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Foreign Cinema

4.8
4.8
7631 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 59 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

What 7,631 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. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  2. M

    Mspiggy

    New York Area

    224 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    224 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  3. BR

    BrandonR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  5. TM

    TiffanyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  6. JM

    JorgeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!!!!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. b

    bondjamesbond

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the curry fried chicken was amazing, really creative!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

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

    JeanPierreC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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
  17. 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best establishment in SF
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Delicious food with reasonable price
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Waitress was racist
  26. 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.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 experience, jeremiah was an excellent server and so helpful. can’t wait to go again!
  28. s

    sfwoman

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was super impressed with the attentiveness of the servers. They acted like every word we said was with paying attention to, and were not remotely dismissive. Our food was distinct in taste, plus beautifully presented and quite abundant. We did not stay for the movie, but the ambiance was quite inviting.
  29. ES

    ErikaSF

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu and wine list offer great variety. We enjoyed the oysters and the seared tuna entree. It's a beautiful restaurant, and everyone was having a great time.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    The service was fantastic, but the food was immediately forgettable. The risotto is better from Trader Joe’s. The fried chicken, which I remember being incredible years ago, was boring and bland. It used to be an amazing restaurant, but none of the 4 dishes and 2 appetizers were good. Drinks were good - which helped, but ultimately a waste of money
  31. KR

    KellyR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to foreign cinema 4 times now and each time has been amazing. The food is always delicious and blows us away!
  32. N

    Nwoods3

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, love this place!
  33. CP

    CarolineP

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had cocktails, bread, oysters, 3 appetizers and 3 entrees. All the food was outstanding and each course perfectly timed. Every team member we encountered was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. We understand it's not always possible but we very much appreciated being able to add one additional guest to our reservation with only 24 hour notice.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foreign Cinema was such a wonderful way to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. Every thing was spectacular! The food, the ambience and our amazing server Davitus went above and beyond!
  35. LH

    LHWWhitby

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely outstanding. The service very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself has a brilliant vibe and was buzzing. Would 100% recommend !
  36. H

    Henkd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance. Service was unique and special. Great wines. Sometimes bit to noisy so you can’t talk. Food should be more creative and ambitious. Bit overall a must see!!!!
  37. AT

    AngelaT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant has a unique character. Food and service is exceptional.
  38. s

    style

    San Francisco

    230 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    230 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch! Patio seating is sublime. Efficient and friendly service. Great menu choices.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! Lovely brunch with family. They are very accommodating. Food is interesting, fresh and extremely well thought out. Drinks are delicious ( a Madras Bloody Mary!!) Yum! Highly recommend 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽😘
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it. Great place

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 7631 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 59 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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