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the C restaurant + bar, Monterey, CA

the C restaurant + bar

4.6
4.6
1165 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Our family-friendly Monterey Bay restaurant is close to the Aquarium, situated over sapphire waters and immersed in the natural beauty of the California coast. The C restaurant features only seafood endorsed by Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The delicious Arctic Char featured on Executive Chef Matt Bolton's menus is similar to salmon in taste, texture and color, but is available year-round, and is rated a "best choice" by Seafood Watch.

Located at the upscale InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel on Monterey Bay. Every table at the C restaurant has a view of the pristine and scenic Monterey Bay. Marine life sightings abound, including dolphins, whales, harbor seals and sea otters. Enjoy the parade of sea creatures and shore birds as you savor the finest in California regional cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 375-4800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Matt Bolton
  • Private party facilities
    Romantic and luxurious, our intimate private dining room, The Library, creates a unique setting for special meals and celebrations, with first editions of John Steinbeck's novels enlivening the decor. Adjacent to the C restaurant, The Library features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront Pacific View Courtyard.
  • Private party contact
    theC@pahotel.com: (831) 375-4800
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Cross street
    Prescott Avenue
  • Parking details
    We recommend City Parking located at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Foam Street.
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, plus excellent happy hour specials on wine, beer and small plates. On weekend nights, black and white silent movies are projected outdoors, classic films that add to the glamorous coastal atmosphere. Highlights:Live music Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Happy hour food and drink specials Sunday through Thursday 4-7pm.Pacific View Courtyard features a protected outdoor area with two fire pitsCutouts on boardwalk for unique views of intertidal zonesComplimentary valet parking for restaurant guestsOcean views from every table
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,165 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for scenic views

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for business meals

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

1,165 Reviews
  1. LauraO

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This is not an upscale restaurant at all. People were dressed like they were going out to eat fast food. There weren’t even any table cloths o. The table. Food was ok but overpriced.

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  2. MichaelC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent breakfast spot. Super location and great team

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  3. PeteF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Bravo to the kitchen! I was stunned when mngmnt allowed a lap dog in the dining room, presented as a “service” dog. I was disillusioned when one of the offending party began shouting at our party as we were leaving. I have never eaten at a fine dining establishment that allowed a lap dog in the dining room.

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  4. MichaelC

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and setting. Food had very good plating and flavor. Contemporary look and feel but the servers added a warmth without being intrusive.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Making a reservation was super easy and the staff was amazing

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time! Perfect evening from start to finish. Thank you!

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  7. AnneN

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ocean view. Food always fresh and not salty or greasy. Servers are very attentive to kids.

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  8. SteveG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two egg breakfast is fabulous and get the Black Forest ham (worth every penny). The ocean view from your table is the best.

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  9. Visiting

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant and atmosphere! Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about their wines. Fantastic food.

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  10. TheMercs

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reasonably priced for my husband and I. Not ridiculously expensive. The upscale aesthetic makes it a place to eat once in a blue moon for occasions and such. Food and portion size hit the spot. View was relaxing, pier ocean view. Service and greeter very professional and prompt in service. Overall excellent in our book.

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  11. DianeD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant helped us celebrate our 50th anniversary. The food and service were amazing.

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  12. christinef

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a casual restaurant with well-prepared food, great location and view. The food we ordered was delicious and the service was perfect. We live in the area and there are quite a few great restaurants around, we will be coming back to this one.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amaaaaaaazing. Food is delicious, wine is great, very knowledgeable waiter. We had top notch experience

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  14. MaritaD

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Took my friend here for her 70th birthday. Food and view always great. Crowded however so noisy but still lovely place to celebrate or enjoy Monterey Bay.

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  15. MelissaB

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are several amazing choices on the menu with several seafood/fish choices, which you know are very fresh and amazing. Our dinners were simply delectable with excellent sauces, the right temperature of the fish and meat, beautifully displayed vegetables… I can’t say enough. Hands-down, our favorite restaurant now! I hadn’t eaten here for 10 years and all they’ve done is improve. Our waiter was so attentive, polite, sincere, and very caring for exactly what we wanted. He was personable, and when I made a joke that I’m not very fancy and just wanted a beer, he was extremely helpful and not putting me down for that at all! In fact, he was very passionate and explained all about Alvarado Street Ale, and it was an excellent choice he made for me! He was simply the best!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Swordfish and Calamari were amazing, cocktails were beautiful- little heavy on the lemon. The server was attentive, the music was an unexpected surprise. Will be back for sure

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  17. KatyC

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakfast was nice and quiet! With an amazing view and great attention to service.

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  18. Alicia

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super kid friendly. Our little one had a great time! Food is also delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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  19. MollyandTeddy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant. As a hotel guest it is great to have a quality restaurant downstairs.

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  20. ZeusS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelllent food and great service. Our table representative , Anthony was very friendly and attentive to all our needs and suggested good food recommendations. Nice ambiance and excellent food choices. My wife was very impressed with the steak and calamari dishes, very yummy!

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  21. STEVEM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Auto valet outstanding, seated immediately, service excellant, food hot and very good quality, nice and quiet and room good temperature. Will definitely return.

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  22. ChrisS

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They always do a great job accommodating our dietary needs. The filet mignon is consistently tender and delicious, and the vegetables have a good flavor too. The prawns are very white with a good texture. Service is attentive, and the dining room is a relaxing setting.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing and live music a nice touch. Ambiance I found lacking and was fairly expensive.

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  24. SteveC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. Pedro, our server, did a great job.’

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  25. DaveL

    San Joaquin

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great, the food was excellent, lovely surroundings - a bit too noisy

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  26. RobertG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Almost perfect. I just wish there was sustainable local seafood on the dinner menu. Monterey has access to world class commercial fisheries like black cod, sand dab and petrale sole. Please consider adding this one final facet to make the experience at C perfect! Service was first class very attentive and friendly but not overly so. Prices are spot on you pay for what you get and the C is well worth the price. The live music is a very nice touch. The artist who performed during our visit was very talented. The music was not over powering like some live music can be. Thank you for an excellent experience!

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  27. Mahm

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great! It's nice to have music playing but it was a little too loud in my opinion. Everything else was super!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably one of the nicest experiences in a long time. Pleasant surprise . . .

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  29. Leslie

    Boise

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. The waiter was a little "too attentive" and the price was on the high side, although the food items we had were delicious, and the location and ambience fantastic.

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  30. OliverR

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant in a wonderful hotel.

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  31. RHODORAR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it was a great breakfast experience for my family! My son loved the bagel and lox and his hot choco with peppermint! We were seated with a nice view as requested from open table. Thank you!

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  32. TERRYK

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around. Duck breast is stellar!!!service is excellent.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff and Kitchen delivered a perfect experience.. The host greeted us within seconds of or arrival.. The salads and entrees were picture perfect and flavor was outstanding..It was a perfect choice for 20 + year anniversary..All the staff were in great cheers. The explained specials and know menu in detail. We will return.. Thank you..

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First I have to give a shout out to our server Anthony. He was very professional, listened to our requests and recommended the best wine. He went out of his way to make sure one request, although tongue in check, was met. My husband is a lover of mushrooms. he cheekily request a side of the chanterelles mushrooms and lo and behold Anthony shows up with them. The food was amazing and creative. They were cooked to perfection and served in a timely manner. I would recommend the restaurant to everyone. We’ll be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience me and my wife weekend getaway.

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  36. Paulina

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, exceptional cuisine, and surprisingly nice touch added with live music during dinner service. I found this restaurant on OpenTable while looking for a last-minute Friday night dinner reservation. I picked it out only later to realize it's the same restaurant at the hotel we were staying at. This made it even more convenient! We'll be back for sure.

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  37. Judy

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual the food and service were fabulous. Yes it's expensive but so is everywhere else and no one else always gets it so right. The filet is to die for. It was my birthday and was a very special evening. Love this place!

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  38. Jkay

    New York City

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. The food was very good. Beautiful restaurant. The dessert was amazing!

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  39. SherryStyle

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to try C restaurant for breakfast after reading their good food reviews, and because we wanted to dine outdoors with a view of the Monterey Bay. All high expectations were met - the food did not disappoint and the service was very accommodating. The sound of the water capped off a lovely birthday meal. We'll return!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you Joe, the food & beverage manager & the hard working team for a wonderful reception for our elopement. We were a small party of four. Joe promised to take care of us when I spoke with him on the phone, and he delivered. We were offered a private space to dine with a lovely view. We greatly enjoyed the attentive, kind, and hard-working team of servers. Joe runs a wonderful restaurant. The food was outstanding, and the service was excellent. We had a wonderful experience. Thank you again! We will be back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

the C restaurant + bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1165 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 2 times today
Google Map for the C restaurant + bar

750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Prescott Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We recommend City Parking located at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Foam Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Matt Bolton
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, plus excellent happy hour specials on wine, beer and small plates. On weekend nights, black and white silent movies are projected outdoors, classic films that add to the glamorous coastal atmosphere. Highlights:Live music Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Happy hour food and drink specials Sunday through Thursday 4-7pm.Pacific View Courtyard features a protected outdoor area with two fire pitsCutouts on boardwalk for unique views of intertidal zonesComplimentary valet parking for restaurant guestsOcean views from every table
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 375-4800
  • Private party facilities
    Romantic and luxurious, our intimate private dining room, The Library, creates a unique setting for special meals and celebrations, with first editions of John Steinbeck's novels enlivening the decor. Adjacent to the C restaurant, The Library features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront Pacific View Courtyard.
  • Private party contact
    theC@pahotel.com: (831) 375-4800
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