Foreign Cinema

4.8
7467 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
What 7467 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.9
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPeanut
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Father’s Day meal - rushed 2 hour limit

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vipmartinp
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, great longevity to this institution. Service was outstanding! Ambiance is really unique and fun!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely plan and make your reservation way ahead of the date you would like to dine in at the restaurant. I was lucky enough to still get a table of 4 the day before for brunch.

Highly recommend the caviar and Provencale brandade for sharing, both were absolutely delicious and perfect for appetizers. When it comes to main dish, if you enjoy strong but perfectly mixed omelette, Champagne-truffle French roller omelette is the one for you. Another main dish I really enjoy is the Baguette French toast, it was a simple dish but well-made that I could definitely go for more.

It’s a place for you to chill and hangout with people. It can take up to 15 mins or more for them to reach out and take your order and it takes a while too for food to be served. We spent almost 2 hours there, definitely a place that we would like to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great dining experience! My sister & I are first-time visitors to San Francisco and decided to try Foreign Cinema for her birthday celebration. This location did not disappoint! From the greeting at the host stand to the final goodbye from the manager, our dining and overall treatment was phenomenal. We had a few cocktails, a glass of red wine each, the salmon & caviar tapas, and two entrees. All of these dishes were wonderful. The movie playing in the background was a nice touch as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in and we loved it! Called ahead of our reservation time and they were able to accommodate our early arrival. Loved the service and will be back!

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DIANAQ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space! Really good mojito and beer. The food, we ordered more things to snack on than actual dinner plates. The squid and the sirloin tartar were delicious. The shrimp, and the oysters were ok.

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MaryT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening, with impeccable food and amiable, perfectly-timed service in a vibrant, lively ambiance reminiscent of pre-pandemic days! There can be no more welcoming a terrace in the whole of San Francisco to celebrate California’s reopening!

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Liza
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema has amazing staff, food, and ambiance. They have a second-to-none drinks menu and their farm to table produce is stellar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is great food, great vibe, just add good friends.

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Karla
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Foreign Cinema and our group thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Standout items were Lavender Scented Baked Goat Cheese, Sesame Fried Chicken, & High Fidelity cocktail. 7 year old daughter enjoyed her 3 course children's meal. Look forward to going back.

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NicoleL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Long wait for a (reserved) table for 6 at 8:30pm. Food was nothing to write home about. Mushroom soup was the most notable menu item for us. Overall, great ambiance but disappointing dining/service experience.

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vipSusanD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sweet birthday dinner! Loved the ambiance, especially on a warm evening under the open sky as dusk fell.

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AmeliaV
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor patio. Apps had bolder flavors than mains, but that's not even a complaint, just have the apps delivered second.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food, the drinks, the food and the food! Every time I am in San Fransisco you will find me dining at Foreign Cinema. Perfection, each and every time.

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vipValerie
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always amazing. We've been coming here for 20+ years. Love love love Foreign Cinema!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, a bit too noisy for romantic night but it's ok.

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vipTinaG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The restaurant was still great (beautiful romantic ambience, great seating hosts who handled the rush well, and excellent food). I made this reservation nearly 3 months in advance as I was so excited to come back.

However, our waiter ruined the night.

Maybe he was stressed, maybe tired, but here's how we were made to pay for the mood he was in:

(1) Gave us a disgusted look when we weren't ordering drinks (I'm currently not able to due to a health condition and my husband was driving me)
(2) When I asked if a piece of toast (not even substituted) could be taken off the entree I ordered he said "it's just one piece" and declined the request
(3) Had to ask 3x for a side of horseradish with oysters
(4) My husband asked 2x for salt and pepper, by the time it arrived he had already finished his main
(5) He brought us the dessert menu when I was mid-bite halfway through my entree

It should be noted that this waiter was not absent in our area at all - we noticed him attending multiple times to tables within a few feet of us. He never stopped once to refill our water or check on us.

After point #5 we had had enough and asked for the check, coincidentally at which point he was nowhere to be found and I had to physically get up out of my seat to go look for him to retrieve it.

As my husband was signing the check, this waiter and bus staff crowded my husband by collecting the plates whereby he couldn't even sign the bill unencumbered.

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MattW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food and service wasn’t up to the standard I’ve come to expect from them. Generally, it was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The food and service at Foreign Cinema was absolutely phenomenal. We’re so at awe by the quality of food and service, and the outdoor patio was just so gorgeous! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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Mark
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and cocktails. Noise level was excessive.

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rudester510
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and drinks. Loved the oysters and French omelette!

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vipsffoodie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Unfortunately the service was lazy😕 The food, frickin awesome.😃

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AprilN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambiance and atmosphere was great as usual, but the food was disappointing. Small portions, overly-priced, and the flavors weren't outstanding. I will probably go back at some point but not for awhile.

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AlvinL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Goat Cheese Cheesecake. It’s the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

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vipGlovedGourmet
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Consistently our favorite restaurant!

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GraeD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We made reservations based on both the food and experience. The food was on par with what we expected, but the projector for the film was broken. I absolutely understand that sometimes these things happen, but we were never informed they wouldn’t be showing the film anymore (we were told while checking in that it would be The Devil Wears Prada). Since this was a surprise celebratory dinner for a recent grad- and cinephile- we were very disappointed that we continued to spend money while waiting on a film that we were never told wouldn’t be showing- especially since we were only in the City for a quick vacation.

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CarrieS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch menu is my favorite in the city. Perfect decadence!

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JDizzle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite places to dine! Especially the outdoor area

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vipHilly
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is fabulous

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MaryLookout
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It has been over a year since we had brunch here. The food and service was outstanding as always. It is a good thing we hadn’t seen our friends in so long and had much to talk about as our main course orders got lost and we didn’t get them for 45 minutes! This is the only reason their overall rating is 4 stars. The host and waiter did realize what had gone wrong and talked to us and gave us some additional drinks and food for free. Their professionalism made up for what could have been a very negative experience! We will be back!

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KendalK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great. Super accommodating with my special birthday request. However, I would recommend nicer birthday cards on the desserts. The card looked a little cheap considering the rest of our experience a the restaurant and honestly it took away from the presentation on the dessert

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SundayE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Foreign Cinema remains one of the best restaurants in the City. The food, service and ambience are all great.

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Nicko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, not great. Four stars. A little expensive but I loved that they turned fish into a paste. Also, wish they played a movie when we were there…would have bumped up the ambiance score to a five.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation and this restaurant was a rated a must do in San Francisco.

Can I just say 100% worth it?! The best meal I think I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my birthday a month in advance and I had been looking forward to experiencing the movie/dining experience especially after finding out they were showing Chitty Chitty bang bang which was a movie I grew up watching. Sadly when we got there we were tucked away so we couldn’t see the screen and I felt the experience I was so looking forward to fell a bit short. When making the reservation I was asked what the occasion was, but I didn’t think that really made a difference in the experience. Overall the food and drinks were great but it was a bit disappointing to not have had the full experience of the film

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vipGigi
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FC has always been one of our favorite restaurants and we were anxious to return once the restaurant re-opened. It did not disappoint and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Everything was spot on, including being seated at our favorite table, service, cocktails, wine, food & ambiance. Special recognition goes to the host and our server, Jordan, both of whom were wonderful. FC is and has been consistently one of the best restaurants in SF.

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LarryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here. From the entrance to the seating area to the food. Everything was great! Nice place to get some great quality food, some drinks, have conversation, etc. will definitely be back!

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ClaireL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing Brunch at Foreign Cinema. 10/10 on the Pop Tart

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MarinaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately this time around the lunch was not as it used to be...... The quality of dishes was just passable... The saving grace was the ambience and the company we were with.. I wold not return for food.

FAQs

Foreign Cinema offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 648-7600 ext. 0.

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7467 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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