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Foreign Cinema

4.8
4.8
7706 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 111 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 7,706 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere people service workers great drinks and food
  2. DV

    DrVincent

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a solid choice. The pork chop never fails to satisfy and the fish is also done well. Solid bar choices and the staff is never less than crisp and quick.
  3. m

    mao111

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Vegetarian food in underwhelming, decor is gorgeous but sort of a novelty, Service was good, but seating is cramped, place was super noisy
  4. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Atmosphere was too loud due to the audio playing from the movie which was playing during our meal. The table we received was in a poor location near a high traffic doorway and railing. It would be nice if there were less tables to prevent from placing customers too close to critical walkways. For a $300 dinner for two I would have expected more of an organized experience. I was quite disappointed
  5. R

    Rose

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was awesome. I thought the birthday boy’s dessert was on the house which was usually what was expected we got charged for both our desserts, I guess because they gave my husband a birthday card already? Idk. Can’t really hear the movie since it was very loud but overall great experience!
  6. J

    Jessica

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s really romantic and I really like it. We had a great birthday celebration there
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Only issue is that we were seated almost 30 min after the reservation time. But they did get us a nice table in the patio section.
  8. SK

    SaraK

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Celebrated our 25th Anniversary! Thank you! foreign Cinema is Postmodern in the truest sense. Please keep the movies foreign🙏🏼
  9. JH

    JHinSF

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a celebration. Energetic ambience, great service, excellent cocktails, and oysters to die for. I keep wishing they'd add a few additional seafood entrees, but that's my only (ever so minor) complaint.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 5 pm Sunday dinner outdoors seating. Perfect mix of fresh air, warm ambiance, and heaters. Great service, excellent cocktails and amazing food!
  11. KC

    KimC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Mahi Mahi sandwich (super fresh bread) lightly dressed greens - the fries were lukewarm - fresh tomato-y catsup. Ceviche was also excellent.
  12. E

    Edward

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had heard great things and it was even better than expected. Great ambience, amazing food and perfect dining experience. The Sandlot was on while we were there, amazing dinner experience. Highly recommend.
  13. RJ

    RachelJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want amazing service, delectable food, and an entertaining atmosphere, go to foreign cinema. I went for my birthday and it was beautiful. Especially at night, when all the lights are on/move, the vibe is immaculate. A must go.
  14. g

    geraldof

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Food without seasoning. Short menu, the entrance brandade tastes nothing with burnt toasts. Rushing attendant pressing us to leave… Never will come back.
  15. L

    Laurag

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food here is sooooo goooood, pricy but worth it for a special occasion. A very unique and decadent experience with the added fun of films being played while dining. Will definitely have to come back in the future to see how the menu changes
  17. A

    Allen

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Great spot to try out once. No need for a second or third visit. Appetizers were 10/10. Main dishes, save your money. It was packed for a Tuesday night, so service was extremely slow. Not what you would expect for the price you pay!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! Food, service & aesthetic! Thanks for everything! I forgot to put my child as a guest in our reservation and the hosts & servers accommodated with grace. It was so nice! Super patient & kind people. Thank you!
  19. R

    Rword

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Our server Mariela was far from it, unfortunately. She was unnecessarily curt, with a consist unnecessary harsh tone that bordered on downright rudeness. It We tried to order appetizers and drinks first - she said they only take the full order at a single time and walked away. Ironically, three of our entrees came out together and the last one arrived almost 5 minutes after that. The first bottle of bubbles was brought out by another server who was the typical friendly, personable and courteous staff we’ve always encountered there. After pouring our drinks, she placed the bottle in a chiller. When we ordered a second bottle, Mariela poured the glasses and put the bottle on the table, walking away quickly. The other friendly server walked by so we asked if she could place this bottle in a chiller. A few minutes later, Mariela walked by, placed the bottle on the table (no chiller) and walked away. I love the food, ambiance and usually the service so it was shocking to see how little effort our server, Mariela, put into making it the usual outstanding experience we know Foreign Cinema to be.
  20. DD

    DonnaD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven’t been in a couple of years because we moved out of the area. Food is always excellent. We all had the croque madam. Service was outstanding. It’s always a little noisy but doable. One of our go to places.
  21. M

    Melmar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, beautifully presented, lovely cocktails and wine, and great atmosphere. We both loved it. Having loudspeakers everywhere with the movie, though, was a little rough for conversation. I think that once upon a time it was just the film projected without the sound and that would have been most welcome! The noise level interfered a bit with dinner. Also, it should have been a tribute to Godard this week!
  22. m

    melissad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great setting. Couldn’t have been better. The madra curry fried chicken had amazing flavors. Everyone in our group loved their entree and drinks were fantastic. I really can’t say one negative thing about our dining experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful setting. Good service. Food was not as memorable as it once was. Pricey for what we ordered.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ugh, amazing. Food was spectacular, service was impeccable.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience here. Great service and even better food!
  26. KW

    KarryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing elegant ambiance, amazing food! Pork chop was definitely stunning!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from the moment we arrived. Food was divine. I will be taking people here when I want to impress them!
  28. s

    slip

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. The servers were good. The noise level outside was a little high due to sound bouncing off concrete walls, but can't be helped. Appreciated the outside eating and the well-functioning heaters. A great place to celebrate our anniversary.
  29. TT

    TTBY

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best time. Brunch is amazing. Dinner is incredible. Always been one of my top 5’s in SF HANDS DOWN
  30. AI

    ArmandoI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Thank you so much. Service and food was outstanding.
  31. TS

    TonyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yes xoxo yes xoxo yes xoxo
  32. a

    avidfan

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were not easy. After Art Exhibition opening dinner with most guests coming from West Marin. Numbers kept changing and you all were very gracious. Thankfully we arrived on time and had a wonderful celebration dinner. The food was remarkable: every dish was exquisite and the wine (a Chianti Classico & Corsican Rosé) delicious.
  33. CN

    ChristinaN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday and staff made me feel really special! Had a great time
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The food used to be amazing . It was not good at all. Will not go back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here! Food was really good(oysters, brandade, watermelon salad, plancha!, duck breast)! Our server was amazing! They didn’t disappoint! We were a bit early to watch the movie though so, will definitely come back next time!
  36. MS

    MaryamS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service and great food!
  37. PC

    PCash

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Very disappointed with the Madras curry fried chicken, there was no curry at all. It was just two pieces of fried chicken and other accoutrements listed on the menu. I was hoping for an actual curry flavor or some curry served on top but it was really really disappointing. As someone from Madras, I had high expectations if the name of the dish has Madras in it. Otherwise, the ambience, bar was really nice. We also tried the pasta which was okay but nothing to write home about.
  38. JK

    JohnK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyed our experience. The staff are attentive but not overly, the food was amazing and the atmosphere wonderful. A must experience.
  39. t

    twostar

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great table for our anniversary and the food was imaginative and very very tasty
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food was very subpar for the cost and the service was only okay. Would recommend only for the experience of this beautiful venue. The Berry Pavlova was the best part.

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 7706 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 111 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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