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Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

4.3
4.3
297 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Purchased from the Red Iguana family in 1998, the Blue Iguana Restaurant has provided patrons with delicious, authentic Mexican food for over two decades. From day one, the only goal for Blue Iguana was to create a menu rich with traditional, old-world recipes while pushing the culinary envelope and creating new, one-of-a-kind Mexican cuisine.

Trained by the culinary artists of Chihuahua, our head chef, Chef Castillo, cooks up some of the most mouth-watering and unexpected Mexican cuisine outside of his homeland. After he learned closely guarded recipes created in the tradition of generations-old Aztec cuisine, Chef Castillo began applying these techniques to create everything from classic Mexican dishes to modern cuisine.

Our restaurant is warm, inviting, family-friendly, and full of energy. Dining at the Blue Iguana is more than a meal—it’s a journey back in time to the tastes and sounds of old-world Mexico.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 533-8900

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Castillo

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    165 S. West Temple (below Benihana)

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wine

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What 297 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Utah

    Hot Spot

  • Salt Lake City

    Child Friendly

  • Salt Lake City

    Hot Spot

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  1. S

    Shari

    Salt Lake City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was very nice and gave us all great food and drink recommendations. We had a great time celebrating a friend’s birthday and we will be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We had a big party of 12 and although the service was so great the food was bland according to almost everyone at our table. 1 person thought their shrimp tacos were really good but the steak tacos and fajitas definitely needed more flavor.
  3. CB

    CindyB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Your food was amazing Your very young receptionist needs customer service training. And your manager was our waiter that day and he was literally awful he was rude inconsiderate Snappy and had no patient for us at all that day
  4. SH

    SevyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had the Chicken Chimichanga. It was perfect! The Mahi Mahi fish Tacos. The fish was over cooked and dry but overall delicious! The Tres Leche was to die for!!
  5. TI

    TravellingInSLC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EAT HERE! You won't be disappointed. The restaurant was busy but they got us our table at our reserved time. There seemed to be only 1 waiter for multiple tables but he did very good getting our drink orders right away and he got them correctly too! Food was hot and presentation was nice. Noise level was manageable even though the restaurant was busy. Great downtown location was easy to walk to. We had a good dining experience here.
  6. S

    Sfont2351

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great choice as we only had one night in Salt Lake City and wanted something different. I made a reservation on Open Table at the last minute and I was so glad I did. It was a 90 minute wait for those who didn't have one. The food was good, plentiful and reasonably priced. There are steep stairs into the restaurant for those who have issues with mobility. They have a lovely outdoor space but it wasn't open that night. I would highly recommend the Blue Iguana.
  7. EM

    ElizabethM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    Before I put a review I'm gonna say the I make this reservation last month and when I spoke to a girl name Sabi or something like that I say to her that is first time that I'm visiting this place because I come from NYC and I specifically tell the girl the because I went online and look for this place i went because seen very nice and also have good reviews so I went because was my wife birthday and I say to her if you guys sing a birthday she say yes and also she say the they give us a small cup cake and I say ok that's good because we don't eat too much cake. So we when with a couple of friends too very nice place food good and servers very nice including the guy the give it boiling chicken for my little doggy the I bring everything was fine but they forgot the birthday sing and cake we stay late and I nobody came at all and the purpose for this occasion and for me to go first time there is because was my wife birthday and they not even do anything was I was tell the girl to do since the beginning of this reservation and make me sad because I came from different state and first time to this place and they couldn't do nothing a month in advance when I tell the person who I spoke..😡😯🙄
  8. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate my sons high school graduation! Food was fantastic, especially the gringas fajitas with the grilled pineapple. Musical artist was amazing and really added to the fun atmosphere. For party of 10 the check was surprisingly low, and I love use they allow reservations.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Amy, thank you for choosing Blue Iguana for your place of celebration. We hope to see your family here for more celebrations in the future!

  9. SA

    SharonA

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good and inexpensive. There was a wonderful guitarist/singer playing the night we were there - he was fun and added to our positive experience. We sat right across from him and enjoyed every minute!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Sharon, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you so much for the 5-star review!

  10. v

    vetter

    Salt Lake City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food and service.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the 5-star review!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    While they were very understanding about us being late to our reservation (they did move the time for us which was awesome), however, we were going to dinner before a concert at Capitol Theatre and all we needed was drinks and appetizers, our waitress was not friendly at all, the food was decent, and we ended up being a little bit late to the concert because of that. Hopefully they’d deliver a better experience when not as crazy busy, but a restaurant should be prepared for rushes and still have their staff give good customer service.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022We appreciate the feedback. We're currently in the process of training new staff and helping them to be able to handle these rushes. We appreciate your patience!

  12. l

    luvrushstreet

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food I’ve had in some time. Fun atmosphere.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the great 5-star review. Please come again soon!

  13. d

    dbhiii

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Seafood Fajitas were excellent - served hot but not overcooked with p;enty of vegetables and seafood as advertised. Service was good. The overworked waiter had many tables and seemed to juggle his responsibilities well. The dwcorations and bright colors created a very festive atmosphere. Price was reasonable, considering the center city location. Will definitely go back.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you so much for this great review! Our team works very hard to provide such good service, and we appreciate you noticing that.

  14. AG

    AngiG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was a fun place that was large enough to accommodate our work group. Good food and great service

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Angi, thank you for the great review. We do our best to accommodate!

  15. SJ

    SusanJoy

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food. Colorful interior and outdoor dining area. Very noisy inside. We chose outdoors. Much better!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Susan, thank you for leaving us this great review. We are so happy you enjoyed eating out on our patio.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good place to address a Mexican food fix! Salsa was wonderful and meats were flavorful.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this positive review. Our salsa is made fresh daily, so we are very happy to see you enjoyed it.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We were seated right away but waited 15 min before our server or anyone appeared. Drinks were ordered and took another 10 min. Server delivered 2 entrees out of 7. The next 2 came over 10 min, 5 min later the last 3. First 2 were cold waiting for everyone else's to arrive, not to mention the air conditioning was blowing directly on our table. Food was not good. Enchilada sauce was sweet, chili verde and all dishes were bland are just a few observations. We are from California and 3 of us are South America/ Mexico decent. To top it off there was no hand soap in the men's restroom. One of my friends let Management know when we arrived to let them know and by the time we left still was not fixed. Employees and everyone should be washing their hands with soap and water after using the restroom per health code regulations

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We're in the middle of training new staff, so we appreciate your patience with the slowness. We do have a good stock of soap, so we're not sure what happened there but we have discussed your input in a recent staff training. And our team is committed to always keeping the bathrooms stocked with soap.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding meal, service and ambiance!!! We will return!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for your return!

  19. MG

    MarianneG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    The food was great and the service was terrible. The server could not service all his tables, and it took WAY too long to get drinks. We were a party of 6, and people that were seated at the same time as us received their food and were done & left before we even got our food. They put us right by a back door that leads to the patio and each time they went in and out it was a BIG gust of wind, blowing napkins around and we had to put sweaters/shawls on to stay warm.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Marianne, thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. We are in the process of training new staff who are learning the ropes of what a true Blue Iguana experience is. We believe next time you come, your experience will be quite different. Thank you for your patience with our team.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    We made a reservation, but the line up the stairs made it to where we couldn’t get in til the line died down. We were still there at our reserved time though.. the host staff was definitely overwhelmed and there were 3 of them at the desk. Our table was sitting ready for us, but took the host staff about 10 minutes to seat us and kept seating others before us. We literally stood by the table they had ready and reserved for us up front for that time. I asked 2 times about our reservation too. Then we were eventually seated at that table that was prepped and empty the whole time. Then when we got seated, it was long time before we ordered and then a long time before we saw our waitress again. One guy in our party ordered his food to go because everything took so long… and he had an appointment. Then all of us got our food except him. So he had to ask and it was another 10 minutes before his food came out. The food tasted good though.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the feedback. We are currently training new staff to help us provide quicker service and a better experience overall. We appreciate your patience and hope you'll give us a second shot at showing you a true Blue Iguana experience.

  21. M

    Michael

    Salt Lake City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Tasty food and drink at reasonable prices. Unfortunately the waiter knocked a plate of sour cream, guacamole and condiments on to my wife. Her cashier sweater and pants require dry cleaning. The waiter apologized but he did not even comp our margaritas. The cost (at least $20) and hassle of dry cleaning merited more than a soft apology.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Michael, thank you so much for bringing this experience of yours to our attention. Your frustrations are understandable. While we can't comp margaritas (Utah law), please email our owner at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] who will do what they can to help make this better.

  22. JC

    JuanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good service. The food was fantastic and the price is really good definitely will go back soon

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Juan, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come back!

  23. B

    Bubba

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, service great, hostesses were rude and unhelpful

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Bubba, thank you for the feedback. We are training new staff and believe you'll have a much more positive experience during your next visit.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Mothers day small family get to gather we waited almost an hour to be seated the waiter and the front desk people where super rude the drinks where good food was the worst ever me and my family are Hispanic and that was not hispanic food they gave my mom chill beans and called it a Hispanic dish and when my mom told the waiter that it tasted like it was chill bean the waiter got mad and said it wasn’t super over priced this was the fakes Mexicans restaurant I have ever been to the esthetic was nice but other then the view theres really not much there

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022We appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to email us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] should you wish to discuss any part of your experience.

  25. MG

    MarioG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Made a reservation for 12 but they accommodated to my party of 15.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Mario, thank you for the 5-star review! We do our best to accommodate if we're able to. Please come again!

  26. DO

    DebbieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had large group and accommodations were great. Food was excellent as well as the service. Thank you to all.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022You are very welcome, Debbie! Thank you for the great 5-star review! Please come again!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was just ok, ambience was good but it’s very noisy. Service was great

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Our menu is quite extensive, so we hope you'll be able to find something you really enjoy next time you visit us. Some of our top recommendations are the chori queso, enchiladas suizas, enchiladas amarillas, puntas de fillete, camarones en mole, and the chorizo and pineapple tacos. Of course, there are many other dishes. But we definitely recommend one of these dishes on your next visit.

  28. SD

    SDS99

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a group. We all loved our food and had good service. Prices were really reasonable.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We hope to see you again!

  29. AR

    AlejandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Un muy buen lugar para disfrutar con la familia y con los amigos, la comida está excelente y el ambiente es genial

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Gracias, Alejandra!

  30. BR

    BrendaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience last night was so fun and entertaining. The food was delicious and the alcoholic drinks are super strong at an affordable price. The environment is a bit loud but it's definitely a vibe! I would definitely go back again .

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you so much for the great 5-star review! We are so glad you enjoyed our environment, and we can't wait for you to come back!

  31. JC

    JamesC

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022James, thank you for the excellent 5-star review!

  32. W

    Wiseguy

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most awesome meal! Wonderful food! Awesome staff!! Sweet ambiance!! The wife and I truly LOVE this place! And they validate parking right next door - but hell, I’d walk a mile for the steak tacos!! Oh yea - we’ll be back!!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you soo much for this amazing 5-star review. We can't wait for you all to come back!

  33. BM

    BrianM

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food, nice atmosphere and an overall great place to eat.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Brian, thank you for the 5-star review! Please come again!

  34. NS

    NancyS

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    One of my restaurant pet peeves is when the menu doesn’t list all the ingredients in the dish. For instance the seafood enchilada lists shrimp, scallops and mahi as the ingredients. The menu failed to list peas, carrots, corn and onions, which about doubled the amount of seafood. We ordered chorizo queso thinking cheese and chorizo would be the only ingredients (as described) and in fact this dish contains more huge raw onions than chorizo. I never send items back at a restaurant even if I’m not happy with the dish. But I had to at this restaurant because nothing was even close to the way it was described. The server did get me a new dish but even the patrons around us were complaining that the server was annoyed by everyone and every request. We sadly will not be returning.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the feedback. It sure sounds like you came on an off night. We've been training new staff and we're working with them to serve at our level. We hope you'll give us another shot to show you a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience. Please email our owner at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] should you wish to discuss your experience further. She'll also be more than happy to personally make your reservation for your next visit and do what she can to help ensure a higher quality experience.

  35. n

    nbj3

    Salt Lake City

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is always great. I like the chili verde enchiladas and my wife likes the fish tacos. You definitely need a reservation on a busy night (we did). Consistently good food.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 4 June 2022Thank you for the positive review! We definitely recommend reservations as times are getting busier!

  36. JM

    JoanM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Delicous, great service, lots of vegetarian options! ( but skip the avocado rice enchiladas as they are literally just rice, with a side of the same rice)

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 1 May 2022Joan, thanks for the feedback. Please feel free to reach out to us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] if you'd like to discuss any part of your experience.

  37. DW

    DonW

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food and decorations but the waitress was not engaged in service, didn't even remember who ordered what.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 1 May 2022Don, thank you for the feedback and positive review. We are training new staff, so we appreciate your patience!

  38. NK

    NoreneK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was great …. Service not so much….our server had 2 large tables

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 1 May 2022Norene, thank you for the review. We are working on training new staff, so we certainly appreciate your patience!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. The food was mediocre. I had the ENCHILADAS AMARILLAS and they were pretty good, however about half way through the enchiladas I got a mouthful of pork fat and that kinda finished my meal. The prices were reasonable and I would try it again, but I’d skip anything with pork in it!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 1 May 2022Thank you for the positive rating! And for the feedback. Our enchiladas amarillas are certainly a favorite. Sorry about the pork, but we definitely hope you'll try them again with chicken or another protein. Hope to see you again soon!

  40. YA

    YosA

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal fun place to dine Love music on Saturday

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on 1 May 2022Thank you for the great 5-star review. Hope to see you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 533-8900.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City is rated 4.3 stars by 297 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 30 times today
Google Map for Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

165 S West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    165 S. West Temple (below Benihana)

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Castillo

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wine

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