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
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere matched with wonderful service. Highly recommend!

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LauraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

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

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vipBurlperson
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarilynH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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
3 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate my 30th birthday!

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LoopyLu
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a bit early, which I had my reservation time wrong, no worries on our part but the hostess was a bit rude about it. He suggested we go have a cocktail a few doors down, ummm... where? Everywhere on Mission you need reservations. Well, we hung out in the front hall (with everyone else) and waited patiently. He saw us again 20 min later and was able to sit us indoor (we had outdoor reservations), we were okay with it. Sat, had great wine, ordered the Antipasto; the faux gras with mustard and pate was lovely, house made bread and butter was yummy and we all had different main dishes; the duck, sesame fried chicken, halibut and oriechette pasta, they were all filled with wonderful flavors, very yummy. Ended dinner with Sorbet, which was another hit. The service was good, very attentive to us and would definitely return. As we were leaving, I happened to noticed the full bar at the back of the restaurant with two bartenders mixing up an array of drinks...... why would we have gone to another bar there was one right here? Just weird; no not because of Covid either because a couple of folks were having a great time back there laughing and enjoying themselves. :-)

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vipMiriamM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch. Although we had outdoor seating reserved, my party arrived an hour early. We got to dine inside and celebrated my sister's birthday in style. Food and ambience was fabulous.

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ythdintdt
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

salad was really salty and service was really slow, but nice to eat outside and drinks were good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the brunch at Foreign Cinema. It’s absolutely delicious and the service is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent! Server could have been better. She didn’t know the menu well at all.

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yogablu
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals you will have in San Francisco. Just scrumptious and the service was excellent! Lovely atmosphere and ambiance. Overall great place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Everything was great with the exception of service. Service was okay, we were served but it didn’t feel great to be rushed. We felt taken advantage of with how long we could stay due to covid which is understandable; however, we kept being reminded and we felt like we couldn’t focus on our time together.

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HaileyF
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. Awesome ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing.

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Californiaman
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Foreign Cinema and won’t be the last.
Great and safe service and wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was a bit rude. Greeted us after 20 minutes of waiting. As he greeted us, he stated that there was a $30 minimum to stay at the table....we asked the host and he said no that wasn’t true lol After that he disappeared for a while, we assumed he got busy. Another female server noticed we had been waiting and took our order. She was wonderful and very polite. The restaurant itself was beautiful and a fun atmosphere. Dessert and drinks were wonderful. The original server reappeared and dropped off the check. Maybe the guy was having a rough night. Ended up having a good time and anyway.

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vipSusanS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a restaurant that has been around so long, it never gets tired. Always new and interesting flavors.

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Evie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Server forgot a dish we had ordered, bringing us a dessert menu before our main dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambience, unique experience

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BigTipper
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were trying to find a place that we could enjoy some great ambience with fantastic food. We were lucky to get a earlier reservation for the courtyard. Super cool outdoor area with shade and socially distant tables.

Started with the pop tart that was more than I expected. Crystal sugars coated the top with guava filling that started us out right. I felt adventurous and had our waitress recommend some oysters for myself as well as the Calamari dish with red mole sauce. Talk about tasty.

While I really enjoyed the sunny side eggs and house brisket, it was a smaller dish than expected so I’m glad I had the starters. My wife ordered the champagne omelette which she was pretty happy about. The preparation time wasn’t bad at all and we had time to order the madras Bloody Mary, totally worth it.

At the end I had the espresso with vanilla ice cream that was a solid pick me up and my wife ordered the sorbet which was had a pretty cool presentation. I wanna come back!

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LindaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service atmosphere and food. Delicious espresso martinis

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ClairO
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the 30 minute walk in slightly windy san fran. The oysters and food was to die for, let alone the seats outside looking at Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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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