Red O- Los Angeles
Red O- Los Angeles

Red O- Los Angeles

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3236555009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm, & Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm
    Social Hour: Sunday-Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Efren Cardenas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: On & Off site catering, reception style, seated dinner, tasting menus, etc. Sit back relax & lets us bring the creations of Top Chef Masters & James Beard Award Winning Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless into your home or office.
  • Special Events: Please contact our Events Coordinator Ryan Fields at ryanf@redorestaurant.com. Weddings, Corporate Functions, Birthdays, Launch Parties, Red Carpet Events & more! . We look forward to hearing from you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cresent Heights Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $8/vehicle
A word from Red O- Los Angeles
RED O features modern Mexican fare from award-winning Chef-Restaurateur Rick Bayless, the chef responsible for changing the image of Mexican food in America. The menu offers both authentic Mexican and lighter “California-style” dishes, signature items such as the infamous Pollo en Mole Poblano & Mexican Raw Bar & Ceviches. Whether it’s for a formal sit-down dinner with a large group or catching up with friends over a few small bites and cocktails, every guest will find a cozy area to suit the occasion. The bold, cutting-edge space designed by Dodd Mitchell and G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Design features an Atrium with a retractable roof and glass garage doors that open to Melrose Avenue with a 14-foot communal table. A stunning Tequila Tunnel showcasing our one of a kind premium tequila collection leading in to the famed Tequila Lounge & private Garden dining.
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Red O- Los Angeles reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (110)great for outdoor dining (82)romantic (78)hot spot (69)good for groups (62)vibrant bar scene (57)neighborhood gem (48)great for brunch (44)late-night find (21)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (17)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent dining experience! Everything about the restaurant was fantastic. Best service I've had in a very long time. Look forward to going back very soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food drinks not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I enjoyed the food. My wife and I thought the menu was a nice change from the traditional Mexican restaurant. Not happy with the drinks. Ordered 2 margaritas they were not consistent, one was more sweet than the other. They had very little tequila in them. At $17 each drink, you would expect a stronger drink. I know its a restaurant but the drinks were not right for the money.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red O-ohhhh so yummy
    eastern00VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place over delivered on expectations- the guac was sublime and the entrees were delicious. Great high energy atmosphere, could see this being a great spot for groups. Would definitely return here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mouth watering
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Don't look at the menu if you're hungry. Everything sounds delicious. We had the yellowtail ceviche. Fish was good quality, it tasted good, but over priced. I had the lamb mole. It was a very healthy portion and delicious. The mole was unique, unlike any authentic mole, but delicious. My wife had the scallops. She very much enjoyed the sauce served with it. We had the flan for desert. Also very good. I will return to try some other items that sounded good. Decor is nice. Seats are close together, so not so romantic since your neighbors are practically at the same table. Service was a little slow, but very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elevated Mexican Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant was fantastic! If you think you know Mexican food, you need to try this place. The food was beyond excellent. Even the cocktails were superb and innovative. My husband and I have been wanting to try a Rick Bayless restaurant for years and had thought we had to go to Chicago to do so. Then he opened one in LA and the next time we were in LA together, we took our opportunity. It did not disappoint. Its a noisy, busy, lively place. The service was outstanding, and the food was absolutely wonderful! We will be going back to this place next time we are in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, Delicious & Celiac Friendly
    fishingfan21
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife has celiac disease, so when we found out Red-O could accommodate her dietary restrictions, we were thrilled to add a restaurant to a rather short list of neighborhood eateries. The fact that the margaritas are incredible, the food is fresh and delicious, and the staff are all friendly, knowledgeable, and energetic makes this dining experience a great one. Most restaurants mark the items that are gluten free; Red-O marks menu items that DO contain gluten, which says a lot about their attention to detail. Their tortillas are made with gluten free masa, and their chips are fried in a dedicated fryer, never mixing with any breaded items. I highly suggest eating here, and be sure to order the Mexican street corn...it's unreal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just go........
    TK71
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great Upscale dining. Yes, Mexican food, Everything we ate was fantastic. Don't miss the carnitas and the short rib enchiladas! Over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last brunch ever
    lindiweanne
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went for their last brunch which is really a shame. The food is amazing! The service was attentive but not excessive and our waitress was a good sport. Their guacamole is superb and you have to get the churros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Liked the chilaquiles with chicken but found the picada de carnitas to be on the tough side. Great guacamole.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    MandE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Celebrated a b'day and anniversary with friends and family. We ordered several different appetizers, a bottle of chardonnay and different choices of cocktail drinks(made from fresh ingredients, no mixers) of which all were amazingly. Our dinner choices and portions were perfect. Our waitress, Jackie was awesome and very attentive to our table. The live entertainment was enjoyable. Upon using OpenTable to make the reservation I mad a request for the restaurant to follow and they exactly what was written. Great service. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food and Service
    Foodiebritt
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Red O is always consistent in delivering top notch food, drinks and service. The albacore ceviche is my favorite followed up by the crab and shrimp enchiladas. Jim is a fantastic manager who makes a personal experience with the guests. Red O will not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restraunt
    Pixelwizard
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Red O is one of my favorite spots. Great for drinks, or great for dinner and drinks. If your looking for a vibrant scene you found it here. The food is always exceptional and the service is first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Love
    Littlejello
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am never disappointed! Beautiful Restruant! Great Service! & Wonderful Food! And Location is very convent. Could not ask for more,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    kimberVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    As Mexican food lovers we were excited to see a modern and well designed mexican food temple. Beautiful unique and modern decor, inventive menu and overall original concept. Well executed. Crab and Shrimp enchilada was very good. Fellow diner loved the Halibut as well. Tried the guacamole sampler and all varieties were great. Salsa is flavorful. Drinks were excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gal
    Girlsniteout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great. We ate out on the patio and the street noise was high. Our server was excellent and the food was delicious! We had an early reservation and so glad we did because we needed to make the 8:00 show across the street at The Improv.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MadMaddyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is WONDERFUL in the Chicago restaurants but here, it needs seasoning. Ordered Mole and it was watery, the chicken, tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cathy D
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We experienced a total service breakdown. Our appetizers came quickly, but in the middle of that the Amuse Bouche was unceremonious dumped in front of us. My husband's soup course was deposited next to his empty appetizer plate, no offer to clear it. We then waited 45 minutes before we began to inquire as to where our entrees where. Our server had vanished so we flagged down a busboy. Shortly a supervisor of some sort came by to tell us it would just be a few minutes. Another 15 minutes passed and a manager came and told us it would be 2 minutes. About 15 minutes later we were finally served. The food had obviously been ready for some time as it was barely warm. In the end we were offered drinks and dessert but I won't be back.
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  • First Timer
    LisapleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I usually don't dine in this area but we wanted to try something new. The staff was pleasant. We had early reservations because we needed to be at LA Live at 7:30. I noticed the place was hopping at the bar. The food was delicious, fresh, and temperature was just right. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful
    Caro
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I used to love this place, but wasn't able to go for about 6 months. I went back this week and it's awful. Our appetizers came out quickly, but our food took over 45 minutes. To top it off my dish was slightly warm on the outside and cold in the middle. The three friends that I went with, were also unhappy with their dishes. They were bland and the portions got significantly smaller. This place needs to step it up.. They're trying to renovate themselves into something worse.
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  • perfect for a large group!
    BrockVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a family dinner at the restaurant this past Sunday. The restaurant worked perfectly for all our needs. The "foodies" were happy....the food was delicious. The old fogies were happy...the restaurant was comfortable and pleasant with just the right amount of background music....not blaring! The service could not have been nicer. What a refreshing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Sub-Par Service!
    LosAngelesFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent however, the service was to put it gently horrible. We arrived for an 8:00 reservation at 7:50 and were seated right away. Water and chips arrived within 5 minutes with our menus. 20 minutes later our waitress finally showed up asking for our drink selection. We ordered both our drinks and food at the same time. It took another 15 minutes to get our margaritas. Nothing more to say about the dinner or the service. I think that pretty much says it all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful inside, the food is good. We ordered margaritas, which were good, however the glasses they were served in were mostly filled with ice, which was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved loved loved!
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great high quality food! Great ambience! Great service! What more can one ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noteworthy Mexican
    SerialdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. However, there is a shortage of high end Mexican, and Red-O is one of the few truly well done Mexican restaurants. In addition to the great food, their bar program is equally excellent. No sugary sweet and sour mixes here. The drinks are made from scratch and are exceptional. They even have an extensive Tequila list with plenty of options for the adventurous who aren't driving. You have to try Red-O the next time you craze Mexican.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We always enjoy our evening. Looking forward to going to the Red O in Newport Beach
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, mediocre service
    foodie428
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My waitress was very friendly, but basically never came back to check on the table and never asked if I wanted another drink after getting me the first one. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of attention I received based on the caliber of restaurant that I consider Red-O to be. The quality of the food was spectacular. The drink that I did receive was equally fantastic (alacran margarita), though I wanted to order a second. As a diner you need to space out your eating speed because the food was brought out as quickly as the kitchen could cook it, which while delicious, left no space to speak of. I would go back just for the food, but if you're looking for a 5-star place in LA you might find a better experience elsewhere.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ginny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Outrageously expensive, but wonderful food...great atmosphere and service...loved Michael Battista and Josh Cruz' music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Beautiful and Yummy!
    SabrinaMata
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great ambience, delicious food, good service and a wonderful Frida drink!! I truly recommend the Ahi Tuna and the tradicional guacamole!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to drink but not to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If you wamt to overpay for your drinks this is the place for you. But dont go for the food, the quality rivals that of Taco Bell.
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  • Bad Night
    BaseballVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I have been to this restaurant many times and have had magical experiences. This night the food was great but the service was lousy. Service was long and slow. My main course came cold and clearly was sitting under lights for sometime. Although the waiter comped us a desert for our trouble, sightings of him during the meal was arduous. My wife and I have scored this a bad night that could happen anywhere. It will be interesting as what happens the next time we go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I do not love Mexican Food BUT!
    IdoLVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If I can avoid Mexican food I do. However my wife loves it and once in a while we will go Mexican. Red O was a surprise. Very tasty not too typical Mexican and all the foods was greatly prepared. The Special Margueritas are to die for. Actually the best I ever had. It is pricy but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Jesseya1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Did not disappoint! Food, service was great. Great for groups as you can order small dishes as well as romantic night outs. Atmosphere is fantastic as design and decor is amazing, especially the high celings. Highly recommend this place to locals as well as bringing guests from out of town. Will go back! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale and appetizing
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    RedO has done an excellent job making itself over. The pretense and arrogance that once dominated its character are untraceable. The food is so delicious and the service staff is now approachable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of this world!!!!!!!
    MelissaLA
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went here for the Dine LA and was so impressed! The decor is stunning! Dark, with a sexy glow. The menu is fabulous! The duck taquitos, carnitas entree, and tres leches cake were all amazing! The Skinny Margarita was so good!! Cannot wait to return and try to rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great table!
    ILovetoEat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had the best table on the patio so we could hear our friends' conversation. Thank you, Red-O for accommodating us!! The food was superb as usual although we missed having the tres civiches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Tsthoughts
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was exceptional and we loved the outside dining. The bar and adjacent areas would have been too noisy, but I like a quiet ambience. Ordering was slow, but after that things moved efficiently and the staff were courteous. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent spot... minus the wait
    Mazd
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a great time here. Food was amazing and service was great. The only thing was the wait. We were there at 9, had a reservation for 9:15 and we didnt get seated until 9:35. It was really busy that night but I felt 20 mins past a reservation is a little much. The bar was nice and the live music awesome! it was a good way to pass the time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Mexican Food
    foodiebobby
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A fantastic restaurant with amazing food. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night Friends IN LA
    Chuntao
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My friends and I like to try new restaurants one Friday a month and we decided to give RED O a try. Great place for ambiance and food for the most part. Two of my friends order the halibut and mentioned it was too smoky and not very good. I had the Carnitas plate and loved it so overall I would definitely recommend this place again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All I can say is........
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Short Rib Enchiladas.... You will never think of enchiladas the same. YUM!!!
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