Foreign Cinema

4.8
7515 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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morgank
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portions=):
I had about 15 noodles in my $25 pasta and that made me sad

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Jacque
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance - we will be back!

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Sergey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great venue and service. Good heat lamps and wind cover Food did not blow me away though.

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Rockygirl911
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food is very small potions. Over all on the expensive side.

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NatalieD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience! Great food, great service and a unique setting

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ThomasE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A San Francisco institution. Service was excellent, outdoor seating was perfect, they were showing Akira Kurosawa. If you want to see the movie - you need to sit outdoors.

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vipReneeL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best duck ever! We were a little chilled outside but were immediately offered blankets. Top notch!

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KarriK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous night out with friends, seafood, delicious streak, and wine. Wonderful service and ambiance. Thanks!

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pandaSF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food start to finish. Grilled calamari was flavorful and tender, the wagyu beef had a fantastic sauce and cooked perfectly medium. I didn’t expect to enjoy the coconut birthday cake as much as I did — the Italian buttercream was light and fluffy and cake was moist and airy. Service was attentive and very quick. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipDavid
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word fabulous!

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AlexaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of dishes and ambiance is fantastic. It's where you'll find the best meal in San Francisco!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was attentive, thoughtful, and made us feel welcome. They celebrated with us and we appreciated the kind notes and genuine experience. We will be back.

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KimP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was 5 stars! We made a reservation from a family member’s suggestion. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was magical with the glow of amber twinkle lights and the movie playing in the background. We will definitely return on our next trip to S.F.

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vipstu415
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We were excited to go to FC with an out-of-town guest. We were a party of three. They called to ask if we would like to come an hour earlier. We said yes. We still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. They apologized but it would have been nice to comp us a drink or two while we waited at the bar for our table.
The server was great - knowledgeable, friendly, accomodating - and too busy. The pacing of the meal was way off - not sure if that was the kitchen or the server. We got our first course, and then one person got their second course - and then we waited for over a half-hour for the rest of the meal. That was frustrating. When it came, one person got their second course - again. So it was a bit all over the place.
It wasn't easy to get this reservation - next time, I won't try as hard.

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vipnywineo
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and general experience here is always great. Their outdoor space is top notch.

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suehem
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They sat us and accommodated our party even though some of us arrived early and our group was arriving at different times. The service was great and they were attentive without being overwhelming. The food was amazing. We were celebrating multiple birthdays and they remembered to put candles in the desserts for us even though I requested this through open table (not at the restaurant). Very happy we our experience.

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roseg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was not great. It may be lack of staff due to Covid.
The food generally was as good as ever but the bacon was seriously
sad and limp even though it tasted pretty good. The black tea was
truly awful. Neither of us drank much of it. The sugar didn't dissolve
so the bitter taste was just too much.
Hopefully things will get better over time.

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brandcran
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was very good. Customer service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale cocktails and dishes with a unique patio experience. Very enjoyable for date night. A lot of tables spaced closely together on patio, so if you’re looking for a very quiet or private dinner, try elsewhere. Overall 5/5 experience though!

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shadsfc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worlds best restaurant. A local institution. Chef Andrew came to our table and really made the experience amazing for us. The house mad charcuterie is a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipEatoutinOakland
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch, good service, good food, great ambience.

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LauraL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around! Great ambiance, fabulous food, attentive wait staff. Perfect for a celebration or date night!

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sofa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mixed service from friendly to indifferent and slow. Highly recommend the duck. Chicharron was too hard, soup was a small portion. Sea bass was okay, a little watered down on flavor. For the price point, overall experience did not match. If you are seated outside next to the door leading to inside dining, you have a high chance of being repeatedly bumped into.

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vipArthurG
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always pricey. Wish the outdoor canopy extended further - we were in the uncovered back portion and felt the wind and moisture a lot more than those under the awning.

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MegF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Foreign Cinema was off its game the night we went for a party. But, the management addressed it promptly and responsibly and we are looking forward to returning.

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RajivM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

definitely worth trying out; make sure to visit the bar as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for the one day I was in SF reuniting with friends.

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HomeroM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was celebrating a birthday. Overall , a great experience. Staff was friendly. Food was delicious

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PatR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very nice staff willing to change up dishes for personal taste. Eclectic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place, well worth the money. Tasty food and awesome experience. Perfect for a date. Also, incredible service.

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Michelle
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed at the atmosphere, lighting and all around ambience. In SF the nights are quite chilly and thank goodness they had heaters. The food was amazing! We shared about 4 or 5 dishes between the 3 of us and were quite satisfied. The drinks were very tasty, we each had a couple tequila drinks. Try Foreign Cinema they won't disappoint you!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not possibly have been better. Every one of us loved every moment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My first time writing a review because this just has to be told. Very rude waiter. When we asked to order he said “I’m not ready” and walked away not coming back for 10 minutes. Made a face when I declined a second alcoholic drink. I asked politely for water multiple times which he ignored as if he didn’t hear me. I did not have anything to drink as I was eating my meal. Made faces at us when we wanted to split a few desserts pressuring us to order more and gawked at us when we were figuring out closing out our bill. Highly disappointed in the service.

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vipKaraM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. Terrible neighborhood. Recommend parking in the Bartlett garage.

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BrendaD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team took such good care of us and it made my husband’s birthday so special, especially after such a hard year. The food was exceptional too!

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XiaoyeX
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The environment is awesome, definitely an unique experience. Food is good but a little over priced. The duck confit is okay. But summer pasta really surprised me.

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vipNicoleB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Foreign Cinema - the food, the ambiance, the service. Watch the sun set in Delores Park then enjoy a great meal afterward.

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SandraG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was genuinely welcoming, authentic, mellow and polite - just the right casual-attentive. Food and drinks were absolutely creative, fresh, interesting, delicious. Great variety in menu infused with the feeling of summertime. Nothing boring, repeated or stale here. Outdoor patio vibe was unique, colorful, warm. Staff was dressed up, interesting, added an allure and artistic flair that is often missing from San Francisco in the past decade(s). Sadly though, most diners dressed down (have we forgotten how to leave our hoodies at home because of pandemic, or has So Cal invaded SF completely now?) Plenty of space heaters, loads of charming low-lights (but fake battery candles on the tables, and we noticed the movie was a DVD - not 35mm ...what happened there? Not that it mattered a ton, but...I was expecting more of the charm of the place to come from the authentic "foreign cinema" aspect. The movie was Devil Wears Prada- meh.) Still, the food made it a very very special experience - delightful and satisfying. SF family of four celebrating teenagers' end of historically difficult school year. We left very happy, and would def recommend for any special evening!

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7515 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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