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For 2
7:00 PM
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Foreign Cinema

5499 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date (87)
  • Special Occasion (82)
  • Fit for Foodies (65)
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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Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
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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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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Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.
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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 5499 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Really great atmosphere and great food.

Lvpltz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

viplandrover24 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

Liza (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

Mimi (Portland)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Foreign Cinema is one of my favorite restaurants. I have hosted 4 work events there and a friends brunch and 2 friend dinners. I would highly recommend for any occasion and the lighting is perfect for a date. The food is phenomenal and the service is also great. A must for anyone visiting San Francisco and for locals.