Foreign Cinema

4.8
7223 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining independent films with California-Mediterranean cooking. Enjoy an airy yet chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine, gallery curated by Modernism & full bar in the main dining room. There is also a great cocktail bar, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7223 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindseyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great service, phenomenal food, thanks for a great night!

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vipSultan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The great energy here makes for a harmonic convergence of outstanding food (from the best and freshest ingredients), stellar service and an interesting crowd.

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vipDianas
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything. I cannot wait to go back again. Food, setting, service, drinks... all were incredible.

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BrianC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Foreign Cinema is one of my go-to destinations for dinner in SF. I take all my friends who come to visit from afar. Last week I went twice. Once for dinner, the other for brunch. The food is surprisingly inventive and delicious. The staff is always welcoming and friendly. The space itself is large and open and I love the added effect that the movie has on one's peripheral vision as it plays out in the background. My one complaint (and this is after having several dinners here over several months) is that I wish the cocktails were as inventive and delicious as are the meals. In general, I am usually left underwhelmed. This is disappointing as I love a good cocktail! The wine list is great, however. As is the sommelier. Love this place, and love that it's so convenient to my home!

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vipGolfers4ever
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delayed Valentine’s Day brunch!! The truffled rolled omelette was perfect, the baguette French toast amazing!!
Gin martini what a true martini should be with plain castellano olives accompanying it. Tequila drinks were delicious.
Had coffee and “pop tarts”, both guava and pineapple, to top
off the meal. Shouldn’t have but hard to resist trying
Jesus M. was our server extrordinaire, friendly and fun!
Can’t wait to return with friends to enjoy this great restaurant!

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AnnaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Foreign Cinema. I was expecting another over-priced brunch restaurant but since my daughter requested to come here to celebrate her 21st birthday, I gladly obliged. I ordered the grilled house brined pork chop. I was blown away by how perfectly cooked it was and well seasoned. Everything we ordered was excellent. Everyone from the front desk to the servers and manager(?) were nice and friendly. We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic! Great food, the poke and cheesecake were 👌🏼 and the service was fantastic! Will definitely be going back again soon!

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SiddharthP
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, vibe, and absolutely gorgeous outdoor seating. The opa was a little tough to eat, hence the 4 stars. Otherwise, eating here was an incredible experience.

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EricH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Foreign Cinema with the family. Staff was very attentive while giving us the space to enjoy our meal. I recommend Foreign Cinema to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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Primapie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary date was perfect! Delicious food- although wish portions can be bigger. Overall experience is superb!

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ChristineP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated promptly. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and cocktails. We were warm as they have done a great job of having heaters well placed so you can relax and enjoy the meal and not be cold although you are sitting outside. The food was good. I would recommend dining here.

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NancyK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good. The ambience is lovely and the service is always excellent. I would eat there more frequently if I could get on their "list"!

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DanielW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance! Highly recommend!

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vipMariaS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this is one of my favorite dining experiences there is in San Francisco!! But please don’t tell anyone!😁

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Foreign Cinema!

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PattyL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Here for Valentine’s celebration. Solid place for eating outdoors and feeling safe during Covid. Food was okay... flavors were a bit off. Cocktails were great! It was raining and would’ve been nice if restaurant better prepared by providing umbrellas but we were out in the open and got wet. Fortunately it wasn’t a down pour but still... everything got wet. We left sooner than we liked and passed on dessert. Ended taking out party elsewhere for dessert.

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vipGlutenFreeFoodie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Gayle was amazing and came out to greet us personally, from 6ft away of course. Consistently great experience here. Can't go wrong.

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Lovely
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a Valentines dinner here on a double date. We didn't restrict ourselves on ordering and we ordered a TON of food. The bill came out to about $850. Some dishes were AMAZING while some were actually a little boring and frankly small servings. We were told there would be lobster in our seafood sampler and it came out without it. Kind of a bummer for a $75 plate which included a couple of crab legs, a handful of oysters and some shrimp... Come for the ambience and the drinks, and the pretty little plates of food, but don't expect to get too full or feel like you got a lot of food for the value.

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vipReliable
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see Foreign Cinema back. It's the best spot in San Francisco during this stage of the pandemic, when you can only eat outside. The space is beautiful and peaceful. The food is excellent. The service was flawless. A perfect time to enjoy this excellent restaurant.

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Healthyfoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a 5:15 reservation at a corner table for 3. We liked being able to control the
audio volume.

The food was tasty, gourmet and the desserts were exceptional: choc pot de creme,
lemon tart, and goat cheese cake.

We would have preferred 1940s and 1950s films rather than 1980s.

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vipLisaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent! We really appreciated the thoughtfulness of the staff on my daughter’s birthday.

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vipNishN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of best restaurants in San Francisco, still going strong after twenty years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galentines brunch was lovely thanks to the wonderful staff at Foreign Cinema!
I can’t wait to return here again and enjoy the delicious meals selected by Chef.

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junm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic restaurant with consistently serving amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema is one of our favorite restaurants in SF (and anywhere). The outdoor ambiance is lovely, with hanging lights and heat lamps to keep you warm. The film playing on the brick wall in the background only adds to the ambiance. We’ve never experience less than perfect service, and with a constantly rotating menu, we always get at least one new dish - and we’ve never been disappointed!

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MatthewB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's upscale for with a great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Last hurrah before lockdown

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for another perfect meal. So glad to celebrate my bestie getting a new job today. Food was amazing and the service was divine. From the host, to our server to the person helping out with waters, bussing etc... So grateful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great overall . It was recorded by our friends who live in San Francisco. We visited from IL. I felt that there should be more vegetarian dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect picturesque restaurant with incredible food, great staff, and a one of a kind vibe!

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vipNaomieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience in every way, from the food to the service to the ambience. And it felt totally safe.

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vipValerie
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, ambience and the food was amazing. Can’t wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service considering the pandemic we are in. Hope to visit again

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kareyg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hadn't been to Foreign Cinema in about 7 years and in terms of quality, nothing has changed, this is a great restaurant! Friendly, professional staff and the outdoor seating area is wonderful. We ordered the fish stew and the fried chicken, both of which were delicious and perfectly balanced. If I were to share constructive criticism I would say; I would appreciate more broth in the stew and more slaw with the chicken. The cranberry sauce that came with the chicken was the best I have ever had! The only not so great thing was the 'birthday cake' dessert. It tasted dry and ordinary. Nevertheless, we had a great dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

The food wasn't it and was extremely overpriced! Not worth the price, at all! However, with that being said, the experience was lovely and I loved the outdoor patio seating area.

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JodiBiscotti
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so amazing to be in such a beautiful and warm due to warmers (in November) place. The food was amazing and our server was extremely knowledgeable.

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MarinaM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience! tasty food in a safe, beautiful environment that gives an intimate yet social vibe. WHat else does one need this year? We are extremely grateful you are open and continue to delight!

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Adnan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The ambience was great at this restaurant. Outdoor seating with heat lamps made it cozy. The food was good, however I would give the service a few less points. Despite having a reservation we had to wait 20-30 minutes for our table to be ready. However, I would recommend others to try the restaurant and enjoy a rather unique experience.

FAQs

Foreign Cinema offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 648-7600 ext. 0.

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7223 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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