Foreign Cinema

4.8
7502 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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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
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to brunch for my birthday. It was fantastic! The restaurant is really pretty. Amy, our server, was fantastic! Super nice, funny, and attentive. Highly recommend this place!

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vipLaurieC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service both exceeded expectations.

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vipWillWall
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service! Fresh and seasonal choices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious but the service was truly exceptional.

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tinniex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my anniversary and they were kind enough to switch our indoor table to an outdoor table! I had the duck with fois gras butter and it was AMAZING!! Our server was very friendly and playful. Would definitely come here again :)

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vipSalsa
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected.

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AlyssaK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, their take on fried chicken is something I never would've expected. Incredible!

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milir
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food in a great environment. I definitely recommend!

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Wyatt
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had in San Francisco. Carpaccio, oysters, Swordfish, and the pasta was insane.

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zairina
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious brunch with attentive waiter. Will come back here again.

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Bradley
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FC has been one of my goto restaurants in the city for many years. They just get so many elements of what a restaurant needs to be right. From venue, ambiance, cocktails to food. They do it all with grace.
Best advice I can give? Get all the things. Just do it. Bring some friends and literally order all the things. You can't go wrong.
And if you're really feeling it the extensive wine list is a treat for even those seasoned drinkers.

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DanielleC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The hostess and waitress was very nice and professional. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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vipMinSF01
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It never disappoints. I was lucky to have an option to get a rezy for last minute and I jumped at the chance.

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MeganH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Everything we ordered we really enjoyed! I recommend taking advantage of truffle service, we added it to the orecchiette pasta. Ambiance is beautiful, inside and outside.

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VW919
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food and Ambience are really good. Food portions are too small.

I guess at the end after we paid our check they were just trying to get us out while we were still chatting wanted to stay for a bit.

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vipQBwashere
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was incredibly delicious! We loved the hostess’ welcome & our waiter Melissa. Value for the food was also good. Sat in the courtyard & were warm enough from the heaters. The whole experience was so great we’ll put it on our agenda every trip to the he city! Caviar on Papadams - I’m sold! Fried chicken curry - holy cow-amazing! Melt in your mouth pork chop.. goat cheese -cheese cake…a dish I’ve been chasing down from another restaurant & here it is! Yay!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My husband’s meal was fabulous! But I had to send mine back as it was Luke warm barely! And mine was duck that was absolutely swimming in liquid both times

It was our anniversary and we were given a nice card, but having a nice meal together would have been a better recognition!

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JovannG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was lovely. Celebrating our anniversary here made it extremely special. Friendly staff and even better food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We found the taste to be just so so. My son had the burger which was way below average.

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vipBrion
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Food was wonderful and all staff was friendly and very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the overall experience. Food was great esp the cheesecake!

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CarmenG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the ingredients is excellent and the end product is even better, foreign cinema is a place that distinguishes itself for the high end innovative cuisine . The staff is very professional and knowledgeable. Overall it is a great experience to eat at foreign cinema

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service.

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vipBruceB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just gets better year by year.

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poohNroo
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just celebrated our 22nd anniversary and wanted someplace where both the food and the atmosphere were special. Foreign Cinema was the perfect choice. The food was interesting and unique (although the menu offers fewer choices than most restaurants we frequent) and the service was perfect. The building and atmosphere are what really makes this place stand out. Definitely book a table outside if you can. It's not really outside, it's an enclosed courtyard between two buildings. A great place to take friends or for a special occasion.

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

We love coming here, the ambiance is perfect and the food is always great.

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vipSimoneH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere here are exceptional. I have been here multiple times and have never been disappointed. Service is extremely professional. This is my go to place for weekend brunch/lunch with out of town guests.

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SusanSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've gone to Foreign Cinema for corporate events, weddings, family gatherings, and romantic dinners. The food is always outstanding and the ambience is lovely any time of year. It's my Chez Panisse of the Mission.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Average experience, nothing really stood up. The place is beautiful tho, but other than that, it was really below the average. Service was slow and the food was really pricey.

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

Just the best brunch place in San Francisco, hands down. Fantastic food, friendly service, beautiful environment!

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fthr
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Aggressive service, very pressing and rough, with no manners.
We got the check before we even started the dessert.
We came here for nice evening to enjoy a quality food but we're really disappointed by the whole experience. The food was not exceptional, even below good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! Wonderful food and service!! Will definitely be back when visiting San Francisco
💝

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vipAnneL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience. The ambience, the food, the drinks. Superb service. So nice to be back to dining in restaurants. This is special with the big outdoor garden. The movie was "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". As I looked around, I thought that most of the patrons had probably not even heard of this classic movie.
The oysters were out of this world. The carpaccio was delicious and the duck was moist, juicy, and a real treat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and I informed them that it was my partner’s birthday and they made her feel extra special which was a great experience.

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Batcat
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Awesome drinks, fun experience, but not very tasty food, only a few dishes were exceptional, most were mediocre or not tasty. Dessert was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

More choices in the menu ,please. Too much noise :(

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Shaili
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The sesame fried chicken is amazing and the cocktails are good too. The appetizers and the tuna main course were so so and overpriced. We enjoyed the apple tart for dessert but I would come back again for the sesame fried chicken.

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rf6983
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema was an incredible and amazing venue with outstanding and friendly staff and delicious food. Thank you Dash for making my 60th birthday celebration most memorable!

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MaryS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fun evening! The food was delicious and the atmosphere, fun and sophisticated.
We wished you would use subtitles on the movie.
Thanks for a great evening and a special thanks to John for securing us a
Future reservation when a friend is in from New York!

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vipeatoutalot
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A FANTASTIC restaurant for any occasion!!!!! The food is always delicious and the service always attentive

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7502 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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