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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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was somewhat skeptical the restaurant was a bit of gimmick or marketing ploy, but was very pleasantly surprised to see how well the experience tied together. From the red carpet walk-in, to the indoor seating and the courtyard area with film playing... In sum, the visual spectacle complemented the exotic flavours perfectly and together with the excellent service were the... More 

Thank Lukas T
Orlando, Florida
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to Google just about everything on this menu because I didn't recognize so many of the different things that came in each dish. Came with a group of 8 and we all got something different, shared 3-4 bottles of wine and ended up paying about $80 per person with appetizers and dessert. Very cool restaurant and a lot of... More 

Thank Shawnathan88
Sint Philipsland, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We had dinner with a group at Foreign Cinema last week. We were upstairs in the restaurant and we could see they played a movie on the wall. I had the carpaccio as a starter and it tasted really nice. It was the thinnest sliced carpaccio ever, but it tasted very good. As a main course I had the swordfish... More 

Thank Jack3007
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The food was creative and wellk prepared and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. The flounder meuniere was the best entree of our trip.

Thank Stephen B
East Anglia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Foreign Cinema is a unique experience in the heart of San Fran. Booked up for a evening meal with friends had wasn't dissappointed. Menu is quirky but good quirky with interesting twists with good size portions. Super tastie food combined with super service in a unique decor that all links so well. Would definitely recommend not the cheapest but is... More 

Thank Neiloss
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were really looking forward to visiting Foreign Cinema as part of our honeymoon trip to San Fran. The interiors are beautiful with a relaxed & cool atmosphere. We were greeted at the front desk by a very accommodating lady who managed to squeeze us in earlier than our pre-booked reservation which was very helpful! We were then seated by... More 

Thank Kate F
San Francisco, California
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This is a terrific hip restaurant in the Mission ... with valet service. Superb food, expansive, fair wine list, excellent wait staff. Easy access with curbside valet in a tough area to park. Unique interior.

Thank John M
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Was here on a Friday night with a couple of friends and had made a reservation beforehand. The reception was a little cold. We got a choice of sitting outside or inside, and since it was a little windy in the courtyard (our table only had one heater rather than a heater on each end), we decided to sit inside.... More 

Thank Rachel H L
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86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We totally enjoyed our dinner at Foreign Cinema. Besides the great food and service, the setting and atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful with high ceilings and minimalist, stylish decor. They even screened Dirty Dancing on the wall of the covered patio section of the restaurant. The grilled coffee-rubbed Kobe bavette was excellent. The only slight hiccup was that we... More 

Thank RubinaGan
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Very cool restaurant for brunch with a very nice and tasty menu. Location is close to Mission st. which is great! Nice vibe there with the people around. They also show movies in the evenings outside which we unfortunately missed!

Thank Prashant S

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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

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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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