The Cleveland Restaurant
The Cleveland Restaurant

The Cleveland Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theclevelandnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122740900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Spring St. and Kenmare St.
  • Public Transit: Spring Street 6 Train
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Cleveland Restaurant
A new 34 seat restaurant located at 25 Cleveland Place in Nolita with a 40 seat outdoor garden. Our cuisine is approachable New-American with a variety of Mediterranean influences. We offer a selection of regional draft beers and natural/organic wines by the glass and bottle. The Cleveland is a neighborhood restaurant with a social atmosphere at a casual price point.
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The Cleveland Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (14)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (9)great for brunch (4)romantic (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Warm, welcoming and delicious
    eastsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful Saturday evening at The Cleveland. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, but since they do not have a bar, they sat us at our table while we waited for our friends to arrive, and brought us bread before we ordered. Our server was terrific; friendly & warm, gave great wine and food recommendations. The brussels sprout salad was delicious, as was the pork appetizer. We had to wait for little while between apps and entrees, but they were worth the wait; the steak was perfectly cooked and the eggplant was a great entree. The peach dessert was just right. Noise level went up and down throughout the night, but was never overwhelming. Unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't experience the garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Flavor explosion amazing chef!!
    lynnVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner at The Cleveland was extraordinary. From the welcome by the Host, through the excellent service and especially the flavor explosion from starter through dessert. The ubiquitous Burrata was truly unique, the roast half chicken amazing (What's in that coating?) and the peach-frozen creme fraich dessert provided a wonderful coda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vibe, good food
    Estelle
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The restaurant was fun, but a bit noisy, and all of our food was pretty good! The desserts were certainly a highlight.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance.
    OTwist
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant has a great ambiance, especially in the large outdoor garden in the back. The service is friendly and attentive. The food is good, but not great. I think the casual lunch menu is actually better than the dinner menu which lacks a bit in flavor and execution. I would definitely recommend it for lunch and perhaps I'll try it again for dinner in six months to see if they have improved their dinner menu. Great vibe and staff. Also the garden is quiet and you can have a conversation without shouting. It's difficult to find that these days in NYC unfortunately. It's appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cleveland in NYC
    omwolfert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a fabulous Dinner last Saturday night. The food was delicious, the staff very attentive. The only improvement couldb e made to the exterior of the garden. it seemed to be work in progress. Oliver
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eel09
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had read that the Cleveland had a new chef, which is why I went back. I had NOT realized that in fact the restaurant had closed and reopened so the beautiful backward was Not permitted and not available for dining and that the restaurant had no liquor license. This was disappointing.
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  • went for the garden but no go!
    Travels2eat
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We selected the Cleveland for the chance to dine in the garden but unfrotunately it was closed but we went anyway and we were not sorry! Interesting dishes, with delicate flavors, and lovely service! The tables are cramped but the happy atmosphere made it so that didn't matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the The Cleveland Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Very Underwhelming
    Besten74
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    For the money, this is the most disappointing meal I have had in a long time. The tastes are bland, the portions are small, and the presentation is exceptionally boring. The space itself is quite cool and solid outdoor seating in Nolita/Soho is great. Come for a drink out back on a nice day, but do not order food.
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  • Interesting neighborhood spot
    bluestar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    On Lafayette among several too hot spots the Cleveland serves up innovative and well prepared food in a less hyped atmosphere the menu is not wide but the pumpernickel with lentil pistachio spread was super. Brussels sprouts salad tasty but maybe a tad dry cod was perfect service: excellent not preening great knowledge of the wine list only disappointment was garden not open for dinner just drinks. One tip ale sure your table not under speaker
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HIPSTER SERVICE
    refinediner
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The Cleveland had some excellent dishes (like the Brussels sprout salad and the half roasted chicken) but the service was in the popular "williamsburg" vein of service: aloof and friendly and in absolutely no rush
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One issue
    uscreviewerVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I asked if I could have the crispy duck pastry without cucumber, and that was nbot a problem and it was delicious. However I ordered the grilled eggplant with bulgur salad at the same time, and was surprised the waiter didn't mention that the bulgur salad was full of small cucumber bits so I couldn't eat it. When I mentioned it he did nothing.
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    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food and atmosphere
    Gallerygal
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We were very happy with the winter salad and calamari appetizers, the steak main, and with the wines by the glass we ordered. The tagliatelle/fish main dish was good but very salty. The atmosphere was nice, with the tables feeling private, but it was loud. Trendy, young crowd. The service was very nice but they were nearly neurotic about refilling our water glasses (maybe they knew about the salt overdose), and there was a small error on the check that was dealt with nicely but not quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok not great
    DespinaVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Went with great expectations but found it over priced and over spiced and not that amazing. The restaurant itself is beautiful though.
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  • new menu
    Dmac
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We dined at The Cleveland for about our 10th visit. They have instituted a new menu and have removed some of their best dishes from the choices. They are eliminated the Moroccan style chicken , Arctic Char, the salmon and avocado, the mushroom tart, the dinner salad, the chopped salad, all of which were excellent. They have kept the brussel sprout salad but it is now made with a heavy, creamy dressing which does not work wells since the brussel sprouts are a bit heavy anyway. The new roasted chicken is not nearly as interesting on the palate. The new pasta dish is a tagliatelle but with fish. It is not as good as the pasta from their previous menu. Doubt we will return unless they bring back the old chef!
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  • Valentine's Prix Fixe Dupe
    ioff13
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Cleveland's Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner represented everything that's wrong with prix fixe dining: too-high prices for too-little blah food. My wife and I are big fans of Cleveland -- we've had great meals there where they give you generous portions of flavorful dishes -- usually. But this prix fixe was the worst. Not because it cost $85 per person -- a steep price for a funky local like Cleveland -- but because the restaurant failed to deliver any value. The food was bland, the portions lame, and the service incredibly slow. The Cleveland took advantage of us on this "special occasion," seeing how they could get away with the least amount of food (and quality) for the most amount of money. We left not only hungry, but angry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter was great and friendly
    MelemellyVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The waiter was great and friendly but we waited a long time in between courses.
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  • Great vegan-friendly spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I loved The Cleveland because they have dishes that appeal to a variety of diets. On Saturday night I went for dinner, and the menu had a burger, chicken, fish, steak, and great vegetarian options that were easily flexed into vegan dishes (example - Brussels sprout salad with trout roe easily becomes vegan without the trout roe). Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten here several
    Dmac
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We have eaten here several times and the food is consistently good as is the service. Very low key atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating!
    Blake
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Great if you are looking for a spot around Bdwy Lafayette area. We had a table for 4 in the window (2 members of our party were late but they sat jus two of us, which was nice since it was cold out!) and in the end 1 of the 4 never showed up. They were great about it -- and we ordered a lot to be fair. Service was solid, food was delicious, and it was a nice neighborhood spot. Would def recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ioff13
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    No matter what the dish, from the sides to the entrees to the salads, one really can't go wrong at this place. This was my second time at The Cleveland, the first being for brunch, and both times, every plate delivered. Inside is a cozy environment, best for parties of no more than 4, in my opinion. This may be my new local favorite.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Saw this just driving by in a cab one day. Said "That cute, lets go there sometime" As I went to high school in Cleveland so it was easy to remember the name. We went on our first date night as a married couple. It was perfect. Menu is great. Not your normal dishes. Have great pairings with each dish. Love that they use Kale. Food was excellent, every single bite. My husband and I are quite picky and thought this place was just the perfect little spot. We think it will be our new "Spot".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    CarmenVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Great food, casual atmosphere. My friends from out of town loved it. We had the brussel sprouts salad (never thought I would rave about a dish with brussel sprouts in it). It was delicious! We had several dishes which we shared. All of them delicious, including the french fries, amazingly delicious too. The chocolate soufflle was a bit overcooked but nevertheless tasted great. Loved the place and the service. I will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance and Middle-Eastern flair
    Leon
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Delicious, seasonal menu with Middle-Eastern flair; an excellent wine list, garden dining for clement weather - what could be better. The gracious staff round out an excellent experience.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • William
    Vito84
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Inviting and Comforting we were immediately sat at the table of our choice. A few minutes later William came to our table and asked if there was anything he could do for us. The offer was honest and sincere as the rest of our stay and meal was attended to with thought and care. The food was fresh and delicious and presented with artistry. Spencer O.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • improve!!!
    Zinga
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    the menu needs more creativity - great appetizers but not good entrees ( artic char was too dry and too heavy side dishes w/ it - service is not very attentive - sloppy - great location - nice garden - altogether - it needs improvement -
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Terrific place and fantastic
    BeefVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Terrific place and fantastic garden to just chill and have a great meal. Food was properly seasoned and well prepared. Very much recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The outside location was novel
    ZooeyR
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The outside location was novel and pleasant. The food was amongst the most delicious I've ever had. Every diner in our party rated their dish as succulent tasty and interesting. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was disappointing
    PMNY
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Everything is right about this place except the food. We ordered mussels and lamb chop that night, and the mussels was too buttery to our dislike, and the lamb was only so-so.
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  • New Yorker magazine led me astray
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    It's rare the New Yorker gives a restaurant a good review so I went with high expectations. Maybe the restaurant was having a bad night or maybe I ordered the wrong things, but my food (kale salad and cod special) were disappointing. Both had more sweetness than I like in non-dessert items.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catatonic service-very good food!
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Well, in all our restaurant going, we've never encountered such uninvolved, "blah" service. The food (carpaccio of branzino, tomato salad, pasta with scallops) was actually delicious, and the garden setting is very pleasant, but it's hard to recommend going here based on this experience. Barely a smile on our server's face - in fact, almost no eye contact whatsoever. And when we asked for an explanation of a couple of menu items, the response was "what would you like to know"? We wanted to try a dessert, but after waiting 30 minutes from when our main course plates were cleared, we decided to leave. Overall, a very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    We ate outside in the garden area out in the back which was so pleasant on a warm summer evening. Our waiter was patient, helpful, and attentive, but not at all overbearing. We had the kale salad , delicious hummus, branzino, and orechiette with tiger shrimp. Dessert was the chocolate fondant cake, which comes with your choice of ice cream. I chose the almond. Also the grapefruit campari sorbet which was so refreshing. This meal was truly outstanding, and I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food as just ok. Nothing to
    neighbor
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Food as just ok. Nothing to write home about for the price.
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  • very cute restaurant but the
    pickyEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    very cute restaurant but the portions are on the small side. food is also very healthy. good ambiance and great back outside patio garden with lots of tables.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Restaurant but Tries too Hard
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Cleveland should be what it is, a good neighborhood restaurant. You get the feeling that they try too hard like the chef wants his own show on the Foot Chanel. Prices are very high for what it is and although the food is good it does not rise to the level of neighborhood restaurants like Public or Terisi's. What Cleveland offers is it's beautful garden where you can dine al fresco which at these prices is the only reason to dine there.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice garden, Terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The Cleveland was a huge disappointment. The ambience is lovely but the food is TERRIBLE. All 4 people in my party were disappointed with their meals. We got an appetizer, entree, and split a dessert. Unfortunately everything was sub-par. The outdoor garden is lovely and casual but I will definitely not be going back.
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  • Just So-So
    sls7865VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Went here on a recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. They have a nice wine list, but I felt the food choices were very limited and definitely not vegetarian friendly. Service was good and they were attentive, but felt the whole dining experience was rushed. We were in and out of there within thirty-five minutes!
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • Beautiful garden, friendly service
    kristah42VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    Try the avocado salmon tar-tar. A beautiful, delicious dish. Hanger steak with okra and asparagus also very good. In good weather, dine out back in the garden.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Worst Cheeseburger on the Planet
    starfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Our starters were fine, and the hummus was actually delicious. But the entrees were below mediocre. My cheeseburger was the worst I've ever had. It was thin and served closer to medium well than the medium rare requested, and the cheese was not only not melted, it was ice cold. The pasta with shrimp was equally horrible. The wine list is extremely overpriced for a place like this --- really bare-bones.
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  • Mediocre Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    We had reservations here for a group of 3. When we arrived, it was obvious they made a mistake because we were seated at a 2 top with a chair added on right where the main path of traffic came from the front door. We lost 3 forks and had to consolidate and remove things from the table because it was so cramped. Then the "whole" branzino only came in fillets. This would have been fine, but the fish was overcooked. The Kale salad tasted like ranch dressing had been poured over it and the french fries were undercooked. However their mussels were decent and the bread and olive oil was awesome. I can see this place being great, but they seriously need to figure out their menu. It's a beautiful spot and a great location.
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    romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Amazing Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The Cleveland exudes a sort of effortless ability to make anything well. For a young restaurant, the willingness (and competence) to change menus on a nightly basis (of course, dishes are recycled but the idea is to keep things simple and 'synergistic'), promises a staying power predictable despite The Cleveland's age. All fish dishes are outstanding. Arctic char and Bronzino for two. The Kale salad is a wonderful appetizer and try the side vegetables. Also the beer selection is, for once, narrow enough to be navigable and great enough to leave nothing wanting. A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet