Foreign Cinema

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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IK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner and friendly service! Thank you so much!!

W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot for a special occasion dinner! we really enjoyed the pork chop and the the bavette steak

ED
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the pork chop and scallops. The wine list is extensive with great labels and lesser regions in abundance.

B
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Glad we got out before the complete shutdown. Our favorite place to go and we were so happy

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything went well, food was great, drinks were good. Excellent venue. It went well until there was someone who was next to us coughing and made us feel very uncomfortable. We wanted to look at dessert but the person coughing created a sense of urgency to get out of the proximity of the coughing. The waiter acknowledged this and told us that we could finish our drinks at the bar. We politely declined and walked out. Thanks for the experience!

NH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal of our trip to San Francisco by far! Everything we ordered was delicious! We went with a 2 year old and they were able to accommodate no problems. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never been disappointed here.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating a friends birthday! The food was delicious and ambiance with delightful! Would definitely come back to celebrate another special occasion!

MS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We weren’t greeted for 20 minutes. We waited 40 minutes for the bottle of wine we ordered and it was served warm (rose) so we sent it back. We waited 90 minutes for our food. They comped us a glass of champagne but it was really disappointing. Not what I expect from Foreign Cinema.

c
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I’ve been here multiple times and the service this time was awful and the waiter was rude many times to different people in my party.

GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was superb! Ambience was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday dinner with my girlfriend. Exceptional service, excellent food overall great experience

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious but food and drinks were very slow to come out.

KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Hello - It took more than 45 minutes for our food to come. Because we had a late reservation we were absolutely STARVING when the food came. It was so stressful because it was my husband's birthday and I had planned for multiple surprises for him so it threw off my timing, really stressed me and made me rush us through our meal once it came. The portions were also small. I ordered calamari with aioli but there was less than a teaspoon of aioli on it. I then ordered the pasta entree and it was also tiny and just an overpowering one note of cheese with very little flavor. I was hungry but wasn't interested to eat it all because the only flavor was cheese.

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and looking for somewhere to go with interesting food, a good wine list and well made drinks. Foreign Cinema met all of those requirements.

The ambiance is casual yet still good for a special occasion. Perfect if you want something special, but are not looking to work your way through tasting menu.

LA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and great for a business dinner.

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, wine and food. A great SF staple for any occasion.

A
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an experience. Really made my Mom’s birthday special. Delicious food. Everyone at the table cleared their plate.

c
Atlanta
173 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the check-in host was a bit snooty our food was delicious; and our seats were comfy and in a quiet nook (per my request). We'll definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our Anniversary and was worth the hype. Great food, wine, and service. Perfect place for a date night.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes are incredible - very thoughtfully prepared, with unique flavors that make the dishes exceptional.

AU
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

For all that we paid for brunch, they found some technicality that enabled them not to give any open table credits for this visit. We booked through open table.

EL
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We dined here for brunch and had an excellent meal. We started with the Monterey Bay calamari appetizer with Oaxacan mole, chickpeas, lime, aioli, when asked if the croque madame was good he responded that if it wasn’t good it wouldn’t be on the menu. Also, no sooner than we paid the bill, he asked us to leave so they could use the table for other customers. While we understand the request, we could have been given a bit more time after paying. Nevertheless, we had a great time, can recommend FC and look forward to our next visit.

E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance is very nice. The service is always top notch. The noise level is on the higher side if you sit in the courtyard area, which is as expected.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Celebrated friends birthday party there, heard so much great feedback however the food was underwhelming. The ambiance is trendy and loud, enjoyed the company and the service had expected more from the food. Wine was well paired.

JK
London
34 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous chicken dish and superior selection of scotch

n
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shared 3 dishes: a salad, an app, and a main. Well, 4 dishes if you count dessert. All were perfectly seasoned, handled, and prepared. Service was friendly, attentive, and unobtrusive.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Foreign Cinema and always enjoy the menu, cocktail list and ambiance! This particular time, we were a bit disappointed with the wait. We had a reservation for 8pm and were not seated until after 8:30pm (with the food coming closer to 9pm.) We were told that it would be just a few minutes for an indoor table but we had requested outdoors. We waited for 20+ minutes and were then taken to an indoor table. I asked to be seated outdoors again, and the staff apologized, kindly through us an appetizer, and then 10 minutes later (around 8:35pm) brought us to an outdoor table. Otherwise it was a very good experience and again, delicious food and great ambiance! I’ve had issues before with the reservation timing not being honored but never to this extent. Usually it’s about 15 minutes after your reservation by the time you are seated.

RE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An off night for what is usually a reliable operation. While waiting to be seated we heard at least two parties who were still waiting for their tables more than 30 minutes after their reservation time. Thankfully we were seated only about 5 minutes after our reservation time. Our starters came out quickly and were grouped nicely (the baked cheese first, then two seafood starters paired together). But as he cleared the last of the starters, our server announced that the mains (steak and duck breast) would be another 15-20 minutes! When they arrived, the steak was not the requested temperature (rare/medium-rare vs. the requested medium), and the wild rice accompanying the duck was undercooked and quite crunchy. The presentations were also quite messy and looked more scraped onto the plate than composed. For a Tuesday night, the place was quite packed, I can only imagine that they were just a bit overwhelmed or maybe just off their game. I will go back as I've had many flawless meals there, but trying to impress my date on his first visit to Foreign Cinema was a moderate fail.

R
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the food and cocktails, especially. The combinations of flavors in the dishes, sauces we found delicious. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. The wine list is extensive, overwhelming...

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food continues to be very good. Unfortunately, we waited a long time for a waiter to take drink orders and there was probably a 30 minute gap between cleared first courses and the arrival of entrees. You know, when everyone keeps breaking off little pieces of bread they don't really want and you hold off pouring more wine because it will be gone by the time the entrees come. When the entrees did arrive, they were staggered--arriving one at a time over about 7 or 8 minutes. These things may seem small but they have a way of bringing a festive dinner down...

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time celebrating a birthday there

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

For the price, I would expect more from a service aspect. Our entree was clearly forgotten about, and nothing was done to make up for it, or even an apology. Won’t be returning, which is sad because the food was good.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing location and delicious food! Brought friends from out of town and everyone loved it! Our food did take over an hour to get to us though, so don’t be in a rush if you want to eat here during the busy brunch times.

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place and unique. The food was amazing and the wine/spirits/beer list very comprehensive. The Somm is also available to answer any questions. We ate out on the patio with the movie playing on the wall. Loved the drive-in movie speakers - great touch!
Price is very reasonable. Recommend making dinner reservations at least a week or two ahead of your visit.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance and theme of the restaurant are great. What was disappointing was the portion size of the food (Kobe steak), considering how pricey it was

FL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is exceptional: food, wines (exceptional list of Sonoma Coast pinots), service, ambiance. I keep coming back.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is a beautiful place to go when you would like to treat yourself. The ambiance was incredible. The cocktails were delicious and I said if I thought the food was great I’d get a copy of their book, I now have a copy on my shelf. Our server was also very friendly so thanks for a great night :) hope to come back when I get paid again haha

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Uniquely beautiful atmosphere

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was perfect but no one loved their food. Everyone said “it was ok”. It didn’t used to be that way. Otherwise I can’t complain about anything else.

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