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Serafina by The Water

4.4
4.4
3422 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
“SERAFINA” in Italian translates to both “angel of the sea” and “fine evening”. Those who have been there completely agree! This beautifully romantic, candlelit trattoria is nestled in Victoria Park on a gorgeous view of the Middle River. Its doors open to the most irresistibly charming ambiance and aromas of fantastic Mediterranean flavors. Serafina has a covered and heated patio so guests can enjoy their surroundings in every season!


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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (954) 463-2566
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Fabio Lazzari
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator : (954) 463-2566
  • Neighborhood
    Victoria Park
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM,Sat - 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Come Enjoy Brunch on the Water at Serafina, $17.00 all you can drink Mimosas and Bellini's! No better way to spend your Saturday and Sunday. Make Reservations now while they last!

  • Ladies Night

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    $8 Martinis all night for the Ladies. Complimentary Limoncello for all Ladies after the purchase of any Entree.

  • Wine Wednesday

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    $8 Glasses of Wine on Select House Wines every Wednesday between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm!

What 3,422 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Romantic

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for scenic views

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Most Booked

3,422 Reviews
  1. MARIE

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. We didn’t have to wait for long to be seated and our waitress was so thoughtful and made great recommendations

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and terrific ambiance with service to match

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. Some dishes had to be sent back to heat up. They need more help. They need a stated parking policy.

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  4. Emily

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate my nephews birthday and did not disappoint. Very quaint and nice ambiance sitting by the water. Food was absolutely delicious and service was excellent!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely evening meal waterside. Tonya our waitress was super…just the right amount of attention. We started with the burrata for two…I had the bronzino that was cooked perfectly…my husband had the sea bass special that was nicely seasoned but cooked a bit too long. Dessert was a very light tiramisu! Would definitely go back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joe is an excellent waiter. He was very informative and attentive. 10/10 recommend

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  7. Cindy

    Atlantic City

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and the ambience were all excellent, Very peaceful by the water! 

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  8. ewsjr

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Always have a great experience. We come here for special occasions and when we have guests come to visit. A must try!

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  9. nautical

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had. My husband loved his salmon dish. Bread was not great. The only really disappointing thing was that we were sat in the middle of the patio and I had asked for their best table as it was our 10th wedding anniversary. I had specifically mentioned all that in the booking. Nothing was said to us. They also need to give some serious attention to the entry. Not inviting at all. But again, and most importantly, absolutely delicious food!

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  10. RoccoV

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Alessandra was wonderful! Great service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation for 8pm and did not sit until almost 8:45. We were told 5-10 minutes when we arrived. Honesty would have been the best policy for this hostess as so many guests were leaving and frustrated. We had a babysitter at home so we definitely won’t do this restaurant any time soon again. The food was good but the waitress definitely seemed flustered. Maybe understaffed? The atmosphere is amazing and very cozy on the water.

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  12. ShariK

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Italian food in Fort Lauderdale! Everything was delicious!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom was an amazing server. Beautiful view, alittle tight but it’s part of the expierence.

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  14. CrueltyFreeLucy

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found this waterfront Italian spot in Fort Lauderdale - reviews were pretty good so I made a reservation. First off - I recommend a reservation and select outdoor seating. Indoor just isn't the same...I am so glad I made the reservation because I would have been bummed to spend such a beautiful afternoon/evening inside. Second - Be prepared to valet - $5 valet or $10 to have your car parked up front. Third - I would say this spot is on the higher end $$$ wise of our typical budget, so just be aware. I knew what I was getting into since I love surfing menus so I saw all the pricing up front. We were seated quickly at a small 2-top - One thing I would recommend is maybe have a few 2-tops at the rail right by the water instead of just 4-tops...My husband and I were on a romantic date and directly by the water would have been nice:) No points taken off as I didn't request it, but it just seems like something nice for people on an intimate date. They also brought out a bread basket, but no butter? It is just warm bread...it isn't bad, but definitely a bit dry...Butter would have been amazing, but it didn't occur to me to ask. That's on me! I started with a glass of house pinot grigio and my husband had a Stella Artois and the Charred Octopus...The pinot was yummy...my husband said the octopus was pretty good. For entrees, my husband had the rigatoni a la vodka with shrimp added ($12 for 4 shrimp - they were gigantic!). I had the Sacchetoni Pesto...Mine was divine and my husband loved his as well. Then we did both opt for dessert. We ordered a tiramisu (my fave) and a cannoli. The tiramisu is housemade and delicious...the cannoli was just meh - My husband had never had one so we just ordered it for him to try. I also ordered a cappuccino - very yummy as well! All in all - I really liked this spot and I would definitely come here again for a special occasion or date night!

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  15. Bill

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I guess for having to use your credit card to reserve I was expecting better. It’s very run down the food was good and the service was excellent but the ambiance needs improvement

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  16. Tornetta

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thomas was a very good waiter. We enjoyed our experience.

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  17. SophieC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was literally AMAZING!!!!! And the service was great!

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  18. tdmhome

    Columbus

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great relaxing dinner! Food and service were outstanding. Only downside was tables were very close but did not detract from a wonderful evening. Will be sure to go back!!!

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  19. Jodi1212

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I have been going to this restaurant since the 1970’s. They used to have an Italian trio singing, the service was excellent and the food was good . I have been there a couple of times lately. Last night our service was very mediocre it look way too long to receive our cocktails ! The food was ok. And our reservation was for 6:30pm. We arrived at 6:35. Pm. We waited for 15 minutes to be seated when our table was empty. Not sure why?? Overall we would like to return, hopefully the above comments will be addressed. Thank you

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  20. PrincessG

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem. Date night celebrating my love birthday and Valentine’s Day

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  21. Patty

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got our table right away. They had a really nice set up for Valentine’s Day, very romantic setting on the water. Waitress was very attentive and prompt. Food came out almost immediately.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good, requested a table by the water and got the complete opposite of that in the back corner we could here people taking out the trash..even though the people who sat after us got one so that was pretty frustrating. Server was nice, calamari was good.

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  23. RobinY

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Server was wonderful and the ambiance was beautiful.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I am extremely disappointed. $220 for a meal that had no ambiance and the food was 2/5 rating. I still am baby barfing, on Valentines of all days

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked on basis of ohotos which way oversell the overall seating areas

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  26. RandyT

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was ver attentive and quick. A must go back restaurant!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ll start by saying the service was great, the food however was flavorless, with watery poorly seasoned sauce. Gnocchi had a very mushy texture with no consistent shape and was incredibly bland. The rigatoni was a bit under but would have been passable if it weren’t for the vodka sauce - which was close in flavor to plain Campbell’s tomato soup. I think the only thing with any noticeable seasoning on it was the bread.

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  28. DanH

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    our waiter was all over the place, very nice but left us alone too much. our order of of beef carpaccio was inedible and the corvina was so-so, with some bread crumb recipe.

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  29. ReneeWhite

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A regular treat, every time we come to Fort Lauderdale. Somehow we are blessed with the same wonderdul server.

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  30. dcdiner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Tom is an excellent waiter.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Was ok nothing to rave about. The area is beautiful on the water. Service was not the firendliest. Big portion sizes

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  32. RichardB

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a special romantic dinner near the water

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  33. Jomall

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of best Italian restaurants in the area Food is well worth the trip. Fresh ingredients and pasta. Waterside and indoor seating. Valet parking.

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  34. HeatherL

    St. Louis

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, it was pretty good. I had a pistachio crusted white fish special that was very good. My friend had a chicken dish she said was ok. The bread was warm and delicious. The carpaccio was good. The ambiance wasn’t great but would have been if we had been seated outside as we requested. Service was good.

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  35. GavanW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for my girlfriend’s birthday. Amazing Drinks, food was very good as well. Would definitely recommend it.

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  36. AaronF

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful water front outside table. Food and service was excellent. Head and shoulders above a traditional Italian restaurant. Great night.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation for my wife's birthday weeks in advance and when we got there the host sat us down. The waiter that was assigned to us, didn't acknowledge us whatsoever she kept looking at us and she never came to help us. She was helping the table behind us and next to us but never us. She told one of her colleagues to help us because she didn't want to help us which is what I realized. According to her coworker who helped us, she was very busy, which is a lie because the restaurant was not that busy at that time. This is a very small restaurant, she made it very clear that she didn’t want to help us. My family and I traveled thousands of miles to celebrate my wife’s birthday to have someone disrespect us like that and make us feel less important than the rest of the people that we were being served at that time. The food was disgusting, I didn't enjoy my food, and my son did not either and it was simple pasta with chicken. The chicken lacked taste and seasoning and the pasta was regular nothing special about it, anyone can make better pasta at home than the one that I ate at the restaurant. In other words, what you are paying for is for the view which is not that great either. This is my personal experience from coming to this restaurant and I will never come back again and will never give my money to this establishment. Ever.

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  38. JohnnyM

    Montreal

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect dining experience. Great food , and big portions. Service was impeccable and the value is right on. I totally recommend this restaurant.

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  39. dougg

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Your staff is excellent and accommodated our request to sit outside with our service dog. We had a lovely table, terrific appetizers, and all but one of us loved our main course. (One expected something slightly different than what he was served.) Overall, this is our favorite Italian restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale (and there are many great ones around). The only problem occurred at the end of the evening when we asked to the leftovers to be boxed for take home and that didn't happen for some reason. We were upset because the food was so good and we wanted to finish it for lunch the next day. Something was obviously lost in translation in our message to the server. However, overall the restaurant and staff are terrific. Thank you.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a hidden gem! Definitely our new favorite Italian restaurant. 

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FAQs

Serafina by The Water offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 463-2566.

Serafina by The Water is rated 4.4 stars by 3422 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Serafina by The Water

926 Notheast 20th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Victoria Park
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Fabio Lazzari
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (954) 463-2566
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator : (954) 463-2566
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