The Smoking Goat Restaurant
The Smoking Goat Restaurant

The Smoking Goat Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6199555295x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Fred Piehl
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upas St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Smoking Goat Restaurant
The Smoking Goat is an award-winning French & American Bistro located in the heart of North Park. The meals served star in-season local, sustainable and organic ingredients and are paired with boutique wines, craft beer and/or hand-crafted cocktails. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Executive Chef and Owner Fred Piehl pairs his classical training with down-to-earth bistro sensibilities to create culinary creations that are rustic, imaginative, and yet unpretentious.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Smoking Goat Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (109)fit for foodies (104)special occasion (50)romantic (49)notable wine list (43)hot spot (37)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (25)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Call for Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tried all potential times through Open Table and there was no availability except 5pm when they opened, which was much earlier than we wanted. When we arrived and all through dinner the restaurant was less than 1/2 full and they said there was plenty of room. Knowing this, I will call for reservation if Open Table can't offer time wanted. I am thinking that this potentially drives business away - we actually picked this restaurant because two others - through Open Table, were booked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Comfortable Setting. Good Service. Specialty cocktails were weak attempt at delivering a Specialty Creation that makes you want to order another. The collective of the group was not impressed with the plates. The scallops and duck were overwhelmed by their partnered ingredients. Good Service. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • table for two
    ediblesandiego
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    i had the slow cooked porkbelly, and my friend had the cassoulet and both were absolutely incredible. The pork belly was tender and there was a lot of thought into crafting hte polenta that it rested atop. The cassoulet was very full of flavor and the beans were able to absord a lot of hte flavor of the lamb and the duck. For the appetizer we had the duckfat truffle fries that were incredible and stayed crispy. The service was quite nice. and the lighting was dim but not too dim. I only wished that they had a better selection of mixed drinks. They only had beer and wine as well as some cocktails made with sake i believe. Otherwise, everything else was delicious and the over all experience was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    SoCalFoodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We enjoyed our restaurant week choices. The goat cheese cheesecake was the best. It was a little overpriced for the one meal of fries, gnocci and desert for $35! Also, I put in my reservations that it was for a birthday celebration specifically, nothing was ever mentioned about my son's birthday, no singing, nothing. And secondly, we waited for 30 minutes after our meal was done for the forgotten dessert to be brought to the table. The bill had already come, and been paid and I finally caught the waiter's attention who had no idea why we were waiting around, I guess. I was a little bit disappointed at the I attention to detail and the 25 min. wait for our reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally
    itsKC
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've had The Smoking Goat on my list of restaurants to try and the opportunity came during Restaurant Week. Basically, it was everything that I could've imagined and more. Every single dish was delectable and orgasmic. 10/10 would do again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My first time at The Smoking Goat and it was delicious! One of the best meals I've had in SD in a long time. Even though their dishes are fairly sophisticated, the price is great and the taste is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Wait staff was wonderful and helpful in all ways. Food was unique and the blends the chef put together were fantastic. We had the onion soup, pear salad, rib eye (perfectly cooked as ordered), salmon (nice crispy skin), apple crisp and chocolate bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy and delicious
    coiptic
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Can't believe I haven't been here before. Everything on the menu looked appetizing! I started with the pear salad, then the salmon, and finished with the pear cheesecake, all executed beautifully with just the right balance of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurant week let down
    SDFoodlover
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Wait staff were impersonal and appeared bored with their clients. Request for recommendations felt more like a canned response than someone who was interested in the cuisine. The place was not busy but we were rushed and made to feel like a nuisance. The food? Well, butter isn't a seasoning but my salmon and puree were swimming in it. My meal was overly sweet and coated my mouth with fat from the butter. The goat cheese cake was lovely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I had high expectations for The Smoking Goat. While the ambiance was pleasant and the service was great, the food was good but certainly not amazing. The pear and bleu cheese combo was spot in but the greens were subpar. The duck was delicious but the brussel sprouts were way under done. The goat cheesecake was definitely one of a kind and my favorite part of the meal by far, but the chocolate bread pudding was missing something. Overall, I would return to The Smoking Goat to give it a second chance but I would hope the food would be improved considering the price the customer pays.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week offerings just ok
    surfmom
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I'm not sure about their normal menu but I found the Restaurant Week offerings to be just alright. I had the french onion soup which was a little bland and my husband had the escargot which also required salt to make it stand out. For dinner I had the slow cooked pork belly and my husband had the ribeye. Both were good but not out of this world. The table next to us had to return their salmon for being too watery and the gal didn't seem very impressed with the pork belly either. The desserts, however, were amazing! Chocolate bread pudding and "goat cheese" cheesecake. Waiter was nice but didn't really stand out. Ambience was cool and the chairs were super comfy. I'd be interested in trying out their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Came for Restaurant week and had the grilled beet salad and Duck-fat fries. I can eat just the beet salad and fries are fries (nothing to report there). Had the Underbelly and Duck breast, both were moist. Food you close your eyes to and savor all the flavors. Finished off with Goat cheese cheesecake and apple crisp. If you like creamy cheesecake, don't hesitate to order this baby. Nothing special about the apple crisp, but still tasty. Service was great, I thought would have been too pretentious, but it's very casual with an elegant woodsman decor inside. Caution if you eat outside, you can smell the smoke from the dive bar next door but you can see the action across the street at the North Parker. Parking can be tough at peak hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    FoodieCutie23
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my 2nd time here. Both times I was excited to order something specific from their dinner menu and both times there was a prefix menu. That said, the food was amazing. I really can't wait to order from their dinner menu. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was blown away!
    sami1031
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service and food were both the best we've experienced ever dining out. Amazing. We came in for restraunt week but will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoking Goat - SDRW 2014
    tomk
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Reservation through Open Table was easy to do and worked well. Received a confirmation text the day of the reservation - a nice touch. Our table was ready immediately. All food ordered was excellent. The ambiance was interesting and the servers were attentive. This is my third time to The Smoking Goat and it has risen to one of my top restaurants in all of San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Tstyles
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was incredible starting from the server to even the bus-boys. The food was greatly executed. My steak was not cooked to what I ordered but was exceptional that I did not mention it to the chef. It was great to see the chef/owner at the hot plate though! One of my major perceptions of a restaurant is usually with the flatware -- the attention to detail to the flatware was flawless. I appreciate when the servers remove used/unnecessary forks/knives during service. I will absolutely return again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    mbl2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Having never heard of this restaurant before restaurant week, I was delighted by the choices and the outcome of the food. The restaurant itself was clean and not to loud, allowing me to actually carry on a conversation with the person sitting across the table from me. I would definitely recommend this place and I expect to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went as a date night and didn't realize it was restaurant week. Their $35 restaurant week options were great and we had a great time and enjoyed the food a lot. We ordered the french onion soup (below average), duck fat fries (very crispy), snails (very garlicky), duck breast (well cooked) and the pork belly (very tender). Everything was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time at the Smoking Goat
    traveljunkie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    was restaurant week. What a great find. The food was fantastic and we are foodies so this is a serious comment. Young and hip, with a good bar area. You can eat at the bar or tables in the bar area which is nice. Out side dining is on the side walk but the restaurant has a nice open air feel to it. FUN!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat
    luvfoodandwine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Attended the restaurant for restaurant week and had a fabulous meal all the choices looked fantastic. Each of us had different dishes and they were all really excellent. Our waitress was very attentive and had good recommendations. Wine list was good and reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I tried 3 restaurants during this year's SD Restaurant Week (2014). This was the best one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Fare in a Casual Space
    AnneMac
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a lovely meal during Restaurant Week. My partner enjoyed the pork belly, which sat upon the most dreamy creamy cheesy polenta we had ever tasted. The greens that came with it were firm and flavorful. I had the duck breast over creamy butternut squash puree. The portions were generous and we left nothing behind on the plate. The goat cheese cheesecake with an apricot jam was light and airy, and very fresh. Parking near 30th and Upas can be challenging, but we found a nice spot just around the corner. A great night overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, slow service
    Kayeight
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The place looked like a pintrest-hipster wall that came to life. The food was great, but main dishes felt "heavy". Service was slow, except for the check. I push both by starter and entree asside after waiting 10+ minutes for someone to come pick it up. A three course meal took almost 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good vibe
    SDsurfmom
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We really enjoyed our 1st visit to The Smoking Goat during restaurant week. The food was delicious and I especially liked the comfortable seating
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dine
    j3ff
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food and the ambiance the location was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ABSOLUTELY A MUST!!!!
    grisVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    THIS RESTAURANT IS AMAZING!!! all we ordered was so so so good!!! definitely a MUST GO PLACE! we recommend the beet salad and snails for appetizers...Entree, the pork belly was to die for! and desert, goat cheese cheesecake! service was outstanding! great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious French Food!
    foodie4fun
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went here in a group of 3 for RW, the food was pretty good. The service was ok. We did discover that they have a happy hour worth checking out at another time! The gnocchi and pork belly were divine, as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Speed Dining
    LoveFrance
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    If you are asked to order dessert when ordering your dinner and there is no special preparation necessary beware. Entrée was served before appetizer was finished. Entrée was cleared and dessert was put down at the same time. Three course dinner was ordered and eaten in 50 minutes. Duck was dry with heavy sauce. Pork belly was amble but not as good as Carnitas Snack Shack. Goat cheese cake was very good but nectarine sauce was miniscule. We won't be going back!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was, well, fine.
    mmebear
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week. We were a party of 2 with 5:15pm reservatons. We were seated at a table that was tucked so far back into a corner that neither our waiter nor our bus-person could actually serve or clear without passing dishes. That's a sign that you've got one too many tables in a room. Also, what they were adverstising as a ribeye (and charging an extra $5 for!) was actually a skirt steak. It was delicious, but it wasn't a ribeye...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was San Diego Restaurant Week, but our entrees were cold :( Flavors were awesome, so otherwise I would have given 5/5.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious French Cuisine
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    After a bland dining experience at another French restaurant, our quest for satisfying French cuisine was fulfilled at the Smoking Goat! Great menu variety - even during Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place and amazing food!
    MrsBautista
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice atmosphere. The decor was nice and lots of charm. Food was amazing. The goat cheese cheesecake was very good. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • last time was better
    Sally411
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was looking forward to going to the smoking goat again, but was a little disappointed this time around. I missed their awesome cheese plate with accoutrements and the good service. Our server only mentioned one if the specials and as I was leaving I saw the other and was kinda sorry I hadn't had the option. Also, the food was good, but quite a bit more heavy and buttery than I remember. I love butter and I know it is a french restaurant, but my meal was swimming in it. The flavor was just butter. It was just okay. I think I had enjoyed it so much last time, that this experience was a pretty big let-down.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great!
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great! Service was great! Neighborhood was sketchy!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    ljlta
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had not been to Smoking Goat in a year or so. It was fantastic. We started with the duck liver pate; it was delicious. I had the pork chop and it was cooked perfectly. The brine makes such a huge difference in the flavor and tenderness of the meat. My husband had the lamb gnocchi and it was also amazing. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only goats are customers
    artshellVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Smoking goat? No goat on the menu. What's with that? I mean really. That aside the food was pedestrian at best. We had the duck pate and mac and cheese to start. The duck pate was over cooked and dry. The cheese sauce for the mac and cheese was watery. My daughter had the pork belly and I choose the pork chop. The pork belly was adequate but nothing more than average. My pork chop on the other hand was terribly over cooked. My fork require effort to enter the meat and the knife required muscle power to saw through the pork. To have finished this would have required a chainsaw or desire to engage in a cross-fit workout.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance and food!
    Almaty
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal. Small portions, but oh so delicious. And what a cute place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every bit of it!
    tinamija
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was impressed with the decor, the food, the service...everything!! Took the in-laws and they absolutely loved it!! My MIL even said it was better than Bobby Flay's restaurant...MESA...even though the cuisine is different, she enjoyed this meal a whole lot more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food
    JoeBurger
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very unique, probably the best roasted chicken I've ever had. The pork chop was also very different from were I've had it before, in a good way.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had been here when it was a true hole in the wall, prior to expansion. We have tried twice without reservations to get in, they were not able to accommodate. I tried OpenTable, was successful. We arrived and were led to a high rise table for four in the bar. I rejected the table because they are very uncomfortable for persons with knees that do not bend. we were led to an acceptable table in the main dining room. We were curious as to why we were offered an inferior table in the bar at the outset. My wife asked and was told that we needed to make our preferences known. I had never heard of such a thing. With a reservation, one would expect a superior table not an overflow table. Food was great, Jordon's service also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.