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Foreign Cinema

4.7
4.7
7787 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 127 times today
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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

What 7,787 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Californian

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  1. S

    Sabrina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food and drinks here are amazing! I've been twice, once with some coworkers (so it was a professional dinner) and once with my partner. The first was so great that I brought my partner when he was visiting San Francisco. The food and drinks were fantastic, and we liked the ambiance outside. The only thing is I did notice that we were quite rushed through our meal. We ordered drinks, appetizers, mains, and then dessert. Every element was absolutely delicious - especially the Earl Gray panna cotta! They brought the dessert menu very quickly before I had finished my meal and the check pretty much right when we received our dessert. I didn't notice that we were being rushed out until I started to get cold because they had turned off the heater by our table. So while I would 100% recommend this place to anyone for the incredible food, if you're picky about your dining experience, specifically the pacing, maybe come with a bigger party and buy some wine lol
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Phenomenal Experience + Delicious Food!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The environment is amazing, very unique. However my experience with the food was not good. I order a salad that was bad, very small and without any taste. Same for the polenta.
  4. DS

    DebraS

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner with incredibly kind and experienced service!
  5. MS

    MegS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food was outstanding. Best waitress we have had since pre-COVID. Definitely going back!
  6. e

    ezra

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    We refused to let the waiter ruin our dinner... Oysters excellent, appetizers and main course every bite was a celebration. Featured wine a great choice. Took forever to place the order, food came in a random manner, we had to ask for fresh plates, we had to summon the waiter to bring more wine but the food saved the evening
  7. NE

    NoEleven

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance were great but it was the service/server…Christine that made the evening and dinner event… memorable. Excellent!!! Thank you
  8. M

    Meek

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our 2nd visit. Great place for anniversary, first date, or other special occasion.
  9. O

    Oliver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere but a more diverse menu would have sealed the deal
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu and ambiance.
  11. MM

    MMSF

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive and original yet delicious. No “little gem salad” and no roasted Brussels sprouts with pick-your-topping. Original, classy and dee-lish. Yummy martini.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Got the entire menu
  13. ER

    ERICKV

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience and our server Charles made our time fabulous!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experienced from start to finish!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite brunch spot! Never disappoints! They always have unique menu items & everything tastes to perfection!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    just okay — the food and ambiance did not live up to what it projects itself to be.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so amazing -service was excellent! Food delicious. However, it was so noisy for us! Energetic yes but a bit too noisy.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend visiting
  19. m

    matts

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    We’ve been here twice and the first time it was great. This time there was some sort of private event next door with 10 screaming kids who had some bad parents who let them run around wildly without discipline.
  20. A

    Apoorva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food and the great service. It's a unique experience, would highly recommend.
  21. JO

    JackieO

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cool ambiance . The duck and the swears fish were excellent . I would definitely return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic! Four of us shared the goat cheese with lavender, tuna poke and bruschetta to start. And for mains shared the Wagyu bavette, duck breast and grilled pork chop. We also had the swordfish, it was good but not amazing like the other dishes we ordered - would skip it on the next visit. Highly, highly recommend!
  23. MM

    MartinM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great brunch menu. Food delicious except French fries disappointing. The pop tarts are NOT to be missed. Scrumptious!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We waited 15 min after sitting down before our server arrived. Our food took a long time to arrive and only three of our four entrees arrived. The fourth came after probably 10-15 min after the rest of the table finished most of their entrees. The food was disappointing and not what I remember from coming here in the last. Maybe the brunch menu isn’t as well done as dinner. The swordfish was a very thin filet that was over cooked and was presented on a plate of vegetables, fries and way too much romesco sauce (I think that’s what it was). The shrimp, lobster and crab sandwich was a miniature sandwich with some mixed concoction of flavors that had no seafood texture and ended up tasting like a shrimp mayo apread with no crab or lobster flavor or texture. The croque sandwiches are decent but soaked or cooked in way too much butter that ends up being very heavy after eating it. At least it makes a nice crunch. I used to come here for dinner back in the day and was disappointed by the service and the food. Also shrinkflation is very real as there is not a lot of protein in the dishes but supplemented with lots of fries.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El lugar es espectacular. Llegamos un poco antes y nos invitaron a pasar al bar, también hay un área con sofás para esperar mientras tomamos un gin. La comida 10/10; pedimos: - Unas brusquetas de queso con pera. - Una ensalada verde - Un pollo frito al estilo masala, abundante y delicioso, ideal para quien lleva mucha hambre. - Pechuga de patos a las 7 especias, bomba de sabores en la boca. - El postre fue un mousse de chocolate con galleta, perfecto para cerrar con broche de oro. La atención fue gentil y rápida, volvería sin lugar a dudas. El ambiente fue lo mejor de todo, súper relajado y agradable.
  26. T

    Terrestrial

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foreign cinema is a fabulous place to go for a special occasion. The food was on point the service was outstanding, and the ambiance was beautiful. The only drawback was the noise level made it hard to have a conversation. This is most likely due to the super high ceilings, and the fact that we sat next to the kitchen which is open. Other than that, we could not have asked for more.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance!
  28. j

    jenniferl

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent and the restaurant has great ambiance
  29. AD

    AirDog007

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Throughly enjoyed our time here. We had a brief wait so we went to the bar area. We thought we’d try something new and spoke to a wonderful bartender women who listened to what I was interested in and politely told me my selection wasn’t a good idea. She had an alternative that was wonderful! My wife also loved the recommendation she was given. We sat “outside” (it’s sort of covered) and it was pleasantly WARM so there’s no need for the outdoor jacket you might be thinking about when you read the weird outdoor. The “movie” - there’s no sound so you really don’t watch it. It’s sort of a moving painting in the huge wall. It happened to me MASH which I’d seen several times so I knew what was going on and enjoyed the occasional glance. Our waiter had some honest opinions which we really enjoyed! The chicarones we fantastic and you should try them! The fried chicken with some curry was outstanding, just as both the easier and the guy seating us said it would be. The Bariollo wine was fairly priced and worth it. My wife had pasta and ate it all which is unusual in itself. Downside: maybe don’t park your super nice car on the street. We used a ride service that dropped us off next door at an actual movie house. FC entrance is a bit modest so you need to look. It’s not hard at all if you pay attention, which we weren’t. Please do not be concerned about the drive there; it’s a big city, you’ll be fine - relax. One you get in the door it’s a wonderful place! Outside there’s plenty of 20 something’s doing something but it’s all absolutely part of the fun experience. FC has been around for over 25 years and it still has the wonderful experience that filled the place with virtually all ages and people. So dress nicely, enjoy the food, service and have a wonderful time.
  30. PK

    PaulK

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding and they had a note to check if it was our anniversary, knowing we’ve celebrated there before. A nice touch!
  31. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Foreign Cinema remains a top spot for a fun night out. Our server was excellent: professional, attentive, responsive, and fun. All of the dishes we ordered were excellent, with the standouts being the swordfish and sesame fried chicken (one of the restaurant's hallmark main courses). The only downside was the noise (we ate inside), which made conversation difficult.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    I used to love this place. I hadn’t been back in many years and thought it would be a special experience with some of my friends. Wow!! The food had taken a nose dive! My wagu Bavette was inedible because the seasoning overwhelmed the meat and was rather like someone dumped a bottle of 5spice on it. My partners duck (also 5 spice) was ok but nothing special. And my friends lavender brined pork chop also had a strong clove taste. Our calamari starter was left pretty untouched and the truffle steak tartare was SUPER bland. Even the cocktails and desserts were not memorable. I am so sad. This place used to be amazing. Now the only thing nice service and space.
  33. X

    Xavier

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Be ready for a treat no matter what you order.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience!
  35. CH

    CH2012

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst food experience I have every had. Every aspect was terrible. The host was an absolute clown and I can only assume was on drugs when we arrived. Just bizarre. Our waiter had no interest in explaining the menu / giving recommendations. Probably stopped by our table once the entire meal after taking our order. We couldn’t get drink refills. It almost felt like the entire staff was ignoring our table which was so weird. The food runners were clearly rushing us and even took away food while we had forks in hand. So strange. And to top it all off, most importantly, the food was absolute garbage. Temperatures were off and flavor was lacking (nonexistent really). I don’t understand how this place has such good reviews. Such a disappointment as we brought in out of town guests.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing, the flavors were so good. I told him it was my friends birthday and they made it special. When I said I wanted my pork chop cooked a little more there didn’t even blink they just picked it up and took care of it One of the best meals I’ve had in a decade
  37. EG

    ErinG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends bachelorette! Great spot to celebrate!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ambiance and impeccable service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Love Foreign Cinema, but last couple times I’ve been the service has been less than great. Pretty unfriendly and inattentive. Disappointing for how expensive it is.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great especially with the custom menus ‘Y friend was touched and happy! Thank you for the custom note!

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 7787 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 127 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, 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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