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“Cool Venue”
Review of Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema
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Ranked #89 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mission District
Cross street: 21st St.
Transit: MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
Houston, Texas
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Cool Venue”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very neat venue with sky high ceilings and a great outdoor space. The food was good but not amazing and the service was a bit bland and almost snobby. It gets very loud and difficult to hear conversations at your own table. The outside is non-descript and kind of concerning but the restaurant itself had great decor and a nice feel. You had to ask the waiter for a lot instead of him being attentive and responsive and he did not really even care about us which was evidenced by his lack of service

  • Visited July 2014
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Montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Insist on a table outside...”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food was ok. The service was not coordinated (why bring one glass of wine at a time and bring them after we have our main dish in front of us?). The ambiance in the "Art Gallery" is quite plain. Tables spread out. The light is crisp. Not at all the experience we had in mind when we read about that place!

Visited June 2014
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A deception”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

In a former theater, the restaurant is nice and trendy with it's high ceilings and outside seating but it's quite noisy and sometimes could not hear my friend talking. The service was fine, the food was good and very tasty but not the quantity! It's expensive for a tasty "soup" with 12 clams and 6scallops. My friend found her pork chops undercooked and there's not a lot of choice for desserts. I was not entitled by any of them and was right, my friend did not finish hers. I tasted it and was glad not to have taken any. But yes it's a dynamic and trendy place but excessively expensive. I definitely prefer a more cosy ambiance. I've traveled a lot and been to better restaurants serving a fair quantity for the same price even in Tahiti, Nice or Monaco !

  • Visited July 2014
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Paris, France
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“Cool venue with a great selection of dishes”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Came here with a group of friends for dinner, we had a drink in the bar attached while waiting for our table, which is a cool little bar in its own right.

We were suitably impressed by the selection, and the server was very helpful in explaining some of the dishes. There are some interesting choices, and a great selection of beverages available as well.

The venue is mainly outdoor, with a movie projected on a wall behind the dining area, and old-time drive-in style speakers on the walls. We didn't watch any of the movie, but it was a nice touch and added to the atmosphere. There are heaters all around the dining area, so you are certain to feel comfortable temperature wise even though sitting outdoors.

On delivery of the food, the server had made a mistake with my order, but they quickly rectified this, so it was not a problem. The food was good, with some interesting flavours going on (I had the peppercorn chicken). Oysters were available, and some members of the group partook, but these are not for me, so I couldn't comment.

Definitely worth a look if you are in the Mission area of San Francisco, it's a slightly different take on high-end dining which I quite enjoyed, and they will have something to suit all palates.

  • Visited July 2014
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Adelaide
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“Amazing food, awesome setting”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a great restaurant in the Mission District, exceptional food, great wine list, friendly and helpful staff. The outdoor area has a great vibe and was lots of fun. Would definitely return next time in San Francisco.

  • Visited June 2014
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