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Ocean view dining at Bluewater Grill. - Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara

4.3
4.3
468 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The waterfront locals choice in Santa Barbara for premium quality, sustainably sourced seafood! Located at the gateway to Santa Barbara on the beach at State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a stunning patio and beach view. Adjacent to the "Funk Zone", Santa Barbara's premiere wine district, the wine list features an extensive selection of local wines in addition to a "no-corkage" policy on the first two bottles. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Seafood, this owner operated gem features lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, a "Kids Live Well" Kid menu, full bar, heated patio, and is pet friendly. Well known for classics like Clam Chowder and Fish & Chips, Oysters on the half shell and numerous varieties of fresh fish, lobster and crab, Bluewater also operates fishing vessel "Pilikia" which specializes in the freshest caught local fish in town! Come in, Get Hooked!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 845-5121
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alberto Torres
  • Private party facilities
    Bluewater has several options for your private event, including our private bar and patio overlooking Santa Barbara beach and harbor.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    On the water at State and Cabrillo Boulevard adjacent to Stearns Wharf
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at State and Cabrillo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 468 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

468 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and rooftop is the way to go. I was expecting exactly what we got. Good service , ok food, cool atmosphere and location

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Casey was great! Loved the menu recommendation! I woukd go again.

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  3. TinaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Lovely waitress, quaint table, and a great location. I would highly recommend this restaurant. After a week of touring around the area, this was our favorite place to eat, which is saying a lot. I only leave reviews for the best places I eat or stay or experience. Nothing negative ever. This place was exceptional. Thank you!

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  4. JamesL

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there in a rainstorm. Nowhere close to park. Clam chowder was good. Shrimp Cocktail not so good. The cioppino was pretty good but no crab. Waiter was nice but forgot our bread. Oh, and who makes an ice cream sundae with CHOCOLATE ice cream and hardly any chocolate sauce. I almost called 911.

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  5. MarkR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Wanted to have a nice dinner for my wife's birthday. Put in a request for the 2nd floor and it was ignored. When I asked to change it to the 2nd floor, I was told it would be another 45 mins. What's the point of putting in a request for a special occasion if its just ignored. Thankfully, the service was very good.

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  6. JenS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This isn’t my first time dinning at the Blue Water Grill the service here use to be impeccable. The staff that worked the upstairs on the evening of February 17th have changed my mind about this place. Unfortunately, my family and I will not be returning to the Blue Water Grill when we are visiting Santa Barbara. The evening began with the hostess questioning our reservation. I had confirmation from open table the younger hostess was able to find my reservation. Then we were seated in the upstairs booth and had already ordered our entrees. When all of a sudden a staff member came over and tried to move my family saying that they had other reservations. Although, we had a reservation. So, I’m not sure what was the issue. Our response was if he could provide a better table that we would move. He didn’t come back. As the night progressed I witnessed our assigned waiter roll his eyes when we asked for service. My steak was overcooked and we did have a nice waitress come over our table and she was able to replace the overcooked steak with a beautifully cooked medium rare one. I am beyond disappointed since I had made the reservation in December for a February birthday. Our waiter was more focused on getting us out of that booth. I had to remind the waiter about dessert. I even had to tell the waiter we were still eating. No birthday wishes were provided. It’s seems that the staffing is being spoiled by a few a staff members. The excellent staff has to come and correct the mistakes created by the least adequate ones. Thank you to the staff members trying their best to provide excellent service but it just wasn’t enough. I’ve never been treated so poorly.

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  7. DM21

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was excellent. Service was slow and we were never told the specials. Our table was not good we were close to the door and we were very cold.

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  8. AliceP

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There was a family at the table behind my husband who were really loud. Nothing the restaurant could do, but very intrusive. Calamari appetizer was way too breaded. Chile dipping sauce was very good. Artichoke rockfish was not great. No taste to the fish and the artichokes were heavily breaded and greasy.

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  9. BrookeW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We very much enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner. The food was delicious as it has always been. We were impressed by the service, it has made improvements over the years in our opinion. Delivery and attitude were top-notch, thanks

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  10. TishH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bluewater is a sweet little spot for dinner near the water. Service is excellent and food can be excellent to meh, depending on what you choose. We really liked a fish entree with an artichoke sauce & the sand dabs were good too (a bit salty though). We loved the vibe. Parking can be difficult depending on the time of day. Value is reasonable. We’ll return.

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  11. DianneK

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the trout almondine. It was good but not great. Instead of having a light crisp coating of almonds, it was a thick coating of something that was a bit odd. It seemed like it had egg in it raher than bread crumbs or similar. The trout was tough which was unusual, like it had been cooked too long, previously frozen or both. Green beans and asparagus was good. Scalloped potatoes were very gooey. I liked but my partner thought they were "slimy".

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  12. CarolafromSB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and wine paring was excellent. I rarely enjoy white wines, but because we were having a lobster special we went with the suggested Prosecco and Pinot Gris. Both wines were perfect with the oyster (one was the biggest, tastiest oyster I've ever had) and shrimp appetizer and with the lobster. Everything was delicious, including the side dishes. The one thing that wasn't perfect for me was that the lighting at our table was too bright.

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  13. Pamela

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food this time, but definitely still need to work on table service. For the price of the food, the dirty dishes should be removed after courses. E.g. the dishes from eating oysters were wet and unusable for bread, and should have been removed when we commenced to our main course. I had to ask to have them removed after we received our dessert. A simple thing that elevates the experience from diner to lovely restaurant.

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  14. Christina

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was a little slow but it was a Saturday. The food was good we had the seared scallops they were good but the goat cheese grits were not as flavorful as I expected and the temperature of food a little clod. I would have given more 4 stars . But for these reasons i rated lower.

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  15. Sk8namy

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The server we had last night was great. There’s a fine line in being an excellent server; one can check too often, a couple of times during the meal or not at all. Some of the servers at Bluewater Grill check back way too often. The server we had last night checked on us a couple of times during our meal…perfect! We had a booking; would’ve been nice to be seated at one of the lower tables instead of the high top, hence the loss of one star.

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  16. JamesH

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My pet peeve are restaurants that are way too loud to carry on a conversation. This was NOT like that, which made it the PERFECT setting to visit with guests that I took out to eat while in Santa Barbara. Food and service were all good.

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  17. CaliforniaBrian

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great to visit Bluewater Grill in Santa Barbara. They are super dog friendly, which is great for my wife, two Cavalier King Charles spaniels and me. The food and service are top notch. Great value, too.

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  18. RobM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was quite a slow experience. It took an almost an hour to get bread on the table. The room was noisy. They were out of the first entre my friend picked. My caesar salad had no croutons. For a restaurant in such a nice location (and for $180) I expected better.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. TheaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We sat upstairs and the room was nice and the place was nicely decorated. Unfortunately there were a few disturbing things, as too loud music, a tv and a very loud server who was talking loudly the whole time we sat for dinner. The bouillabaisse was also not good at all.

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  20. Shadi

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place for seafood. Great service and great view of Santa Barbara beachfront.

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  21. DavidL

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well run, good food, great options, super location and excellent service. Best place on the water in SB.

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  22. Makku

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not tasty, very pricey for the quality as well. Time to reimagine

    1 person found this helpful

  23. RabihG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered an Angus burger well done. instead, I got it burnt on the sides of the burger, even tasting burnt when I ate it. But overall, the ambiance was good along with the service that we got!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall, delicious food and very friendly staff. We’ll be back!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible dining experience! I recommend asking to sit upstairs on the patio. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. A very fun place for dinner!

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  26. JANES

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to grab yummy seafood and enjoy a nice ambiance. The Mew England clam chowder was amazing! Relaxing and casual atmosphere. We brought our dog and sat on the patio on the second level where there is a nice view of the marina. They even had doggy treats neatly packaged for our pup (loved the customer service). Would totally go again!

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  27. JordanM

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This was a very mid restaurant. Felt like it was just a small grade above red lobster.

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  28. Curt

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best seafood places in Santa Barbara for food and value. No corkage for up to two bottles!

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  29. Rosebud

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food were outstanding and wait staff nicely accommodated us within the relatively short time frame between our meal and a scheduled concert (approximately 60 minutes). The paella dish was well prepared and priced lower than expected.

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  30. CharleneC

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the first time we went there and everything was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and the food was great! We will definitely go again next time we come to Santa Barbara.

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  31. LysetteC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the servers were very kinda and attentive. We love coming here for celebrations in our family.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really just a fantastic experience and ambiance. Food was superior, service good ... we will return to a great restaurant in an outstanding location! Thanks!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated immediately and sat on the patio! The ambiance was perfect. I would have expected it to be noisier based on where we were sitting but it wasn’t at all. We had an excellent view of the Christmas tree on the pier. The crab cakes were incredible , along with the Walnut Halibut and the Butterfish! My husband loved the Scalloped Potatoes that came with the Halibut. If you are avoiding carbs, make an exception for the bread, it won’t disappoint. Again service was amazing ! Cant wait to come back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed eating at the Grille because our server was really nice and attentive. The food was good but a couple of the dishes lacked vibrant flavors. The big surprise of the night was the kids bento box meal. It was so fun and made kids eating interesting. Overall, this restaurant was a good experience and I would eat here again.

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  35. ChrisL

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply divine. MUST eat out on the second floor terrace with a view of the Pacific.

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  36. JulieM

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent waitstaff made for a delightful lunch.

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  37. JoyC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were fine. We thought the menu prices too high for quantity of food.

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  38. Fred

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location, good and varied seafood. Was pleasant and active, but less frenetic than some other seafood restaurants nearby.

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  39. DZ67

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the signature dishes is seafood paella including shrimp, mussels, and clams, a favorite of mine. When I ordered it, I was told they were out of mussels and clams -- this on a Tuesday at 6:30 pm with the restaurant only half full then. A short daily shipment? The food we did order was nicely prepared and tasty. A bit pricey though -- appetizer of two crab cakes the size of a silver dollar with no lump crab meat - $19.

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  40. Cindy

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals were exceptionally delicious and cooked to perfection

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You can order delivery directly from Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara using the Order Online button. Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 845-5121.

Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara is rated 4.3 stars by 468 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 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara

15 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2310

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On the water at State and Cabrillo Boulevard adjacent to Stearns Wharf
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at State and Cabrillo
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alberto Torres
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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