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Foreign Cinema

4.8
4.8
7524 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 next door, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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: (866) 945-8174

  • 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

Menu

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What 7,524 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Real nice environment!

  2. MM

    MMahon

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great!

  3. AL

    AlexL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. First time out with a new baby and it was still the best.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Platter of steamed and raw seafood cooked to perfection served with array of sauces was delicious although the lobster a little chewy, as lobster often is. Thoroughly enjoyed the creamy cod appetizer so savory—melt in your mouth. The zaatar chicken was tasty. Butterscotch pot de crème the bomb with hints of Carmel and salt: yum. Love this place. Attentive service and interesting menu. A colorful destination!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We're international and were here obviously for the unique ambiance and it didn't disappoint. The entrance was very discreet (to us anyway, that being our first visit). I loved the decor and seating was well spread. The hosts were great, server was attentive, didn't care much for the bartender's attitude but overall the experience was good. Food portions were generous: we ordered Brandade grantineé, Plancha!, American Heritage pork chop and finished with Butterscotch and a cheesecake.

  6. OT

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    Central Coast

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    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Anniversary

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful lunch!

  8. G

    Guadalupe

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    It was great DONT get me wrong! Amazing and very attentive service. Great atmosphere. Food just wasn’t everything. Cocktails we’re great. I would definitely come back for drinks but not so much for dinner. Steak was a little bland. Main dishes just weren’t eye catching.

  9. DB

    DBPbear

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were outstanding. 6 stars, but the noise level is almost intolerable.

  10. S

    Scott

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Quality dropping. Sloppy plating of the food. VERY conservative when serving glasses of wine. Fried chicken is soggy. Over-priced and over-hyped.

  11. LH

    LexiH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The atmosphere and service were amazing. I just don't think the food is worth the price! It was good but not great.

  12. H

    Helenitza

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. This is fine dining in a very casual atmosphere.

  13. SD

    StephanieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were too early for the film - but the pork chop was excellent. A great way to spend a birthday dinner -

  14. N

    Newlywed

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came in for our elopement dinner with our parents and young children! There was something for everyone. Not only do they have the cutest 3 course meal option for kids, but they were so understand about ordering for the littles right away and accommodated our scattered dining style and constant need for champagne. Foreign cinema features an elevated dining menu paired with a casual yet sophisticated ambiance, something you honestly wish for from every establishment. It was such an amazing experience for our special night and can’t wait to come back for our first anniversary, or sooner!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Birthday. They gave a cute signed card and added a Happy Birthday sign to my mom’s dessert.

  16. JP

    JenniferP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious drinks and food! and a beautiful atmosphere. Perfect for a date night.

  17. JJ

    JoJo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    absolutely incredible food. one of our favorite mother’s days in recent memory. ambiance was great. servers were busy and we would have appreciated more attention. I dropped goat cheese (which was very good) in my water and wasn’t able to flag down a server to get a replacement throughout the entire meal.

  18. RN

    RowenaN

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food made Mother’s Day even more special!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day

  20. a

    anthonys

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We’d been to Foreign Cinema many times in the past and always found it enjoyable. This time it felt like the staff was just in a hurry to close up and go home. The food was underwhelming, average at best.

  21. KT

    KaTu

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good. The vegetarian main option was very disappointing though. It was so small and thin, I feel like it was max 200 calories. It also didn’t come out until like 10 mins after all the other entrees which were grilled. Everything else was very good.

  22. FS

    FreddieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Food! Great Service from waiters! Great Warm Welcome to Foreign Cinema Restaurant from the Host on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

  23. LC

    LeticiaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The service was good, but some of the beverages took a while to arrive. Food was good but not great like other times. Not sure if it was the dishes we ordered but I had better experience with the food in the past.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great vibe and atmosphere. Food was exceptional and flavours well balanced. Hope to get back again soon.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    I made a reservation for a friend’s birthday based on the high rating on OpenTable. Natasha from FC called me after she saw my note in the reservation. The minute we checked in, my friend was greeted Happy Birthday with his name. Their service is wonderful and all the dishes we ordered were delicious. Our only disappointment was the drinks. We ordered Collins from the bar while we wee waiting and house wine during dinner. Both of drinks had awkward taste. We will definitely go back, maybe without ordering drinks.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great experience!!! Can’t wait to go back!

  27. AB

    AnatB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    Food wasn’t tasty very salty . Water wasn’t nice

  28. JR

    JoeR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Took a little to long at the end to receive our check. The server seemed to get a little behind.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  30. KV

    KellyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Parking was hard to find! The servers were understanding and allowed me to sit while my party were on their way to the restaurant from their cars. The food were delicious! My favorite was the spiced duck!

  31. JA

    JenniferA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Thank you 😊 it’s great experience ambience and cinematic charm to dream 😴 plus big huge 🥘

  32. JM

    JeremyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An SF institution. Excellent food and ambiance. Don't miss it.

  33. s

    style

    San Francisco

    229 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It just keeps getting better. We feel so very welcome each time we are at the restaurant. We brought a friend who has not been since you first opened and he immediately phoned his daughter in SF, and told her to make reservations. Richard and I are at our most relaxed and totally sated each time we are at Foreign Cinema.

  34. C

    Court

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Beautiful cuisine, lovely service and terrific cocktails. I only wish the movies being screened were featured in all seating areas.

  35. j

    jfw1

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and atmosphere. Sommelier was very helpful, recommendations for wines were great.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The server was very friendly and the food was very fresh and tasty.

  37. RB

    RobB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2

    No point in going there if they say they will be showing something and they don’t. And then head too late and you will be rushed.

  38. A

    liaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1

    My friend is pregnant and specifically requested well done meet and they brought a ver red raw duck meat. Mains took forever to arrived and the proyector was broken, which is one of the main reasons why we decided outdoors and didn’t let us know. Super windy and did not have heaters next to our table, they were only next to tables in the middle of the outdoors room. Risotto was not a risotto, dry, flavorless and the pasta tasted and looked like hospital’s food.

  39. CT

    ChristinaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Food is always great however this time I was disappointed from the service which kind of downgraded the whole experience for me. The waitresses seemed to try to rush us to order food and desserts in order to free-up the table for the next reservation. I would not say that they offered bad service but all of us at the table felt that we were rushed to "consume" and leave. Very disappointing from such a great restaurant.

  40. S

    Scoot

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I wasn't sure what to expect after having been here likely 8+ years ago (and concerned that they'd have lost their touch), but wow, it exceeded all expectations. The service was great - efficient, thoughtful, fast, and with subtle, tactful awareness. And the food was amazing - every dish. The atmosphere is fun, and lively, but not too much. It was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long long time.

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 4.8 stars by 7524 OpenTable diners.

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

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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 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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: (866) 945-8174

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