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Foreign Cinema

4.8
4.8
7647 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 168 times today
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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

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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

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food nice atmosphere!!!
  2. D

    Dumalfi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten at Foreign Cinema at least 50 times over the years and have never had a bad meal. The ambience, service and fabulous menus places it in my top 3 restaurant s in SF
  3. m

    mma11

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Came here to celebrate a birthday - it was the perfect spot for a special evening! The atmosphere was a great combination of chic & lively - not too noisy so we could enjoy our conversation, but not too quiet where it felt like you were getting eavesdropped on. All the food was delicious, from starts to mains to dessert. Fresh, vibrant flavors and beautiful presentation. Looking forward to returning for a future special occasion and having the chance to try a different seasonal menu.
  4. H

    Heidi

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The outdoor area is an airy plain space between buildings, with a blank wall where a movie was shown once it got semi-dark. It’s an ok effect- you aren’t there to see a movie. The food was sublime and delicate. The 5-spice duck entree was very flavorful, but a pretty skimpy portion for the price. The man who had the pork chop next to me got a much better value. Wonderful butterscotch pot de crème. Noisy but pleasant.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary and had an amazing time.
  6. AG

    AmberG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious from start to finish!
  7. T

    Tony6438

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, amazing dinner menu. Every taste was top shelf.
  8. A

    Alex

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Everything: food, service, atmosphere, location are exceptional.
  9. s

    susbuzz

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was excellent as was the service. Can't wait to return.
  10. BN

    BeverlyN

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing server and an amazing time celebrating my husband's 50th birthday with friends. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  11. JJ

    JohnJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I came for our anniversary dinner. We have heard about this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Our server knew the menu word for word and provided great recommendations for our dinner. Though it is not a place we can attend every weekend, it great for a date nigh or dinner with friends. Very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant and service was great. We did not wait long for food or drink especially for a Friday night.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    beautiful as always
  13. LS

    LindaS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of my group loved the menu, the food, the space, the vibe and the service. We'll be back!
  14. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our out of town friends and first time friends raved about every part of our experience. They can’t wait to return!
  15. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    While the food was good, the service was sub-par. Felt like the whole "cinema" aspect was an excuse to serve overpriced food with poor service
  16. M

    Mspiggy

    New York Area

    225 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well this is a perfect storm .. great staff welcoming and knowledgeable ! Perfect space clean good distancing well designed .. great food certainly featuring the best of California produce ., very inventive delicious food beautifully presented . Thanks Foreign Cinema for perfection
  17. BR

    BrandonR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. I ordered the Ribeye, which I've had before and it's one of the best steaks I've ever had. I went with my parents this time since they were in town and they both ordered it too, and also thought it was one of the best steaks ever. Very good drinks and great service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We served ourselves water, we had to call over waiter several times, we weren't able to get the pop tart at the end of the meal; BUT still love foreign cinema brunch and cocktails.
  19. TM

    TiffanyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Foreign Cinema! We brought friends from out of town who loved the food and charm of the restaurant. It is a dreamy little space to eat in the city. I've been here for brunch, lunch and dinner and it never disappoints. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and on point! Excellent service! If you haven't been to this gem, make your reservations now, for great food, beautiful atmosphere and can be a romantic date place as well. I've even been to a gorgeous wedding here!
  20. JM

    JorgeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always.....The food and service is top tier....Always. One of our favorite places to eat. btw - The PORK CHOP is the best by far with the beans. IT was delicious!!!!
  21. k

    kellssfm

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place for my husband and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary! Also a great place for a date night or even a night out with friends. The service, the drinks and the food were all amazing! We will definitely return.
  22. m

    marcydel

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We celebrated our anniversary. The host greeted us with anniversary wishes. There was an anniversary card on the table for us. All the wait staff wished us a happy anniversary, and there was a happy anniversary wish on paper that accompanied our dessert. The service and the food was fantastic. This restaurant and ALL its staff made us feel special. Can’t wait to go back and try more items from the menu.
  23. b

    bondjamesbond

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the curry fried chicken was amazing, really creative!
  24. k

    kaykasreviews

    Baja California

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the service was over the top great and the croque madame is STILL the top of the top on the brunch menu
  25. Z

    Zasu

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch spot. Every dish we had was inventive and delicious. Attention was given to plating. Would happily come back to try more dishes.
  26. D

    Dianas

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foreign Cinema continues to be a favorite. The consistency is amazing food, service, and setting means we always want to return and are impressed by the 5 star consistency year over year.
  27. V

    Vinfluent

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a restaurant in the highly competitive restaurant scene of San Francisco to survive this long—nearly 23 years (and I was around when it first opened)—speaks for itself. In all that time, the food and overall experience have been stellar. Whether for bunch or dinner, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good time and be treated to some of the most inspired culinary talent in the city.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Took partner for birthday. The staff were so attentive and the atmosphere was fabulous. Highly recommend.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is a little bit slow. But delicious, nice staff, and good vibe
  30. JP

    JeanPierreC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, bavette, curry and carpaccio were delicious, perfectly cooked and tasty ingredients. Service was attentive and friendly Thanks a lot for this nice moment
  31. BN

    BenN

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience and delicious seasonal menu.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best establishment in SF
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent food and service: thank you!
  34. JR

    JulianR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails, extraordinarily good food, elegant yet lively environment, thoughtful & attentive service
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Delicious food with reasonable price
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Leo was exceptional, impeccable and friendly service that made our evening really fun and special. Look forward to coming back on my next trip to SF!
  37. GR

    GregR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a super fun time celebrating our anniversary. Everything was excellent!
  38. RB

    RichardB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork chops are excellent! Also great wine list!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Waitress was racist
  40. R

    Robert

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and venue are impeccable. A San Francisco treasure. Indoor room is VERY LOUD. Service can be spotty.

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 7647 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 168 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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