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Kimball's Kitchen, Duck, NC
Kimball's Kitchen, Duck, NC
Kimball's Kitchen, Duck, NC
Kimball's Kitchen, Duck, NC
Kimball's Kitchen, Duck, NC

Kimball's Kitchen

4.9
4.9
1022 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, the AAA 4-Diamond rated Kimball’s Kitchen offers glorious views of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service, and a world-class menu.

Spotlighting Certified Angus Beef, freshly caught local seafood and oysters, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastal casual environment. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes, pasta, and hand-cut steaks accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator recognized wine and champagne list.

Attire
"Resort Casual"– Come as you are to dine in our refined setting overlooking the Currituck Sound. We recommend pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentlemen and comparable resort wear for the ladies.

Groups
Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 6 or more.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,022 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

1,022 Reviews
  1. michaelw

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambience were great! We were not rushed and wait staff was great!

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  2. RobertP

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Kimball's Kitchen...we wanted to celebrate New Year's Eve in a special place, and we had heard good things about the restaurant. We were not disappointed, in fact, our experience far exceeded out expectations. We have been coming to the Outer Banks for several years, and we have several favorite restaurants, but none of them I would consider "fine-dining". Kimball's Kitchen is clearly a "fine-dining" establishment, and I would clearly recommend it for a special occasion. For burgers and beers I have several places to go to...for a special treat (or date night) I will definitely take my wife back to Kimball's Kitchen. BTW...our server Dillon was the best!!!!

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  3. JoeM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food. Excellent service. Great room. Very comfortable. Maybe put some floodlights outside for after the sun goes down?

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  4. AlanW

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef and staff were very personable and professional. The chef was accommodating to a couple of our requests. The food and atmosphere are top notch. We will continue to visit Kimball’s restaurant.

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  5. DonnaW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been coming here for years during the summer tourist season. We were so thrilled they decided to open for a couple of weeks after Christmas that we made plans to travel and stay nearby just so we could enjoy a couple of dinners. Service was friendly and efficient, drinks were perfect and the food was outstanding (we had the salmon and the rockfish). Is it pricey? Yep. Do you get what you pay for? Yep.

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  6. Thor

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and delicious food with a variety that will suit any palate and taste. Definitely will go here again!

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  7. JohnL

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at Kimball's during the week between Christmas and New Year's, and had an early reservation, so the restaurant was not busy yet. The host and hostess were very gracious and friendly. We were a party of 2, with one of us having a food allergy. Our server was also extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, and alerted the kitchen staff of our allergy. The menu wasn't huge, but it did cover all the bases - and ALL the options sounded amazing! We made our choices - the seared halibut and a chef special of short ribs and blue cheese risotto. The food didn't take much time to prepare at all. Since one of our meals had to be modified to accommodate the allergy, the chef sent out a few alternative sauces. The food was absolutely delicious and plated perfectly. Portion sizes were also larger than expected. Throughout, our server was attentive without being overbearing. The chef also made a couple of turns around the dining room checking on all of the tables to see if everything had been prepared well. That was a very nice touch! After dinner was cleared, dessert was offered. We decided on a warm brioche bread pudding with apples. We had an excellent time at Kimball's. The staff and food are truly wonderful.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we were greeted to the end of the meal the customer service and attention to detail was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly and attentive and the food was absolutely excellent. We visit Duck every Christmas time and will add this restaurant to our favorites list!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. LuAnn

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience from the bar to our table. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent. Will definitely be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Papillon

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a Christmas Eve dinner so it was very busy. However there were enough issues with both the food and service that we will likely not return.

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  11. JohnD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the portions were perfect. Our waitress as well as all the other staff were very attentive and worked together as a team. We will be returning.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. MelissaM

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for being open on Christmas Eve! Employees were very kind and the restaurant is beautiful!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined there for their thanksgiving dinner. We will not do that again. Food was subpar and not special or yummy. And for the price it was a huge letdown. Even the table next to us said the same thing.

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  14. rico

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Switched the menu at the last minute to much lower quality choices. Food quality and quantity did not meet expectations or provide value for the money. Began breaking down tables while guests were still dining. Service (Ludya) was SPECTACULAR! As good or better than any we have ever experienced. TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED!

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  15. AnnB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was sadly, the biggest disappointment ever. We were so looking forward to this very special occasion and it turned out to be a VERY expensive waste of money. The food was incredibly overpriced. The service was terrible. I was served room temperature Prosecco which I immediately sent back. The portions were ridiculously small for the price, and again, the service was awful. Nothing was offered, requests were forgotten and overlooked, it was extremely expensive and not worth a fraction of the cost. We were so sad and disappointed. We chose Kimballs because we heard it had a good reputation, but apparently it was good many years ago. This will certainly be a thanksgiving that will be remembered…and NOT in a good way.

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  16. GeraldS

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I paid nearly $400 for two dinners ($125 each) plus wine. For that price, I expected something sumptuous and gourmet-like. Instead, the dinner was quite ordinary in taste and portion. The wine list included wines that I can buy in the supermarket (under $20 per bottle) or highly priced ($190 per bottle). not much in between. I chose the former wine. So, nearly $400 for an ordinary meal and cheap wine? The ambiance was nice however and the service was excellent. I looked at the menu at another Sanderling-related restaurant across the street and saw they had a nice Thanksgiving dinner for $55 per person. I wish I had chosen that option.

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  17. Nope

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Second time here and really terrible this time. Food was cooked long ago. Meal was not worth the price even on an event day. Drink prices charged were not what was displayed on menu. Hostess seemed confused what a hostess does.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant runs out of everything and they do not replenish. So much so, they shouldn’t be open. No more Gin. No wine. Half the menu options gone. They also do not tell you until you are there trying to order. They are so undersupplied they shouldn’t be open. When it first opened years ago, the food was good. Now they have become the most expensive bait and switch operation around. This consistently happens and we keep trying year after year because the food was good. It’s false advertising at best and fraud at worst. I’m so fed up with the scheme of this ”restaurant” we’re filing complaints with the FTC BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION and NC Better Business Bureau. Don’t be surprised when this place gets shut down and owners investigated by federal regulators.

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  19. Renee

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We frequent the Outer Banks and have had some truly great meals. Our experience at Kimball’s Kitchen was good but the 4 star AAA rating doesn’t ring true for me. The cocktails were very good and the food was good but very expensive. I never mind paying premium price for excellent dining, but this fell a bit flat. They were out of red wine? No Cab Sav at all? Had a great Sancerre, but didn’t choose a steak option, because of the red wine issue. Perhaps I just expected better.

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  20. Peggy

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our entrees: Halibut and seared scallops were awesome! Our waitress & hostess were awesome. We ordered macaroni to take home for dinner the next night: delicious. Of course, the sunset was absolutely beautiful! Only suggestion would be a bit more lighting for the walk to our parking space after dark. It was a very special memory; so happy we could enjoy‼️

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  21. EllenE

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening. We knew that the restaurant is seasonal and were grateful to get a reservation on the last weekend of the season. We arrived early but the hostess did a great job of keeping us informed about the availability of our table. The Bar staff was friendly and professional. As always, the food was exceptional and beautifully presented. Our server went ‘above and beyond’ to deliver a very special evening. We can’t wait for the restaurant to open next Spring!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was nice, service was good, food was great. The food was VERY expensive for what you get.

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  23. GregC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great staff all around was incredibly attentive. The food was amazing — from taste and quality to presentation and creativity. Elegant by Outer Banks standards, this is an excellent dining option for those who value a special meal even if it’s not a special occasion.

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  24. JB79

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice establishment, but expected more for the price and hype. Did not standout as anything special.

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  25. PatM

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ate at the bar - Tracey was the bartender. Very good service, drinks and food.

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  26. ReginaB

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with wonderful food. The seafood was very fresh and prepared in interesting, but not alarming ways (meaning even timid diners could eat there as well as foodies). The service was good, although they did not have a free standing wine bucket so the wine bucket had to be placed on the table, which made things a little crowded, especially when we were sharing appetizers. Apparently they did not have enough free standing buckets for everyone. However, since that is the most negative thing I can think so say, it is clearly an outstanding restaurant.

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  27. Chandler

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    As excited as we were for the menu and the location we found that the restaurant was overrated and we wished we had gone somewhere else. We were a group of six with reservations. We arrived at our reservation time and were seated 25 minutes after arriving. The space is beautiful and the options are nice, but the food is overpriced for what it is. The service was awkward to say the least. The server was nice, but seemed very inexperienced and was not very personable. We won’t be retuning as the service and some of the food is better at other local restaurants. The experience felt like a waste of money. The music didn’t add to the experience either, the pop music playing against the smooth jazz was odd. Lastly, if anyone from management reads this, please consider adding some lighting to the front of the restaurant and the parking lot as it is very dark and puts customers and staff at greater risk. Greater attention to detail could greatly elevate the experience.

    2 people found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb. The food and service were excellent and the sunset view over the sound was amazing!

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  29. Skel

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’s only one word to describe this place. Awesome.

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  30. ClarkH

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our 35th anniversary. It was a memorable experience, from the warm greeting when we entered, to the table by the huge windows overlooking Currituck Sound, to the delicious food -- salmon for my wife, scallops for me. It is a bit on the pricey side but worth it. An outstanding restaurant.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    If I’m completely honest, unless you want a steak, the paper canoe is a better experience with lower prices and better food quality. Service was slow, they did not have our table ready for our anniversary dinner even though we had a reservation. The food was good, not great. For the price it was a very forgettable meal. I can not recommend this restaurant.

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  32. ScottB

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food in a beautiful setting. Service was a struggle.

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  33. RachitK

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A tad overpriced for the type of food being offered .

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  34. BRBR

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Will not return. Service as spotty and late. 35 min wait for reserved table. No substantive acknowledgment of our anniversary. Order of drinks and water. Took 15 min. Only drinks came. Bread served without butter Staff seem d overwhelmed. Food is very expensive and delicious Dining room is beautiful.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks and food were all perfectly mixed, blended, and/or seasoned! We cannot remember the last time when every single drink and dish we ordered was just right, not too salty or too spicy or too bland. The sunset was just icing on the cake, or the crème brûlée.

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  36. ElissaS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was fantastic. Our server was a bit of a Debbie Downer, and I learned in the middle of the meal that we were not told about any dinner specials like other tables were, but we were very happy with our meals. I got the Burrata Salad and Duck, both of which were fresh, flavorful and delicious. Family got filet mignons with some shellfish sides, again all good. Dessert was a trio of ice cream flavors which were delicious. All in all, a wonderful final meal in OBX, but the server needed a little bit more pleasantness.

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  37. Athena

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I drove back Kimball's Kitchen and after one look at the menu we had to try it. Making a reservation was very easy and our experience was wonderful. Service was wonderful with a very efficient staff and the food was outstanding. By far the best food we have found in the Outer Banks.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner at Kimball’s. Started with the charcuterie board which was well assembled. For entrees we had the Low Country Pasta and Duck Duck Goose. Both were well cooked, the duck breast was a perfect medium rare. The dining room had a great view of the water and sunset. The drink menu was extensive. Definitely recommend.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful white table cloth expensive restaurant should know that drinks should be served prior to apps. The oysters were served with Three salads not the 4 that were ordered. Plus why would you serve salads with oysters? Either the training was inadequate or they need more staff. The cost of each meal should be considered when they hire staff. These issues were addressed with the waitress. We received a “sorry”.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The quality of the food has deteriorated. The quality is not the same as in years past. Unfortunate. The wine list has shrunk down to a quarter page compared to the book of options in years prior.

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FAQs

Kimball's Kitchen is rated 4.9 stars by 1022 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Kimball's Kitchen

1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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