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Paseo: A California Bistro, Mill Valley, CA

Paseo: A California Bistro

4.6
4.6
193 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Enjoy seasonal New American recipes, using ingredients from the best local artisans, growers, and producers, in our elegant and iconic setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 888-3907
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Kornell
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us at events@paseobistro.com
  • Neighborhood
    Mill Valley
  • Cross street
    In between Throckmorton and Sunnyside
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

193 Reviews
  1. DuaneG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dining experience! Chicken liver mousse - delicious. Parker roll - scrumptious. Grimaud farm duck - flavorful, moist. Chocolate fondant - decadently delightful. Highly recommended overall experience with attentive service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was really good, service was average at best, waitress seemed rushed. Outdoor bench seats not very comfortable.

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  3. RobertW

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very quiet night for Paseo, and we were two of 3 people in the bar, and only one other large table in the dining room. That surprised us a bit, but everything was on point from the kitchen, and our bartender Jameka couldn’t have been more charming.
    Paseo: A California BistroResponded on April 30, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Robert! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Paseo We're glad to know that you appreciated our food, service, and found our staff to be charming. Sundays are definitely a quiet night for us but we get loud in the bar for our live Jazz every Thursday and always on the weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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  4. ArthurB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and atmosphere at Paseo is always excellent. The restaurant has a small place feel because it is divided into a number of separated rooms and eating areas both outside and inside. It must be a logistical challenge to serve drinks and food in such a configuration but we have always found the service fantastic. The wait staff is knowledgeable, efficient and attentive without being over bearing. The food from appetizers, to main courses and dessert is varied and interesting. It is not an inexpensive restaurant but worth it for a wonderful night out.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food. Never disappoints. My go to for a very nice dining experience

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall beautiful location, food very good. Service amazing.

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  7. Dswingsing

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven’t dined at El Paseo, now Paseo in many years and enjoyed the experience very much. New GM was excellent and very welcoming and “hands on.” Ordered a Grey Goose Cosmo, but received Tito’s which just doesn’t taste right. Waiter didn’t bother to tell me they don’t offer Grey Goose, which is my only complaint. All in all, a very good experience 👍

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  8. brian94941

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paseo Bistro's Wine Wednesday Delight! Nestled amidst the charming streets of Mill Valley, Paseo Bistro stands out as a culinary oasis, where every visit promises a symphony of flavors and a warm, inviting ambiance. Recently, we had the pleasure of experiencing their Wine Wednesday promotion, and let me tell you, it exceeded all expectations! Now, let's talk about their Wine Wednesday promotion – an absolute game-changer! Paseo Bistro's selection of wines, carefully curated by wine manager Kip Martinez to complement their exquisite menu, is truly impressive. Not only do they offer a diverse range of varietals, but the “Wine Wednesday” 50% discount on select bottles make it an irresistible opportunity to indulge in the perfect pairing for your meal. Speaking of the menu, where do I begin? Each dish at Paseo Bistro is a masterpiece in its own right, crafted with precision and passion. Our personal favorites include the succulent duck, perfectly seared scallops, mouthwatering burger, and the crispy romaine Caesar salad. Each bite was a revelation, showcasing the chef's commitment to using only the finest ingredients and culinary expertise. The duck, tender and flavorful, practically melted in our mouths, while the scallops were a testament to freshness and skillful execution. Even the humble burger was elevated to gourmet status, with juicy, premium beef and a medley of savory toppings. And let's not forget the crispy romaine Caesar salad – a refreshing delight that perfectly balanced crispness with creamy dressing and just the right amount of parmesan and cornbread croutons. What truly sets Paseo Bistro apart is their dedication to providing an exceptional dining experience from start to finish. The attentive and knowledgeable staff, combined with the cozy ambiance and outstanding cuisine. And don't forget to mark your calendars for Wine Wednesday – a perfect excuse to treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of gastronomic delights!

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  9. DiningDuo

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone and everything was great. The pork chop and the duck were excellent. The service was spot on.

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  10. smiler

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was creative, beautifully presented and fresh, flavorful. Staff was friendly and very welcoming. Cozy environment.

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  11. christinefrombo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, great food, friendly staff. Stayed for hours and enjoyed the experience fully

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  12. Michele

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVED our first visit to Paseo! The quaint brick alleyway led us to the bar, where we enjoyed wine and friendly chat with other visitors who had their pups along. Across the way, we were seated at a lovely table for two with a cozy fire and menu that had too many good choices! Our food was beautifully prepared, tasty, and well presented. Service and wine were excellent - can't wait to come back with friends!

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  13. davide

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best fine dining in Mill Valley. Which says a lot, since there’s some great restaurants in the area.

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  14. BEZ22

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect date night! Cute stylish ambiance Delicious food

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  15. BarbaraS

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a terrific meal. Everything that everyone ordered (there were 4 of us) was delicious. I especially recommend the mussels-ate every last bit!

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  16. BillM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a gem of a restaurant. We always ranked Poggio as the best in Marin, but this is giving it a close second.  food was outstanding and service couldn’t have been better. 

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  17. bjmeri

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty somewhat deconstructed Caesar salad with wonderful white anchovies! Pork chop to die for. Good cocktails, beautifully cooked scallops. Only wish the sauce on the scallops had been less salty but glad i ordered them. A bit noisy but nice cozy fire to keep us warm. Will return.

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  18. Petey

    San Francisco

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been eating at the location of Paseo. We started eating there in late 70’s. The service was excellent. Our server, Natasha, was very attentive to our dining needs. The food was excellent and truly delicious. My wife started with the Japanese custard with shitake mushrooms and a lot of lobster pieces. She then had the duck breast, which was very tasty but was not crispy. I started with the delicious fig and burrata with heirloom tomato salad. I wanted the pork loin but they had sold out, so I had the 10 oz wagyu steak. We enjoyed their rice pudding as their nightly special. We e joyed our meal and will go back. It is a local gem that the locals should support.

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  19. jilld

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first visit to this restaurant. Wonderful ambience, engaging service, and special food experience.

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  20. KIMBERLYR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The bar is a very different vibe than the main restaurant and given it was valentines day it was super nice to be able to get in! The food was delicious, the wait staff and bartender great! The bar area is a little loud with lots of doors opening and closing, but for drinks....just perfect. If you want a cozy, warm and quiet dinner, wait for a reservation in the main dining hall which is lovely!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good for a Marin restaurant. The service, however, was pretty minimal. Our server asked us questions as she was running past the table, trying to take care of every other table in the dining room. The restaurant was out of the basic champagne Chandon. Probably the thing that was most distressing is that I was freezing during the entire meal

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  22. T7848

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although they did not have the menu entree I'd intended to order, the black cod I had instead was delicious. In fact, everything we had from the heirloom tomato/fig salad to the baked apple dessert was prepared perfectly. Our server, Natasha, was a delight and the entire staff was extremely nice.

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  23. SuzanneT

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live a couple of blocks away, so we have been to Paseo a few times since they changed their menu. Last night we ordered the ravioli again (outstanding) and the pork loin (also outstanding), and were happy with the appetizer special (a terrine). Our friends seemed very pleased with their meal as well. The ambiance was lovely, as always, and quiet on Super Bowl Sunday. Great service, too!

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  24. Nancy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this spot. Food, location, and ambience all great. I was unimpressed with the service this time, which is a bummer for a nicer restaurant.

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  25. BillatCA

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both excellent. We had not been to Paseo and quite a while, but plan to return sooner rather than later.

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  26. JamesK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my love here for a NYE dinner and from the time we arrived, we were pampered by several members of the staff. The food was absolutely wonderful. The ambiance was warm. And the cost was quite reasonable in comparison to all of the benefits we received... though not inexpensive, I felt it was a good value... and we will definitely be returning.

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  27. RalphD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious burger & fries, could be best we have had in Marin. And good cocktails. At the right price too.

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  28. OttBB1

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had dinner here during the week. It was absolutely fantastic. I had the bacon wrapped pork loin and my wife had the butternut squash ravioli. Staff was wonderful, dessert and coffee were amazing. Can't wait to come back.

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  29. RyanS

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved every minute of our experience at Paseo. The dining rooms are very intimate and set the perfect mood. The raw oysters were great but the Oysters Rockefeller were even better! For entrees we each had the New York steak which was cooked to perfection and honestly one of the best steaks I have had in awhile. We will definitely be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Dining room in the rear of restaurant was so cold that I wore a coat throughout meal. Oysters Rockefeller were good as was the roasted bone marrow. the pork loin was raw and cold. It was inedible. It was a bit dark so didn't realize it until we tasted it. Cocktails were fine. Natasha our server was very good but the food and ambiance was a strong disappointment. Why we were seated in a cold almost empty dining room was a mystery. We will never go back.

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  31. ChristopherB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambience and service. Very romantic place. Classiest place in a classy town!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I came here to celebrate my bday and felt uncomfortable by some of the customers and service here. My dad is hard of hearing and we have to speak louder than normal tone. People kept staring at us and we weren’t trying to rude. I wish is was more accommodating to people with disabilities. Our utensils were not set out and we had to ask for it. We had to ask our waitress to take our order. It all damped my evening.

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  33. jacksonjohn

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paseo is a special place for special occasions. I went for my birthday this year. The best part about the dinner was the exemplary service from Maya and the ambience of a relaxed Sunday night. The food was very good, although I have come to expect a bit better from Paseo. The lobster risotto was a little watery, rather than thick and creamy. Our drinks, with sky-high prices, were ho-hum. My date's go-to cocktail is an Old Fashioned, and she reported that this one was mediocre. I've had better espresso martinis in my day, too. Overall, though, it was a lovely night out, topped off by a candle on the delicious chocolate lava cake we ordered for dessert.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service in a lovely, cozy environment.

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  35. Carol

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food with efficient and friendly service.

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  36. jrlaw

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Burgers were way too heavy on the salt Bordered on being inedible Natasha was sweet Love jr

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paseo has a new chef and the restaurant is fabulous

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  38. LorrieB

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and service was excellent. Cozy and charming.

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  39. ChrisD

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, but insanely overpriced. And be warned, they charge you for every refill of soda and iced tea. The oysters rock were the best I’ve ever had though. But likely won’t go back. $310 bill for 2 people, no alcohol. Insane.

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  40. Joba

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful outdoor experience at Paseo. We sat in between two heaters, got a nice blanket for our dog to sit on and enjoyed Cocktails, Duckhorn Chardonnay, a wonderful Lobster Bisque with Brioche and homemade butter with Fiddler’s Greens Fall Melange. Chef Sylvain Montassier came out himself to serve the hot Lobster Bisque. Ask him about the secret recipe.

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FAQs

Paseo: A California Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 193 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 15 times today
Google Map for Paseo: A California Bistro

17 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1907

Additional information

  • Cross street
    In between Throckmorton and Sunnyside
  • Neighborhood
    Mill Valley
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Kornell
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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