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Foreign Cinema

4.7
7121 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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 7121 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we had the opportunity to choose our seat as well.

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NabooB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I haven’t been to Foreign Cinema in years. It’s still as great as it was years ago. I was there for a birthday dinner for a friend. The service was excellent as was the food and drinks. Luckily the weather was fine. The heat lamp made everything cozier. My only suggestion is that the tables should be distanced a bit further than they are right now.

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ArtemisM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema has a beautiful outside dining area. The service was fantastic and the Madras bloody Mary was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, never disappoints

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I took a two hour drive to try this place, they’re known for the foreign film experience.. well, they were playing The Goonies. Very disappointed.

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FrostyTarp
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Foreign Cinema is a novel idea. My wife and I went there to enjoy good food and watch older films. They played "The Goonies," and we ate and drank to our hearts content. The wait time was a bit longer than we anticipated for our main courses. But other than that, it was a very pleasant evening. Overall time spent at the table was 2 hours.

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MariaAna
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday meal at Foreign Cinema. The restaurant was beautiful, service excellent, food delicious -- we will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Check in took longer than expected — but the staff was incredibly attentive to us once we were seated. We happened to have our son with us, and in his infinite 11 year old wisdom, he declared that the team valued us being there and he could see it. I couldn’t agree with him more.

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Alex
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Food, service and cocktails all incredible. Ambience is perfect and felt very safe even during COVID. Calamari and Madras chicken both excellent

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vipJeannieSD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. Wonderful food! Great service. A must do while in San Francisco

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vipmichaelf
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I've been going to Foreign Cinema for many, many years...this time introducing our friends and their 13 year old Son who is a wanna be baker/chef...In short on a scale of 1-10 he gave it a 10+ and said he'd take a date there...needless to say, he enjoyed it and the duck immensely...!! He got a brief tour of the projector room as well and I got to see the space through new eyes all again...sorry we missed Gayle, next time!...much thanks to all

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Sams
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Great service! Definitely a place to go

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Victoria
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful space! A really great place for a date night.

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was SO good to be back in this SF favorite!!! It was quieter than we remembered and actually BETTER than we remembered. Everything we had was delicious and they make great cocktails!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining experience with following every guideline of safe and healthy dining. Outstanding service and superb food service. Foreign cinema will be my go to spot to recommend friends and family coming into town. Thank you for the experience!

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heyChris
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice to finally return to indoor dining. The dining room has been closed for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions. Now re-opened for indoor dining, Foreign Cinema hasn’t missed a beat. Staff was masked and service was excellent and attentive. Food served in a timely fashion to coordinate with drinks. Terrific meal. So glad I chose this special place and it’s patio for my first indoor dining experience since the March shutdowns.

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Shay
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance and food. It was nice to sit outside while being warm under the heaters. Great wine selection too!

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AmyR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and romantic atmosphere, beautiful courtyard. Felt very safe and distanced. Food is delicious, high quality ingredients, and creative. Priced reasonably for a special occasion kind of place.

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BrandiS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch menu had several options and I had a hard time choosing what I wanted I went with the baguette French toast which was absolutely delicious.

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viprubyscooby
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a special occasion brunch! Service is always 5 star.

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Chelsea0
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was amazing. Great ambiance! Great to see the indoor dining was open, but the restaurant had the abilities to open their doors for more of an indoor/outdoor experience. Our server was professional and very polite. The overall evening was fabulous. So happy that they have been able to stay in business during the pandemic. This is our 2nd trip since they first re-opened in June.

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DanielleS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and very pleasant servers! The dishes took very long time to come but other then that we had a very good time!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Last time I was at Foreign Cinema was close to 10 years ago. I wasn’t sure If quality of food had gone down. Every dish we had was great. Service was impeccable. We’ll be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a one of a kind dining experience. They played Alice and wonderland on the screen and it was lovely. The ambiance was beautiful with the lights at night. The fried chicken was fantastic. We really enjoyed this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor courtyard comes to life at night with colorful street lights, murals, and a foreign movie playing on a giant wall, which can be seen pretty much from anywhere. The staff is friendly and the menu changes daily so it’s always fun to come back. The restaurant accommodated us with extra space for our stroller and were quick to come back and check in on us during the entire meal. Great place for large parties and family celebrations!

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vipJoiedemanger
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints on any level. Always a delightful experience!! Food. Wine. Service. Authentic hospitality. This place is iconic: a cloistered courtyard experience typically found only in Europe.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, great service and ambiance. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great as always.

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Mario
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as always. I liked that their bar was open and was a great spot to have a few drinks and listen to music while we waited to be seated for brunch. Look to be back soon. Its nice to have a place where our current affairs and covid pandemic can be forgotten for a moment.

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vipDotdel
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Prices for the wines are a bit confusing. Usually its by the glass or bottle. They have fractional bottle prices on some wines which can be confusing since they also have wines priced by the bottle.
Otherwise food is great and their outdoor patio fantastic.

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macdaddy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food in a pleasant setting. Check your bill for errors.

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Ilovefood
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ambiance and food was fantastic! Customer service was good. Waited a little longer for food than would have liked

MB
MaureenB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not dined here in sometime but chose it for celebrating our daughter's 30th birthday. It was superb....food, drinks and atmosphere. Nice to see such a diverse crowd enjoying an evening on the terrace in this COVID. Restaurant did an exceptional job of maintaining their high standards and enforcing strict safety protocols. We thoroughly enjoyed it from the unique cocktails to the last glass of sauterne and everything in between. It's still a winner!

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Stef
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night - great service, amazing decor and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was great. The service was especially good and food was delicious.

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JennaC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

it was great to be able to have a nice meal outside. it felt a little bit crowded on the patio. although the tables were 6ft apart, there were guests and servers constantly walking around and the bathroom was crowded. i think it would be wise to reduce the capacity a bit. but overall the service and food was really great. thanks for staying open and hope you are keeping everyone safe.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We had a reservation booked weeks in advance to finally experience this restaurant. We were shown a table literally up against the wall where we couldn’t even view the movie showing. Which i feel is the whole reason of even wanting to go to this restaurant. The experience. It just started the night off with a bad taste and had to wait 30 mins for another table ( even though there was another table open that we were told we couldn’t sit at but another party was sat there ) We were disappointed to say the least.

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gabrielaa
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING LOVE MY DRINKS AND MY FOOD.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evrything was perfect! I celebrated my birthday and everyone was great with COVID regulations in place. The staff the food the movie and the music and the good company was perfect . Will for sure come back! Thank you guys <3

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great service and ambiance, and all done in a very safe and distanced manner! Thank you.

FAQs

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

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.7 stars by 7121 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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