Foreign Cinema

4.8
7451 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 7451 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.9
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, a bit too noisy for romantic night but it's ok.

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vipMattW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food and service wasn’t up to the standard I’ve come to expect from them. Generally, it was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The food and service at Foreign Cinema was absolutely phenomenal. We’re so at awe by the quality of food and service, and the outdoor patio was just so gorgeous! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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Mark
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and cocktails. Noise level was excessive.

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AprilN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambiance and atmosphere was great as usual, but the food was disappointing. Small portions, overly-priced, and the flavors weren't outstanding. I will probably go back at some point but not for awhile.

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AlvinL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Goat Cheese Cheesecake. It’s the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

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vipGlovedGourmet
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Consistently our favorite restaurant!

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GraeD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We made reservations based on both the food and experience. The food was on par with what we expected, but the projector for the film was broken. I absolutely understand that sometimes these things happen, but we were never informed they wouldn’t be showing the film anymore (we were told while checking in that it would be The Devil Wears Prada). Since this was a surprise celebratory dinner for a recent grad- and cinephile- we were very disappointed that we continued to spend money while waiting on a film that we were never told wouldn’t be showing- especially since we were only in the City for a quick vacation.

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CarrieS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch menu is my favorite in the city. Perfect decadence!

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JDizzle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite places to dine! Especially the outdoor area

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MaryLookout
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It has been over a year since we had brunch here. The food and service was outstanding as always. It is a good thing we hadn’t seen our friends in so long and had much to talk about as our main course orders got lost and we didn’t get them for 45 minutes! This is the only reason their overall rating is 4 stars. The host and waiter did realize what had gone wrong and talked to us and gave us some additional drinks and food for free. Their professionalism made up for what could have been a very negative experience! We will be back!

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KendalK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great. Super accommodating with my special birthday request. However, I would recommend nicer birthday cards on the desserts. The card looked a little cheap considering the rest of our experience a the restaurant and honestly it took away from the presentation on the dessert

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SundayE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Foreign Cinema remains one of the best restaurants in the City. The food, service and ambience are all great.

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Nicko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, not great. Four stars. A little expensive but I loved that they turned fish into a paste. Also, wish they played a movie when we were there…would have bumped up the ambiance score to a five.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation and this restaurant was a rated a must do in San Francisco.

Can I just say 100% worth it?! The best meal I think I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my birthday a month in advance and I had been looking forward to experiencing the movie/dining experience especially after finding out they were showing Chitty Chitty bang bang which was a movie I grew up watching. Sadly when we got there we were tucked away so we couldn’t see the screen and I felt the experience I was so looking forward to fell a bit short. When making the reservation I was asked what the occasion was, but I didn’t think that really made a difference in the experience. Overall the food and drinks were great but it was a bit disappointing to not have had the full experience of the film

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vipGigi
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FC has always been one of our favorite restaurants and we were anxious to return once the restaurant re-opened. It did not disappoint and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Everything was spot on, including being seated at our favorite table, service, cocktails, wine, food & ambiance. Special recognition goes to the host and our server, Jordan, both of whom were wonderful. FC is and has been consistently one of the best restaurants in SF.

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LarryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here. From the entrance to the seating area to the food. Everything was great! Nice place to get some great quality food, some drinks, have conversation, etc. will definitely be back!

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ClaireL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing Brunch at Foreign Cinema. 10/10 on the Pop Tart

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MarinaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately this time around the lunch was not as it used to be...... The quality of dishes was just passable... The saving grace was the ambience and the company we were with.. I wold not return for food.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall an OK experience for brunch. Food was slightly underseasoned, and their fun passionfruit/soda cocktail was not a great value for what it was. Sunlight was a problem in the outdoor dining area, the metal tables were very hot to the touch and there was somewhat of a greenhouse effect.

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SydneyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh, we loved this place! Of all the places to go in SF this was probably our favorite. The food and the ambiance, the staff made us feel so special. Some nice places make you feel like they are too good for you, some make you feel at home - this is one of those places! Go here!!!

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Embid
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and service. No complaints. Perfect meal

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RebeccaR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the weekend and wanted a special dinner. Foreign cinema was fabulous!!!! We had a great time and enjoyed the whole experience.

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Jackie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They opened a giant umbrella to give us shade from the sun (very thoughtful). Te food & drinks were also incredible. Expensive, and worth it.

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GretchenD
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant experience with the most delicious food. Topped off by personable and knowledge servers and mixologist.
Thanks for a great evening.

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vipmlr8
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and let night was no different. On point service and delicious food in the beautiful outdoor space.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was the perfect date night!

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GJMarks94114
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great energy, wonderful ambience, the patio with the movie is "spot on" - our server was very well-versed in the menu and was entertaining in the discussion of the menu. For my first outing after C19, this was the place to be.

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JenR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about my dining experience. Fabulous atmosphere, impeccable service and the food was creative and delicious! I came here when I first moved to the Bay Area and loved it! Not sure why I stayed away for so long! Special shout out to the charming host with the cool square reader glasses!

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vipMiles
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time out with colleagues in forever!

They’ve expanded outdoor seating a lot - I like it. A bit windy, but we were surrounded by heat lamps which kept us warm.

Started with goat cheese, mozzarella, and charcuterie plate. Goat cheese was fantastic. Charcuterie a bit underwhelming.

Tried a wide range of mains. Everyone was very satisfied (although v limited vegetarian options). I had the pork chop (as recommended by our server) which was fantastic. I wish it had a bit more on the plate with it, though - just something more to add to each bite.

Smaller wine selection than I remember, but sufficient.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent!

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SteveL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and food presentation was beautiful. Flavors and aromas were spot on. Only complaint was the duck breast was on a large bed of endive and very little duck.

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Jaydub302
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor ambience. Food and cocktails were delicious.

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vipNickF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The wait staff was not very friendly, not very attentive, and the food was just average. The venue is outstanding, however.

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vipMariaC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Foreign cinema is one of my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, I love the ambiance and food, I just think the lunch menu could be more diverse. I went there at 1:30 and the menu was more for brunch than lunch also we waited more than expected to be served.

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the great food, service, & experience

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vipSteveK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another fabulous brunch...we will definitely be back again

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AliciaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday and it was an amazing all-around 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 7451 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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