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Foreign Cinema

New American Restaurant and Movie Theater$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
313 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • romantic
  • trendy
  • brunch food
  • lively
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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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Read more
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hanah
    HanahFebruary 28, 2016
    Persian Bloody Mary with a hint of curry powder, sumac, and balsamic is worth the wait in line.
  • 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
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