Vidalia
Vidalia

Vidalia

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vidaliadc.com/
  • Phone: 2026591990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Closed until September 12, 2010
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Buben
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Vidalia is now doing off premise catering. Call Jacqueline Herrera for your special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th St NW
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $8.00 per vehicle. Local parking in garages are also available.
A word from Vidalia
Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben's Vidalia features an expanded bar with 30 wines by the glass, a beautiful private dining room for groups up to 40 people, our wine room and a soft contemporary dining room featuring warm, rich fabrics incorporated in new booths, banquets and comfortable dining chairs. We look forward to seeing you and also invite you to Chef Buben's second restaurant, Bistro Bis, located next to the Hotel George on Capital Hill. Visit our web site at www.vidaliadc.com or www.bistrobis.com to find out more about both Vidalia and Bistro Bis.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vidalia reviews from OpenTable diners
247 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (169)fit for foodies (163)romantic (114)great for lunch (59)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (40)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Serenity!
    2EATVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Vidalia provides very good food and excellent service, but best of all, Vidalia is a quiet restaurant, where one can relax and have a peaceful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were bored with our experience
    WineandvistasVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The wait staff was very kind, but seemed entirely untrained in waiting at a nice restaurant. I had to make a special request for a glass of wine after my food was served. They did not clear our plates until they had sat quite awhile and the time between courses was uncomfortable, yet the wait staff never gave us any assurances. The guests seated next to us ordered a special side dish and the waiter told them they couldn't have it because it would take 15 minutes and they would be done by then! Those same guests were still seated when we left 45 minutes later. We were seated in a side room, and there was no mood music, so we ended up hearing the conversations of the parties near us. The food itself was decent.
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  • Made special occasion extra special
    ebunak
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dined during restaurant week with husband and 3 children for my birthday. Was a bit concerned that the service and food might not be at their best as it was restaurant week, but it was a wonderful dinner. Late Friday night seating, table was ready in a cozy alcove. Service was impeccable. Server provided drink samples to children prior to ordering. We ordered a wide range of dishes including: heirloom tomatoes, pork fritter, crabmeat gazpacho, ribs, quail, pork chop, shrimp and grits, roasted onion, mac-n-cheese, and steak. Everything was good. Even my picky eater 5 and 9 year olds really enjoyed the food. Admittedly expensive dinner for children but well worth it! I will return as the full menu has even more amazing offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, immaculately served
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We ate at Vidalia during restaurant week. The menu offered a wide selection of excellent dishes. The service was impeccable. A great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great food, wine and service
    zwizzle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was expecting good meal for restaurant week and wasn't disappointed. All the dishes were terrific and wine suggestion was spot on! Service was excellent and we never felt rushed to finish and turn over a table. A totally satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I went for restaurant week and were immediately impressed by the number of options on the menu. The peach gazpacho was extremely flavorful and their vidalia onions in oxtails are not to be missed. The shrimp and grits did leave me wanting, but my husband and I agreed that we would come back of regular dinner service in the near future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Libby
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were disappointed. I asked about the the seafood and was advised that it was all frozen. The shrimp in the shrimp and grits had a rubbery feeling. The duck breast also frozen was extremely tough. Would not return.
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  • Great ambience
    Salvador
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food and service on restaurant week. Lovely interior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was one of the best restaurant week experiences I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate. For a starter, I had the crab cake--full of crab atop a peach/veggie type of mix. For an entree, I had shrimp and grits and the shrimp were huge! For dessert I had the peach cobbler/crumble type of dessert. Excuse my lack of description but just know that it was good. The menu was available online which was another selling point. They offered tons of choices and everything was ah-may-zing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vidalia aims to please!
    Tagalong
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    With a delightful Restaurant Week menu and a commitment to great service and food presentation, Vidalia is always a crowd pleaser!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The crab cakes....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    While everything that we had was good food; pasole, fritter, short ribs and chess pie, the entree and pasole needed salt and the lemon chess could be more tart. Now, the crab cakes were very good. No filler and had a great acidity. They may be small, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    plazadiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Three of us arrived for lunch during Restaurant Week. While the restaurant was full and busy, this had no impact on the ambiance or the quality of service. A slightly more salty duck confit than expected, but the other courses (and my friends' meals) were quite fine. Have a church lemonade!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • avery
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    went rest. week and found after arriving before 7 p.m. that no happy hour prices during rest. week which was not mentioned on the web sight. BOO. food was good as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gustie80
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was excellent! Enjoyed every bite. The entire party did. Service was super too. And two of us who are light drinkers enjoyed the "taste" option. Nice to be able to get a smaller glass of wine vs. not having any at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undercooked food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is normally such a good restaurant with well prepared food. It was disappointing the other night when one of our table mates had to send the almost completely raw swordfish back to the kitchen, only to have the next piece come out a bit more done, but too tough to eat. Management never came by the table, but did comp half her meal cost. Again, normally this is a very good restaurant, which is why the other night was such a disappointment.
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  • Restaurant Week
    PetuniaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Videlia Restaurant Week Lunch menu was outstanding. Many restaurants don't give you such a wide selection and the food was wonderful. The only problem was quite slow service. An hour and a half for lunch is a stretch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Freakin Dependable
    RedneckFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Many hi-end D.C. restaurants cut back or cut corners during Washington Restaurant Week. Not Vidalia. Year-to-year, the best WRW value for lunch, even dinner. Shrimp and Grits and Pecan Pie get better each year. How do they do that? BTW: best waitress I've encountered since Vermillion 4 years ago. She earned every penny of her 25%. Advice = set your calendar to February and book your Vidalia lunch for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious but slow for lunch
    smhunter814
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was amazing, but if you're looking for a treat out during the work day, you might want to go somewhere else. Went with a group of coworkers (there were 5 of us) and had a 12:15 reservation. Both the first and main courses came out really slowly. By 1:40, we were just getting dessert menus. Ended up asking for dessert to go and raced out as soon as we were done paying our bill. Again, the food itself was delicious (as always), just surprising that a downtown restaurant would be so slow getting food out at lunchtime where everyone is coming from work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week
    2hope
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    went during restaurant-appetizer,crab,excellent-salmon was terrible . spouse meal that was suppose to have collared greens but was spinach.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • SamOVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    great value for restaurant week - they only offer a restaurant week menu
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    ArgonautVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent, Alfred's service was impeccable. Dined during Washington Restaurant Week -- added a new restaurant to our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Just go there
    LisaSilv
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Delicious food. Great vegetarian options that can be made vegan. Classy atmosphere. Excellent service. Don't let the fact that you have to go downstairs off M Street scare you. You will be wowed when you get down there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food but staff was pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dined for restaurant week. Started off with the Pork Fritter. Flavor was ok. Enjoyed the fried green tomatoes more. Shrimp and grits was delicious. Peach dessert would have been more enjoyable with more crust. Front staff were having conversations that should take place in a break room not in front of guests.
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  • Simply the best!
    BuckerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Every lunch at Vidalia becomes an occasion. No wonder it's my #1 choice for lunch -- great food, polished service, tasteful ambiance. Vidalia has it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic
    WDC1VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Vidalia remains a classic in the Washington DC dining scene. Vidalia has the absolutely best lunch menu in DC filled with regularly updated fresh ingredient offerings. The most recent treat was a peach gazpacho which was truly heavenly. Service is top notch without being intrusive, provided by wait staff that know their menu inside out. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy Vidalia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was Just Ok
    britccVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was excited to try their shrimp and grits as the server said it was their signature dish. It was just ok. Not very flavorful, the shrimp were not seasoned. Quite a disappointment if this is what they are known for. The center of the restaurant is quite nice, but we sat in the side room which was bland at best. After clearing the table after appetizers, they brought out the dessert menu, not even noticing we have not had our main yet. This is supposed to be a fine dining experience, right? Dessert... what a disappointment and it could have been so good! Cold cobbler and pies with ice cream?? Cold peach cobbler? If this is a southern fine dining experience, you should know better; it should be warm! All in all, just ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant Week Find
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Decided to try Vidalia for restaurant week. It was my first visit, and I was pleased to see a VERY robust Restaurant Week menu. I dined with a friend and between the two of us we ordered the Steak Tartar and Smoked Salmon appetizers. Both were tasty, but neither "wowed" us. However for our main course we shared the Porkbelly and Salmon entrees, which were both absolutely delicous. The best part to the meal by far was our dessert, the Pecan Pie, which was absolutely the best I've ever had. The peach crumble was tasty, but didn't hold a candle to the pie. Our server was excellent and made great suggestions. I would definitely go back outside of restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    JustKaramel
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I visited Vidalia during restaurant week and it's a fabulous value. Our server extrodinaire, Larry was great and made wonderful recommendations. The macaroni and cheese, succotash (lima beans/corn), collard greens, crab-watermelon gazpacho (I know, right) were spot on. My colleagues enjoyed their entrees but there were 2 dishes that just didn't' make it. The short ribs while tender were bland. Not even the nice sauce could help them. And the dessert, the country peach crisp tasted like a healthy version of what one really desire. Despite those 2 dishes, the pork chops, flourless chocolate cake, crabcake appetizer and the salmon were all divine. Would I come again - you bet!! But, I'd steer clear of the short ribs and that dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern food
    JPPL2000
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The fried green tomatoes were the worst. Coated batter was hard, very tough to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had a bad experience at Vidalia many years ago and hadn't been back since. But some friends wanted to go there for Restaurant Week, so I decided to give it another try, and was very glad I did. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would certainly return again.
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  • Fabulous Find...
    FedFoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I'm so glad Vidalia participates in DC Restaurant week...my two colleagues and I all had lunch here, and they made their entire menu available to us for our 3-course luncheon. The food was fabulous (only complaint was that the catfish filet was a little small), beautiful presentation, service was great, and we all plan to return with our sig others to share this fabulous find! Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NJfoodie
    NJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent as always! We have been coming for 15 years and the food, service and attention to detail have never wavered. The shrimp and grits is a perennial favorite. The cocktails in the bar were very nice due to the fact that it was not overly loud or crowded. True to character, the wait staff brought us a beautiful cookie tray gratis when they found out we had a wedding in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, value and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a great lunch - and they were particularly accommodating given that we brought a baby with us. Delicious and good value for the 19.90 menu.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner
    Mimix2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Vidalia's.... the waiter was wonderful. We had the five course tasting meals which were each unique and delicious. I have an allergy to cow's milk and the waiter/staff did an excellent job making sure that my food was perfect. It is so enjoyable to have a meal and not have to worry about a problem. I am looking forward to returning again... The summer truffles were excellent!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cooksalot
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food is excellent. My group was very happy to be able to carry on a coversation without having to raise our voices to be heard. The service was some what indifferent and the manner of the servers was too casual for this restaruant. When I make a request of the server I expect to hear "yes (or no) Ma'am" not "no problem." Same for the busboys.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    bptoe
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visiting DC, Vidalia was recommended by a family member. We had an early dinner with with our hosts. Happy hour cocktails at the very nicely appointed bar in comfy sofas were followed by a fabulous meal. All of the selections were outstanding. The crab cakes were perfect with appetizer or entree size plates. The oyster pan roast appetizer was melt in the mouth perfection, as was the lamb ribeye entree. The ahi tuna entree was also excellent. Our service was gracious, knowledgeable, and spot-on with wine recommendations. Prices were moderate to upper moderate for a DC restaurant. An elegant treat for anyone with a curious and discerning palate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty Shrimp and Grits
    MO63026
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've eaten at Vidalia a few times in the past and have always had an excellent meal. However, last Thursday broke that streak. I was extremely disappointed in the Shrimp and Grits. Since I had ordered this entrée before, I didn't think twice of suggesting the meal to my husband, who was visiting the restaurant for the first time. Although the shrimp were very large and cooked perfectly, the shrimp were VERY salty - almost inedible. Also, the chef has changed the recipe a bit - definitely not a fan of the new version.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Flawless dinner performance
    DrCheenius
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The tasting menu was excellent and the wine pairings were very well chosen. Our server was a true professional - her pacing left us relaxed but not ignored and she was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wines. Really quite pleased I chose this restaurant and will return the next time I'm in town.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Top Notch
    PaulG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's been several years since we dined at Vidalia and this is the first time we've had enough advance planning in our recent visits to DC to be able to secure a reservation (Friday night, no less). As expected, the food was excellent, the menu intriguing, and the service was great. Food prices were about what one should expect at this level restaurant in the District, but liquor and wine prices were too high. We'll be back for our next special occasion, but will enjoy a beverage or two before the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful anniversary dinner!
    EmmylovesYummies
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Vidalia went above and beyond my expectations for accomodating us for our anniversary dinner with only two hours notice. They printed a special message on our menus and then gifted them to us, brought a free dessert tasting plate with "happy anniversary" inscribed in chocolate, and the manger himself came to help choose a wine from their abundant list. He was knowledgable about each bottle and personally decanted it at our table. Service was extremely attentive without being obtrusive and the food was amazing. The five course tasting menu was well worth the price. My boyfriend and I will spend every anniversary dinner at this restaurant!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.