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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
18:00 - 02:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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127 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place. Casual atmosphere, sophisticated menu. Great flavor parings. The seared tuna entree with artichoke hearts was especially delicious. For dessert we both chose the chocolate pave'.

Thank Dennis F
Siracusa, Sicilia
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were visiting San Francisco for three days and we've been told to go to Foreign Cinema by a friend of us who lives in SFO. We didn't seat in the movie room, but I've preferred to stay "inside". Food was absolutely delicious and it has been the only place in US where we 've ordered wine, really delightful. It... More 

Thank Moskavalza
Woodside, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Foreign Cinema derives its name from the fact that it shows a foreign film (sound muted) in one of the dining areas. "Casablanca" was on view the night we were there. Not foreign, but who's quibbling? We were a three generation group of eight. The menu is manageable and a kid's menu is offered, unusual for a restaurant like this.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1,186 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredibly disappointing evening. I'd dined at this restaurant before and had excellent experiences on all occasions. I visited on a Saturday night in October 2016 and had a terrible experience. We arrived on-time for our reservation and learned that our table was not ready. The host and hostess were "too cool for school" types that were non-apologetic for... More 

Thank brmusicman
Eastsound, Washington
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a reservation for four and were not offered a seat in the "movie" room. Only half of the seating area is in the part of the restaurant where one could see the film. No one really watches a movie over dinner but it is touted as the ambiance so disappointing not to see that room. We waited in... More 

Thank mary12355
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect when we booked a table st FC. We got there the hostess was super friendly and so was the waiter. Make sure to get a table outside - it changes the whole experience. We had the cheese raclete, steak tarter and the short rib. Everything delicious and we would order everything again!

Thank trip_azzi
Boulder, Colorado
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made reservations months in advance for this place, on the advice of friends. The interior itself is very, very loud and hard to hear each other talk over brunch. We were with a group of four, trying to decide which items we wanted to split. We made sure to check with our server that all the items on the... More 

Thank morningsglory
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited a few years ago. The layout of the restaurant is unique. The food and service and the overall atmosphere make this a memorable dinning experience. Visit with your loved ones. No one should be disappointed. The food is fresh, California, local ingredients, also reflected in their drinks.

Thank Ed T
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I absolutely loved this spot. The food is fresh, light and cooked to perfection. The bartenders make craft cocktails with fresh ingredients which really enhances the flavors of the drinks. This place is super busy and must be the go to spot because the place is bustling. If you're ever in the San Francisco region, try to make this restaurant... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Groningen, The Netherlands
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had some good food here, not eye-opening great but it was well prepared. The atmosphere is great as you can sit outside, between the walls of the restaurant.

Thank GuidoKW

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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
American, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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