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Foreign Cinema

New American Restaurant and Movie Theater$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
333 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • romantic
  • trendy
  • brunch food
  • Pop-Tarts
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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
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonMay 8, 2017
    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.
  • 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
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.October 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.
  • 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
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmApril 1, 2015
    Appetizers: poke and tagliatelle. Entrees: pork chop and duck. You are welcome.
  • Tara M.
    Tara MedeirosJanuary 8, 2017
    Beautiful interior décor and ambiance for a date or special night out with friends - we loved the fried chicken and charcuterie plate!
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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, 2017
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Nathan WrightMay 30, 2017
    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!
  • Liz G.
    Liz GoodbandMay 23, 2017
    Oysters, crab hush puppies, oysters Rockefeller... on and on. The food is so good! And the service was amazing. So friendly and attentive
  • 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
  • Kendall T.
    Kendall ThorntonOctober 15, 2017
    Here's your perfect brunch for two: madras bloody Marys, seasonal poptart, caramel pecan sticky bun, champagne omelette, and croque madame
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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