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Foreign Cinema

4.6
5448 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
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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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be serving a sumptuous 3 course prix fixe dinner for $125 per person, each course will include multiple options including vegetarian dishes. This will be the only dining option for Valentine's, no a la carte. There will be special wines by the glass & cocktails to help celebrate your love.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 5448 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Had a great meal here! Every dish we ate was spot on, beautifully prepared, seasoned and perfectly balanced. Had a late 10pm table but didn't feel rushed and food was fast and service excellent. Movie in the backdrop was also very cool. Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner (Sydney / NSW)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Appetisers and seafood was nice

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Went here with my boyfriend for my birthday dinner, and it was definitely very romantic. The ambiance was great, the lights outside were so pretty, and the heaters made it okay to dine outside in January in SF. The drinks were great! Loved the selection offered. The food was so delicious, and definitely lived up to the hype. We'll definitely be back again!

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piedmontkongs (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Our family of 4 enjoyed a Friday night post-new year dinner in the main dining room (too chilly to watch a movie that night). We started off with cocktails and warm bread. Then we proceeded direct into the Charcuterie platter, Hamachi crudo, and Grilled Monterey calamari. For dinner, the 4 of us shared the following entrees...Five spiced duck breast, Kobe flat iron steak, and Seared sea scallops. The food was great and fulfilling!

Although the food was excellent, the wait service was spotty and infrequent. Water glasses were not attended to and a request for bread went unfulfilled. If it weren’t for the stellar bus boy, the waiter’s behavior could not be tolerated.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Had such a wonderful experience at foreign cinema! Everything went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for such a wonderful evening.

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vipColinP (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Stellar food with friendly and efficient service. Always a good meal, this topped their excellent norm.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

From the stone faced hostesses to the rushed waiter and bus staff, our experience was really not very impressive. The food was good enough, but really, given the choice of SF's amazing restaurants with energetic, welcoming, enthusiastic staffs, why would anyone go to Foreign Cinema anymore?

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vippeter (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

I love this restaurant, it’s a beautiful space however 3 things didn’t work...
1. We sat in the mezzanine- this is a concrete dead spot and has no ambiance. Don’t sit there.
2. Worst of all the food simply wasn’t good. This had not been my experience in the past (~2 yrs ago). We had several starters that were not particularly tasty - cod, melted cheese and olives. For mains we had duck which was tough and lacked flavor (the sides were good), the risotto was bland. It was all just meh!
3. Lastly we moved to the bar to try soak up some of the ambiance downstairs and there was a smell at the bar that was simply atrocious. It’s smelt like fungus ?? We all agreed it was just bad.

So in summary I do love this place but the food was bad and for a restaurant that’s not good.

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KatharineS (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Great wine list. All of the dishes were tasty and distinct. Excellent service. Highly recommended. Still wonderful after almost 20 years!

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

Le lieu est intéressant, belle ambiance. Le service est bien mais froid et sans valeur ajoutée.
La nourriture plutôt bon copieux manque un peu de raffinement
La carte des vins originale et très remplie !

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
21st St.
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(415) 648-7600
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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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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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Executive chef
Gayle Pirie & John Clark
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

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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!

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