Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine
Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://leyla-charleston.com/
  • Phone: 8435017500
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Bachir Matar
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering is offered in-house as well as off-premises, to individuals /corporations and organizations. Each menu is specifically elaborated in the light of the special event and to fit the customer's needs. Special meals and non menu dishes can be prepared upon request. Our knowledgeable staff will make the event a true pleasure.
  • Entertainment: Every Friday night enjoy your dinner with the exquisite sounds of our Ethereal live music. On select Saturdays, enjoy our live Oriental music played on the fabulous "oud" instrument.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Liberty
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as public lots and garages.
A word from Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine
Leyla is Charleston's premier Lebanese restaurant serving authentic Lebanese dishes in an elegant modern setting and a sophisticated atmosphere. Leyla's extensive menu is a treat to everyone. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, meat lover or gluten free, you are invited to savor its renowned mezzas, tasty salads and flavorful grilled meat, fish and chicken. The freshly prepared meals using the best ingredients, subtle spices and herbs are a true delight for the senses.

Leyla's wine list consists of the best Lebanese brands, such as Chateau Ksara and Chateau Musar. Beside the fact that some labels have won gold medals at international wine festivals, Lebanese wine constitute the perfect pairing to the menu.

At Leyla, the fine dining experience is enhanced by the owners' hospitality and the friendliness of the staff.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (17)special occasion (14)romantic (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • ROGER
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The only complaint is that the drink service was terrible and the size of the pour was below standard and your competitors.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Overpriced
    NowHearThisVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was ok, but meat was full of fat and gristle. Definitely not one of my best meals.
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  • Average food, high prices
    trustme
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you are going to spend 18-25 dollars on dinner in Charleston, there are much better restaurants to do so in. The food was okay (all three of us ordered different entrees, and we all rated the food fair), but not worth the price. Nice waitstaff though.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love this place! Always great food and friendly staff and owners!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A TOP SPOT in Charleston!!!
    Valentines
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I can't say enough how great the food was. Came here on a date night and will be going again. There wasn't anything wrong with this place at all. The prices, the customer service, the owners....just a great experience. It feels like you're eating at a friends house how well they treat you. AMAZING!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Just good - need more?
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tried lots I haven't tried before and liked it all. May not order the tongue soon but it was very good. Can't even remember everything else we all ordered but tasted it all and could enjoy anything there.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wish it had been better.
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There is nothing very special about the restaurants ambiance. The service was decent. My food was dry and flavorless and the 4 other people in my party were not impressed with their food either. The menu is overwhelmingly big and I felt it was very overpriced for what you got. They were having some issues with their AC. I wish they would've just come forward and told us about it to start with instead of wondering why was 90° in there.
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  • Try the more unique dishes
    russell
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A mix of food that is similar to most Middle-Eastern places with some dishes that are more exotic. The exotic dishes are often the best, though everything is good. The service is very enthusiastic and the waiter made several helpful suggestions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Change of Pace
    saritaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We live in Charleston and enjoy a variety of foods. While Leyla's atmosphere needs a little work, we found the food and the staff/owners to be delightful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    WinerDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed a late lunch here this past weekend. Each of us (party of 4) had a kabob - 2 meat and 2 chicken, served with their delicious sauces (garlic paste and tahini) and then enjoyed their specialty dessert with their homemade ice cream. Everything was very flavorful and fresh. Service was friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first Lebanese experience
    chucktowncritic
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Went here on a first date, which turned out to be a great idea because neither of us had ever tried Lebanese food and it was fun to try all the dishes that were foreign to us. Service was great - you can tell when servers take genuine pride in the food being served. Perhaps I mis-read the menu, I thought I was ordering a $50 "dinner for two". It was actually $50 each. But I'm not complaining because we definitely got our money's worth - they served us an absolutely enormous amount of food, and I think we tried every Lebanese dish in existence. I will be eating leftovers for days. Nearly every dish was great. The standout favorites were the chicken kebab, tabulli, and beef kibbeh.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Awesome find
    KayakILMVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Brought some clients here for dinner, one was vegan. There were plenty of choices for him and he was pleased with his meal. I had the chicken, steak and lamb combo. Delicious! I'm not a big fan of lamb, but it was excellent. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • One of the best in Charleston!
    VikYum
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I have been here three times in the last three months (and we go out just about once a month! :) Weve come here for my birthday, our anniversary, and brought family here when they visited from out of town. Excellent for groups of 4 or more as you can share dishes. Everything here is delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different and better
    CHSFlyerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you want to feel like you have been invited to share a special meal with new friends Leyla is the place to go. Amazing simple grilled meats, fantastic hummus, rice and wines straight from the Bekka Valley. If you need a break from southern cuisine in charleston this is the place to go.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option for Charleston dining
    Raymond
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Welcoming host/hostess, knowledgeable staff and very good food! Wide variety of nicely prepared and tasty appetizers, less main courses but sufficient to provide plenty of choices. Mediterranean Sea Bass was excelled and the lamb kabob was very good. Lebanese wines are excellent accompaniments.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Kittle Lebanon in low country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm happily amazed to see more and more cuisines available in this quaint town. As far as middle eastern cooking is concerned, Lebanese cooking is the best. These owners do it well. My test is the kibbe nayah hand I can say it was tasty.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lebanese food
    jweller007
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife and I went here because we saw the good recommendations on TripAdvisor and we are big fans of Middle Eastern food. We each got the vegetarian dinner platter with Lebanese beer (drink it with the lemon juice). My wife thought it was the best Baba Ghanoush she ever had, and I loved the various salads that were part of the platter. The wait staff were remarkably attentive, and the owners came over several times to check on us during the meal. Would highly recommend Leyla if you are in the Charleston area and looking for something that is not traditional Southern cuisine.
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    great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Branzino!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You must try the fish! Expertly prepared and displayed.
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  • Excellent!
    Karen
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent! Very Helpful with the with the menu! Full bar Great Lebanese Wine and Food!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food, accommodating service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a lovely meal at this restaurant on our final night in Charleston. The food was delicious and our server was very kind and attentive. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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  • A special place
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It is hard to describe Leyla because it is special. The food and setting are a delightful experience found nowhere else in Charleston. The service is good too and so it is a place to keep going back to often. So many choices makes each time different although we keep ordering the frogs legs because they are on the menu and so good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • We will be back
    BigDog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was a first time try at this restaurant for my wife and I. We ordered some Hummus with Pita Bread and the bread was stale. However, it was exchanged for a fresh batch so at least they made good on it. The half Salad was good. The Lamb Kebabs we had were very good, meat being quite tender which can sometimes be a problem with this meat. The atmosphere was very reasonable, not too loud and we could have a reasonable conversation without any difficulties. The dessert was very good. The waiter was very attentive and timely without any long waiting. Most defiantly a return to place.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service. The owner was incredibly nice and accommodating.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    LuvCulinaryVacation
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Leyla's is a great find in Charleston. The staff is extremely knowledgeable - the wine, while not a big list, is terrific! The reserve Du Couvent is delicious! All of the food is wonderful - but I especially love the smaller plates with very authentic dishes. the Salads are great - the Labneh B Toom w/Sujuk is wonderful!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Mediterranean Food
    Jammon
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My Daughter and I shared two of the appetizers and the combo entree. The portions were ample and delightfully seasoned. The olive oil gave the hummus a delightful sparkle. Stuffed grape leaves were terrific. The chicken, lamb, and beef kabobs were tender, perfectly cooked and delightfully seasoned. We had a dessert. All I can say - it was sinfully good. The service was prompt, appropriately attentive, and the best part - Happy. The location on King Street is really handy for downtown meals.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Excellent food, great service!
    MKFBdiners
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I stumbled upon this while in downtown Charleston. I have not had the opportunity to eat Lebanese food for awhile and it was a welcome change to to try new things. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. We will be back next time we are in Charleston.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For something completely different
    Free4dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Interested to try something new, I wandered over to Leyla'a. After a warm and inviting welcome, the host and waitress went out if their way to walk me through the menu and make recommendations. The food was fresh, flavorful and well presented. With each passing dish, I became even more excited to try the next one. Can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    Andy
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Just a great place to dine. Family operated and service was off the chart! Eclectic menu and deserts that are second to none.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun tasting experience
    INgirl
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We ended up at Leyla's when another restaurant didn't pan out at the last minute. They were great. They were able to accommodate our group of 9 with no trouble. They offered to let my father taste a dish he was considering. They explained many of the options and customs as well as made personal recommendations. The menu was extensive and enjoyable. We tasted lots of new combinations that night! The kiddos even found a favorite - sanboosik and french fries!
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience
    ACAD
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent food, service and place, the only recommendation the menu was a bit confusing. Love the place and I plan to go back there
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food small portion.high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food there was excellent. The only issues I had were with the price and portion size. If the portions were bigger the price would be justifiable.
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  • Expanding your palate
    Vagabond
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    If you are looking for an authentic departure from the fabulous cuisine options that Charleston, SC has to offer, Leyla's is a real keeper!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing fine about this...
    DanieM
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I would say not impressed.. there was no special décor, no special music- actually no music at all. We had 6 people to eat & drink. I had a drink that was highly recommended by our waitress which I could NOT tolerate & the establishment refused to take it off the bill because I was "Described" what was in it- sorry that "you don't care for it". I ordered another $10 drink and was charged for both. There was nothing special about the cuisine that I have not had before. We were hoping to have a sampler plate but not for $25 PER PERSON- 2 people minimum- for just tabooleh, hummos, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghannouj, falafel, olives and cheese...why not just say it's $50 for 2!? The people I was with were also in shock about the experience :(
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  • YUM YUM YUM
    JAC28VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Frog legs = amazing!!! Chef's Hummos is incredible!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Finally a good Lebanese restaurant!
    kelley
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The best hummus ever! And the fish special was outstanding! So great that Charleston is branching out from the standard southern fare.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine reviews archive.
  • Excellent Choice
    CoastaLady
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We will return to Charleston soon to eat here again. Yes, it is that good. The quality of the cuisine is excellent flavored with the freshest extra virgin olive. The service was warm and caring. Solo diners were treated very well which is not something all restaurants do. The menu is extensive and the staff take the time you need to describe dishes. The owner is gracious and checks frequently on guests. Desserts are worth the calories!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Favorite2wineanddine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Wonderful food and the service was outstanding. Our server was very helpful as this was our first time in trying Middle Eastern food. The owner was very friendly and stopped at our table twice to check on our experience. The only negative was the cost of the per glass wine. We felt it was a bit excessive. This will not cause us to not return; in fact we're expecting to do so very soon. A bottle might have been more economical; however with four persons having different tastes this was not a logical decision.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 11 - No Problem!
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Dinner at Leyla's was fantastic! We arrived at 6:15 with a Spoleto festival dance performance starting at 8pm; sound like a challenge? Not for Leyla's! Our server (Anna I think) was amazing, imagine taking 11 entree orders without notes and pulling it all off, on a busy evening, in plenty of time to make the dance. We started with variety of hummus dishes and a baba ganoush for the table. Then we all had either hot mezzo dishes or full entrees. The whole fish dishes were amazing looking as were all of the dishes. I ventured to the frog legs and lamb tongue. Both delicious, with wonderful spices. The Lebanese wine was superb and the owners came by many times to make sure we were well taken care of. A fantastic ***** dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    phobe
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Enjoyed the wide selection of Lenanese specialties. Food and service were wonderful, and the lovely owner stopped at each table to chat with guests.the fine Guitarist was an added bonus
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dining experience
    Foodlover
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We went to Leyla with another couple for a pre-concert dinner. Unfamiliar with Lebaneese food, we relied on the expertise of our wonderful waiter, who did not disappoint. All of his recommendations were fantastic. Both couples ordered an appetizer and one entree which gave us the opportunity to try several dishes. Everything was flavorful and delicious. We even treated ourselves to dessert which again did not disappoint. I will return to Leyla and have already recommended it to friends. The owners work very hard to make sure the dining experience is memorable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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