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About Foreign Cinema
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.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours of Operation:
Sunday thru Wednesday, seating from 5:30pm until 10pm.
Thursday through Saturday seating from 5:30pm until 11pm.
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am until 2:30pm.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.
Valet is available, $15
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
Gayle Pirie & John Clark
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
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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!
Foreign Cinema Ratings and Reviews
They changed our 8 o’clock res to a 7:30 without contacting us first. Not a huge deal, but weird. Then, we were escorted upstairs to an odd banquet looking room that had a bunch of tables crammed over to one side overlooking a balcony. I assume this was to try and make it feel less like you were eating in the quarantine section of the restaurant, but it really disappointed us. We were so excited to try foreign cinema, but felt kind of like an afterthought while we were there. The food and the service were great, but the atmosphere really sucked upstairs.
I was very excited to bring my friend here for her birthday but I experienced the worst customer service. The host was very attentive but our waiter was horrible. We asked for suggestions in terms of what to choose since it was our first time at this restaurant but he paused for the longest time which made it very awkward. We ended up saying can we have a few more minutes. I told the waiter that it was my friends birthday and he said if I ordered a dessert he can put a candle in it. I purposely ordered an item from the dessert menu even though we were full so that she can have that birthday feel. When the dessert came I was so disappointed because there was no candle. I went to ask the waiter and he said oh I forgot but I can’t do anything about it now. When we got our bill, a cup of ice with a candle came from another waitress. At that point it was just embarrassing because you would think that at least another dessert would come out. But literally a candle in ice came out. Due to the customer service I would not be returning to this restaurant.
Atmosphere: nice, but not a kid-friendly place. Menu: small and confusing. Shellfish: wasn’t all fresh, clams were tiny, however, cocktail sauce and garlic butter cream sauce were delicious. Fish: hamachi sashimi dish and the smoked salmon dish were both too sour. Meat: dry aged NY steak was overcooked for a med/well thus tasted more dry and bitter. Five spices duck breast dish and lamb chops dish were both good, but nothing spectacular. Drink: season cocktail (forgot name) tasted very bland. Service: waiter wasn’t attentive and appeared tired. Overall: a unique place, but not worth the price if you’re here for the taste. We didn’t complain because we don’t want ro spoil our night.
The waiter is the worst.
Even though I said I was full, he forced me to order the most expensive steak.
He cheated me.
He said Welcome drinks is FREE, but the bill says it was $ 15. I asked him what it was.
Then he corrected the receipt without saying that he was sorry. He knew it, but he was cheating.
Not all waiters are so sure, but I recommend you check the receipts.
Please check the receipt because the receipt is written on the other item.
Good restaurant and other employees are excellent.
I was so delighted that I brought my family here. I ate some of the best food I’ve had in years in San Francisco. My daughter and her fiancé also enjoyed their dishes as well. I will definitely be coming back the next time I’m in town. Don’t take the pate off the menu!
The food was great!! I chose this spot because my husband and I love good movies and good food. I didn’t know you had to request to sit outside if you wanted to watch the movie, you need to sit outside. There were plenty of heaters so it seemed it would be comfortable. But, overall it was amazing!!
Hi we went to foreign cinema with high expectations for our 3 yr anniversary. I was expecting more from the food especially since we spent close to $200. The worst part was that my wife and I had an upset tummy once arriving at home. I had it particularly bad and was extremely uncomfortable and bloated to the point where I couldn’t even sit up straight. Not sure what it was but it was definitely something we consumed at dinner.
This is probably the 8th-ish time we've dined here over the last couple of years and it was by far the best experience -- the service was stellar, though the food seemed a bit off from previous visits. The mediterranean plate was OK, and tiny -- not befitting the price. And the duck was less flavorful than in past visits. But we had such a good time that we will definitely be back.
My first time at Foreign Cinema was great. I only found this place from searching on Yelp with good reviews and decided to check it out. There were no available tables for dinners when I tried to reserve on OpenTable so I decided to go for lunch. We were seated fairly quickly and a server came by with a welcome. The food was great and the ambiance added to the great experience. We had two fried eggs and a champagne omelette. We enjoyed the bright afternoon light and the high ceiling. The coffee wasn't too great though. I would try to return on a evening date another time.
I’ve been here before and had a great experience but I guess they were having an off night. Dinner and dessert (even drinks) took forever!!! Like we were ready to go to sleep once it was all over after being there hours. My friend also saw a mouse which is gross and really disappointing for such a nice and not to mention expensive restaurant.
I've been dining at this restaurant for years. This was the worst experience I ever had. I checked in at 715 for 730 reservations and wasn't seated until 800. Once we were seated they sat me right under the blazing heater. I requested to turn it off or down, no one ever did. We didn't even stay for dinner because our experience was just horrid since we walked in.
Our waitress was awesome so all we did is pay for our drinks and tipped her out handsomely. I expected way more from here especially my previous visits have been great experiences. Too bad this one was not great because after being an advid customer I'm no longer eating here again. Thanks for the past 10 years!
-from a SF native!
Wonderful food, great service from Ricky ( that's what I heard...) What did we love? Pretty much everything -- from cocktails to "pop tarts" and from omelettes to pot de creme, I can't think of anything that didn't work. Prompt, enjoyable service and great sightseeing advice, too! A great experience!
The restaurant is interesting. I was looking for a different restaurant for a special occasion and it was however, it was so noisy, I couldnt talk to my husband who was sitting next to me without screaming. I could hear the entire conversation of our neighbor though. The tables are much too close to each other. The food was awful. The portions were very small which was not a problem because it tasted terrible. As if that isn’t bad enough, it was way overpriced. The only positive I have for this restaurant was the service. Our waitress was wonderful and the service overall was very good.
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