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Foreign Cinema

4.7
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7047 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 7047 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.7
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As best as it gets when it comes to having a safe delectable covid dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time going here, have been pleased both times. I used to work in restaurants and fine dining years ago and I really like the feel of this place, reminds me of the better places I used to work. Plus the patio has always been nice but now makes them covid accessible which can’t be beat.

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MegF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fantastic to get out for great food, great conversation and a lovely atmosphere.

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Wente
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent. We were celebrating my wife’s b’day and everyone at FC was aware abt it. We didnt order deserts at the end, but they said that they would offer us a dessert anyways. What they offered was shaved ice with some cyrup on it. It wasnt a dessert. Except for this, our overall experience was good.

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JordanM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Taking a coworker out for dinner. Our waiter disappeared for a bit longer than expected after we received water, we were brought the incorrect bottle of wine but it was corrected after I was given a chance to look at the bottle. I ordered the bottle but the staff still offered my male coworker the first look at the bottle when it arrived. We also had a staff member stop by our table to tell us that they were running low on lobster and that they could only provide us with one half portion. Food was great but it wasn’t a perfect visit.

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Sultan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Foreign Cinema! And important to support it in these challenging times.

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Jake
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a delicious assortment of food and drinks. Our waiter had great recommendations and they were very friendly. We stayed past closing and did not feel rushed at all. The only downside is they sat a four-person family with two yip-yip dogs next to us that barked. It did not seem like the right environment for dogs, and though the host could have done something to prevent this, it wasn't truly the restaurant's fault. Overall an excellent experience and I will be back soon for my next special occasion.

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vipSFdiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic environment, well-prepared food. The service was a bit slow, particularly at the beginning, and subsequent courses arrived before we had finished the one prior. Also, the salad portions were on the smaller side given the price. But overall a delightful evening in a great, tranquil inner courtyard space with ample heaters, a world away from the chaos of the Mission.

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vipBebot
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ataff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy provides us with a wonderful experience! Can’t go wrong on the menu - order a variety! Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was very enjoyable and food was amazing.

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Silvi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great the hosts n waitress so nice they made sure we had a great time 💯💯

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vipkb03
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing all around! One of the best in San Francisco!

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AccordingToAlex
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Excellent service and great atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Oh wait, I CAN think of one. Lower prices lol. All in all though it's worth it, but be prepared to spend at least $100. Definitely will be coming back!

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MelD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time! Lovely brunch with phenomenal food and fun atmosphere! Foodies would approve!

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vipMovedtoCali
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema is always one of my favs. The caper mayonnaise on the Venetian Brunch bowl was so good. The award winning Bloody Mary deserved the accolades. I wanted to try everything on the menu!

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JordanM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great ambiance. Duck and prom chop were great, and the apple galette

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SilviaP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch menu is simple, but food is outstanding! Staff is extremely kind and the ambience is modern.. would totally go back!

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NicholasT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable first dining out experience, will remember it forever!

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RowenaN
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and general get together with friends. Always a fantastic time.

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vipOutnabout
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

We could not be seated at a table w a heat lamp... we are older guests set.. our heat lamp was not working and there was no other option... it got breezy w a side of chilly... my friend’s who had never dined there were looking forward to viewing the movie... sadly that too was not an option... this is probably the 8th time I’ve dined there ... the food( each dish) was SO over salted....👎👎👎👎

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vipBurlperson
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overcoming the obstacles of the current virus situation, Foreign Cinema has been able to still be outstanding on all counts. We felt safe while having a super delicious meal. Every diner seemed to follow the rules and looked happy with their meals. Can’t wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I’m a big fan of Foreign Cinema so it pains to me write about how lackluster our experience was tonight. My son, who is 16, took me here tonight for my 45th birthday. He called ahead to make sure they knew it was a special occasion. Sadly, there was nothing special about the evening, and we were ignored throughout our dinner.

Once we figured out who our server was, we honestly waited over 15 minutes to put in a drink order and then another twenty after we got our drinks to order some appetizers. Once got our food, no one came to check if we needed anything (I needed a knife) or ask how our food was... the only time our server was prompt was when he rushed to bring out the bill right after our plates were cleared. My son then asked if we could see a dessert menu, to which he seemed genuinely bothered.

Perhaps it was an off night or the staff is Covid fatigued, but it sure was the opposite of a fun evening and not the experience we had hoped for or have had in the past : ((

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vipNelsonG
London
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Outdoor space is magical, a welcome respite of normality in this time of isolation and chaos.

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DavidO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were sad we had to leave early for another table, because we wanted to keep ordering, but we understood.
Would’ve liked for our waiter to have been a little more knowledgeable about the food and drinks. Regardless, we had a great experience.

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MargaretE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious from start to finish. However the service was not up to par. We had a party of 6 wine drinkers and asked for three chilled bottles of wine. After 20 minutes the waiter came back to us and said the wine wasn't cold - would we like to order something else. We ordered 2 more bottles at that point and the wine was delicious, but the waiter poured very lightly and would not leave the wine on the table - nor bring a wine bucket near to us. We had to get up and get the wine from the wine bucket that was shared between four tables and then pour for ourselves. We were having a business dinner and the poor service was a real distraction and disappointment.

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Creswell
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After being in lockdown for over five months, it was a real pleasure to take my wife out to dinner for her 61st birthday at Foreign Cinema. It's been several years since we were there and it was more than up to our memories and expectations. We'll be back.

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vipMichelleK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Foreign Cinema remains unrivaled in it's consistently bright food and inventive offerings in the Mission..and stands tall among higher quality restaurants in San Francisco. It is a dining experience. It was breezy and chilly the night we were there, but tables all had heaters and were well spaced.

I was very disappointed in the 2 Chardonnay offerings, one from Piemonte and one aged white Burgundy priced at $26.00 only per glass. The Piemonte sadly was corked and the Burgundy too old and had changed character, neither drinkable in my opinion. I had to wait quite a few minutes for our waiter to check on us, but asked for a dry Rose' instead and their offering was splendid.

Super fresh oysters are a signature here with many offerings. The San Daniele proscuitto and melone combo was spectacular, brightened by a small aged drizzle of beautiful balsamic. My risotto with fresh truffles and veggies was perfectly executed. My daughter had the brined pork chop on a bed of fresh corn and tomatoes and it was tender and also perfectly done and composed.

Sincere hopes indoor dining returns soon, as I hope to return this Fall when colder and wetter weather is inevitable. A stand out meal overall, especially now.

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was good as always but the service was not very friendly. I know that you want to turn over a table quickly but if the diners are still ordering, then they should treated as if they are just loitering around the place.

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MychelleL
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect, especially with the Covid-19 outdoor dining requirements. The heaters made the experience very comfortable. The food was the best of my trip to San Francisco. I will be back.

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JenaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to get a brunch reservation! Food was great as always- space feels the same as before pandemic. Service was great!

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HoldenL
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch at Foreign Cinema was amazing despite COVID. They do a good job managing the heat as the day heats up. Can't go wrong on the menu.

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vipRussellO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best outdoor dining experiences in San Francisco! It felt like indoor dining, which I haven't experienced since March 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, and it was a perfect location to celebrate a special occasion.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience!!!! We are visiting from Miami and Its a San Fran Must!!

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allenc
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have read rave reviews about Foreign Cinema for years and finally had the opportunity to try it ourselves last week. It did not disappoint. We loved it so much, we went back a second time! The menu had many great options, but for us the real standouts were the gazpacho, the babette steak, the opa, and the lavender brined pork chop. Having a restaurant with ample outdoor space is a rare find in San Francisco and made all the difference while visiting the city during the covid-19 crisis. The unique setting with a beautiful multi-story mural, movie projection and patio lights make for a wonderful ambience. On top of it all - the sommelier provided excellent suggestions for wines which we thoroughly enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restaurant is unique and ambiance is nice. But food was subpar and our waitress was terrible. I mean, she never even introduced herself. Had attitude the entire time, and appeared like she hated us and hated the fact that she was there.
Ruined the entire experience for us.
I also noted on our reservation we were celebrating our anniversary but zero care was given.
I would pass on this place. Has potential but not worth it.

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allenc
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was fantastic from start to finish. The ambience is fun and it’s a rare find in San Francisco to come across a restaurant with such a large outdoor patio. The food and drink did not disappoint. Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their food and drinks. The sommelier provided excellent recommendations and the staff was top notch. We will definitely return again and again

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BenS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Amazing food, amazing location, amazing ambiance. I have nothing bad to say; Totally unique.

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MyrickT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It's hard to criticize any restaurant that's struggling during COVID, and Foreign Cinema is in my top 5. The oysters were delicious and a couple of the appetizers. But, service was off - martini arrived warm and the chicken was dry. The food runners were almost surly in their muted delivery. Again, first world problems during a pandemic. Will return again and again.

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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 7047 OpenTable diners.

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