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Indoor Dining Room - Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Indoor Dining Room - Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Indoor Dining Room - Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Outdoor Courtyard - Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Outdoor Courtyard - Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA

Foreign Cinema

4.7
4.7
8439 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 with 35mm film screening starting at dusk, mezzanine, gallery curated by Modernism & full bar in the main dining room. There is also a great cocktail bar next door, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.

We are currently booking for Outdoor Patio & Indoor/Standard seating 60 days in advance. A ‘standard seating’ reservation is indoor dining. Reservations for 9+ may be booked through private dining department - contact janine@foreigncinema.com for more information.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 154 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 648-7600 ext. 0
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gayle Pirie & John Clark
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Janine Jacobson: (415) 648-7600 ext. 124
  • Neighborhood
    Mission District
  • Cross street
    21st St.
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at the Bartlett Garage located on 21st St between Valencia and Mission.
  • Public transit
    MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
  • Entertainment
    We show a film starting at dusk only in the outdoor patio dining room. This is to provide a lovely ambiance, dialogue is not audible. While we take into consideration all requests for courtyard seating none are guaranteed.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Brunch 2024

    $70.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    For Easter Brunch we offer a celebratory 3 course pre-fixe menu for $70 per adult & $35 per child (price does not include drinks, tax, or gratuity). There are multiple selections for appetizers, signature brunch main courses, and desserts with vegetarian and vegan options available. This is the only menu available, a la carte options are available at our bars only on a walk-in basis. We have a 48hr cancellation policy for Easter Brunch, it is $30 per person if cancelled after 5pm on Friday 3/29.
    Easter Brunch 2024 Photo

What 8,439 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

8,439 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Foreign Cinema is a mere shadow of what it used to be. Everyone in our party of four have been there multiple times over the years but we hadn’t been recently. We didn’t receive a warm greeting from the hosts, transitioning from drinks at the bar to the table was confusing and uncomfortable, all the food was served as if it had just been thrown onto the plates and everything we ordered was uninspired. It’s as if they are just gliding on their gimmick and just dialing it in. It’s really a shame because it has traditionally been a restaurant I’ve recommended to folks over the years but I probably won’t be returning.

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  2. Layne

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun, delicious, wonderful. Thank you for the great experience.

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  3. GillianY

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing the food was excellent and the surrounding so cool

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  4. sftrixie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is outstanding at Foreign Cinema now! Add that to the ambiance, and you have an A+ dining experience.

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  5. TomintheMission

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After so many years in business this restaurant continues to shine on all levels.

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  6. PicaD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about Foreign Cinema. It is a beautiful big open space, simple and elegant decor and a beautiful fresh and evolving menu. We wanted to taste everything one the menu, and our server enhanced the descriptions making it easier to choose. Everything was on point- fresh and good portion size. Cocktails and wine list are fun and unique. The movie playing on the rear wall is quiet enough to not disturb conversation, but present enough to be a conversation starter. This would make a great date spot! Outdoor seating is warm and cozy, even in the rain. Standard S.F. pricing (spendy) but it feels special and worth it.

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  7. SarahB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice date night! Food was expensive but was delicious which helped make up for the spend. This place was really lovely!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Foreign Cinema has been and remains one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Had a beautiful brunch there today and it was impeccable. Judie

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  9. atomly

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love eating here but last night was extra impressive– it was in the 40s and has been storming all week, but it was still incredibly comfortable to sit outside on the patio. They have some clear plastic to protect from the rain and excellent heaters that keep it quite pleasant. The food, the service, and the drinks were top notch as usual, plus they were showing When Harry Met Sally and we happened to be seated during the funniest possible scene.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great for dinner and their brunch on weekends. Good portion and flavorful. If you like bloodymary they have the best one. Its a Gem of San Francisco, must place to go! Service is great, fun place for gathering.

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  11. foodexplorer

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, wide variety of choices, comfortable place to eat, lively atmosphere.

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  12. Burlperson

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the service and food. The noise level is a bit much, but it is pretty normal for most restaurants.

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  13. JohnO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentines dinner.

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  14. Punchkins

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good and nice atmosphere. The host was welcoming. Unfortunately the server was rude, some of our party had questions and the responses were a little condescending and short. We felt rushed to leave after the main course was finished.

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  15. MelissaS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tucked into a neighborhood where you wouldn't expect it: what a treasure! Foreign Cinema wowed us with its drink menu, appetizers and food choices. We had a lovely meal and the movie played on the wall was a nice touch!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was extremely mid for the price. My partner and I were not satisfied. The only thing decent was the dessert. I was sadly disappointed as this our first time dining. The ambiance is gorgeous but not worth the money.

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  17. seattle55foodie

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for Valentine’s Day dinner and food was excellent. It was a 4 course meal that came with a welcome drink, starter, main course, and dessert, loved that they had so many options!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Valentines experience was not worth the price at all. $160 only included a daiquiri shot, a starter, a main, and a dessert. For that price I would’ve expected at least one or two more courses. Dessert was uninspired and left much to be desired.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in town heads down. Best service, host staff and all around. Love coming back and never disappoints. Proper dinner experience in SF, love it.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Foreign Cinema never disappoints! Excellent meal, attentive service - wonderful evening had by all. Some must haves: fruit de mer, carpaccio, pork chop and duck breast. I’m not usually a chocolate cake kinda gal but it was divine

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  21. Falangnoi

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and fantastic ambience! Would come back.

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  22. CaseyC

    San Joaquin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every bite was delectable! What a great dining experience..we will definitely be back!!

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  23. TonyU

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good but portions were on the smaller side. The Curry-Sesame Fried chicken was a standout as was the Bavette Steak.

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  24. Netta

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Josue is the most amazing server. He is courteous, kind, efficient, and warm — and he has a great memory! He remembers what we like and brings our favorite beverages and appetizers to the table shortly after we are seated. We could not ask for anything more from him!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food normally is so so good but last night most of it lacked flavor and wasn’t worth a $400 + bill.

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  26. BoBeccas

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cool artsy place. The attention to detail is in everything and the service was excellent. I don’t think my wine glass got empty before the waiter came and refilled it. The portions are pretty large, and I was happy about that for the price point. We will come back.

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  27. SteveB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal, and had fun watching When Harry Met Sally. I forgotten what a cool place it is. The ambience is great and the energy was great. We even found a parking place down the street.

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  28. Mmdrak

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant experience! Greeted from the start with a welcoming feeling. All staff were attentive and friendly. Food pairings and options were interesting and delicious! The ambience was delightful - a hint of elegance and fun at once! A gem.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The vegetarian options were great. It didn't seem like we were in a vegetarian desert. It was a beautiful restaurant in the Mission.

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  30. GinaM

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the excellent food to the impeccable service to the cool space, everything about my experience was excellent. Foreign Cinema is by far my absolute favorite restaurant, and I can't wait to return!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great experience. The staff accommodated us with fantastic service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food but not up to the hype. Food did not arrive together, which is a real shortcoming for us.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would definitely go back unique experience with movie playing in the background while dining, food was great, and service was attentive! 

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  34. TaylorD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Foreign Cinema is such a cool spot! I love the indoor/outdoor patio area. The food was delicious, and I enjoyed the Far Niente Cab. Service was great! My friends and I had a fabulous time.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! The ambiance is truly amazing, and the food and cocktails were great!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. But service was sub-par. After taking our order, the waiter never checked on us once to see how are meal was or if we needed anything else.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing start to finish. Sam was lovely as a server and we had an amazing time!! We will be back!

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  38. rexg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My only complaint is the rude hostesses- not sure if it's bc we were the only non-white people sitting at tables for the majority of the time we were there or if it was bc we had a kid with us. Either way, I'll always remember how unwelcoming they were and it definitely tainted our visit.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. HelmutS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exceeds my high expectations. Love love love everything.

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  40. Alberto

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and venue. Every dish we had was better then expected. Came for brunch, will come back for dinner and a movie.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.7 stars by 8439 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 154 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Additional information

  • Cross street
    21st St.
  • Neighborhood
    Mission District
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at the Bartlett Garage located on 21st St between Valencia and Mission.
  • Public transit
    MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gayle Pirie & John Clark
  • Entertainment
    We show a film starting at dusk only in the outdoor patio dining room. This is to provide a lovely ambiance, dialogue is not audible. While we take into consideration all requests for courtyard seating none are guaranteed.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 648-7600 ext. 0
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Janine Jacobson: (415) 648-7600 ext. 124
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