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The Garden Court - The Garden Court - Luxury Collection, San Francisco, CA

The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

4.4
4.4
2316 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Featuring innovative intercontinental cuisine, the famed Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in a glorious setting. This historic landmark serves Breakfast daily, 2 Course Prix Fixe Lunch Monday-Thursday and an enchanting Afternoon Tea on Friday and Saturday. The Garden Court features a stained glass dome, Italian marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers and is noted on San Francisco’s Historic Register as Landmark #18. Our Executive Chef invites you to try our signature crab salad lightly dressed in our own Green Goddess Dressing, a true Palace original created in 1923.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 546-5089
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mark Timms
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Cross street
    Market Street and New Montgomery
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    BART stop New MontgomeryF-Line Market, New Montgomery
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Garden Court Lunch

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you are dining at leisure or having that executive meeting, join us for our A La Carte Lunch . Bask under the glass dome, with columns soaring above marble floors towards luminous stained glass, gold leaf sconces and mirrored doors. Dining in the Garden Court today is indeed a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the romance of a bygone era. Such turn-of-the-century grandeur is the signature of the Palace. San Francisco's first grand hotel.
    Garden Court  Lunch Photo
  • Signature Tea

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy naturally filtered sunlight under Austrian chandeliers and alongside boasting Italian marble pillars. Signature Afternoon Tea showcases an elegant, seasonal menu that is perfectly paired with every pour. A carefully curated selection of teas await each offering a distinct flavor profile to complement your palate. Our tiered tray is adorned with an array of delicate finger sandwiches, both savory and sweet. Miniature pastries, dainty cakes, and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves complete the table. Signature Afternoon Tea starts at $120. Our Prince and Princess Tea is available for children up to 12 years of age and under is priced at $60.
    Signature Tea Photo
  • Easter Brunch

    $225.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Easter Brunch will have 3 seating's each with a duration of 2 hours. 10AM-12PM 12:30PM-2:30PM 3:00PM-5:00PM Easter Brunch $225 Adults | Children $100 (ages 5 to 12) This year marks the return of our treasured Easter Day Buffet Brunch. Our Easter Brunch includes an Easter egg hunt, Easter bunny, keepsake photograph, and unlimited Belvedere Bloody Marys and Chandon, which will certainly make for a luxurious and festive atmosphere.

What 2,316 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for brunch

2,316 Reviews
  1. chrisw

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service from Bill . The hotel is absolutely beautiful and is well maintained.

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  2. WilliamO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place and atmosphere for am elegant lunch on a Saturday.

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  3. thehoff

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is adequate, one goes to the Garden Court for the ambulance.

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  4. LannyA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hotel is beautiful you can really tell this is historic. The decor is elegance. The food is so good and server is so friendly,professional and very helpful. I recommend this place check it out!

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  5. PedroL

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buffet was rather limited but we understand it was a Monday morning. Even though there were A LOT of empty tables they kind of forced us into making the reservation.

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  6. TrainmanSteve

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As we planned a family reunion in the Bay Area, we read about the Garden Court at the Palace Hotel in the BBC. What great ambience!!!! It was a delight to all get together and enjoy a leisurely meal.

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  7. GingerC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have enjoyed a better balance of sandwiches and sweet items. Sweets became overwhelming.

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  8. TerryM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Garden Court is an elegant old world experience fast disappearing from San Francisco. Wonderful ambiance. Excellent service. Memorable tea.

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  9. Topgun

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous, elegant setting in a renowned classic hotel. Impeccable service, great bar.

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  10. Baybee

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It would have been nice if they have omelette station and pancake! The waiters looked rushed! But the ambiance was beautiful!

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  11. Louise

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A vey special afternoon with a good friend having high tea together. The whole experience was fantastic and delicious too! We took public transportation (BART) and it was literally steps away from the exit off the train. I’m really happy that this kind of place continues serving high tea so we can still enjoy the slow, elegant afternoon. Thank you.

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  12. KarenK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I went to the Garden Court Restaurant at the Palace Hotel on Saturday for afternoon tea for her birthday, and it was mostly delightful. The food is outstanding and the ambiance is perfect, just what you'd expect for an afternoon tea experience in a gorgeous old San Francisco setting. The only problem we encountered is that the Garden Court only allows 90 minutes for each sitting, which is much too short and rushed for the experience and the amount of money being paid. Each sitting should be two hours *minimum*, or the cost of the experience should be cut back. We will be looking for other afternoon tea experiences elsewhere where we can relax and take our time, and not be shoo'ed out an hour and a half after dropping $400.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. Will be back for another special moment.

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  14. BAfoodxplorer

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to try the famed Garden Court breakfast buffet. We paid $44/person. That included coffee with refills and glass of juice. There were many choices for savory and sweet, fruits and cheeses. Not one stands out or memorable. Service was attentive and prompt. We even got the attention of the restaurant manager and he spent a few minutes shooting the breeze with us. Seemed obligatory. Overall, it was good enough if you are already in the city.

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  15. Mdw51

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Dining Experience !! Easily the best choice when wanting a Breakfast Buffet in Downtown San Francisco ! Wonderful selection. Fresh and sweet fruits and vegetables. Friendly and attentive service !! But the highlight of the meal is the regal and beautiful decor of the room. See the photos online! Giant Marble Columns, Crystal chandeliers, stained glass domed ceiling and more ! Like being in a movie or children’s fairytale! Prices are not inexpensive, But it is an amazing experience for special occasions!! Go ahead, your worth it !!!

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  16. Mdw51

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Literally the best dining experience possible in downtown San Francisco!! On Market Street just a few city blocks west of the Ferry Terminal Building and the Bay. The food is ALL first rate !!!! The service is so friendly and top notch!! But the main feature is the INCREDIBLE BEAUTY and Old World Elegance of the Garden Court Dining Room !!!! It’s like being in a movie or children’s fairy tale. Check out the photos online. Elegance and beauty personified! Certainly not inexpensive, but a chance to live the good life! Try it , you’ll be glad you did !!!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate breakfast here every day this week. The food was delicious and the service 5 star. We had vouchers because of our status with Marriott, but even if didn’t, I’d dine here. For breakfast you can choose continental or the buffet or purchase off the menu. While we were there they had a high tea on Sunday but it was sold out. It also looked incredible.

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  18. meee

    Sacramento

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good and a gorgeous setting but the buffet food was not very hot and the selection wasn't that big. A bit disappointed

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  19. WindsorF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I expected more from the buffet. There was only 1 gluten free pastry option. No omelette station or seafood. It seems pretty regular for a luxury hotel. Coffee wasn’t good either.

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  20. DavidBecerra

    Guanajuato

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Un lugar hermoso, uno de los edificios más hermosos de San Francisco y una atención de primera, de una paisana Mexicana! Recomiendo ir a desayunar unos Huevos Benedict

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  21. DyanneV

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunch delights, staff attention to detail and ambiance of the Palace was impeccable. A wonderful experience from the taxi ride from the Ferry building to the handsome Doorman and the hotel’s entrance. Such a stunning and exquisite historical building which continues to exude the splendor of San Francisco.

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  22. CarmenC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food selection was not as wonderful as I’d expect for Sunday buffet $44 per person. Ambiance is always lovely.

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  23. RicardoI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food can be better but i guess you are paying for the service and place.

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  24. KathyP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful dining room and the food was delicious.

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  25. MARGARETK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Garden Court is a great ding experience! We can’t wait to go back!

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  26. Bruncher

    Cleveland

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service in one of the most extraordinary rooms in the U.S. A favorite for many years. Crab cobb salad was really good -- excellent crab and an ample amount. They could serve hot dogs in this space and it would still be an extraordinary experience. The one wrong note is that the carpet and furniture are just the wrong colors and design for such a classy space.

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  27. Mark

    Indiana

    55 reviews

    1.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Front desk receptionist is the absolute worst! All 4 days we went there she was mean, negative and so rude!

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  28. ToniH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was sadly surprised that our meal was less than what I had had in the past. Although the presentation was lovely, the green goddess salad did not live up to expectations. It was also unfortunate that there were no cocktail services available due to the bartender not being in that day due to illness. However, our server was attentive and she did her best to make up for the lack of cocktails by providing us with complimentary service of fresh brewed coffee. I have been a frequent patron of the Garden Court and this is the first time I felt that the experience was subpar. I hope that I will be pleasantly surprised on my next visit.

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  29. JessicaC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carmen, our server made our experience spectacular. She went above and beyond.

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  30. KapilB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience. great service. Food we ordered was nicely made.

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  31. AlexP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time eating there, but it certainly was a great experience. The staff was great, the food excellent and the environment very festive . We are going to make New Year’s breakfast a at the Palace a yearly tradition.

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  32. TodS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful dining area with good service. The food consisted of cereal, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, chicken sausage, bacon, french toast, breads, smoked salmon, cheese and fruit. No staff carving meats, making omelets, etc. Cost $44 per person.

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  33. tominsf

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Service is excellent in a lovely setting with quality food choices.

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  34. Happydiner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Palace Hotel once had a fabulous brunch and I thought it was the same brunch buffet. However it wasn’t and it’s not nearly as good as it once was. Options were pretty limited. A mimosa was $22 and it was a flute. Overpriced and underwhelming. The courtyard is beautiful. Unfortunately, the buffet is overpriced. And I was surprised to see another guest with a dog at the table. Not a service dog. That’s not clean or appropriate to allow pets in a restaurant.

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  35. PatriciaM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful way to start an early celebration of The New Year. We all enjoyed the buffet, the service, beautiful surroundings & being together!

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  36. AliceT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an experience! My friends and I went for Holiday Tea and the food was delicious, service was impeccable and the decorations were gorgeous. I am so glad I had a chance to snag the last reservation for the year.

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  37. MrsKumar

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never seen such a magical holiday ambiance and I am so glad to have experienced it! We had the holiday tea service and the tea, sandwiches, and desserts were absolutely incredible; truly divine! The only disappointment was the service. It was inconsistent and seems that the training wasn't standard for everyone. Considering the standard that is set by the Palace Hotel, the service was quite subpar and left much to be desired.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's everything I expected and dreamt of. The food, the service/staff, the ambiance and the experience were phenonemal.

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  39. AllysonK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely holiday lunch with delicious food, beautiful decorations, and friendly staff.

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  40. SarahD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding ambiance, architecture, very elegant. Superior service and food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Incredible experience worth it in every way.

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  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Garden Court - Luxury Collection is rated 4.4 stars by 2316 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 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market Street and New Montgomery
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    BART stop New MontgomeryF-Line Market, New Montgomery
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mark Timms
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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