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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
8:30 PM
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Foreign Cinema

4.6
5507 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Good for a Date (84)
  • Special Occasion (81)
  • Fit for Foodies (64)
Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday thru Wednesday, seating from 5:30pm until 10pm.
Thursday through Saturday seating from 5:30pm until 11pm.

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am until 2:30pm.
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Phone number
(415) 648-7600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gayle Pirie & John Clark
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st St.
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Parking details
Valet is available, $15
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Public transit
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
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Entertainment
Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Venture into the distinctive experience of dining at Foreign Cinema. The dramatic candle lit entry welcomes you to a repast that you won’t soon forget. Foreign Cinema brings together the serendipitous relationship between food and film, dining and entertainment. Have your next event with us!

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What 5507 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TrevorS 
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was good and setting was cool but it all got overshadowed by our VERY rude waiter.. Didn't check on us at all and had an attitude when we asked for anything.He was a bald African American man. I say that because he didnt even tell us his name at any point throughout the night.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Foreign Cinema was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we had in San Francisco - the atmosphere was cozy and cheerful, the service was flawless, and the food was spectacular - I mean who can resist a homemade pop tart? The high ceilings and unique layout also give the place a sense of cinematic grandeur that fits with the name - it's a really special spot.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

So good so fun amazing server Juan. Love it so much

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Cancan (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Birthday was not noted by restaurant even though on reservation.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amazing!! We were celebrating our best friend engagement. We sat outside and watched Saving Mr banks while enjoying our delicious food and wine. Definitely recommend it 100%!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Really great atmosphere and great food.

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vipkhilljr (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This was at least our 6th or 7th time having dinner at Foreign Cinema even though we don't live in SF. It was truly just as good as it was when we started going back in 2006.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food here is exquisite. Every element on the dish is carefully thought out and enhances the dish.

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Lvpltz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed sitting in the outdoor patio it was beautiful. Our waiter was ok but seemed put out by our presence. Had to ask for refills on our beverages. The food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful! The food was outstanding, the drinks were perfect, the ambience on the well heated, covered patio was delightful, and the service impeccable. A perfect way to celebrate s special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The place is very nice, very beautiful. We went for Valentines and we knew it would be a fixed price menu. The food was OK, not compatible with the price though. I was charged the same as a two Michelin in SF does. It didn’t ruin my night, but I will be more careful next time.

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viplandrover24 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

For an almost $500 meal I would have expected better. Our raw oysters took almost an hour to be delivered, our waiter never checked in on our entrees, so salt and pepper were not an option and the red velvet cake was inedible, gummy, heavy...I think the cake was made with beets? It was a very disappointing ending for what we were looking forward to

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very delightful evening during valentines. Set menu with a fantastic variety to choose from. The food was a little above average for the value. They definitely skimped on the wine, they pour around 3oz, which generally is the amount you would have when you go wine tasting. The ambiance was perfect, my date complimented on how romantic everything was.

Definitely did not enjoy how they were going to cancel my reservation bc I was going to be late due to an accident on the freeway! Luckily I figured everyone was affected and I got in.

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Liza (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Awesome experience night out with my hubby and son. The bake cheese was excellent! I ordered the fried chicken, hubby ordered NY steak and son ordered braised duck. Will come back again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful service, perfect pork chop and great wine. Wonderful anniversary meal.

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Mimi (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent cuisine and attentive, friendly service. Menu choices are creative and unusual, and everything was perfectly prepared. Seafood choices especially delicious. Menu changes daily, so don't expect to find a favorite choice there when you come back. We ate in the main dining room. Another room features movies as you dine. There appear to be several other rooms as well. Wine choices not local, mostly European with a mediocre Oregon wine in the whites. Food is likely sourced locally. The prices are understandably high, because you are getting a gourmet meal. The desserts are wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Foreign Cinema is one of my favorite restaurants. I have hosted 4 work events there and a friends brunch and 2 friend dinners. I would highly recommend for any occasion and the lighting is perfect for a date. The food is phenomenal and the service is also great. A must for anyone visiting San Francisco and for locals.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Say waaaaaaay too close to another table

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We came from Orange county to celebrate my son's birthday, we had reservations at 7 pm, we were 15 min early but we got seated right away inside the restaurant, not the patio with the screen, which was fine.
We got greeted, professionally but not very personable, like we are used to in Orange County, they did not explain the menu so it took me a sec to realize 2/3 was appetizers.
The restaurant was full so the staff was very busy. we ordered the lemon chicken soup and the beef carpaccio, both very good. I had the scallops after which were too salty for me. My husband and son had the flank steak and pasta which were good but not special As the dessert we had pear tartine we loved. We had a good time just which the staff smiled a little more.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

All around fantastic!!

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