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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.)
+1 415-648-7600
18:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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Alameda, California
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205 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is really about the ambience. The food is good but you better not go with an appetite as portions can be tiny. But they're very good flavors in the dishes and don't go here if you're on a budget but it's so much fun to see movies on the wall and a very romantic setting.

Thank mackanna
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of my best friends got married in SF in April and chose Foreign Cinema for her 'reception' dinner. We were seated upstairs on the mezzanine level with a beautiful view looking down over the main dining area and the garden. The servers were wonderfully friendly and attentive - we were never left wanting for anything. The menu was a... More 

Thank Erica B
San Ramon
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited for first time as a place for dinner before attending a Theater production that was not far. We arrived just at opening time, about 5pm, and while you may not expect much as you walk in, once your are inside the setting is fun. We sat in the open area in the center which while open still has... More 

Thank RansomGray
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here several times over the years and sort of take things for granted, as I don't remember having a bad meal. Had friends in from New York and wanted to take them to something that was different than what they have experienced and did not want to do something "crazy"...thought the "Foreign Cinema" would be a bit different and... More 

Thank sfrdrunner
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73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu was adventurous and challenged your tastebuds in all the right ways. The environment is excellent. The service however lacked the sophistication of the rest of the experience.

Thank Kyle I
San Francisco, CA
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the old cinema style ambiance. Sat in the outdoor patio which was very well heated. Food was also out of the world. There is a bar attached to the property on the 2 nd level, you can hang out there while waiting for the table.

Thank MeenaB
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92 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My second visit here and both times has been excellent. A favourite of mine in the Bay Area. This time we shared the Beef Sirloin Carpaccio, the warm Brandade Gratin and the House Charcuterie board. All great, but what really stood out was the Brandade (and I love carpaccio and duck mousse). Never tried it before and suddenly I had... More 

Thank Espen S
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked Foreign Cinema for a special meal on our honeymoon. We booked well in advance and requested a nice table outside. When we arrived, we were seated at probably the worst table in the whole restaurant - inside, next to the fireplace so that I was sitting next to a wall. I asked the (very uninterested) woman at the... More 

Thank Jill M
Andover, Minnesota
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was wonderful more then I expected! Great valet parking was a plus in the Mission area .i ordered the pork chops it was so tender and flavorful would highly recommend.It came with farro it was nicely seasoned .The waitress was very atentative gave great suggestions for wine and food choices . we did make a reservation highly suggested

Thank tbkberg
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere of this restaurant is gorgeous and one of the main things that makes up for the menu and food. Their bar selection is also amazing and I had a delicious cognac while waiting for our table. The food was not what I expected. For the price (and the selection) I expected fresher oysters, a more delicious shrimp cocktail,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-648-7600

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods in the country.
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