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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.5
4.5
5357 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.


Please note, during the Distillery Winter Village November 17th to December 31st, there are limited reservations available. Please call 1-416-203-2121 or email us at reservation@thedistillery.ca for any further inquiries or questions.

Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 203-2121
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact directly.
  • Private party contact
    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Cross Street
    Parliament & Mill Street
  • Parking Details
    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street
  • Public Transit
    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,357 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Mexican

5,357 Reviews
  1. AntoinetteK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food and ambience. Great place for authentic Mexican food.

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  2. JenniferA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great design, awesome night!

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  3. Mucks

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, very good food and the service was amazing. Overall a wonderful night out in the Distillery.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Catrin is amazing. Great food, drinks & service. We recently had Pamela as our server and she went over and above to ensure we had a great experience. I highly recommend El Catrin. We will definitely be going back for some margaritas & tacos.

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  5. George

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fair, our water glasses have been empty for most of the time, had to ask twice to get more water. Food was tasty but I wouldn't say there's high value for money as we paid $100 per person for 2 appetizers and 2 main dishes and food was not worth that much as food wasn't that authentic. Ambiance was pleasant and interior decoration pretty nice. Overall I'd recommend for sure but with the caveat that there shouldn't be too high of expectations.
    El CatrinResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for giving us a try, George, and taking the time to provide your feedback. While we're pleased to hear you appreciated the ambiance and interior decoration, it is disappointing to hear that our dishes and service failed to meet your expectations and our standards. Please know, your glasses should have been consistently filled with water and for that, we deeply apologize. In regards to our prices, please know that while we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great! Loud environment, so it is hard to talk but the food is delicious, and comes out quickly

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  7. Poncho

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Venue, service and food quality were all outstanding.

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  8. hassamh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was nice experience, Guacamole was really good

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We thought we chicken ordered tacos. What arrived looked and tasted nothing like tacos. Good place for drinks and guacamole.
    El CatrinResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for leaving your valuable feedback. We’re sorry to know that your experience fell short of your expectations and our standards. Although, while we’re happy that you enjoyed the drinks and the Guacamole, it makes us sad to know our tacos failed to hit the spot for you. That being said, our Chef and his team work very hard to provide our guests with flavourful, Mexican cuisine, while using the freshest ingredients. Regardless, we hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente servicio, faltarían algunas cosas más mexicanas, como la sal de gusano, tlayuda de maíz azul, salsa de habanero… comida exquisita y de buen sabor!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was phenomenal but the service was just okay.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been a while since I’ve been … not sure if they updated the menu or we just ordered better but I was very impressed with the food today. The watermelon salad was amazing and the tuna tostadas fresh!!! Even my papa ( that doesn’t really explore with foods are everything and loved it

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot emphasize enough on how amazing this place is. Service, food and the atmosphere is all 5 star.

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  14. DuckieJeff

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Octopus Al Pastor was the best octopus I’ve ever had in my life. It was so tender and the pineapple purée perfectly complemented the protein. Our server Eva was a delight and the hostess Michelle was super great! Can’t wait to go back for more octopus :)

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  15. Groupofthree

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    El Catrin has striking decor and is one of few restaurants in the Distillery District. Guacamole was delicious but we asked for more taco chips and were politely told by our server that she would have to “sneak” them to us. They never came. Service was cheerful and responsive to special requests for an allergic child. Tacos and chilaquiles were mediocre at best. Expensive and no real Mexican “sabor”.
    El CatrinResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're pleased to hear that you appreciated our decor, enjoyed our Guacamole and had accommodating service during your visit. However, we apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with the additional taco chips not being provided as requested. Your feedback regarding the Tacos and Chilaquiles not meeting your expectations is duly noted; please know, we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn’t to your liking. We're glad to hear that our service team was cheerful and responsive, particularly for the allergic child. Your feedback has been heard and passed along to our team for review. We value your patronage and your feedback, and we hope to have the opportunity to better serve you in the future. Best regards, Stuart K

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drink are amazing. Server was very nice as well.

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  17. ChristineC

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Catrina is one of my fave restaurants. It never disappoints. I love, love, love the fish tacos with a margarita flight. In my recent visit for my bday, Tania who was so friendly and suggested amazing items on the menu, also recommended the Horchata Colada! Loved it! The staff are so kind and genuinely smiling throughout I 100% recommend this place to all. Awesome location as well. Thanks Tania for the bday churros! Dee-lish 😊

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  18. Antoine

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, drinks were not work $20 each, ask for light ice or else you’re paying a lot of money for ice with a small amount of drink.

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  19. PaolaD

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I had been several times, but for dinner, never lunch, and the service was very bad, the waitress never came to my table! Very bad service.
    El CatrinResponded on April 10, 2024
    Paola, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for coming back to dine with us. We're truly sorry to hear about the disappointing service you encountered during your visit. Please know, we apologize for falling short of our usual standards. Your server should have been more attentive and for that, we deeply apologize. We appreciate your continued patronage and hope to have the opportunity to make it right during your next visit. Best regards, Stuart K

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, we enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing evening at El Catrin. Excellent service and delicious food and margaritas. Muchas gracias ElvCatrin staff!

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  21. Anonymous

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I only rated 3 stars because the guacamole was really good. Tacos were dry and not very flavourful. All the staff we interacted with were amazing, they definitely increased my rating from 2/5 to 3/5. Customer service was definitely 5/5.

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  22. Myra

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was exceptional. We were celebrating a birthday and she brought out a happy birthday dessert.

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  23. Vani

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The food was really good and we got a surprise dessert as we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday! 😊

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  24. Laura

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great place. A bit pricey but overall a good experience

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  25. Thisisme

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time I visit this place, I am amazed how good the food is. Place has nice ambience, great staff, and in a great location.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing and so accommodating. Food and drinks are sooo good!!

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  27. AnastasiiaV

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, attentive staff, delicious food. We will definitely come back. The main thing is to book a table in advance, there are a lot of people who want to visit the restaurant, even on a weekday.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is not good as before, anyway, the place still been amazing for special occasion.
    El CatrinResponded on April 1, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. It makes us happy to know you loved our ambience, however we are disappointed to hear our flavours failed to hit the spot this time around. Please know, we make it a priority to offer the diversity of flavours that our guests are hungry for and our chefs are passionate about sharing. Regardless, your feedback has been heard and passed along to our team. We would love to welcome you back for another visit and hope you give us the chance to show you the experience you deserve. All the very best, Stuart K.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were exceptional. The white sangria was REALLY tasty. We arrived early for our reservation and they sat us right away. The cost was a bit more than I expected but worthwhile, for a treat.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience! Great service. Delicious food. They even made a gorgeous “Happy Anniversary” churro plate for us. Would absolutely come back!

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  31. angelac

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, however, the portions were quite small. The carne asada dish was not filling at all, and that’s considering the fact that I had an appetizer. Literally included a spoonful of guacomole and tortillas, plus a green onion ontop of the meat that was off putting. Service was really slow to begin with, and at some points throughout the experience. It was slow in the restaurant so this was surprising.
    El CatrinResponded on March 22, 2024
    Angelac, thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback! We’re truly sorry to hear about your recent dining experience. We apologize that the portion sizes of our dishes were not suited to your preferences. In regards to service, please know that we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service, so we genuinely apologize for the service that was anything less than attentive, caring and professional. That being said, your feedback has been heard and passed along to our team for review. We hope you give us another chance to show you the outstanding, five-star El Catrin experience we’re capable and proud of. All the best, Stuart K.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely waitstaff - very helpful with suggestions on the menu

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  33. magnumb

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to hit El Catrin. Great service, great menu, quick service, having a reservation through Open Table is super helpful.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite restaurants to eat at. Amazing food, service and drinks

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  35. KarenB

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely wonderful experience! The food, the ambience, and the service was really wonderful. Thank you so much for making the birthday night special. 

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  36. LA2Toronto

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Pastor Tacos were packed with flavor. Fresh guacamole mixed at the table. Both salad options were surprisingly tasty with multiple textures and flavors. Delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Invigorating ambience. Noisy and energetic.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Birria tacos and the cocktails were delicious! The service was very quick. Loved the vibe of the place.

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  38. Traci

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing everytime we are there. Drinks, food, atmosphere. All outstanding. Pamela was friendly, made amazing suggestions and was attentive.

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  39. JoanneP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Amazing welcoming staff. A dining experience of shareable dishes, small bites and amazing cocktails and house brewed beers.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very beautiful spot. Even though we had a reservation it took some time to be seated. As we requested low as opposed to high chairs. The fresh guacamole was to die for and the flight of margaritas were superb.

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FAQs

El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 5357 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 p.m.


Booked 67 times today
Google Map for El Catrin

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Parliament & Mill Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street
  • Public Transit
    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 203-2121
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact directly.
  • Private party contact
    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363
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