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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
7:30 PM
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Foreign Cinema

4.6
5511 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday thru Wednesday, seating from 5:30pm until 10pm.
Thursday through Saturday seating from 5:30pm until 11pm.

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am until 2:30pm.
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Phone number
(415) 648-7600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gayle Pirie & John Clark
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st St.
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Parking details
Valet is available, $15
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Public transit
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
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Entertainment
Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Venture into the distinctive experience of dining at Foreign Cinema. The dramatic candle lit entry welcomes you to a repast that you won’t soon forget. Foreign Cinema brings together the serendipitous relationship between food and film, dining and entertainment. Have your next event with us!

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What 5511 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

Despite the 2 stars, we quite enjoyed this place. The food was excellent, and the place is fun. Our experience was diminished because of our server. The whole meal she made us feel like we had done something wrong and wanted us to leave as soon as possible. The worst offense was when I had ordered another glass of wine and when she delivered the new glass, picked up the ounce of wine remaining in my previous glass and unceremoniously dumped it into the new glass. She was pretty surly throughout and brought our rating down significantly. The staff supporting her was lively and on point.

By all means try this place out. I hope management reads this so corrective measures can be applied for the future.

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DenelleW (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

It was great. Somewhat noisy but great food and service

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ChariseG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

I ordered the kobe beef and the first bit was mouthwatering. Delicious. However it it got a bit saltier and saltier every time I take a bit. Overall its was a good experience.

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TrevorS 
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food was good and setting was cool but it all got overshadowed by our VERY rude waiter.. Didn't check on us at all and had an attitude when we asked for anything.He was a bald African American man. I say that because he didnt even tell us his name at any point throughout the night.

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TinaL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amazing, AMAZING food and environment. I got the fried chicken and it was out of control. OUT OF CONTROL. I would def go back and highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Foreign Cinema was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we had in San Francisco - the atmosphere was cozy and cheerful, the service was flawless, and the food was spectacular - I mean who can resist a homemade pop tart? The high ceilings and unique layout also give the place a sense of cinematic grandeur that fits with the name - it's a really special spot.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

So good so fun amazing server Juan. Love it so much

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Cancan (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Birthday was not noted by restaurant even though on reservation.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Amazing!! We were celebrating our best friend engagement. We sat outside and watched Saving Mr banks while enjoying our delicious food and wine. Definitely recommend it 100%!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Really great atmosphere and great food.

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vipkhilljr (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This was at least our 6th or 7th time having dinner at Foreign Cinema even though we don't live in SF. It was truly just as good as it was when we started going back in 2006.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food here is exquisite. Every element on the dish is carefully thought out and enhances the dish.

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Lvpltz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We enjoyed sitting in the outdoor patio it was beautiful. Our waiter was ok but seemed put out by our presence. Had to ask for refills on our beverages. The food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Wonderful! The food was outstanding, the drinks were perfect, the ambience on the well heated, covered patio was delightful, and the service impeccable. A perfect way to celebrate s special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The place is very nice, very beautiful. We went for Valentines and we knew it would be a fixed price menu. The food was OK, not compatible with the price though. I was charged the same as a two Michelin in SF does. It didn’t ruin my night, but I will be more careful next time.

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viplandrover24 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

For an almost $500 meal I would have expected better. Our raw oysters took almost an hour to be delivered, our waiter never checked in on our entrees, so salt and pepper were not an option and the red velvet cake was inedible, gummy, heavy...I think the cake was made with beets? It was a very disappointing ending for what we were looking forward to

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very delightful evening during valentines. Set menu with a fantastic variety to choose from. The food was a little above average for the value. They definitely skimped on the wine, they pour around 3oz, which generally is the amount you would have when you go wine tasting. The ambiance was perfect, my date complimented on how romantic everything was.

Definitely did not enjoy how they were going to cancel my reservation bc I was going to be late due to an accident on the freeway! Luckily I figured everyone was affected and I got in.

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Liza (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Awesome experience night out with my hubby and son. The bake cheese was excellent! I ordered the fried chicken, hubby ordered NY steak and son ordered braised duck. Will come back again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful service, perfect pork chop and great wine. Wonderful anniversary meal.

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Mimi (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent cuisine and attentive, friendly service. Menu choices are creative and unusual, and everything was perfectly prepared. Seafood choices especially delicious. Menu changes daily, so don't expect to find a favorite choice there when you come back. We ate in the main dining room. Another room features movies as you dine. There appear to be several other rooms as well. Wine choices not local, mostly European with a mediocre Oregon wine in the whites. Food is likely sourced locally. The prices are understandably high, because you are getting a gourmet meal. The desserts are wonderful.

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