Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am-2:30pm
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!View Private Dining Details
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
We will be serving a festive 3 course prix fixe dinner for $130 per person, each course will include multiple options including vegetarian dishes. This will be the only dining option for NYE, no a la carte menu. There will be special wines by the glass & cocktails to help bring in the new year well!
Monday, December 31, 2018
What Insiders Are Saying
Foreign Cinema in the Mission is a San Francisco classic for brunch, and dinner is solid too.
Sound is deafening and conversation is almost impossible. Waiter was okay if a bit slow, but the busing was unprofessional. The worst was the way dishes were removed, reaching across diners to retrieve plates rather than going around an accessible table to remove.
The food and drink were as I remembered, very good, but the noise level is horrendous with no sound baffling of any kind. With a filled house on a Monday it would seem there are many others who do not mind it.
Extremely noisy and not a good place
To visit and share a conversation.
Food and service was excellent!
I was celebrating my 50th with friends! Love the service and the food was exceptional.
Foreign Cinema is such a classy yet laid back place. Perfect place for a date! I took my boyfriend there for his birthday - great service and ambience overall. We ordered some Island Creek oysters, the lamb and the Grilled Kobe Bavette (highly recommend all of these).
A really great experience. Food and wine was just fantastic!
Thank you wonderful Foreign Cinema team for making this night very special in celebration of my husband’s 60th. Cheers to Shannon, Noelle and Lexi.
I've been 4x now and everytime everything everyone is SUPERLATIVE. Love Love bringing folks here who've not been before. Thank you Thank YOU oxo
We have been here numerous times and try to take visitors when they come up to San Francisco. We had a cousin Sandra visiting from Portsmouth England with her son and wife and wanted to take them to a great San Francisco restaurant. Unfortunately the service tonight was not up to par for a party of 5 which I am sure you have handled much bigger. Our server not only forgot our olive appetizer with our other appetizers that were served and almost completed, when my husband asked if the olives were forgotten. The server replied "I will go see what happen to them". They appeared afterwards, I didn't know olives took longer than the fresh stretched mozzarella and goat cheese appetizer. We did not get our cocktails until we were finishing our appetizers due to him explaining that they could not find the Gin my cousin ordered. Why have spirits listed in such an extensive book to choose from if they had them buried away, I wondered.
I ordered soup before my meal and our server actually said "your soup will be out soon" but it never came. We got our dinner coarse and my soup still never came, nor did our server to ask how our meal was going. My husband actually had to go get our server to order a beer and ask if my soup was still coming. Most of us were done with our meal when the soup came and finally the beer we asked for a while ago. Once we decided to order desert to continue with our visit and conversation, the deserts finally came and Sandra did not have a spoon to eat her desert with. Again, my husband had to ask a different server from another table if we could get a spoon. It was a complete disappointment and my cousin said "the food was good but the service definatly made this meal mediocre". I will say it wasn't worth $430.00.
Order the goat cheese!
Perfect ambience for date and special occasion. Good food.
Foreign Cinema was one of the best movie and dine experiences in San Francisco. My girlfriend loved it
FC is, and always has been one of my favorite places to go in the city. I've been going since the doors first opened and had communal tables outside. Things have changed a lot over the years, and of late I've noticed that the prices have gotten much higher, portions are smaller, and the servers are not of the caliber from maybe 3-4 years ago. All that being said, it will not stop me from coming back. I simply cannot come as often as I would like... due to the things mentioned above. Thank you for your time.
Amazing and iconic, great ambience for a date night or birthday.
Best meal I had in San Francisco this trip.
Recommend the pork chop, duck and curry chicken. Unique setting.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco but my visit on 10/7 a was disappointing due to lackluster service. We had a 7:30 reservation... had to wait almost 20 minutes until we got seated... no "make good" drink offer was made while we were waiting around, nor anything once we got seated. In fact, once seated, our server was quick to bring us menus.. but then disappeared for about 10 minutes, as he passed by I asked if I could put in a drink order at least. He promptly returned, but the whole waiting to get seated and then put in a drink order at least 30 minutes after our reservation was a service fail. And then especially more of a service fail with no acknowledgement / apologies for wait or make good for it. I've worked in the hospitality industry, and know that a place like Foreign Cinema knows how to run their service better, and they have certainly done so in the past.
Food and service beyond exceeded my expectations. All the usual brunch-type egg dishes and more, comfort food - elevated. Superb ingredients, cooked perfectly, presented beautifully.
This restaurant is always wonderful. We had an especially good birthday celebration over brunch.
Nice restaurant, decoration but overpriced food and sometimes no so good as they think it is.
Great as always
Unbelievably delicious desserts
Food is amazing! Each dish was a unique explosion of interesting flavors. Service was friendly and helpful. Will go again!
We’ve had better dining experiences.
Food was great although would give it a 4/5 because of the prices and lousy service.
Dinner with my father who was in town visiting from home.
Delicious.outside atmosphere was perfect
This is the best SF spot . Diverse audience ; great service ; fresh inventive menu ; friendly staff ; great environment !
Alfredo our server was amazing. Made sure we had our glasses of wine matched with each course and assisted us in choosing all. Great service, great food, great place.
We had a big group and they were very accommodating. The wine and food were amazing and we had a great evening.
This restaurant has always been a personal favorite, and it never disappoints.
We went for brunch and the food was amazing! Had the shrimp plancha, breakfast tostada with pork, and scrambled huevos rancheros. Service was great, too. We can just imagine the space at night when the movie is playing.
Decent food but the service was cold, unfriendly and left something to be desired. Ambiance was very good and enjoyable. If you are not looking for a special night out and just in and out then you may not be disappointed. We were on a date night and with the prices we were paying, we expected a better service.
Wonderful vibrant energy. Wendy was a very nice, friendly server who was sincerely interested in helping me and my date enjoy our experience. This is a great date spot.
Ambiance was fantastic. Loved the experience of eating under the stars with a breeze and a cool movie playing.
Overall a disappointment. Not accommodating about moving tables. Space way too tight which just set the tone for a disasterous dinner when it starts like that... very negativel
My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary and absolutely loved it! The atmosphere was perfect for a romantic night out.
This place is great. One accounting item I’m seeing more and more is the suggested tip is based on the taxed and additional SF mandate tax. I thought we tipped on the service? Seems sneaky to me...hope the workers are benefiting well from the healthcare tax that the dining public is paying.
A+++++! Loved everything thing about it. Off the charts.
Service was great and the food delicious. The fried chicken was Amazing!! I also loved the beef tartare. It’s a perfect business meal sorta place especially if you’re on an expense account.
Wonderful Ambiance & Service (and the food rocks too)!! Had a great late night business meal the other night. Helpful and knowledgable staff. We sat outside and enjoy good food and conversation while Napoleon Dynamite played on the building wall. Super fun and cool. I'll be back again for sure.
Food is always creative and beautifully presented. The service on 2 recent visits was haphazard, unfocused and did not meet my expectations.