Foreign Cinema

4.8
7510 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipbrandcran
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was very good. Customer service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale cocktails and dishes with a unique patio experience. Very enjoyable for date night. A lot of tables spaced closely together on patio, so if you’re looking for a very quiet or private dinner, try elsewhere. Overall 5/5 experience though!

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shadsfc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worlds best restaurant. A local institution. Chef Andrew came to our table and really made the experience amazing for us. The house mad charcuterie is a must.

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vipEatoutinOakland
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch, good service, good food, great ambience.

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LauraL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around! Great ambiance, fabulous food, attentive wait staff. Perfect for a celebration or date night!

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sofa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mixed service from friendly to indifferent and slow. Highly recommend the duck. Chicharron was too hard, soup was a small portion. Sea bass was okay, a little watered down on flavor. For the price point, overall experience did not match. If you are seated outside next to the door leading to inside dining, you have a high chance of being repeatedly bumped into.

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vipArthurG
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always pricey. Wish the outdoor canopy extended further - we were in the uncovered back portion and felt the wind and moisture a lot more than those under the awning.

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MegF
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

First time, very disappointed! Don't go early, no movie playing. Service super slow! No appetizers before your meal, didn't want to overwhelm the kitchen? So we ordered 5 expensive cocktails and waited. Meals and appetizers were tiny. My lamb chop for $40.00 all fat and 2 bites of meat. Not impressive meals! One bottle of wine @ $458.00 tab! As soon as we paid, some man literally walked up, scared me half to death and basically told us they needed to flip the table. Not going back!!

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RajivM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

definitely worth trying out; make sure to visit the bar as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for the one day I was in SF reuniting with friends.

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HomeroM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was celebrating a birthday. Overall , a great experience. Staff was friendly. Food was delicious

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PatR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very nice staff willing to change up dishes for personal taste. Eclectic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place, well worth the money. Tasty food and awesome experience. Perfect for a date. Also, incredible service.

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Michelle
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed at the atmosphere, lighting and all around ambience. In SF the nights are quite chilly and thank goodness they had heaters. The food was amazing! We shared about 4 or 5 dishes between the 3 of us and were quite satisfied. The drinks were very tasty, we each had a couple tequila drinks. Try Foreign Cinema they won't disappoint you!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not possibly have been better. Every one of us loved every moment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My first time writing a review because this just has to be told. Very rude waiter. When we asked to order he said “I’m not ready” and walked away not coming back for 10 minutes. Made a face when I declined a second alcoholic drink. I asked politely for water multiple times which he ignored as if he didn’t hear me. I did not have anything to drink as I was eating my meal. Made faces at us when we wanted to split a few desserts pressuring us to order more and gawked at us when we were figuring out closing out our bill. Highly disappointed in the service.

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vipKaraM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. Terrible neighborhood. Recommend parking in the Bartlett garage.

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BrendaD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team took such good care of us and it made my husband’s birthday so special, especially after such a hard year. The food was exceptional too!

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XiaoyeX
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The environment is awesome, definitely an unique experience. Food is good but a little over priced. The duck confit is okay. But summer pasta really surprised me.

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vipNicoleB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Foreign Cinema - the food, the ambiance, the service. Watch the sun set in Delores Park then enjoy a great meal afterward.

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SandraG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was genuinely welcoming, authentic, mellow and polite - just the right casual-attentive. Food and drinks were absolutely creative, fresh, interesting, delicious. Great variety in menu infused with the feeling of summertime. Nothing boring, repeated or stale here. Outdoor patio vibe was unique, colorful, warm. Staff was dressed up, interesting, added an allure and artistic flair that is often missing from San Francisco in the past decade(s). Sadly though, most diners dressed down (have we forgotten how to leave our hoodies at home because of pandemic, or has So Cal invaded SF completely now?) Plenty of space heaters, loads of charming low-lights (but fake battery candles on the tables, and we noticed the movie was a DVD - not 35mm ...what happened there? Not that it mattered a ton, but...I was expecting more of the charm of the place to come from the authentic "foreign cinema" aspect. The movie was Devil Wears Prada- meh.) Still, the food made it a very very special experience - delightful and satisfying. SF family of four celebrating teenagers' end of historically difficult school year. We left very happy, and would def recommend for any special evening!

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Adriana
Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Muy bonito, pero reservé con mucha anticipación en la terraza principal y nos dieron mesa en un lateral

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Jebbie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! All hidden down a long hallway that opens up to a beautiful courtyard.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christina was amazing at describing the food and wine. She picked out the perfect wines for our food choices. Her hospitality and knowledge made our visit even more special. All of the servers at our table should be commended for their professionalism and hospitality.

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vipcreekrose
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was terrific. Oysters, gnocchi, fried chicken & pork chop were delicious. Interesting flavors, perfectly prepared. Excellent wine as well. Staff were very helpful. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience and people were just amazing! Definitely coming back soon. Portions could be slightly bigger. One of my fav places in SF.

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VivianF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance but pretty pricey for a brief dinner

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ThomasKeller
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Wine list was confusing and not up to date. Food was good, and it's a very loud place to dine. I couldn't even hear what the person across from me was saying.

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vipPatrickW
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good, though the portions were small. The waiter was very good, but unfortunately our order was not correct. We gave up on further correcting our order after no actions were taken to correct our order when we brought to the attention of the waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful experience and the food was fantastic

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BridgetG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Honestly, this was just okay. We had pretty high expectations since it’s so hard to get a table here. The space is amazing & it’s a cool, buzzy vibe. But when asked what my favorite dish was, nothing really came to mind. We had the burrata & prosciutto, arugula salad, plancha, fried chicken & crepe brûlée.

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Kirstin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Experience was incredible. The food was great and the service was outstanding. We loved the fried chicken and the calamari in particular. The outdoor dining is lovely but really exposed to the wind, so the only lament was that the meal was a little breezy - just something other diners might want to consider.

Can't recommend enough.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

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vipNomNoms
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was ok, nothing to write home about. Lovely ambiance. Was very busy and seemed a bit short staffed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Scallops were over cooked and came out late

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food and drinks were all just good, but nothing incredible. Fish was a little dry and it took a long time for drinks to come out. The patio is beautiful though!

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat whether it be brunch or dinner! Carly was so sweet!

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vipAlicia
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute outdoor seating space. Delicious food and cocktails

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Corey
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and out of the common way in terms of flavor combinations an unusual ingredients without being too fussy or tasting too odd to be yummy. The staff was very sweet as always.

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Foreign Cinema is rated 4.8 stars by 7510 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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