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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.)
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is very unique, from it decoration, thru its food, which by the way was very very good. There were two things that I disliked about this place. Number one, service was extremely slow, it took them around 20 minutes just to offer us drinks when we got there. And the second thing is that the air conditioner was... More 

Thank Erika R
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our waitress was nice, but the staff on the front desk were incredibly rude, exactly as one other reviewer put it - "The rest of the staff gave the impression as though they were doing you a favor. I really dislike spending money in places like that". The lady told us it would be an hour's wait, which we were... More 

Thank bettyxblue
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

They want to create a fine and special atmosphere in the restaurant and it is not bad. Unfortunately at first they had not two of the main dishes that we ordered like lobster and new York steak and yhis is not good as menu choices are nit do many. Then as soon as we went to restroom all my positive... More 

Thank Silvernick
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Foreign Cinema many times over the past couple of years & it never disappoints! It is by far one of the best dining experiences in San Francisco for its beautiful decor & spaces, food & ambiance,etc. I have tried almost every dish and it is one of the few restaurants I have gone to that every... More 

Thank Nicole A
Union, Kentucky
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy a place with some adventure in the menu and a stylish environment, and don't mind spending a little more for it, Foreign Cinema is the place. Made reservations but did not realize that I needed to request the patio. Since the patio seating is what we came for, we waited it out for about 20 minutes and... More 

Thank MadHatter018
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How could I have waited so long to recommend Foreign Cinema. Totally worth a trip to the Mission, Foreign Cinema is one of our favorite brunch spots in SF. The food is interesting and eclectic and always features something unique and new. The tables are rather close together and the feel of the dining area is bustling. I understand that... More 

Thank CreateConnects
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A native SF , I was living in the Mission when Foreign Cinema opened back in the early 2000's . A hit from the start , we visited often , and close friends gained employment there . I am pleased to say it still has the unique " star ambiance " it always had , without a ' Hollywood vibe... More 

Thank octavia0263
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu is quite extensive, covering French-style international food. Personally I found my tuna melt tasty but rather salty. The croque Madame was rich and satisfying, and the confit de canard was tender. The greens that came with each dish were original. As it was a birthday event, we were kindly offered a complimentary "pop tart" filled with an excellent... More 

Thank PadoukDesign
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant was packed on a Tuesday night. We had reserved an outside table in the courtyard and they didn't disappoint us. Food was excellent - from the Ceviche to the Kobe beef to the "Scallops and friends" dish all were done perfectly and brought out their flavor accordingly. As the night turned darker, the movie was projected to the... More 

Thank Amge55
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76 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were scared walking around the neighbourhood looking for this place, but then it turned out to be a diamond in the rough! Funky atmosphere- enjoyed the old theatre appeal and drive-in speakers. Very cool.

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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