow Wow. And the wines - to die for! Our only regret was to find out that a "Big Night" celebration was on the same night and that we could have enjoyed Tomato Night on another night and that way could have participated in both. We have already noted this on our calendar for next August.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sjs1VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Stage Left is a reliably excellent place to entertain business guests. Food, service, ambiance all excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enchanted Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Thank you for making our date night special from your warm greeting on arrival to coffee and sinful desserts-Stage Left rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stage Left is just right
    toplibrarian
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Stage Left is a wonderful New Brunswick gem. The food is excellent and the service is wonderful - always helpful but never hovering. If it were a little less expensive it would be the perfect go-to neighborhood place. But for the price you pay, the experience is well worth it. One of the two owners is always around to stop by and chat with customers. They really care about their restaurant and make you feel like an old friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food is imaginative and generally excellent, but overpriced. That which was not excellent was pretty disappointing and made the exorbitant prices unconscionable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4 for 4
    GeorgeB
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fourth time here and they never fail to provide a better than good experience. Interesting menu that's Got some great choices. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC evening!
    Gerri
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our bartender was so nice. Then we went to dinner and the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the wine he said we should try and his explanation of how it would taste was perfect! His recommendation for dinner was spot on. The strip steak was awesome! I loved the fact that all 4 of our dinners were served at the exact same time. Very classy! And the chef sent out on him the molten cake which I love! Nice treat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to Stage Left during restaurant week because it is usually much too expensive despite the good reviews. Needless to say our meals were fantastic and we may need to splurge! I had the garlic pasta and loved it as my fiancé loved his steak. Everything tasted very fresh and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food & impeccable service
    connoisseurYOU
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoyed Stage Left on New Brunswick restaurant week perks. Our family had a great time at a great bills. I'd suggest it as a great place for a romantic outing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BADNEWSVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I could not in good conscience reccomend Stage Left. The food was alright but the service was very poor. Our appetizer came and went and then we waited for at least 20 minutes for the main course and this was in spite of our waiter asking if we had a curtain. We had told him yes-8 PM.After the main course was cleared the wait for the dessert menu was so long that we asked for the check as we now had little time to get to the theater. The waiter apologized profusely but still we waited. When he finally brought the check,he also brought a creme brulee(this took alot of time).So again,no,I will not reccomend this restaurant to my worst enemy. Harriette
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around but pricey excellence
    SchmooVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wonderful food, attentive (if sometimes slow) service, quiet and beautiful setting but quite expensive. Wine list contains some very high priced labels but also some relative bargains with modest mark-ups over retail. Scallop appetizer superb as were the steaks and chops all three of us ordered. Sides also great. One wine by the glass was not up to par and was promptly removed from the bill. Will definitely be back but will need to be a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A top scale restaurant in all ways.
    DoctorB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    From service to food preparation, everything was fantastic. A great choice for theater goers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    In the heart of New Brunswick you wouldn't expect to be surrounded by beautiful flowers and comfortable outdoor seating.Stage left was so inviting. Each course was better than the next. Foie gras was great, staff graciously recommended a excellent Sauternes to pair with it. The wagyu flat iron steak served on a 500 degree himaylian salt brick was unique,fun and tasty. I found a Serbian(!)wine to pair with it which was also excellent. My girlfriend got the halibut which was so fresh, it was plated with some great local produce.To finish we shared a ice cream sundae for 2 which was served in a himaylian salt bowl. It added a really interesting savory element to the ice cream. On a warm summer night, stage left can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatsoutalot
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Although the food was very good, for the prices they charge you would think that a drink on the rocks, in a large rocks glass, should have more than a measured shot with three large cubes. Other than that, our server was outstanding with incredible knowledge of an extremely complex menu/ingredients. I would still keep this place in mind for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    ralph
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    the waiters were very attentive and the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced!
    Regular
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The ambiance in the main dining room was OK - quiet and spacious but nothing special. The food was delicious but overpriced. I've gotten equal or better quality for less. Wine list too was very pricey.
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  • KINGtasteVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING - SO WAS THE PRICE - SO BE PREPARED TO PAY NEW YORK CITY BILLS
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great,....but
    Bill
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Terrific food and wines, but the service was a bit rough around the edges. We enjoy leisurely dining and weren't in any hurry, but the wait for our main course was extremely long and it was prepared quite differently than described by the server (much more spicy heat). Some of the young-ish waiters seemed a little flustered all evening. Restrooms are located in a short, dark, narrow hallway right outside the kitchen, so on your way there, you're dodging the staff hurrying between the dining room and kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bacon Cheeseburger Ever
    BigEater
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My father and I are burger nuts so we have had them from all over, and we are always searching for the best, we found it. From the delicious roll to the grass fed beef to the aged Vermont cheddar to the amazing Amish bacon that didn't even have a hint of salt, the flavors married together in a way that simply makes me smile just thinking about it. Can't wait to get back there and thanks to the staff at stage left for amazing culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    BeenThere
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Once again, Stage Left delivers. Even though we've been there more than a few times since they opened, not once have they failed to provide. Excellent food, quiet atmosphere and great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way!
    Rosiesreview
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was our second time eating at Stage Left. The food is outstanding! All five of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners! The staff are friendly and helpful. There are no bad seats in the restaurant. We did not sit outside but it was inviting! I cannot wait to go back! Do not miss this gem!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We enjoy good food and wine and Stage Left did not disappoint. The steak tasting, incredible wine selection, and specials made for a delightful evening. The staff was attentive, friendly, and helpful. It was a beautiful evening and while we dined at a wonderful table inside the staff was able to accommodate dessert and drinks outdoors. We will definitely return to Stage Left on our next visits to New Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Albon
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is a great restaurant for both food and service. We have been enjoying this place for years and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent!
    denimgirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Outstanding service and food. Expectations were high and was not disappointed. Top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Everything was outstanding. We ordered from the steakhouse menu. Steaks may have been a little undercooked for medium but it didn't matter because they tasted great. All of the sides we ordered were delicious. We got 3 sides for 4 people. Could have ordered 4. Dessert was also terrific. Outstandstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 551 reviews are from the Stage Left reviews archive.
  • Great place to celebrate
    dimo
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We took our son here to celebrate his college graduation. It was pricey, but worth every dime. The food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. Definitely not a place we'd go often, but perfect for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    justsaying
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Excellent service, amazing food. Perfect for a special occasion. My husband is a foodie and wine snob...his response was "we're going back". Highly suggest. But beware, the prices are very high. Dinner for 3 without liquor was $300 with the gratuity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistantly Excellent
    GreatSteak
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very good menu selections with seasonal variations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Very pricey and stuffy, but a good option for a corporate function.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnyC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great wine list and awesome burger. Good atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Price was fair, service was a bit slow! Had to wait quite a while for coffee and ice cream at the end. Requested the winery room, but didn't get seated there. Some of the servers were a bit awkward. Overall it was still a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall flavor neutral
    Sugardoc
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Attention to wine and food service excellent,but the softshell crab was too peppery and the lamb entree was bland. Somewhere in between this restaurant shines and it could very well be in the quality of its delicious desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit in three weeks
    Chulloi
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food has been highly recommended and hits the mark. Excellent burger, and an even better dessert (Chocolate Molten is cake was the best we've ever had!). The cookery of all the other food is at a high level. The only thing that we found lacking was the seemingly inexperienced staff, although they seemed to try. We ordered wine during both visits and both times it took a long time to come out. Overall the experience was good and we would go back again.....probably for the burger alone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caveat
    B4ShowVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at Stage Left before and the food has been above par in the past. But this past Tuesday we were very disappointed. My meal, pork porterhouse, was barely eatable. It was a thin cut and it was over cooked, so chewing was an exercise for my fascial muscles. The cream spinach was bland and served at room temperature. My wife had a better experience with her meal, a hamburger. She ordered it medium rare but it was served without any pink. Because we have had good meals prior, we will return. But, never before a show again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best thing was the bread
    jrstefanVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you read the title, you read the review. Over-priced and over-hyped. You are better off heading upstairs to Catherine Lombardi's.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Quality in the heart of New Brunswick 2 doors down from the theatre. Young but knowledgable staff quality food. Would definitely go there again.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We visited for a second time in the past month, and experienced both outstanding food and a very nice overall experience. I had perhaps the best foie gras I have eaten in a long time, and tasted Wagyu beef for the first time--a truly remarkable experience. Expensive but well worth the price, the meal was the best I had had in New Jersey in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet