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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be serving a sumptuous 3 course prix fixe dinner for $125 per person, each course will include multiple options including vegetarian dishes. This will be the only dining option for Valentine's, no a la carte. There will be special wines by the glass & cocktails to help celebrate your love.

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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

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (94)
Special Occasion (84)
Fit for Foodies (70)
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Romantic (63)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Fun (56)
Great for Outdoor Dining (56)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Hot Spot (49)
Good for Groups (45)
Notable Wine List (43)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Local Ingredients (32)
Cozy (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
People Watching (24)
Authentic (23)
Great for Brunch (23)
Seasonal (23)
Casual (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Late-night Find (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Healthy (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Tapas (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Organic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Scenic View (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Had a great meal here! Every dish we ate was spot on, beautifully prepared, seasoned and perfectly balanced. Had a late 10pm table but didn't feel rushed and food was fast and service excellent. Movie in the backdrop was also very cool. Would highly recommend

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 2 days ago

Appetisers and seafood was nice

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Our family of 4 enjoyed a Friday night post-new year dinner in the main dining room (too chilly to watch a movie that night). We started off with cocktails and warm bread. Then we proceeded direct into the Charcuterie platter, Hamachi crudo, and Grilled Monterey calamari. For dinner, the 4 of us shared the following entrees...Five spiced duck breast, Kobe flat iron steak, and Seared sea scallops.

Although the food was excellent, the wait service was spotty and infrequent. Water glasses were not attended to and a request for bread went unfulfilled. If it weren’t for the stellar bussing

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·Dined 3 days ago

Had such a wonderful experience at foreign cinema! Everything went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for such a wonderful evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Stellar food with friendly and efficient service. Always a good meal, this topped their excellent norm.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

From the stone faced hostesses to the rushed waiter and bus staff, our experience was really not very impressive. The food was good enough, but really, given the choice of SF's amazing restaurants with energetic, welcoming, enthusiastic staffs, why would anyone go to Foreign Cinema anymore?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I love this restaurant, it’s a beautiful space however 3 things didn’t work...
1. We sat in the mezzanine- this is a concrete dead spot and has no ambiance. Don’t sit there.
2. Worst of all the food simply wasn’t good. This had not been my experience in the past (~2 yrs ago). We had several starters that were not particularly tasty - cod, melted cheese and olives. For mains we had duck which was tough and lacked flavor (the sides were good), the risotto was bland. It was all just meh!
3. Lastly we moved to the bar to try soak up some of the ambiance downstairs and there was a smell at the bar that was simply atrocious. It’s smelt like fungus ?? We all agreed it was just bad.

So in summary I do love this place but the food was bad and for a restaurant that’s not good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Great wine list. All of the dishes were tasty and distinct. Excellent service. Highly recommended. Still wonderful after almost 20 years!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Le lieu est intéressant, belle ambiance. Le service est bien mais froid et sans valeur ajoutée.
La nourriture plutôt bon copieux manque un peu de raffinement
La carte des vins originale et très remplie !

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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful setting and great service. Portions were too small and the place was very loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We’ve been coming to Foreign Cinema regularly for the past 20 years — living just up the hill in Dolores Heights which makes for a lovely walk. We were seated this time (without choice) in their “gallery overflow space” which had absolutely no ambience at all. Service was okay, food remains consistently solid but the coldness and discomfort of the room made this a definitely subpar experience. Would not consider ever coming back if this had been my only experience dining with this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really great place. I had heard good things about it and it met all expectations. Can't wait to get the new cookbook and try it out at home.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful brunch. We had one of the egg dishes with pancetta and balsamic glaze and oysters with champagne and white burgundy wine

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very cool restaurant with a great vibe and atmosphere. They were busy so the service was lacking a bit but other than that a really great spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very creative, interesting and excellent food. Service was good - not great. A little slow and choppy found the price point to be a little higher than expected But overall a very nice experience and I would go back and recommend it! The space is amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I went here for my anniversary and the food, staff, and ambiance were out of this world. Great way to set off the night! They were kind enough to recognize our anniversary and made it feel very special by giving us a couple of surprises! Love foreign cinema!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fun and funky!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

When we arrived they initially sat us inside and we were away from the movie and the the general romantic area. Initially kind of bummed out. After seeing an empty table, we asked to move and were kindly accomodated by our server. The outdoor area has heaters and has great vibes and is very romantic. The food is expensive but tasty and our kobe steak was absolutely delicious! The desserts are really tasty as well! Overall great experience!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Although difficult to park in that area we arrived for our 5:30 reservation obtained at 4:30 that Thursday night. Reservations are highly recommended and if you want to eat later you should make them much farther in advance. It was lovely. The only down side was a fireplace (or something else?) in the room was quite smoky. The scallops and risotto were lovely as was the salad with stone fruit and blue cheese.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I spent a nice time with cinema!
There is undelible space in my mind when i traveling San Francisco.
Thank you for your service and all !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

this is one of my favorite restaurants. the food is always above par, lovely service and efficient. they did forget a salad this time, and brought it late but removed it from the bill. that in no way marred a nice evening/meal at foreign cinema.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We didnt had a good time, it was new year’s eve, we had a reservation at 10 pm and they had a pre fix menu, when we ordered they didnt have ravioli and made me order something else that I didnt like, also with the dessert they ran out of the dessert i wanted and made me order another one. On top of this i had to pay full price for dinner. Also they gave hats for some people not for us or the table beside us. It was packed and they didnt plan they food prep well. I will not go back or recommend it.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have visited Foreign Cinema during lunch time and was seated indoors and for dinner where I was seated outdoors. The outdoor patio at night time was the best experience out of the two. the ambience is romantic and the decor is beautiful. The food was great. Our service from our server was OK, but not spectacular. The busboys were paying more attention to us than our actual server. She was also being a little rude to a tourist couple that was seated next to us– that just turned me off a little.
Overall, beautiful date night.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

a Must visit with great ambience. We go to see the Great Gatsby and the server was very helpful with wine recos(only downside was could not allow ANY tastings) which was kind of annoying.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco for brunch and dinner. The food is always a win no matter what you order! For dinner, the curry friend chicken is amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic service, great food and drinks. Wonderful time overall.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Romantic ambience and service was impeccable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wifie shared a nice date night dinner, dishes interesting enough to share, drinks were good, movie on the screen was good. Not too loud and able to to have a good conversations. Definitely coming back, thanks you FC!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was good but I left there really frustrated with the restaurant.
When I made the reservation, more than a month in advance because it was part of our travel itinerary, I expected to sit in an open area with a movie screen, as shown in the photos on the site.
We were accommodated at a table in another area without screen. We asked to change and had our request denied, because there was no availability, according to the waiter. But the table next to ours during our dinner rearranged couples to the open area twice.
It seems that the management could have a little more attention with the people who have planned their experience at Foreign Cinema in advance and have come so far to this.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was decent, but very overpriced and not memorable. The drinks were HORRIBLE and I couldn’t drink them. The service was fine and the atmosphere was good, but not worth what was lacking.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and drinks were great, loved the ambiance too.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Never going back. Terrible service, one of the chef’s screamed and cussed out the table next to us, waiter had no idea about anything on the menu, sat at 2 tables that wobbled before finding a 3rd that didn’t, 2 entrees took 45 minutes to get to our table. Should I keep going..........

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and was not disappointed. While everything is a little pricey, your meal is well worth the money. Each dish we got was amazing in it's aroma and flavor. We opted to sit outdoors while the movie played in the background. Our waiter was attentive and checked on us frequently. He gave his recommendations when asked, and was willing to explain things that were on the menu. There is no free birthday surprise, but if you order a dessert they will put a candle on that dish. My only recommendation is for the movie volume to be a tad louder. There is great restaurant chatter going on so it's different to catch a single word from the movie. Not a huge issue, but it would be nice. Overall a great night.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Terrible service,the only question I asked was “how’s the risotto?” And the answer for my server was “everything is good here” and looking at me like “I wanna take your order and leave. It’s very sad that such a nice place let “order takers” work as a server.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service wasn’t great. Food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome as always!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had 3 appetisers and a main to share between 2 of us for brunch. The appetisers were all delicious especially the cod brandade. The main of truffled omelette tasted a bit odd (perhaps truffle used added a weird sweet flavour). Overall good experience and will definitely be back!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing food! Brunch menu is superb. Pricey but worth it- perfect for a special occasion or date night

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was impeccable. Our server was friendly and well versed. She was quick and on top of it. Loved the ambiance and the cocktails were perfect. Great experience

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Foreign Cinema is a special restaurant for my boyfriend and I - we absolutely love them ambiance and enjoy the food! It's the one restaurant we think of when we think about our relationship and living in SF.

I had made a reservation for last night (December 20, 2017) a couple months ago and I was very excited to have a special Christmas gift exchange date with my boyfriend.

We get to the restaurant and are seated right away. Our server is very sweet and helpful - service has always been wonderful there.

The unfortunate news is, we were seated close to the screen area near the back and we noticed something. At first I thought - oh they have cats here! Later on, we discover several mice walking around our area. Obviously, this was very disgusting - I know it can't be helped too much because it is an outdoor venue. However, when they start blatantly jumping around in the open and running around our table, it definitely is bothersome.

Still - we stayed calm and informed our server who was gracious and very apologetic. She actually saw them jumping around so she witnessed all the mice. She proceeded to move us to another table, away from the mice.

Needless to say, this ruined the date we had been anticipating for months. And this special place. We even decided not to order appetizers and dessert - we basically wanted to rush out. The scallops weren't too great but the kobe steak was delicious.

We ended up still paying for everything - I think in this situation we should have been compensated in some way or maybe even something removed from our bill. I've worked in the service industry before and it was our standard practice to do so in this event as it ensures return from disgruntled customers.

Anyway, I left a note on my check saying that service was excellent but the mice situation was unfortunate.

Sadly, I will not be returning to Foreign Cinema anytime soon. I hope situations like this are treated better for other diners.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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