Foreign Cinema

4.8
7533 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 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From making a reservation, changing reversations couple of times to the day of the event, it all came out perfect. We arrived 20mins early but they still let us in. Staff was so welcoming, warm and friendly.
We ordered some refreshments. I got the Cinema Paradiso which was so refreshing. We then had appetizers to start while waiting for the rest of the guests. I love the House made Truffle Burrata and Lavender baked goat cheese. Soo good and yummy. Since there were 8 of us, each one got to enjoy diiferent food. I personally ordered Champagne French rolled Omelet and a side of the brown sugar bacon. Twas a perfect combination. I love the way they did the fries coz it’s not oily. My hubby ordered the Steak Frites that came with vegies and fries. We finished off with the profiteroles. What a good way to spend Sunday Brunch.

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vipJohnP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an Amazing experience!

ED
vipEnthusiasticDiner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night Great service great food

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Kelly
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Outdoor seating with the movie really adds to the experience. The fried chicken and garganelle pasta were incredibly, highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and ambiance. Loved everything.

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going since it opened. Absolutely, an SF treasure.

AH
ArhamH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was otherworldly, service was very friendly and made great recommendations

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I’ve loved coming to Foreign Cinema over the years— it’s always the restaurant I choose for friends visiting with only 1 meal in SF. Unfortunately, it feels that the prices have been steadily increasing and with the latest price increase, I’m now priced out of the restaurant and will have to find a new go-to. Between the four of us, we had 4 entrees with no appetizers/shared dishes and only water and still spent $50 a person. We typically order more and are more relaxed, ordering anything that looks good on the menu, but didn’t feel comfortable doing that this time.

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a fun place to eat! Great food and very nice staff!

CK
CarolineK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, vibe, service and overall experience. You could tell the chef and servers really cared about the food and your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Foreign table has a great ambiance and service. However, I have never had a consistent experience with the food - either food is inadvertently left off dishes or flavors are not done well.

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mm94
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a unique environment with great cocktails and amazing food. Definitely an ideal spot for a special celebration!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible experience. We dined for New Year’s Eve and are really disappointed with the whole experience. The food was not up to par with their usual menu and our service was horrible. I love Foreign Cinema but after last night, I will not return. I feel like I wasted money along with choosing to dine with them on such a special evening. I booked months in advance and was so excited but our expectations were not met.

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vipMidmodgal60
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience! The meal was sublime and service impeccable. The only thing we thought was not to par were the deserts. Everything else was amazing. Will definitely return for a full feature and spread the news “). Thanks

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baozi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The New Year's Eve menu was 3-course for $160 dollars. I didn't know it was only 3-course when I booked the place, as it wasn't clear at all in the description of the reservation. The food was ok at best, maybe worth a $80-$100 value at other Michelin-star restaurant in SF. With such quality of service and food, $160 is extremely overpriced and I doubt any customer would go back.

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Noel
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner

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Stefania
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food. Service. Ambiance. All top notch

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Alex
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved our waiter so so much!!! Great place the vibes were immaculate food was alright but people should go for the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Environment was good. Food was decent had a few Interesting parings. Service was not that great. Our waiter was put out with everything and clearly did not want to be there.

Went for an anniversary dinner and was not amazed.

DS
DeniseS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pretty Resturant. Food was outstanding and well presented. Wine list very extensive but pricey. Can’t wait to go back when it’s warm and sit outside and see a movie. The duck and pot crème where definitely my favorites

KB
KellyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant with incredible food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good experience. I know it was a busy night for thr staff but people were getting anxious of getting there food. Took a while to come. But it was fi e

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time—very fun and comfortable atmosphere, very good food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love taking my girlfriend here!

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ChloeW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waiter did not remember to celebrate the birthday that we were there to celebrate. Service was really bad. My soup was also forgotten. The staff could preform simple service acts like being a extra spoon. I have been eating here for awhile and the current staffing is driving me not to come back. I wish I would of booked Al’s place instead. Only way I would come back to FC is if they comped the whole meal.

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AshlynnG
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never short of an amazing experience. Excellent service and great food!

JD
JalbaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoint! The food is always great, the atmosphere is beautiful with and the staff are always so welcoming!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Food was delicious and appropriately priced. One of my favorite parts was you are able to order a carafe of wine!! I wish more restaurants offered that. Being able to watch a movie in the background was a fun touch. Would definitely recommend!

MK
MsKitty
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to this restaurant since the early 2000s when I used to live in the Mission. I’ve since moved to a different neighborhood and don’t frequent the restaurant as often. It requires much planning and patience since you can’t get a table as easily as before without advance reservations. I booked a spot 2 months in advance for my bf’s bday and the dinner was as lovely as I remembered. The bf was super happy with the experience and very grateful for the lovely ambiance and deelish food. Service was also on par as well. We ate the ceviche, salt cod, chicken, and affogato for dessert. To the staff at Foreign Cinema, thanks again and keep up the good work! Hope you never go out of business!

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LarryK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended for Sunday cocktails and brunch!

MR
vipMaryR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was terrific - the food, service (our server was the perfect balance of attentive, but not overbearing), and ambience! We look forward to returning.

Thank you for our memorable experience and happy holidays to the Foreign Cinema family!

CS
CatherineS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. Never had an experience like this before.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Foreign Cinema from the hosts to the servers was impeccable and friendly. I appreciate the joy they brought to their work. The food was fabulous, most notable was the pork chop, which, in hindsight, I wish I had ordered.

JJ
JohnnyJo
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been wanting to come visit this restaurant since 2018, when we missed our reservation the first time. So glad we made it this time! Good and ambiance was awesome. Our kids had a blast sitting and watching the movie on the wall. My wife and I had a blast eating and drinking the great food. Love San Francisco treasures like this place!

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GreerG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our service was great. The food was pretty good, but I wasn’t really impressed beyond measure. Considering we waited for 3 months to get a reservation, I expected to be blown away and I wasn’t. That said, it was a nice evening out.

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vipLenny
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and vibe. A little cold in the main hall

MG
MaryG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Reservation 5:45PM Wednesday 12/15/2021. Host at front desk was amazing. Guest interviewing for faculty position at UCSF Cardiology was impressed. Thanks for everything. Will recommend to friends and family!

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skidude
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent Restaurant was so cold one could hang meat inside. After eating there for 10 years , I would not return.

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7533 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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