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Foreign Cinema

New American Restaurant and Movie Theater$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PJuly 17, 2013
    The best sesame chicken hands down. I don't know what batter they use but it's a winner. Such a great outdoor ambiance with a free movie that plays on the wall. Definitely a go to place!
    Upvoted May 13
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Breakfast bites like gourmet Pop Tarts and pecan sticky buns to creative dishes like truffle omelets and balsamic fried eggs. If you're struggling, the hangover soup will get you through your Sunday. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Beef carpaccio; oysters on the half shell (up to 20 varieties); house-cured sardines; sesame fried chicken; harissa-spiced pork chop; chocolate pot de creme. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Don't miss the Dijon pork belly ($7), a flavor powerhouse served with peach chutney. Portions are tiny and choices few, but you can also order from the full menu. Read more
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 10, 2016
    An upscale, oasis on Mission Street, Foreign Cinema serves up delicious and creative brunch dishes with impeccable (if claustrophobic) service. The homemade pop tart is a hit, but you can't go wrong.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Foreign Cinema is a culinary favorite in this city of foodies. It has everything - an innovative menu, one of THE BEST Bloody Marys in the city, a sun-kissed indoor/outdoor patio & classic movies. Read more
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardAugust 17, 2014
    Everything's pretty great. Good coffee, mixed berry pop tart is okay, baked goat cheese is fantastic, berries and figs are okay. Heavenly scramble is outstanding, croque madam is great. Great ambiance
  • Mike W.
    This is a killer brunch spot. You must order the spicy Indian-inflected Madras Bloody Mary along with the now-famed Pop Tarts, Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun, & decadent Croque Madame. WinstonWanders.com
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The darker Desperado (Tequila, vermouth and amaro, $10) goes great with that pork belly. As a rule, the drinks skew toward the sweet. Read more
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmApril 1, 2015
    Appetizers: poke and tagliatelle. Entrees: pork chop and duck. You are welcome.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteOctober 3, 2016
    Very romantic. Great food with small plates to share. This place is an institution for a reason make sure to make a reservation.
    Upvoted May 19
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    One of multiple fine, Italian or Cal-Med restaurants around town where you'll find granita on the menu this time of year, Foreign Cinema is well known for its watermelon granita in the summertime. Read more
  • Tara M.
    Tara MedeirosJanuary 8
    Beautiful interior décor and ambiance for a date or special night out with friends - we loved the fried chicken and charcuterie plate!
    Upvoted May 19
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharMay 26, 2013
    Brunch: Champagne omelette disappoints. Try the homemade pop tarts, baguette French toast, and scramble. Drinks / sodas are great (esp. Lavender lemonade for non alcoholic beverage).
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsJuly 23, 2016
    While the fried chicken is an excellent choice, be sure to consider the duck or the steak. For dessert, get the cheesecake (this is coming from someone who hates cheesecake).
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BergerApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone knows they have great cocktails and oysters. That the light and people watching in the courtyard are great. But did you know they make the best tuna salad sandwich in the city? Now you know.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    With North African and Mediterranean menu leanings and a deepened wine program, it's one of the city's most romantic restaurants, with staggering decor and engaging food. Read more
  • Tom C.
    Tom CoatesAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I think the brunch is a more fun experience than the dinners. Only available on the weekend, go for the weekend picnic, and book a couple of weeks in advance (or turn up on the door as it opens).
  • Sez
    SezOctober 21, 2014
    I came here for brunch and everything was amazing. Be sure to try the brown sugar bacon and pop tarts! And don't forget their delicious bloody mary's!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BraceSeptember 21, 2014
    For brunch the key is to start sweet. Pisco Punch cocktail with the organic apple pop tart will start you off nicely. Follow up with the poached eggs and duck and as an extra add the sausages. Amazing
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetJuly 20, 2015
    A wonderful brunch spot in a lovely, open, airy setting. The poached eggs with tender pork, chickpeas, mole verde, and crispy plantains are spicy and delicious.
  • John K.
    John KhuuDecember 17, 2015
    I went here solo and sat in the back bar area. Honestly this is a great date spot. The food is semi-pricey but well worth it. Had the 'Champagne-Truffle Omelet', a bloody mary, and some oysters.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 23
    We couldn’t round up alfresco dining spots and not include Foreign Cinema’s famous enclosed patio, strung with café lights and bounded by a blank wall where classic movies are projected. Read more
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 15, 2013
    Zagat 24. Cost $49. Cal-Med fare in beautiful courtyard where you can enjoy the stars, both above and in films projected on the wall; strong cocktails; don't miss" brunch with gourmet Pop Tarts.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Excellent execution every time at this beautiful new American restaurant and bar. Great for dinner or brunch. You can also order off the brunch menu at their sister bar next door, Laszlo
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    An interesting take on the standard dinner and a movie. Try the oysters and pork chop before viewing a foreign film projected on the wall, and if you'd rather follow by ear, you can request speakers.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionSeptember 24, 2013
    This is a unique San Francisco gem in the heart of the Mission District. Brunch is always a winner with its chic space and homemade pop tarts.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMarch 28, 2015
    Amazing food. Although service was a bit slow. Order oysters, beef carpaccio, 5 spiced duck, and the Yellowtail Jack entree was amazing.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The have a gorgeous and delicious poké on the menu right now. Don't miss it. Sublime.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 2, 2014
    Part of SF's brunch honor guard, thanks to fresh-baked pastries (including an infamous seasonal Pop-Tart-like pastry) and a killer raw bar. Oh, and that gorgeous atrium-like patio, of course. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Best seat: The counter seats opposite the bar lend some privacy, but all seats are good, especially since it can be standing room only. Read more
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to get a reservation and request the patio! Come around dusk so you're there for whichever movie is playing. If the fried chicken is on the menu, get it. Thank me later.
  • Nathan W.
    Inventive menu and great atmosphere. The oysters are fantastic and I finished with a Fernet Branca nightcap. My only regret is that I didn't experience their legendary brunch. Eat here!
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GobersteinMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    FAV. The ambience makes you feel happy - warm, cozy, & funky all at once. At night, old films project on the wall. The food is farm fresh, unique, and incredible. And they make fantastic bloodies.
  • Liz G.
    Oysters, crab hush puppies, oysters Rockefeller... on and on. The food is so good! And the service was amazing. So friendly and attentive
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MApril 28, 2015
    Such a cool spot. Had an amazing dinner here. All the food was fantastic and the ambiance unique. Service wasn't the best but I think that was just our server; not the entire staff
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 19, 2012
    Ask for the off-menu balsamic-fried-egg-topped burger. Covered in grilled onions and Dijon aioli, this is brunch at a new level: Read more
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsFebruary 13, 2013
    Be sure to make a reservation – this hip Mission restaurant/cinema is deservedly popular, both for its tasty French bistro fare and cozy ambience. For more, follow us on 4sq or at www.renhotels.com. Read more
  • Alexandra P.
    Alexandra PrevidiDecember 29, 2016
    Organic pop tart, Bloody Mary, hash, and fried eggs were all amazing. The pop tart makes a wonderful shareable appetizer!
  • Fon S.
    Fon StarFebruary 21, 2015
    I think it suits better meet lovers. Pasta plate was a great vegetarian alternative really tasty. Beautiful place. a bit crowded and the tables really close to each other.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 18, 2011
    The menu, with a large oyster selection for appetizers & main-dish favorites like the smoky masala pork chop, never disappoints. Foreign films are screened in the courtyard of the chic space. Read more
  • James the Wine Guy
    James the Wine GuyMay 10, 2011
    I love Foreign Cinema-- great design and while I like the movies playing outside-- I like the indoor tall ceiling fire place dining room. I like the back bar--very different from front bar. Nice win
  • G. Sax
    G. SaxNovember 24, 2013
    The scene outside these doors hides a gem of a restaurant that will delight locals and visitors from afar. The wine list is worth a snoop. The seafood is ready to order.
  • Yotam T.
    Yotam TroimFebruary 16, 2015
    The venue is great, the service was fantastic and the Bloody Marys were amazing (both the regular and the Persian). They are even super friendly to kids but the food was just ok.
  • Aleksandra G.
    Aleksandra GarbaczSeptember 8, 2016
    Amazing spot for a get together with friends, however i'd rather go there for a drink or a small bite than a dinner, since food was mainly average, with one exception - smoky eggplant toasts.
  • Barbara Z.
    Barbara ZenAugust 19, 2013
    Really good kitcken. Try the oyster bar and the duck breast: great! Good selection of wine, peculiar cocktails. Service a bit slow but in the end ok
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    Like Zuni, a onetime trailblazer inspired by the Chez Panisse mantra. And like Zuni, a fully-fledged restaurant on all levels, from food to service. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJanuary 12, 2012
    For the past 12 years, the unique Mission mainstay has served up fine foreign and independent films alongside seasonal California/Mediterranean fare with a touch of the comfort food.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielDecember 29, 2014
    The food is amazing for the price. One of the coolest vibes I've experienced and the service is top notch.
  • Allie B.
    mediocre food, but very cool experience. try their assortment of oysters and the fried chicken. oh and sit outside, that is a must!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Forget stale popcorn. This popular Mission spot has a full oyster bar and serves Cal/Med dishes with the movie, screened on a high brick wall on the patio.
  • Audra S.
    Audra SmithMarch 11, 2013
    Try the Croque Mad - The #grilled bread absorbs the perfectly cooked egg and #creamy béchamel. It's richness is cut by the #saltiness of the thinly sliced ham.
  • Hanah
    HanahFebruary 28, 2016
    Persian Bloody Mary with a hint of curry powder, sumac, and balsamic is worth the wait in line.
  • Frances A.
    Frances AdvinculaNovember 29, 2016
    I love their fried chicken which has an Indian twist and their lobster. My company had a private party here and the wine selection was pretty good.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuOctober 28, 2012
    Grab an outdoor seat for sure (or ask for one in your reservation)! If here for dinner, get the sesame fried chicken and a sexy beast.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 30, 2011
    Right off the bat, this is dinner and a movie in one fantastic location. With oysters, beef carpaccio, and a smoky masala pork chop on the menu, you can’t go wrong. Read more
  • Lori M.
    Lori MastronardiJuly 7, 2014
    The duck breast = a delight. (The scallop dish is not.) Book for 8ish so you can stick around for lights out (+ an outdoor screening) at around 9.
  • Chieze O.
    Chieze OApril 15, 2012
    Get the fried chicken. They change their menu like every day, so it might be one of a few different dishes (including with waffles!). Seriously amazing.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.October 18, 2014
    Great for brunch, dinner menu is a bit limited. Start with the pear pop tarts followed by the crab frittata or truffle omelet
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenJanuary 16, 2015
    Go early and wait in line before it opens! The experience of just being there is worth the wait. The space is beautiful and the food is very unique :)
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 22, 2010
    Foreign and independent films are screened in our covered outdoor courtyard. Seating is available indoors fireside as well as upstairs in our semi-private mezzanine overlooking the dining room.
  • Rajat
    RajatOctober 24, 2012
    Assorted oyster platter is a must. Pick the smoked salmon from the urban picnic menu, fried chicken or steak from the entrees are great
  • Laurea d.
    Laurea de Ocampo3 weeks ago
    Beautiful outdoor seating, great selection of oysters & overall solid New American food
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NgJuly 5, 2015
    Make reservations or expect a wait. Cocktails, duck, and the pork chops are always good bets.
  • Etienne
    EtienneSeptember 30, 2013
    Very cool place. The food is very good and the price is great. Take the bus or a taxi because there's no parking around.
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MacFadyenJune 1, 2014
    They play foreign films when it gets dark while you eat! And the heat lamps outside work wonders! Food's pricey though. Worth it!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanNovember 2, 2013
    The brunch is amazing. The French toast is unbelievable. The burger and eggs are terrific.
  • S
    SAugust 19, 2014
    The pork chop is a staple here but the Moroccan chicken is out of this world. Stay for the movie that plays at sunset.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SainJanuary 11, 2014
    Brunch in the courtyard is really special, nearly beats their dinners! Great selection of wines, tasty cocktails, great vibe
  • Karine H.
    Karine HsuJuly 9, 2016
    The pop tarts were really good! And the chili fried eggs 😋
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonApril 24
    Been here 5+ times
    Best restaurant in the city for my $, which might explain its longevity. Oysters and wine on the patio in the sun. Fried chicken always and forever.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Went for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the smoked salmon on toast with egg salad and roe
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The slow-cooked brown sugar alderwood smoked bacon is the best bacon in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Lovely brunch in the dining room, lovely dinner with string lights and a black+white film projected in the courtyard after sunset. Good for a special occasion.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderJune 7, 2015
    Hotel Laguna cocktail, caramel pecan sticky bun and french toast are all AWESOME.
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LautenbachJanuary 23, 2014
    One of the many reasons I love San Francisco is for places like this, watching a great Wes Anderson movie, outside while enjoying amazing food! Love this place!!
  • Stella Z.
    Stella ZeeApril 25, 2015
    Incredible. From ambiance to service to decor. Incredible. A must try (over and over again) every bite was heavenly.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Persian omelette was great. It was green, so I didn't order a ham side to go with it, my name being Sam and all.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 12, 2015
    Excellent execution every time at this beautiful new American restaurant and bar. Great for dinner or brunch.
  • Alissa R.
    Alissa RobinowOctober 21, 2015
    Possibly the best duck I have ever had! The brandade gratin, ceviche and the apple tart were also top notch!
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeFebruary 21, 2013
    Great cocktails, farm to table fare and great outdoor (heated!) space!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaApril 5, 2013
    Get a table outside in the tent to enjoy the screening. Eat the sardines and Madras curry fried chicken. Yum!
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy R.September 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bar. Tucked away in the back, can also grab a patio table outside. This place is a classic - top notch in all that they do.
  • Jonas G.
    Jonas GrankvistAugust 26, 2013
    Don't miss the pluot pop tart, cured anchovies/sardines, bloody mary's and pistachio cheesecake. Best way to start the sat/sun!
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    Amazing cool place for dinner or brunch. But best to make reservations on opentable.com - the best bloody mary ever.
  • tina c.
    tina cheungApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    great cocktail and atmosphere. first time i was there, was to celebrate my good friend who got a generous offer from Netflix! what a reason!
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica CarvalloSeptember 17, 2013
    Fyi - Movie screenings in the summer/early fall are after 9ish. Make sure you ask the hostess to be seated in the patio area.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJanuary 13
    Fried chicken is a large, delicious plate with sweet, Asian flavors. If there for dinner, end with the cheesecake.
  • Sachiko P.
    Sachiko PhuongFebruary 5, 2016
    Best duck breast I've ever had. Calamari, ceviche, and chocolat pot de crème also to die for.
  • Analise P.
    Analise PerryFebruary 17
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit outside and enjoy the movie. No sound with the movie but it's nice to see highlights of movies and it feels like you are sitting outside
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CaselasAugust 22, 2014
    Very romantic dinner spot. Excellent oysters and wine. Loved brunch too. Such a beautiful space.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    My favorite brunch place in the city, and don't miss the bacon.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LAugust 19, 2013
    Go for the sesame fried chicken but don't leave without ordering dessert and apps because they won't be happy.
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 19, 2016
    Delicious modern American fare, fun vibe and who doesn't like old film classics projected to boot?
  • Yueyue G.
    Yueyue GuoAugust 1, 2016
    Definitely get the house made pop tarts for dessert: apricot and raspberry were both delicious!
  • LocoCat
    LocoCatDecember 28, 2012
    If you're planning for too much fun on New Year's Eve we suggest you make reservations for FC's first ever “Hangover Brunch” on Jan 1. We're pretty sure some of the LocoCat staff will be there...
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    Favorite brunch in SF! If you come at 11 you can usually get a table without a reservation.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 19, 2016
    Brunch is always amazing here- get the Bloody Mary!
  • Catherine E.
    Catherine EdwardsOctober 19, 2015
    Awesome place for a Sunday brunch. Get the cinnamon roll and the French toast!
  • Jung-Ah Y.
    Jung-Ah YumJune 7, 2016
    If you like mezcal but looking for something lighter, recommend through the mirror. Light and refreshing. Yum!!!!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GonzalezSeptember 25, 2015
    El ambiente súper especial con proyección cinematográfica y música en vivo. Pide lugar en la terraza y reserva con tiempo. Unos ostiones de entradita.La cacerola de pato, el risotto de hongos.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GonzalezSeptember 25, 2015
    El risotto de hongos, la cacerola de pato. Delicioso el lugar. Un must. El ambiente con música n vivo y proyección cinematográfica. Reserva con tiempo en la terraza.
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 14, 2016
    começa o serviço às 17h30 e tem um ótimo bar, com ostras frescas de variadas procedências e vinhos e espumantes por taça. Pense em esticar para um jantar no pátio; mais romântico, impossível.
  • Barbara Z.
    Barbara ZenAugust 19, 2013
    Abbiamo assaggiato ostriche del Pacifico e dell'atlantico, un petto d'anatra cotto come si deve, un delizioso cheese. Due cocktail a tema un po' coraggiosi e ottimo vino: il cinema è un pretesto...
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