Foreign Cinema

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$31 to $50
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Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining independent films with California-Mediterranean cooking. Enjoy an airy yet chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine, gallery curated by Modernism & full bar in the main dining room. There is also a great cocktail bar, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.
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RE
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An off night for what is usually a reliable operation. While waiting to be seated we heard at least two parties who were still waiting for their tables more than 30 minutes after their reservation time. Thankfully we were seated only about 5 minutes after our reservation time. Our starters came out quickly and were grouped nicely (the baked cheese first, then two seafood starters paired together). But as he cleared the last of the starters, our server announced that the mains (steak and duck breast) would be another 15-20 minutes! When they arrived, the steak was not the requested temperature (rare/medium-rare vs. the requested medium), and the wild rice accompanying the duck was undercooked and quite crunchy. The presentations were also quite messy and looked more scraped onto the plate than composed. For a Tuesday night, the place was quite packed, I can only imagine that they were just a bit overwhelmed or maybe just off their game. I will go back as I've had many flawless meals there, but trying to impress my date on his first visit to Foreign Cinema was a moderate fail.

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food continues to be very good. Unfortunately, we waited a long time for a waiter to take drink orders and there was probably a 30 minute gap between cleared first courses and the arrival of entrees. You know, when everyone keeps breaking off little pieces of bread they don't really want and you hold off pouring more wine because it will be gone by the time the entrees come. When the entrees did arrive, they were staggered--arriving one at a time over about 7 or 8 minutes. These things may seem small but they have a way of bringing a festive dinner down...

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time celebrating a birthday there

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

For the price, I would expect more from a service aspect. Our entree was clearly forgotten about, and nothing was done to make up for it, or even an apology. Won’t be returning, which is sad because the food was good.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing location and delicious food! Brought friends from out of town and everyone loved it! Our food did take over an hour to get to us though, so don’t be in a rush if you want to eat here during the busy brunch times.

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place and unique. The food was amazing and the wine/spirits/beer list very comprehensive. The Somm is also available to answer any questions. We ate out on the patio with the movie playing on the wall. Loved the drive-in movie speakers - great touch!
Price is very reasonable. Recommend making dinner reservations at least a week or two ahead of your visit.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance and theme of the restaurant are great. What was disappointing was the portion size of the food (Kobe steak), considering how pricey it was

FL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is exceptional: food, wines (exceptional list of Sonoma Coast pinots), service, ambiance. I keep coming back.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is a beautiful place to go when you would like to treat yourself. The ambiance was incredible. The cocktails were delicious and I said if I thought the food was great I’d get a copy of their book, I now have a copy on my shelf. Our server was also very friendly so thanks for a great night :) hope to come back when I get paid again haha

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Uniquely beautiful atmosphere

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was perfect but no one loved their food. Everyone said “it was ok”. It didn’t used to be that way. Otherwise I can’t complain about anything else.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took too long between appetizers and main course to arrive but otherwise a good dinning out experience.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The calamari was phenomenal

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. It was our first time at the restaurant and we will definitely return. Wonderful service and food!

K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very polite and accommodating. One of those in our party is in a wheelchair and another is hard of hearing. They were very patient in finding ways to accommodate us and work through what usually might be a challenging situation for some. Food was delicious and the outdoor seating was perfect.

CG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in the city HANDS DOWN!! Most romantic spot in the city for a dinner date. This place never disappoints. Make your reservation now!

JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday brunch this past Sunday at Foreign Cinema! Thank you for the delicious food, wonderful cocktails and perfect service. It's always a pleasure to return to Foreign Cinema! Hats off to Gayle & John once again.

-Jay

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was great and the ambiance was fun. Our entrees took forever and came out cold. It was very pricey for the food they serve.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and ambiance!

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always excellent, kind, informative, prompt and everything you would hope for in a fancy meal. I've always loved how you can sit for a series of dishes so expertly prepared, and be helped by waitstaff who are so kind and helpful. The food was flavorful and expertly designed (in its flavor). I live in Joshua Tree and coming back to town for this brunch was such a special outing. Thank you!

I would say that having a line for those with reservations that is separate from waitlist folks would have been helpful with our schedule for that first morning seating, but it was such a SMALL inconvenience compared to the incredible meal, and in no way represents the takeaway from our wonderful brunch.

Thanks Foreign Cinema!

SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Went there for Valentine's Day! Totally disappointing for the $360+ we paid for food + 2 cocktails. Totally not worth it! The panna cotta was probably the worst I've had in my life. So citrusy and awful! Nothing was worth coming back for or even mentioning. The only savior was the ambience.

JL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Went for valentine’s day. Food was awful and over price. Prosciutto was not cured enough. Steaks were raw and cold. Pana Cotta was clumpy and disgusting. Absolutely not worth $140 per person. Will not be coming back.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Valentine's Day menu was clearly new to the whole team, as the servers didn't know what anything was and the chefs had a hard time executing any of it well. They couldn't even correctly tell us what movie was playing, and that's their whole spiel as a restaurant. They forgot to bring us the shiitake consommé until we asked for it, the sea urchin fettuccine was cold, undercooked, and tough, and the ceviche trio was far too salty. I will say the chèvre cheesecake was absolutely incredible and was really the only redeeming factor of the night.

I was really excited to try this place out for the first time, but ended up leaving sorely disappointed. It wasn't worth a normal dinner price, and it *definitely* was not worth the over-priced prix fixe price for V-Day. Ended up paying $720 for two people (including tax, tip and a bottle of wine), which is just about as much as I could pay at multi-Michelin-star restaurants in the city and would surely have been much better.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine’s Day meal.

PC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Service was great- definitely not the best food we've had in the city

R
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a good time with friends. There were a lot of interesting menu items. This was my first time here. The positives were the space itself, the interesting menu and the super tasty entree I had, the chicken. Some misses were the service , which felt a bit rushed even though there were open tables all around. Also , this might sound pretentious but it’s nice when the waiter reminds us what was in the dish. I could’ve used a little refresher of what we ordered and the main ingredients. But overall we really enjoyed it.

BC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It had really cool decor and great ambiance but unfortunately the food was forgettable and on the pricey side. Service was great but the food took quite a while and the fish and chips were cold when they arrived

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

After having an extensive conversation with our server about having Celiac, I was given a plate of food with little pasta balls in it. I asked if they were pasta balls and was told they weren't and I asked them to check because they really looked like little pasta balls....they were in fact pasta balls. Unprompted, the manager came over to apologize and offered to comp the app that was glutened. Kind of a crappy way to start my birthday but oh well. The food overall was good but the portions are teeny tiny. The ambiance is where it's at though. Such a pretty space.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another great visit. Thanks for making my sister’s birthday celebration extra special with the extra TLC. Austin Powers was definitely a good choice! More Mike Myers in the future please!

b
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was fabulous. Service was terrific.
This is the best restaurant in San Francisco.

RI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a cool place with an amazing menu - food and drinks - and terrific service!

s
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very few vegetarian restaurants and the wines are nearly all natural (which isn’t to everyone’s taste).

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most wonderful experience dining at Foreign Cinema. It’s a restaurant that’s been around for a long time - an institution.

It was surprisingly our first time dining there and possibly the last supper/date as a couple (I’m 38 weeks pregnant and our first can arrive any day now)! So, we’re extremely happy that this meal was one to remember and share the dining experience with our friends/family.

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. But what made the evening memorable was our server - she was/is the best! We will be back soon with a plus one! Foreign Cinema is now on our top 5 and a staple to our rotation of restaurants. Thank you!

MM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! I wish the mixed drinks menu had more variety, but over all it was delicious. They were quick, kind, and clean. I do wish the volume of the movie would’ve been a little louder, or had subtitles. It was very hard to hear.

JV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Very Very bad service... to bad and food its just ok...

BG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice bright space, excellent food. The citrusy, smoky pulled pork in the breakfast tostada was delicious.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Provided perfect details during our anniversary meal. Food was exceptional and came out perfectly timed. Will be definitely going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Too many servers but good food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience

LP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints, the wine list is extraordinary, and the staff is super professional. So happy to have this gem in my neighborhood!

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