Ursino
Ursino

Ursino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ursinorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9082494099x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 to 2:00

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

    Friday: 5:30pm to 11:00pm

    Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm

    Lounge - Tuesday through Friday, serving Lounge Menu continuously throughout the day from 2:00pm to closing. Saturday open at 5:00.

    Closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Turso
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ursino offers packages for cocktail receptions in our Lounge, and Prix Fixe Dinner Menus for large groups.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green St.
  • Public Transit: The NJ Transit Raritan Valley rail line stops at Union Station on Morris Avenue, a 10 minute walk from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is now offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tuesday through Thursday parking is available in the public lot across from our front door.

A word from Ursino
The name Ursino was inspired by the rich history of the colonial era Liberty Hall Estate (previously called Ursino), located on what is now part of the Kean University campus. The estate boasts a 4.5 acre farm, from which we harvest many of the ingredients used on our menu. Chef Peter Turso and his staff use these ingredients to create a menu that embraces Modern American cuisine. We also support local producers as much as possible; not only in our menu selections, but in our wine, beer and cocktail offerings too.
Our goal is to provide a memorable, quality dining experience for every guest that arrives at our door. With knowledgeable and attentive service, along with expertly prepared food second to none, we aspire to be considered by our guests as one of the top restaurants in New Jersey.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Ursino reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)fit for foodies (49)scenic view (32)romantic (27)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (18)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (11)hot spot (7)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent Restaurnat
    JoanS
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I always enjoy having dinner at Ursino. The food is fresh and the menu changes with the seasons. With my food allergies, the waiters always take time to explain what's in each dish and whenever they are unsure, they always verify with the kitchen. It's a pleasure to have dinner at Ursino.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well-composed, tasty offerings
    ameliasgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There was a mix of good and mediocre reviews, so we were unsure of what we would experience, but I have wanted to try Ursino since I first heard of it. The menu seemed a bit limited, but we were very pleased with what we ordered, the food quantity, and the service. Each dish had a slightly unusual combination of ingredients that enhanced the main element. For example, I never had a Japanese turnip before, but it went very nicely with the duck, and the tamarind sauce unified the dish. And the blueberry souffle was perfection. I was looking for the ultimate chocolate dessert, which was not there, but the souffle left us completely satisfied. The server was excellent, just friendly enough, quite knowledgeable, and present as necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great farm-to-table
    nepatsfan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was fantastic. Lots of great stuff from farm next door. Wait staff was really attentive, helpful, and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Mrslovington
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went to Ursino on Saturday 8/9. When we got there we decided to sit in the bar area it had comfortable high table with booth. The place was pretty and the service was knowledgeable. In the lounge you can order from dining and lounge menu, which is nice. Making a decision was hard there were so many interesting things to choose. I ended up having the tomato bisque which was outstanding and my husband had smoked swordfish. For dinner we had the pork with peaches and cavatelli w/ smoked mozz and asparagus, it was so so good. Dessert we shared an almond shortbread cake w/ apricot and strawberries. Yummy. Everything was awesome and we will definitely come again. The restaurant has a changing menu but everything was fresh and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kenvil
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overpriced. Underportioned. Limited menu. Had a hard time finding something that sounded appetizing. Clashing décor, trying to be industrial-tech, loud fifties, clashing wall colors. Service was outstanding. Highly personable waiter and waitstaff. Gnocci--OK Pork--good. Martinis were superb.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    IzzyS
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I came on his birthday and ordered the tasting menu. The food was fantastic- no complaints here! They even gave us an extra course which was well appreciated.a The service wasn't bad, our waiter was caught up a few times but he apologized and did his best to serve us. Some of the courses took some time in between but we were not in a rush so we barely noticed. Decor is great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KOEnglish
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were excited to eat at Ursino given positive reviews we've seen. Dinner started out promising with a delicious basket of warm bread, but that was sadly the highlight of our meal. The service was incredibly slow, with our entrees coming a full 20 minutes later than our neighboring table who had ordered AFTER we did with the same entree. When our meals finally did come, my husband's pork chop was dry from sitting out under the heat lamp. The kitchen prepared him a new entree, which was good, but at that point, we both ate our entrees alone as the timing was off. The server never even apologized or attempted to turn our meal around. The food was ok, but unimaginative given our expectations for the price.
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  • An Enchanted Experience
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Ursino is a wonderful dining experience. The view, the setting, the food, service and decor all come together for a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience
    jerseyphil
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went on a Wednesday evening, which is a usually a slow night. Waiters very knowledgeable about the menu, made intelligent suggestions. Service was not intrusive. Had an excellent meal, party of three, portions were good and all plates left the table clean. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can''t really be in the top 25
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We've been here before but this time we were very disappointed. Although tasty, the main entrees were small. There were no sides to order with the meal and my family of men left hungry. The last time we were here, the service was awesome and attentive. The waiter disappeared and never came back to see if we wanted refills on coffee. Maybe they were shorthanded because it was a weeknight - I don't know. It didn't sit well with us because we love to eat at fine restaurants and we expected more - especially since they have such a good reputation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyed dinner
    HGold
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took my mother in law out for her birthday. Dinner was delicious. Lots of service. Only complaint was they didn't know how to make a vodka Gimlet and didnt have a large selection of vodka choices. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MrBear
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were able to be seated outdoors and it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter Zack was very attentive as were the rest of the staff. The food was presented in an artistic manner and very favorable. We usually never order desert but the select was so temping we did and we not disappointed. About 5 mins after we left the restaurant we got a call that we left our credit card...now that is service. We are already talking about our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch on Thursday
    Bob68
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    WE ere looking for a good place for lunch and we were so lucky to pick Ursino. We started with to drinks the porch and a cucumber mask . We shared a spinach salad, next we shared gnocchi. To finish we had a fig pizza. What can I say delicious. We then decided we had to have dessert. Definitely a place to try for dinner next
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful outdoor setting
    Hank
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have been to Ursino many times before, but this was the first time we ate outside. The setting was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I were surprised at the location at first, being on the Keane University campus. We learned that the owner does the catering for the University. The restaurant is beautiful, very modern without feeling cold. The food was amazing! So fresh and flavorful. It was lovely to look at, as well; colorful, and well-portioned. Our server was kind, quiet, prompt, available, and let us enjoy our time together respectfully. The entire backside of the restaurant is glass, looking out to a lovely lawn and patio area for dining al fresco. All in all, a truly wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful choice
    ica724
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had Ursino on our to-do list for about a year and finally made a reservation for a special occasion dinner earlier this week. The restaurant is sleek and attractive. Our server Zach, was charming and knowledgeable about the menu and drink options. The food was delicious, served beautifully and was enough to eat for one generous meal. They stress quality, bit quantity. No doggy bags went home, just very satisfied diners. The only criticism was the parking situation. It is down a hill and not very good for someone with a problem walking. Of course, they can be dropped off at the door. It's a problem when the driver is the one with the walking issue. I understand there is Valet parking on weekends but we were there on a week night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Expectations
    JayWVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Bread dry. "Difficult" menu; choices limited for most of our party due to contents, combinations or approaches. Two of four main courses came out cool. Nicely presented.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Perfect way to celebrate our anniversary! Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    PortiaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food at Ursino is very good, but a few lapses prevent a 5 star review. My husband has a dairy allergy and asked that our shared salad be prepared without the yogurt topping. The salad came with yogurt on the side but also on the salad, He ate around it but could not fully enjoy the course. He asked that his salmon be well-done. It was visibly under-done. This would be undesirable at a less pricey, less food-centric restaurant, but the kitchen's (or server's) lack of precision is not really understandable here. Also, it should not be necessary to request refills on water, and the failure to offer more coffee during dessert is not top-drawer service. All said, it was a good meal and I would give it another try.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and tucked away
    RLBC
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had been wanting to come here for a while, and celebrating my friend's upcoming wedding was a good reason. The food was fantastic, service was prompt and attentive. We were even able to be seated a few minutes early on a Saturday. A gem tucked into Kane - highly recommended in an area that doesn't have much gourmet dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cdine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Expensive but innovative. Comfortable spacious seating, great atmosphere, dishes range fe very good to spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Have never been disappointed with the food. Chef does an amazing job and we think the world of the food. Service is always reliable and it's a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for date nights
    NDV86
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My fiancé and I had one of our weekly date nights here. The food was excellent, the restaurant was beautiful and the service was great. We are definitely goin back and will be recommending our family and friends to try it as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food But
    jeeeeee
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The atmosphere was very nice. The service was good and not rushed. Tables were spaced generously. I had the fresh pea soup, the salmon and the strawberry panna cotta dessert and they were all very good. The food was very tasty but I am not sure the portions would satisfy a hungry man. This is New Jersey and we are used to generous portions.
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  • Mmmgood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Gorgeous place, interesting menu. Soups, salads and dessert are scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hhenke
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food is definitely aspirational, and mostly successful in that effort. The desert menu could show more variety.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chanman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Nice ambiance even though it was loud. Bad acoustics. Good drinks, my husband enjoyed his appetizer , my crab spring roll was fresh but too greasy. Entrees were not great. Pork loin was a bit dry, I've had much better homemade pasta,but the sausage in the dish was very tasty. Didn't get dessert. Would not rush back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It was delicious...best meal I have eaten in a while!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • GMendez1VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    good food.....decent drinks.....mediocre service. Very quiet our night....only a few tables....I would have expected the service staff to be a bit more attentive and more importantly, happy to serve! Nice experience, not sure I'd go back.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average lunch spot
    Rdsawks
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Very pretty grounds surrounding this well situated restaurant. From our table we could look at the lush grass and cascading water. Our service was great- seated and given menus immediately and within a few minutes our drink orders were taken. Within a timely manner, our food orders were taken and served. The bread was good but a little charred. The olive oil was quite well seasoned. The sandwiches were delicious but the sweet potatoes fries, that more resembled potatoe chips, were very greasy and several clumped together. One friend had a signature pizza- looked very good and enough to take home for another meal! One complaint- when we arrived we waited for a hostess to seat us over 10 mins- we finally went looking for anyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aragonez
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The restaurant has a nice ambience and the food is always excellent! interesting, costly menu, but worth every dollar. Possibly the best restaurant in Union County, NJ
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Meh. Expected great things food was passable. Typical north NJ trying to be NYC.
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  • Happy find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Came across info about Ursino while looking for a place to have dinner with friends and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed in the least. The dining room is lovely, great view of a lovely outdoor area and really nice interior. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. The food was incredible. Will definitely be going back and very much looking forward to it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • True Gem of Union
    VeganDelights
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This place never fails me! Being Vegan around this area I eat at home often, but whenever a dinner with friends, date night or just a lazy day this place is on top of my list. I've been coming here since they opened & everything was and is always fantastic! I recently became vegan and even now they usually have great salad options on the menu or are willing to accommodate my food style. Prior to my food style change, almost everything I had was a delight and I know their pork belly is yum, if you're into that. The only negative thing, for a hungry bear like myself, the portions are a bit small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    Iluv2eat
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    My dinner experience was great. The service and food is excellent. I would highly recommend dinner and lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There May Not Be a Third Time
    BJLinNJ
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Visited Ursino on Saturday night with a few friends. We've all dined here before. We had an 8 o'clock reservation. Drink and food orders taken promptly. We did not receive our appetizers for over an hour. It took an additional 40 minutes to receive our entrees. While our waiter was apologetic he only came to the table once and that was just as our appetizers were finally being served. Our food was delicious-there were no complaints. But the service left a lot to be desired. We were given a round of drinks on the house which was nice but since we aren't big drinkers it wasn't as meaningful. There was also a wedding going on and because of that there was only one shared bathroom for the entire restaurant that was upstairs. Crazy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special time
    Karen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Thank you to the staff and Chef!!! It was a very special celebration for my husband and myself, and they made it soooo much more!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise in the Burbs!!!
    eatingwellinNJ
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Awesome menu using local fresh ingredients. A surprise and a delicious one at that. Go, you will be happy you did!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 496 reviews are from the Ursino reviews archive.
  • Excellent Anniversary Dinner
    Michey
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary, which I noted on our reservation. We went with the tasting menu which served up 2 apps and 2 entrees. We started with pork belly and gnocchi, both of which were excellent. The entrees we chose were orecchiette (our least favorite dish) and duck (delicious). We each got to choose a dessert - I went with the Funny Bone (chocolate covered peanut butter mousse) and my husband chose Cookies and Cream. Not only was each dessert amazing but they also brought out complimentary sorbet for our anniversary. The service was great, with the one flaw being the fact that we were seated right next to the private party room which got extremely noisy at times. However overall we were extremely impressed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We truly love your restaurant and have a wonderful experience each time. Thank you for making our anniversary a special one.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.