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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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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Striking art on the walls, three very different "vibes" in each of the three large dining areas, with a menu that was difficult to choose from because everything sounded so good. The service was professional and classy. Our meals were delicious - we ordered the warm olives to start, a stuffed quail appetizer and a beet salad (both excellent) and... More 

Thank Karen D
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292 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Is Foreign Cinema. The adjoining cocktail bar is a great place to linger while waiting for a for a table, but don't take the risk of missing out and OpenTable a reservation if you can. Definitely start with a cocktail - they're excellent. We decided on several small dishes to sample as much had as we could from the menu.... More 

Thank WellingtonKiwiJo
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great space, very innovative menu. A very enjoyable evening. Pretty funky area, but lots of hot restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Excellent oyster selection to start with. Very comprehensive wine list. A fun experience.

Thank 799leonards
Des Moines, Iowa
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the inventive menu and atmosphere at Foreign Cinema. The oysters are fantastic and I finished with a Fernet Branca nightcap. My only regret is that I didn't experience their legendary brunch. Eat here - you'll never forget it.

Thank Nathan W
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the fried chicken here, and brunch is yummy too! Actually everything I've had here so far was amazing. I also discovered a grape juice I now love to get whenever I come for brunch/dinner. I love that they play movies at night (weather permitting)

Thank MeLoveYouLongx
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is good, the neighborhood a little seedy! Love the movie playing in the background, we went with kids and they loved it. There are old fashioned heavy, metal sturdy Drive-Inn speakers which you can put on your table if wanted. The food is very good and original! It was hard getting a reservation for 8 people and took... More 

Thank Milko1701
Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For something a tad different, try this quirky but elegant restaurant in the Mission. There are 3 rooms to choose from--an art gallery-type room, a covered outdoor patio, and an elegant room with a fireplace. The food was fantastic--better than I expected--and the service was really great. We were there on a cold January night, and it was warm inside... More 

Thank Seaspudfamily
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching Mary Poppins on a chilly wintry night with wonderful food could be, and was, entrancing. The front of house really let this lovely restaurant and themed food place down, lacking any charm or ability to make welcome even when, as we had, booked. However the bar area, bar staff are what make this place exceptionally good, they are knowledgable... More 

Thank Diane H
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place quite simply. Seated alfresco on New Year's Eve, perfect! Outdoor heaters aplenty. This gem in Mission is worth a visit. You can't book but we popped in popped our names down, had a a cava next door and came back 30 mins later. This place made me smile, sat outdoors in a beautiful quaint setting on NYE... More 

Thank Pooja79
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was a primarily outside seating restaurant. In this area, there was a projector playing old timey movies that start after dusk. The food was very good but also pretty pricy for what you get. Over all, it was a neat experience.

Thank Chelsea S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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?

Staying in Mission District

Neighbourhood 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 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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