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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

4.5
4.5
1021 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara’s most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–1:45 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 1:30 pm–3:00 pm Lite Fare Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 565-8237
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Michael Patria
  • Private party contact
    Armando Cabral: (805) 969-2261
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Parking details
    The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
  • Entertainment
    Music played through centralized system.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,021 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,021 Reviews
  1. shaman500

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful setting, and boy, do you ever pay for it. Brunch, with tip, was $110 per person. The food was good, but nothing extraordinary; the service was very good and our server, Alex, was very attentive to us. The view is to die for and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day - it was so clear you could see all of the islands - a rare occurance. I will return, but at that price, probably just once a year and for a special occasion.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous, kind & thoughtful service. Food was delicious.

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  3. Delicious

    Los Angeles

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful! Thank you.

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  4. ACACK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can't beat the view at the Biltmore! If you live in SB, it's a great opportunity to enjoy a staycation at one of SB's finest hotels. The staff is gracious and kind, and you'll get a lovely meal and wine selection.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visited again I love this restaurant

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  6. LanaD

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary

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  7. DavidL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a wonderful dining room. Food is top notch and tasty. We love the overall facility location and the Bella Vista is one of our regular stops when we pass through Santa Barbara. Excellent service and presentation. Highly recommended.

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  8. Row28

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Assortment of food was less than my first visit.

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  9. ccEats

    Los Angeles

    74 reviews

    1.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The hotel is absolutely stunning and views are great. The food was bland, cold, and took about an hour from arrival to get during the lunch hour, which wasn’t crowded. It was so bad we ended up giving up on the food and declining a remake (they did remake my crab Benedict anyway and it was at least warm... but somehow lacking). Spare yourself the trouble and just go for some drinks and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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  10. DaveS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Several issues: 1) had requested an outside table in my original reservation, but upon arrival was told there would be a 20-30 minute wait, as folks who hadn’t reserved an outside table were given priority on first-come, first-serve basis. 2) ordered wine pairing ($75 add on), but server neglected to bring wine with our second course - brought it after we finished the course. 3) my wife was served a different entree than she ordered, although that error was immediately corrected, and an apology given; however, the manager came out and said, “I understand you’re very upset about something” (which made us uncomfortable). 4) the dessert was supposed to feature a hot chocolate sauce to melt the ball-like cherry/chocolate cake, but the sauce wasn’t even warm, so the effect was lost. When we advised the server, she suggested we use more force to penetrate the cake, rather than providing a replacement. Overall, it wasn’t a great experience, especially at $200 per person. We normally love the Bella Vista for dinner, but they seemed overwhelmed by this special Valentines dinner event.

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  11. JustAl

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s dinner. We wanted something special and the Biltmore performed magnificently

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  12. JINNYS

    Portland

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Go for breakfast or lunch. You still have the great view and servicer, at a fraction of the dinner price.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner for pre Valentines .. cold night but was given 2 heaters to accommodate and dinner was superb!

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  14. BethB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm comparing to how the brunch used to be in the 1980s where the food stations took up 3 rooms. All stations in one room now. The service was exceptional and the setting is amazing, but for $85 per person, the food selection was mediocre. Yes, there was oysters, crab, caviar and bottom glass of champagne, but beyond that, a taco bar? Meat carving station advertised beef wellington, but only offered prime rib, lamb, salmon and bacon slab. Dessert station was below par offering some flavorless custards and mini pecan bars.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good scent in the restaurant. Friendly and kind staffs Nice view and beautiful interior Delicious and fancy foods

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  16. Dbrads

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to brunch here to celebrate our anniversary. The brunch is a little Pricey but you do get alcohol and it’s a buffet. The food is excellent and so is the service! They even brought us a special dessert. Very classy. Love this hotel.

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  17. LoveFineDining

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful setting, great service and terrible food. My husband had the steak and I had the veal. Both were horrible and tasteless. Such a disappointment. I would recommend going for a cocktails only.

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  18. Mike

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Anniversary Brunch Spot . We loved it .

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  19. Nick

    Central Coast

    128 reviews

    2.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My family has loved the Biltmore for 35 years. The restaurant was never the best in town but sitting on the patio made up for any shortcomings. However Saturday night it was terrible. How terrible? My lasagna was frozen in the middle. Not cold. Frozen. A restaurant that charges five star prices serves previously frozen food? That's outrageous. The ravioli that came with my wife's sea bass was uncooked. They recently got a new chef and I think they better get rid of him or her fast because just down the beach, the Rosewood Miramar has an excellent restaurant called Caruso's. We've been there several times and it has always been fantastic. I feel bad. I don't want to see the Biltmore go under but if the Four Seasons continues to mismanage the hotel, it may soon be put out of business by the Miramar.

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  20. DavidA

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch, stunning setting and professional service

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  21. Row28

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great! Food was fabtastic but hoping more Selections based on the price.

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  22. Vailtraveler

    Denver

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was spotty at best. The menu was eclectic and quite limited in offerings. Neither the menu nor restaurant presented any 'theme' so while the environment was quite nice, it was hard to understand what the management was trying to promote. Overall, for price, quality and service this was a restaurant which had no resemblance to the prestige of the hotel name and was more disappointing and surprising since there is apparently shared ownership and management with San Ysidro Ranch, which has an exceptionally fine restaurant. The only aspect of the Four Seasons Biltmore experience which was memorable was the parking attendant whose service and courtesy were exceptional.

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  23. geraldr

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The buffet was decent. One thing I would like them to change is that most of the food was at chest/face level and had no sneeze guards. The deserts were limited to small bites and an ice cream sandwich stand. So I would say 3 stars for the buffet quality and value. But here’s why it was worth every penny... My wife is pregnant and once we were seated in the main room she suffered a panic attack. It was severe and she needed to leave the space. I explained to the host stand what was happening and they immediately jumped into action. They set us up on a balcony, alone, with two big heaters, brought my wife blankets, and constantly checked on our needs. The staff absolutely put in 110% . We no longer had to leave, my wife was able to eat, relax, and enjoy her meal. Our stress melted away and our evening was saved. Thank you again to the hosts, our waiters, and all the staff. Happy holidays!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect except we felt pushed out after an hour and 30 minutes when there were open tables available

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  25. RoyG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, as always! Services was amazing, food was outstanding and plentiful! LOVED it.

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  26. EmilioG

    Miami

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This property is so beautiful. We really enjoyed our lunch. Food was good. Service was warm & attentive. Omar took great care of us. The view is stunning.

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  27. SLOEater

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great brunch. A must if you're really hungry and want to try everything you can imagine for a wonderful brunch. Service is excellent (friendly and professional), from being greeted, to seating, to immediate attention on the choice of drinks, and an explanation on what's on the "menu".

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  28. scottw

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and delivery of food was slow.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff was friendly and helpful but they can’t make up for the disaster that is the kitchen. Also the restaurant had terrible acoustics. It was only half full and my SO and I could barely hear each other talk. I can’t even imagine how loud it would be if the place was full. I recommend you go somewhere else, you can get far better food for a better price elsewhere!

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  30. JEEB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanksgiving Buffet

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  31. Puglover

    Charlotte

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the best Thanksgiving Day buffet I have ever seen. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and professional and the buffet never looked picked over. It was pricey but with the array of foods, not really out of line.

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  32. SirieK

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We normally love the Bella Vista but this experience was disappointing. We were there for Thanksgiving and as usual the food and variety of the buffet was outstanding. However, when we arrived it seemed as if they had overbooked and tried to seat us in a back banquet room that was not part of the restaurant and actually across and down the hall from the buffet. We had made the reservation several weeks in advance and declined this seating so we waited for a table. The staff was uncharacteristically disinterested. Really the thing that was most disappointing was the value. The restaurant is part of the Four Seasons so we expected to pay top dollar, but found out that our $145 per head price tag did not include any alcoholic beverages, even champagne which is pretty standard. Given the extremely high price of drinks our Thanksgiving for four came in at almost a thousand dollars with tip - very few meals could possibly be worth that kind of money, particularly a self-serve buffet with kids running around. As much as we enjoy the food and variety, the price just isn't worth it.

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  33. Marshall

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bulmaro and Omar were THE BEST! Ava was also awesome! thank you for having us!!!

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  34. ddm67

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Well, MAYBE would recommend. The hotel grounds are beautiful, and a non-holiday meal would be more relaxing, less crowded, and allow for enjoying the views more. But it's overpriced any way one looks at it. Thanksgiving buffet offered a lot of good, unique food, and it is something different to do for the holiday, but it's not worth $145 /person. (you don't even get a glass of champagne!) And odd ending: they had waitstaff close out your bill at your table (using handheld credit machines) . Makes sense for such a busy dining day but the waiter specifically asks what amount of tip you want to leave them, and they enter it while standing over you. That is an uncomfortable /awkward way to end the dining experience. There are other really nice restaurants in SB that we'd try for Thanksgiving before going back to Biltmore.

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  35. bites

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exceptional service, delicious options & beautiful atmosphere. Not too formal and very welcoming staff! We love it here!

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  36. GigiT

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our brunch at Bella Vista could not have been any lovelier. Perfect food, weather and service. A gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean which included the Channel Islands. There were many varied food options presented on the menu, and the Bellini’s were perfect, as were the various coffee drinks we ordered. As we were leaving, some ladies were coming in for afternoon tea - we will be coming back to try that soon.

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  37. DeniseA

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saturday morning brunch. Amazing assortment of delicious food. Bottomless mimosas. Gorgeous view of the ocean. Worth the splurge.

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  38. 4starlover

    Los Angeles

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very special evening, we were given very special attention; we were celebrating our grandson’s moving home to SB with a new job, they presented him with a complimentary dessert with “Congratulations on your new job” written in chocolate on the plate...this was very special for this young attorney who has celebrated so many special occasions at the Biltmore most of his life! Well Done!!

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  39. elite5017

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a special occasion. Food and service plus ambience all in a class by themselves

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  40. coloradomark

    Denver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great atmosphere, perfect patio weather- one of the best Sunday brunches in the country!

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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is rated 4.5 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–1:45 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 1:30 pm–3:00 pm Lite Fare Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Patria
  • Entertainment
    Music played through centralized system.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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