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Sontuosa BYOB, Bryn Mawr, PA

Sontuosa BYOB

4.5
4.5
516 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic


Sontuosa means sumptuous!
Our menu brings flavors from Italy, France, Mexico, Lebanon and America to your palette in unique and fresh presentations. Seasonal ingredients will make for additional delicious creations, daily, and our seafood is personally chosen by Ernesto every day to ensure top quality and freshness.
Our dining room is comfortable and we have lovely outdoor seating, weather permitting.
We have been chosen forBest Neighborhood Gem by Open Table ;Great Date Night by Main Line Today Magazine!
We invite you to join us for a wonderful dining experience!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Italian, French
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (484) 222-6216
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ernesto
  • Catering
    We offer full, customized catering services! Please call the restaurant for details!
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private party accommodations for up to 50 people. Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Neighborhood
    Bryn Mawr
  • Cross street
    Lancaster Ave
  • Parking details
    Street and parking lot parking, free after 6PM
  • Public transit
    At the Bryn Mawr Train Station - Bryn Mawr Village
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

What 516 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

516 Reviews
  1. Carolyn

    Philadelphia

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place

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  2. reservationist

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant!

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  3. BarryS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! What a great find! We had a wonderful meal! Friendly, welcoming...will surely come back!

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  4. John

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great little restaurant. A very lovely intimate atmosphere with great food and a variety of specials. It has become our go to favorite restaurant. Most recently my favorite thing was the aubergine (eggplant) and lamb dish -- amazing.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All very good

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was delicious. Everything was fantastic, can't wait to return.

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  7. Andrew

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here. Excellent food, great atmosphere. And I love parking right out front.

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  8. MichaelC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighborhood spot. Fantastic fresh food. Carly our waitperson was fantastic!

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  9. JonB

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time. I'll start by saying the food was excellent. So why am I giving a rating of less than 5 stars. To get 5 stars I require excellent food and service. They only get 2 stars for service, and here's why. Our server, who incidentally is the owner, never once stopped to asked how things are. We had to get water refill from a busser. However, the worse part was the end of the meal. We were still finishing dessert and had wine left in our glasses. The owners wife came up and dropped the check off. She came back a minute later and told us she needed the table. I responded that their website said we have the table for 90 minutes, to which she replied that they changed platforms (whatever that means) and tables are for 1 hour and 15 minutes. We were right at the 1 hour and 15 minute mark. She told us that people have been waiting for the table and she needs it back. I proceeded to give her my Amex card which she rejected. Funny they took Amex to hold the reservation. I asked why they don't take Amex and she said their transaction fees are ridiculous. Give me a break. Visa fees range from 1.5-2.5 percent and Amex are 2.5-3.5 percent, so 1 percent higher. On our $90 bill that means a charge of 90 cents to them. It has been years since I've had a restaurant, particularly a higher end establishment, reject Amex. Tens of thousands of places have figured this out. Not sure if/when we will go back. The next night we went to another Italian in the same center and had a totally different - and better - experience.

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  10. stacyr

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lights out meal! The food is always delicious, and the owners are delightful as they converse with diners all evening. Highly recommend!

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  11. PatrickB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience as always. Mussels Red Spicy, Lasagna, Salmon and Gnocchi were all delicious.

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  12. FrequentDiner

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice meal. Personal service and good food. We all enjoyed it.

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  13. LindaH

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! Everything is wonderful - food, service, ambiance are top notch! The brisket with rigatoni is unbelievably tasty and cooked to perfection. M husband loves the mussels - plump and flavorful! We can’t wait to go back!
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on November 22, 2022
    Thanks, Linda , for this great review!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall - Really poor experience. Appetizer - We ordered the butternut squash. Two bites - way too salty, inedible and returned. Main course - I ordered the lasagna. Just gross! It was cold and I sent it back. They brought out a new portion 15 minutes later after my wife finished her meal. Oily, soggy, with cheese everywhere. Really poor plating. There was nothing appetizing about how it looked and the taste confirmed that they have no idea what they are doing. Since the plate was burning hot, I can only assume that it was sitting under the food warmer rather than on my table. My wife had the chicken piccata which she enjoyed. Seating - We sat at the first table into the big dining room. Every time the waitresses passed by there was a breeze created by their wake. Check - After sending back appetizers and a main course, they took one appetizer and the lasagna of the bill. No apologies for the poor service, food, and overall experience. We paid the bill, tipped 20% and will never returned. The problems are not supply chain or labor shortages. The food just wasn’t good.
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on November 22, 2022
    I apologize that you didn’t have a good experience. I’ve addressed the salt issue. I, also, must apologize for your first plate not being temperature correct. The timing of your second plate was because of the kitchen being very busy. None of our dishes are preconstructed so they did the best they could. All plates are warmed in an oven , hence, they are hot. We’ve been featured on TV for our Lasagna, I apologize that you didn’t like it, it’s a signature dish of ours. Please try us again.

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  15. MaggieO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and well portioned.

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  16. VincentFarrrrr

    Philadelphia

    160 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food on the main line. Offering many different specials

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  17. Diane

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent well prepared food for moderate price-great value! Will go again!
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on November 22, 2022
    Thank you, Diane, for such a super review!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food service was attentive quiet enough to have good conversation and it’s byo!
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on November 22, 2022
    Thank you for such a nice review!

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  19. Linda

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always enjoy our meal. Ernesto and Mary are always welcoming and attentive!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite go to restaurant for fabulous food! Ernesto and Mary make the dining experience fun with their lively personalities! We had the Sweet Pete salad, Pork Osso Buco, Truffle Gnocci and the Aubergine! All prepared perfectly! We cannot wait to go back!

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  21. Albert

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best BYOB in town… and the owner Ernesto is the best. Great experience!.

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  22. bigben

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant. Paella is must try even if it’s not listed on the menu. Great selection of entrees and appetizers and salads. Husband and wife team very personable service. BYOB

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  23. Sherman

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten here eight or 10 times in the past year and the food, ambience, and service has always been excellent and consistent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good meal and nice surroundings with friendly service and moderate prices in the central mainline area.

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  24. NancyG

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had another wonderful dinner, thanks to our gracious hosts, Mary and Ernesto. Love their Aubergine with lamb. Also, Pork Osso Bucco and Grilled Calamari. Also loved that they had no music playing, so it kept the noise level down to allow for easy conversation.

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  25. KCool

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great overall experience. The food was fantastic and service was extremely personable. The ambiance outside was great. The live music and lighting set a great mood for dinner.

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  26. caroleg

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Four diners had 3 appetizers, - Truffle gnocchi lemon chicken soup. a salad 4 entrees Branzino. Chicken piccata Osso bucco. Pork chop 3 desserts Tres leches. Tiramisu. Blueberry crumble = 100% Happiness and deliciousness Service was slow- looked they they were down servers . Mary and Ernesto are great hosts. 2 of us have been here a few times sitting outside , but indoors was a relaxed environment. We recommend it to everyone

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  27. Natalie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal!

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  28. LeslieD

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner at Sontuosa last night. Everyone loved their meals. The lasagna was absolutely delicious. The service was fantastic. Looking forward to going back!

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  29. MonicaW

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a busy college weekend, so I understand the slow service. But with two very large parties seated next to us, we were rather ignored most of the evening. The food was good. Everyone seemed pleased with that. The ambiance was just OK.

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  30. HenShore

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sontuosa is a not-so-hidden gem. Ernesto and Mary put their everything into making sure diners have the most wonderful experience. The food is outstanding, as are the portions. The outdoor seating is spacious and the experience is a true dining-under-the-stars one. We eat at Sontuosa often and we love it!

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  31. Howard

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A gem in a neighborhood filled with eateries. Great people run the place and the food is their reflection. Always wonderful. El Fesco makes top three within miles.
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on September 15, 2022
    Ahhh, thank you!We work really hard to be able to present our offerings to our community!

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  33. ThomasC

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food. Fine service on a very busy evening. A good value. Eat outside if the weather permits.
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on September 15, 2022
    Thank you, Thomas, for your kind review, we really appreciate it!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Good not stellar/calamari salad too salty and paella mediocre. Owner rude
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on September 15, 2022
    We addressed the kitchen staff about the integrity of our food, we appreciate your feedback. I can't speak to your reference to the owner being rude, I apologize , we were terribly stressed because a server quit at 5:00 which caused issues. I hope you will consider revisiting us for a better eperience.

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  35. JulieR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Great night! Delicious food however the service is severely lacking! I hope this is addressed it takes away from the experience
    Sontuosa BYOBResponded on September 15, 2022
    Yes, we were aware of service quality because a server quit at 5:00 so that left us short staffed. We hope you will visit us again to know what our usual service is like.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was really slow

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not sure why it took us so long to get there but this was our first visit - it was fantastic from start to finish - and we can’t wait to go back

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  38. CarolU

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and delicious food . A great variety on the menu!

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  39. JeffreyB

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were in the back and they basically forgot about us. When we left the owner wasn’t there so they could not even take a credit card. He forgot we were there. I had to ask for the check only to find I had to pay cash. B+ Food. D service. Not the way to treat a first time diner.

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  40. KitB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Bryn Mawr, PA. The food is particularly sumptuous and the atmosphere is relaxed, quiet and friendly. I took friends there for the first time on Thursday and they loved it, too. We all started off with their extraordinary cold gazpacho soup then I followed it with the eggplant and lamb dish that was flavored just right to be similar to Greek moussaka. On nice evening, they set tables out on the sidewalk, which is lovely. The area near the post office which is busy during the day, quiets down at night. Sometimes there is a classical guitarist softly playing in the background. The food choices are a lovely selection of different European cuisines unified only by how delicious they are. It’s a little pricey but we’ll worth every penny. Open for lunch, too. BYOB and they now take credit cards.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Sontuosa BYOB offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 222-6216.

Sontuosa BYOB is rated 4.5 stars by 516 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Sontuosa BYOB

26 N Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lancaster Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Bryn Mawr
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Italian, French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street and parking lot parking, free after 6PM
  • Public transit
    At the Bryn Mawr Train Station - Bryn Mawr Village
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ernesto
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (484) 222-6216
  • Catering
    We offer full, customized catering services! Please call the restaurant for details!
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private party accommodations for up to 50 people. Please call the restaurant for details.
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