Foreign Cinema

4.8
7518 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 next door, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.
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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Dinner

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    For New Year's Eve we are offering a celebratory 4 course menu for $160 per adult & children for $45 each (price does not include drinks, tax, or gratuity). There will be choices in each course, including vegetarian options. This is the only menu available, there will not be an a la carte option. We have a 48hr cancellation policy for New Years Eve Dinner, it is $50 per person if cancelled after 5pm on Wednesday 12/29.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7518 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was well flavored and cooked well. One of the best restaurants we’ve been to in a while. Portions are small so plan to order many plates.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with outstanding service. Pork chops were the best I've ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate our anniversary and the card they gave us along with the “happy anniversary” note that came with our cake was such a nice touch! The outdoor space is wonderful and the service was great. We loved every dish and will be coming back again!

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Mazie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time here for dinner! It definitely rivals Michelin star restaurants - amazing food and experience at a great price! It has now become my husband’s favorite American restaurant! Definitely come here for dinner instead of brunch. You won’t regret it!

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vipThomasF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice lunch

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vipKristiina
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints you...From beginning to end the staff are awesome, the food is delicious, the ambiance is perfection....Celebrated two friends birthdays here for Sunday Brunch and everything was PERFECT!!!!!

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Julia
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. They gave us a cute card.

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KevinO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated on the outer edge of the patio underneath the screen. It started raining lightly. We were escorted to a covered back patio to sit while new tables in this covered area were set up. We ended up with a much quieter setting very conducive to conversation while still adjacent to a completely open-air setting. Food was up to Foreign Cinema's normal standards, although we were disappointed that the fried chicken was not on the menu.

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, amazing staff and a quaint establishment for any occasion!

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NatashaG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed this for a fancier date night. I really enjoyed my cocktail and food choices, but my date didn't have as great luck. The drink and food was okay, but not great and not what you would hope for at that price. The ambiance of this restaurant is truly special, and would prompt us to come back and try it again

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Marcela
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, we had a dinner outside and the movie and decor was great. The food was pretty good for the value, although it took more than we were expecting to arrive. No big deal. Great wine and drinks menu as well. Will definitely come back.

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SofiaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Beautiful venue, professional and attentive service, delicious and very memorable food.

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SomeLikeitHot
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in the Mission. I had such a difficult time trying to decide what I wanted because everything sounded so good on the menu. I had the arugula salad with fresh persimmons and toasted pistachios. It was fantastic. I also had the carpaccio with mustard and taro chips. The best carpaccio I've ever had. I ended my meal with the pumpkin cheesecake and some coffee. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a lively atmosphere and excellent food. Good for a date, good for a family gathering, or good for just hanging out.

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vipplongwalkings
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wanted to give the host, Dash, a shout out and a big thanks. Are reservation was at 5:15 and due to one of our guests ran late due to being 8 months pregnant and couldn't arrive until 6:00. Dash was so supportive and helpful to make sure we were fine and not worried about loosing a table.
Of course, all went well and out evening was wonderful. Thank you Dash!
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rosie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table in the middle of the courtyard was very comfortable. Service was perfect, food as delicious as it was beautiful. Artfully plated and very creative flavors and textures, like the crispy Meyer lemon salsa on the Heavenly Scramble. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful anniversary

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LisaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience, and service were excellent as always. Food was sublime!

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FernandoA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic for our special dinner. Only down part was my Negroni cocktail was a ridicuously short pour. When I first saw it I thought it must have been a joke. The price of the cocktail should at least have been a moderate pour, not a flimsy one. I felt like taking a photo of it to show my friends it was that bad.

Other than that, fantastic service, food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. The food was out of this world! I definitely want to take my family here again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and ambiance! Service was outstanding and they even got a birthday card for my girlfriend. One of the best spots in the city for a date night or special dinner

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TanjaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Detail oriented service, helping navigate specific dining needs!

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lizm
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The ambiance is phenomenal. The food was quite good. My coffee rubbed steak was great. Loved the plating. Service was okay. I would absolutely go back. Just a different experience. Menu was really fun and flirty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We had a fantastic time most of the food was wonderful unfortunately my birthday dinner that I decided to order was the pork chop which was literally just a gigantic pork chop it was almost nothing else with it and the pork chop was dry. But everybody else seem to enjoy their dinner and the desserts were wonderful and of course the cocktails were yummy. Atmosphere wise, foreign Cinema rocks, we went to the lounge after but the food wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. I have eaten there at least a half a dozen times and the food had always been good but not phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a one of a kind outdoor space showing films of yesteryears. Excellent staff, food, and wine selection.

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Mauiguest
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch today at Foreign Cinema. Was a very relaxed atmosphere but felt special and celebratory. Great food and great service.

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Dinky
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hella good food but very expensive as well-super quick service and amazing ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing service. Thoughtful, kind and peaceful. The food was delicious and the setting really romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and it was by far one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a very long time!

The hostess offered me a black napkin cause she noticed I was wearing black pants. I almost forgot that act of service! I’ve been to several really nice dining experiences where I’ve always had to ask for one but I’m pretty sure last time I experienced being offered one was in 2011/2012!
She also consistently mentioned us celebrating our anniversary more than once. From when we were greeted, waiting at the bar, being seated, when we received our desserts and even during our farewell! The acknowledgement was very sweet.

The food was outstanding! For starters we ordered a half dozen oysters: kusshi and kumamoto, the burrata and brandade. For entrees the duck and the bavette steak. And for dessert the butterscotch pot de creme and the birthday cake. Everything was portioned and prepared perfectly. We literally cleaned every dish that was brought out! I would easily order the bavette steak again though there were several other choices on their menu I’d love to try. The butterscotch pot de creme is definitely my favorite! We also enjoyed some of their signature cocktails: the golden chalice and the apple brandy side car. Both absolutely delicious! We left full and happy and it was worth every penny!

I have definitely missed dining experiences like this and we hope to return just for general dining with friends and to also experience their brunch! We cannot wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good to okay, vibe was great!

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BeverleyS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cocktails were excellent. Halibut was delicious; steak was a little too chewy; both on the pricey side. $40 for a corkage fee is too expensive; that was disappointing. The woman who sat us at the table was excellent and gave us a black napkin for our black pants. The waitress was attentive though a bit rushed. Not overly friendly. Ambiance was very unique and pleasant. Tables not packed in which is nice.

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vipFGY1
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Only negative was that they sat 5 of us on a table for four… not fun

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Amanda
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, loved the service, made our day truly special!

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vipSharon
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were saying that if we could, we should just make standing reservations for brunch every weekend. food, service and vibe...IMPECCABLE.

So glad to see Foreign Cinema emerge from the darkest hour of the pandemic, stronger than ever. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the community.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience

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PriyankaD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go back! Great Experience. Loved the atmosphere and the service.

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vipFrequentdiner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service. Melanie waited on us and she was fabulous!
The duck and pork chop were DELICIOUS!
Can’t wait to go back.

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vipkld123
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner. First time back in 2 years. Hope to return soon.

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vipplumpudding
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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ToyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as usual. Great service and food.

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7518 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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