Foreign Cinema

4.8
7513 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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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7513 people are saying
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LisaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Food was so good , even the Mayo was homemade.

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JJSF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You'll never go wrong with Foreign Cinema. Great vibes & Good Food.

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vipSergioD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant and go to dining destination. Foreign Cinema never disappoints me. Thank you for doing what you do!

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Mika
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing from start to finish. The staff and service was absolutely impeccable! They made it such a special and wonderful experience for our anniversary. From the great table to as I said before the service and even the complimentary gifts was just the best experience. I’m so grateful to everyone who made the night so special. Also the food was delicious and tasty as per usual! 11/10 recommend!

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KatJeffery
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and delicious!

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laras
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's just the best. Great food, drink and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic coffee rubbed steak

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great as always!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious and beautifully presented. The service is very efficient and the servers are quite friendly. It is fun eating outside.

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Runfaster
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here anytime I have a reason to celebrate. Sometimes I make up a reason just to justify going. Everything is fresh, delicious, and thoughtful. Always coming back with more friends to share this place with.

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AlvinL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. You guys gave me a birthday card. Thank you!

I came for the Goat Cheese Cheesecake, but you didn’t have it this time. Maybe next time. Is it a seasonal menu item?

JS
vipJenniferS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I forget how much I love Foreign Cinema. The food is outstanding. The ambience is outstanding. It’s a great place for a date. Couple of things to call out:
- the host and the hostess last night were standouts. They were wonderful. I wish I could have gotten their names, because the customer service they exuded was amazing. Our waiter, however, must have been in a bad mood. He was pushy and didn’t start to lighten up until he realized that we were going to spend a pretty penny there. I found it a bit rude and disheartening
- we came to see the movie. When making the reservation, I stated that I wanted it to be on the patio and we were specially there for the movie. When we got there, they said they could no accommodate this, which was a shock because I clearly stated it (and the entire reason for us going). The host was nice and sat us at the next best table where one of us could at least watch the movie…kinda. It was disappointing. But I appreciate the host doing what he could.
- caviar service: amazing. So good. I would come back just for this.
- lack of seafood and vegan options for the main course- bummer

Nevertheless, I loved dinner. Will be coming back

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OlgaE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is SF restaurant royalty and it is so for a reason. The service is impeccable, the food is terrific, the atmosphere is alive...an oldie and a goodie in all ways...

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was the best meal we ever had!

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DavidG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The final meal of our bday weekend in the City. The entire experience, from making a reservation to after brunch cordials was stellar and by far the star of our three days of dining. Service was terrific, and the food aimed to please; no chef ego dishes, just exactly what we expected and wanted.

It's no mystery why Foreign Cinema is still packed after all these years. They earn their success every day.

CF
CanadianFoodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an absolutely gorgeous space. Worth it to see and have a few snacks. It's great food that's fresh and beautifully made. The service was key. They are friendly, accommodating and incredibly attentive. This is definitely a great place for a date, group meals and even just a casual patio hangout. Would return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated friend’s birthday

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mrop
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted by several people when we arrived (including one of the chefs!) the service and food were spot on. Cannot say enough good things about this place! If not the BEST Sunday brunch in SF then in the top three! Thanks again for another successful family event!

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vipLukeP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was a miss this time. Shrimp wasn’t as fresh as I remember and the Turkey Sandwich had so little meat it didn’t cover the bread all the way. Half of my meal was toast.

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PenneyM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whole dining experience was terrific...from the person who checked us in, the woman who seated us, our waitress and other wait staff and of course the food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE

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ToriH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. So friendly and kind. Gave great recommendations on what to order.
The food was awesome as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good. I’d recommend

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PriyaK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Chef's special vegan dish. Looks beautiful and tastes authentic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience, excellent service on behalf of the host(ess). Food was delicious, goat cheese starter could have had more bread. Service from the server could have been more attentive.

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vipgraeme
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around.......service, ambiance and of course food and drinks

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vipTastygoodness
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Fun place. Excellent staff. Definitely worth that special occasion dinner.

LD
vipLocalDiner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, all of the staff are amazing...courteous, thoughtful, and attentive but not overly-so. I love Foreign Cinema! It's such a special place. Highly recommend. Plus...movies!

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vipSFDeb
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foreign Cinema always exceeds my expectations! The service is sublime. The porkchop was one of the best that we have ever eaten.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food and drinks .

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vipAnnieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess checked people in extremely slowly - about 3 minutes per guest and there was a long line to get in. I am pro checking vax cards but the process was inefficient, somehow other restaurants do this more quickly. once we made it to the front of the line, we were asked to wait for 15 minutes even though we were past our reservation time. The restaurant was loud. The food was good but a bit overpriced. I think there are other restaurants as good, if not better, than Foreign Cinema these days.

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vipDJTucson
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great setting, great service…but folks should not that while it feels like it’s outside, the area isenclosed and could use more ventilation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

They dined my group of 6 and tried giving us the check in just over 45 minutes. We were there celebrating and felt way too rushed. Great ambiance though

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I adore FC- been there forever, feel like I’m part of their history- I’ve had decades of b-day parties held there and the place has always been consistent in serving inspiring food! And, the service is also lovely! They truly try to make sure you’re satisfied and happy when you leave!

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ChristineS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful meal. Every dish was exquisitely flavored. Atmosphere was perfect. Staff were above and beyond. Thank you.

MG
MartaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place and the vibe. It was a fun yet intimate dinner. Food is great, and fun to try new things. Come with an open mind and to treat yourself with a different kind of dinner.

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Penninsula
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bridal shower

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, service and ambiance.

FB
FrederickB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fabulous. Service top notch.
Only negative was patio table was located near a service station with a constant flow of staff and offered a poor view of the movie.

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7513 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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