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Waypoint, Cambridge, MA
Waypoint, Cambridge, MA
Waypoint, Cambridge, MA
Waypoint, Cambridge, MA
Waypoint, Cambridge, MA

Waypoint

4.4
4.4
1938 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow welcomes Waypoint, his second Cambridge restaurant. Located at the gateway of Harvard Square at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, “waypoint” often means a plot point on a map. For Chef Scelfo, it signals a natural next step along his culinary journey. From live-fire pizza to raw bar and caviar service, to an expansive absinthe list, the menu at Waypoint reflects his forward-thinking approach to coastally-inspired fare combining approachable ideas and ingredients with elements that are unexpected.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 864-2300
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Michael Scelfo
  • Private party facilities
    All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to paige@aldenharlow.com.
  • Private party contact
    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2300
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Waypoint is conveniently located between Harvard Square and Central Square, with red-line MBTA stops at both Harvard and Central. From either direction, it takes roughly 5-10 minutes to walk to Waypoint at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,938 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,938 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They ran out of oysters, our main reason for picking this restaurant. The shrimp and pork dumplings are not worth 17$, there were only 3 small dumplings. The waiter was a little unfriendly.

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  2. LoriL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters were excellent as well as the burger and fish and chips!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamachi crudo and tuna were amazing! Also, we are definitely coming back for one dollar oysters ❤️

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  4. Dinewithfriends

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined on a quieter Sunday eve. Service was warm and welcoming. The ambiance, lighting, and music were spot-on for an evening mid-winter getaway. We had crab pasta, which was outstanding and memorable. Cod was beautifully presented - cooked to perfection. "Hickory? Shrimp" robust flavor, rich and warm - perfect for a winter night. We highly recommend!!

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  5. Framinghamdiner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a really nice meal. We sat at the bar. Service was excellent. Would definitely go again.

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  6. John

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab in the pasta was very chew and did not taste like crab at all. This was our main entree I would not recommend getting it

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  7. Matt

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the first time with my folks, and Ingrid was superb with her recommendations and service. She was a delight. The food was all excellent: we had the shrimp cockatil, a dozen oysters on the half shell, the hickory smoked shrimp and the Jonah crab and angel hair pasta. The ambiance, too, was great as we could have quality conversations without lots of background noise or a cacophony of bouncing sounds like in many of Cambridge's restaurants.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Wish it was more clear that the oysters were only $1 at the bar though. Instagram bio just says $1

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  9. NekesaS

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good time at Waypoint and as always, love the $1 oysters.

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  10. MGCambridge

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal - anchor Caesar salad and whitefish pizza!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food with one exception- my angel hair pasta was waaaay overcooked. Flavors were fantastic, service was great. Other pasta dishes were cooked to perfection - just the angel hair was overcooked.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The donuts and caviar were excellent, as was the lobster pasta!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    F portions are really small!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great happy hour oyster deal. Good value for the area overall. Went there for a business meal. Will come back with family

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  15. Mdavidh

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This had to be some of the worst food I've eaten in a while. We had the black pepper pasta with guanicle sausage and it was gelatenous, heavy... basically inedible. The fish and ships was greasy, with uncooked fries/chips. The smoky shrimp were overcooked and hard. The cesar salad was about as boring as one can imagine. No aesthetics to the plating. Don't go!

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  16. Feanor78

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambiance were spectacular (especially the uni buccatini), and our server Ingryd was fantastic. We had the wine pairing menu, and the only (small) critique is that the wait between courses was longer than might be expected for a prix fixe menu. Will definitely be returning, if only to hoover up some more crudo!

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  17. KatieM

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Great drinks! Highly recommend. Worth every penny!

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  18. DavidH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We've been fans of Alden & Harlow for years, and this was our first visit to Waypoint. We were a party of six (with to couples from out of town). We were the organizers. Service was clearly understaffed and abysmally slow, and the (open) kitchen was clearly disorganized and mismanaged. We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation to get seated. Another 25 minutes to get our drinks. The worst: They served us three (or our six) entrees (all pasta), and then it was literally another 15 minutes before two more appeared, and then another 5 before the sixth was brought to the table. WTF? There was no acknowledgment by our server or manager that this was a major fail. And it of course made for an uncomfortable dining experience. We'd think twice before returning, and definitely not with other guests.

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  19. IgAn

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had lobster pasta and pizza clams and they were both excellent

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    $1 east coast oysters were amazing. Their pasta was so delicious and el dente. Their cod fillet however was heavily over salted and the salmon crudo didn’t taste at all like the menu description (avacodo and black truffle oil). Instead, vinegar and mustard were the predominant flavors. Still really like this place after my 3rd time though the crudo dish was really disappointing

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  21. outandaboutdiners

    New York City

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really excellent dinner. We had the seafood tower which was excellent. Great for sharing between 6 people! Then we decided to order things to share. We were not disappointed with any of our choices! Drinks were also great and our server was terrific!

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  22. Lucy

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The food was good and inventive but still reasonably priced. Accommodating to allergies and good atmosphere.

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  23. jeffw

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food not the best Every dish over salted Not as exciting as it used to be but still good

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fabulous dinner at Waypoint. Food was outrageously delicious. Service was speedy, friendly and attentive. The person at the front desk was totally understanding when I called to say we were running late and then super helpful later on when we needed to retrieve our car from the valet after the restaurant had closed. Would definitely recommend Waypoint to everyone and will be back.

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  25. JohnW

    Seattle

    158 reviews

    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly five star on every level - great service, a fantastic stream of delicious plates to share, great drinks. We ordered a good mix of old favorites and some new items - the salt and vinegar smelts were a clear winner! Can’t wait to return.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food (oysters, Caesar salad, salmon, clam pizza, Brussels sprouts), a delicious sparkling wine suggested as a pairing with oysters. Service was so-so. They are seemingly understaffed like a lot of restaurants these days. Their booths are poorly designed so there is not enough space for anyone’s legs (not even mine and I am very short). We had to move tables. Also there was a long line for the Womens bathroom, which I have never seen in a nice restaurant. Seems like poor planning by the architect. Nonetheless, we will eat here again. Food was truly delicious and aesthetically, the restaurant is beautiful.

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  27. Phil

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Stopped in with a friend before attending a show at Arrow Street Arts. The maitre d was lethargic and bored. We had a nice booth and a lovely and attentive server. The food was not awful but underwhelming. A bland and watery Caesar salad with virtually no flavor. Fish and.chips, a new menu item, was a single piece of haddock encased in half inch thick, overcooked, greasy batter. The fries were good. We also had a tuna crudu appetizer that was the best dish we ordered. Maybe it was the chef's night off.

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  28. Ogchristoph

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food what was outstanding & cocktails are always on point. Our server was very helpful at navigating our way through the menu. One of the best seafood dinners we’ve had in the city.

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  29. jinx

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I was disappointed with the food which seemed exotic rather than tasty. It is expensive too. I feel ambivalent about the experience- maybe I was expecting too much.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were excited to eat here having enjoyed great meals at Alden and Harlow. Unfortunately the food took painfully long to arrive, the dishes were just ok, so the overall experience, especially considering their prices, was disappointing at best. We paid $80 for a 16ounce steak that came out the same size as the 8ounce steak someone else in our party ordered. The manager took our bill down by $100 which was appreciated. Nice spot, hopefully they will get it together!

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  31. KellyO

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really like this place, been a gew tines. The food is excellent, the vibe is cool. It's a great place to bring out of town guests who want seafood. A little noisy depending on where you sit, and a little pricey for some items, but still highly recommend!

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  32. MahS

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I hadn't been back here in years and used my out of town friend as opportunity to revisit. The menu is incredible and very diverse, unique. But thats where it ended for me. Food came out looking very nice. But some how what I recall as interesting twists and flavors was not overwhelming. Esp the uni bucatini, something I was looking forward too. It tasted like mac and cheese with bucatini instead of shells and a slightly smoked yolk. I should have asked for a second smoked yolk to be honest. So this might be my final time to Waypoint. We will see.

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  33. Kristy

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here was very good! I loved the uni pasta and the $1 oyster happy hour was definitely worth it.

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  34. JessL

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a cute vibey establishment, but that doesn’t make up for the service or food. It took our server almost 10 minutes to greet us, the manager poured us water. We ordered our drinks from our server and the wine list had a great variety. The raw oysters were tasty, but they weren’t cleaned or shucked properly. Each oyster had bits of broken shell. We then ordered our mains. The chicken was ordered first, actually before the oysters because our server said the chicken takes awhile. Then a pizza, steak frites cooked rare and a second chicken. The server comes back and informs us that they ran out of chicken. I then order steak frites cooked medium rare. Pizza comes out first. Then the medium rare steak frites….which is weird because because I was the last to put in an order. Now we wait and wait and it takes 90minutes for the rare steak. The server and manager tell us the kitchen is backed up, but if that’s the case then why we’re tables that say after us served. I wish the server and manager were transparent and admitted they messed up. There was no offer of a free glass of wine nothing comped on the bill. The lack of service and lack of customer service was overly disappointing. Even though I enjoyed the vibe I will not be back.

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  35. Chad1510

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok and service (Melissa)was very good- however all four fish plates were sold out at 6;30!!! It is a seafood restaurant so that is unacceptable. Also one (Tiramisu) of three deserts was Very disappointing!! Tx, Chris

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  36. HarveyK

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely pizza pie of mushrooms to accompany very good cocktails, and of course the $1 oysters every evening until 7!

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  37. WillisE

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and atmosphere were all fantastic.

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  38. julia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Even after having a reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. The food was great and they apologized for the wait with a free drink. I would recommend at less busy times.

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  39. Famished

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Great food. Deafening, unremitting noise level (near 90 Db). Overstretched staff rendered terrible service. Received someone else’s bill (higher than mine). Sadly, this will be our last meal at Waypoint, and likely so for our friends as well.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The oysters were really good. The cocktails were great! I especially loved the absinthe cocktails.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Waypoint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2300.

Waypoint is rated 4.4 stars by 1938 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 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waypoint

1030 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Waypoint is conveniently located between Harvard Square and Central Square, with red-line MBTA stops at both Harvard and Central. From either direction, it takes roughly 5-10 minutes to walk to Waypoint at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Scelfo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 864-2300
  • Private party facilities
    All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to paige@aldenharlow.com.
  • Private party contact
    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2300
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