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Foreign Cinema

4.8
4.8
7552 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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

What 7,552 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SM

    SimpleMan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Had been waiting to go to Foreign cinema for a long time. We were able to go on a Wednesday for a date night. The vibe and ambience is outstanding. I was able to see the rave reviews. Maybe Im just not a fan of "fine dining", but I thought the food and portions were just okay for the price point. My cocktail was kind of watery and the appetizers were...interesting. The best thing on the menu was the pork chops which was recommended by the waiter. All in all, I would probably come back for drinks, but not for dinner.

  2. B

    Bluewhim

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delightful brunch at Foreign Cinema! We ordered the homemade nectarine and strawberry Pop-Tarts, beef tartare, and a light fluffy omelette with some of the best crispy potato wedges ever. . . sitting in the outdoor courtyard made it feel like I was transported to a sunny cafe in Europe. What a wonderful and delicious escape!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great paced service and host check in! Had my birthday here again because food, service and ambiance always worth it!

  4. E

    Eventsgirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most incredible restaurants in San Francisco. Such an incredible vibe and atmosphere and honestly one of the best places to eat in the World. Yep, the world. Each plate is lovingly crafted, and you can taste it in each bite. Excellent cocktails and wine, and the best service. Book early- months in advance- it’s worth it!

  5. RS

    RichS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I hadn't been here in years and it was every bit as good as I remembered. A really lovely night out with friends. Great service! Exceptional dishes.

  6. JB

    JanB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    What a fun, high energy, delicious food experience at Foreign Cinema. It is a hidden gem in that neighborhood. Really yummy food, great service. This is on my list of great finds!

  7. RB

    RBNC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a fun spot for brunch - great food, impeccable service and unique ambience!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great night here. And especially loved the pork chops.

  9. RM

    RobertM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    This is a festive spot that is great for a date night or for a brunch with friends. The food is always innovative as the chefs bring their concept of world cuisine to the menu.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great! Great vibe, great food!

  11. JV

    JVagina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful! Definitely a good place for birthdays, anniversaries and or any special occasion. Not a good place for any picky eaters as two of my friends only ate bread. However, the rest of our group are foodies and throughly enjoyed our meal.

  12. LN

    LoganN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Exciting wine and food options, lovely ambiance.

  13. G

    Gianna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Highly recommend sharing appetizers to get a variety of tastes. Oysters and caviar were a great way to start.

  14. RL

    RichardL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    As always, an outstanding night. A rare warm San Francisco night with little wind. Incredible meal with attentive service.

  15. JB

    JessB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great, our server was delightful, I'll definitely be back.

  16. CL

    ConradL

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff, been a regular spot for us for years.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Portions were small and we all left hungry. We had to ask for bread! Would not recommend.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant with a style. The food was also amazing.

  19. WM

    WendyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Incredible ambiance and the food was very good. An island of refined, civility and culture amongst the sad decay of a once beautiful city.

  20. GL

    GeorgeL

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently good food and attentive service over the years. Never fails and never disappoints.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining here has been one of my favorite aspects of living in SF for the past decade. Chef Gayle makes everything special and I have never had even a “just okay” meal - it is always outstanding from the attention to detail, to the service, to the amazing food choices. Although I am leaving the City for a time, this is a place I know I will always return to.

  22. K

    Katelyn

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food!! Very accommodating for our toddler! Awesome “kids” menu :)

  23. CR

    CarlaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, always a great experience. Our server was fabulous.

  24. B

    Batstar

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Our orders were placed after a wedding party of 50, so they took a long time to arrive. Our server was lovely, and explained the situation to us (nothing she could’ve done), which was helpful. The food was delicious. The entree portions are vastly different. The pork chop and fried chicken dishes were huge. The fish dishes, tiny by comparison. Look around before you order to get an idea. It’s loud, which is what I expected of an outdoor venue competing with a movie. No one really watches the movies, but the ambiance is fantastic. Is fun, and lively, and warm. Everything I thought it would be.

  25. g

    gastronomemira

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Superb and fun as always. Preferred seating and delicious food. Never disappoints.

  26. c

    chich

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best restaurants on the city. Great and innovative menu. Amazing drinks.

  27. D

    Dalnymite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful! I put down in the reservation we were celebrating my sister's college graduation and they surprised her with a card!!! As always, the food was INCREDIBLE. Their menu changes frequently; however, my steak and her duck were cooked to PERFECTION. Every time I've gone, they've always created beautiful, delicious, well-thought out dishes which is why it's one of my go-to splurge locations! The ambiance is also great for date night or a special occasion! Cannot recommend it enough!

  28. KD

    KateD

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Foreign Cinema is a classic for a reason. Great outdoor seating atmosphere, excellent wine options, fabulous oysters, plenty of delicious food choices for all palates. We will keep coming back.

  29. L

    Lnd60

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Though we got there before the restaurant opened we still waited quite awhile to get our food and when we did get it though the plate was hot(?) the food wasn’t. The food was very delicious nonetheless. A must have is the butterscotch pudding. Beyond Yummy!!! FYI It got very noisy as the evening progressed.

  30. JB

    JoeB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had a wonderful meal here with my visiting family. Great dining room with a live movie and foods never disappoints

  31. V

    Vavoom

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    The oysters had water on them. Plates were not removed before the next course. Utensils were forgotten for one course. It was difficult to find a server who seemed to be having a bad day. The food and location were still outstanding. But, after going multiple times in the last few months (given covid, we still don't eat inside and this restaurant has great outdoor seating), the service was lacking... joy. We spent nearly $800 on dinner for five and still tipped 20% but begrudgingly.

  32. M

    Miles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    the overall experience was great but we felt rushed through our meal courses

  33. BS

    BeautifulSoul

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best date night ever!! Great ambiance and foods.

  34. P

    Pipi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s a joy to return here and enjoy the same comfortable atmosphere and fabulous food and beverages.

  35. RC

    ReinaC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Duck and Steak entrees were wonderful. Great cocktails. We sat outside but I would recommend waiting for an indoor reservation to get the full experience. If there is only outdoor availability choose a time when it is dark so you can see the movie.

  36. C

    Christina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time there and it was a very enjoyable time. The atmosphere is awesome!

  37. DJ

    DawnJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Brunch appetizers were great. The main brunch entrees were okay. I would not recommend the truffled omelet.

  38. B

    Brian

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I had a great experience in Foreign Cinema. Everything was superb. I think it’s a great place to have a date or friends’ get-together or even holding a small event with friends.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5

    Great setting; food was under whelming. No taste and very small portions. But I’ll give it another try.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduationdinner for my daughter at Foreign Cinema and it was absolutely delicious. I have been going to the restaurant/bar for 20 years but haven’t been in awhile. Still has the same great service, food and atmosphere. Will go back sooner!

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 4.8 stars by 7552 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 143 times today
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 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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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