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Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512
+1 415-648-7600
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A hot spot with locals. We originally made reservations with the thought the movie idea was unique. If that is part of the experience you want you have to be sure your reservation is after dark. Ours was too early for the movie, but we...More

1  Thank Byron R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been eating at Foreign Cinema since it opened, and these days I not only marvel at the amazing menu, service & setting but also that they can deliver an experience today that is as good, if not better, than when they first opened their...More

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hmmmm for all the hype I was greatly disappointed. I came from Ann Arbor, MI to visit my daughter in SF. She said she had heard great things about Foreign Cinema and made the reservations weeks ago. Our drinks came but not cold enough. Appetizers...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined with wife and in-laws while on holiday. Fresh, clean food. I ordered the Baked goats cheese as a starter and backed it up with the dry-aged new york steak... both were excellent. Great wine list, extensive. Waiter was fantastic, good balance of personality and...More

Thank ooshazam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was visiting San Francisco and always had a good experience eating here but this time it was marred with a serious attitude problem exhibited by the hostess. From the moment we arrived at the restaurant till we left Hilary displayed nothing other than an attitude...More

Thank fourstardust
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here second week of June. Complex menu and great food. Waiter Leo was awesome in his patience and suggestions for both food and wine. Tried the oysters (much different than Guld of Mexico oysters), June antipasto, and cocoa rubbed steak. My wife never eats...More

Thank beavercreekisfine
Reviewed 21 June 2017 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 17 June 2017

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 11 June 2017 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 2 June 2017

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
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
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18 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.
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
Colin T
14 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
  • Value
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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