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Foreign Cinema

Certificate of Excellence
Mission District
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512 (21st St.)
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were recommended to go here by the concierge at our hotel but it did not live up to expectations. The food wasn't particularly memorable and the film theme was not what we expected - seeing as it's selling point is the fact a movie is on while you are there you can hardly see the picture and the sound... More 

Thank IEatToLive
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was so excited about coming here for dinner. Unfortunately, I found it to be just average. The atmosphere inside was nice but nothing special. I imagine it would be more enjoyable to sit out on the patio, with a better view of the movie. Similarly, the food was fine, nothing bad but nothing I'm looking forward to having again.... More 

Thank Nikki D
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fun concept! Watching movies outside while eating was a unique experience! Service and dinner was great too!! Really enjoyed everything about this place....Can't wait to return some day!

Thank Joleen L
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233 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday at Foreign Cinema and had a wonderful experience. Excellent service, delicious food, and the most fun and unique atmosphere. We especially enjoyed their baked goat cheese appetizer - outstanding. I loved their scallop entree and my daughter enjoyed her halibut dish. When you walk in, you feel like you are walking into an actual... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting friends in SF and this restaurant was suggested. The atmosphere is great with great outdoor seating. When it gets dark, they show a movie on the side of a building in the patio area. Our waiter was great, he was helpful with food selections and charming in his descriptions of the food offerings. It was a busy... More 

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Park City, Utah
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for lunch on a whim when back in town visiting friends. There were 7 of us and they managed to find us a great table for lunch and on a weekend. The service and food were all impeccable. I used to come when it first opened and after all this time, it's just a wonderful.

Thank acf1969
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated our anniversary there and I enjoyed every moment: friendly and fast service, great choice of local and international wines, fantastic food (salad with hummus, fresh bread, melted cheese with Zante grapes, fresh sea bas). Since we had an early dinner, we couldn't watch the movie which starts after sunset. But we will be back!

Thank Bubblechoc
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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146 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the drive to this place you really do wonder if it's worth the trip from fishermans wharf ......When you get there and see the food selection and drinks it 100% is worth it . I personally wouldn't bother with a cocktail to start next time as too much ice for my liking ......pretty petty comment and that's really the... More 

Northville, Michigan
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507 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While glad we visited and ate at Foreign Cinema, wouldn't hurry back nor recommend to others. The server began by forgetting us for the longest time, then pressured us to purchase a more expensive bottle of wine when we knew exactly which wine we wanted. Tables are crowded closely next to each other and we had the humorous/uncomfortable experience of... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a neat place!! Outdoor seating (under a canopy) with a big white wall at the far side of the dinning room that serves as a movie screen after dark. The retro drive in movie speakers are easily accessible and serve as your audio for the movie. The food was amazing! The menu is ever changing, but our party had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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

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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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