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About Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.

2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday thru Wednesday, seating from 5:30pm until 10pm.
Thursday through Saturday seating from 5:30pm until 11pm.

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am until 2:30pm.

Cross Street:
21st St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 648-7600

Website:
http://www.foreigncinema.com/

Entertainment:
Movies; see restaurant website for schedule. While we try to honor all request, none are guaranteed.

Parking Details:
Valet is available, $15

Public Transit:
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station

Executive Chef:
Gayle Pirie & John Clark

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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!

Foreign Cinema Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (86)
Special Occasion (81)
Fit for Foodies (66)
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Good for Anniversaries (61)
Romantic (59)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Great for Outdoor Dining (52)
Fun (49)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Good for Groups (40)
Hot Spot (37)
Notable Wine List (32)
Local Ingredients (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Cozy (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
People Watching (20)
Seasonal (20)
Authentic (19)
Casual (18)
Business Meals (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Healthy (11)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Scenic View (7)
Tapas (7)
Organic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Music (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful! The food was outstanding, the drinks were perfect, the ambience on the well heated, covered patio was delightful, and the service impeccable. A perfect way to celebrate s special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The place is very nice, very beautiful. We went for Valentines and we knew it would be a fixed price menu. The food was OK, not compatible with the price though. I was charged the same as a two Michelin in SF does. It didn’t ruin my night, but I will be more careful next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

For an almost $500 meal I would have expected better. Our raw oysters took almost an hour to be delivered, our waiter never checked in on our entrees, so salt and pepper were not an option and the red velvet cake was inedible, gummy, heavy...I think the cake was made with beets? It was a very disappointing ending for what we were looking forward to

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Very delightful evening during valentines. Set menu with a fantastic variety to choose from. The food was a little above average for the value. They definitely skimped on the wine, they pour around 3oz, which generally is the amount you would have when you go wine tasting. The ambiance was perfect, my date complimented on how romantic everything was.

Definitely did not enjoy how they were going to cancel my reservation bc I was going to be late due to an accident on the freeway! Luckily I figured everyone was affected and I got in.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome experience night out with my hubby and son. The bake cheese was excellent! I ordered the fried chicken, hubby ordered NY steak and son ordered braised duck. Will come back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful service, perfect pork chop and great wine. Wonderful anniversary meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent cuisine and attentive, friendly service. Menu choices are creative and unusual, and everything was perfectly prepared. Seafood choices especially delicious. Menu changes daily, so don't expect to find a favorite choice there when you come back. We ate in the main dining room. Another room features movies as you dine. There appear to be several other rooms as well. Wine choices not local, mostly European with a mediocre Oregon wine in the whites. Food is likely sourced locally. The prices are understandably high, because you are getting a gourmet meal. The desserts are wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Foreign Cinema is one of my favorite restaurants. I have hosted 4 work events there and a friends brunch and 2 friend dinners. I would highly recommend for any occasion and the lighting is perfect for a date. The food is phenomenal and the service is also great. A must for anyone visiting San Francisco and for locals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We came from Orange county to celebrate my son's birthday, we had reservations at 7 pm, we were 15 min early but we got seated right away inside the restaurant, not the patio with the screen, which was fine.
We got greeted, professionally but not very personable, like we are used to in Orange County, they did not explain the menu so it took me a sec to realize 2/3 was appetizers.
The restaurant was full so the staff was very busy. we ordered the lemon chicken soup and the beef carpaccio, both very good. I had the scallops after which were too salty for me. My husband and son had the flank steak and pasta which were good but not special As the dessert we had pear tartine we loved. We had a good time just which the staff smiled a little more.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

All around fantastic!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The menu had great options, and I found it hard to choose. We were three friends that shared three starters (advised by our waiter), that was really tasty. The swordfish I ended up with for main was well prepared and had interesting garnish. A little bummed that we did not get to watch the movie, as we were placed inside close to the kitchen and couldnt see the screen.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great time. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Amazing! Food was delicious, service was awesome. Can’t wait to come back!

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Patronizing hostesses with nominal guest relations know-how. Food was wildly salty. Server was great.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great but portions are so small

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Love the restraint ambiance and off course the cinema screening just makes it 10x better. Overall, food and service came at a timely matter. We order to the duck breaths and pork chop. The duck was not what we expected but the pork chop was outstanding.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Absolutely great experience made even greater by our gregarious and charming server whose name escapes me. Brunette, short curly hair(female). Bravo!!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The ambiance was great. A very good place for a date night or anniversary. The food was excellent. I had Kobe steak with a glass of garnacha. The only thing I would suggest, is a higher volume on speakers by the table. I realize not every person wants to listen, but some people do. Other than that. It was a fantastic and romantic night for my wife and I.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Amazing and memorable. Every bite and sip was outstanding, the service was absolutely superb, and we can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Horrible service. We ordered a bottle of champagne and our server brought it to our table warm - so it had to be chilled before we could continue drinking it. Never once were we checked on or asked how our food was. They actually forgot my order (there was 4 of us and she only took down 3 entree's). I had to notify the busser since the server never came to our table. Then she has the chef quickly make my meal while all my friends were finished eating and had to wait for me. Will never come here again. Get better servers and maybe I will.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Both hostess and server had rude attitudes. Our server was demeaning when I asked a question about the menu, for what you pay there it would be nice to have a friendly helping server rather than an elitist rude one. If it weren't for my friends company this place would've been the worst and ruined my birthday experience.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I was skeptic about the food until I tasted it, it was amazing and a wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Been dining here since it opened. Never disappoints!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Amazing! The scallops were superb and the cheesecake was delightfully creamy and not dense compared to my nyc-types.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous atmosphere. Foreign Cinema is the BEST!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Such delicious scallops and shaved Brussels sprouts salad. The steak was divine and perfectly cooked. We also had a nicely spiced butternut squash soup. Service, as usual, was spot on, from the entire wait staff. We love coming here for a perfect evening.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

One of my favorites! Always impeccable from all angles.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Pop tarts to start! Awesome! The egg dishes at brunch are always heavenly. We had a party of six. Only downside was a table with sun beaming directly in our faces from glass ceiling and we had to wear sunglasses😎So crowded they couldn’t switch us to another seat. Oh well EVERYTHING else outweighed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, ambiance and service. Everyone very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful service and food. Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting the city- and to make a reservation as the line was quite long when we arrived. Only one thing- my glass of Cremant was served warm. A bummer as it was fairly pricy and the temperature didn’t do it justice. Overall a great experience though.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I have been to Foreign Cinema several times and this time, had an mediocre experience. However, service and advice from Juan was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a great evening. The service from the time we got there to the time we left was outstanding. The food was excellent. The benefit of having a movie in the background was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really great dinner to catch up with an old friend and birthday celebration. Highly recommend for the ambiance, great service and amazing food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The ambience makes the place worth it. Food was ok but nothing remarkable. The service was bad. We felt like they wanted us to hurry. We ordered the desserts and after it arrived, they already brought the check without us even asking for it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The wait for the food and the check was ridiculous, there weren't even that many people. The food is average and terribly overpriced. Lastly, they passed some San Francisco mandatory fees to the patrons which I find outrageous and repulsive.

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·Dined on January 24, 2018

The ambiance is beautiful- request outdoor seating! A bit pricy for small portions, but definitely recommend. The fried chicken dish was the best of all! Service was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was great. And the wine list/cocktails were outstanding. The ambience is great along with the Laszlo bar. It is spendy though...over $200 for a three course meal for two with drinks. The wait staff were good, but our waitress forgot about us for periods of time throughout the evening in favor of bigger tables. Isn’t that so annoying when it happens? That said, I would go back and hope they work out the kinks in their service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food is fresh inventive and beautifully presented . The service is welcoming and professional plus the dining rooms are a well designed ambience . You will always be pleased and satisfied after dining at Foreign Cinema

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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was great. Touch on the salty side but the atmosphere and the staff are fantastic.

The dry aged angus was fantastic.

Lobsters were excellent and oysters were great

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