State Street Wine Bistro
State Street Wine Bistro

State Street Wine Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pierrelafond.com/
  • Phone: 8059621455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 11am - 10pm Saturday and Sunday 9am - 10pm
    Happy Hour Monday - Saturday 4:30-6:30pm 9:30 to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Heil
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro and its sister company, Events by Pierre Lafond, has all of your catering and special event needs covered. Covering the entire Central Coast area, Events by Pierre Lafond caters to any full-service event and venue, offering gourmet solutions to weddings, rehearsals, banquets and retreats. Wine Bistro offers drop-off catering solutions such as boxed lunches for tours, corporate meals, and continental breakfasts.
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we can accommodate large events at the Wine Bistro, our private/banquet facilities are off site at our sister locations and handled by Events by Pierre Lafond at our Santa Barbara Winery or Lafond Winery & Vineyards.

    Depending on the location and type of event we can accommodate small and large parties
  • Private Party Contact: Don Hull 8059621455

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cota & Haley
  • Public Transit: The downtown shuttle costs 25 cents, travels up and down State, to the breakwater and over by the Santa Barbara Zoo. One of the stops is just steps away from the Wine Bistro.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Surrounded by Santa Barbara City parking lots, Wine Bistro guests can enjoy, compliments of the city, the first 75 minutes free of their stay in the lot.
A word from State Street Wine Bistro
With an inviting outdoor patio facing Santa Barbara's famous State Street shopping and restaurant district, guests can relax and enjoy, watching the world go by while sipping a glass of wine. Inside dining is sure to please, as well, with floor to ceiling windows facing the action.

Chef Nathan's contemporary California cuisine with worldly bistro flair has many fans with his flatbreads, mussels, oyster bar, and other unique appetizers.

Paired with hearty dinners, expert service and a quality wine list, the Wine Bistro leaves nothing behind in its desire to be Santa Barbara's best un-pretentious restaurant. Fresh West Coast Oysters Tuesdays and Saturdays Happy Hour Mon - Sat 4:30-6:30 and 9:30 - Close SBW wines $5. Appetizers $9
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State Street Wine Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (6)fit for foodies (5)notable wine list (5)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • 🙀Servicio muy despacio
    LocalSB
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Nuestro grupo de 4 mujeres locales para gozar de un almuerzo juntas. Todas trabajamos pues sólo tenemos 1 hora para almorzar. Demoro más de 30 minutos en recibir nuestro almuerzo, sin disculpas ni explicación. La sopa de cebolla muy salada, casi como que no se podía tomar. Los sándwiches sin sabor. No ofrecemos ni sal ni mostaza. Buen ambiente sobre State Street para ver pasar turistas .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service, so so wine
    ms1234
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We came in just for late night desert and a wine flight. Desert was great. We each tried 3 wines, and not a good one between all 6. A little disappointing. The service was great, but not many people there late at night, not sure how it is when busier.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Service was very slow, food was generally pretty good although the salmon sandwich i had was not good. bathrooms were disgusting which is not a good sign for an upmarket restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 82 reviews are from the State Street Wine Bistro reviews archive.
  • Refined, elegant & easy going
    contactjohn
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    You just have to try Pierre La Fond to know what a real bistro experience is like, I had the Squash Ravioli, followed by the pumpkin spice pudding (soooooo, good), great wine, great coffee, my friend had a burger that looked like a piece of art.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good happy hour, not great service
    jennypnelson
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Happy hour wine list and menu is great. Waited a little while for outside table with reservation. Bartender was great, hostess was nice. Service was slow and or nonexistent. Waited 10 minutes for the waitress to come, then had to ask for water and rollups from others. Is there a busser? New glasses of wine were brought, but the old empty ones weren't taken. Maybe I'll be back for happy hour but there are so many other places to go I proboably won't be.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and experience
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We always stop in when visiting Santa Barbara on our way to Santa Ynez for weekends away. It's a great vibe, good food and friendly servers. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy Dinner
    KristieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a great dinner here after a day of shopping. The menu offerings seemed a bit off season, but everything w head was great none the less. Great wine selection.
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  • Tasty food for all types of eaters
    kimmyliebermanVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Fresh, healthy and delicious fare, with a great wine list! We love the fact that they consciously accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets with really tasty chef-inspired creations. Sustainable fish also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will return....
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We were on our way to a weekend of wine tasting in Los Olivos...stopped here for a late lunch and LOVED it! It was cozy, quaint and still modern and eclectic at the same time. Staff was very friendly and food was excellent. Hubby had the vegetarian chili and almost had to wrestle me to keep it. It came on the lunch menu paired with a steak/beef sandwich and he loved it. I had the kale salad with 1/2 sandwich and it was great. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing afternoon on State St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Went here for lunch, sat outside overlooking state street. Food was excellent, and the lunch deal was good value. Service was just right - attentive but not intrusive. Will definitely come again next time I'm in Santa Barbara
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review by Bibs
    Bibs
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I lived in Santa Barbara for 17 years and always loved Olio e Limone. The food is great and so is the ambience and service. What more can I say? Everyone should go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a very relaxing lunch
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Had a very relaxing lunch on the patio. Food was outstanding, especially the beet salad (best ever!) and the fresh squeezed mimosas. Service was very attentive / friendly / knowledgeable. Overall a very pleasant and satisfying experience. Really recommend for low key, high value dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine list was excellent. Food
    Sammy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Wine list was excellent. Food was good but not what I expected from the reviews I had read prior to making the reservation. Seems more of a place to get appitizers and wine as opposed to true fine dinning at a Santa Barbara bistro.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Natalie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I'd recommend state street wine bistro for a quick bite or easy date night. I wasn't impressed with the service although the food was good. Overall if have preferred another place to spend my money.
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  • Not good for kids
    Sienna
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The restaurant was empty and the food took forever to come out. Kids were starving and it took a very long time before their plain pasta came out. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very nice evening
    Robert
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We went to State Street Wine Bistro for New Year's Eve. We had a very nice meal. I would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu!
    SwankDiggety
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Love the menu, which has plenty of interesting organic, vegetarian and gluten-free choices. The table bread was superlative. Otherwise, I really enjoyed my cup of chili (a big cup) which was the other stand-out for me, while my caprese sandwich was very good and my wife thought her gluten-free pasta was tasty. And since we were there on a weekday at happy hour, we conveniently got our glasses of wine at a nice discount from the regular prices. Definitely worth returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmand's favorite
    BTHB
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Combine an excellent wine list, carefully prepared seasonal favorites (I had pumpkin ravioli and squash soup) and an inviting dessert list and you'll have an idea of the food experience here. My colleague from Belgium marveled at the quality of both the food and service, which was neither too hovering nor too aloof. In short, I highly recommend this terrific restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food and wine, and the experience that accompanies it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Perry
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    We loved the beet and arugula salad. We presumed it would be a pleasant enough dish, but we were blown away by the arugula "slaw" (for lack of a better analogy). I couldn't put down the fork! Every flavor burst to the fore then subsided to let another take the spotlight. Fantastic. Then the grilled fare was sublime. Perfect wine pairings and an outdoor ambience that we both appreciated and craved. Well done. We'll be back…but not soon enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just moved to SB from Oregon,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Just moved to SB from Oregon, where Farm to Table is, well, you've seen Portlandia. We came to the Wine Bistro after a day of wine tasting, and have to say it's my new fav place in SB! The quality of the food blew us all away, as did the friendly staff who were attentive and incredibly accomodating. The food selection was terrific, something for everyone, and is flexible enough to cater to a variety of dietary needs/restriction. I am celiac and was actually surprised to see several delicious gluten free options that were not just salads! Very unique, tasty, and simple dishes yet very elegant without being pretensious. The wine selection was excellent as well. I will definitely come back again and again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a very good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    During the spanish days we have had a very nice inner. The wider was really taking care of us and the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great
    DinerD
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    A little over priced for what it is. The ambiance was a little below the price level and might feel more appropriate on a crowded night. I was there on a not crowded Thursday night and it felt a little too big and bright for that few people. The food was great, but the portions were a bit small. Service is great, no complaints there. The vegetarian options were a big draw for me, but again, the portions on those were very small. And I'm not sure why 5 squash raviaoli (which were very good) cost the same as a seafood entre'e. I should also point out that the wine selections were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Food
    LiveToDineVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Enjoyed arugula salad with proscuitto and appricots. Vegetarian chili was very good. Also enjoyed platter of farmer's market grilled veggies, but at $18 we felt that was way overpriced for the limited amount of veggies we got. Would go back for the same salad and chili, but skip the grilled veggies. Service was kind of slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good We Went Twice
    davejen2VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    We had an excellent dinner with foodie friends and our kids during a vacation. We went back for lunch because it was so good and we wanted to try the more lunch like offerings (sandwiches, salads, etc.). Everything was great. The scallops were cooked perfectly at dinner. Salmon BLT is a winner for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have come here for their happy
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Have come here for their happy hour and dinner multiple times. On this occasion, the food was just okay, and the server was essentially absent. Hopefully this was an anomaly.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Day in Santa Barbara
    MSTONEVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    What a great find. Lunch on the patio was great and the service was wonderful. Our waiter Tim was great and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    This was our groups first visit to the Pierre Lafond Bistro and we were blown away by the flavor of the food! Everyone in our group of 6 raved about their selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best rissoto ever had and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Best rissoto ever had and best qinoa wife ever had. You know great food when you taste it, this was great food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy, fresh, good-tasting brunch
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I've been here several times. Never had the brunch menu before this visit but it was fantastic. Their whole wheat bread in the basket is great and the fact that they offer many healthy choices for brunch is really nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just about right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great spot for a casual and reasonably priced dinner. Went here for Valentine's day more or less on accident and was consequently a little overdressed, but it was still a very nice meal. I'd personally recommend the bacon cheeseburger they have, but my lady's panini was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Pricey...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was good but for the price there are much nicer restaurants. We had a salad, hummus to start and an entree each as well as a bottle of wine and with tip it was close to $200 for two people. We could have done fine dining type ambiance for that price rather than the "cafe" feel of this place. The next night we ate somewhere else and had a salad, 2 entrees, an extra side dish, bottle of wine and dessert for just over $100.
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  • Loved State Street Wine Bistro.
    Skg62
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Loved State Street Wine Bistro. Great food, wine list and friendly service. Would definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great foof and great sensibilities
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Great foof and great sensibilities with all local and organic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shoe Leather Pork
    Darmok
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    This evening was a celebration of a birthday. The wine list is excellent, especially the white wines and pinots. The food was substandard. The pork tenderloin was extremely tough and it was not chewable. It was sent back to the kitchen. I asked for the chef to taste the pork. The waitress brought the food back to the table and the comment was "this is how we prepare the pork at this restaurant. We cook it medium." She mentioned the chef/cook would prepare another pork tenderloin or as they refer to this dish that was ordered, pork flat iron steak; it was not. We refused the offer; the price of the dinner was not removed from the bill. The salmon was the other entree that was ordered, and it was fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uniquely Savory
    WineLover11VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    As it gets harder and harder to develop unique menu items, I applaud chefs that manage to stand out and not go overboard. That's what you'll find here. Real food prepared well, and paired with unlikely ingredients that work well together. Friendly, timely service and pleasant ambiance compliment the cuisine. Thank you Paul!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saved by the Dessert
    Ti5mVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The strawberry and Pixie tangerine shortcake with basil syrup was so spectacular that I will assume the restaurant was just having an off night otherwise. Our first courses were not the sum of their parts. The yellowing argula didn't help my wife's salad any. Fortunately my dessert could overcome the tepid coffee served with it. The wine list- SPOILER ALERT, hope you like Lafond!- was abbreviated, but more international than many other choices in the area. On the plus side, mark ups are minimal with Lafond wines priced at almost exactly what they sell for in the tasting room. Service seemed indifferent, so like a good South Park, I randomly inserted the word "marklar" into some sentences with the waitress. No one seemed to notice.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding, reasonable wines,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Outstanding, reasonable wines, good food, great service, casual and warm - super place for tourists and locals. Glad we fond it.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dined here several times while
    dab5519
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Dined here several times while visiting Santa Barbara for a month in August. It was always good food and it accomodated our 1.5 year old son so it was a win-win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food,great location.
    JayPea14
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    Great food,great location. Very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels were the best!!! Hamburger
    NonameaterVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Mussels were the best!!! Hamburger was great too, so I was told :) service, eh, not so attentive. Water served w cucumber tastes different than the waster refill. My guess, the first glass is filtered and the refill is not.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet