Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
  • Address:
    1601 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Steak
    Price: $31 to $50

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/3099/San-Francisco
  • Phone: 4156730557
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Yusuf Kocabiyik
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ruth's Catering in San Francisco, CA - Bring the service, expertise and flavor of Ruth's Chris Steak House to the location of your choice! Your Private Event Manager is ready to help attend to every detail of your event, from the menu to the martinis. Ruth's will bring in a team of trained chefs, bartenders and servers to make the most of your experience.
  • Private Party Facilities: No matter what the occasion, Ruth's Chris is the perfect place to gather. We will work with you to customize any menu to meet your needs and budget. Work one-on-one with our Private Event Manager to select the right room and configuration, accommodate your A/V needs, and help enhance your event with floral arrangements and more.
  • Private Party Contact: Vanessa Lee 4156730557

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Public Transit: End of California Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10.00 valet parking fee.
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
Ruth's Chris Steak House in San Francisco, CA serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)romantic (53)notable wine list (40)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice bar, good selection of wines by the glass, lighting a bit too dark. Even if half empty and with reservation they like to keep you waiting, probably to show people queuing visible from outside. Meat is great and sides are good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jimboca
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have been going to R&C for years now. Almost exclusively in Edmonton and Toronto, and New Orleans and Nashville. I have to say that my wife was not satisfied with her rib eye steak. Unfortunately she is the type that doesn't say anything until we leave, as I know she would have received another one to her satisfaction. Her comment was that maybe R&C in the States, should get AAA Alberta beef. But short of that the staff was more than excellent. Kuddo's to them Jim Channon
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pretty awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have to say that it was an exceptional evening. We went for our anniversary and they had rose petals on the table and a great dessert. The service was very prompt but not hovering. The steaks were GREAT and the Lobster mac and cheese was heavenly. The wine list is incredible and the bottle we chose was far better than the price we paid for it. All in all it was pretty awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What can I say about Ruth Chris; the food is always excellent, service stellar, atmosphere friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this place, the food, the steaks are the best in the bay area. Gotta eat here for the steak lovers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent always fantastic
    shelly
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fillet is amazing. Chopped salad is the best I've ever had. Desert was to die for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the filet!!!
    AwesomeFiletVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Try the Filet. I am never disappointed by the filet. The filet is the best in the city bar none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT food! Not so hot service...
    ReaLreviewS
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food at Ruth's Chris was beyond amazing. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday, and we had a great time. The stuffed chicken is to die for. I'm still not all the way sure of what they stuff it with, but it's delicious. My only complaint would be the service, or our particular waiter. I decided to go with the regular stuffed chicken and not the 3-course meal design specials that they have, while my girlfriend did go with the 3-course. Because of this, I did not have an appetizer, so she offered to share some of her huge Cesar salad with me. A normal couple gesture. The waiter saw that I was eating some of her salad and seemed a little ticked off by it. The rest of the night he continuously made some unnecessary remarks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocktail pairing dinner
    1bartenderVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    was very dissapointed. the speaker was not knowledgalbe and kept referring to his cue/index cards. he didnt seem to be able to answer questions and did so with some being incorrect. im a mixologist and corrected him several times cause i didnt want people to have mis-information. when i did that he continued to give me dagger eyes/dirty looks: not very professional. he also argued with several of the other guests when they had correct answers/comments. although the food was good he did not explain why the drinks were chosen for the meal at much lenght. he did not present the drinks at each serving as the meal was being served. most of the drinks were horrible; very sweet and undrinkable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfectly cooked Filet
    Sureguru
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My all time favorite steak restaurant is Alexander's. But food wise, Ruth's was up to par. I had the Filet mignon with Shrimp on top. The steak was perfectly cooked. Sides were excellent. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service
    mm77
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Took an out of town friend here for her birthday dinner at her request. Was not disappointed. The service was excellent and the ribeye steaks were perfectly prepared. Nothing new or innovative here but that's not what you are looking for at Ruth's. Nice wine list with some very nice modestly priced wines along with excellent high end ones. Ordered a bottle and then not needing another full bottle ordered two additional glasses. Thought the pour was very stingy for $15.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    Luvspicy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Ruth's Chris. The service was outstanding. The food was very good.I would recommend family or friend. From: Luvspicy
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious w/ great service
    Steak
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Can't beat the steaks from Ruth's Chris no matter where you travel. Very pleased to with the service and excellent waitress only added to the experience. Only small note was there was a large draft from the window at our table that made it a little chilly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor show
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Ate at this restaurant on Saturday night and it is the poorest of the chain I have visited. Started badly by being told that I had to wait, the Lyonnaise potatoes were overdone to the extent that they looked and felt like crisps (potato chips) and replacement chips/fries tasted only of the burnt oil in which they had been fried so they were basically inedible. Waiter admitted he thought the potatoes were overdone when he brought them, so why give them to me? I chose Ruth's Chris because the half dozen other examples in the chain at which I have eaten have been outstanding and so I was expecting great things. Next time in San Francisco I will head straight to Morton's - prices there are little different and at least they know how to cook
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  • Great food and service!
    SoAnoid
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our family truly enjoyed a celebratory B-day dinner. The table was decorated when we arrived, which was a welcome surprise. My food and service were both superb. The only disappointment (and this truly isn't the fault of the restaurant - but more of the sign of the times) was there were many families with kids - and the seating is very close - so it was noisy and there wasn't much privacy among diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    LovedNYC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Having been to many Ruth's Chris Steakhouse locations, you can always expect a consistent experience and San Francisco was no different. Service was outstanding and the steaks were awesome. It was the last night of our vacation and we wanted the best steaks to celebrate, and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and recommendations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is always delicious here, and the waiter was helpful with the recommendations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traveling to San Francisco
    Imthatonegirl86
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table. Sat in the bar while waiting to get a drink and sat for a while until we had to flag down a server assistant to come help. Informed the host when we checked in that it was my birthday that day but nothing was said to me or done from our server. Very displeased with the overall experience of this visit. We frequent Ruth Chris in portland OR and have never been this disappointed in our experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The lobster and steak gets 5 stars!! I highly recommend getting the classic special
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Experience
    FiveYears
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a great Australian Moscato and SanFran finest water. The calamari appetizer was exquisite. My spouse's two pounder lobster was delicious and very meaty. My filet with shrimp was cooked to order. The dessert that came with the set menu needs to improve, it wasn't very good; especially those chocolate bars. Sorry, they need to be gone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bad service for pricey dinner
    mommaof3
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It took 15 minutes for our server to greet us, another 20 minutes to bring us complimentary bread, then when she took our order she didnt ask us how we want our steak, we have to tell her and she pretended thats what she heard us say..bad service we got from Janine.
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  • amazing
    LuisFloresAlvarez
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great filet mignon. Wine selection and customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The filet !
    AwesomeFiletVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    If you want the best filet in the city at a great price this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Best ribeye I've ever had. Also love the side dishes
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old fashion steak house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Had a pleasant dinner at this steak house. Food was good. Service really excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal!
    sfleahVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Our entire meal was wonderful! Their chicken soup special, lobster appetizer and cheesecake were all very tasty, while their matchstick fries addicting. Each of our petite filet mignon was cooked to perfection and simply melted in our mouths!!! My 11 y.o. son was even craving for their steak the next day!...And so was I. Food was well-portioned and the service great!!! It's our favorite go to steakhouse for sure!
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  • Our favorite Bay Area Restaurants
    AllanBVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We love going here even though so many GREAT places to go in San Francisco. The staff treats us like family and the food is always outstanding (hash browns to die for)!!!! Easy to get to and valet parking. Simply one of the best choices in fine San Francisco dining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to grab a steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Not having steak for a real long time and I have never token my wife out to a decent steak house( outback doesn't count), we are ripe to have a decent steak. We were wrong. Our steak blew our taste buds off. Both of us were really satisfied with our meal. We ordered off from the classic menu... The rib eye and the fillet migon. The rib eye was juicy and hot. I can't believed I finished my meal. The wive ordered the fillet migon because it wasn't so fatty... As a result the steak I felt is a little dry compare to the rib eye. She went with medium so maybe medium rare would of been more juicy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak--poor french fries
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I often eat at Ruth's because they have just about the best steak in town. On a previous visit, I commented about the fact that I felt their corkage fee charge was too high, and I believe it has been lowered from $20 to $15, which is feel is more reasonable. I thank them for doing so. Last evening was another great steak; however, I warm you to stay away from the french fries which were tasteless. They either had been in a warming tray far too long or they were previously frozen, thawed, and deep friend. C'mon, it's not that hard to slice a potato, deep fry it, and serve it the way it should be served--hot, crispy, and with good taste. It's sad to serve a great steak with poor quality french fries.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    NancyS
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We made a reservation at Ruth's Chris Steak House for our 35th wedding anniversary dinner. We were seated at a great table, rose petals were placed on the table and we were given a complimentary glass of champagne which started the evening off very well. Our server was very attentive (until near the end of our meal a party of about 20 sat down in the same room as us), and we ordered the ahi tuna appetizer. It was delicious. We were not rushed at all. We then ordered a rib eye steak, a filet mignon, a side of sweet potatoes and a side of au gratin spinach. Everything was cooked perfectly and delicious. We were quite full at this time, but decided to order the chocolate cake for dessert, and it was so large we could not finish it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bickVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food is not as good as last few time. However, the wine is always good above average. I wonder if they changed for a new chef??
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    jnchan26
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    From the beginning to the end of my experience, my server was a rare sighting. He never stopped by and asked "how's everything" or if we needed anything else. My parents and I were out of water for most of the dinner. It wasn't until I asked another waiter who was passing by that apologized on my server's behalf saying "you should never be out of water, I'm so sorry." Even getting the check at the end of the meal was impossible. When we did get it, I put my credit card in and he didn't come get it until 20 minutes later (it probably would have taken longer if I had not waved him down) and apologized that he had forgotten that he gave us the check. I definitely wasn't expecting this type of service from high rated, popular restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always
    Steve
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Never disappointed with this place. By far the best steak I've ever had, and I've been to a lot of steak houses. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    Jimy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Definitely not someplace you want to go on a regular basis. Dinner ran $100 per person with only 4 bar drinks. The steaks are fabulous though. The last time I had one this good was also at Ruth's Chris 10-15 years ago. It was a memorable meal with great friends.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SilverDaddy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We visit Ruth's Chris a few times each year and it never fails to impress us with the excellent steak and polite, friendly service. The filet cooked in butter is fantastic, and I consider it the best in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Standard has moved on
    TCHLVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It's been a while since I've been to Ruth's Chris. I had fond memories of the good and service here before. But this time, either my taste has changed or other steakhouses I've been to are so much better, I was disappointed. The ribeye I ordered was too lean to a point it was bordering on being chewy and I ordered it medium rear. Service was very inconsistent, I actually got the feeling that our server ignored us because we didn't order the priciest cut nor any wine. I will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty steak but greasy. Noisy!
    NamLotus
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Rib eye steak were tasty even though they were greasy. The tables are very close and we could hear the discussion and argument from the nearer table. We just spent an hour for our dinner and did not want to stay longer. The restaurant is good for a group but a little bit dark. The seating is tide too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service, great food
    chris398234
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The service was impeccable. I just got engaged, and they really went the extra mile! They put out roses on the table, and gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne! Plus when our dessert game, they wrote "Happy Engagement" on the plate in chocolate! They really went above and beyond and made it such a special dinner. I will be coming here from now on for any anniversaries, birthdays, etc! They really know how to celebrate and make you feel special. Plus, the food was delicious! We got the price-fixed menu, and everything was amazing. Highly recommend it.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • expeditious dinner ever
    sfopentabledinerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Valeted the car since no parking within a few blocks of restaurant. Ordered from the Prix fixe menu and our food and wine came so quickly. Loved the mixed green salad and dressing was just right not overwhelming. Our steaks were as ordered, medium rare and the grilled salmon was fresh and succulent and not overcooked. we finished our dinner in about an hour. It was the most efficient manner of serving dinner I have had. I have been using Open Table to book reservations for 2 years and this was the fastest and delectable meal I have eaten. Our server was very gracious and helpful. Our water glasses filled when half empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They discourage Dine About Town
    DH01VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    They really want you to order from their ala carte menu, but we found the limited choices on the Dine About Town menu to be excellent, the food perfectly done and the portions just right. The service was excellent, too, once you got past the attitude.
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