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Award Winning Dining Room - Madison, San Diego, CA

Madison

4.5
4.5
2792 Reviews
$30 and under
Modern European
Mediterranean-inspired fare and elegant cocktails are served in sleek surroundings at this modern, airy University Heights hangout. ~Zagat

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Californian, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 269-6566
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mario Casseneri
  • Private party contact
    info@madisononpark.com: (619) 269-6566
  • Neighborhood
    University Heights
  • Cross street
    Madison Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Night Latin Jazz

    Multiple dates available
    Every Sunday night on our indoor patio! 5:45-8pm. Eat the eats and sip the sips while Irving Flores entertains with Kaylee Daugherty on vocals. Space is limited so do not wait! Regular menu available. Please make reservations for 'Regular' to hear/see the music. =)
    Sunday Night Latin Jazz Photo
  • 𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 - Tuesday Nights

    Multiple dates available
    Every 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 on our indoor patio! Eat the eats and sip the sips while John Reynolds entertains with different ensembles throughout Southern California. 6:45-9pm. Space is limited so do not wait! Regular menu available. Please make reservations for 'Regular' to hear/see the music. Music can also be heard from our 'Bar' booth seating as well as some front outdoor patio tables. Call us with questions!
    𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 - Tuesday Nights Photo

What 2,792 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

2,792 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an absolutely wonderful experience at Madison!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 Lovely experience all around. Accommodated a last minute add on a busy morning - like 300+ covers. Food was great. Do yourself a favor and order the goat points as an app + Sashuka is top tier. Can’t say enough! I will be back.

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  3. SharmaynB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service , atmosphere, and service were excellent! Definitely will return!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Just utterly disappointed with this experience, not sure if it was an off night or what but the best part about this place was the ambiance. The food was very good but our steak and burger came out cold. The cocktails were great but our service was poor too, took a long time to clear our plates, empty drinks, etc. Had to constantly flag down our waiter for things. Did not notify us of the last call at the bar which is 10pm. Will not return and wouldn’t recommend.

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  5. MeganC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and food were amazing. The drink options were unique, were strong but well mixed so they had good flavors. Food was well seasoned and was fun dining experience. Went for a nice date night, very comfortable and romantic. We sat outside which allowed for people watching at the same time.

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  6. NaomiC

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar and the bartender was amazing. We love the drinks, music and the service at the bar. My husband and I had the portabello fired, citrus salad and the gnocchi, plus the delicious raspberry marscapone dessert. All 100!

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  7. HoFi

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a fun dinner with amazing food and excellent service!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun atmosphere and good food. A little overpriced, but the service made up for it. It was a Tuesday jazz night, and be aware the music is very loud, making it almost impossible to have a conversation over dinner.

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  9. David

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a date for two and paid about $140 for Salmon, ravioli, appetizer, and 2 cocktails Appetizer came out first which was soggy sourdough, cold tomatoes and cheese. The drinks took about 20-30 minutes to come out but were really good. Didn’t get to order main courses until we received our drinks, taking a hour to get. Ravioli was super good, salmon tasted like any average salmon. Wouldn’t come again

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  10. EllenK

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’d been looking forward to trying Madison for a long time and was unfortunately completely underwhelmed. The service was great and the cocktails on point. The food, however, left a lot to be desired. Got the flank steak appetizer which was overcooked, despite being asked how we liked it done. The dipping sauces were just sort of blah. For our mains we ordered the harvest salad and the shish kabob. The salad was super boring. I kept thinking how much better I could have made it at home. The quality of the meat on the kabob felt subpar and lacking in flavor. I love Mediterranean food and was expecting fresh, elevated Mediterranean cuisine at this price point but this totally fell flat and did not have authentic Mediterranean flavors. Could have easily gotten better, more authentic food at any number of casual pita houses. The live music was nice although it was so loud it was difficult to carry a conversation.

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  11. MelG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent cocktails, and a wonderful ambiance.

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  12. kd123

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, food, and service were excellent! The live Latin Jazz music was medicore at best. However, I highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  13. AnneS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will be back when we are visiting our son who lives in San Diego

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Only thing, and it’s not much, is that the staff could be a little more attentive after serving the main courses. Very good in the beginning, but once all the food and drinks came out, waiter did not come back until after we finished eating and I finished my drink when we were ready to go. Other than that, food was great, drinks were spot on, and service was friendly. Showed up late to our reservation, and we’re still seated right away, which we appreciated. Had the bread and tomato app, ravioli, and pork chop for dinner, and all were top notch! Will definitely go back!

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  15. MandyS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So delicious! The staff was very polite and excellent. Wonderful place for a special occasion.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great time and the food is consistent

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  17. DianaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Sevice was good but we weren’t lucky with the food, both beef items were inedible and cold. Might go back for drinks because they were good

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  18. JaclynH

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trendy decor, nice dim mood lighting. Noise level is pretty loud. Food was delicious. Server was hilarious and super friendly. Drinks are way too expensive at $16 for cocktails and wine.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks were excellent. The service was the only problem. They opened at 5 and our reservation was for 5:15. We were seated immediately at a nice table in the bar. The. We waited for almost 10 minutes before anyone noticed us. Not even for water. We were visiting with each other so that was fine. The staff seemed to be more interested in visiting with each other rather than waiting on customers. They were gathered at the end of the bar and laughing. Finally the waitress came over and took our drink order. Someone else brought the drinks over from the bar. The waitress came over and took our appetizer order. Then she was off talking and then going around lighting the candles on the tables throughout the entire restaurant. Shouldn’t this have been done before they opened? Someone else brought the appetizers out from the kitchen. We had to look again for someone to bring us silverware. Our menus were still on the table. We finished our appetizers and were looking around. Finally the waitress showed up and asked. Would you like to order some food? Duh, what gave you that idea? It IS a restaurant right? Well the food came out quickly and it tasted delicious. We all had the specials of the night - Parmesan chicken sandwich, salmon with orzo, and filet mignon with mashed potatoes. All were cooked perfectly (even mine that I enjoy well done). The chef sent the waitress to check and make sure I knew it would be done with no pink. Yes. Just like I asked and I thought it a classy touch for the chef to double check AND to still cook it like I wanted without complaining. Once we got the food another server came over and said she was going to be serving us for the rest of the night. She was much better. We had to ask for the check since we were running late to catch a play in downtown. Service sucked but I would definitely go back because the food was that good.

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  20. dfm2014

    Guadalajara

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service by the waitress was great and the food was excellent, keep up the good work. Congratulations!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience is based on Valentine’s Day. The fixed menu was a bit pricy for what it offered. The normal menu seems much more reasonable. The service was great and kind.

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  22. JohnDoe

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Clearly look advantage of Valentines day to see their food for double the price.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. KPH19

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine’s Day’s prix fixe meal was overpriced and mediocre. $99 - let’s just say $100 apiece - and have to share the dessert, which was the only thing that was more than “Meh”. Sea bass itself was decent, but drowning in what tasted like a can of tomato soup. Too much money for too little value. Maybe the regular menu is better.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. dex101

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For the price we paid, we wouldn't recommend eating here, but the staff was very kind and the drinks were creative and delicious. The seabass was meh - it tasted kind of bland and fishy, but the filet was good. All in all it was nice to go once, but we likely would not return for the food!

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  25. Giovanni

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pros - Server was awesome, food and drinks tasted great, ambience was cool Cons - Hostess lacked personality almost like she didn’t want to be there, asked hostess for seat inside our first time we didn’t know the layout and reserved outside it was too cold to sit outside asked to sit inside hostess gave us the worst table and made it seem like she couldn’t give us any other table, we were there for an hour when it first opened up nobody else arrived hostess easily could have given us a better table, the portions of the food at $25 a pop were TINY so little so that we went and ate some where else afterwards to get filled up

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  26. NikkiInSanDiego

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Madison’s brunch. Their horchata iced coffee is divine! We loved their shareable waffle sticks as well. Mimosa pitcher was a great move too. Will be back soon!

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  27. LaurieL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every service person was gracious and respectful of our personal space. The drinks were good and very interesting. Outside was very comfortable, we were near heaters

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  28. MarisaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an early reservation, and my party of 2 was cold, so we asked to be moved closer to a heater, since 90% of tables were empty. We were told that the other tables were reserved for other parties. That didn’t make sense, since I wasn’t able to reserve a specific table when I made my reservation. Disappointing that they couldn’t accommodate us, since multiple two party tables were closer to heaters and empty by the time we left. 

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  29. MaryAnne

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a nice place to spend time with friends and enjoy GREAT food and cocktails and EXCELLENT service. Tuesday is terrific with live music.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were so cold! Despite the heaters and “indoor seating,” the place is open to the outside and the evening was breezy and cold. The food took a long time to be served. The salmon was good, as was the ravioli, but the filet mignon was just ok and the chicken piccata disappointing. The French Chardonnay was wonderful and our servers were nice. We may try again but not in winter!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was awesome! Always appreciate a brunch spot that offers more than just basic breakfast staples. The variety was wonderful!

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  32. JenS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The physical space is so light and lovely to be in. The food was really delicious, as were the mimosas. They had a monte Cristo on special that was to die for, and the churro waffle bites and goat cheese points to share were awesome. My only critique is the breakfast potatoes were in dire need of seasoning, but they still had a nice crisp outside and creamy inside.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a great place for our large family. Good food too.

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  34. GabrielaF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had to ask for our coffee to 3 different employees after we order,service was too slow, nobody asked not even once if we needed something after our food was served or if everything was ok and of course we needed!

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  35. ChristianM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date night was amazing! I had the filet and my wife had the ravioli and both were amazing! We also had the waffle churros, literally the best churro Iv ever had in my life.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. We got a table outside because inside everything was reserved. And we glad we did, because inside is very noisy. But beautiful at the same time. Food was great, the dessert and the drinks were sophisticated and tasty

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  37. MaryAnne

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food amazing, service the best. Tuesday night music extra bonus

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  38. Lisa

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Madison so much! Unfortunately for some reason, the service was very off today. I had requested the small booth in the bar, and even though it was available, we were sat in the regular large booth. Which was fine, but then it took a very long time for our service to come to the table - both initially, and throughout our time. When our food finally arrived, they brought the wrong order for me. They kindly offered to redo my order at no charge, but it took so long to arrive the first time that I was worried that it would take a long time the second time, plus I didn’t want my friends to have to wait for me to eat, and I also didn’t want to end up getting my order after they finished eating, so I just took the incorrect meal that they brought. Unfortunately it just wasn’t the stellar service that I have consistently experienced at Madison.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my boyfriend when last night it was good food and outside patio was nice but it was expensive for sure

    1 person found this helpful

  40. JulieN

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it here! Our first time! The meal was exceptional and we loved the space!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Madison is rated 4.5 stars by 2792 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 59 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Madison

4622 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madison Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    University Heights
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Californian, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mario Casseneri
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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