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Foreign Cinema

Certificate of Excellence
Mission District
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2512 (21st St.)
+1 415-648-7600
18:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My daughter recommended this restaurant. It was our last night in san fransisco. A bit away from where our hotel was in sutter street but her friend had recommended we go. We took the Bart and walked about 10 mins to this restaurant. Glad we went as the place was a lovely atmosphere and the staff are wonderful. It is... More 

Thank yvonneduffy
Level Contributor
36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Visited Foreign Cinema and had dinner reservations on a recent girls trip. Food was very good but the place is extremely loud! Don't recommend it for large groups as you cannot hear what is being said two people away.

Thank carlawordsmith
Boynton Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious. I had the duck and it was perfect. We were happy to be seated outside (they have heaters) where they project a movie on the wall. Lights are strung giving it a homey feel, like I was at my friend's house on their patio. Service was a bit slow but the place was packed, so I... More 

Thank Jessica R
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Went on a date without reservations, and was able to enjoy a lovely evening! Cozy bar and lovely atmosphere. Service was very attentive and gracious. Bread is amazing! We shared an appetizer and entree and were very satisfied!

Thank Hanna H
Davis, California
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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went here to have a birthday dinner with my boyfriend. They were willing to keep my surprise birthday cake. Our waitress, Melanie (I think) was super nice and friendly. The entrance was a red carpet which was sooooo cool. I don't think anybody really watch the movie but the ambience is great. The outdoor seat is pretty cold despite the... More 

Thank SilveryQueen
San Francisco
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Overall, really like the vibe of this place. Beautiful space, food was really good, some issues, though with service. We had a 5:30 reservation (they open at 5:30) and were made to wait outside the restaurant until that time. I noticed one couple was allowed to go in early - they clearly were not employees and that was confirmed when... More 

Thank mkhughes11
Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Excellent food, wine and service in a really quirky, fun atmosphere. Interesting people watching too.

Thank falkirklady2015
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Had a wonderful meal and service. The beef was really tender and just the right portion. Wait staff was very attentive and the restaurant had a cool vibe.

Thank Meghan W
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Striking art on the walls, three very different "vibes" in each of the three large dining areas, with a menu that was difficult to choose from because everything sounded so good. The service was professional and classy. Our meals were delicious - we ordered the warm olives to start, a stuffed quail appetizer and a beet salad (both excellent) and... More 

Thank Karen D
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302 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Is Foreign Cinema. The adjoining cocktail bar is a great place to linger while waiting for a for a table, but don't take the risk of missing out and OpenTable a reservation if you can. Definitely start with a cocktail - they're excellent. We decided on several small dishes to sample as much had as we could from the menu.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 40
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • 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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