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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.

2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

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.

Cross Street:
21st St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 648-7600

Website:
http://www.foreigncinema.com/

Entertainment:
Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.

Parking Details:
Valet is available, $15

Public Transit:
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be serving a festive 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 NYE, no a la carte. There will be special wines by the glass & cocktails to help bring in the new year well!

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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!

Foreign Cinema Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (85)
Special Occasion (83)
Fit for Foodies (69)
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Good for Anniversaries (63)
Romantic (59)
Fun (58)
Great for Outdoor Dining (57)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Hot Spot (50)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Good for Groups (44)
Notable Wine List (44)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Local Ingredients (36)
Great for Brunch (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
People Watching (29)
Casual (24)
Authentic (23)
Cozy (22)
Seasonal (21)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Late-night Find (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Business Meals (12)
Healthy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Organic (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Tapas (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The oysters were superb and the. Drinks excellent. I had the scallops as my entree and loved every bite. Thank you for yet another wonderful dining experience!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

We came here to celebrate our anniversary and it was perfect! The movie is kind of playing more in the background but it was still so fun! The food was absolutely amazing and our server was so sweet and funny! 10/10 would recommend and we can't wait to come back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Healthy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

It was like a dream. Last time I was at FC for brunch, the waiter took FOREVER, so I was prepared for a slow service. But our guy was incredible-knew when to ask questions & when to leave us alone. We both had a truffle omelet and it was to die for. Altogether, it could have taken an hour, so I was very pleased with the experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful experience for brunch! Kristen was so friendly and kind...and created the space for us to relax and enjoy brunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

The brunch at Foreign Cinema was awesome! We had the goat cheese appetizer and the fried eggs with balsamic. They were both delicious!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service. A great energy in the restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Don’t bother showing up on time for your reservation. They will make you wait in the bar for 30+ minutes and the make you feel bad about it’s

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Incredible food and service! One of the better meals I've had in recent memory. Definitely a great place for a romantic meal or special occasion. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing! Great staff, beautiful venue, delicious food. One of my favorite restaurants in SF.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Still firing on all cylinders- one of the best places for dinner in the City. Oysters are definitely among the best in SF. Service not quite as attentive as a place like this demands.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great for celebrating a special occasion. Cocktails, food, and wine were all great. Ask to be seated on the patio.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was good, BUT my fish was very salty. I needed water! I kept trying TO GET THE ATTENTION OF A WAITER...any waiter! I actually had to get up and get my own bottle of water off the serving table.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place is my birthday tradition. Even though we only had time to order apps and wines by the glass before another engagement, we were treated like royalty all the same. Always such warm service!

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had the curry fried chicken and pork tenderloin entrees split between two. They were amazing, and went very well together. Genuinely impressed and surpassed all expectations, best meal in our 3 days in SF

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and really cool set up in the courtyard with the projected movie playing. A well deserved San Francisco favorite.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great ambiance. Service was a little slow.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had long wanted to eat at Foreign Cinema and I was not disappointed. The ambiance is unique and fun. The food ranged from good to great. The service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The waiter is the worst.
Even though I said I was full, he forced me to order the most expensive steak.
AND!!!!!
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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was amazing but service was quite cold and clinical. I was unaware there were 2 separate rooms when booking - one has no view of the film.
Beautiful food which saved the experience for me.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

It's a very nice place! With good food and nice heaters! I recommend this place for anyone.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I’ve been here before. Today was the worst experience. Bad service, there wasn’t any good left

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was simple and good. The atmosphere is more the star here.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, amazing service. We absolutely love this place and will return soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The hostess with long hair who walked us in was so sweet. However our server with long hair was really rude and made the experience not as great.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Love this place. Will be back! Food is outstanding, drinks and staff are superb, and do not skip the dessert! Ambiance is upscale but still inviting. Neighborhood is a little sketchy still, maybe don’t try to walk here

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Consistently great.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

While challenging to get a reservation, it is definitely worth it. I took my husband here for his birthday and we enjoyed it! The food was excellent, the service was on point, and the ambience was great for a date night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A great experience while visiting San Francisco

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is good, the atmosphere is overall pleasant and fun but the noise level is high and service could be friendlier / more customer oriented (they are too busy and too popular for their own good).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

.fun, nice place, enjoyed the food and the movie screen

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent place to go with your loved one for a special occasion..

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I had one of the most amazing lamb!! And anniversary surprise was beautiful

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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