Foreign Cinema

4.8
7293 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, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.
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Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    $75.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    For Mother's Day Brunch we are offering a celebratory 3 course menu for $75 per adult & children for $40 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 Mother's Day Brunch, it is $30 per person if cancelled after 5pm on Friday 5/7.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7293 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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frank
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife there for her birthday and we were in for a treat. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks and the service was amazing. We went during the day and can’t wait to go at night for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! It was a great night and the food was great. It was a unique experience.

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vipMealsmama
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious charcuterie platter to start. The curry fried chicken was outstanding. Great wine list, as well. Great outing with friends or a sweetheart.

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vipgeekgirltravel
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal was amazing. We sampled a number of dishes and loved them all. Had a lovely chat with the sommelier about the 2018 vintage, fires, and worldwide. We felt safe and cared for my the staff who were attentive and friendly.

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vipabsjr
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate in the very back corner of the outdoor patio, which was warm (with heaters going) and quiet. It was noisier and felt a little crowded in the larger patio area. Fried oyster appetizer was a winner with crispy outside, tender moist interior, crunchy slaw perfect accompaniment. Scallops in broth tasty but nothing remarkable. Fried chicken with middle Eastern twist was yummy (it’s fried chicken, right?). Birthday cake dessert was delicious with 2 kinds of ganache, satisfying for chocolate lovers although we agreed we’d like the cake to icing ratio slightly higher.

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Cassi
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long story short, the food and staff are best in class, the space is unique and wonderful. We're still in a pandemic and with that comes rules designed with everyone's safety in mind. Personally I love it, I feel safe and the process feels organized, there's more space! The rules are outlined when you make your reservation and again when you arrive, these are fair rules and don't take away from the experience. You must order all your food at once to limit interaction and they tell you this before giving you a menu. You must keep your mask on unless you're actively bringing food and drink to your mouth, they tell you this at the host desk before you are seated. You should disregard any reviews that complain about compromised service due to these rules, all this information is provided up front before you arrive, the rules should not surprise you. Once you've mentally accepted the process you're destined to have a fabulous time. Foreign Cinema always offers a spectacular dining experience. The servers are happy to help you curate a delicious combo of apps, mains and drinks, they are happy to describe the many different types of oysters and help you find one that suits your palate. We couldn't decide between a few types of oysters, we "accidentally" ended up with an extra serving on our platter. I believe this was a low key appreciation for us being an easy going table willing to follow the rules and ready to have a fabulous dining experience. I've been dining at Foreign Cinema since 2008, I have to say I love the slower pace and the spaced out seating experience, it's a new vibe in a normally high energy restaurant. Book after dark to catch a movie, we lucked out with a screening of Young Frankenstein.

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JeffR
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very trendy, well decorated space. Tasty, beautifully plated food. The theater element is very cool.

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vipSophiaC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in SF. Incredible ambiance, great service, flavorful food. You can't go wrong with anything here. Pro tip: the movies only play at certain times. If you want to experience that, make sure your dinner time and their movie times align via the website. Patio seating is the way to go.

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Nivliness
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters and rolled omelette are my favorite! The staff is very sweet as well.

JM
vipJMikeSmith
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to think of a nicer place to have brunch then the Foreign Cinema courtyard. Given that the pandemic is still with us, tables were well spaced, roof was partially open, masking and other mitigation steps were in effect, and everyone was thoughtful.

Food was terrific, our server was great, and it felt like a taste of the "Before Times."

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vipWillNotRepeat
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it always!

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vipCCT4
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience and table setup. Love the lighting! Check-in service and communication was terrific. A little slow to start in getting drinks/water but overall a nice experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the outdoor setting made for perfect date night ambiance. Tables were spaced apart well and the overall experience was absolutely wonderful. We had a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere matched with wonderful service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every experience at Foreign Cinema. It’s really a gem here in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colleen - bartender was awesome. Aged ribeye with truffles? excellent. Specialty drinks? Awesome. It was the best dinner I’ve ever had.

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LauraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I picked FC to celebrate my birthday for the amazing food, service and atmosphere. The waiter and sommelier were on point. The steak tartar, calamari and oysters were amazing.
The asparagus burrata starter came out HOT, we couldn’t touch the dish it was so hot. The greens were warped with 4 orange slices on top. This was supposed to be a cold plate!
The scallops and whatever else was on the plate were floating in sauce. I think the sauce should have been drizzled? Again, I like sauce but I don't think this was the correct execution. The pork chop was ordered well done and it came out medium at best and very rare at the bone.
We had a great time and paid a hefty bill. Your kitchen needs this feedback as do all the servers presenting the food. We get it, pandemic, we’re all figuring it out.

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JZee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Extremely slow service. I left hungry - the dishes were sparse and overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, and the courtyard was great ambience!

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vipBurlperson
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So many people dining. How exciting. The patio is airy and has enough heat lamps too. What a treat to have great food and enjoy being out Of course the food and service are first rate.

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EAL424
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch, with fantastic food and great service on their patio. Was a beautiful day and we enjoyed ourselves. There was no pressure to rush and the food was brought out at a nice relaxing pace.

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TiffanyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as well as the ambiance and service. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations!! Everything was just lovely!!

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MarilynH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Easter Brunch was fantastic and every brunch and dinner I have had here exceeds expectations. I am still thinking about how good the food was1

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roshini
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Divine food! Everything we ordered was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food an service

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Michael
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the ambiance and the food! Would highly recommend sitting in the courtyard area. There were enough heat lamps to keep everyone warm!

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David
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Dinner was fantastic. Highly recommend the fried chicken, calamari, and cheesecake. Ambiance was lovely. Best date night spot in SF thus far.

KC
vipKenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration take two. Actually we were to dine here last year for my birthday (April) but we all know how that ended. It was a wonderful dining experience. Our waiter was attentive, did not feel rushed. The food was delicious. I enjoyed the duck breast, son ordered the steak and hubby had the halibut.

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vipMaxine
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit! They make great suggestions on the wine. The food is inventive so definitely ask the server about it. The ambiance is relaxing and modern.

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SamP
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Love this restaurant and excited to to visit again!

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Eggs
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was charged $4 for a side of brown avocado. I never saw my server while my eggs were getting cold, so I just picked off the brown parts.

The fruit and with “yogurt” was a joke. A very wide bowl-plate with unsweet berries, sour kiwi, one deconstructed blood orange, and some nuts spread out. The yogurt was more of a garnish. There was not even a spoonful. You couldn’t take that on a picnic.
Nobody is tasting the fruit served.


I will say the scramble was delicious, as was the Cinema Paradiso.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about Foreign Cinema. This is one of the best restaurants in the city.

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PatrickS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wonderful date night spot. They, as all other restaurants are getting used to the new normal and were busy. The server was very friendly, knowledgeable and the staff held it together. Be patient with them, all restaurants are a bit understaffed and getting their legs under them again. I have nothing bad to say about this experience, and I look forward to going back again.

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

Amazing severs and staff. Food was excellent as was the wine recommendation.

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MakNagy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an excellent date night, I had been trying to book a reservation and finally found a night that worked- and it turned out to be the perfect evening! The food was delicious, the ambiance was wonderful, and the service was fantastic. We had an early dinner and were able to see the restaurant shift from daytime to night, and catch the very beginning of the movie Fanrastic Mr. Fox right as we ate dessert.

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Wanda
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute ambience, excellent and timely food service. We were really full and wanted to get dessert elsewhere in the Mission, but they still came by with a complimentary Kiwi sorbet dessert for my BF's birthday- it was very sweet!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Would highly recommend going here for dinner. Lovely atmosphere sitting outside.

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AyshaP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, I would definitely recommend. My only feedback for improvement is for the staff to smile more.

FAQs

Foreign Cinema offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 648-7600 ext. 0.

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7293 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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