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Foreign Cinema

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Mission District
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512 (21st St.)
+1 415-648-7600
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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Orlando, Florida
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

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Sint Philipsland, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Jack3007
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Thank Stephen B
East Anglia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Kate F
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank John M
California
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Singapore
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76 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank RubinaGan
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Prescott, Arizona
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing meal at Foreign Cinema. This restaurant was highly recommended to us so expectations were high. Foreign Cinema did not disappoint! Both my husband and I got the swordfish and it was perfect. Absolute perfection! To top things off the cheesecake was marvelous. One of the best meals we have ever had!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
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

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  • 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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