Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zambris.ca/
  • Phone: 2503601171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Zambri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's for your corporate presentation, birthday celebration, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, Zambri's Sala is for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Yann Frizon de Lamotte 8776737921
  • Special Events: email info@zambris.ca to inquire about our private room for your next private event! Whether business presentation, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, wedding reception, birthday etc. enjoy our vast experience and menus tailored to your budget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanshard
  • Public Transit: Yates & Quadra Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, across the street (Robins) and underneath the building (Robins).
A word from Zambri's
Zambri's is an award winning restaurant specializing in Classic Italian cuisine. "Best Italian Restaurant in B.C….maybe Canada", is just one of the many accolades bestowed on them.
They also recently won both Best Wine List and Most Diner Friendly Wine List on Vancouver Island for their unique selection of Italian Wines. Their stunning new location in the Atrium Building is just another reason to visit. Add to this their casual but professional service and you will have a dining experience that cannot be beat.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Zambri's reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (58)great for lunch (56)notable wine list (48)good for groups (42)romantic (32)hot spot (25)neighborhood gem (21)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Best Authentic Italian in Victoria
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Zambri's never misses. The food, ambiance and service are terrific and without question, the best authentic Italian restaurant on the island. Tried the crispy fried broccoli as a starter and shared a few bites - WOW all around. Pasta is by far the most delicious and perfectly prepared you can find. We tried the special pasta for the evening with fresh tomatoes, savory and ricotta, the tagliatelle with meat ragu, and the sausage and broccoli pasta, and then finished up with the chocolate budino (shared it among three, but each of us secretly wished for our own!). If you're visiting Victoria, it's a 'must-do' and if you live in Victoria, it's probably already on the top of your 'favorites' list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Have heard many good things about the restaurant. It was our first time in. Unfortunately it was not that great. The food was bland and we spent a decent amount of money for it. Not very impressed. Maybe will try again at some point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected More
    fussy4u
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've heard so much about Zambri's so were excited to finally dine there. When we entered we waited for awhile before someone finally came over to seat us. I thought it was rather small, no atmosphere, bare tables and the staff seemed quite frantic even though the restaurant was not filled with diners. The wine was superb; the meal - my partner had pasta and I the special which was rockfish - was good; the gelato which I think is made in house was excellent. Overall it was okay, however, we will not rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than lives up to reputation
    BestOfTheBest
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the moment we were shown our to our table by our affable host we were bombarded ( in a good way ) by friendly and very attentive staff who all genuinely went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. We will be making Zambris a weekly event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grazzie Mille!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As we were visiting from California, we found this gem on Open Table. Our table was on time but we preferred the bar. Noah was great, his cocktail delicious, wine selection superb, and pasta just like my Nona! thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Eric
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had the most amazing meal at Zambri's. Every dish was memorable, but it always is when we come here. We love to order a bunch of dishes and share them. It's a great way to try a range of dishes here, from antipasti to pasta to fish. On this occasion the four of us at the table shared eight dishes - that came in two rounds - and it felt like we were having an Italian-style family meal. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been coming to Zambri's for years now. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, food is consistently good, whether pasta and a glass of wine before a movie of birthday celebration with kids and family. Last Thursday the pasta special was especially good. thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zambri's not so special
    joey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Limited wine list - first chosen bottle not available; seafood pasta on menu not available - pasta options limited for an Italian restaurant, no pasta special; server was very good. Won't return any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service Excellent Food, Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for early dinner to Zambri's prior to seeing a movie. The service was excellent, great timing for our food. I wanted to order a salad with a filet of salmon on top, they were not able to accomodate this request. I order a tuna dish with mixed vegetables and they were not able to leave the cucumbers out. Besides not being able to meet my requests the food was very delicious. I would return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good, service mediocre, noise level atrocious. There's absolutely no attempt to dampen sound level anywhere in the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great tastes !!!
    mandms
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    everything we ordered was tasty and fresh. so great to have an authentic italian restaurant in victoria. the service at the end of the meal (ie. getting our dessert and bill) was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HAPPY DINNER CELEBRATION
    2good
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated my friend's birthday, and we all left dinner smiling broadly, extremely content with our meals. I particularly enjoyed the roasted duck, as it was well prepared and presented. The roasted broccoli was excellent, an interesting but tasteful take on this type of vegetable. From start to finish, the service was good, and always friendly. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Be prepared to wait.
    FLJdesigner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had tried to eat at Zambri's once before but the wait was too long. This time we made reservations on Open Table, and requested a table by a window. When we arrived our table was ready. Unfortunately, they had us seated by the bustling wait station & smack beside a room divider -- probably the worst table. Considering that we hired a nanny for our 'special night out', this table was not suitable. We asked for one by the window, and after waiting at the bar for 30 minutes, we got one. Our evening improved after that. We ordered the $3 bread -- a little annoying that Zambri's is 'nickel and dime-ing' guests for bread. I ordered beef tenderloin with blue cheese (excellent) and my husband had clams. Overall: great food, be prepared to wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointing service
    Socialgourmande
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    How many different staff came to our table during the course of our meal? I completely lost track. There was the person who brought us to the table, the person who offered drinks, the person who took our order for dinner, the person who brought the appetizers, the person who brought the mains, and the person who finally brought the bill when our waiter failed to appear. Nobody came to ask how our meals were, or whether we wanted any fresh pepper etc. Unfortunately, poor service severely detracts from a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • uninspiring menu
    Oldguy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The room was quite busy (7 PM) res. it seemed one or two servers short. I ordered a pasta dish that had sausage. Enjoyed the flavour, hardly any sausage. A friend order a pasta that had peas. Tasted good, but too simple and bor-ing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    expectations
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was beautifully plated and better yet, cooked to perfection. It is difficult to find restaurants that offer a truly low sodium dish and even more difficult to make it tasty but Zambris came through on both counts. Friendly waitress managed a difficult task extremely well -- timed service to coincide with least conversation interruption.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiramisu changed my life
    tiramisuchangedmylife
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went to Zambri's to complete an assignment for an Italian food and culture university class. I wasn't disappointed. I loved my Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich - it was so tender with crusty bread, and the tomato sauce and green leaf veggies were divine. But the highlight of my lunch was the Tiramisu! It was so sweet with cocoa, coffee, and cream, and I ate it very slowly to ensure that I enjoyed every bite! I would love to come back here again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine!
    Local
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent wine selection, all Italian and priced right and appropriate for the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern Italian
    EdmontonJames
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Zambri's is a beautiful, modern Italian restaurant with lots of big window space, where people can be seen. It's cool. Overall great food and service. A few minor observations. Great grilled bread to start with a small dish of olives. Would be better to provide olive oil and vinegar as well - maybe big wandering flasks. Charging for oil and vinegar isn't cool. Tasty Caesar salad dressing with a nice touch to add garbanzo beans and olives. Greens could have been fresher, and as a result the salad was a bit drab. One of the specials was a dish of papardelle with lamb ragout and bits of porc. It was delicious. The waiter was friendly and attentive, and really seemed to like her job - wish she had prepared the caesar salad too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    PennyDog
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great overall experience, food was excellent, service was a little lacking with only 2 servers and a full restaurant even on a Tuesday night, waited 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and close to 30 minutes for our bill with empty drinks. The table that was seated next to us but was seated 5 minutes after we had arrived, received their drink order before anyone had even approached our table. But the overall atmosphere was enjoyable, would try it again, maybe for lunch or at a slower time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome as usual
    jacmar
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    another fun dinner ... love the Monday and Tuesday Pizza/drink special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • less than stellar
    CPAs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The chefs must have forgotten that they are in a service industry. They will not accommodate special request. Swapping vegetables between dishes is not possible. They may delete something for no charge but will charge you full price for any additions. They brag that they are "Certified Italian" but never mention by who. Seems to me a marketing ploy. Pork tenderloin was char grilled and way over cooked. Leathery and chewy. Tomatoes and cauliflower puree is cauliflower with about 10 drops of tomato juice. Bread was not refilled. Pasta did not have enough sauce.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I detected a bit of 'attititude'. Greeter and waitress Distinctly superficial and not welcoming. Food delicious. Room noisy. Thank you for this opportunity. JS
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    Keltie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always, the food at Zambri's was excellent, and the service attentive. I enjoy the restaurant more each time I go, and love trying new entrees. It has a relaxed atmosphere--the kind of place you can dress up for (if you are so inclined) or go casual. A wonderful spot for long weekend lunches or a special dinner. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need more vegetarian options
    KD2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere at Zambris are beautiful. However, short of eating pizza or appIes, the only dish on the menu for vegetarians was pasta with peas and Gorgonzola cream. It was tasty but a few bites in I came to the conclusion that it is really only glorified mac 'n cheese. With a chef like that they can do better. Looking forward to more vegetarian options!
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  • Always good
    Somegoodwha
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have enjoyed this restaurant for years. It never disappoints
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great spot for lunch
    freefall
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Only had an hour for lunch. Had made a reservation ahead of time, table was waiting and service was great. Disappointed that pizza was not available that day but enjoyed the sandwich. Made it back to work right on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ho Hum!
    ValinVictoria
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    While we know, from previous experience, that Peter Zambri is a top notch chef, alas most of our meal was ho hum! The appetizers were spectacular, but the gnocchi were pedestrian and the orange marsala sauce on the duck was aggressively sweet, drowning the flavour of the perfectly cooked duck. Also the numerous hard surfaces amplified the noise level to the point my husband and I had to shout at each other to converse, although we have been married for nearly 30 years, we still enjoy talking to each other during meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed Again
    nautical
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Came back for a second try. I'd requested a quiet table in my online reservation & got the quietest table in the place! Wanted to try their home made pasta. Was told the spaghetti had green peppers which actually were jalepenos. Dish was a bit dry, very nice flavour but way too hot for my taste. Waitress offered another pasta dish which was ok. Spouse had the scallop dish wish he rated a 7 out of 10. Wine list has very dry whites & last visit I asked what they had on the less dry & sweeter side. There wasn't anything then but on this visit the waitress suggested the moscato which was on the dessert wine list that I hadn't seen. It was quite nice but a bit too sweet. Bread needs some dipping or spread than just a bowl of olives. Boring food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch Spot
    dineanddash
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a very pleasant lunch spot, appropriate for special occasions. We enjoyed a quiet birthday lunch there. The food is excellent and the setting is lovely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    feature foccacia bread excellent, rabbit pate bland, tuna not fresh and over cooked, veal pasta: meatballs tasty, pasta and sauce, not so much, sorbet excellent, wine very good, coffee great. great touch with candle in sorbet but no big fuss over birthday
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A reliable downtown spot
    Felix
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Zambri's is well located in downtown Victoria. The food and ambiance are generally very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Zambri's
    LoveitVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Zambri's offers fine Italian food and wine in a fabulous downtown setting. The open somewhat industrial looking space is creatively decorated with chandeliers and colourful art, making for a vibrant elegant atmosphere. Food choices are authentic Italian, featuring delicious local fare. The wine list is fantastic. Service is attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous from the minute you enter the restaurant. We'll definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zambri's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Enjoyed all that was presented but with the beef might have been served with a more colourful plate. I found the presentation somewhat disappointing but the taste was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    DavidE
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We've been going to Zambri's since it was up the street in a little strip mall. It continues to be one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants on this side of the Atlantic. Our brunch last Sunday was divine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch in Victoria!
    SirDinesalot
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Zambri's is always great for lunch and dinner and the brunch is outstanding!! The food was delicious and the presentation beautiful. My partner enjoyed the house made lamb sausage special and I loved the classic frittata with a local crisp salad. They also serve proper esspresso and have a very interesting wine menu with servers who are happy to pair for you! A wonderful overall experience :) and no massive line at brunch! A total gem
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently First Rate
    Al20
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Zambri's service is professional, efficient and friendly, the ambiance is classy but not stuffy and the food is always a real treat. The reasonably-priced wine list offers many excellent options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch at Zambri's
    luvzambris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    full windows make for a light open dining area-food quality and freshness always first rate and your staff are terrific-would most favourably recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pacific Italian Fusion
    JilG
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Its well-balanced and easy-to-read menu assembles some great Italian dishes with a hint of pacific flavour. A good selection of wine, as well as beautiful cocktails and sparking wine creations, just adds extra fun to your already-began food celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great place.
    steakluver
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Every thing was great here. We loved the menu choices. Dessert was excellent. Wine list was excellent. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 was that my steak was way over done. I ordered medium rare and it came well done. Lucky it was tenderloin so it was still edible. If it had been some other cut I would have sent it back. A bit surprising at a restaurant of this caliber to get the steak so wrong. I wonder if the server miss heard me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.