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ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate, Milwaukee, WI

ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate

4.3
4.3
624 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
ARIA, nestled on the second floor of Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, is an artful dining experience that captivates with its culinary creativity. Delighting in its offering of Artisanal American cuisine, ARIA transcends tradition and leans into the realm of playful and inventive flavors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 270-4422
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Erik Hansen
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Cross street
    Water Street and Kilbourn Avenue
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 624 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Innovative

  • Milwaukee

    Innovative

806 Reviews
  1. DocC

    Milwaukee

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Scallops with gnocchi included lots of gnocci, a few thin mushrooms and 3 scallops. At $54 that’s $18 per scallop. Salmon was ordered medium rare… judged to be medium well. Wine by the glass was good, but pricey for a “5 oz pour”. Requested table by the window if possible. Didn’t get one. Goat cheese appetizer and Caesar salad were excellent as was the brandy Manhattan on the rock.

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  2. BarbD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great!! Fantastic service and ambiance!! Each meal was a perfect blend of flavors. Highly recommend!!

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  3. Mattd

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Four of us. Celebrating our granddaughter's graduation from UWM. Restaurant was very empty and quiet. Nobody at reception to seat us. The service was good and friendly. Two of the main entrees (scallops and beef) were "not available". Two of us settled for the Pan Roasted Salmon and was told that the chef prepares it "rare to medium", which suited us just fine. A great dissapointment as both servings of Salmon was overdone, so much so that it had lost most of it's flavor. We did not complain, as we felt the server was a young lady, and was not responsible for the chef's mistakes. Will not recommend Aria to others as Milwaukee has many very fine restaurants.

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  4. TammiR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress Nicole was awesome, ordered my steak medium and it was well done other wise the food was great.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time here in spite of being frequent patrons of the Marcus Center across the street. The menu was short enough to not be overwhelming, but so many delicious-sounding dishes it was hard to choose. We had a peas and carrot starter, signature chicken and Tagliatelle which were all excellent. The wine list was not extensive but it was very good. Certainly not a cheap or quick dinner, but ee will be back

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  6. Bobstastebuds

    Milwaukee

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I don’t usually comment on the bread service, but the bread “muffin” was maybe the best bread I’ve ever had. Skip the onion butter eat the bread. The Peas and Carrots appetizer not something I would normally try, not a fan of peas and texture.. but my wife thought to give it a go… really a fantastic appetizer, smooth pea puree with some stuffed ravioli. Well presented and very very good as was our meal. Presentation, flavor and service all fantastic. Priced on the high side, but not extravagant. I thought a good value. I’d go again!

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  7. RebeccaD

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I thought the food was fine. I cook for a living and was hoping the food would be a tad more elevated but it was good. I was just hoping for great. Service was a little distant but alright. For Mothers Day I was hoping for a little extra especially since I work in the industry it’s nice to go out and be treated. I probably won’t be back. Not because it was terrible or anything, just as a cook myself, not sure what else they could offer me that I haven’t done myself

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing for Mothers Day! The only complaint was that the DJ music was a little loud. Can’t wait to come back and have the regular menu!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Aria for years and loved everything about it - the food, the atmosphere, everything. We went recently and were really disappointed. The usual decor by the windows was gone, I was served a cocktail in a glass that was tall with a straw that was short (fell into the cocktail and I couldn’t get it out without getting my fingers into the drink), the menu was boring and the food/presentation was not what we have always had in the past. For example, we ordered our usual apps, the charcuterie and octopus. Usually the octopus is big and chunky, and the charcuterie is plentiful and interesting, plated on a slate board, beautiful and delicious. Yesterday there were 3 tiny badly burnt tentacles barely visible with some greens. The “charcuterie” was served on a small white plate, 2.5 slices of sourdough, 2 broken crackers, 2 mini chunks of cheddar, 2 mini globs of bleu, and 2 small chunks of some white cheese I couldn’t quite name. 1 folded slice of spicy store bought salami, 1 folded slice of regular store bought salami, and 1 crumpled up slice of store bought prosciutto. Oh and 3 micro pickles. It was the laziest, saddest, and frankly most pathetic attempt at “charcuterie” I’ve ever seen…and for $20+ was actually insulting. The waitress didn’t even bother explaining what that embarrassment was. Entrees were fine, nothing to write home about. Aria, you guys used to be incredible. What in the world was that??!?!?! I’m so disappointed. Can you please take this review seriously and do better? I’d love to keep coming back but not if this is the new normal.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    For the money you will have to spend here in a practically silent and poorly lit restaurant, go to a locally owned restaurant in the area instead. Very bland.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Annika was wonderful and Kendra was very helpful as well

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance and service. Our waiter Conner was very nice and very thorough explaining meal choices and specialties of the restaurant. There was a small snafu with one of the entrees but the restaurant was sure to explain what happened and rectified the situation. Conner made sure that we were able to eat and get to our show on time. All in all very good service from this restaurant.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Saint Kate’s and were so excited to try Aria during this stay. We were very disappointed. The food is overpriced and underwhelming at best. The service was severely lacking as well. We waited an inordinate amount of time for both our food and our drinks, several times over. (The restaurant was not busy.) We will definitely go back to Saint Kate’s, but we will never go back to this restaurant.

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  14. Melanie4

    Milwaukee

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. They accommodated our lateness due to a storm and our theater tickets.

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  15. EdD52

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our meal - wonderful service and inventive dishes. Wish there was more soft surfaces to keep the noise level down.

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  16. SamanthaM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was fantastic. Food was delicious. Ambience was on point, service was excellent and the Saint Kate itself is an entire VIBE.

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  17. BigBoy

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous. We have been going to this restaurant since it opened up and its predecessor . We are there about 2-3 times a year when we go to a play, concert or show in the Theater District. Last night was by far the best food and service we have ever had and our server Todd was fantastic . The starter, salad entrees drinks and dessert were the best.

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  18. NormaH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was one of the best dining experiences ever. Excellent server, food was delicious and beautifully presented. We were treated so well.

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  19. Cate

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. The salmon and the trademark chicken were both very good. Wonderful view and ambience. Would return again!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Trademark chicken terrific. The service get's a zero. Got there for 5pm opening for a 6:30pm show across the street. Don't have Alex as your server. Took our drink order and showed up 35 minutes later. Dinner arrived 15 minutes before showtime. We woofed down our meal. He totally forgot the appetizer Deviled Eggs and charged us. Manager apologized but really kinda spoiled the evening. We still gave Alex a nice tip because we understand he's trying to make a living. Just don't have him as your server.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    ** Update: the restaurant contacted me via email and has offered to refund my bill to make things right, which is much appreciated. We came here prior to a show at the Marcus Center across the street. It took 20 mins to be greeted by our server and another hour of sitting around waiting for our food. The octopus appetizer once it finally arrived was absolutely disgusting..and I typically like octopus. Our food NEVER came (my daughter ordered a salad and I a steak). In order to make it to the show on time I had to request our meals be boxed up and given our check. We were not offered anything to make it right. I will never ever make the mistake of going here again whether before a show or not.

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  22. sally55

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They couldn't have been nicer to have us order in time for us to get the show at the PAC. They checked on us a couple times to make sure everything was terrific.

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  23. MartyK

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined frequently over several yrs for the mussels. No longer on the new “Artisanal” menu so very disappointed. Big increase in prices. Most of the items on the new menu not really appealing. I had the chicken which was ok. My friend had the sea bass & raved about it but $44?

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  24. Kitty

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. A great choice for dinner before a show at the Marcus Center across the street.

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  25. Gert

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was atrocious. No one came by for over 15 minutes after we were seated. We finally flagged someone down and that ended up being the case the entire meal. Orders were forgotten multiple times. We allowed two hours for this meal before a show at the Marcus and we were rushed at the end and almost late. Best chicken wings I’ve had in awhile but the service would stop me from coming back.

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  26. MarkF

    Denver

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the wine selection, the service was attentive without being overbearing (thanks Ashley). The Sea Bass was a little over but loved the flavors. Great place to go before a Marcus Performing Arts Center Show.

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  27. Delightful

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Would definitely return, although the wine was a bit expensive. May pass on that the next time.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly, it was disappointing. We dined at ARIA before over a year ago, and absolutely loved it! It’s changed. Not as delicious and they got really skimpy on meat.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere pleasant. Looked to be short staffed, but service was better than expected. Food was good (all ala carte), but on the more expensive side, typical for some downtown and hotel restaurants. Though we enjoyed our entrees & starters, it will not be a place we would frequent, the expense does not justify what you get. ...good, but not outstanding.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a meal and experience for a rising young woman. She great appreciated all of it , perfect!

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  31. FoodieG

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was nice but a little too much like a cafeteria than expected. Our server consistently forgot things. She was very sweet, but forgetful. The food was average.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our experiences at Aria, and have dined there often enough to be 'regulars' recognized by the wait staff. Food is delicious, and service goes the extra mile - even got us a pillow for my very elderly very short father-in-law so he could comfortably eat his meal.

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  33. ChristineN

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent service, wait staff very attentive. We shared the baked goat cheese appetizer, nice starter. I had the scallops and my guest had the chicken, both were delicious. Would recommend this to anyone.

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  34. MaryT

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have great food and service, though your prices are a little on the high side.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, but service was very slow and the restaurant was nearly empty.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! Menu is trying to do a lot and mostly failing. The scallop dish is tasty. My pasta was very chewy and had a strange combination of flavors. Cocktails were hit or miss.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Short staffed but friendly despite that challenge. Food took far too long to come out especially since we told server that we had to be done by a specific time and she assured us that it would not be a problem. My beef stroganoff was tasty pasta-wise but the beef pieces were minuscule in size (smaller than the mushrooms) - I had to search to see if there was any in it at all.

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  38. JulieT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food. Their house salad was great with the cherries (didn't need the huge croutons). The starter was very nice, goat cheese in a tomato-jam sauce. The bass though was not worth the price. It was okay but not exceptional (and should be at that price) and the pasta was very hard. The wait staff, one woman in particular was attentive but my original waiter never came back to check on my meal. I don't think I will recommend it. I did enjoy myself and the food, but overall felt they could do better.

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  39. QueenMJDJ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter was AMAZING! Entrees were out of this world. Highly recommend the beef stroganoff and the salmon - Crème brûlée superb

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  40. BriannaG

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We started with some mocktails, one of each offered that night, which were fresh and bright. which I had the steak and it came with this delicious butter what was to die for. We also split a salad which was tasty and had the creme brûlée for dessert. I’d recommend the salad and the steak but not the creme brûlée. I always like to try crème brûlée when I’m eating out at restaurants and it’s on the menu. Unfortunately, this is probably one of the worst crème brûlée I’ve ever had. It was a weird color, kinda brown, and not a pretty, creamy light yellow color that it should be, and it was a very weird consistency.Also the sugar crust didn’t crack like it should, I think it was too thin. Overall a little on the expensive side but all in all, a very nice tiny experience.

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ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate is rated 4.3 stars by 624 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 14 times today
Google Map for ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate

139 E Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Water Street and Kilbourn Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Erik Hansen
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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