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“Great culinary experience and pleasant atmosphere. ”
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Ranked #272 of 6,300 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$40
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Mission District
Cross street: 21st St.
Transit: MUNI: 14 Mission bus; BART: 16th & 24th/Mission station
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

We dined here this evening with our son and his wife. We were able to walk from their residence and our table was ready at the time of our reservation. The staff was attentive and Profesional. Service was impeccable and food was delivered at just the right time. The four of us each had a different entree. Two fish one pork and one chicken. We all shared tastes and thought each entree was perfect. Appetizers and salads were also good. We shared two deserts between the four of us and both were great. The only thing that kept this place from being perfect was that they were out of the flourless chocolate cake at 8PM on a Monday. The other chocolate desert on the menu was very good so really no complaints.

Thank Dan V
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Foreign Cinema

This vibrant and open restaurant is a true delight for Sunday Brunch.
Located in the Mission area of San Francisco, this restaurant offers delicious American cuisine that is healthy and yet very delicious.
Atmosphere in the restaurant is indescribable as it feels like a one big family with people of all ages including small children.
To begin with
Oysters and calamari were great appetizers. Specially the calamari was unique as it was cooked in a tamarind sauce with chick peas.
Salads were fresh and very lite with great flavors
Akuri, an adaptation from North Indian cuisine was adapted so well that it tasted like the original.
Mimosa was really good as it was made with fresh orange juice. White wine selection was extensive and great.
This place is famous for dinners also and at night a movie is projected on its one of its bare walls.

Thank RajeevNagpal
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Love the new daily menu concept which in our case yielded a special lightly seasoned "lettuces" salad, amazing lamb medley (steak, chop, sausage) with assorted braised greens, and sharing several quality desserts. Attentive service without being overbearing.

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Thank mojoFCH2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Well... this restaurant is in business fir over 20 years. It was opened when surrounding was run down stores and bunch of homeless. 20 years passed and they are still in business . Ok ... I have been to this place number of things over the years. This time around I have decided to give them a chance and booked a table in advance fir B day dinner . However, when we arrived we were greeted by the hostess who mentioned that our table is not quite ready ( dining room was 50% occupied by the way) finally when she decided that table is ready hit us she send us upstairs on th balcony to sit at the empty separate dining room . Please, note no one ever asked her to hide us from the public. It was disappointing especially knowing that main dining room is 50% empty. I declined the table on the second floor and finally we were dotted at the table for two in the main dining room . But our mood was ruined. Concerning the food : it’s a very extensive wine selection and not so much choices for the food . We got a bottle of Italian red wine from Piemonte , 1/2 doesn’t of oysters which were fresh , Caesar’s salad ( which was on the small side) , Tuna Poke appetiser for $16 which was so small that remind me more of tasting then a appetiser and my cat eats more. Plate of Pasta for $26 kind of small as well and the main dish meant to be split for two was Kobe beef flat iron stake -tagliate ($34)which contained only 5 small slices ( waiting on average 6-7 oz) . To tell you the true we left hungry . The portions are so small you can hardly find enough food there. The waiter was more exited to serve 6 people’s table and eager to pour them wine . Our Water glasses were never refilled . Well , it’s very sad to realise but they prefer large parties like 6-8 people to 2 people table ( they will get better tips of course) . Would not call it attentive service, would not call it a great food , wouldn’t recommend it to anyone . The restaurant became a money drilling machine. What else? We left $210 for 2 people on Wednesday evening and left kind of hungry.

2  Thank Marishecka
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Went here for my birthday dinner while visiting San Francisco. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent as was the service. Definitely worthy of a special occasion dinner.

Thank Shelley K
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