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Foreign Cinema

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Mission District
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512 (21st St.)
MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
415-648-7600
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6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 233
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    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 20
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good, interesting food and a different environment

Quite an industrial feel to this restaurant. They have a covered courtyard where they project films onto one of the walls. The food is very flavoursome and a lot of care is taken over its prep and presentation. I think it is pricey for what you get. If you are very hungry, take into account... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Lisa K
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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had a great time at this restaurant. The food is not over complicated, it's just simple food done well. The calamari was particularly excellent and the side order of bacon is a must no matter what you order. The cocktails are also really good. We had a great few hours eating and drinking!

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Quite an industrial feel to this restaurant. They have a covered courtyard where they project films onto one of the walls. The food is very flavoursome and a lot of care is taken over its prep and presentation. I think it is pricey for what you get. If you are very hungry, take into account that the portions are not... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey, United States
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88 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Fun concept and very well executed (the courtyard was relaxed and inviting, and I loved the throw-back drive-in speakers). Great atmosphere, delicious food, friendly services, and good drink choices. A little pricey - but worth it. Note: While the restaurant is top notch - the neighborhood is a bit sketchy - and parking is challenging - so plan to use... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I feel as though I can't say enough good things regarding all aspects of this restaurant - food, service, ambiance, wine list. My expectations, which were high going here for the first time, were far exceeded by the overall experience. So here's a couple tips: Make reservations, request an outdoor table, go there when it's starting to get dark &... More 

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Cottingham, United Kingdom
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130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place was heaving (Thur) so I guess we were lucky to get a table at 8pm. We had a pre dinner drink in the bar (the staff were very friendly) and were seated at 8.20pm in an outdoor area which I think is probably best (it's heated) so you can see the old silent movie with sub titles which... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I've been coming to Foreign Cinema for ages and it never disappoints. I am a local and this is easily one of the best, most consistently great dining options in the City. If you are an oyster lover, this is the place you want to be. They have one of the most comprehensive oyster menus in town. We usually do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice place to eat and enjoy the ambiance/atmosphere. Better to go at or after sunset to enjoy the movie. Food is good. Entrees are likely smaller than most people are accustomed to. The service was just okay. There's a small bar in the back or separate bar next door.

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Windsor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The restaurant is located in the Mission District in an area undergoing a renewal. There is valet parking and you might want to avail yourself of it. The restaurant is decorated in a modern, industrial style. The food is just wonderful. We were a party of eight. All the dishes which came from the kitchen were simply great. The style... More 

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Montreal
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I found this restaurant online and reserved through Open Table which made it easy to have somewhere to eat on a Saturday night in San Francisco. The restaurant is really nice... but I was expecting movies and there were none. I guess we were too early or something. Although that was a bit of a dissapointment, the food was excellent.... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The food was excellent, very well cooked and perfectly balanced flavours. The setting was cool too, with the movie projected onto the wall outside. Service could have been slightly friendlier but our waitress was reasonably attentive. Expensive wine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512
    (21st St.)
  • Public Transportation: MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-648-7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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Neighborhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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