Oak and Almond
Oak and Almond

Oak and Almond

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oakandalmond.com/
  • Phone: (203) 846-4600
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Daily 1130 am - 4:30pm;

    DINNER: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 4:30pm - 10pm,
    SUNDAY 3PM-9PM

    BRUNCH: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 11.30 TO 3PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 5 Star Catering Services to serve your every need. Private dining rooms available for groups of 15 to 55 guests for a full service seated dinner, and up to 70 for cocktails & hors d’ oeuvres. Private rooms are also idea for meetings and presentations. Reception space is also available in the main dining room, bar or our majestic patio. Our recently built patio, complete with hand crafted fountain, full bar and its own fireplace, can hold up to 150 for a full service seated dinner or 300 for a cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot or parking available in the Hilton Hotel next door.
A word from Oak and Almond
Oak and almond wood fuels our wood burning oven and stove. Imparting an earthy quality to many of our menu items, these hardwoods are at the heart of our restaurant's philosophy.

With cuisine inspired by the traditions & techniques of yesteryear, our philosophy is simple: provide delicious handcrafted food, created with well sourced seasonal ingredients with a focus on hearth & flame. We source the best artesian ingredients and prepare them simply with respect. The wine program highlights biodynamic and organic selections, which compliment the simple integrity of our menu.

An 18 foot communal table, crafted from local 100 year old oak floorboards anchors the dining room. Hand-rubbed walnut tables, industrial fixtures, and an open kitchen featuring a wood burning oven and stove provide a modern yet warm dining experience.
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Oak and Almond reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)hot spot (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • great food
    hlaufman
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    we were a group of six at lunchtime on a wednesday . service and food were fabulous. most had the panino with nettles...and they loved it. i had mussels, and the sauce was delisious, but the mussels themselves were small...not the fault of the restaurant. next time i will ask
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    good for groups
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  • Outstanding!
    GwichVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Menu choices are excellent. My salad was very fresh and felt as if it were from the garden. I had the shrimp polenta which was very flavorful.i would highly recommend this restaurant !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Well worth a visit
    Musicalgal
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The menu is varied and interesting, and everything we tried was delicious. Our booth near the wood-burning fireplaces was cozy and our server attentive. We'll definitely return.
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  • Average dining experience
    GlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was very good, but service was ok, not very attentive.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I've been to Oak + Almond and found it a very nice, casual dinner. Outside seating in summer is very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Easter Brunch
    RobD
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Didn't give the place a second look until it was the only table we could secure last minute for Easter. Wish we had discovered sooner. The food was excellent with some very interesting takes on classic dishes. The runny soft boiled egg elevated the ceasar salad, and the brussel sprout, bacon and potato hash was an exciting alternative to a dry English muffin as a base for the eggs Benedict. I found the French toast to be over the top, but someone with a real sweet tooth would probably adore it. My daughters grilled cheese sandwich was just what you would expect from a children's menu, plain, but we couldn't stop stealing the delicious fries that came with it. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Friendly Service
    Westportmom
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Oak + Almond. The bartender was helpful, letting my husband sample a few tequilas, and chatty in a good way. With 6 for dinner we were able to sample a bunch of appetizers, the grilled octopus was delicious, tender and well seasoned. The 2 flatbreads we had were also excellent. The highlight was the shrimp and polenta - decadent, but perfectly cooked and so yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • The Owner Cares
    BigeaterouterVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    O and A is a good restaurant because the owner, Jean-Paul, cares about quality. As people who dine out a lot, we know a good place when we see one. Every dish that leaves the beautiful open kitchen is checked by Jean-Paul and the wait staff is actively managed as they deliver it. The food is very good. The menu changes often so you can keep going back for old favorites or new dishes. The dining room is large but the tables are spaced well. The noise level is normal--you can have a conversation easily. You gotta put this place on your list of best places to eat often--the prices are very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beginnings
    LizahsVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Oak and Almond is a welcome edition to this section of Norwalk. There is not much to choose from in terms of great restaurants and so I am anticipating Oak and Almond to be quite successful. The portions are substantial so it's good value for the money. I was there for lunch and I had one of the flatbreads which is on the appetizer menu and my companion had the soup and sandwich combo which she said was quite delicious. There are a few service kinks that still need to be worked out but in due time I'm sure it will all run seamlessly. I would definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice business lunch
    ChrisJ75
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    My first visit to Oak + Almond was quite nice - it has been updated inside and is airy, open and modern. Comfortable seating - easy to have a business conversation without the table next to you being included. Warm olives were excellent! Salmon was cooked to perfection but a bit pricy for 1 piece of salmon on some small but delicious winter root veggies w/nice mild sauce. $21 though...would be better at $17-ish. Others had the burger - said it was amazing (we shared his fries-awesome!). Other diner had kitchen sink salad w/grilled shrimp was quite good. Wonderful, friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner by Grill light
    Bec2FinVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Dinner with old friends was divine at Oak and Almond. Their menu left me wishing I could order 5 of each category. Everything came out with a wonderful open fire taste - maybe also because we looked right into the kitchen with its open hearth ovens. It was our first time and our friends' first, too. We all agreed to come back soon. Our Lebanese friend consumed his Haloumi cheese with a smile and my husband agreed his grilled octopus was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burrata appetizer and cauliflower
    biztraveler
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Burrata appetizer and cauliflower soup got rave reviews from members of my party. Homemade bread is wonderful. Pork shoulder entre definitely worth trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • been here before but….
    disaapointed
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    this time around a quite unpleasant experience. Been here before with terific service and food. This time around…poor service, off to a bad start with where we were seated, and food was just ok.
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  • Been here many times
    BigeaterouterVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This place is very good and consistent. The food is well prepared and farm to table quality. Its not like all the of the other places nearby. The owner, Jean-Paul is always there and actually working in the kitchen and on the floor. Try it and love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good find
    JPFan
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Met a friend for lunch recently and you are transformed once you walk thru the door. The smell of the wood oven and the welcoming host makes you forget that you are on rt. 7 next to the DMV. The menu had lots of options and we were not disappointed by our choice of mussels with pommes frites and the daily grilled cheese with a cup of soup. Can't wait to go back and try dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great meal there. Food
    JackVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Had a great meal there. Food was very good. Service fine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • They seem to be having issues
    CtdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Originally attended in their first 2 weeks. Service was spotty but the food was great and the cocktails were good and overall a good value. Chalked up service to getting the place open and everyone on the same page. Flash forward 10 months. Service still spotty and this time the cocktails were inconsistent. Our waiter was friendly but somehow he lost the flow of the meal. Even the bus staff knew it, tried to help but it wasn't his job. Topping it off, our entrees were forgotten, finally the manager picked it up and told us they were 'just coming out'. 1 hour and 35 minutes after starting our order our food finally arrived. It was luke warm and totally forgettable. The only entree that was close to a good effort was my daughters burger.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting place -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We chose Oak & Almond based on our daughter and her boyfriends recommendation. Simply the menu is interesting. Appetizers were good but main courses were bland. The Meatballs were very good. The Roast chicken was ordinary and the Bolognese lacked any distinct flavor.We may go back and try some other choices but won't be running back. The service was very good, we sat close to the oven so the occasional discussion between chefs provided some entertainment.
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  • Valentines day treat
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A usual spot for us, we've noted changes in management and the menu have brought about an elevation in the overall quality of the offerings. Open Table is great, I requested a special table by the fireplace, and we got it, on the most romantic holiday of the year ;) Overall the restaurant is great. We were served the wrong items for an appetizer and entre, but the waitress handled the error with grace and humor and made things right. In fact, we were glad at having the opportunity to experience another dish. Mistakes happen, wasn't a big deal for us. Service is always very good, they have a great patio also for warmer weather which is great for both lunch and evenings, and they have an indoor and outdoor fireplace. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner by the fire
    BellaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a very large restaurant but the design is made to feel "cozy" based on table arrangement and the two lovely real fireplaces that create a glow throughout. There is an interesting menu with lots of different choices from a gourmet burger to fancier fare. The quality of food is quite good and presentation is impressive such as the salt bed under the oysters. Good wine selection at reasonable mark-ups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizers were delicious!
    MacMom
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Six of us met for dinner on Monday night after work to try something new! The menu has a great cross section of tastes and the server did an excellent job to explain the dishes and appetizers! Loved the muscles and the grilled octopus starters! Organic chicken with winter root veggies looked yummy and the burger was huge! The wood burning oven added a nice cozy warm ambiance too! Will go back!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    JoeS
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We loved feeling the heat from the brick ovens on our faces while we sat and drank wine. Felt like home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service and food werre very
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    service and food werre very good....as requested, got a nice table by the fireplace.....suggest reservations as it was getting crowded as Saturday evening went on.....will return
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but way too loud
    FaoudieVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My wife and I had a dinner here with another couple on a Friday night. The service was very spotty.... long waits between courses, and they brought out meals for half of our party at least ten minutes before the rest. The manager came over to explain that when they sent out the first two meals, they didn't realize it was going to a table of 4. Not much of an explanation and there was no free dessert or other comp item for the inconvenience. When the food did get there, it was good and no complaints on food quality. The noise volume in this restaurant is off the charts. Depending on the group around you it may be near impossible to hear you dining companions as it was for us.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Name
    girls3
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We visited the restaurant for the first time the other evening. The interior has a rustic feel and an open kitchen area. The food was good - one of the party had a hamburger and while that itself was good the presentation with loads of french fries was overwhelming and not necessary. The staff while willing to be accomodating seem to lack experience.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Manilaz
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Overall very nice for a girl's nite out. I had the gnocchi. It was a little rich and salty. The cauliflower soup was good. We sat by the fireplace - very nice. Pasta and burgers are awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice surprise
    Westportmom
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Driving up, I was worried this would be more like a cheesy catering hall... But the atmosphere was warm and modern, and a great vibe. The bar area was great for a drink before dinner. Nice staff and well mixed martini. Dinner was delicious. The grilled octopus and flatbread were hits. The meatballs could have used a little more sauce and the mussels needed some crostini to dunk in the broth. Overall, would definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been here several times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Have been here several times and always been happy. This time food and service both fell short. Lamb special was gross.
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  • Dinner was excellent, service
    Alan
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Dinner was excellent, service was very good. This is a restaurant that serves "local" food....everything was good. Had chicken, a very nice frisee/rugula salad, bread pudding. cocktails are unique and very good. most tables in the restaurant are good. My only complaint was that on a quiet evening the table we had was slightly undesirable (by the front, next to where napkins etc. were stored).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Day lunch
    tcords
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food good, service very attentive and knowedegable. Lovely table alone bt fireplace. We will return!
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    good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • add to your list
    4food
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    although not stellar, it is worth having on your list of westport/wilton-area restaurants. menu has something for everyone. really enjoyed the burratta and fluke appetizers, endive salad was also great. Roast chicken was OK; hit the spot but not the best I've had. Also had mussel and fries for entree--mussels could have been tastier if served in a larger bowl to enjoy their broth as I ate; fries were really over-salted but if they hadn't been, would have been great. Lots of potential. Nice to have local, organic, varied. Service: the young-ish staff just needs a bit more training--have passion/knowledge of menu/food, "table-radar" and proper service is what I would expect from a menu and dining room like this. but worth trying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Disaappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Having visitied Oak and Alamond's predecessir very happily we were disappointed to find O&A not living up to our expectations on a pass through the Norwalk area. Our server, while polite and efficeint, was (If knowledgeable) unable to articulate descriptions of the items on the menu, e.g. how spicy is the spicy spaghettie -- well, I like it. She could not describe the preparation or describe ingredients unfamiliar to us. We did notice another server describing the menu to his patrons. My husband did find his cod to be very fresh and cooked to perfection. My bucatini had a thicker sauce than expected -- but then how was I to know. The cawliflower soup arrived warm but not hot. My coffee was only luke warm and had to be sent back.
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  • Great find
    bigtee414
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Great local find. Food choices were diverse and interesting. Our party of 4 had a great time.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food meets farm to table goal
    Wiltondiner
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Everything we ate at Oak + Almond was fantastic. Proportions were generous.
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    good for groups
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  • The food was good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food was good, but the service was lacking. There were a lot of staff standing and chatting, but our waitress was not very attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a goup of six. Everyone
    Fletch
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We had a goup of six. Everyone thought the food was excellent. Nice atmosphere. I will be back.Thank you.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I definitely like this place
    connbates
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I definitely like this place - it has a cool vibe, very open with big windows and lots of light, dark wood floors, clear glass lights hanging down on black wires. The menu is yummy and varied. I had their grilled cheese which was so good, it was on rye and had mushrooms, not sure what the cheese was, maybe gouda? And it came with cauliflower soup - so good, it had a little rosemary, garlic and oil on top. The drink menu is great - lots of different cocktails I haven't tried before, very creative. The service is slow and not very attentive, e.g. my waitress didn't ask me if I wanted to order a drink or appetizer while waiting for the rest of my party. But I guess it all depends on who you get. I hope this place is here a long time!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a lovely brunch. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Had a lovely brunch. Very quiet and not crowded. Had a nice table by the fireplace. All 5 of us loved our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Je ne plus ultra!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Fresh, creative, everything special & nothing but the best! Loved the drink menu - everything on it is new & imaginative!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • disappointing
    BetsyknitVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food here was adequate, but I kept feeling like each dish was missing something. The flatbread was good. The charred octopus was eh -- too much of a heavy sauce. Cauliflower soup is dull. Won't be back. I was disappointed. It got great reviews, but I don't know why.
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