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We went to Foreign Cinema for our 5th wedding anniversary. We had gone several years ago and really enjoyed the food and ambiance. The initial experience was great. The hostesses were welcoming, invited us to wait at the bar until our table was ready and then came and got us. Our server, however, wasn’t friendly. He didn’t say more than what we wanted to order, or ask us any additional questions. We asked for bread, and after 10 minutes, needed to ask a table busser to bring us the bread (which he did promptly). Our food, which he placed the order for at around 8:05pm, finally 8:55pm. Our server addressed the wait around 8:45pm, and said he thought he saw it coming up. Once we got the food, it was dry and not what we would be expecting for paying $30 per plate. Frankly, we were really disappointed by the whole experience and won’t likely be returning to here.
The decor was too sterile. I like white, chic but after a cold, wet day, the room where we were seated was not welcoming. Overall excellent food and good service. Would definitely go again.
Yummy! Super excellent food and service!
The food and wine we had during our dinner were great! It's a fairly popular place as well, so keep that in mind if noise level bothers you. The table set up is interesting. It was just my boyfriend and I, and we were seated at a table that was actually very close to another group. There was maybe 3-4 inches of space between our tables, and we could very easily hear each other's conversations. They seemed like a pleasant enough group, but it was kind of hard to not feel awkward being so physically close to another table.
Everything was okay but not really meeting my expectations. To begin with, they brought a dirty glass for water and the waiter wasn’t familiar with the menu which made the ordering part not really smooth... The main dishes were served about 1 hour later and the coffee came even later..
I’m not sure if they got too busy at 1:30pm but I’m unlikely to go there again tbh..
Overall it was okay. The portions were pretty small for anything but the mains. Thought the waitress wasn’t that knowledgable on the menu/presentation. Also disappointed that you cant try a taste of the wine if you are about to get 2 glasses at $25 a piece.
The mains were really good once we got there - the service was pretty slow. I just cant call it awesome for how much we spent for just 2 people.
My boyfriend and I were visiting San Francisco for the weekend and after a super long day of traveling this was the perfect and most romantic dinner spot. We definitely will be going back!!!
Dishes could have been more "wow" with a hint of acidity, by example. Could have been a little citrus zest over the risotto, or lemon juice over the salmon.
The service was too long. We wait a lot of time for all meals, they told me I could eat my meals without gluten and I got sick :(
Haven't been for a few years, but just as good as we remembered. Distinctive cocktails, a great selection of wines and the food! Wow. Each item was perfectly cooked, with interesting flavors and textures. Irresistible! Service was amazing as well.
So accommodating. Really loved the service
Service slow and inattentive. Items didn't come out together. Food presentation messy. Would not return.
I loved my food, thought the service was great and I could hear my friends when they talked. Who could ask for more?
nice and inspiring ambience, the lights and the different set was amasing
Great kids menu options!
Birthday celebration was wonderful at Foreign Cinema! Food was amazing, especially the duck. Service was friendly and professional. This was a first visit for our friends and they are planning to return for brunch!
My first time and it was amazing ! Reminded me of France ❤️
Our waiter was super nice and the food was AMAZING
Food great. Staff very attentive. Managers remembered us and made it special.
Have not being here for a few years. All the ordered food was delicious. The granita with the candle for my wife’s birthday did not taste good. A bitter grapefruit taste. Can’t complain since it was complementary. Wished they would of asked whose birthday it was instead of just delivering the granitas onto the table. The desert of chocolate pot of crime and cheese plate came out very late. It took longer to deliver the desert than the main courses and those the desert didn’t need any cooking.
Ambiance and food was amazing, kind of small portions tho for the price. We had a tea for 2 but weren’t seated until about 2:20 then it took 45 mins for the food to come. The food and my company was so good though that it was worth the wait.
I took my boyfriend to Foreign Cinema for his birthday at his request. We had a reservation at 8pm but were not seated for another 30min. It then took the server and kitchen an additional OVER 2 hours to serve us our dinner. Our server gave us our snack and two appetizers all at the same time, then took at least 1 hour to give us our main course. I asked about our food with the server but it still took an unusually long time to get our food.
The server then forgot to give us a candle for the dessert we ordered despite the fact that it was marked on the reservation that it was a birthday dinner, and I reminded the server twice that we were celebrating a birthday. We watched several other tables celebrating birthdays get their birthday candles (yes, I realize it's just a candle but that's not the point). I tried for 15min trying to get the attention of ANYONE to get a candle and finally spoke with a runner who just said, "sorry" instead of notifying the server. I couldn't even get another person's attention to speak with a manager. We finally gave up and ate our dessert and paid. We left close to 11pm for our 8pm reservation, which is a ridiculously long time. As we left I stopped at the front desk and asked to speak with a manager who apologized and said he would at least comp our dessert, which he did NOT do. I've worked in the restaurant business and there were so many mistakes made throughout the entire night. We were extremely disappointed.
Overall experience was great. Ambiance was very enjoyable. Staff was on top of it. Food was on the most part good. I would recommend to friends this location for a date or a get together.
Excellent quality food and right amount of food. Too much of anything is no good! :-)
Tremendous small plate experience very well managed by our server with great wine pairing!
Sadly, the service was terrible. It felt like we were second fiddle the entire time and we always had to proactively seek him out. Super disappointing, the terrible service outweighed the good food.
Disappointed that the food quality has deteriorated. Fish was overcooked, French fries was soggy and chicken was dry.
We came for a birthday. On the reservation I requested “center table on patio” but were seated facing a wall. Promised by Lexi that the menu would have Ruben’s name but were given generic menus. I got up to mention it and were promptly given the correct menu. Apparently they had been made just not given. Movie was supposed to be The Outsiders (a favorite) but were informed by a gracious manager that they didn’t get the film so we got Mr. Moto instead. Our waitress was pleasant but......reserved is probably the best way to put it. Food was fine but not spectacular. The “birthday cake” dessert (which we paid for) was practically inedible ....so dry and flavorless. I’ve had buttercream cakes from Safeway that were more moist. We’ve been to your wonderful establishment twice before and it was perfection. We’ve dined at Californios, Sons and Daughters, Mourad, Michael Mina, Boulevard and many others. I would’ve put your establishment in the same company before Monday night. Our experience was OK but we’ve been made to feel a lot more special for considerably less on any ordinary night. I am holding you to a higher standard because you can achieve that level of service. I expected more than an average experience.
I absolutely love this restaurant. This time I thought my pasta dish was not up to the usual standards. It wasn't as flavorful as SO MANY of the dishes I have had in the many years I have been dining here.
However, my duck prosciutto was delicious as was my husband's tuna ceviche. He loved his sea food entree. The first cup of coffee was not warm enough and before we could say anything a new cup appeared! That's service! We will return, no doubt. The service and ambiance is so much fun.
amazingly attentive staff and delicious food
My wife’s birthday.
Supporting staff were nice. The service was great.
Ambience was perfect. The colours and decoration was unique.
Rude and not very courteous management
The manager was rude and discriminatory. We are foreigners and he claimed that we were being rude to the waitress. He decided to kick us out of the restaurant when we tried to order desert. I know this might sound like my version vs his; but he didn’t even talk to us. He just made his mind. I have never felt more discriminated in my life. Terrible experience.
Chic and elegant venue. Busy but still has the relaxed and spacious fee. Food was presented well and tasted delicious!
Love the ambience and food was fantastic. Guest chef particularly great
Fabulous dining experience...Amazing wine list....
We had just an amazing meal. The food is so delicious. I even bought the new cookbook. Also, the sommelier was so helpful in deciding on a good red. We will be back soon!
My boyfriend and I were celebrating our 4 year anniversary and Foreign Cinema made it very special! I had let them know before hand through the notes section on OpenTable and when we got there we were surprised with menus that were specialized with a little note that said ‘Happy 4th Anniversary!’ The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious! When we got to dessert they gave each of us a little ‘Happy Anniversary’ card and it truly made our dinner very special. Thank you Foreign Cinema & staff!
Great atmosphere, good service, delicious food, very expensive, very small portions.
We enjoyed our food but were somewhat disappointed at the service. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share and our waiter questioned me when I asked for some share plates. After our appetizers, the table was covered in crumbs and food scraps and the waiter starting putting out new cutlery without first cleaning off the table. We had to ask to have it cleaned off.