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Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512
+1 415-648-7600
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512
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1 - 10 of 749 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Freezing cold in courtyard desperately in need of more heaters. Most food very standard and ridiculously high prices. Steak chewy and cold!! Staff very rude on arrival after giving our table away for being a bit late!

Thank Savannah P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant's promise of a romantic experience having dinner under soft lights while watching a foriegn movie seems like the perfect place to have dinner in San Francisco right?? Unfortunately, this restaurant has forgotten the key element of eating in San Francisco - great food....More

1  Thank clambake33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As two "foodies" this place is certainly hyped and overrated. There is nothing overly special to wait over an hour to dine here! Good but nothing to write home about!!

Thank SeagalOtt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Foreign Cinema is a fine dining restaurant in the buzzing San Fran Mission District with a cinema attached (in a separate outdoor courtyard section) for those who fancy a movie with their 3 course meal. It's a good idea and a definite point of difference....More

Thank WorldTravla7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a unique dining experience. We arrived early to find parking (highly recommended or hire a car) and chose the outdoor seating although it was a rather cool, crisp afternoon/evening. The outdoor seating is akin to dining in a large open courtyard with...More

Thank capecodrev
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an unusual imaginative restaurant with a great menu and wine list. The food is a little different and very well presented. Try the salt cod if on when you visit. I have given 4 rather than 5 stars because of slightly over confident...More

1  Thank SteveHutchison
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So this setting is unique you dine under the stars and fairy lights. A great menu with dishes that can easily be shared. The Sommelier was amazing and he happily helped us select our wine according to our tastes. As the sky darkens they screen...More

Thank teacherchickSydney
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great testimony to the gentrification of the Mission District. Food was outstanding. My colleague had the seared duck which he loved and I had a delicious impeccably-prepared Moroccan chicken. Service was attentive and professional. Looking forward to my next visit. Highly recommended.

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yum! Went here for dinner for our final night in SF. Everything was expectional. The building is a converted old cinema. They play movies overhead the stream of garden lights while you dine. When we arrived, the hosting staff politely greeted us, and escorted us...More

Thank Kim T
Reviewed 14 May 2017

First the high points: 1. Very cool venue.. if your coming for drinks or wine, it's a go 2. Service at the bar was excellent 3. The wine by the glass selection was excellent and pricey, but not horrible Why I gave it 2 stars:...More

1  Thank 2Yummy4U
Nearby
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
...More
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WHartford
I keep hearing the neighborhood is rough. Would Saturday night around 10 pm be a bad time to walk back to the BART or the Market Street trolley after dinner? Staying in Union Square area. Thank you.
17 April 2017|
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Response from 799leonards | Reviewed this property |
The area is not the safest part of San Francisco. I walked several blocks with my guests to our car, and had no concerns. But probably safer to Uber back to your home or hotel.
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Vicjoh
How are their birthday cakes?
27 October 2016|
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Response from octavia0263 | Reviewed this property |
No idea there , BUT considering the quality of their desserts , and the expertise of their chefs - they are the account of a close friend - when we dined there in August everything was ' flawless 'and we had ' everything... More
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Colin T
Would FS suit a special anniversary meal and would you go inside or outside on 1 November?
13 October 2016|
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Response from acf1969 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how formal a location you want. It's romantic. It not formal. I'd eat outside at night always and watch the movie. Lastly, I'd call them though and ask what movie is playing and ask about setting up a special... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Meals
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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
18:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 02:00
Thursday
18:00 - 02:00
Friday
18:00 - 02:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
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