The Palace Restaurant and Saloon
The Palace Restaurant and Saloon

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palacesantafe.com/
  • Phone: 5054280690x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 4pm - 11:00pm (food & spirits) Midnight (spirits)
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1am (food & spirits) 2am (spirits)
    Wine30 Sundays 30% off any bottle with your meal.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, American, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Josh Ortiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us to discuss your catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and seasonal outdoor dining options are available. The Sun Room is a private dining room that seats 20 people comfortably while overlooking the beautiful Inner Courtyard Patio which is nestled between trees, flowers and the amazing Santa Fe sky. At night the Courtyard is near magical with the glow of many lights strung among the trees. Join us for lunch, dinner, music and dancing. There is always something to enjoy at The Palace.

    We always look forward to hosting your casual and formal occasions. Please call us about your large or small party needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Allison Wiltshire or Christine Wiltshire 505-428-0690x
  • Entertainment: Live music in the bar Wednesday - Saturday nights
  • Special Events: Banquets, Buffets, Coursed formal meals, wine paired dinners, simple saloon fare, we can meet most any need.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grant and Sandoval
  • Public Transit: One block southwest of the City of Santa Fe Downtown Transit Center.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are surrounded by city parking lots at the Lensic and the Convention Center as well as several smaller public parking lots and plentiful street parking.
A word from The Palace Restaurant and Saloon
The legendary Palace Restaurant and Saloon recalls the gambling halls and bordellos of the Old West with red flocked wallpaper and the original saloon doors from 1837. Our menu is affordable contemporary and classic American, Italian and Spanish dishes. Serving everything from the Green Chile Smash Burger to Pork Chops, Pizza to Ribeyes, Vegetarian to Osso Bucco, a delicious cocktail menu, drafts, espresso drinks, or something from our fabulous wine list.

Two blocks from the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, The Palace is perfectly located for visitors and locals. It's always buzzing with live music & dancing. The saloon offers up its handsome menu until 1am Tues-Sat and 11pm on Sundays.

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The Palace Restaurant and Saloon reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (11)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (4)great for brunch (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Perfect
    RickandCarole
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Second visit to the Palace. Some might think the interior is garish but somehow it fits. Food was to die for. Can't wait to be in Santa Fe and the Palace again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit!
    BalmerHon
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Has kept its charm since our last visit 15 years ago. The food and service were wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    a bar and concert place more than for eating. Empty and they were setting up for a combo. We were the only people eating
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PdaspitVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined here for lunch on spur of the moment. Outside and so very pleasant. Had squash blossoms and they were outstanding. Will def return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • scottman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I wanted to impress my date and I did. The food was outstanding, the service was courteous and quick. The outdoor courtyard was romantically lit and perfect for quiet conversation, and later there was a band inside that was fun to dance to. The bar inside was noisy and fun, but there are plenty of indoor rooms that are much quieter also. Excellent food and drinks and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No one was in the restaurant
    njfranVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was very mediocre and there was no one in the restaurant. Server tried very hard so we'll give her good marks but the food was not special at all.
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  • Fun room, solid fare
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It's summertime, so enjoy the back patio at this Santa Fe institution. Good entrees, trout and sea bass, and a delicious sautéed shrimp app made for a nice meal. The bar has a separate 'bar menu' and can get raucous, but enjoy the renewed patio and the reasonably priced drinks or win list with your dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall nice restaurant
    SantaFe
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Interesting how the price of one item can affect the overall experience of a restaurant. In this instance it was the beet salad. I nice dinner salad but priced at $ 11.00. Fresh with good flavors but, in my judgment, tremendously overpriced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    4scuba
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We sat in the interior courtyard. It was lovely, secluded and romantic. The tapas were great. We had the squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta, wonderful. The speedini was tender and tasty . The caprese was ordinary too bready. The calamari tender with nice dipping sauce . The highlight was the creme brûlée scented with lavender. Wow it was good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 161 reviews are from the The Palace Restaurant and Saloon reviews archive.
  • Service
    Tazlover
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our waitress was on the rude side. The food was good. The hostess was nice. The bar area was very loud and when we arrived some very rude patrons were leaving and were very obnixious . The restaurant was very dark making it hard to see .
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shrimp in the cocktail were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Shrimp in the cocktail were old and mealy, strangely fishy crap cakes, undersized ceasar with chicken, and a buffalo burger that may have been a from a moccasin.
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  • The Palace Review
    alleyboy
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This has not been my first visit to the Palace. Despite not being able to read the menu nor see all that I was eating due to the ultra-subdued lighting, I would return to dine again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server was knowledgeable
    doctoragloria
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our server was knowledgeable and efficient. The meal (Atlantic halibut) was delicious
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We enjoyed the tapas. Four tapas per couple was plenty for us and a shared dessert topped it all off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On 10 Scale - Appetizers were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    On 10 Scale - Appetizers were 7; Mojito was 3; Dessert was 6; Coffees were 8.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some food great, some not so great
    P123VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Inconsistent is the best description for the food. The barbeque beef sandwich was about 60% fat and 40% beef. Also, the bbq sauce was too sweet. The wait staff was gracious about this and let me order another selection, fish tacos, which were quite good. The dessert was wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How to cook pasta?
    danceyoursocksoff
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentine's Day. The poor hostess was bussing tables so I assume that the kitchen was also shorthanded. We had good service and the appetizers and salad were good, then we waited and waited and waited for dinner. When it came the pasta was undercooked (not Al Dente, but still starchy) and the sauce overcooked, like it had been held and then reheated in a microwave, the steak and potatoes were also odd the potatoes undercooked and steak overcooked. I knew that there was going to be a band at 10 pm (we had 7:30 reservations) but I didn't think that they should be setting up right next to us while we were eating. Maybe the business needs to decide between being a night spot and fine dining.
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  • Good food and service
    HorsieLoveVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I love a dark restaurant for lunch and the Palace is, but not so dark that you can't see your menu. I go here every time I'm in Santa Fe. Marni generally waits on us, and she is wonderful. The food is very good, lots of options, and the drinks are great. Can't wait to go back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nostalgic
    CBCDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Hadn't been to The Palace in Santa February for 30 years! Thought it would be fun even tho we had heard it had "changed " several times. The bar was hopping but we chose to eat in the dining room. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and we had a fun night of nostalgia!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Palace - A Santa Fe restaurant/bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Winter is not the best time for restaurants in Santa Fe. The Palace is no different. It has the atmosphere of an old bordello with good food. The Cioppino we shared was good. The wine on sale was good too. The service was attentive, but then we were the only people eating in the dining area. We will we return? Probably not, other than to have a snack at the bar which seemed to be quite lively.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost Perfect!
    LuvFood
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    My husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary on Friday night at 6:30. There were only a few other tables full. The staff was very attentive and quick to bring out orders. The drinks were delicious and the food was fabulous. We had the polenta fries, sweet potato soup, mushroom bruschetta, ricotta gnocchi, clams, and brussels sprouts off the ciccheti menu. All were amazing except we were not fond of the brussels sprouts. They were cooked perfectly but the maple syrup was just not balanced out by the rest of the toppings. Maybe that is just a personal preference. Otherwise, everything was amazing and we will definitely be dining there again. If you go later at night they have live music, karaoke and other entertainments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place for lunch.
    HorsieLoveVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Marni is often our waitress and she is very good. The food for lunch is always very good. I usually have the BLT and either salad or soup. Didn't get pickles this time, which I missed. The bar makes very good drinks. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    Nevan3
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Service was poor. Food was poor. Two of our party sent theirs back. Another wanted to send back but felt it impolite to reject so many meals from one table. Yes, it was New Year's Eve and yes they were busy. That is not an excuse for the quality of the experience offered in dining there. We would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • Hit the Spot
    SuzyO
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We live here and had not been to the Palace yet. So when trying to get a reservation apparently they had a cancellation during the busy week of Christmas and we got in. The food was very good and the variety was wonderful. So when in a bind while in Santa Fe try The Palace!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Thanksgiving Buffet 2013
    beaudiner
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    So glad to see the Palace in business after a period of passing through owners that did not work out in the long-term. While I had heard of it over the years, I never had visited until Thanksgiving day 2013 for their buffet; & our party left completely satisfied. The service from reservation reminder phone call to reception to departure was exceptional, attentive & courteous. All of the food was delicious (as other diners also commented) & well-balanced, & not an item was distasteful or problematic. Although a bit noisy at times in the dining room, ambiance was unique, pleasant & rustically elegant; missing were flowers & real candles on some tables; & hooks present on which to hang tasteful artwork were empty. Price was fair. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It still has that historic charm!
    pickyeater
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The Palace Restaurant has had such an historic presence in Santa Fe, that I was afraid it might have lost some of it's charm when it changed hands. Fortunately, it still has that fabulous Victorian elegance (in a bawdy sort of way)! Unfortunately, I had some food restrictions to contend with, but the waiter was extremely accommodating -- offering to make any changes that were necessary to any of the dishes on the menu. I especially enjoyed the fresh tasting slaw that came with my fish tacos, and my sister loved her BLT to which they added guacamole on sourdough bread. Everything on the menu seemed to have something distinctive to set it apart from the ordinary. I will definitely be back to try more after I'm through with my food challenge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Walris
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Service was outstanding! Seems to be popular with the locals. Generous pours on the drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wish it had been better
    internettieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We ordered appetizers/ salads and wine. The waiter recommended a good wine by the glass. So far so good. The appetizers arrived. The tuna was delicious. Three small pieces -- wish there were more. The calamari was okay, but not memorable. The two sauces served with the calamari were both good. The polenta fries had a lovely presentation and were excellent -- again two interesting sauces. The salads were over dressed -- practically swimming in it. Too bad because the combination of flavors and choice of ingredients could have made for two tasty salads. The soup, billed as tomato with basil, tasted like a tomato pasta sauce -- inedible. Nice outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant for summer evening dining. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rainbow Trout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    The way the trout was prepared made taking the skin off difficult. I was told to eat the skin; really! I don't think so! Then they made saffron rice with the trout. Yuck! It wasn't worth the price and trouble.
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  • FOOD
    Tony
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    All was very good except the rice was dry and apeared to have been reheated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost a little shine
    ABQFreqquentDiners
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    One of us remembers dining here years ago and feels the ambience and food have declined a bit. The staff were attentive, friendly, and cooperative with our need to get to a talk. But the food sounded better than it tasted -- e.g., the "curry beef stew" had only the slightest hint of curry taste. And the salmon salad ordered with dressing on the side (because one of us eats only low-fat salad dressing) arrived with dressing applied. (That was corrected pretty quickly.) Definitely a good meal, but not the special, pre-opera treat we were expecting. We may try the Palace again, in case our choice of entrees (influenced by need to avoid long preparation time) was unrepresentative, but can't yet recommend it as a special night-out treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bizarre decor, mixed food
    jakeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    The décor is a combination of bordello and 1940's jazz club, with the red wallpaper and banquettes. I have no idea what their concept is. The food was a mixed bag -- a weird clam/vermouth soup that did taste a little like vermouth but was mostly bad tasting. The Caesar salad was worse than ordinary, barely dressed and too full of croutons. The salad came with one anchovy, but for a price, the server nicely accommodated us with more. The apple salad appeared satisfactory to the diner. The trout seemed mediocre. A surprisingly bad experience, except for the excellent service, particularly given the location.
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  • Best filet I've had on a long time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Filet au pivor was to die for! Order the onion rings even if you don't see them on menu. Everything we ordered was wonderful! Our reservation were for 8pm, the place was pretty empty but people started coming in and it turned into a real party place with dance band that had a huge group of fans. Great food and party place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there for a late lunch.
    SonKneeBoyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    We were there for a late lunch. I may have had the best onion rings ever. My wife had the fish tacos. We had the feeling that it was the same fish that would be used on the fish and chips. Good but not great. It looks like it is a dinner place set up for live music. We will try it again then
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious for a fancy night out
    MarieC
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    My fiance and I wanted to celebrate a few exciting things in our lives with a fancy dinner, and we couldn't have picked a better place. Our waitress was wonderful and entertained all of our naive questions about wine, and everything we had was DELICIOUS. And we had wine, appetizers, entrees, and a dessert, so we sampled quite a bit of their menu. Definitely on the pricy side, but if you wanna spring for a nice meal, this place is well worth it. I would recommend looking over everything on line just to know what you're getting yourself into - and it's a great way to start salivating about your upcoming meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • select wisely
    santafevisitor
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    the goat curry stew was absolutely amazing, as was the braised short rib as an appetizer. Would not recommend the tuna steak sandwich although it was certainly satisfying. Definitely walked out feeling full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joseph Wrede isn't executive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Joseph Wrede isn't executive chef here anymore, and his signature mixing of unexpected flavors is missing. However, the food was VERY good, if more standard than before. We sat in the bar, just for a change of scene, and the bartender was also taking care of us, and she was amazing! Attentive, competent, good with suggestions, excellent with cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic-would go again any
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    fantastic-would go again any time I was in Sante Fe!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Great lunch; my favorite.
    HorsieLoveVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Love the Palace for lunch. Great drinks, salads and sandwiches. <mmm> Can't wait to go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went here on a Friday night
    PhillyGuy54VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We went here on a Friday night at 7pm and the restaurant was about 1/3 full...but I have no idea why! The food was excellent, as was the service. If you're looking for a restaurant in Santa Fe at the last minute, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out. You won't be disappointed.
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