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Foreign Cinema

4.7
4.7
7866 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 142 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 648-7600 ext. 0

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gayle Pirie & John Clark

  • Private party facilities

    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!

  • Private party contact

    Janine Jacobson: (866) 945-8174

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    21st St.

  • Parking details

    We recommend parking at the Bartlett Garage located on 21st St between Valencia and Mission.

  • Public transit

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

  • Entertainment

    We show a film starting at dusk only in the outdoor patio dining room. This is to provide a lovely ambiance, dialogue is not audible. While we take into consideration all requests for courtyard seating none are guaranteed.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Dinner

    Multiple dates available
    For Valentine's Day we are offering a celebratory 3 course menu for $145 per adult & children for $30 each (price does not include drinks, tax, or gratuity). There will be choices in each course, including vegetarian and vegan options. This is the only menu available, there will not be an a la carte option. Sample menu can be viewed on our website. We have a 48hr cancellation policy for Valentine's Dinner, it is $50 per person if cancelled after 5pm on Sunday, 2/12.

What 7,866 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

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  1. KC

    KatieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had never eaten here and it was amazing. I would go back in a heart beat.
  2. s

    sffoodie1

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food service and ambiance. There’s no better brunch food in the world and excellent wine and cocktail list.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious & executed perfectly !
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think that Foreign Cinema has consistently excellent food, with an ever-changing menu that keeps things fresh. The staff is fantastic and knowledgeable. We felt well taken care of while not being interrupted. The movie of the evening was The Wizard of Oz, which made the experience even more magical.
  5. VH

    VictoriaH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Made it a special birthday for my friend. Service was a little off but otherwise a lovely experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    Food was bland
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We went for brunch. Pretty overpriced for what you get. For example, the smoked salmon plate only had 2 crackers so we were basically just eating smoked salmon and a dab of crème fraiche with our forks which for the price is so underwhelming. I suggest the calamari if you end up here. The service is not very friendly and you feel rushed. We felt rushed even when we were not lingering. The people at the entrance are more friendly, however.
  8. B

    Bobo

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thankfully celebrated our anniversary here. As always, it was perfect. Great service from Davitus. Perfect champagne omelettes, beef carpaccio, bacon & Bernal sourdough toast. A lovely fruit plate with apples, kiwis and more was delightful. Madras Bloody Mary may be the best late morning cocktail ever. Thank you, FC!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Muy padre concepto, buena atención y muy rica comida
  10. T

    Travis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food and ambience was great, but it was difficult to get our server's attention all night. We waited for everything, the entire dinner experience took 3 hours.
  11. KB

    KathleenB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun evening enjoying the Wizard of Oz while enjoying amazing food and lovely wine! Our service was fabulous! Everyone was so kind! Will definitely return when visiting SF again!
  12. R

    Ruben

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience from beginning to end. We were celebrating our anniversary and were greeted with that when we arrived. Food was delicious and service was excellent. We'll definitely return.
  13. LN

    LindaN

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday celebration with a group of 6. The staff were incredibly kind in accommodating some last minute changes to the reservation, which was appreciated. They greeted the bday girl with a card and put candles in the desserts we ordered. The food - every single thing we ordered was amazing. We had 5 appetizers - calamari (like I’ve never seen before but delish!), charcuterie, oysters, arugula salad, beef carpaccio (amazing!) - and everyone ordered an entree. The pork chop was a hit as was the fried chicken, gnocchi and mahi mahi. Overall, everything’s was so good I can’t wait to go back!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I e been dining at Foreign Cinema since they opened. I’ve never had anything other than the best food, service, atmosphere. I love it!
  15. D

    Diana

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have fun with friends and the food was spectacular. Adds extra sparkle to your evening. The duck was fabulous.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Boy this was so disappointing. I’m a local, I’ve eaten everywhere in SF and am pretty confident in our sense of taste and respect for a quality restaurant and meal. The food was average at best. The service could not have cared less about our presence. It’s sad really because so many people make Foreign Cinema a special occasion, bring people from out of town, and if they had what we had then they’re not getting what they paid for. There are dozens of incredible restaurants in SF that I’d recommend above this.
  17. RN

    RamonaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy interesting ambience . That you can have dinner and watch a classic movie . Good drinks . Love it
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing all round!
  19. r

    ruthv

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived early (2:30) for brunch reservation (2:45) understanding that it would have been fairly late for that service. 2of 3 of the mains we ordered were not available but the wait person didn’t know that until some time after ordering. The food that was delivered was quite stale - pretty inedible. We ordered dessert (ice cream) and about 10 minutes after ordering a different wait person came by and told us that the kitchen was closed. She said she’d still be able to get us ice cream but we should know. I must say that it was really unpleasant and therefore expensive.
  20. SK

    SamK

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    We were rather disappointed by brunch on Sunday. We started with sourdough toast and the French toast. Both arrived barely warm. Followed up with 2 omelets and the chicken sandwich. The fries and potato wedges were also barely warm. The fried chicken was slightly warmer. The only thing that arrived steaming/obviously recently cooked were the omelets. Oh, and the warm chocolate chip cookie seemed warm only because it came on a warm plate. For these prices and reputation, this was a really underwhelming experience. No need to return.
  21. LP

    LaraleiP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great to return to the Foreign Cinema after the pandemic.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service. Thank you for adding the nice birthday touch.
  23. K

    Karin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate inside because of the rain and so did not get to enjoy the cinematic ambiance, but it was still a nice experience. Curried Fried Chicken was superb (the buttermilk biscuit was the best I tasted), Wagyu beef was good but would have appreciated a little more twist on the sauce. We were surprised by the portion of pasta compared to the other dishes. It should be listed as an appetizer. The butterscotch creme de pot was heavenly.
  24. k

    knowingfood

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I know this restaurant many years. I went last nt to see film Wizard of Oz . It shows outside large screen protectec space great films like Wizard. Also food is superb and very exciting menu. Everyone there is wonderful to us
  25. AK

    AndyK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good vibes and great food. Excellent spot for a date.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening. Thanks so much!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I could relive this night again and again. The food was outstanding. Cocktail was 10/10. The ambiance was absolutely perfect. Will be returning in the future!
  28. JF

    JenniferF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and unique ambiance, really friendly and helpful staff, delicious, high quality and creative dishes and drinks. We were there for a birthday celebration and they made our bday girl feel special. Can’t ask for more.
  29. j

    jenniferb

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very fun environment! Food was very good, not amazing, but tasty, broad menu, good place to go with a group.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing
  31. R

    Roberta

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love this restaurant however I found the portion size on the meager side. Especially on the delicata squash entree. Just wasn't satisfying. The lemon dessert was out of this world.
  32. t

    tabwootwo

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great reminder why this place is so beloved.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Made a reservation for inside but was seated outside. The cover over the courtyard did not fully protect from the rain. There was a private party in the separate room with full music blasting that made it hard to have a conversation. The whole experience was not enjoyable.
  34. JP

    JPJP

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Seated 15 minutes past reservation which is frustrating given reservation requirements of credit card hold. We showed up on time and restaurant didn’t. This was compounded by just an overall below average hospitality vibe from bar staff and waiters. We were viewed as in the way, and asked to move where we waited three times from where we were told to wait. Our actual server was super sweet and effective. She’s a keeper. Also the host was nice and apologetic as well. The food was overall good especially for price. Standouts were swordfish and goat cheese app. Ambiance was nice. I’d go back, but not in a hurry.
  35. J

    Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    The food was decent but didn't reflect the cost. $18 for a grilled ham and cheese that was on the menu as a Croque Monsieur is a bit silly. Being one of my favorite French snacks, I was hoping it at least resembled the real thing.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and service! Tad bit too expensive though
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice little touches to celebrate our anniversary.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nile started out our evening with an incredible welcome. He recommended some fantastic dishes. The cocktails were amazing. High Fidelity was my fav, and I would recommend to anyone who likes tequila to give it a try. The ambience was great. They had my husband’s favorite lavender creme brulee. It was hands down one of the best nights out we’ve had in awhile.
  39. LR

    LucyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Meh, it was just ok. The poke was good, the caviar was good, the wine selection of the night was good, but the pricing seems over the top for some of the stuff. Most specifically the cod appetizer was not good, the fried chicken was just okay, we’ve had better wagyu beef at street stalls in Japan, the mixed drinks were disappointing. The ambiance was good but there was a loud blonde lady I couldn’t un-hear. She was sooo loud.
  40. SF

    SFscot

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. I had the pork chop. Moist and flavorful with a nice light sauce. Warm goat cheese appetizer also very nice. We have noticed a general post covid lockdown decline in qualify of service at many restaurants, while at the same time an increase in price. The service was very good here, both as to the waiter and the clearing, water, bread serving staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Foreign Cinema is rated 4.7 stars by 7866 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 142 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st St.

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We recommend parking at the Bartlett Garage located on 21st St between Valencia and Mission.

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gayle Pirie & John Clark

  • Entertainment

    We show a film starting at dusk only in the outdoor patio dining room. This is to provide a lovely ambiance, dialogue is not audible. While we take into consideration all requests for courtyard seating none are guaranteed.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 648-7600 ext. 0

  • Private party facilities

    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!

  • Private party contact

    Janine Jacobson: (866) 945-8174

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