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Foreign Cinema

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$$$
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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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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 214
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique and charming spot

This place is filled with charm. When you enter it looks like an old movie theatre. The courtyard area shows old films on the back wall while the inside room offers some old world charm. Once our group was seated it took a little while to be greeted by a server but once that occurred things were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
sgbslo
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San Luis Obispo, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

First stop at the bar and order the bartender's special. Whatever it is, it will be good. Then definitely wait for the outside table where you can see the featured film, and listen through the old drive-in speakers if you want. We ordered pork chops and they were marvelous; the trout was even better! We really liked the service, the... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This place is filled with charm. When you enter it looks like an old movie theatre. The courtyard area shows old films on the back wall while the inside room offers some old world charm. Once our group was seated it took a little while to be greeted by a server but once that occurred things were fine. We shared... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We Had reservation for 6:30pm, when I arrived I asked a couple of times for a table outside and the hostess was rude and indifferent

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Pretty chic and happening place in the Mission District! Had a great selection of fresh oysters from around the US and a decent wine list. Eclectic mix of flavors, from Hawaii, Continental and Asian. If you aren't too hungry, work through the oysters and some of their appetizers (called Urban Premieres) Wouldn't mind going back!

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San Francisco, California, USA
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Not sure what happened but this was a disappointing establishment from the start. Based on the recommendation and ratings this is definitely a hit or miss establishment with the hopes of the food carrying the service. The service and etiquette standards at the hostess station definitely needs an update or an overall upgrade, ATTITUDE like its going out of style... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's out in mission a slightly less salubrious area so we were a bit taken aback at first Cinema is a slight misnomer too there is a screen but you can only really see it if you are in the conservatory bit. So probably just the building was a cinema. V busy on our Sunday visit and could not get... More 

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san carlos,
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We went with family who have been frequently and we were warmly welcomed even though they hadn't been there in awhile. We sat outdoors and the heaters worked well, even with just a sweater on. At dusk, the restaurant shows movies on the giant white brick wall in the middle of the restaurant in the outdoor portion. Maltese Falcon that... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

One of the best brunch experiences we have ever had. Loved the pop tart! The Bloody Mary was outstanding. The setting itself is great. We can't wait to return for dinner and to see a film.

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Yorktown Heights, New York
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you want to dine and not be rushed, Foreign Cinema is the place. We were a group of seven. We enjoyed a few appetizers-especially enjoyed the Kale Caesar Salad. It should be noted that the menu changes frequently and, while that is a good thing, something you may really like might not be there next time. Everyone enjoyed their... More 

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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food was okay the restaurants looks great but the service was very slow. We still need to ask the waiter for a drink and it took a very long time before we get our food

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Shannon T, General Manager at Foreign Cinema, responded to this review

Hello Ralph, Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. I would sincerely like to know how your experience with us was not to your satisfaction - we always strive to exceed expectations and I'm sorry if in this case we did not. I will be sure to review your feedback with our staff at our next meeting. Please feel... More 

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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, Californian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

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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