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Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512 (Mission)
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Ranked #163 of 4,851 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, French, Mediterranean, Seafood, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mission
Cross street: 21st St.
Transit: MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
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80% Recommend
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Found this restaurant on Open Tables and thought we'd give it a try. Menu looked interesting and the website made it appear there are real chefs in the kitchen. We arrived on Mission Street in SF early evening prior to a show, and we entered the big steel front of the building. FIrst thing is how unusual this is. Very... More

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Lima, Peru
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Every time I walk into Foreign Cinema I fall in love with the Mission District. It is one of this restaurants that from the outside you have no idea there is this súper cool restaurant, great vibe, and delicious food. Is a great place to relax and let go of the classic restaurants, I love the black and white films... More

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Mill Valley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s Mission District behind as you step inside Foreign Cinema. In this idyllic atmosphere, savor the California-Mediterranean fusion menu that is farm to table daily, while American and foreign independent films are screened in their covered outdoor courtyard. With their fine food and film, Foreign Cinema is the a perfect venue for both... More

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Clayton, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

You won't know you are there until YOU ARE THERE. This great dining space is stashed tight among non -descript store fronts on Mission Street. Great(really great) food and a playful atmosphere make for a fun evening. So what is the secret to their sesame fried chicken? Definately NOT the southern fried version but way way delicious! But don't forget... More

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The atmosphere here for a Saturday brunch was really nice, and the service was fine, but we found that the food was underwhelming, and overrated. I had the duck confit, which came on a bed of drowned-in-dressing artisanal lettuces, and poached eggs, and my companion had Huevos Rancheros...It looked pretty, but was lacking. For this, two espressos and two beer,... More

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Kansas City MO
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I was looking for a unique dining experience during my last visit to SF, and Foreign Cinema fit the bill wonderfully. The ambience is magical - particularly if seated in the courtyard space. The lighting, the buzz of conversation and the film (Jiro Dreams of Sushi the night we dined) set the stage for an exceptional experience. The service was... More

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Let's talk about date night. Not the panicky do-we-still-have-romance-in-our-relationship-if-­all-I-want-to-do-is-sit-next-to-you-on-the-couch-­on-Saturday-night-eating-Chinese-food-and-binge-­watching-House-of-Cards date night. No, let's talk about a date night for yourself. It is a very self-honoring, "treat yo self" thing to do. Hear me out. When I travel, there are times where I just CANNOT do another burger or random chicken salad at the hotel. Girl needs to get out. And... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Foreign Cinema is not your average, good restaurant. If you are looking for not only amazing food (which Foreign Cinema has as do many restaurants in San Francisco), but also a unique dining experience...this is your place! Foreign Cinema really feels like two restaurants in one. They have an amazing, open air dinning area which shows movies complete with drive-in... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Films playing on a big screen and fairy lights strung across the restaurant make this a very quirky place to go. There is also a fun bar attached for post dinner drinks. The sesame chicken is fantastic!

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Long Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The cocktails from the mixologist were incredible. Layers of flavors. The appetizers were fabulous as well as the entrees. Service pretty good but not great. Another place to go back to in the city.

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