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“An Oasis in the Mission”
Review of Foreign Cinema

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Ranked #78 of 5,665 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mission District
Cross street: 21st St.
Transit: MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“An Oasis in the Mission”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was really quite a great place. Service is professional and knowledgeable. Food nicely presented.

Ask for a bowl of the fresh popcorn with drinks before apps. Delicious.

The bonus is that you can actually see a movie shown at dusk on a large wall on the outdoor patio.

Pork Chop was large enough for two....and delicious, Tuna was also great. Desserts: try the chocolate cake with the caramel with touches of salt.

I gave this 4 stars instead of five since the menu is somewhat limited for someone with particular tastes. If you find something you like on the menu, it would be 5 stars. If you have to reach a little, you will still be satisfied although initially a little curious.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Steve L
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Must go :)”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

i had dinner with a friend at Foreign Cinema and it was just the best experience ever ! it was a long drive from Union Square so we were unsure what place i had found, but the doors opend up to another world on the other side. ask for a table outside.. i was there i july so ok temp. the atmosphere was amazing :) it had a large backyard with tables and lights hanging from the roof. and when it got dark they showed a black and white, old movie on the large white wall.. i was there with a friend, but it was a very romanitic place.. so bring your loved ones.. the food also was a amazing.. we shared everything.. and the wine.. everything was very yum- and excelent service :) go there !!..

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank anette n
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic SF Experience”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner with her sister and husband and all enjoyed a nice meal. Starting with a great drink and then progressing through wonderful appetizers. We had the beef carpaccio and goat cheese in a fig leaf. The only critical feedback I can provide is that there needs to be more baked bread with the goat cheese.

For our main course, I enjoyed the duck, while my wife had the ahi tuna. Both dishes were fantastic! I got to enjoy a wonderful pâté with the duck that was so smooth. However, the big winner of the night was the pork chop that my brother-in-law had for dinner. It was marinated and cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this dish or any other that we had that evening.

For dessert was a peach tart. It came with corn ice cream (which tastes EXACTLY as it sounds) but substituted it with the vanilla/almond ice cream as suggested by our waitress (great call)! The cheese course and chocolate pot de creme were also very good.

With the exception of the location, this restaurant is perfect (and the location is easily accessible by cab). Usually we like to walk to dinner but was advised not to because of the neighborhood. If you're in SF, I would recommend this restaurant highly!

Visited August 2013
Thank checht96
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“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Took the wife and daughter here for her 23rd birthday. Very surprised as we waited outside for the doors to open and then shocked at the hidden treasure down the hallway. Had a chance to meet Chef Gayle who was available and very gracious despite being in the middle of a very packed dinner service and from what we observed, she is extremely hands-on. As we told her at the risk of sounding too cliche, the way that she blends tastes and textures and presentation made for a truly extraordinary culinary experience. From reading other reviews, I take it we were lucky to have chosen to eat early so the service was superb. The cocktails were special, the wine list was extensive, and the menu was so much fun to peruse we had difficulty making our selections. Everything we had was delicious, original, and artfully presented. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank d w
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San Francisco, California
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“Outstanding brunch”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Had a lovely gourmet brunch at Foreign Cinema on a Saturday morning. We got there shortly after 11 am and didn't have to wait at all.

We started with coffee and shared a caramel pecan sticky bun and a peach "Pop Tart" - they were amazing! Truly delicious pastries (and I'm a sticky bun snob). The high quality continued - I had the balsamic fried eggs, and my companion had the Persian poached eggs. Both were delicious. Nicely portioned, very flavorful, and perfectly cooked.

Our waiter was attentive and friendly, and a very pleasant outdoor seating experience. Great ambiance and decor. It was a wonderful brunch, and I'd love to return for another meal!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank gkincaid
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