Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.3
2855 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
BRABO Brasserie.
Cocktails, Conversation and Classic French Cuisine
Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier unites contemporary American fare seasonal, local ingredients and French techniques. Enjoy a selection from our award-winning wine list, collection of craft beers, or rotating cocktail list in Old Town Alexandria.

Tasting Room
Casual fayre served with French Flair!
Next door to Brabo and open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Pair shared plates from the brick oven with a Belgian beer or one of our 40 wines by the glass in our lively, casual dining space. The Tasting Room does not take reservations.

Brabo Brasserie accept reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 8 guests on Friday and Saturday. We'll be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, French American, European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 894-3440
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sebatien Rondier
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Catering
Brabo and The Kimpton Lorien Hotel feature several private rooms that can accommodate up to 65 guests for a sit down event, or up to 100 for a standing, cocktail style reception. Please contact Tara Justice for more information! Tara.Justice@lorienhotelandspa.com.
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Cross street
Harvard St
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet and street parking available.

The valet area is located in front of the restaurant and the Lorien Hotel. If a valet is parking other cars, inquire in the restaurant and we will see to it that you will be accommodated.
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Public transit
King Street Metro is two blocks away. There is also a free trolley that runs from the Metro every 15 minutes.
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Special events & promotions
With its stunning and unique decor, Brabo, is a perfect complement to our signature Belgian-inspired cuisine, resulting in private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable. From start to finish, we provide unparalleled service while surrounding you in elegant style. Our Private Dining Room can accommodate groups up to 14, and our main dining room, patio and bar can entertain from 2 to 150 people. To start planning your personalized event, give us a call at 703-894-3440.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

With sophisticated design and time-honored decor, our two dining rooms and private dining room are perfect complements to Chef’s signature French and European-inspired cuisine, resulting in private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable.

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Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 2855 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Would have been good if we hadn’t been there before when Chef Weidermeyer was still involved. Really disappointing compared to what it used to be. They are trading on the Brabo name, don’t be fooled! Service, food and value all suffered.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu was superb and the service was gracious. We had a terrific meal. The noise level is unfortunately high in the dining room next to the bar.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had been here before and had a good experience. This past one was not a good. Our water glasses were empty the majority of the time, I had to flag someone down for a second cocktail but the worst part was that they brought my husband the wrong meal, I had to sit and let my good get cold waiting 15 minutes for him to get his and then when we got the bill both the incorrect and correct meals were on the bill. Our server was really nice, but he was not particularly attentive or aware of us. It felt like we were the outliers in his section because we barely saw him. Very odd experience.

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When we arrived the hostess recommended we not sit in the dining room (per our Open Table selection) because there were a bunch of kids in a party seated there. She then moved us to the front room. Good start!

The craft cocktails were both quite tasty. The appetizers (salad and vichyssoise) were both good.

My wife had the beef bourguignon and I had the hanger steak with truffle butter. Both came with fries that were perfect; no grease, and crispy. We both left empty plates, so we would highly recommend these dishes.

We shared a side of creamed spinach; my wife enjoyed it, I thought it was just "ok".

We each had a glass of red wine; decent selection, though prices were kind of high.

For dessert I had a mango napoleon, which was different, but next time I would order the single-serving Baked Alaska.

The service was attentive and friendly.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but everything throughout was on the expensive side.

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EM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Friendly without being overbearing, and informative. And the willingness to pour half-glasses for our second glass was very helpful when preparing to drive home!

The menu had just shifted for the season, but everything we tasted seemed as it if had been prepared many times.

Also, the chairs were incredibly comfortable, and the volume was pleasant (low, but not silent).

I will definitely return.

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c
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decide beforehand whether you want to go to the more casual Brabo Brasserie or to the more formal dining rooms (2). The primarily French menu is the same but the atmosphere is quite different. The Brasserie is smaller and the tables close to the bar. The two dining rooms are more open, even though the first one has a bar. Since the restaurant is attached to the Lorien Hotel and Spa, you walk through the dining rooms to the hotel to get to the restrooms. Both are located on the street, 1600 for the restaurant and 1602 for the Brasserie.

The tasting menu is $85 but the night we were there, the only main course options were both fish and we decided to go a la carte which probably cost more but offered more choice for the 4 of us. The cheese plate with triple cream goat cheese was small but good. The small appetizer of Mariniere Mussels wasn't all that small, and the sauce was way down the bottom given the size of the bowl, so I had to eat most of the Mussels before I could get to it with bread. They were ok, but not out of this world. The Apricot Plum and Goat cheese salad was a nice appetizer to start. As for entrees, the Sea Bass and Rack of Lamb were excellent. Our shared Cote de Boeuf came cooked just as we like it--rare--though I thought it could have had more seasoning.

The drink menu is fun to read, though it helps a bit to know French to get the jokes. The wine list is extensive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was extremely satisfied with service and the food. Our server Dave was knowledgeable and attentive. Would definitely go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service. Didn't love the wine we selected (Bordeaux Blend), but overall excellent.

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SQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, and the hostess was so sweet and wonderful. My issue was with our server George. Super rude, abrupt, and twice walked away from us as we were asking him questions. Being pregnant (but not visibly showing), I declined the alcohol menu, and that seemed to bother him as he then said “so it’ll just be water for you then”— not as a question, but as a statement. Afterwhich my friend and I waited for our breadbasket... and waited... and waited. We watched as he delivered bread baskets to thee other tables and walked around us. We finally asked the hostess, who came to check on us, if we could get one. When asking him about the menu choices he pointedly stared at us as if we were asking dumb questions (for example, “what type of fish is the branzino?”); I asked if he recommended one dish over the other and he scoffed “they’re different dishes”— as if I didn’t know the diff bw fish and poultry. Overall, food was good, hostess was wonderful, buspeople were gracious, our server was a jerk.

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NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Service was superb, food was exceptional. Very creative diahes, wonderful taste, nice portions. Room was a bit hot from the lights, a little dimmer would be nice. But otherwise, highly recommended!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The executive chef, bar tenders, and key management changed over the last few years and it hasn’t been the same since.
Not a bad place just not what it used to be...

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m
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and i had the roast duck, which was outstanding. Desserts, opera cake and Pavlova, were disappointing. Noise level was much higher than we had expected. We had to talk with raised voices.

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OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is very good. We were a fussy group," dressing on the side, hold this, hold that , we have to make a show" The waiter could not handle us. We got the wrong salads. The management stepped right up and dealt well with the situation. The timing of the meal was very off - but I would go back. The sea bass was excellent. We made it to the show with just five minutes to spare.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had the steak frites. Steak was fine but I was expecting the thick fries usually served at a French restaurant. This order came with shoestring fries - definitely disappointing. My guest ordered his steak medium and it came unacceptably well done. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant and the replacement took forever.

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B
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So-so restaurant week experience. Branzino was great, everything else was just okay. Tried the radish board before the meal and it was seriously lacking.

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CG
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Really quite disappointed in Brabo. We had just gone to Siren, a new downtown location , and loved the dinner there...more choices, each on delightful. Quiet, and just a lovely evening.

There weren't many choices at Brabo for their restaurant week, and the entire menu seems to have gone more Bistro since we were last there. Very, very noisy.

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BB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week menu was terrific! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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CH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. We live in North Carolina and it’s our third visit. They were very busy and we had 4 or 5 staffers served us, so a bit confusing, but didn’t take away from a great night. Started at the bar and ended on the patio for after dinner drinks. Love it

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TL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I went for restaurant week with a friend, got seated right away (we had a reservation). Staff were nice.
We went for the restaurant week menu - $35 for three dishes, and $20 for wine pairing.

It took a while for any of the dishes to come out. The drinks came out mostly on time, but the first course took a while, and the bread was served after the first course (both of which were cold dishes that shouldn't take long at all), so there was just nothing on the table for far too long.

I had the crispy pork as my second course, and it was honestly kind of bland, which I didn't think pork could be. The sauce that went with it was just fine, but it didn't bring anything out because there wasn't really seasoning on the pork itself, like even lacking salt almost?

I was looking forward to the dessert, which was the hazelnut and chocolate 'bar'. There was no cohesion between the layers so a small push to try and cut it with a fork separated everything! It wasn't good, which was disappointing.

The wine was fine. It took the staff over 10 minutes to clear an empty wine glass from my side of the table, even though they visited the table for water or for other reasons.

I guess since it's restaurant week the dishes might not be their top priority, but it was disappointing since I don't live around the area and don't eat out often and wanted to splurge on something good for a night. I think my friend had more success with her branzino and such, but her peach and goat cheese salad had very little of either and was mostly arugula.

The staff were friendly, the bread was good, and the place was clean and had a nice atmosphere. But I won't be going back

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n
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Nigel was provided great service. Wine pairing with the restaurant week menu was well worth the trip!

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Worst service I think I’ve ever experienced. Felt non existent and even after speaking up it was not addressed. Felt ignored the entire evening and the food didn’t make up for it. Will never be back.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and staff was so accommodating. Wonderful wine list.

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CG
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I visited for Restaurant Week this year. The overall restaurant experience was quite nice. It is low lit, fairly quiet and the staff were exceptionally hospitable. Of the 3-course meal, the appetizer and dessert were delicious and I would recommend to anyone. The main course however, the pork belly was underwhelming due to lack of seasoning, though it was cooked tenderly. I would recommend the restaurant, but avoid the pork belly.

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MS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went to Brabo for restaurant week because we had heard good things about the restaurant. The food was very good and the wine pairing selections complimented the dishes well. However, the service was poor. It took the staff over 10 minutes to even greet us and take our drink order after we were seated and over 2 hours to serve us the 3 course meal. The restaurant also had a great ambiance, but the poor service will probably keep us from retruning.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I chose the prix fixe with wine pairings--gazpacho, pork belly and panna cotta. And tasted the peach and goat cheese salad, and smoked and grilled trumpet mushrooms. One other diner at our table had the sea bass, which was served with asparagus. Asparagus in August! Why not serve a local, seasonal vegetable? Both the gazpacho and salad were too acidic to pair with any wine, and the gazpacho felt unbalanced by too much vinegar. Drinking the wine had to wait until the first course was finished, or the wine would have been obliterated by the acid. So much for pairing wine and food. The mains were better and the pork belly and trumpet mushrooms were flavorful. and paired well with a rose. The strawberry and white chocolate panna cotta was dense and grainy rather than silky and smooth. Overall the food was okay, but two of three dishes were flawed. All three wines were good, although the wine glasses were not generous, but acceptable for the price. Service was efficient, yet cold and waiters seemed disinterested in our experience and in a hurry--questions asked without waiting for responses. The restaurant was exceptionally loud, which made conversation difficult at the table.

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U
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Ive been to brabo’s couple of times 5 years ago and it was fantastic. Now its seems the place is under new ownership and the food wasn’t all that great for the high price, the portions are smaller than appetizers portions. The drinks were great though. I would most like will never dine at brabos, nore will recommend anyone to dine at brabos.

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BB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We went for restaurant week
Service was excellent
Food was good
Very loud lively surroundings

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food,ambience and service staff was outstansing.

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Naples
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was very loud in the restaurant and so it was hard to carry on a conversation. Food was good and service was excellent.

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Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in the area with friends and accidentally hit Restaurant Week. We had an early dinner. It was wonderful. The selections were generous. (How often is branzino an offering at Restaurant Week? ) the wine pairings were spot on. The service was truly impeccable. The chairs were comfortable. (It's amazing how often even high end restaurants (which this was) don't think of that. The dining room is lovely. Our waiter, Anthony, was young, cute and funny. I wanted to adopt him! I'd go back here in a minute even without the fantastic deal we received.

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon a great French brasserie in old town Alexandria. Fantastic food and service. New Southern French chef since 2017. Great pedigree and it shows. Previously more of a Belgian restaurant with some influence remaining.
Started with heirloom tomatoes and prosciutto. Wonderful southern French preparation of roasted free range poussin. Presentation was excellent and the experience takes me to Provence. Great BTG wine list with chorey_-les-Breane and Samur-champigny from 2015 showing well

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but was quite surprised that the side dish offered for a $48 filet mignon was French fries and salad greens. If I wanted fries with a steak I would have gone to the Ponderosa. Disappointed

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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences we have had in a long time. Service and Food was perfect.

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BL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Both myself and my date thought the quality of the food turned out amazing. Serving was great as well. I inquired about a wine they did not carry and he brought a sample of an alternative brand without me even asking.

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H
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good. We went for brunch and there were 8 of us. Restaurant was not busy so was quiet. Bartender seemed to spend a lot of time talking to staff instead of making orders, it took 20 mins to get 3 bloody marys. One of our party was pregnant and the server (also pregnant) was very nice about asking if our person needed some fruit or something to eat while we waited for the last 2 ppl to arrive, saying she understood about needing something to eat often. I thought the prices were a little expensive (Charcuterie plate was $29.00, and was small for that price, and needs to come with more than 2 slices of bread). Overall tho, everyone liked their food and I would recommend this to anyone wanting a nice relaxing and tasty brunch.

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JD
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was out of salads! How does that ever happen. We tried an alternate appetizer which was very good (open ravioli). The entries were very good. An odd evening but the food was done nicely and they gave us a free dessert.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I had the worst hamburger that I have ever eaten.
It was so dry I could not swallow it.

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BB
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional meal and service. Generous happy hour food and cocktail menu offered everyday. The mussels, seafood, and steak entrees were all fantastic. Faultless attentive service. A wonderful restaurant in Old Town.

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AD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brabo ALWAYS pleases. The food, gracious service, and relaxed yet elegant environment ALWAYS have us coming back, and our most recent visit was really wonderful. Rather than eat in the restaurant itself, we decided to just stay at the bar, and the service was impeccable. The food was outstanding with fresh ingredients and subtle flavors that stimulated the pallet. Brabo has become one of our "have-to-go" places for friends and family, and we are always happy to tag along!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Was able to accamodate gluten allergy. Our waitress was incredible withservice, was attentive and made the experience one that we both felt special.

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