Mason Pacific
Mason Pacific

Mason Pacific

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.masonpacific.com/
  • Phone: 4153747185x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Friday, Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Closed Sundays & Mondays

    **We will be closed for Summer Vacation from Sunday June 29th through Monday July 7th, reopening for dinner service at 5:30 on Tuesday July 8th**
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean McTiernan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Avenue
  • Public Transit: We are located along the Powell-Mason cable car line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available for $12 per car beginning at 5:30.
A word from Mason Pacific
Mason Pacific is a casually elegant neighborhood bistro nestled along the cable car line at the intersection of Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Chinatown. Chef Sean McTiernan crafts a seasonal menu of simple, flavorful dishes, creatively elevated through technique and preparation. The wine list features food friendly wines and aims to offer value at every price range, from a simple but delicious rose, to rare and compelling vintage bottles.
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Mason Pacific reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (60)romantic (39)special occasion (38)notable wine list (26)hot spot (23)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent wait staff. Ambience romantic. We ordered the 52 oz prime rib. It came with several inventive sauces to share. For starters we had the octopus. There were tooany Flavors that were married together it made our palettes sing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Beautiful, creative, delicious food; I wish I could eat everything on the menu at each visit as the food is just outstanding. Friendly management and staff and just a special neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KenandBarbie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nice neighborhood meeting place with a menu that is limited.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food here is good. Not too expensive and a wide variety so everyopne will be pleased. It didn't knock our socks off, but we enjoyed ourselves and will probably be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California at its best.
    GerpVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    California cuisine meets French twists. Small, but very interesting menu choices. The octopus is out of this world -- very tender, no gristle and well prepared. I love the mushroom fresh pasta with lightly poached egg. Everything this fresh, innovative combinations and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising
    SFCCVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love the look of this place from the outside and almost went a few times but the menu looked a little too rustic/traditional for me. I went and it wasn't. It was sophisticated and elegant and the food was creative and expertly executed. One of my dining partners is a very new transplant to SF and proclaimed it better than the last place we went to dinner: Michael Mina. Not sure about that, but at 1/5 the price we'll take it. Very small, almost awkwardly laid out space, decent service, but the food trumped all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This place was exactly what we were looking for - a small, relatively quiet, neighborhood restaurant serving high quality food from a carefully focused menu. The food was excellent, the service was flawless and the wine recommendation was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mason Pacific
    MissKitty
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I had been traveling for 10 days and 9/30!was the last night. I found Mason Pacific on Open Table and based on the reviews decided to give them a try, and what a gem. The food and service were amazing. You must try peach, heirloom appetizer and the fried chicken appetizer OMG!!! For the main course my son and I shared the ribeye and it was cooked to perfection. You must try this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie quality family run bistro...
    pigalicious
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was excellent. Pork chops were unexpectedly moist. The porcini pasta was tasty and a good value. The steak for two was superb. Special dishes aside, the prices are quite reasonable. Great family run neighborhood restaurant. This restaurant is not ideal for larger parties. My opinion is that this space is perfect for tables of 2-4. There are really only two tables in this restaurant that will comfortably accommodate parties of five or six. Parking is impossible, take a cab or valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • too high expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    overcooked octopus, very limited wine selection, and lackluster salads do not deserve these prices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive and great cuisine
    Patprovence
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Enjoyable experience, good valet parking, friendly and efficient service, refined but warm deco... And the amazing work of the chef. Order the featured dishes, share and ask Sean to come to your table (if not busy in the kitchen) to undestand how he assembled these incredible feasts. You'll be stunned by the work and passion that he's putting into it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem!
    SFNOVO
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Every dish was splendid. Service was superb. I greatly enjoyed my visit and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a great night with two good friends for a fancy dinner out away from the kids. The service was great, and the food amazing - creative and delicious. We liked the music selection, but like most places still a little too loud. Could be a little softer to allow better quality visiting. Because of the price (about $200 for three, including one glass wine each), this is a special occasions place for me. I'll definitely go back when I have such another excuse however!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IslanderVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very nice neighborhood feel wth good food in a great setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and service! Loved the neighborhood feel to the intimate restaurant. Meeting the chef was a bonus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic in every way
    ValentinesDelightVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This place has incredible food and great service. I highly recommend this place, especially the porter house for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Generally fantastic
    Muncher
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful food, ambiance, creativity, presentation, service, scenic cable car view from window. Plus personal attention from a warm chef, who was friendly and self-effacing. Our only complaint was so-so desert selection. Definitely a winner. Up there with Frances and State Bird as a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evelyn
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We got there about 5minutes early and were told that they cannot sit us until 8 the reservation time, so we went to the bar to wait, and didn't get seated until about 8:15 I had to go and remind them. The food was good but it took so long ,n out waiter was very good though. I'm happy I went , but I didn't think it was anything special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were greeted by our waiter as he leaned on a railing adjacent to the table, which he continued to do upon the arrival of bottled water which he poured from that location. The food was okay, but the attitude of the waiter was off-putting, especially for spending $200.00 on two entrees, a bottle of wine and a dessert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely!!!
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love this restaurant, the food and service are wonderful, and perfect to take friends for special occasions, the decor is beautiful!!! Delia Crawford
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange vibe - bad service
    sbett
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wasn't impressed at all. Strange vibe, bad service. Good food but not great. SF has too many restaurants to be returning to this one again. Good luck. Get it together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Neighbor
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When we have a reservation in advance, we expect it to be honored. As much as we love the ambiance and food and wine, to wait 45 minutes for our reserved table spoiled the experience. If you have an event to attend, this much waiting and delay is not tolerable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyable Friday Night Out
    Allaboutfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service and food were great. The server was really attentive and the rib eye for 2 was heavenly good. However, the cauliflower side dish was a bit too small diced for us. But overall, it definitely is a lovely place to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just keeps getting better!
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It is rare that a restaurant just keeps getting better with each visit, but that is exactly what happens with Mason-Pacific: the grilled octopus, perfect; the duck confit, perfect; the fish of the day (halibut), the best preparation I have ever tasted. From the staff who are attentive, pleasant (they make you feel you are valued, but not obnoxious) to the nice mix of local and French wine, to the amazing food- perfect! And just when you think nothing could possibly be outdone by the wonderful evening, the hostess sets the hook and recommends with confidence we share the "peanut butter and chocolate pot-de-creme" -- that's it! My new favorite restaurant in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected culinary experience
    BavaroSurgeon
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Coming all the way from Europe (Munich, Germany), this fabulous restaurant duely deserves being mentioned in several restaurant guides (Bib gourmand in the Michelin Guide and among the 25 best SF restaurants in Gayot's). Impeccable appetizers, not lacking originality, hard-to-beat entrecôte with a remarkable variety of 13 (!) different sauces / toppings: centered around a veal bone-red wine reduction were dry-frozen capers, charcoal dissolved in olive oil for the real barbecue flavour, tasty mustard and its seeds, sea salt, ginger, sauce Béarnaise, intense but not insulting garlic sauce, steak pepper and some more. But still now, three weeks later, I still like to remember my dinner experience in Mason Pacific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Perfect combo of delicious food, delightful service and fantastic ambiance. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Labrat1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Read the reviews on Open Table and decided to take a chance. The menu is interesting with a strong french country influence. If you like french wine, the food compliments it nicely. I was challenged with the wine but my wife enjoyed it. I had tagliatelle and my wife had halibut. The cauliflower side dish was AMAZING - delicious!!! The tagliatelle was superb as well. Wine list was limited. It was a little pricey for my taste but it was a nice place to go for a unique experience. We ate early which was good as it was peaceful. It tended to get louder by the time we left (around 7:30).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, too expensive
    vacayeatin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was really good but the wine and the food was wayyy over priced. Also our waiter was really slow to ask us if we needed anything.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Mediocre Service
    Mcf96VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went there to celebrate my friends birthday & reserved 3+ weeks in advance. I called a few days earlier to ask if we could move the time by 30 minutes and was told that we'd have a limited time at our table. We were there for 2+ hours and only half of the restaurant was full for most of that time. Also, I mentioned to the hostess that we were celebrating a birthday. By the time we finished our meal (we had 2 wonderful starters, 3 fantastic entrees, plus a very pricey bottle of wine) we were too full. When the birthday girl ordered glass of dessert wine only, the waiter said "well I guess we can't put a candle on that." Really? I guess the restaurant couldn't spare a scoop ice cream?! What a disappointing end to an otherwise nice evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal in SF YET
    KtMac
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was probably the best meal I have had in SF EVER and one of the best of my life. The service was so attentive and spot on, but also super friendly and not in your face. The ambiance was beautiful, both upscale and cozy. And when I say cozy I don't mean small, I mean warm and inviting. Now let's get to the food! Chef Sean McTiernan is just genius with his menu. He came out a few times and talked to us about the meal and what we ordered. He explained the ingredients and where he got them, using all different places in the state. Each item was created and made with such care. And man were they decadent and just plain GOOD! Also has a great and full wine list! So there you good. Don't let this awesome place pass you by. Treat yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and ambience
    JuliaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been there many times. My husband loves their burger, which is a regular on the menu. I enjoy exploring their menu. It's always innovative and delightful. We really like this place. The only problem is how to get a table...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We've been trying to get to Mason Pacific for months and finally made it for my hubby's belated birthday celebration. It was worth the wait. The food was simply amazing - every dish was better than the one before - which I didn't think was possible. Simple menu with just a few choices, but everything that comes out of the kitchen is executed beautifully. SO happy to have MP in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Mason Pacific reviews archive.
  • Really excellent dining experience
    BonnVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Both the food and service were excellent. We had the outstanding beet salad and fresh halibut caught locally that day. Both were perfectly prepared. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood option
    cnalscVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Mason Pacific is a neighborhood gem located at the confluence of North Beach, Chinatown, and the Union Square area. It's a long narrow space, divided into a vibrant bar area (which has tables) and a dining area. The grey walls with white trim are beautiful. The menu is limited but every dish we had was wonderful - duck rilettes, beets with horseradish, little gem salad, duck breast, fabulous hamburger. Service was friendly and efficient with no mistakes. Interesting wine list. If you're looking something in the neighborhood and don't want to make a production out of dining, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VirginVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything about Mason Pacific is spot on....the Hostess Emily, the staff Joseph and Mike and of course the chef, Sean is doing some remarkable yet affordable dishes and sides. That fried chicken, that duck rillettes, that ribeye those side squash, I just missed the octopus, I hope it comes back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shan
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    They were 30 minutes late seating us which was frustrating. Then by the time we sat down, they ran out of their famous burger. If we were seated on time, at 8:30pm, we would have been able to order this - we saw burgers being served to tables as we were waiting. very frustrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dinner
    RobKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was my third time at Mason Pacific. Excellent dinner as usual, nice service and ambience. Will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food every single time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is fresh and seasonal. The menu is seasonal and service is on point too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant - solid menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Overall 4.5 stars Mason Pacific is a must visit restaurant. The decor is tradition/modern and warm... hard to pull off but they did and it's gorgeous. With our group we sampled quite a bit of the menu and every single item was delicious. I don't think you can go wrong. Service was also right on the money. Apps: Crispy Fete with pea puree and Fried chicken Entrees: Tagliatelle, Charred Broccoli and Burger. Dessert: Chocolate Pot de Creme - I don't even like dessert and this was amazing. Wines - reds were better than whites by the glass. Their bottle list looked quite impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blowtorch
    crayivpVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Never had a sous chef come out to personally deliver an insult before. We're Opentable VIPS, have 10s of 1,000's of points. We eat out ALOT; worldwide. We've been to M/P before; loved it. Had their signature dish, the +$100 Ribeye. Its awesome. That's why we were back. Well, that, a nice wine list, "local" ambiance, and wonderful, attentive service. So, we order the Ribeye, medium-rare, they bring it in its skillet and say its going back to the kitchen "to rest"; OK. Looks great, all good. When finally served, it's ice cold. Oops. We send it back; Double oops. Cold is not cool. Not for +$100. Sous chef comes out with a blowtorch; to re-heat it; at the table. Seriously? Thought my wife was going to bust into tears. That was a first. C Ray
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