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Nikos, Durham, NC

Nikos

4.6
4.6
283 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
NIKOS offers a treasure trove of flavors distilled from Greece and the surrounding regions — spanning from the southern coast of Crete to the north of Mount Athos, and from the Ionian islands to the Aegean Sea.

We invite you to embark on a culinary journey that encompasses health, wisdom, dreams, passions, and the timeless pursuit of ideas that transcend boundaries.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 908-0189
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We like to party!
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (919) 908-0189
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Cross street
    Parking on W. Peabody, W. Main St., public lot on W. Main and S. Gregson
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Graduation + Mother's Day Brunch

    $45.00 per person

    May 11 - May 12, 2024
    Join us in celebration of Graduation and Mother's Day with a special pre-fixe brunch menu!
    Graduation + Mother's Day Brunch Photo
  • Graduation + Mother's Day Weekend Dinner

    $70.00 per person

    May 10 - May 12, 2024
    Join us in celebration for Graduation and Mother's Day- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- May 10th-12th- with a special pre-fiixe menu.
    Graduation + Mother's Day Weekend Dinner Photo

What 283 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Durham

    Great for brunch

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Durham

    Most Booked

283 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow and disorganized. Appetizers came out long before the drinks, but were very good. For the main courses we got the Lamb T Bone and most came out overcooked and honestly under proportioned for the price point. I had gotten mine medium rare and it came out well done but they were able to fix the problem and when it came out again it was very good. I would say this place is more of a drinks and apps spot though instead of a full dinner.

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  2. 1lovehuck

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside. Good and service were both very good. A pleasant lunch.

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  3. MadisonS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were great, food was good, atmosphere is fun, but the value isn’t there to me. The chicken dish tasted good but had two sides of rice for $28. I’d probably go back but I’m not rushing to.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really amazing, flavorful food as usual! This place is a gem

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  5. Grainger

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience with a large 10 person business dinner. Every dish was quality, in particular the mussaka, fries, and the carrot dish. We ate out on the patio which faces a nice red-bricked square. Service was a little slow but made up for by being knowledgeable and providing great recommendations.

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  6. DavidR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appetizers and dinner were delicious!! Staff were excellent!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food, ambience, and great staff combos we’ve seen in Durham. The menu is not huge, but everything seems to be very well done. The staff went out of their way to make us feel like “regulars”.

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  8. jackiemac58

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nikos is a good choice for a group of 5 or more as the energy is high. Not as well suited for a quiet dinner for 2.

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  9. PatriciaF

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Servers are amazing—they seem to really enjoy being there, in spite of having to get out of each other’s way frequently. Ours took time to explain the menu in detail, kept up with filling the water glasses, was super agreeable. The food was very good and the menu interesting. Although there are expensive items, the combination of small plates and variety means you can eat well for less than you would think. Flaming cheese is a cliche but fun and tasty, with shallot sauce and crunchy bread. Love the Mac and cheese! Noise level would keep me from coming back, sadly.
    NikosResponded on April 14, 2024
    Hi Patricia-- Thank you so much for the kind and thorough review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the service and found interesting items at a good value on our menu. The noise level inside can definitely be significant during peak dinner hours. If you choose to join us again, I would recommend booking a table for our beautiful garden patio which stays at a peaceful noise level all throughout the evening! -H

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  10. AngelaC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and good portion sizes. Our waitress was really knowledgeable and friendly, but she was very busy and we had to wait a while for several things. It seems like they might need more waitstaff to keep up with the number of tables they are serving.

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  11. PaulM

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic meal from start to finish.Lauren was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu, absolutely wonderful experience for our entire party

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, kind staff, great environment! 10/10 will be back

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  13. LarissaC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I should have said when I booked that I am highly intolerant to spicy food. I didn’t think that I needed to mention though: Greek food is not spicy (at least traditionally). I ordered the Garden Platter and it was VERY spicy: covered and cooked with a lot of chili. I couldn’t eat. The waiter asked if everything was good (procedure). I told him that the food was very too spicy for me. He said that he was sorry. He didn’t ask me if I wanted a replacement (I know that it would be out of courtesy and good service, but I would have appreciated). Maybe he was not trained to do it. So I paid for what I didn’t eat. I gave him a tip, out of courtesy. And I left the restaurant hungry and very disappointed.

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  14. Girolamo

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food. imaginative dishes, comfortable, unstuffy atmosphere!

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  15. shzee90

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner at Nikos. This was our first time to the restaurant and it will definitely not be our last. Our server was very attentive and kind and thoroughly explained the menu to us and made suggestions at every turn. Everything we had from cocktails, appetizer, entrees and dessert was delicious, can't wait to come back and try more of the menu.

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  16. LisaR

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space! Super friendly staff! Food was good, not great.

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  17. AmberT

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was phenomenal. We started with the brussels and flaming saganaki followed by the black cod special and founder. I would highly recommend any of them.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere is delightful. The food was good, but we just ordered wrong. It did get quite noisy and the yelling with the flaming Cheese was a little bit over the top in my opinion. Other than that we had a great time.

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  19. Brooke

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am overflowing with positive reviews about this place! Nestled in the heart of the Brightleaf district, Nikos is an absolute gem that never fails to impress me. From the moment I stepped through the door, I was greeted with warm hospitality and an amazing ambiance that whisked me away to the Mediterranean. However, what truly sets Nikos apart is the exceptional service and chef’s genuine care of enlightening the guest’s experience. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or simply seeking a memorable dining experience, Nikos is the place to be. Trust me, Nikos will leave you coming back for more, time and time again!

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  20. Phyllis

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was extraordinary and the prices were very reasonable! It was a fun atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the experience!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an awesome brunch experience here! There were so many items on the menu I wanted to try, I got the Turkish breakfast and it was light, flavorful and delicious. I also tasted my friends plates and they were amazing as well (salmon Benedict and the French toast special). The ambiance was great, service was awesome, great drink menu as well. Would love to go back!

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  22. OutOfTowner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonder greek restaurant just up the road from American Tobacco Campus. The staff was friendly and attentive. They walked us through the entire menu and gave excellent recommendations. I had a date-infused old fashioned which was very well balanced. My girlfriend and I also loved the Zucchini Cakes.

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  23. KatharineM

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a private room which was lovely. The food and service were fantastic!

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  24. BrookeL

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Durham! We love brunch and dinner here!

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  25. EBen

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so delicious! Food came out quickly and dishes were nice to share with one another. Beautiful interior and atmosphere ! Looking forward to coming back

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  26. Kathleen

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting the area and so glad we tried Niko’s. Despite the fire alarm going off and having to evacuate the restaurant. The staff handled the situation in a very professional manner. Got us back in once they got the “all clear” from the fire department and the staff never skipped a beat. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.

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  27. LYMA

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but the service was poor. This was the second time we have had very poor service.

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  28. Ed99

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    best food ive had in Durham. no doubt. the vegetables were fresh, hummus was tasty, and fish was delicious.

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  29. pickyeater

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We drove over an hour and a half to try Nikos and boy was it worth it! We chose to try three of the appetizers and I would order all again but my favorite was the cauliflower. My salmon with spinach couscous was divine. I might suggest adding a grilled lemon half option on the side for those who like lemon on fish. The bed of peppers surrounding the fish added a distinct flavor. We even put some of them on nikos amazing sour dough bread. They would make another terrific appetizer. My husband’s short ribs were divine. We especially loved the obviously housemade tomato sauce atop the dish. I had a spiced fig bourbon cocktail that is to die for. My husbands gin Dryad was perfect. Our after dinner cappuccinos were wonderfully rich accompaniments to the baklava ice cream that accompanied a light custard filled pastry. The chef, hostess, bartender and managers were attentive and made certain that guests were comfortable and happy. We are already planning our next visit to this outstanding restaurant and plan to take a group of friends. We LOVE Nikos!

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  30. Kelly

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here with a girlfriend and we both left feeling SO glad we decided to eat here! Everything from the food to the service was wonderful. Looking forward to going back.

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  31. MKTO

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the beginning until the ending, the service was very good. I used to dine in at the former Nikos regularly and curious how the new one is. The food and atmosphere has slightly changed. Old one was more quiet and new one is energetic or modern. No complaints at all! Only a thing I took away a star is we requested the quiet and not busy traffic area but we were seated at the right after the waiting area and everyone was passing next to our table (opposite to what requested) That means the request via Opentable was not delivered to the restaurant.

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  32. TonyaH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and so delicious. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. The customer service was outstanding. Great overall experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Nikos. Service on all levels was outstanding. We had lemon pancakes, gyros and shakshuka, all authentic and delicious!

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  34. MikeB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of 4 had very good service. The table was ready when we arrived and we were greeted like old friends. The waiter and sommelier assisted with recommendations . The food and drinks came out promptly. All was delicious. The wine list was almost all Greek so we did need help with that. One of party thought it was the best calamari she had ever had and our desert was an unusual flavor of creme brûlée that was delightful. Nikos is decorate with George's usual flair and the noise level is high but manageable. This is one of the best restaurants in the triangle in my opinion.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place- super warm and inviting- food is on point

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  36. MichaelH

    Raleigh

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great selection, great food, friendly service, authentic atmosphere.

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  37. Randy

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We spent a week vacationing in Durham, eating out every night, and Niko’s was easily our favorite Durham restaurant (and one of us is Turkish!). Excellent cuisine and wonderful affordable wines. Order the saffron rice pudding for dessert 💖

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  38. AnikaJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a wonderful Date night at the chef’s table. Everything was delicious, service was excellent ! Felt like celebrities ! Make a reservation & Run to Nikos !!

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  39. BEcruiselover

    Raleigh

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the meze player was so good, especially liked the carrot based spread!

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  40. VisitorfromNorthernVA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was nonexistent. We had to get up and retrieve plates for the food that was served. It took over an hour to get our water glasses refilled. They tried serving our mains without havin cleared the table (after an hour) of the used app dishes that filled the table. Some of the dishes tasted fine, not great but fine. A couple of the dishes were served with old food (the babganoush which was rancid, the lemon potatoes I can’t even explain but were not edible, and the lettuce on various dishes was slimey). To top it all off, the server added a 22.5% large party tip to the bill without mentioning it. We did not have a large party. I pointed the error out and they said they would remove the charge, but it’s been a day and they still haven’t removed it, We always tip, but to have a large tip added in a sneaky way when we received dismal service is just wrong. The place does have nice ambiance if very cold. Watch what you order and check your bill if you go. Also, lower your expectations. The reviews don’t match our experience.

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FAQs

Nikos is rated 4.6 stars by 283 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 43 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Nikos

905 W Main St suite 22, Durham, NC 27701-2075

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Parking on W. Peabody, W. Main St., public lot on W. Main and S. Gregson
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 908-0189
  • Private party facilities
    We like to party!
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (919) 908-0189
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