Foreign Cinema

4.7
7184 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 7184 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.8
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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Saurabh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great good and ambience but tiny food portions. Don't like it when spending $100 per person for dinner and still returning home not fulfilled.

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JamesS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance of foreign cinema. Wish there was a place on this in Kansas City

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host was so kind to seat us at his favorite table. Our sever was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. Everyone followed social distancing and COVID-19 better than any restaurant we’ve been to during the pandemic.

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CaleA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and date night. I will gladly come again to enjoy a meal

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KayH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is really lovely and plenty warm with the space heaters. The food was delicious and the service was great, with very friendly staff. It was a real treat!

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Fatima
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mediocre at best. A time limit of 2 hrs per table, regardless of how much $$ you're spending there. We were essentially told to leave after 2 hrs exactly. Ridiculous, really.

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SFfoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. During covid it was the most normal and THE most enjoyable meal I’ve had in 6 months.

I went to Boulevard the week before and this was better food than Boulevard.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There was about a 30-45 minute gap between appetizers and entrees on a Tuesday night (reservation was for 730, we were sat early at about 715 and ordered right away but didn’t receive entrees until 830). Food was good though. Other than the long wait for food (which may be due to less staff in the kitchen and Covid), our server was very nice and did a good job. Overall, experience was not really bad, only just ok and left me slightly underwhelmed compared to my past experiences. Regardless, I still love the aesthetic and will return to try again because I understand the pandemic may be the source of the issues.

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vipDanaL
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night. It was raining while we were there, but we were warm and dry under their canopy, and service was outstanding.

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joannas
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema has always been outstanding. But now, in COVID, they're still bringing their A-game. The space is perfect for outdoor safe dining and the experience feels like the 'before times'. Go. They've got it going!

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VictoriaS
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and excellent food! I would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all arounf

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great first experience would go again

DH
vipDebbieH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in the best outdoor dining venue in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant and lovely dinning experience. Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

One of the worst restaurant experiences of my life. The service was horrible and the food wasn’t great. Even when we asked to speak to the manager the waitress came and asked why do we want to speak to the manager!!!

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MarcusR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They gave us the mezz so not ideal ambiance for the cinematic experience but as always food was phenombomb

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misk
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely setting, perfect service, delicious food and a chance to see friends safely during COVID, what could be better.

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joell
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service! Perfect place to take someone for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food and possibly the very best service that San Francisco has to offer

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vipGeorgeE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and plenty of spacing amidst the pandemic

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vipJulieJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Foreign Cinema during COVID and it was spectacular as always … thoughtful and attentive service, fabulous food, and wonderful, cozy ambience.

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vipMark
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A great patio space with awesome cocktails and brunch. Not cheap but worth it.

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KellyL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was 5 star -- the french rolled omelet was perfection. A little chilly outside, but the staff quickly accommodated us at another table that was less exposed and much more comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best brunch I have ever had!

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Sarah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I made a reservation 1 month prior at Foreign Cinema for my boyfriend's birthday. We were excited to sit out in the courtyard and enjoy a lively and festive atmosphere - but were instead stuck in a side gallery that felt awkward and out of the way. There was no indication on the reservation that there was anything but courtyard seating options, so this was really disappointing for us, especially on what was supposed to be a celebration dinner!

The food definitely made up for it and was delicious, service pretty attentive. As a vegetarian there wasn't a ton of entree or starter options, but the pasta was one of the best I've ever had! They also charged us $16 for a slice of super dry 'birthday cake' which was an unfortunate end to a disappointing birthday evening.

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SandyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Only hiccup was we were told we could wait for our table in the bar. Sat at a table and a waiter came in shortly after and told us he was seating someone else there, despite the fact it was a bar table and not reserved. Not a good move nor a good start to the evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was just my second in-restaurant dining experience since lockdown, but it was a lovely treat. High ceilings and open windows and doors make this a nice option during Covid, and the food quality was exceptional. Thank you.

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vipMmdrak
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time brunching here. Fabulous! The food amazing. Staff professional and friendly. Fun atmosphere. Excellent experience

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JenniM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool place. First experience dining out in a long time and it was safe and so fun. We had an awesome server and the food and drinks were fantastic.

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ShutingG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Foreign Cinema has always been an SF gem to me. This is the first time I have been back to the restaurant since COVID started and I love the experience as much as before. It has one of the greatest outdoor dining experiences in SF, great ambiance, and the heat lamps keep you warm even in the chilly SF night, the perfect setting for dates and friend gatherings.

The food and wine were good too especially the seafood stew entre which was quite delightful in taste and has a bit of autumn touch!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Atmosphere is great, the drinks are a bit expensive and we found they really hurried us along(cleared our forks/knives when we weren't done eating). Otherwise we really enjoyed ourselves!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place had been on my list for awhile. It was a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the ambience made the evening memorable.

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Kristin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for dining during the pandemic! It has become my favorite place! Excellent food all around and stupendous service! Nothing else compares!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

El lugar es muy lindo cuando entras, no esperas que en la zona a la que llegas, exista un lugar como este que parece un cine viejo olvidado, al entrar los host son muy amables y te invitan a su barra a tomar un trago en lo que esperas, después por dentro el restaurante tiene un ambiente y un look increíble, la hora de la comida fue lo que me decepcionó un poco, le falta mucho sabor y más variedad en el menú, y el servicio debería de ser más atento

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vipNing
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so wonderful to be back inside of Foreign Cinema! It's one of our favorite places and we had a perfect meal.

FAQs

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

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.7 stars by 7184 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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