Foreign Cinema

4.7 based on 1617 reviews
Cuisine Type Californian
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Mission

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About Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema is a one of a kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combining independent films with California-Mediterranean cooking. Enjoy an airy yet chic setting, complete with indoor dining room with a fireplace, outdoor courtyard, mezzanine, gallery curated by Modernism & full bar in the main dining room. There is also a great cocktail bar, Laszlo, as you enter from Mission Street.
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  1. Dinner Menu
  2. Brunch Menu
  3. Desserts & Cheese Menu

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4.7
Excellent
Based on 1,617 reviews
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Moderate
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun, hip and relaxed! Best of all, the food is so good it's hard to choose!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant has a great ambience, specifically in the middle yard. The arrangement of the seats were not very smart and could be better. The food was really good in every part. It is very live and if you seat outside, you will enjoy more.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have visited Foreign Cinema twice, once with family and once to meet a friend. On both occasions the food and service was consistent and good. Most of all I like the design, layout, restaurant concept and ambience of the place. I feel energized after my meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is extremely loud, especially if you sit inside. Next time I will go there after 9:30 when it is less crowded.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic. The flavors are so creative, but work so well together. Best swordfish I have ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite places in the mission for the excellent food, service and wines.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, good ambience. The recommended red wine was too acidic (as if it never opened up) and the overall temperature in the restaurant was too low, I left being cold.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

From both my fork and knife having dried old food on them to mediocre meal presentations, I found this restaurant to be grossly overrated. While I found the apps and the meals somewhat tasty, I probably won't be back considering the price vs service, portion size, and overall experience. You can do better.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Both my husband and I are vegetarians. The options were limited and over priced. \nI will go back for the ambience but certainly not for the food. The way the reservation is booked months in advance I don't what was the hype for? The place is mediocre and certainly didn't live up to the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really cute and different. Amazing food. Great movies.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice ambiance and great service. Not rushed. \nCouple dishes over salted. \nOutdoor movie area kept warm and inviting

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I happened to arrive to Foreign Cinmea earlier than our reservation but we were seated immediately with no problems. The hostess was very friendly and cheerful as she took us to our table which made us feel welcome instantly. The waitress provided us with suggestions and everyone who assisted her was equally kind. We loved the food and the environment was so great, we sat right by the fireplace which warmed us up and smelled good as well. We seriously enjoyed ourselves so much and can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beth was amazing! 9 people asking a hundred questions. Flawless service. Sommelier recommended some excellent wines. Great 50th Birthday experience for my friend. Thank you!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I heard a lot about foreign cinema brunch I try to many times to make a reservation but it was full all the time, finally made it and it's not that good we like to go out a lot we been in most of the Michelin star restaurants in California. Foreign cinema is just ok didn't impress us I don't think we are coming back. Thank you!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Uninspired food. Really the worst dining experience in sf in ages. Sent back 3 out of 5 dishes for being flavorless garbage. Outrageous prices for Mariott hotel banquet fare in a hip setting. Good for out of towners with no taste or reference points for fine dining. $14 cocktails worth $7 of ingredients and creativity.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

this restaurant is sooo beautiful and unique. Decoration is key here. It looks like you re dining in an outdoor cinema. Food is awesome too. I ordered risotto and was delicious. It is a perfect restaurant for a date night and also for a casual friends gathering. In my opinion is the best restaurant in the mission.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for the first time. Was seated upstairs which the ambiance was not great. Our waitress was not vet attentive. Ordered drinks which took awhile to get to us. Food fair, nothing stood out. Appetizers were good. Oysters and ceviche.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've wanted to go to Foreign Cinema for years and was not disappointed. The outdoor area was beautiful - great low lighting, quiet enough, foreign movie playing as advertised. I went with my Aunt visiting town and we had a great time. The calamari was amazing - mole type sauce mmmm - and ceviche good too. I had the sesame chicken for an entree - it was sweet and savory so good! My aunt had the rissotto which was anything but ordinary. Our bottle of wine brought it all together. Yum!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good and the ambiance was romantic. Service wasn't the best. Took forever for our waiter to come around to our table, which is frustrating at any restaurant, but especially at one with such high price points.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible entrees. Great drinks. Pricey but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our first time attending Foreign Cinema and I wanted it to be my birthday dinner spot - it did not disappoint! We we seating as close as could be to the screen outside under the heat lamps. We had a wait an extra 15 minutes for a table outside but it was definitely worth it! I would recommend this place to anyone for a different feel to a dinner and movie!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great place to dine. Sometimes, the service is a little spotty. Last night, it took quite a long time to get our bottle of wine. In addition, our waiter was not very informed about the menu. \n\nThe sommelier seemed to not know too much about wine.\n\nFood was delicious though!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved Foreign Cinema! Food was outstanding, wine list was perfect and service was impeccable. All of the dishes our group of 4 had were fantastic. \n\nI'd definitely recommend to a friend/colleague and would love to visit again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

FANTABULOUS!! Turned on taste buds that almost made me lick the plate ;-)\nWe came from Seattle for the weekend and am glad we spent the money on an Uber to get out of the downtown area to experience Foreign Cinema. I will make this restaurant part of my plans every time I come to San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was visiting from Seattle and Foreign Cinema was recommended to me over and over. Definitely worth the hype! We sat outside in the courtyard where they were showing Dirty Dancing during dinner. Our server, Leo, was fantastic and so friendly. My sister is gluten and dairy-free and he went through the whole menu explaining what she could have and substitutions they could make. The food was fantastic - highly recommend the fried chicken and halibut ceviche - and wine was affordable. We didn't feel rushed at all and enjoyed the lively atmosphere. Would definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema is a gem in the heart of the Mission. I've only had brunch, and therefore did not have the opportunity to experience the 'cinema' portion however the eclectic ambiance and crowd made for a wonderful time! The food is an interesting and rich blend of flavors any foodie would enjoy! The Balasmic fried eggs were incredible! Enjoy time with your girlfriends or significant other here at Foreign cinema!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is solid but service is not good enough for the price point. Lots of waiting for the server to show up. Sat for 10 minutes without being the server appeared. Ordered drinks and oysters and managed to finish both before the server reappeared to take our main course order. At the end, we'd finished the dessert before the dessert drinks even arrived. Boo.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was touted as a romantic restaurant, however the room we got seated in was more of like a lunch hall. The food was fantastic and the service was also good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited over 90 minutes for our entree to come and the waiter came at around minute 75 to apologize as it was impossible to flag him down, despite our table being right in the middle of the restaurant. \n\nWe were offered free olives, of which my guest cannot eat, and ended up having the dinner until 2.5 hours AFTER we had first seated. A bad experience and bad customer service for pricey food wasn't exactly what we were hoping for and hope we can hear an explanation why this happened. \n\nThe couple next to us sat down about an hour after us and we left at the same time. Go figure.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere is pretty amazing. My dish was just okay. The seafood is very nice with a wide selection if you are an oyster fan. Great bar menu and alcohol selection.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service and ambiance here are great, but the food is some of the worst food I have had at a restaurant for years. I was shocked and surprised that they are satisfied with serving this to customers. I felt like I should have gotten paid to eat here. The exorbitant price does not match the quality and taste of the food. They should be ashamed to serve this and call it edible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

was amazing! the service was good and the food arrived swiftly. i left my wallet there and they were so good about it, and had it ready and waiting for me the next morning. highly recommend!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tried FC again after a few years hiatus. Always enjoyed before and was super pleased we tried it again. Food was outstanding, wine selection (and suggestion) was great and the service couldn't have been better. Will def not wait so long in between visits again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing date location with very good food and service to top it off. Movie is projected on a wall at all times

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a favorite of mine. I think that the outdoor seating is romantic. This is one of my favorite date night restaurants.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The fixed price menu for Valentine's was not that great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We reserved for a Valentine dinner. We were put into large room that was too drafty. The waiter was kind enough to move us to the other side of the room. The food turned out to be good except for a vegetable salad that really was more like a fried something or other. They quickly replaced it for a better crab Louie salad. The bill was extraordinarily high and we do dine at some expensive places in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always wonderful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere!\n\nOne of my new favorite spots in the mission, amazing food get the chocolate pot for dessert! A+

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fantastic! We took the waitress' recommendations and ate everything on our plate. Will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here on a Friday night with my grandparents - I was worried this place might be a bit too 'trendy' for them but they loved it!\n\nWe had a great waitress who helped us pick out amazing oysters for our appetizer and I had the seabass for my entree which I would highly recommend. We also really enjoyed our cocktails.\n\nBut the coolest thing about Foreign Cinema is the ambiance. Try to get a table outside so you can enjoy the projected movie, there's truly nothing like it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent and unique brunch options, great cocktails, and very cool ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a wonderful early Valentine's Day meal. We shared the kale salad with slivers of cauliflower and roquefort cheese and a nice vinagrette as well as the brandade. The salad was overwhelmingly kale, but the brandade was a wonderful, salty blend of fish and potatoes. For entrees, my companion had the duck, which she much enjoyed, and I had the trademark fried chicken and romanescu, and grilled lettuces, which lived up to it's billing. For dessert we enjoyed the goat's milk cheesecake with pineapple--which was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign cinema is one of the best spots in the Bay Area, it is super unique on all accounts. Obviously because of the light they don't play movies for brunch. I could not have been happier with my decision!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been frequent Foreign Cinema diners since it opened. The food is quite good, but definitely downhill from where it was. There is a feel of a somewhat rushed and over routinized kitchen. The fried chicken was not the previously interestingly seasoned, perfectly crisp dish. The white bass a bit over cooked. Accompaniments on both were skimpy. Our server was professional but way too abrupt. I don't know if it was poor training or too many tables but she conveyed a sense that she didn't have time for questions or service, just take the order and deliver the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

AMAZING FOOD, DRINKS, and VIBE. My husband and I went there at end of August and I had one of the best experiences and meals of my life. This time we went back with our millenial kids, because I thought they'd enjoy it. The service and experience eating inside wasn't quite as good for me this time as last, but it was stilll AMAZING! I prefer outdoor seating, and will request our fist waiter next time we return.\n\nGO, GO, GO!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun, local restaurant with great scallops, appetizers, wine and impeccable service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Rude waiter. Will never return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is what U go for. It's a little cold especially in the 'art white room', don't hang your coat. Service is good but wait staff seems to have a lot of tables so U see the busser and food runners more often. Although our server was very helpful when ordering and with wine selection. We go at least twice a year and love it every time thanks again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a Bay Area Native and have lived in SF for 2 years. I don't know why I have not been here before because it is AMAZING! The fried chicken was to die for. The pot de creme was outstanding. Great ambiance, that was probably my favorite part. My boyfriend and I were both celebrating our birthdays that night and the server clearly read the reservation notes, which is not always the case, because she immediately wished us each a happy birthday. The staff is very professional and intuitive. Great time all around! Thank you for making our. Birthdays so great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of, if not THE, best restaurant in all of San Francisco. I had heard about it for so long that I had taken it for granted, but our meal and our drinks and the desserts were absolutely divine. Flawless. Perfection. My absolute favourite dinner! Amazing service and selection. Noteworthy: Local fish sashimi style, white vegetable soup (heaven,) the Risotto was perfection*, and all four desserts were divine: Chèvre Cheesecake, Pot de Creme, Lemongrass and Merengue Ice Cream Bar, and the (on the house) seasonal citrus Granita. Thank you! Amazing service, exceptional experience.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was okay - not worth the shitty service. We had Robbie as a server and he was rude from the start. We had to leave early because we had to rush to the hospital. We told him an emergency came up and he took his sweet ass time to bring us our bill. He was snippy and condescending and when we asked him a question, he ignored it and walked away. He took my phone to use a gift certificate - which did not feel okay. Then as we were leaving, we heard him bitching about us to his co-workers. Horrible experience and the food was definitely not worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited before theater and let them know we needed to be out at certain time. Our server was great and helped ensure we had service in a timely fashion yet never seemed rushed. The food was outstanding and the setting was fascinating outside (covered and heaters) with movie projected on large building wall. We loved it and would definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was such an amazing experience. I can't say enough good stuff about it! I went with a date for my birthday and had the best time. The restaurant itself is so romantic and Sig a cute date spot. The outdoor seating is half covered so we were warmed by space heaters but listening to the rain drops in the courtyard. It was a complete sensory experience! I'm a total foodie and the flavor combinations were off the charts. Super unique menus. Cannot wait to go back! (Though my bank account can - it was expensive! But totally worth every penny)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was unique and delicious. The tables are extremely close together, almost like you are sharing a table with another party, which felt a bit awkward. The host and hostess were rude when I asked to move to a different table.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great environment and service. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely setting and certainly the best fried chicken I've ever tasted. Unique flavors and excellent wait staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for our six year marriage anniversary and it was amazing:)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a wonderful ambiance and wonderful food! The service was excellent as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent dinner! Service, food and atmosphere were incredible -- especially the food. I began with a kale salad with fig dressing. The fresh, tender kale was lightly covered with fig dressing which added a sweetness that was balanced with a light sprinkling of Roquefort cheese. I had tuna for my main course. It was coated with some spices and served with oven fried potatoes and chard. We ate here before seeing a show at the Orpheum. At the end of the meal, we agreed to come back before our next show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food fantastic service and love the atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place with great ambience and atmosphere. The food was amazing and very well cooked. What really surprised me was the pot the créme. An amazing mixture of sweet and creamy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food and service but very pricey. Best plan is to go here for drinks and a few small dishes. .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spectacular place with incredible atmosphere and excellent food!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nothing to add other than great service has a way of punctuating a spectacular dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food Great Service!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truffle eggs is on hit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always solid, reliable and delicious - but not necessarily in that order ;)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was slow and inattentive. Food was delicious, but lack of customer service left us disappointed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I hadn't been to the restaurant in a while and was really looking forward to returning. The ambiance as always is great and i love the setting. Unfortunately my scallops were served nearly cold and my friend's tuna was quite fatty and impossible to cut. We didn't say anything but were surprised that the server didn't notice that she left her food practically untouched. Cheesecake was so so but the blood orange sorbet was excellent. The beet salad was great too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in SF! Whether you want a romantic date or brunch with all your friends, this is the spot for it! Not the cheapest, but worth every penny.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food in a great setting. Food was out of this world!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had an amazing time. The space is beautiful and a great spot for a nice night out or a date. I'm vegan and the chef made a special entrée for me and it was spectacular. The service was great and the food selection exceptional.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my wife's birthday. My chosen restaurant called at the last minute to cancel per an electrical outage. I gambled on a 10pm reservation at Foreign Cinema hoping for romantic setting based upon their online pictures and asked for a 'quiet table.' In all my years of dining around the world, this is the absolute LOUDEST restaurant I have ever experienced...and i'm including the rowdiest bars and sporting events too!\nMenu is unimpressive...the server recommended their signature dish...'fried chicken'...say no more. Ordered a $16 glass of wine and was brought about a 2 finger pour. Chugged it to dampen the noise then ordered a beer. Ordered two appetizers...ahi crudo, beef tartare, and one sea scallop entree - nothing I'd come back for. To top it off, a limited dessert menu featured only one item worthy of a birthday candle (the cheesecake featured on the first dessert page of their website) and they were out of it! Ordered the $12 bergamot orange bar & ice cream, just for the sake b-day candle. With tip, bill came to $145. My ears had that post-rock concert ring for an hour afterwards. If you're looking for a group spot to yell and party, this could work for you, albeit an expensive option. A romantic dinner for two? ....nope.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious. Pretty space. Efficient service. But can't recommend because of the noise level.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super experience and dinner. When two people joined us they were totally flexible and helped by letting us get cozy and sit together!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ridiculously good food! Chelsea gem clams and New Belford Sea Scallops were life changing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seated immediately, and really enjoyed the 'outside' dining area, which is very unique. You really have to experience it for yourself! Heat lamps keep you warm under a translucent tarp, and to your opposite side the area is uncovered. Feels both inside and outside. Very curious. \n\nFood came in a timely manner and was delicious dish by dish. The cocktails had a bit... prosey names, but were generally good to great. The dessert mousse like creation kept me wanting, and I don't think it lived up to its description. Cheesecake was tempered by an excellent slice of grapefruit, a nice natural addition of sweetness. Overall a very positive dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great. There is little value to the glass (25% full) of wine especially at $16!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is 2 blocks from 24th Street Mission BART, which was SO convenient for us. \n\nWe adored every bit of our dinner (and we're a little bit picky)! The waiters were also great. \n\nOnly confusing part was that we thought we were going to see 'Dirty Dancing' & it turned out that it was in the 2 dining rooms where we were NOT sitting. No biggie, though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lamb dish was amazing. The NY steak was a little chewy, for the price, but had good flavor. My only other complaint would be; the third dining room that we were put in didn't have the same ambiance as the rest of the dining areas. All white walls, small projector on the screen. Felt like a catered event in an art museum rather than the warm cozy atmosphere as the rest of Foreign Cinema. Overall excellent food & drinks. Would come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the dessert assortment. One of my favorite spots in SF ! Definitely recommend to friends and family.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Steam table duck, slow service, a cold drafty room and prices a third higher than comparable places in better neighborhoods. What's to like?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly the best food I have had at a restaurant for a long time. The service was excellent and everything we ordered to our table was fabulous.... I cannot wait to go again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All of the meals were delicious and it is a fun night out with Lazlos the bar right inside.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was lacking. The complimentary salad took over 30 minutes. Our entrees took over 40 minutes. The truffle omlette i ordered came with the same salad that they had just served us so that was disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place, but honestly disappointed that the 'entitled, snobby, complaining' customer sitting next to us received better service then us. To the point where his napkins had to be black! To the point where our server forgot to put our order in and we had to wait very long! We were also led to believe we were to be sat where we could watch the movie, the reason we went. So next time I'll make sure to reserve that area. Food was great, wine was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic service from all staff, and very attentive to our group's needs. I would definitely dine here again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had been wanting to do brunch at Foreign Cinema for years, but never had a reservation time work out with our schedule until now -- for good reason! Food was spectacular, great service, perfect overall ambiance. Highly recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place. Eat here often. The food is reliably good and the atmosphere is a warm surprise off downtrodden Mission street. Most of my special occasion get-together meals are here and I have had several business meals, as well. Service is hit-or-miss despite what seems like a watchful eye of management it can still be awkward (our waitress was way too severe for what should have been an engaging evening. She felt more praying mantis than helpful enabler of a great evening.) We sat too long before we could order a drink. We looked awkwardly around to get drinks replaced. Our food arrived and was presented without explanation (for the charcuterie tray, for example.)

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was surprised that a fancy restaurant like Foreign Cinema had terrible service. We didn't even have a waiter/waitress!! A waitress came over to tell us that our waitress was busy at the moment and couldn't take our order. The whole time my friend and I was there, we were pretty much ignored. I would probably not go back again for their horrible service. I didn't even feel like paying for our meal at the end because of the restaurant's lack of sincerity toward their customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in every way. Our waitress was fantastic! The food and drinks were great. I highly recommend the bacon at brunch. Great quality and the atmosphere is refreshing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The cheesecake blew our minds

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our meal was terrific. My son had the scallops, husband had the mahi and I had the lamb chop. We had an appetizer of crab legs. Food was great. We had a 5:30 reservation and were not approached for about 10 minutes and were told they were printing out the menu. Odd. We were made to wait outside until they opened at 5:30, although a few other diners (regulars, maybe) were allowed in. Our server was nice, but on the slow side. I was very impressed with everything but the service but would recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very friendly staff, food was really good and service was awesome.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food took a really, really long time to come. Duck was great, lamb was very fatty and difficult to cut with dull knife. Desserts were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for date night, kind of loud, amazing experience, good wine overall loved it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A beautiful, romantic, soaring space; thoughtful and friendly service, and marvellous food. It was wonderful to know anything we ordered would be delicious and to sit back and enjoy the ambience of the huge rooms. A very special place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once again, Foreign Cinema exceeded all expectations. Excellent service and absolutely delicious food! Highly recommended!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made a reservation nearly 3 weeks beforehand thinking we'd get seated in a decent area. It seems walk-ins with a couple more people took priority as we had to wait for a reservation AND they stuck us upstairs behind a column by an entrance.\n\nThere isn't much selection when it comes to the dinner menu. What we did get was mediocre, especially for the price. The wine list was acceptable and our waiter/waitstaff was kind and attentive.\n\nOverall it was a terrible experience, certainly does not live up to the hype. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone of my friends I'd like to keep.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique cocktails and amazing food combined for an exceptional experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great brunch, pleasant staff and a great location.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was average. The restaurant was not very busy but we only saw the waitress once or twice throughout the meal. The seating area was very cold and we found the wine selection to be extremely expensive. I think the movie screening concept is cool but we were left with a poor impression of the restaurant. I also spoke to a host on the phone the day of the reservation and found that he was quite unhelpful. Sorry, I know this is a harsh review but I think the service could definitely be improved.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema offered an exquisite dining experience. The ambiance of the fireplace added to the upscale cozy, classy decor. The menu changes frequently. Our choices from the Sebastopol baby lettuces to beef tartare to the seafood and Kobe entrees all delighted us. Amy, our server, was incredibly patient, professional, and friendly, helping us to select the appropriate cocktails, wine (a lovely Unti Grenache), and the elusive Calvados. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special evening to celebrate in an intimate setting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch is the most important meal of the week and Foreign Cinema is the place for brunch. The service is excellent, the patio is perfection and every bite is better than the last. The balsamic fried eggs are the perfect staple and the crab and lobster frittata was a delicious seasonal offering.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very disappointing experience at foreign cinema. Overpriced food coming out cold and feeling like we were being rushed out. After enjoying previous experiences here, I doubt we will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything at Foreign Cinema was excellent. The wine suggestion, the cocktails, even the iced tea were all top notch. The service was exceptional at all times and the food was fantastic. A perfect evening in a great place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I don't usually eat fried chicken but the flavor was pretty good. I got the medium rare Kobe steak $33 and that was good and tender but slightly on the rare side so I would go for a medium if I were to reorder. The bread was delicious, just kept eating that before the entree! The rose lemonade is pretty floral but worth trying.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yum. Eat here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had great time and the beef was amazing and sooo flavorful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great experience once again! Can't wait to return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The burger is truly delish! The service was impeccable as well. Highly recommend Foreign Cinema - not only for dinner but also for brunch!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambience and good quality food ! Everything from the bread, starters to the desserts was filling, rich, and delicious ! We were very happy with our dining experience here. We made reservations about a month in advance since this place gets very busy (even though there are three main dining rooms). \n\nThe movie that was playing was very low quality cinema - but we didn't really come here for that.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So so great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Per usual, great food and great atmosphere. I love this place :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for someone looking for something out of the norm. I would definitely go back. Thx for a nice night...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere was awesome! Food was okay.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great experience at Foreign Cinema celebrating a special occasion. It was a very unique experience with very good food and an outstanding wait staff. Our server was very attentive and accommodating of our needs and requests and also helped us out with great recommendations. Food was excellent as well - we had the mushroom risotto and duck as entrees and both were very flavorful and cooked to perfection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the best server. Food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend to others.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, really good food, you have to ask for a patio table to watch the movie, unfortunately we were inside and the ambiance in there wasn't that good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful time eating here. Such a cool place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience and amazing food. Really exceptional wine list as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waitress was in bad mood and seemed very fake when she would approach us. She also walked past multiple times for first 20 minutes before explaining the menu and food sizes within the categories.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a delicious shrimp appetizer and seafood stew. The dessert was excellent as well. The ambiance was cool, unusual. It was very expensive but this was New Year's Eve, so not surprising.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great👍🏼

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic dinner, seriously some of the best food my wife and I have ever had in a wonderful dining atmosphere. My only complaint might be that they didn't have the audio playing for the movies that are projected on the wall, and instead had the usual Rat Pack-era music in the background. Other than that, one of the best dining experiences ever, even if it is quite pricey.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was wonderful, service was extremely slow. We saw other diners come and go while the three of us waited on our food! All in all though, our group had a lovely time and enjoyed our food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The NYE dinner was very over priced ... and not worth the $125 a plate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our most recent dining experience was somewhat disappointing as foreign cinema has been a local favorite of mine to take visitors for a special treat. But we found all the dishes(salads and entrées) to be overly salty, which prohibited the ingredients to shine in their own flavors. The only dish that tasted like it should was the oysters. It was an unanimous feedback from all of our dining party. The pasta with clams was salty and the pasta was overly al dente. I asked our nice server about it but was told the chef did taste it before sending it out and this is how it should be. I've been to Italy and I know what al dente tastes like but this was just undercooked...it was just hard. We left thirsty and disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed New Year's Eve Dinner at this fun restaurant. Great service, amazing food and nice atmosphere. It was our first time at Foreign Cinema and we will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food here is *always* divine, but this particular visit the service was really the star. I took my girlfriend for birthday oysters, and dinner, the staff hustled to make her feel extra special. Thank you so much.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It seemed like they were rushing us out of there and not as relaxing as we wanted. I had called ahead with a request and they didn't have any notes from my call and eventually accommodated us.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the street, you're not sure if you're going to the right restaurant, but once you go inside, it's beautiful. The food was excellent, but we moved tables (hot by the fire place), so the service was slower on the balcony. Would definitely go again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Front of house staff are horrible - smug and robotic. Bar staff are awesome. Food is beautiful and Mary Poppins is a great accompaniment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The fried chicken is the best dish on their menu. The other items are good, but not memorable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had not been to FC in awhile. As good as I remembered. Excellent wine selection. The one on special was excellent. Perfect with our delicious meal. Very attentive waiter. Cool ambiance. Overall delicious. Will go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was surprised about their mood and circumstances. When i went to eat dinner last night in San francisco with my boyfriend. He told me that your choice so fanatics and nice. We ate pasta and tuna and scallops. Amazing tasting scallops. Also, my server who is so nice and kind. I never forget the day.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was fair. We tried the homemade pop-tart which was good but not the best thing I have ever eaten. I really liked the décor and would definitely come again to try the dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After more than two dozen meals here, Foreign Cinema is still a favorite. Food is adventuresome and with incredible flavor and freshness.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A very nice environment and a very tasteful menu! I just wish they would tell us which movie is on.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place seems to be great to check off your to-do list. I liked much of the food but my friends food and drinks were more hit and miss than mine. I thought my main course was great and drink not bad while another friend didn't like her drink but liked her food and visa versa. \n\nThe service was atrocious though. When the waiter was there, he was rude and brisk. A friend said she had food particles in the wine glass and requested another. Instead of complying, he said he didn't see anything and made a big show of wiping her glass and then shoving it back towards her. Besides that, he seemed impatient and just plain rude. Probably the worst service I've had in a long time. \n\nI would recommend this to someone to try as the place is gorgeous and does have great options, but I doubt I would be back myself.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Acoustics in the main room not good. Too much reverb and echo from all the concrete made conversations difficult.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really great restaurant! The bartenders were very nice and attentive. We ordered beer and wine so I can't comment on their cocktail skills although all of the cocktails looked quite yummy. I will try next time. The only service that wasn't good was from the hosts. They were snobbish and slightly rude. They didn't smile when we walked in and it seemed like we were bothering them by coming in. We got there early for our reservation and went to the bar. The bartender told us we could just transfer the tab to our table which I guess they don't normally do. When the hostess came to get us she told us to close our tab at the bar before we could be seated. We told her the bartender said it was ok to transfer and she said 'oh we don't do that. We ask that you settle it before being seated.' So we went to close it but the bartender said not to worry about it. Our server was very nice on the other hand! Food was really great. The oysters were so fresh and yummy. We ordered the carpaccio as an appetizer. Delicious. Definitely recommend. We both got the kobe steaks and they were cooked perfectly! The only thing I didn't like was how salty my entre was. It was extremely salty. I'm not sure if it was just my dish but had to take a star off for that. Overall I would recommend and definitely will be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

In one word, I'd say overrated. Average. Unremarkable. (Pick your favorite). I ordered the chicken because it was what they're known for and was really disappointed. I should've known because it was just fried chicken. Oysters were good. Pork was average as far as flavor profile but cooked really well and really tender. Dessert was actually a waste of calories. Priced ok so I didn't leave mad. But I was really hoping for an excellent, memorable meal and it didn't deliver.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great value. Excellent food. Fun venue

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice, they treated us like royalty

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Forein Cinema is a mainstay in our list of restaurants to take friends and out of town guest. A perfect example of San Francisco's culinary excellence.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Literally my favorite restaurant of all time! AMAZING food and service. This is a San Francisco GEM!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We can't remember our server's name, but she was lovely. She matched our energy and welcomed us in. She guided our whole dining experience and took such great care of us. I came in a little rushed from the day and she calmed us down for an incredible dinner and time together. The woman who sat us recommended where to sit and the staff was all so friendly. The food was awesome and we even got a surprise treat at the end--a totally delightful experience. We'll be sure to be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Different style with the movie screen playing outside, really nice indoor area as well, in historic mission area. Food was great. Definitely recommend the fried chicken.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! Dungeness crab frittata was delicious!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service is truly wonderful. My girlfriend is vegetarian, and although the restaurant doesn't offer much in the way of vegetarian, the server offered to have the chef conjure something up using whatever veggies on the menu in what turned out to be one of the best veg meals, both my girlfriend and I have ever had!!\n\nAlong those same lines, the bartender made an amazing 'mocktail' which was made specifically to our likes. \n\nI found both the chef and bartender to be incredibly thoughtful when it came to tastes and pairings and the ambiance to be nothing short of incredible. \n\nWe highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food didn't disappoint. Sitting outside when it is winter and COLD wasn't ideal. Yes, there were space heaters that helped, but it was still cold, and we weren't offered a table inside when we checked in. The server was ok - a little flighty. The food was yummy. Overall a good experience. Would have been better if we weren't sitting out in the cold.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema has a nice concept, yet it was 'just good, not great.' The restaurant has multiple rooms and a lovely fireplace. It seemed like too much was going on, and the staff was behind the curve the entire evening. Our server was friendly and accommodating. Unfortunately, the runners and support staff seemed rushed and abrupt. There was poor communication and at one point, the dishes for another table were delivered to us. I asked the person who delivered the bread for some water. He told me to ask my server. This 'not my job' attitude is unacceptable and was one of several examples where service fell short. The food was very good, and I enjoyed a perfectly cooked duck breast while my friend had the tender fried chicken over a bed of hummus spiced with cumin. The calamari and beet appetizers were just ok. All in all, it was not a memorable dinner and I wouldn't rush back anytime soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was double charged for my gratuity, which was generous. I contacted the restaurant to resolve and nothing was done about it.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went to Foreign Cinema with my fiancé to celebrate a special occasion. Dinner was fine until the part where we found a long strand of hair inside a cookie that was part of a dessert dish. We were disgusted and lost appetite right away. We showed it to the waitress that took it away and some time later brought 2 new cookies without any explanation. Nevertheless the experience was ruined and it made us think a lot about the sanitary conditions in the kitchen. After all the hair looked like it was baked inside the cookie, it was not fallen on top of it, but actually mixed in the dough. Indication that during the time of manufacturing someone without a hairnet was probably in the kitchen. We got absolutely no explanation on what could have happened or how the restaurant plans to avoid situations such as this in the future. The waitress was very fast in serving us after the incident and gave no explanations, just said very quickly while heading to another table that the dessert was not going to be charged. We hope this sort of incident does not happen to other costumers and that the restaurant can look into what happened to avoid it in the future.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really disappointed with our meal. Food is average (especially for the price!), the waitstaff was very nice, but clearly overbooked, the restrooms were downright gross with all stalls missing toilet paper, mess everywhere. The valet was a joke. \n\nWould not return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent. The prices were a little high so it is not a place for a casual meal. The ambiance was OK but it was so loud it was hard to have a conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Enjoy the interesting combinations of food. Always eat here around Christmas time and it's a great experience. Never disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic place.. and great food, nothing but praise:)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema is an iconic SF restaurant and a great destination. I was miffed after making a Feb 14 rez weeks ago and a few days before the date, I received a phone call telling me the dinner was a prix fixe @ $95 plus tax & tip. I asked the caller what the choices were and the person had no information. Although the dinner was good, it was not '$95 dollars good.' After a $300+ check, I felt ripped off and unhappy about a romantic dinner I had planned for months!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in the city, and for good reason. Reservations sometimes need to be made up to three months in advance, but man, the food is so worth it. Pricey for sure, but if you're looking to celebrate or impress a date, there's no better place in the Mission. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu from the incredible cocktails to the extensive wine list. The menu and servers always can suggest the perfect drink pairing and the charcuterie, cheeses, and OYSTERS <3 are incredible. Definitely start off with a mix of oysters (a dozen or two) and be prepared to make a dent in your wallet.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The meal was too expensive for what it was. Ambiance is great, but the dinner food was underwhelming. It was still good, but not at the price it was at. Mussels and clams dish was not good - the portion was too small and sauce was salty. The sesame chicken was delicious but too expensive considering it was chicken and not steak.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb dinner. Incredibly expensive. The markup on the after dinner cognac is surreal. $14 for a small glass. The entire bottle is less than $40.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food as always! We were outside while it was raining, and we did get a bit misted. The heat lamps kept us warm though so I guess that's ok.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The fried chicken is amazing!! Delicious wine! Cozy ambiance. What's not to love?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just a little cold...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent place. The food was outstanding! \nThis place is really worth going, the personnel is great and the quality of the appetizers and entrees was the best I ever had in SF so far!\nMy wife and I loved it, it was our 7th year wedding anniversary and we were happy to have been there for that date!\nOne minus on the desert, it was less than average (Took the Satsuma mandarin granita and guava sorbet and Chocolate pavé, salted caramel mousse, hazelnut praline ice cream).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Liked the restaurant very much. Next time, I am planning to sit in front of the screen :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at Foreign Cinema. Great place for corporate gatherings, a group of friends or a date! The food is always delish and the service professional and friendly. We were celebrating birthdays with friends and both our moods and the place was festive. We enjoyed the sparkling rose and brunch/lunch decadence. Thank You Foreign Cinema, you are a gem!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited for our anniversary and it was lovely. The service is amazing and the food was to die for, so yummy. The wine list is also very extensive and well selected. \n\nThe only thing that bothered me was that it was a bit cold because they keep the windows open, There are heat lamps, but if you're not sitting under one, you will be shivering.\n\nOther than that, it was an awesome experience and we will be going back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the second time we have been to foreign Cinema for a special occasion and both times they treated us to something very special, this time champagne for the whole table! I continue to feel it is the best brunch in town, though I preferred it before it was discovered.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was extraordinary, the salmon amazing, the gin-rose petal water cocktail delicious, and the pecan pie with bourbon and browned butter ice cream other worldly. Sadly, the espresso was undrinkable. Way too fruity!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had been once before and loved it, so we were thrilled to return. Upon being seated (10 min late despite our on time arrival) we waited 12 minutes until anyone came to the table for any reason. And then the server said he had tried to come over multiple times but he was given 3 tables at once, which isn't relevant to us -- it's his job to make us feel very important as guests. We ordered a bottle of sparkling wine and that took 10 minutes. When it arrived it was lukewarm and we were told none was chilled. Instead of offering a cold alternative, and before we could say we didn't want to spend $90 on a warm bottle of sparkling wine, he opened it, said we could have a little taste then and he would go chill it. He put it on ice and only as we had the final sips after our entree, well later, was it near an appropriate temperature. From then service did not improve. Water was filled infrequently, turns between courses were clumsy and slow. And the main runner bringing our food forgot half the ingredients when presenting.\n\nI could have forgiven all of this and simply left knowing I wouldn't return and not said anything -- until the final straw. I went to the bathroom and as I came out of the stall I was in, I saw the runner I mentioned earlier step away from the urinal, his back to me. He went to the sink and barely rinsed one hand and turned to leave when he saw me. His eyes got wide and he quickly turned back and did a proper hand wash with soap for at least 20 seconds, then dried them and left. He only washed his hands because I saw him. Made me nauseous to think what was on our food he brought earlier.\n\nBecause of that I asked for the manager upon leaving at the front host stand. The man said it was him and I told him everything. He apologized and confirmed he knew which runner it was, and what table we had. He told me we would hear from them. That was over two weeks ago and I've never been contacted. So I'm not sure if this was addressed, and I wasted money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a party of 2 and today marks our 6th visit at foreign cinema. Like every time it was beyond exceptional and filled with lots of surprises. We decided to explore beyond our familiar dishes by ordering non beef items, so we got the heritage pork chop and the sesame chicken with hummus. It was definitely the right pick and we were impressed by the flavor and texture of the pork chop, it was so juicy, moist and tender. The portion satisfying as well. Superb!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I honestly was a little underwhelmed with this recent trip to Foreign Cinema. It felt like the waitress was rushing us through the meal to turn over to someone else. The broccoli was intensely salty (even with anchovy dressing it was overdone), and the 2 other dishes we ordered just weren't great. We had planned for a bigger meal and ended up just leaving after 3 small plates. We've loved dining here previously and had saved for a special occasion to it was disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience at Foreign Cinema. My only complaint would be that it was quiet cold.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Insanely warm and live atmosphere! Food was indescribably phenomenal....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall, it was a very nice dinner. I had scallops while my partner had pork chops. This was after our shared appetizer of grilled calamari which was exquisite! My scallops were cooked perfectly. The fact that we were seated an hour before our reservation (sappy movie next door!) made it even better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

coffee was way too strong - and I like strong coffee.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Melanie is the best waitress ever and the food and drinks are just exceptional!!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were put in the most bland of rooms. Seriously specify your room; makes a huge difference.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, staff and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food. Great service. I still have dreams about the lavender infused goat cheese.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our drinks, soup and appetizers arrived in reasonable time. It was almost an hour from the time we finished our soup, until the entrees arrived! When the service is that bad, it overshadows the food, however good the latter is. I wouldn't go back, and I couldn't recommend it, especially with so many other great options in San Francisco. I wasn't happy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food wasn't good (for example so called foie gras was not real foie gras), service not very friendly and very expensive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The fondue was good but could have been hotter. Steak was decent, nothing spectacular. Oysters were amazing! Overall I've had better time at foreign cinema before... This time just wasn't up to the same level.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely start with the Jalisco Daquiri. So good and fresh! We tried the pop tart. Pretty much what you would expect, but nice crust. Three of the four of us had the balsamic fried eggs. They had a lot of flavor. Brunch would have been pretty reasonably priced if we hadn't had cocktails!\nThe setting was great. We were on the patio because it was a beautiful afternoon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema always feels like a great night out and the food is excellent. I've been coming here for 10 years and I'm always impressed by the creative menu and the outstanding service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great meal as always! Stupendous dishes. Adrianne our waitress was wonderful and personable. Only complaint was noise level. Need to come back soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is highly overrated. The food is expensive and standard.\nService was terrible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, amazing wine list. Highly recommended

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not good for vegetarians. Menu options were not very appealing, even for my friend who eats meat and fish. Ambiance was cute, though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I celebrate our birthdays annually for brunch at Foreign Cinema, but this time the service was very slow from ordering to getting ketchup for my potatoes to getting the check. The only saving grace was that we thoroughly enjoyed the complimentay birthday grape granita and raspberry sorbet dessert. However we both decided that next year we will look for a new brunch spot since there are so many great SF restaurants.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter was terrific. He should be a creative writer for a food magazine! His descriptions made us want to try everything on the menu. We would definitely come back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband, adult daughter and I dined here for my birthday. It was a rare stormy night in the city and we were happy to find a huge roaring fire in the main dining room as we entered, which made the room cozy and warm. We decided to try the warm cheese fondue as a starter, which was super yummy. We asked our waiter about a featured wine from Hungary on the menu. It was exquisite and was prefect with my main course of duck breast. We ended the dinner with dessert (all three of them). The food and service was immaculate. A wonderful meal. We will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our dining experience exceeding our expectations in every way. The food was fabulous, the wine list was divine and the energy of the room was vibrant and awe-inspiring - certainly not pretentious. It was obvious that anyone eating here was having a fantastic experience; both the kitchen and front end staff were doing their utmost to make it all happen in perfect synchronicity. This place is a gem and I can't wait to return and tell every one of my foodie friends. The only thing that would have made it more perfect would have been to sit outside on the gorgeous patio. Next time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful ambiance with top notch service and food to back it up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant has been around a long time and I just had never eaten there, but I loved it and will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A HUGE thank you to the entire staff! From the moment we walked in until the moment we left was absolutely spectacular. I was there for brunch to celebrate my college graduation and my family can be difficult but your entire staff was accommodating and made this special occasion perfect. I cant say enough about your restaurant and I am always recommending it. Cant wait to get back there!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had my daughter's wedding at Foreign Cinema in September 2014. It was great and even her French in-laws were impressed with the food and wine. We haven't been back since the wedding (although the bridal couple have been back every year on their anniversary) and the food and wine were as good as we remembered. We will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Young, hip crowd. Great food and service. Original setting with old drive-in feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great time, with a fantastic menu and wine list. Can't beat the outdoor movie theater vibe.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and good atmosphere. Good service. High sound level inside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been at Foreign Cinema many times and, usually, they are pretty good. However, this time, a few dishes weren't so good. My duck confit was very salty... pretty much not eatable, and all time favorite balsamic eggs came with garlic fingerlings potatoes. I like garlic but that potato had so much of it... That pretty much 'killed' the dish. On the bright side, they are good most of the time so do not be discouraged... just send the food back:-)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food! We went overboard with the appetizers - crab and oysters. I suggest doing with one of those. Definitely try the sesame fried chicken, it's one of the best friend chicken I ever had. Finish up with a cheesecake. Will cost about $80-100/person for this + wine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was probably the most fun we had at a restaurant in San Francisco. It's a happening scene, if you want that, the food is excellent, and the cocktail and wine list are treats. Throw in a movie after dark, and where else would you want to be?

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second time here, and really wanted to like this place. Previously came here for dinner, and this time was for Sunday lunch. I made reservations both time.\nFood is good. I got the ahi tuna, smoked salmon, duck liver pate toast and croque madame. I would've been fine without the duck liver pate toast. \nHostess and wait staff are all very nice, but things move very slowly. After getting seated, it took about 15 minutes before getting our drink orders, and another 15 minutes to actually get water, and our drinks. That just had set the pace for the rest of the meal. \nI had prefer the dinner experience over lunch, just because there was a movie playing against the wall which adds to the experience. I probaly won't come back, just because there are so many amazing restaurants in SF with better food and service. Glad I tried this place, however kind of disappointed overall with the dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

it was great. The food was flavorful; the ingredients were fresh, and the menu was interesting.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been going here for years. We had brunch and it took over 45 minutes for order to get to our table. We asked the waitress who couldn't explain the delay. We talked to the manager (Shannon) who offered no explanation. She came off with this attitude that we were lucky to be eating at the restaurant. Shannon said it takes awhile to cook...a hamburger. (I guess if they had gotten the order correctly it would not have) We ordered medium rare burger and got a dried hamburger patty that was cooked medium to well-done. The mushroom omelet was too salty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite restaurant in SF thus far! Beautiful setting, excellent food. Baked cheese was outstanding and salmon with egg salad very well seasoned. This restaurant gets seasoning spot on, which has been not the case at other restaurants we have tried in SF during this trip. Both my husband and I felt this was one of the best meals we have ever had (and we typically plan vacations around food).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic as always. Excellent service by Gretchen and Shannon

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another wonderful night at Foreign Cinema. We were there for our daughter's 13th birthday. She was the youngest person in the room for sure -- not an ideal venue for young children -- but the entire staff paid her special attention and the meal was delightful in every way. This place is as good as it gets in SF or anywhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service, while the restaurant is large, I always feel like I am comfortable in\na small surrounding.\n\nJust a great place in San Francisco and has been for many years.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food, atmosphere and overall experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a perennial 'best of,' Foreign Cinema keeps hitting on all cylinders. Only down side, which was minor was a greeter who was a bit aloof. Perhaps a new team member. Service can seem a bit overwhelmed at times, this place is always busy. The food is solid and well done, the courtyard is the place to be.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved the outdoor courtyard on a balmy evening like tonight. Lively atmosphere but not so noisy that we couldn't hear each other.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We attended Foreign Cinema for my wife's birthday and we were very pleased with our experience. The restaurant has great ambience and service was superb. Our food from start to finish was top notch. We enjoyed the oysters, the Tuna Carpaccio, yellowtail jack, and crème caramel. Our server, Shena, was patient, helpful, and added to our dining experience by her wonderful service and expert food and drink recommendations. We would highly recommend Foreign Cinema and will be back on a future trip to San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful meal, lots of shared dishes, carpaccio, gazpacho, pasta etc. Great margaritas, terrific wine list.........and our waiter, Lou, was the absolute best!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasant place to have brunch or even dinner. I'm so happy that this place has not changed over theyears

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once again, Foreign Cinema wowed my out of town business guests.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had very high hopes for Foreign Cinema. As required, made reservations long in advance. Entrance is dramatic. Seating was prompt. Service was way above average. Food was very good - especially appetizers! But the restaurant was just bigger, noisier, and generally much less cozy than I had hoped. It was impossible not to notice the couples seated shoulder-to-shoulder next to us or the boisterous birthday behind. A great place to people watch - or to be seen. But not a great place to stare into the eyes of the beautiful person across the table and carry on intimate conversation. Found a nearby bar for that...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I hadn't been to FC for years so we decided to bring our young French visitors there. This was to be a family gathering, there were six of us. One of the guys ordered the halibut and it was about 2'x2' and about 1/2' thick, so tiny, you could seriously eat it in one bite. That was for $31. His friend ordered the duck which was about six 3'x1' slices over lettuce and something else. It looked like a salad. These were entrees! I assume it was good, but clearly he and his friend were both starving after eating so I gave them my last piece of sesame chicken which was a decent sized order. I don't like huge portions, either, but this was a little precious. Dinner was over in 15 minutes. Doesn't take long to eat a couple bites. I'm beginning to see a trend here in the better restaurants, smaller portions and higher prices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Juan, our server, was amazing. The food and drinks were great except for the Kobe beef entree which my DH thought was just OK and the hazelnut dessert which was not up to the mark. Juan took the dessert off our tab.\n\nForeign cinema is a great place to visit for a special occasion - we were celebrating the DH's birthday and the place made him feel special :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

For the last two years we have been coming to visit the wine country and both years we have come into San Francisco on Sunday for brunch to eat here. Everything on the menu is amazing and the drinks are great. Must haves are the maple bacon and cinnamon roll (and we don't like cinnamon rolls). Service has always been wonderful. Only negative is that it can get loud. But we will definitely be back on our next trip to California.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, very nice inside Casual, Neighborhhod is kind of sketchy, police activity while we were there. Did not tell us the film is outside and doesn;t play until after dark. We only saw a few minutes. Food made up for it however!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought my hubby here for his birthday. In hindsight, this is not a spot for a special night like a birthday, maybe date night. The service was great, no qualms there. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. The tables were placed so closely together; it was practically difficult to not hear the next party's conversation. The people sitting next to us pitched such an attitude to the point of the young lady who might have been their daughter closing her ears with her hands. Mark you it was just myself n hubby and we were by no means loud. The party of 3 were most comfortable on their cell phones than making conversation. Smh. Anyways, will be trying other spots long before I consider a return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had been trying to get into Foreign Cinema for weeks at a decent time when we settled for dinner at 9:15pm on a Monday! But it was worth it! We started out with a minor snafu though. Our reservation wasn't ready on time so we went to wait in the bar, which is far too small for how large the restaurant is. The bartender didn't make eye contact with me for a few minutes (which of course seems like ages) she finally said, 'I'll be right with you and walked away.' A different bartender then came and took my order. I went to sit on a stool to wait for the drinks to be poured, and the first bartender came back and scolded me for not ordering from her. WHAT? Then the host came and said our table was ready, and instead of offering to bring our drinks to our table (mere feet away) she said, 'You need to close your tab before going to your table.' WHAT AGAIN? I always do, but being told I NEED to was rude, and uncalled for at such a high-end establishment.\n\nOkay, rant over. After that terrible bartender run-in, the rest of the experience was great! A manager apologized for the incident (but did nothing about) but our table server was great. I love oysters and the selection was fantastic! (We had kumamoto and kusshi.) Order the baked goat cheese (DIVINE!) mushroom risotto (rich and decadent) pork chop (love the salsa!) and the steak (can't go wrong with steak). I had to send the pork chop back as it was a little under done to my liking, but they promptly returned with a new plate. The wine list was extensive and thankfully had all kinds of options including a delicious $9 cab franc and a $15 sauv blanc. Wine by the glass is so expensive in the city I was happy to see a wide variety.\n\nLoved the ambiance of sitting outside under the lights with a movie playing! The food was delicious and it is worth making reservations for in advance! Just maybe avoid the bar...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema continues to be a destination for anyone looking for great food and fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

For the last three years we have left Houston to vacation in the wine country. Each year we drive into San Fran for Sunday brunch at Foreign Cinema, and for the last three years it has always been spectacular. Everything on the menu is delicious and the service is great. It is a must do.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

delightful meal--great wine advice. one note, my foodie friend measures the quality of the service by whether he can ask anyone on the floor for what he needs. here, one waitress threw some attitude but everyone else on the floor provided attentive service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun place to enjoy brunch and do some great people watching

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Can't say enough about how perfect this restaurant is and has been for many years. It is a classic restaurant that never goes stale. The service is as impeccable as the food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was SO SLOW. What should have been a 60-90 minute meal turned into a 2.5 hour dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign cinema is in my neighborhood and is a regular go-to spot for is when we want a nice neighborhood. The food is consistently good and we are usually really pleased with the overall experience. Not so much this time. The food was great. My husband had the best pork chop I have ever tasted and my scallops were delicious. But the service was lacking. We got no bread at the table. We asked twice and still no bread at the table. I had to ask twice for more water before they brought a carafe (thank you). We ordered coffee, tea, and dessert and the coffee and tea showed up well after we had finished the dessert. What is the point of that? And they had obviously just poured the water into the tea because it was still just water over a bunch of tea leaves. Super disappointing because I have better expectations at this restaurant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Upon arrival requested table not available despite being booked 2 months out. Dinner service slow waited over 1/2 hour for main course. Food fair. So disappointed. Would not return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful place for late breakfast, food was terrific, cocktails were wonderful. Waiter suggestions on the spot. We were hoping to see a movie but it was daylight so none available. We will definitely come back with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food in a good looking restaurant. Noise level made it difficult to talk across the table, but otherwise highly recommend trying.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with another couple. Be sure to sit outside. Great ambiance. Recommend the fried chicken. Would go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

IMO, this place is more about the atmosphere than the food. The food was very good but so many restaurants in SF have good food these days that I wouldn't say it was any better than most 'good' restaurants. The atmosphere is very nice, good lighting, good ambiance. The vibe feels a little European to me. Busy, social and inviting. Great place for a date or group dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambience was amazing, service was great but our meal was disappointing. Our appetizer the duck board and dessert apple crumb cake were delicious, but the scallops were very salty and the chicken was dry and chewy. Our waitress was very sweet and took the scallops off because we were not able to finish them because they were vey salty. I will still give Foreign Cinema another try because I know we all have bad nights.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema is a charming restaurant. The lighting coupled with the black and white movie projection on the wall makes the courtyard feel warm and endlessly romantic. The food is above average overall. I definitely recommend it for dates.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was descent, but personnel is terrible. No hello, no goodbye, no thank you. Very rude servants. Take care of that.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My girlfriend and I were celebrating our 2 year anniversary and chose Foreign Cinema for a relaxed and upscale dinner. However, the confirmations I received for our reservation had the name Megan Evans instead of my name. The irony to that mistake is Megan Evans is the name of my ex-girlfriend. Upon my girlfriend checking the email confirmation we had plenty to argue about due to that name/mistake. I called and left a message trying to confirm that we did in fact have a reservation and received no return call. Upon our arrival we were directed to the bar since we were early, ordered and drank 2 o.k. cocktails, and were sat 10 minutes after our reservation time. The bottle of wine we ordered from the somm was not available, our appetizers were great, and the pork chop was, well, uneventful. Typically, I wouldn't leave a review like this. I simply wouldn't return nor would I recommend your restaurant. Somehow our experience fell through the cracks. Your automated system prompted a review of our experience so here it is. I would be willing to try Foreign Cinema again if Foreign Cinema is willing to ensure a true and enjoyable dining experience. I'm looking forward to the reply-

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

one of the cutest and most romantic place you can take someone special.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambiance, wine list and bread were the best things about the evening. Entrees were served Luke warm and undercooked twice. They took them off the check but argued whether it was cooked. Wouldn't return which is too bad because it is a special place overall.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food - great service and fun environment! Best pork chop ever. Literally. :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the ambience and loved the food recommended by our attentive waitress. Such a unique and vibrant experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

First of all I want to say that this restaurant has been on my list for years, so needless to say I was so happy we finally found a date that worked. The venue entrance is quite the scene for the Mission, and I would note that being dropped off directly in front from our uber was a huge plus as the area is spotted with many hmmm, not being PC here, homeless. BTW- the bathrooms were dirty and I imagine that this is because non restaurant goers have easy access. My husband, who is not picky said the men's room was gross. That's saying a lot for a typical guy. Ladies room was dirty also. Overall - I think that the food was reasonably good. My whole problem with the ENTIRE night was the service. Not once did our waiter provide any semblance of prompt/attentive service. 1) Food delivered at different times 2) two entrees were cold to the touch and the steak was so raw it was cold and had to be sent back 3) he didn't do the 3-minute check, we had to flag down bus boy multiple times 3) didn't open our special wine that be brought to celebrate without prompting 2x 4) the port we ordered at the end of our dinner had large chunks of sediment, and when we finally found him and flagged him down, he simply said oh well - I won't charge you for it, since it was the bottom of the bottle! what the heck - you knew it was not serve worthy, and you still brought it? Last note - apparently some type of food critic was sitting by herself and the table directly next to us. I can say honestly, she had waitstaff and the manager hovering over her all night. It was so apparent, we almost laughed and engaged in conversation with her to ask what her secret was. Since this was a special occasion and I didn't want to make a scene in front of my guests I didn't say anything that night to the management, but I will absolutely be calling them. Not sure if they will care as this place is packed and who knows if they eve care.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Serving portions are fairly small and the service was very slow. Recommend for dinner because the ambience is much better then.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful adventurous gastronomic dining. My friends and I were all in love...especially the Nasty Lady was really good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful meal with amazing flavor combinations. Attentive but not intrusive service. Friendly staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect! Definitely ask to be seated outside- it's very special!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience for all. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday celebrant like the rest enjoyed the venue! We felt special and the food was superb!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat in the middle of the restaurant and after our reservation were hurried to get up due to another party was going to be sat at our table, service was ok and the food was good but small portions

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wow, definitely exceeded my expectations, which were high. Went with another couple; everyone loved their entrees. Server was great and very patient with a 'high needs' person in our party. Curry-scented fried chicken is to die for. Great wine and cocktail list. Awesome vibe. Pricey but worth it. We'll definitely go back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place. Mediocre food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place and awesome service! Was pricey but 100% worth it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Would have been great if service ( speaking only about the server since everyone else ...hostess runners ect were great and professional) was better. Server was pleasant enough but literally waited 15-20 min for my first drink to arrive. I didn't appreciate that she took our order then preceded to the next table to take their order thus delaying our meal ...timing was way off. Appetizers and salads came out a minute apart

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Davitus is FANTASTIC! Sarina is AMAZING!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great time at Foreign Cinema. I have dined here about ten times since I've lived in SF and have had nothing but great experiences.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had an awesome date at Foreign Cinema, really loved the ambiance and food. And the service was outstanding, everyone was so attentive and friendly. Would love to come back someday!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My fourth return to foreign cinema was exceptional and I'll be back be again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my best friend's birthday and they made it memorable without being invasive. The wine was always full, the service was prompt. I was never looking for anything and I am pretty demanding. They accommodated my dietary needs without having to discuss it with the kitchen so the staff is not only great as service providers, but also knowledgable in their product. Worth every penny!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good. The service was very nice and professional. \nThe one thing that helped me decide about this restaurant was the noise level. I couldn't hear the waiter and my dinner guest.\n\nIt was great that the table next to us was having fun, except that one person in that party was actually screaming. The loud music and screaming guests aren't conducive to a dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing brunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Foreign Cinema has an amazing ambiance and equally amazing food. From the moment you walk in the door and walk down the long hallway to the restaurant, you know you're in a special place. The service was fast and great, the food was delicious, and the environment was very relaxing. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Girlfriend and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary there!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

waited an hour to be served brunch having booked months in advance for a trip to sf . Brunch shoukd be a quick served meal. The table next to us got served first despite coming later and seemed to have more attentive service . Food good but for the price not worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

always fun and lively. they were nice to hold the reservations since i was 20 mins late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for my birthday dinner with friends. The staff were extremely pleasant and courteous. As the group before us were lagging we were about 30 minutes late to be seated - the staff was super apologetic and even brought us a round of appetizers immediately upon seating to tide us over while we ordered. Loved the restaurant and am so glad I spent my birthday there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food & amazing ambience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a good brunch here with friends! A bit pricey for a casual brunch and just OK vegetarian options. Poptart and sticky bun are great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Creative and delicious food properly portioned. Very cool space in a great area. Excellent service all around. Noisy but that might be intentional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and drinks are outstanding and really unique. The ambiance is also great—Foreign Cinema can be either super romantic or a cool place to have a birthday dinner with friends. The only thing is that the tables are really closely packed. If you're next to an obnoxious couple or group, they can really spoil your experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great and our server was nice, but it took forever to get our meal. I don't blame it so much on the server, as he didn't seem to have enough help. The two of us arrived for a 9pm reservation and it took two hours to complete our meal. We found ourselves waiting sometimes 20 minutes between courses. Either the kitchen is too small or they need more staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time going with my girlfriend. Really good ambiance, great service, and really good food. We both left full and happy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, extraordinary service, great ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment we walked in, everything was amazing. We waited for our table to be ready at the bar and even before we had a chance to ask or look for a menu, two were walked promptly over to us. Our bartender was quick and even walked the drinks out to us from around the bar. We were seated in the incredibly beautiful, spacious outdoor area. Due to the heat lamps, it was surprisingly warmer and more comfortable than the other side. The decor was on point, with hanging lights, modern table tops and of course, the movie projected across the back of the restaurant. Our server was quick, polite, and attentive. He suggested the scallops, and the lamb. His recommendations did not miss a beat. Our party got both dishes as well as the duck and everything was unbelievable. The scallops with a kiss of lemon over the squid ink risotto was as hearty as it was light. Not too rich, just as delicate as a perfectly seared scallop should be. The lamb had a great smokey bite to it along with it's very flavorful sausage counterpart. The duck was perfectly tender, soft as butter with a hint of sweetness. We rounded out our meal with some 'sserts, sharing an order of chèvre cheesecake as well as the sweet potato profiteroles. The cheesecake was especially notable with a maple drizzle to balance the tartness of the cake. Incredible experience. Would bang.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

We wanted a special dinner for our son who was visiting from Santa Monica. Heard good things about FC and made reservations.Right from the start, without asking, the hostess seated us outside--in the middle of February. Had to ask 3 times to turn the heaters on. Then we ordered a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc. We couldn't understand why after 15 minutes and finishing our appetizers, we still didn't have our wine. We found out when the tasting pour was warm. The waitress gave us an ice bucket, but that meant we had to go through our meal still waiting for the wine to cool. We ordered a glass of cold wine to hold us over but that was 20 minutes in coming. To make matters worse, the food was mediocre and lukewarm. Overall, terrible food, terrible service. A bad experience for $250.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I cannot rave enough about Foreign Cinema. It is great for dinner and brunch. We always bring out of town guests here and they love it. Food is unique and delicious. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere and decor is perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazingly good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was great except the noise level. We couldn't carry on a decent conversation. The food and the service were outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wish we were seated in the 'center' room; we were seated in what felt like an art gallery.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great courtyard outdoor sitting. We had a group of 8 and our out-of-town guests were impressed with the vibrant scene of the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was amazing (food and waiter) except the shaved head female hostess, ignored us and gave us a very rude look glaring us up and down. Very strange as we were dressed nice. Now I see other reviews about a rude hostess and think it's the same woman. Starts you off with a bad taste in your mouth which is unfortunate cause everything else was great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I thought the service was very slow and not attentive. We had informed our waiter that we wanted milk for the tea and ketchup for my champagne omelet. But we has to remind him when the tea and entrées arrived. The chèvre cheesecake and grape granita with raspberry sorbet were delicious desserts. Paying the bill was arduous. Getting the check, then flagging the waiter again to take my card. It wasn't as pleasant as in past years unfortunately.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My fav rest in SF for many years. Just the right vibe and excellent food that is creative but doesn't try too hard where you have to google the menu. Love the patio seating. Really great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a group with 2 locals and 4 visitors. All enjoyed the experience. Good food and service, atmosphere unique!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, wine and atmosphere, but our service left much to be desired.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The lavender hazelnut cake is amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Be careful with your risoto. It was way too salty. Spoilt the taste completely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always solid and consistent. Can't really go wrong when you want the 'best-of' and something for everyone w/a range of tastes and preferences.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely fantastic in every aspects whether it's the food or the service, Foreign cinema is superb!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food in a fabulous setting. Really appreciate a decent space between the tables.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was incredibly expensive - horrible, greasy chicken with a price tag - $25 !\nService was absolutely horrible ! \nl do not recommend at all !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place but would inside acoustics are bad so you have to speak pretty loudly which is exhausting. If they could fix that this place would be the best ever. Food is incredible and service is spot on. Would highly recommend but ask to sit outside as has rest acoustics!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food! Poor service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Glad to get here finally. Did only entrees, pork chop itself was outstanding, sides very good. Service very accommodating (we were running late and at the end of their dinner service). Kitchen and somm know what they're doing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went there for Brunch at 1:45p reservation. Had guests from out of town, who are quite 'particular' with their food and service. Even with a minor hiccup with my guests toast order, confusion with a previous order -- the phenomenal service given from our female server, easily overshadowed the issue. The overall expletive was smooth and very welcoming.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema never disappoints - great food, great atmosphere, wonderful service; deservedly one San Francisco's very favorite restaurants.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Big & Bold..Large inner room & large outdoor patio..match the brunch menu..& the outstanding choices & resultant food! OUTSTANDING!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress was on existent. The food, aside from the oysters, was uneventful. I could make most dishes at home. Touted as a must while visiting San Francisco, per the dining edition, I would concur that while it's a great venue, the food is. It amazing. Please try harder. I'm not sure this would be on my list next time. \n\nLastly, the evening we went there was a wine tasting/offering from Freeman winery. Just a thought, if you're selling your wines, it's a good idea when after the party buys multiple glasses, you discuss and market your wine with them. Epic fail.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Bummed the movie wasn't on in both rooms. Was really looking forward to the minestrone I saw on the menu online and then they didnt have it. Food was was mediocre but a bit overpriced for its quality/taste

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Pork belly and duck was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great. Well prepared and presented. The service started out well but we literally had to flag down the waiter to order coffee, get dessert menus and get the check. We left feeling very underserved but the food was definitely worth the visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is overhyped. The food was mediocre and prices too high given the quality. The one bright spot of the evening was the local wine recommended by a guest sommelier.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I asked our waiter, 'What's good for a vegetarian who can't eat diary?' and had over 2/3rds of the menu read back to me, most of which was named 'duck' or 'prosciutto' and definitely had cow cheese. 'But all of it can be removed,' he added. Well, sure. After I spent ten minutes Googling the weird, 'hip' names of normal things and confirmed Parsi isn't a rare bacon, it turned out pretty delicious. Point being: There are downsides to adorable daily menus. It's a lot harder to know what to eat when neither you nor the staff knows wtf anything is.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've only been to Foreign Cinema a few times, but each time I go I am reminded that I should go more often! The food is spectacular--beautiful combinations of surprising, yet complimentary, ingredients. The cured anchovies and sardines was my favorite appetizer: simple yet complex at the same time, full of great flavors. The pork chop, duck breast, and fried chicken were all great entrees, and even seemed to go well together as dishes. The service seemed a bit slow when we were there (our first two appetizers came before our wine) but otherwise the experience was fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a wonderful meal, as always, at Foreign Cinema. The staff was incredibly accommodating, and our server, Jackie, was fantastic--knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming. The brandade was one of our favorite dishes, but everything was stellar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unique place love the movie dine setting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

our server was excellent. helped with a few recommendations that were spot on. the fried chicken was incredible...and so was the whisky and sesame cocktail.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema has an extensive wine list, great ambiance, good food, and stellar service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved this place! Very cute quirky place to go for date night. The food was amazing and there was plenty of variety to choose from. Even the dishes that I was unsure of because I had never heard of that flavor combination were wonderful. The most interesting twist on a dish was the Fried Chicken. It seemed to have a unique Indian-style inspiration that was a nice surprise. The only complaint I had (and it is a very very small one) is that because we were in a center table in the outdoor courtyard where they have the movie playing, we couldn't hear the movie at all. All of the speakers and volume adjusters were on the outer rows tables. But other than that, it was a lovely place to dine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is really about the brunch and booze. While I find the dinner experience to be solid, nothing on their dinner menu would bring tears to my eyes. The balsamic eggs at brunch however felt like an epiphany. Join the craze. Come here for brunch.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you haven't been to Foreign Cinema you should definitely try it. But don't be surprised if you leave feeling 'meh' for what you get. 10 years ago Foreign Cinema was TOPS! It was really the only place in the mission doing good, locally driven California new cuisine. But, ten years later, it doesn't hold up for the price point. I could name at least 4 other restaurants in the neighborhood that are doing better food for a similar price point. Sadly, I think Foreign Cinema's heyday has passed as being an outstanding meal in a unique location.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

FC has been one of my favorite restaurants in SF - having frequented this establishment many times over the years...until now. \nI brought my family here to celebrate my father's 60th birthday. The oysters, per usual, were very fresh and delicious. But all of the other dishes, namely ALL the entrees we ordered were VERY disappointing. The duck was salty and overcooked. The sea bass was overcooked and bland. And the fried chicken was less than impressive. \nWhen our bill came, we were overcharged by $200 (waitress had mistakenly marked '4 dozen' instead of '4 pieces') AND we were charged for 2 entrees (after sending one back and requested a replacement). The bill took 2 rounds of revision before it was correct. Suffice it to say, both the food AND the service could use some improvement and I will not be back anytime soon. \n\nSorry Foreign Cinema - it's time to step up your game and stop resting on your laurels.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The extra attention and treats the manager personally offered for our anniversary really made it a special evening. Every server we've had is great, knowledgeable and friendly and this visit was no exception.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe, interesting, delicious and well-prepared food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience and food. They had some interesting cocktails on their menu. The staff was great in pairing the food and wine. The only downside of the experience was that there was only a max of 2 credit cards to split the bill. It caused our guests to have to run to the ATM to get some cash out. It would have been nice to get advanced notice about this the day or 2 before when the reservation was confirmed on the phone. I was hoping we would be able to sit in the area where the movie was showing, but overall a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wasn't anything super crazy or special. But food quite tasty and service was top notch. Overall very positive, but potentially not worth the price we paid.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very dramatic entrance with two heavy steel and glass door. Dim lights with red carpeted entrance. Options of indoor and outdoor. Definitely take outdoor, even at the cold weather of San Francisco you'll feel warm because they have an outdoor warmer and half of the outdoor has a clear roof. White screen plays old movies from the 70's. Noise is contained....would love to go back there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema was awesome. Definitely the type of place to take someone important to you, or celebrate special occasions. While the price is a little steep, the food, drink and atmosphere justify the price. \n\nHighly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and service! Would've been nice to hear a little bit of the movie audio but not a deal breaker. Everything was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a spectacular dinner. In the 9 years I've lived in SF I have always wanted to visit Foreign Cinema and I was not disappointed. Spectacular service and food and a really outstanding over all experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service were excellent. If i could eat two pork chops I would do it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great setting, great food. One of my favorite SF eating spots. bathrooms could be improved and maintained.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

A very tasty evening out with my wife. The Foreign Cinema was recommended by a friend and it was a well deserved recommendation. Very tasty food and our server was able to explain each dish and answer our questions in detail.\n\nThe bathroom needs a little face lift and we found a it a little bit pricey.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been a long time fan and have recommended Foreign Cinema many times. Unfortunately, this latest trip did not meet expectations. A hostess that acted like she was royalty and a waiter that acted like he wanted to be anywhere else was combined with food that fell below expectations and a dessert that was just plain bad. Looks like this gem has finally run its course.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was exceptional

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a wonderful spot ; hidden by a long hallway from busy Mission Street . It has the vibe of the neighborhood but is a welcoming oasis . Great staff / welcoming and professional. Excellent drinks at a smallish bar . Interesting starters .. certainly the charcuterie and the various seafood temptations! But tops is the fried chicken ( the best ever ) do not miss it and save room for the chèvre cheese cake !!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's pricey for the type of food and ingredients that they serve, but the food itself was delicious. The atmosphere of FC was lively, the lighting was good, and the layout was spacious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always love this place. The ambiance is so cool with the movie playing in the background. This time we brought my daughter who just turned 25. We had great cocktails and I had the fried chicken which is yummy! Our waiter Jordan was super attentive and friendly. Only bummer was that I wanted to take my left overs home and the busboy forgot to bring them back. Oh well, we will definitely be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to this restaurant on a Monday night during a visit to San Fransisco. The place was super crowded. They gave us a table facing back to everything and everyone. The service was awful and no one checked with us if we need anything!!! Won't recommend it to anyone!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had a few hours to kill before my redeye back east, so I spent 30 minutes reading about restaurants in San Franciso. Foreign Cinema caught my eye and off I went. What a great experience. I sat outside under the clear awning they have set up, right near a heat lamp. Then it started to pour while singing in the rain played silently on the restaurants back wall.\r\n\r\nThe service was excellent, as was the food. Fondue was surprisingly light, sesame fried chicken was savory, a little sweet, and oh so succulent. A great, great experience all the way around!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ambiance was cute and romantic. \n\nFood was very good.\nPremieres:\nBurrata: 7/10\nPork belly: 8/10\n\nEntrees:\nSteak: 9/10\nDuck: 9/10\nPork: 7/10\n\nService was very poor, unfortunately.\n - Took more than 40 minutes to bring us our wine.\n - Waited another 20 minutes for the waitress to take our orders. Had go and flag her down in the end. I would have ordered much more if it didn't take so long to get her attention.\n - The waitress was very bad at recommending dishes. Anyone can tell you that pork is heavier than tuna. She must not have she ever even tried them.\n - After having no received slow service all night, she asked us to leave immediately after paying the check because there were other guests waiting for the table. Not our fault the dinner took so long.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely a delight dining here. From the food quality & taste to the ambiance - it is one of the perfect places for important and perfect moments, conversations & experiences.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

FC has always been a restaurant I have wanted to dine. I was not disappointed! It is now one of my favorite restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I made arrangements to meet with a dear friend who I had lost touch with. We picked Foreign Cinema because we both love it but had never eaten there together. I had the Persian flat omelette, and my friend leaped on the opportunity to order the duck confit & frisee salad. Both were delicious. We finished with the chocolate pot-de-creme. \n\nEverything was lovely. We were left alone when we needed to be left alone, but the service was attentive without being obtrusive. \n\nForeign Cinema strikes again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the vibe of this place. I ate brunch in the outside patio area on Saturday afternoon. Great customer service from hostess, bartender at front bar and my serve at the table. I read other reviews that this place had a way with eggs, so I tried the Persian omelet. It was their twist on a dish I've had a Mediterranean place in NY. Great toppings, a guacamole type sauce balanced with a sweeter tomato chutney. Tempted by the dessert menu but I was already full...maybe next time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went for my birthday and they were very accommodating for my large group. The food was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server, Juan, made our night extra special! Didn't charge us corkage, brought out special appetizers, and was very knowledgable but unpretentious about the the wine. Definitely will go back. One of our best dining experiences.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was polite, but MIA most of the time. We were constantly looking around for him to try to order or ask for drinks and he never really followed up with us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for Brunch and it was excellent. A great variety to choose from and a great atmosphere. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The place has a good vibe and a diverse brunch menu. There is something for everyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a restaurant I'd wanted to try for years, but it was so far away and hard to get into that I never had the opportunity. On a lark, my husband and I used OpenTable to secure a late evening reservation midweek. We were not disappointed. \n\nThe service was impeccable. Our waiter was there exactly when we needed him and held back when we didn't. He gave excellent advice as to which dishes to order and which to avoid based on our tastes. The wine list was extensive, so we also relied on his advice to point us in the right direction. (This is definitely a restaurant for wine lovers)\n\nWe started the meal with a bowl of the butternut squash soup, the best I ever had. Just sweet enough with the perfect amount of creme fraiche. He order the kobe bavette, which was perfectly seasoned and almost melted in the mouth. I order the pork chop which was brined and grilled to perfection. My only complaint was that there was not the amount of vegetables accompanying the meal as I expected based on the description from the menu. If I had known, I would have ordered something on the side.\n\nWhile the seating is comfortable and cozy, the restaurant is on the loud side. Good for an evening of eye gazing, but hard to have a really engaged conversation. \n\nOverall, I loved the experience, the food, and the service. Will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I came here to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary; the night before our wedding we held our rehearsal dinner here, and shortly after our wedding we moved out of the area, so it was very nice to be back. The staff were as usual great and even brought us some complementary sparkling wine to help us celebrate. Food was excellent, especially the dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I fell in love with the atmosphere in the courtyard dining area. It was obviously outside dining but very elegant. The waitstaff were well informed on menu and clientele favorites. I didn't feel rushed to finish my meal so they could turn the tables for the next group of reserved diners. The food was full of flavor and delightfully memorable. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had the lamb and it was our best meal of our week in Sonoma/San Francisco. Perfectly cooked, with a lentil puree and berries, pears, bitter greens. Excellent combination of flavors. Fun semi-outdoor setting. Noisy due to several large parties, but we could still talk. Interesting cocktails. Decent wine by the glass. We considered going back for our last night because there were so many other interesting things we wanted to try, but they were booked. Went home and watched the movie.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been going to Foreign Cinema since it opened many times each year. The quality of service has become very poor. The food is still reasonably good. We probably go there now aout of habit. It is one of the few restaurants in the city where we go multiple times a year where the staff fails to recognize our party. I'm sorry to say if things don't improved, we will stop going there. The service and attitude need a big rework. I know business so good probably there is no reason for change. But time will catch up with business.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful decoration , food very good , long list of good wines , great atmosphere

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The menu was unique and the food was incredible. Amazing ambiance - a crowd pleaser for SF visitors. Unfortunately, our server was downright rude. We started off by ordering an appetizer: 'really? just one?' After several other snobby comments including annoyance toward our wine selection (only $82 a bottle), we quickly paid our bill. 5 minutes later, we were informed that the next party would be arriving in 10 minutes and essentially asked to leave. I made this reservation over 3 weeks prior...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is amazing. There is no other way to say it. The food is amazing and clearly quality. I am so happy I got married here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great brunch here with two girlfriends. Would love to return for dinner on my next trip to San Fran.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience. Creative food, professionally served. Cool vibe, lively open environment. Thank you!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Like all restaurants in SFO they are always packed and hard to get reservations and this is one of them. I had a reservation and waited at the bar, the bartenders were super cool and attentive as well as the service. The menu changes everyday, I would give it a second try, I had grilled calamaris, shrimp cocktail, oysters and the fried chicken, I wasn't blown away by the food, it was alright, the place is cool to go with a group of friends.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been regulars at foreign cinema for more than a decade and usually have amazing experiences. This was our first time for brunch, however, and after the way we were treated by the hostess, we won't be trying that again. We were running late and as a courtesy I called the restaurant a few minutes before our reservation time to apologize and let them know of our situation. The gentlemen I spoke with couldn't have been more reassuring but when we arrived 15 minutes later, the hostess gave us a dirty look and immediately quipped that we were very late and we'd have to wait awhile to get a table. We did- 25 minutes. More than the wait, it was this hostesses attitude that made what should have been a lovely afternoon tense and awkward. Really unexpected from a restaurant of this calibre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I got a tip from a well travelled friend about this restaurant, since it is our first time to SF! We both love good quality food, very satisfied after being there. The menu is great, food with a twist and passion. The price was totally ok with the quality of food that we were served. The place is charming, if you are looking for a good place to dine and not too uptight ambient, this place is perfect!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely awful service. The hostess was very snotty about waiting for us to close our tab (which they did not allow us to transfer to our table). Our waitress only came around once to ask us how we were doing and if we wanted drinks. Our dessert plate had a paper on it that was not meant to be there. And when I complained to the manager he was too engaged with his tablet to make eye contact with me or to make it right. Won't be going back. Everyone treated us as if we were an inconvenience to them. Not worth the money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tony our server was great. We will definitely be returning!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

All in all a great evening and a restaurant I would recommend. The mahi was fantastic!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was fantastic. Knowledgeable, friendly, timely, perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sadly we were dining too early to catch the movie(we were with a baby) but the service was really great! The cocktails weren't our favorite choices but pretty decent. The food was good. We sat outside the place itself is really nicely lit with overhead bulb lighting and the indoors looked nice and modern and cozy. I would go back but I was just visiting the city.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always beautiful and great food, but some of the leSt attentive waitstaff and slowest service in the mission. Good for when you have a lot of time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I went to to Foreign Cinema on Sat night for our Valentines dinner. We had made reservations in Dec and requested a cozy table in the 'center of all the action and best view'. When we arrived we were seated at a tight little table indoors next to another couple where everyone had to squeeze in and their waiter asked me to move so he could get to them :(. I asked the hostess to find us a seat in the pation 'where all the action is and we can watch the movie'. She went to check on availability but never returned. I asked another histess and she seated us outside instantly. Once seated it took about 20 mins for someone to take our drink order and another 20 mins for our foodto be ordered. We order a salad for appetizer and seasame chicken for entrees. The food was very tasty and plentiful. We ended the night with a tartar dessert which was yummmmy. Definitely will go back again but this time will make certain they seat us 'in the patio'.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We started with drinks, including a unique and delicious Bloody Mary. We ate oysters, clams, mussels and crab. Then we had some wonderful egg dishes as our entrees. The food menu is large enough to please anyone. The place is always full and lively.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Flawless food, excellent wine list, friendly super efficient waiter and waitstaff. Great atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

No a/c due to the open air format where movies play so it can be a bit warm. Food was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot in Mission! Our party of eight had a fabulous table in the middle of the restaurant. Try the bavette steak or the seared tuna...absolutely delicious. They accommodated my dietary restrictions as well. Try the patio on a nice evening as it's really cool!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is always good and has never disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to Foreign Cinema a few times - and this time I brought my sister and brother in law who were visiting. It started off a little rocky, the hostess was a bit rude, and it took about 30 minutes for a waiter to come over (830pm on a Sunday), however once she did - she was fantastic, and we had a great meal. The food was very tasty as always, as was the ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lovely date spot with creative cocktails, excellent wine selections, and phenomenal food at a fair price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very original concept with an extensive wine list and innovative menu

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for my wife's birthday & we both had a fantastic time. The food was great and the wine was excellent. The restaurant is very noisy. Must really speak up to be able to talk. At times the noise level can be very annoying. Service was good & very efficient.\n\nOverall, I would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were treated so well at Foreign Cinema. Neither one of us had dined there in years but we thought it would make a good place to celebrate. We were right. From the moment we walked in and were given a glass of champagne to the granita dessert with candles at the end, we couldn't have had a better experience. Our waiter, from South America, was superb. He suggested the perfect wine for our meal and knew every dish on the menu. We weren't hurried and we could hear each other! Just a fine experience - we won't wait for a special occasion to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nothing compares to FC, it's always outstanding - food, wine, atmosphere all top notch. Even better - the people!!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was really a disappointment. The hostess was rude. it was loud. The food was very mediocre. The server clearly had too many people he was serving. \n\nReally a disappointment. Wish we had kept our reservation at Spruce.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous dinner at Foreign Cinema. Great prawn cocktail. Baked gnocchi with fontina cheese and cherry tomatoes was also great. For entrees you can't beat the pork chop with corn, tomato and beans. A perfect summer dish. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

absolutely fabulous. again. this restaurant always delivers a peek dining experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall, the food was terrible and very pricey, especially the fish and risotto. For the same price, we went to Slanted Door and had the most amazing dinner and view. Never again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Definitely a must eat at, at least once. Restaurant in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was very good here, but the ambiance really did it for me. So cool and unique. I wish I lived in the area so I could go all the time!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been going to Foreign Cinema every couple of months for the past several years. Each time I go, the wait staff is pleasant and the food is great. The food is always fresh and interesting. The staff provides recommendations when requested and never urges me to buy wines more expensive than I can afford. They always go out of their way to make the evening fun. I have never had a bad experience either with the food, the wine or the wait staff. I highly recommend Foreign Cinema to anyone who is looking for a great meal and a great evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for girlfriend's birthday. We were a loud and boisterous group of 10. The food was excellent, the wait staff was very accommodating, and the wine/drink list was perfect. The beer list is a bit uninspired, and the shape of the outdoor area makes it a bit of a wind tunnel, but those are small complaints up against an otherwise PERFECT evening. I would highly recommend Foreign Cinema to anyone for a special event or a nice date night. Was not cheap, spent about $100 each, but we were eating and drinking in excess. \n\nFried Chicken was particularly perfect!\n\nThanks FC!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Such a disappointment. I don't care how much it costs, just make some decent fucking food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a 945pm reservation, waited 30 mins to be seated only to have it wrong. In the reservation asked for outside table bs inside, they had no record but did accommodate when I was firm with them. Service was basically non-existent. Food was good even though it was extremely salty! Will not be rushing back. We are from Manhattan & heard so much hype around this place & so we went there w friends from London. So disappointed!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

For a restaurant in the 'Top 100' for San Francisco, this restaurant sadly falls short on many aspects of the dining experience. The service was non-existent throughout the meal, to the point that I actually asked our waiter 'Juan A' if he preferred not to wait in us. The food was nothing special or exciting. The restaurant itself is very beautiful, but with extremely poor service and mediocre food, that isn't enough to carry Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lovely evening outdoors in SF! Outdoors because of the heat lamps. Delicious food very uniquely prepared. Made for a wonderful birthday dinner for my friend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A must if you are in San Francisco!\nAmazing atmosphere, great wine, most delicious dishes.\nBoth bar and main 'cinema' room are great to be. You do need reservations...\nit is definitely worth it!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were visiting SF and decided this might be a fun spot for dinner with our 9y and 6y boys (they were playing Wizard of Oz as the movie). The atmosphere was perfect and while the movie is more 'background' (very little sound comes out of old drive in speakers that are not next to every table) it was outstanding. The kids' menu was amazing - crudite (most beautiful local veggies ever!), pasta or steak and homemade ice cream! Wonderful gourmet meal for the parents too - we will definitely return w/the kids if the movie is kid friendly … or w/o them ;-)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My boyfriend and I dined at Foreign Cinema for our anniversary dinner last week and we loved it! We sat outside and the atmosphere was great. It was so fun having Wizard of Oz up on the big screen. The place was happening with a high energy vibe. The food was AMAZING. My boyfriend had the seafood dish and I had the risotto. We shared a bottle of wine and were very impressed with the service and everything else!\n\nWe would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a good time in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful atmosphere with strings of lights hanging and a screen playing a movie, feels very romantic and creative. Food was exceptional, we had yellowtail fish which was seared perfectly and so fresh! Also, the duck dish was so tasty, I could eat seconds. Service was professional and so friendly. Definitely will be back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time dining here, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it! great food, creative cocktails, and a warm ambiance provide the perfect recipe for an enjoyable night out. Will definitely be back!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

The hostess who sat us was very rude. We were not even welcome with a smile and was just expected to follow her without talking. Furthermore, when we requested to be seated inside since the outside seating where the movie was playing was scorching hot, she seemed upset. Once seated, the service was very slow. The waitress, while nice, did not even introduce the menu or recommend any specials. The portion size was not equal to the cost. And our left overs were almost lost since the person who bagged them did not even bring them back to our table. We had to remind our waitress of the food. Definitely would not visit this restaurant again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was our first time to the restaurant. We had heard a lot about it from our friends and it exceeded our expections. The ambiance, food and service were exceptional. The girls who seated us were very courteous and our server took time to explain dishes on the menu and checked on us during the course of the lunch. We would come back again, with a larger group. Kudos.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place, very romantic. The appetizers were great but we were disappointed by the main dish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I started going to Foreign Cinema over 15 years ago when my husband and I first met. After we got married we have celebrated many an anniversary or birthday there. Never had a bad experience there. The food is always on point.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic meal, everything from the picnic board to the cheesecake and everything in between was amazing! Our server, Jason, was awesome. Some of the best service we've had in the city. We will definitely be back and highly recommend to everyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took the GF here for her birthday dinner. We liked our food and drinks Bill for two came to $160 plus tip -- pricey, but it was a special night out. \n\nSome very loud big parties surrounding us on one side, with one obnoxiously loud techie hipster. Not the restaurant's fault, I suppose.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Pretentious and overpriced \nPersian breakfast was amazing but missing one or two vital components... Such as walnuts...... Maybe a radish/greens... Otherwise was my favorite thing ... Which is unfortunate because you don't have to cook that \nDuck liver is rather rich and spread thick ... Hope you are ready for it \nPop tart was overlooked and border line burned on the edges. 'Persian' Bloody Mary hAd sumac added only but no other real Persian indicators. Steak frites was a complete disappointment as they ruined the Kobe by sous viding and charring on the grill... Came out so chewy it was not enjoyable \n\nBye bye $131

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and extensive beverage list. Waiters fun and friendly. Ambiance was really nice. Next time I'll go there in the evening to get to see the movie as well.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Some set last are plainly better than others...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the following; valet parking, hostess, waitstaff, cheese fondue appetizer (so creamy!), pork chop, (so moist!), vegetarian and dairy free option flexibility, cocktails AND they were very patient when we lingered at the table after coffee, dessert and paying the bill. $$$$ but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing ambiance, beautiful restaurant, warm welcome and service, delicious food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is one of my favorite SF restaurants. I have been coming for years and most of my and my friends life moments are celebrated here. The food is great. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and beyond a few tweaks the place is a reliable standby. \n\nThat said it can be hit or miss. On this occasion we suffered through what seemed like a rush. Our dinner was 2 hours long - not because we were relaxing through it, but because it took so long to get it. Wait staff seemed stretched and inattentive. We had to ask for our food and raise our hands to get more wine. People were scurrying around and it felt chaotic. And the manager roamed through but didn't seem to help anything, just make it more chaotic.\n\nThe one terrible experience that is constant is the restrooms. Abysmal. As is the entranceway. It remains a horrid transition from Mission realities to a warm relief inside. Many a guest of mine have commented on what a terrible experience this is and why it remains is as much of a mystery as is the tenderloin district. WHY.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love FC. I eat there several times a year and always find it reliable. The chef keeps things fresh and the wine is always interesting.\n\nThe ambiance is fantastic - Once you get through the awkward portal to the service desk and if you ignore the high-school bathrooms...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still one of the best places to eat in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the food was amazing. the wine was crisp and delicious. the service was flawless. thank you robbie :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is my Go-To restaurant whenever I have friends/family visiting and I want to take them to a restaurant that best exemplifies SF dining, ie great menu highlighting local, seasonal ingredients, excellent staff and a lovely setting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My girlfriend took me here for a birthday brunch, and I ordered the Poached Eggs with Confit Duck. The duck was delicious, but the salad and eggs were nothing special. The lettuce was a little old, and the dressing was unremarkable. Her eggs, however, were wonderful. She had a spicy vegetarian egg dish. We also shared a nectarine pop tart, which was yummy, and the iced tea was good too. We sat in the outdoor area, which was nice. They had shades stretched above to keep the sun out. It was, all in all, very pleasant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

After all these years the food still shines. Everyone's entree was good and the cocktails satisfying. The ambience makes this a special spot even though the service was not special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in SF - waitstaff and food are fantastic

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unique environment, large open seating area where the movie can be seen. Food quality was just OK, but for the price I would not return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dining at the Cinema is not a foreign experience to us. We have dined in groups and solo, all very good experiences; however, on this last visit, there seems to have been an overall shift. My order of Croque Madame took a while to get to my table. I had to ask the wait staff to check on it. The restaurant was not busy. When it arrived it looked like it had been sitting for a long period of time...the 'béchamel blanket' had hardened and looked less than appetizing. This alone should have been a signal to send it back, unfortunately I didn't, and paid the price for not doing so. I was ill for the balance of the day. My husband's burger was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The waiters were rude and inpatient. They were not willing to give good service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food. Variable choice of entrees and appetizers. The movie playing in the end of the outdoor area makes it special and if the right movie is laying romantic. The staff is extra courteous and the food was perfect. All in all a surprise in the middle of the mission district. Highly recommend it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Festive Cocktails and atmosphere....Curry. Fried. Chicken.\nGreat oyster and shellfish selection\nGo.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for Halloween, special night in the Mission. All the wait staff were dressed up for the occasion. Very fun atmosphere, food was fabulous, super service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was amazing! Great service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the spicy bloody mary and the sticky bun. The omelette was also excellent, although the potatoes were fairly bland. What's also great is they have kid menus and crayons to keep them occupied. But what really set this place apart was the savvy way our waitress handled my antsy little nephew who inadvertently blocked her path... she handled it with grace and like a pro!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is great just pricey. I've been here for both brunch and dinner and I loved them both. Fresh seasonal selections that taste as good as they look! The ambiance is great, too!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance was great. The food was disappointing. Likely we won't come back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

High energy, and talking-loud groups, but overall I found it a pleasant space. Petrale sole was too salty (couldn't finish it), and a wine that was described as flavorful with citrus notes turned out to be characterless. But you might have better luck. Oysters were good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time wasn't so memorable but this time around we enjoyed our meal and the venue. This place is big so sitting outside is a must. Our first visit was on a Saturday night and you could tell they were overwhelmed but hitting it during the week was much smoother. With regards to the food, the Baked fromage d'Affinois, fingerling potatoes, tapenade, fennel rings, endive, baguette toast - was popular and tasty. Oysters were just okay - nothing special. The Garganelle pasta, asparagus, pea shoots, shelling beans, our ricotta, black pepper, Piave shower was actually really good and light - this was a nice surprise! And lastly, the Pink peppercorn bavette steak, arugula, Italian white butter beans, shaved Pepato, breadcrumb herb salsa was a choice by the gentlemen and they both enjoyed it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our favorite go to in san francisco. Dine in the courtyard which is covered and heated. Love the movies projected on the wall

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had not been here in years and it didn't disappoint. Food was excellent. Drinks and coffee were excellent. The only thing I would give a slight negative for is this. They open at 11 for brunch thus people are lined up to get in. We were seated about 15 minutes later and service was quite slow BUT it picked up once the wait staff got into the swing of things n

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sooooo happy I found this place!\n\nI wanted a little dinner/gathering party with some of my close friends for a go-away celebration. Everyone was so impressed by the food, the presentation, the service, the ambiance. It was so nice! \nAll the guests mentioned that they would like to come back.\nThe food was delicious and very well presented. The prices were reasonable and even if the menu is a little pricey ($10-$20 for appetizer; $20-$40 for entrees), we all really felt that the value was here and nobody felt robbed or hungry after dinner.\n\nMy advice: make a reservation! And when I say that, I mean the earlier, the better. Yes, this place is busy. Yes, a lot of people want to enjoy it. So yes, reservations will always be a plus and if you want to avoid bad surprises or long wait, reservation is a must. \n\nBut besides that... Lay back, relax, and enjoy... Definitely a must go/try/experience place. I'm going to add this one to my 'to go' place ;-)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, Foreign Cinema's food and service did not disappoint. It seemed louder than usual and while the service is always great, the timing of the kitchen was off. Waitstaff were apologetic and gave us complimentary warm olives... I will be back. :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food, service and restaurant are fantastic. Food was better than expected from the reviews but we went for dinner not brunch. They actually have tables inside not out on the courtyard where the movie was playing - so that was a bummer only because you expect to sit on the courtyard.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing ambiance, drinks, and service. Vegan plate was boring.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was thoroughly ok - good food, but nothing outstanding. Big outside space is great. Server was great, but the hostest had a bad attitude.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Vibrant atmosphere with chic surroundings. Diverse menu to please all. Delightful service and food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here for a birthday dinner last week. I'd heard it was a San Francisco institution but I didn't expect to be so blown away by the meal. Instead of the traditional two starters, two mains option, we decided to choose a selection of small plates from the 'Urban Picnic' and appetizer sections of the menu. We got olives, tuna ceviche, cod brandade, warm lavender goat cheese, beef carpaccio, and foie gras. Each dish was better than the last - divine! We were even able to order a couple of cocktails off-menu according to our particular tastes. Excellent experience, would highly recommend for any special occasions!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Quality of food was good, but underwhelmed by creativity of dishes. For dinner, there aren't many options for vegetarians. The ambience was the highlight of the evening - cool space.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unique menu with excellent ingredients, absolutely gorgeous lighting

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Requested outdoor seating, movie starts ~8:00. Patio Heaters very nice but do obstruct movie view a bit. Overall, great dining experience in an eclectic neighborhood. Would definitely recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brilliant meal with friends. Food was delicious and atmosphere buzzing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was criminally delicious. I love the airy yet warm feel of the building and decor. But what made my experience this time, was some of the best service I have ever received. The staff was seamless and allowed us to enjoy our get-together brunch. While in the midst of conversation, I repeatedly looked down and saw someone had swapped out our plates or refilled our water without me even noticing. Our server was knowledgeable and polite, not an ounce of pretentiousness. They realized we were celebrating a special occasion and brought the guest of honor dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Prompt, polite service and a beautiful interior of the restaurant. We had a late reservation and we could not tell, from either the food or the service, that we arrived close to the closing time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The most unique and flavorful dishes. Get a spot in the patio to watch the movie after sundown. Our server was amazing and let us have dessert in the patio so my daughter could enjoy Ratatouille!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent. Obviously this restaurant is top rated for a reason, the food is great and the atmosphere is even better

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a fantastic place, everything from the food to the atmosphere is awesome

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Disappointed that the film was not running. Was not made clear that film is only at dark.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Few notes from brunch last weekend:\n-Hostess was rude while checking in and seating us\n-Server was friendly enough but we received a dish with substituted ingredients without any explanation\n-Food itself was average\n\nThis will be my last visit to Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Special occasion with no attentiveness or care from staff.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful atmosphere, great people. The lady bartender was fantastic, the wine and cocktails were outstanding! For a crowded place like this some music would be nice! Also, a bit pricey but worth the cost.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Called up to change our reservation in the afternoon but when we arrived they had no record of the change. Despite the fact there was no issue with the new time the lady at front of house was incredibly unwelcoming and put out by this. Weird since it was 5.30 on a Sunday and the restaurant was half empty at this point. \nAnyway, food is decent but not amazing. Ambiance is cute. Waitress was attentive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Extensive and experiences beverage service. Food was on point.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A must experience if in SF\nBe sure to request patio table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants and our most recent\ndinner confirmed shy it rates high on our list. From the warm welcome on arriving through\nto the final bite of our delicious dinners, it delivered a perfect evening for us to share\nwith our out of town visitors.\nOur complements to the chef(s)!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Much over rated. There was nothing special about this dinner. The salads were bland. The steak looked quite sad served on two small burnt corn cobs. The fish stew was good. The best part of the dinner was cheesecake dessert. The server was quite knowledgeable about the wines. But all in all I would not go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Birthday dinner for my adult daughter who requested this restaurant for a special dinner. The staff was very,pleasant and helpful. The service was excellent and the food delicious and very appealing in presentation. My husband, my daughter and I had a lovely dinner. There were many different options and choices on the menu. It is a fun and unique restaurant however because it is very pricey it is not a place I would select on a regular basis. It was a unique experience and they di show films later in the evening hours. There are two many dining areas: the inside dining room and a more open inside patio area where movies are shown. We sat inside in the main dining area. Tables are very close together and it is a little difficult to have private conversations without nearby tables hearing you. We had a 6pm reservation which I preferred for a more relaxed meal while the restaurant was less crowded. The films are shown in the patio area in the 8:30pm time frame. We enjoyed the food and it was nicely prepared and excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We always love brunch at Foreign Cinema. Excellent service and great food. The ambiance is light and airy, just a beautiful space.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The front desk hostesses were both very rude to our party and group also witnessed the attitude continuing with other patrons. Otherwise, the service from everyone else was outstanding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always excellent, once you get over the neighborhood if you're sensitive to the incongruity. Highly recommended!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Started with the cocktail Picnic in Dolores and some oysters. I had the smoked salmon and toast. The food is very delicious. Love the decor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food and amazing service. Would absolutely recommend for a fun date - the food is a little pricey, but so delicious that it's worth the cost.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is fresh and wonderful, as always. Today the service ranged from MEH to haughty. This is my first experience with disappointing service at FC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Been wanting to eat here for a long, long time! It was worth the wait. Next time I want to see movie. Thank you.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I go to Foreign Cinema a few times a year. Tonight was probably the worst experience we've had there. We were asked to go to the bar while we waited for our table, but it was difficult to get someone to serve us a drink. Once at our table, it took a while for someone to approach us. About 40 min after our reservation, we finally were approached by a trainee waitress. It wasn't completely her responsibility, but the follow through on our orders didn't happen. There was never an explanation on our dishes, no ask if we were pleased with the wine, no attempt to ask for any feedback. Overall a pretty underwhelming experience at a restaurant we have really enjoyed in the past.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was quite poor and there was definitely an air of Mission hipster pretense. Our waitress was lovely and quite knowledgable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

it was a yummy brunch, waiter seemed to be rushing us a bit....overall it was a great brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Brunch!!!!! I would highly recommend visiting this spot. Great food, great ambiance

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

My fiancee and I arrived on-time for our 6pm reservation and were seated promptly. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the movie that was scheduled for the evening. The movie start time during the summer months is 8:30pm, unbeknownst to me when making the reservation. This was disappointing, but we still managed to enjoy the experience. Food was great but small plates were quite pricey. Would recommend going straight for the main courses. Wine selection was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My fave love this place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and food were wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was remarkable our table always clean the drinks and food on time. A colombian waitress with excellent attitude described us the dishes we wanted: the duck, the chicken and also he talked to us about the gallery. He helped us to have an excellent experience. it's important make a reservation. Open Table was very helpfull

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Omelette and salad dressing were over salted

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is seriously hyped up so we expected big things. It was the most expensive meal we had in San Francisco but unfortunately it didn't live up to the hype or the money. The food was fine but it didn't wow us. The service was a bit stuffy and we felt a bit embarrassed to ask questions about the menu. The film was playing in the background but the sound quality meant it was a loud disturbance which meant you couldn't really talk to you dinner date, nor watch the film. Sitting outside in the courtyard was lovely though. Much better restaurants in the Mission for less money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is where I celebrated my 43rd birthday with a friend and the experience was nothing short of magical. We had a lovely table in the patio on a beautiful Thursday evening. Our waiter, Leo, was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and guided us through our choices on the menu. The food was phenomenal as always and impressed both my friend and I. We indulged in the pot de creme and the galette to finish off our night. What a memorable birthday! Thank you Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very cool atmosphere and fun dining experience but the food was just ok.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Interesting menu with nice ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress was terrible. We had to flag her down in order to order more food and drinks. We told her at the beginning that we were interested in ordering a bunch of little things and trying out a lot of stuff. She never came around again after the first time, we had to flag her down. She never warned us that the kitchen was closing, but told us after it closed as she was walking by. (It would have been nice to know the kitchen's timeframe at the beginning of the meal or really any point during so we could rethink how we were going to order things) \n\nShe was not friendly and we had to twist her arm for oyster recommendations. My boyfriend asked for a martini and was brought a vesper. Not a big deal, still good, but she never asked what he wanted in it, or how he wanted it. She just did not give a shit about us. \n\nTo be honest, she kind of ruined the experience. It was made even more apparent because the couple next to us was getting special treatment (free champagne and food). I have no problem with other people getting special treatment, but at least treat your other tables like people rather than pests. It seemed like she made a point to keep her back to us as she was checking in on them and walk away as fast as she could. I don't think it was just us either. The couple on our other side she kept pushing the check on. The other waitstaff was super on point, though. The guys that were taking away dishes and bringing dishes were really nice. \n\nThe food was incredible, so kudos to the kitchen. But I really wanted to show my boyfriend a good time, as it was our one year anniversary, and to be treated so poorly felt bad. I want to come back here for the oysters because they were so good, but I don't think we'll be coming back anytime soon.\n\nIf the way we were planning on ordering was wrong, or if we were doing something wrong as customers, I would really like to know, because it was baffling and upsetting that we were treated like that.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good. Very noisy. Ambiance was just ok. Not all seating good for viewing the movie that played. Wine knowledge not the best. Overall tasty food and good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the rustic decor of this place! Reminds me a a lot of restoration hardware. Service is great, food is great. This place is a san francisco gem for a reason, would be back in a heartbeat!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambiance at this place, but pretty loud, at least inside. Service was on point and the food was very good. A bit pricey, but on par for San Francisco. Definitely recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my favorite place for brunch in San Francisco. The food is always creative and well executed. The restaurant is beautifully appointed and light filled. With its high ceilings and its beautiful courtyard next to the main dining room, the restaurant has way of bringing the outdoors into the interior lovely space. The staff and clientele have an elegance that is stylish but never stuffy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always love coming to Foreign Cinema for dinner or brunch. And I love, love, LOVE the spaces (exterior & interior)! Only criticism this time was that I'd asked for the leftover meat to go, and the waiter forgot to bring it to me. I didn't realize until almost returning home, so was a little disappointed to not have my za'atar chicken for lunch the following day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was outstanding and the waiters were very patient with questions. Service was great overall.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lots of fun, very hip crowd. Staff pleasant, professional and welcoming. Oysters a big hit! Delicious ceviche. Very nice cocktail selection. Outdoor heaters kept us warm and cozy on the terrace. A unique place in SF, highly recommend for a fun and memorable night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing cocktails the swarm, tall sommeliers with good recommendations for wine, a fun and engaging staff, great decor, delicious food the tombo, the chocolate pave, all of us had a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, servers were negligent at times

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a special treat to get to go to Foriegn Cinema. Our waitress was exceptional, food was delicious, and ambiance top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved Foreign Cinema...so cute! My BF and I went there for dinner, I ordered the pork chop, which was delicious. A lot more flavor then I expected. I rarely order pork, but thanks to Yelp, it helped make my decision. He ordered the duck, which was also good. I'm not a big fan of duck, but if that's what you enjoy the flavor was also tasty. If you want the real experience I would reserve a table for outside, where they play the film and have the pretty string lights. We went later in the evening before the sun went down, but stayed until dark and could really experience the ambiance. Drinks were good, service was good, food and dessert as well! I would def go back on a date or with a group of friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was amazing. I booked a table here for my mother's birthday last October, and all of us, dates included, loved it. Our server was outstanding. She was personable, funny, and knowledgable. Our dinners were cooked and presented perfectly, and the pink champagne our server suggested for us was superb. The only downside to the night - we were seated outside and it began to rain, so we were moved inside, which is not really even a downside; we were thrilled to experience both. Prices were very reasonable, as well. I highly recommend this place. One of The Missions true gems!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was the highlight of my San Francisco trip. Such a unique concept. Some of the young people there didn't even know what the 'drive-in' speakers were. So ingenious. The lighting was perfect, the staff was so friendly and professional and the food was outstanding. Made for a perfect evening.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The worst service I have experienced in San Francisco- rude, cold, tried to flip our table quickly, blamed poor service on 'the kitchen'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to Foreign Cinema on several occasions and I have enjoyed it every time, both for private parties and friends' gatherings. The service, food and ambiance have always been first rate. I highly recommend Foreign Cinema and would recommend it to SF friends and to visitors.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful ambience, gorgeous lighting, with okay food. We started off with a tomato salad and cod gratin. Entrees were the scallops and pasta. The scallops themselves were perfectly done. However, the overly salty sauce they were plated in overwhelmed the flavor. The pasta was good but again heavy on the salt. We finished the meal with cheesecake but was not partial to the soft texture. All minor things in regards to balance of flavor and palette, but for the portion size you receive and the price you pay, execution could be better.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great reviews, underwhelming food. Don't be fooled by the gimmick of the movie screening. It's poorly done and insignificant

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere, food and valet parking!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

6pm dinner on a Saturday. The hostess with the buzz cut was a rude first contact who didn't even acknowledge when customers greeted her, just the coldest 'Follow me', turned around, walked to our table, left the menus and off she went. I almost felt guilty for bothering her with that one task she's paid to do. Our waiter however was very nice and attentive. \nFood was good and within expectation overall. Kumamoto and shigoku oysters paired with wild strawberry & serpent's kiss cocktails were wonder starters. Followed by halibut ceviche which was very clean and well balanced. We were happy with the wine selections for the Tunisian pork chop and duck breast entrees. However I thought the lentil, salad and pate toast in my duck dish stood out more than the meat itself, the duck was a tad bland even when eaten with bites of peach.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I hadn't been to Foreign Cinema for a long time and was not disappointed. It continues to serve great good and treat customers well. I had the risotto which was outstanding and my dining partner had the sesame fried chicken. She was very happy with it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great. Didn't order alcohol and waiter was visibly pissed which was unprofessional. In general disappointed with waiter. The movie was interesting but it would have been better if we could have turned the volume up more. The little speakers are barely audible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second time here and it was wonderful! We started with the watermelon salad that was so good! Then we tried the scallops and they were superb! Dessert was the chocolate pot de creme...perfection. We had great service and a fun night all around! Will go back for sure.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was second visit. Not sure what happened but literally took close to 90 minutes to get a brunch entrée. We were the 3rd table seated after the doors opened and other people who arrived well after us were nearly done before our food arrived. Was really looking forward to dining here.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Servers forgot our lemonade till the end of the dinner and didn't even bother to change our dishes and kept on bringing food. I at the emd hd to ask one of the server that excuse me could you please change our dishes? I wasted my money at this good for nothing reataurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought my mom here for the Mother's Day brunch. Great food! Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Overall a unique dining experience with out of this world food. It's definitely a recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our 6:30 reservation was honored immediately, and the waiter expertly took care of the wine we brought. Then we were left alone for 15 or 20 minutes--no bread, no water, no opportunity to order appetizers. We had told the waiter we needed to leave for another appointment in an hour, so this was a a blot on the experience. Once we reappeared on his radar, we were well taken care of.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Feedback from European visitors : Very friendly service and quality food at reasonable prices.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had to ask for service, it took 30 mins to bring two coffees and over an hour for food! The dinning area was very cold and windy. Average food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service were all outstanding. The waitstaff were very accommodating about sharing plates which included, for our party of 3, the outstanding roasted olives, calamari, and goat cheese starters. My duck breast was perfectly prepared and presented. The only complaint any of us had was the bar drinks: the smallest Manhattan, barely covering the rocks, anyone ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place to have dinner, the food was very good, service was excellent though I thought prices were a bit high. Anyways I would highly recommend this place. Tip: make a reservation for dinner when it's already dark so you can watch the movie they're playing that night :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Located in San Francisco's Mission district, this place is legit. Don't be fooled by the fog filled windows advertising for the restaurant prior to entering this establishment. Upon entering, the long carpet entryway makes one feel like a star walking on a red carpet. Since San Fransisco has a cool climate, my husband and I chose to eat inside, but with all the natural light, it felt as if we were outside. Water is complimentary upon request, as their website and menu state at the outset. This city has several drought times and restaurants are always conservative with limited resources. I ordered the Robust Persian Flat omelet which is green in color but has all the right flavors. My husband ordered the tuna melt and it was delicious. To drink my husband ordered a coffee and I ordered the ice tea which comes with a simple syrup on the side. The tea was delicious without the syrup. They don't have to go cups so make sure you order enough to get your fill because this beautiful city is big on less waste. The menu changes so don't be disappointed if something you want is not there anymore. I personally like an ever changing menu = fresh ingredients and a new experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our appetizer was served on toast. You're making it in the kitchen. You burn the toast. What do you do? Remake three small pieces of toast so that they're not burnt? No. You turn the burnt sides down, spread the pate and hope/think that no one will notice the burnt flavor. This was a major false economy in the kitchen that kind of put a damper on the whole experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had dinner last Sunday at Foreign Cinema. We started with oysters and the a kale salad. Both were great. I had the Kobe steak & my girlfriend had the duck and the both were delicious! I thought the duck was seasoned and tasted better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was very slow, which is not acceptable when waiters expect a tip.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first time here. We loved the spacious outdoor dining and did not have to yell at each other to talk! Food was good, selection of wines was amazing. I had a great marguerite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. The service, ambiance, and food were phenomenal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service was spot on! I recommend wearing a sweater. They have heaters which are great but a wrap would have been better! i was glad I did not miss this unique fun dinner spot!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good quality food but portions are a bit small for prices they have. The environment is amazing :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Multiple friends highly recommended Foreign Cinema, stating that they haven't stopped thinking about the food there in the month since they went. My wife and I had brunch there and the food lived up to our friends' high praise. The Winter Dreaming cocktail was superb. The Persian omelet was fantastic. The balsamic fried eggs were excellent (why haven't I thought to put balsamic on eggs before?) The coffee was super good, too. \n\nOn the less than awesome side, the pop tart was only 'very good'. We had a winter fruit appetizer (apple, persimmon, pomegranate, farmers cheese, honey, fried almonds) which was very tasty, but seemed overpriced for being mostly apple slices.\n\nOverall, the food was top notch and Foreign Cinema was a fantastic experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time at Foreign Cinema. I loved the atmosphere. I was excited for the movie, yet if you have a early reservation you DON'T get to see the movie until dusk. We caught the beginning of The Wizard of Oz. Then while on the dessert course the server dropped the check without asking us if we wanted anything else. I felt the bussers hovering trying to get us to leave. I thought the food was amazing though. Overall it was a good first experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to foreign Cinema for our 20th wedding anniversary. We sat out side and watched an adorable animated movie. The food was amazing and the service was great. We had a perfect dinner and were glad we choose to spend our special night at Foreign Cinema.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came here for my friend's birthday and the restaurant is great for a group of friends; however, the service is extremely slow and it took them forever to provide us breads. The food is only okay and it's not worth for the price we paid.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was incredible - Anthony took care of us in every regard! From creating cocktails with the bartender that fit our tastes perfectly, to guiding us through the menu, to perfectly selecting dessert, we had a wonderful meal. The wine director also visited our table to help select a bottle. We were seated inside but could still see and enjoy the ambiance of the outdoor cinema seating. Great spot and definitely recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We liked the fresh cocktail ideas, the creative food items, and the style of the place is simply stunning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

best of all was the service and the ambiance. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. And sitting under the lights with the movie playing was very cool. The food was pretty good but the wine list just ok. All in all we had a really fun time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a lovely meal. Everything tasted great, was presented nicely on the plate and service was friendly and attentive. During the summer, the movie starts later, because the sun goes down later. Just be sure to factor that in when making your reservation!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The host at thefront, first contact, was not polite.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had high expectations from Foreign Cinema. Unfortunately, the food was a huge letdown. All our courses including the soup, risotto and fondue were underwhelming. The soup and fondue were overly salty and the risotto had nothing going for it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Persian Bloody Mary is fantastic. All of our food was so delicious. My wife and I will be back. Loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely delightful evening spent at Foreign Cinema .\nThe food was delicious and the atmosphere divine!\nLoved this restaurant!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You would never guess from outside the street entrance, but this is a beautiful restaurant. The service was excellent (and our waiter looked like Mr. Big). We enjoyed the antipasto starter, followed by Moroccan spiced duck for me and coffee-rubbed steak for my husband. Every morsel was delicious. The food is 'special'--nothing ordinary. We sat indoors, next to large windows to the lively courtyard seating area. All patrons seemed to be enjoying themselves, and the people-watching was a hoot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, bad first impression as hostess did NOT make us feel welcome. Waiter and food runners were great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, lovely ambiance, service a bit disconnected, perhaps from being a busy Thursday night but overall a lovely meal and special treat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our most recent fabulous meal and dining experience at Foreign Cinema was last Saturday night with server Melanie. The food was exceptional as always including chilled Maine lobster (also available hot) from their always excellent raw bar, Valhrona pot de crème for dessert, and apps including ahi, fondu and calamari and an excellent Sauvignon Blanc suggestion from Melanie. Both our first date (2003) and our engagement (2005) took place at Foreign Cinema and our food has never been less than stellar nor the quality of service and we come here a few times a year including for our anniversary.\n \nWe shared with Melanie (our server and new to restaurant) the funny story of my husband taking a close English friend to the restaurant a month ago without me. Foreign Cinema still had our October special anniversary table request on file and seated them at our special table. The staff and my husband found great amusement in his apparent partner’s change of gender and nationality and unsolicited, the restaurant sent my husband home with an amazing dessert for me with a heart on it signed “Foreign Cinema.” \n \nMelanie took incredible care of us and we bonded over our sharing our many amazing Foreign Cinema stories and experiences. We absolutely LOVE and ADORE this place and the interior is remarkable and includes outdoor covered patio seating with heat lamps – it’s right out of a chic restaurant in Soho (NYC). We have long heard that brunch is apparently extraordinary as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my family's go-to places for special occasions and it never disappoints. This last visit was marked by the outstanding service from our waiter and support staff. The cocktails were tasty, the food excellent, the service efficient and friendly. Of course, it is not inexpensive, but well worth the cost if in your price range.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an early seating with our 7 year old. The kid's meal (3 course) was delicious. We sat outside, and had wonderful food and service. Later in the evening, this would be a very cozy date night place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love it there... Live in SF 15 years my fav spot for brunch...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's been a favorite restaurant for a number of years. Overall, this was a good to very good visit. I tried the fried chicken on this visit and didn't find anything remarkable about the dish: it was hot, seasoned appropriately, but tasted like average fried chicken. The duck (my companions dish) was another story: excellent in terms of taste, preparation, and textures on the plate. We tried 2 desserts. The granita/sorbet didn't work - too bitter; one didn't balance the other; and the pot de crème was excellent (full-flavored chocolate). Service was acceptable; nothing outstanding. The waitperson was friendly (if a bit artificial), but he wasn't offensive and didn't have a negative attitude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Such a lovely experience at FC, as always. The service here can be a bit slow, but that gives you more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful ambiance. Before leaving, I snapped a few inspiration photos, how can you not while you're here? The food is great- unique takes on brunch classics. Be sure you have a reservation, and get one as far out as possible. It is a popular spot!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the chicken! Sit in the patio outside if you don't want to be bombarded with loud conversations inside. They play cute movies. The bar in front makes great cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema food seems to be getting better with time. Also, they are constantly raising the bar and upgrading the facilities and dining options - inside...outside...private rooms...bars...roof top!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went with my girlfriend to Foreign Cinema for brunch. We were seated quickly even though it was crowded and we were quite early for our reservation. We each had a delightful cocktail (their Madras Bloody Mary is a wonderful twist on a traditional bloody mary). We sat on the outdoor patio which was beautiful and well cut off from them the less scenic aspects of the neighborhood. Our server was very friendly and the food arrived promptly and without error. We split the nectarine pop-tart, which was a fun diversion, but I had food envy for people who had ordered the sticky bun as I saw them go by. We also had the duck liver mousse appetizer, which was delicious, but small. Their sides of bacon are candied and delicious, but one order is enough for two people. My entree of balsamic eggs with prosciutto was fairly nondescript, but my girlfriend loved her french toast. All in all, it was a nice meal in a fun environment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cool spot with good food and service. Very hip place but still comfortable. Sketchy neighborhood, uncomfortable at night once you leave.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

lovely brunch tasting the cocktails, caffeinated beverages, pop tarts and eggs outdoors!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Read about this on a flight to San Francisco and then checked them out online which had good reviews. Therefore, I was expecting good to great dinner, a foreign film and interesting experience. I was on a business trip so eating alone. Would not recommend if eating alone (it was about 6:30 pm and mid-week but they were busy)....total meal was close to $65 for a glass of wine, small seared tuna entree and tasty granita dessert plus tax and tip. The food I had was good and they had a nice selection of wine by the glass. However, even though I made a reservation, when I arrived, the hostess didn't ask if I wanted inside or outside, overall slow service, stuck in a far corner of the outside courtyard, film didn't start evidently til about 9pm so not there to see and valet parking cost $15 plus tip. I was still hungry even though I am a small female with small to medium appetite. Went back to my hotel disappointed and had a snack as I was still hungry. Bottom line. ..overpriced and not a good choice for a lone business traveller.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Six of us have been eating regularly at Foreign Cinema for 15 years. This night, however, may have changed our formerly high opinion. We were first seated in the middle of the indoors area, amidst horrific noise from clattering dishes in the kitchen and loud patrons at the bar. We asked to be seated outdoors and were warned that it might be cold. For a restaurant in SF that has a huge outdoor patio, why don't they invest in enough heating lamps to make guests comfortable??? We sat down and a server came to take our order for drinks. The drinks arrived 45 minutes later, after we had asked twice where they were. We were given plenty of bread. The server wouldn't take our dinner order until we practically begged her to do so. The dinner arrived more than TWO HOURS after we sat down to eat. The servers put every single dish at the wrong place and so we had to watch musical chairs with our warm food, meanwhile freezing in the windy setting outdoors. Just as we finished our meals, the server asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. We said no and that we wanted to have the check immediately. We left within minutes of this interchange. Not a single person came to apologize for the incredible delay. At the very least, the manager should have come to our table with an explanation. The food was so-so, again a huge disappointment, compared to multiple past experiences.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We visited Foreign Cinema at an 'off hour' brunch time (1:30 pm on Saturday). After ordering our food, we waited an hour and 30 minutes (!) for simple plates. It was a pretty poor experience and we weren't met with an apology or explanation of the incredibly long delay.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food, but it's for the atmosphere that I will return again and again to foreign cinema.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've heard great things about this place so I made a reservation for brunch. We walked in, said hi to the hostess and she just grabbed the menus and said follow me--no hello, how are you or even a smile. We did not feel welcomed at all which I thought was a bit odd for such a well known place. \n\nOur waitress came over in less than a minute after we were seated and asked if we were ready to order. She came back a minute later and asked again if we were ready--water wasn't offered so we asked for it. We quickly looked at the menu and made a decision before she dropped off the water. She was very friendly and made sure we were ok. \n\nI've worked in the restaurants in the past, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It can get pretty chaotic but greeting your customers with a smile is always a great start for them to have a great experience. \n\nFood wasn't too bad. Very creative which is always nice.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great dinner. Love the menu with several dishes containing corn and tomatoes. The soup of the day was a puree of tomato and corn. There was also a delicious tomato salad with anchovies. For an entrée, we had the steak. Everything we tried was fantastic

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

reserved this place for my parents while they were on a trip to the city. they loved the service and food. would definitely go to try it out for myself when i visit san francisco again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food in ambiance were amazing. Our service was terrible and it did end up putting a damper on our double birthday celebration. Hoping next time is better...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food wasn't spectacular but it wasn't bad. Ambiance and alcohol selection were outstanding. They have a wine bottle list that has to be 20 pages long as well as a huge whiskey and other spirit section. I would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It has been a really long time since I had a meal in which everyone I was with not only loved their meals, but cleared every plate we ordered. Service was great, restaurant is beautiful. We will be back again and again

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food here is consistently good. The service is top notch! Our server (and I wish I had written down his name) made the experience exceptional. Thank you for a great dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best Bloody Mary drinks, the best French Toast, omelets, pop tarts, bacon, and more. Waiter was great. A birthday brunch last Sunday was nothing short of spectacular!!!\nThis place just gets better!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went last night to celebrate a special occasion and ever single thing we ordered was better than the last. Service is excellent, plates are cleared as soon as they are finished. We will continue to come back again and again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very romantic setting. Perfect for date date night. We sat on the patio with a view of the movie playing. So many options on the menu for food and drinks, it was hard to decide what to order because everything looked amazing. Our server was very helpful and courteous. Definitely order some oysters for an appetizer. Absolutely no complaints about the food, it was absolutely delicious. We even

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was just not up to scratch. Everything was fine, but nothing was special or memorable. For these prices, go elsewhere. I've eaten brunch there too, and the food is good, but just not worth it. Don't believe the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The menu was very interesting and unique but I enjoyed my meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a great place to go to for a relaxed brunch vibe. The food was delicious and the service was also great. Would recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My family and I were on vacation in San Francisco and went out to a nice restaurant each night while here. The Foreign Cinema was my favorite restaurant we visited. We had a wonderful server who anticipated our every need yet wasn't obtrusive in the least. The vibe of the restaurant was great with a wide variety of ages enjoying themselves. Every morsel of the food I put in my mouth was absolutely delicious. You have a very talented chef at your restaurant. I have food intolerances and your chef was able to accommodate them while serving me delicious food (even without any dairy). If we are ever lucky enough to return to the area, we will be sure to return to Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food. Fun to eat outside while movie played during dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing space but the food is mediocre and over priced and the service is glacially slow.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved it! It's always great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a really different dining experience for us...the menu was different, the food we had was good, the service was excellent. We were looking for something like this and it did not disappoint. It was a little bit on the expensive side, but we were on vacation!! The location was in a very depressed area of San Francisco and a little scary!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing restaurant and always, always a must-visit when I come to SF.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went expecting more. Food and drinks were good, service so so. Very loud inside, making it hard to hear person I was dining with. With all the choices in SF don't know that I really need to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service. A lovely and memorable evening for my daughter's 21st birthday!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My fifth or sixth time at Foreign Cinema and I like it just as much or more every time. Food is always fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. Waitstaff are friendly and knowledgeable. Fun and lively atmosphere. Mission Street in SF may not look like a place where you'd find Foreign Cinema, but from the moment you walk through the door your enter an unexpected environment that worthy of the title 'neighborhood gem'. A go-to place in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You never let me down. Thanks for making my birthday brunch perfect. Hats off.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had four nights of excellent dining experiences in San Francisco, and Foreign Cinema took the cake! Our was sublime, and graceful. It was a pleasure to watch her glide through her section. The food and atmosphere were excellent! I would go back there first on my next trip to San Francisco!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I'm very new to restaurants like these so the only things I didn't coming in was the high price to portion size ratio, the menu which had a lot of confusing terms that didn't mean anything to a casual like me, (had to look up a lot of words) and no movie for some reason. Other than that, the quality of the food was top notch and service was really good. I can't really pronounce or even attempt to remember all that was in my dishes but as someone who cooks for himself, I can really taste the quality, care, and richness of the food. Definitely felt like a high class restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delivered on every promise and then some...\n\nA friend recommended this restaurant as the special outing for a family birthday celebration. We wanted great food, outdoors in a charming and friendly setting. The building itself is such an interesting place--check out the extra bars setup if you have to wait...we didn't feel deprived at all that we needed to wait for the ideal table--great drinks and a friendly staff kept us happy and hydrated. For our meal we were seated in the outdoor courtyard next to cozy heaters. Once the sun went down the warm string lights overhead and the movie playing in the background made it feel like a summer picnic under the stars. The rest of the dining crowd was spirited and happy--enjoying food, family and friends. We ate every single bite of every single course. The food is rich and fulfilling without being overly heavy or seasoned. Don't go if you're looking to stay in a tight budget--entrees are pricey and no way you'll not want to try appetizers too! But if you place a high value on a great meal---that combines a lively atmosphere and delicious food... GO.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Huge disappointment! We had been trying to get into this restaurant for years and finally had luck. We were both so looking forward to dining here. The food was good, but service was TERRIBLE! We waited 10 minutes before they even brought water. We order the sticky bun to start and they were out. Next the waitress suggest the PopTart, either strawberry or quince. We opted for strawberry, once again they were out. We decided to skip the starter. Then we waited at least 1/2 hour to receive entrees. First they brought the wrong entrees, with side of bacon (which we hadn't ordered). When we finally received our order they tried to deliver bacon again. The waitress never followed up with us or checked in on us. It was not super busy and the waitress didn't seem new to the game. We've decided we won't be dining here again, since they are so many other great restaurants in Mission district.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Been there many many times. This time I must say the service was pretty bad. My expensive champagne arrive after my appetizer. (They forgot) and the food arrived almost at the same time as appetizers. Besides that the food was ok but not amazing. I recall this place being much better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The hype did not match up to the food. However, they are good and reasonably priced

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I liked the long semi dark hallway entrance leading to the hostess table. The eggs on the buffet table as decor, the old and the new mixed with recycled lighting gave me a feeling in knowing the food here will be delicious. Staff looks diligent, focused in preparing and serving. I had a great delicious experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took visiting relatives to Foreign Cinema and we were not disappointed. I've been here a few times now and it never fails to hit the spot. The wine list is extensive and the service was excellent, including providing help with the right bottle for our meal. We were seated outside in the patio area which is a lovely place for a meal. When the lights come on and the film starts playing it's a great spot for relaxing with friends and a glass of wine.\n\nOf the food, we particularly enjoyed the ceviche and creme brulee.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

overpriced

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible service, rushed out. Portions were too small. Just too many problems, would not recommend

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was very excited when I walked into Foreign Cinema. I loved the look and feel of the restaurant. I thought I found a new favorite restaurant - the energy in the room was great! We had the choice to eat indoors or outdoors, and both were terrific! The food however, while everything sounded great, left some room for improvement. I liked the menu, but the execution was not great. On a scale of 1 - 30 (like Zagat uses), I would rate the food a 22. I will point out though, that I am very critical of my food - I love to cook and eat out - so maybe people who aren't as food oriented will love Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I recommend they stick to foreign films and clean up the personalities floating about to keep it desirable for most. The complimentary champagne was popped on us, unfortunately it made the whole night awkward since we don't drink alcohol. Next time we will give the waitress a heads up. But overall we love it for large groups and special couple getaways.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I think that was my last dinner at Foreign Cinema. Everything is super precious and expensive - without validation. The food is OK. Nothing special. Weird shortcuts - like serving 3 halves of deviled eggs instead of four (hard to split), and small portions of the vegetarian options were turn-offs. The wine is super expensive by the glass too. Surely there could be a better selection of wine for around $12. The worst part is HOW LOUD FC is. I had to yell at my friend who was 1.5 feet away. Overall, when we walked away, we both felt that the dinner and experience was severely lacking.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went to Foreign cinema on Thursday night to have dinner with a colleague as I arrived in SF. I ordered a sea bass and chocolate pot cream for desert, I got highly intoxicated after dinner, to the point that I was forced to leave a meeting on Friday to throw up. It's such a shame to get food poisoned in a Fancy and expensive restaurant. I am very disappointed

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The inside of the building was beautiful, but the food was awful and way to expensive. If you want amazing ambiance and good drinks it is a good place to go. We were so disappointed in the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our family of five (son 22, daughter 20, daughter 16) celebrated the end of a family vacation at foreign cinema. The soups, salads, chicken and fish entrees, and two desserts that we had were 'over the top.' I was disappointed that the movie could not be seen well, nor heard at all. The valet parking was difficult to access because of traffic. It was also very expensive by our standards.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have wanted to dine here for years and finally got around to it. Cocktails were excellent. Menu is creative with variety to satisfy all. We shared first course and desserts so we could try several selections. Entrees were excellent. Only draw back is the very high ceiling, which makes it difficult for conversation inside the restaurant. Outdoor dining is lovely.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time dining at the Foreign Cinema and was not disappointed! Our waiter was wonderful as well as the supporting staff. The food was tasty and the presentation quite nice. Did not feel rushed and will surely visit again!\nThank You....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best brunches and burgers in the City! Great cocktail bar also.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe! Outdoor patio is lovely but chilly. Food is delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Pricey but definitely awesome food. Would advise getting reservation ahead of time for dinner as the wait can be 3 hours or so long. Went for a double couple date and had a 2 hour dinner. This is one of those places where it is nice to linger but space is small! Oysters were good, calamari was amazing as was the duck and the pork loin. Sea bass was good but not as memorable. The goat cheese cake for dessert was divine!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food. Oysters were exceptional. The wine list is affordably superior. The outside dining area is covered, which keeps the temperature nicely warm on a foggy evening. I have been here many times but not recently, and have put it back on my dining list when I am in San Francisco.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was very excited to go to Foreign Cinema to celebrate my birthday. I ordered the fried chicken which was delicious. Unfortunately that was the only positive to my experience. The service was mediocre and there was a communication breakdown between the hostess and the waiter so the cake that was ordered did not contain candles as promised. After one of my friends spoke to the waiter, a 'birthday sorbet' was provided on the house where a candle was put in a scoop of sorbet. At this point the birthday spirit was already ruined. I would also recommend asking to be seated in the cinema side where you can actually watch the film being projected.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my partner here for his birthday and let the host know via OpenTable and my reservation confirmation that a candle with desert would be nice. Desert comes... No candle. I can think of better ways to spend $175 to get a candle with dinner. That being said the food was good and the ambiance is great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Super slow service, servers plonk down dishes without saying what it is. Just shoves it on to your table and leaves.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came here for my friend's 30th birthday dinner. I made a reservation through open table and mentioned that I would prefer an outdoor table and that we were celebrating a birthday. Upon arrival the hostess verified if I still wanted to sit outdoors considering it was a bit cold that evening and I appreciated the follow-up. When we sat down, our server greeted the celebrant with a glass of champagne. Our server was fun. The food was great. If I didn't live in Southern California, I would be a regular here. Thanks for a great dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Meal itself was pretty good. Nothing earth shattering. The tables are very cramped. The service was OK as they forgot one of our dishes. One of the pre-main courses dishes was not good. The main course I got was very good. The person I went with barely got any food and their meal was average. Wine I ordered was good. The person I went with $17 mixed drink that was not good.\n\nI understand the price points of a place like this and eat at top restaurants quite often. Usually I feel after that it was worth. This is the most expensive meal I've had this year and it was absolutely not worth it. Good place? Yes definitely. Try it once? Maybe but the price isn't really worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Walking in on a Saturday afternoon, my date and I sat snuggly in the corner of this cornucopia of rustic design, vintage movie inspirations, and high quality food. Unfortunately, we came at the wrong time and no movies were playing, but we still enjoyed ourselves as the cocktail menu proved itself worthy. The food itself had small portions, but provided the quintessential brunch staples and the flavors were legitimized.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A friend recommended that my boyfriend and I pop by Foreign Cinema for dinner during our short trip to SF, and I am SO happy we took the suggestion. Definitely not a cheap place to dine, but totally worth it (and I'm not normally the kind of person who thinks pricey dining is worth it). Everything about this restaurant was fantastic- the location (in the Mission), the outdoor dining with hanging lights and foreign movies playing (make sure to request outdoor seating!), and the tasty food. My boyfriend got the steak and lemon tart for dessert, and I got the duck breast and pot de creme for dessert. All of the food was incredible. Make reservations well in advance, as this place tends to fill up pretty quickly. I'll definitely try to visit again if I make my way back to SF anytime soon!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was expecting to love this place but the service was poor and it spoiled the effect. I eat out a lot so it takes a lot for me to say something - it may even have been an off night!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Someone contact me please, it appears that they are trying to charge me twice. And their website is down so I cannot contact them. I hope that it is only an oversight, as one of the charges is pending.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was really hoping for a more unique *experience* given the name of the place. Ultimately it was just a normal restaurant that showed a movie - but only in the courtyard, which I was not seated in. The food was good, but not particularly memorable. Our waiter was terrible. He just seemed so put out with any questions we asked - and really there was only two... what is quacklings and can I have please have some ice? He really just wasn't pleasant at all.\n\nI won't be going back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was blah. Their famous fried chicken had way too much batter, not crispy, kind of soggy instead. My husband pasta was very bland. Ambiance is nice but food certainly were over priced. Not coming back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visiting from Canada and so glad I chose this as one of our dinners. Food tasted amazing and the ambiance was so magical out in the courtyard/patio.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and ambiance are great! However, the service was memorably terrible. One goes to a nice restaurant like Foreign Cinema for a nice dining 'experience', not just to grab a quick bite. I'd waited to come here, but the service was so unwelcoming that it made me not want to return or recommend it for a special occasion. \n\nMainly, we had a brash and unfriendly waitress (Dolly). She seemed forced to be there (like forced community service). Her attitude sucked. She hardly smiled at anyone (not just us), seemed pissed off, appeared forced to be waiting on us, couldn't wait to clear our dishes while we were still eating, and was very obvious about showing her annoyance that we were taking our time eating. I'm sorry, I'd come to eat dinner leisurely, sorry if were imposing on our server's time to get going? We'd spent over $100. So not sure what her problem was if we took our time eating our dinner. She almost ruined the romantic date. \n\nAt a nice restaurant like Foreign Cinema, I'd think the restaurant would employ friendlier wait staff. We all have bad days. But ask your staff to check the attitude at the door and not show the world how pissed off they are to be waiting tables. Honestly would've been better to have a robot serve us than to feel so unwelcome, have our silverware plonked down (literally rushed), and have our dessert menus thrown at us (no wonder we didn't order?!). Thankfully we still had a good time. But if you go, you may want to ask to not be seated inside in Dolly's service area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The waiter was extremely nice, patient and helpful. The food was great. Didn't feel rushed or pushed out. Comfortable feeling.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant combined all that I love, cinema, interesting decor, outdoor dining, art, outstanding wait staff....and last but not least my pasta dishes was fabulous. I love visiting 'foodie' or J. Beard worthy restaurants, and after visiting several on my trip, Foreign Cinema was my #1 restaurant to remember. Much continued success to them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything Zi expected, excellent dining/brunch experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I Recommend foreign cinema 100%. Amazing food and menu and atmosphere. Unique to say the least

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for the first time for my husbands birthday. Was really hoping for a table that had a bit more romance to it. The table we sat at was right on the other side of the bar and WAY TOO CLOSE to the table next to us. My husband and I could not even hear ourselves think, let alone talk to one another because of the loud table next to us who maybe had one glass too many. Service was amazing and the food was delicious! But will not be going back. Too many other restaurants with better table options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign cinema is the best treat ever! Love this place

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

FS is still vibrant after all these years. We love taking out-of-towners here for the ambiance and the food. While never meant to be a classic fine dining venue (by our standards), the quality and accessibly innovative food has made it fun, inviting and worthwhile. Some downsides at our last visit - service was slow, with apps arriving well before drink order; rose' (Reuilly) arrived unchilled; plates cleared before everyone finished; our wine ordered to compliment our main course was destined for mop up duty - arriving very late - when excellent duck and scallop entree's were nearly finished. Service was friendly, however, even with the many missteps. In addition, the price point for food/drinks is about at the top of what you'll feel comfortable with, especially compared to other top quality/mid-level restaurants. The wine list, tho, has many well priced wines and you will have no problem finding choices under $60. Please note that SFM is an additional charge (happily paid) but they nicely list Tip % options based on the food/drink subtotal rather than including tax/SFM.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had the most delicious meal we have had in a long time when we enjoyed Foreign Cinema's Easter brunch price fixe. \nOur first time there, just amazing! Can't wait to go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I love this mission neighborhood spot and feel so lucky to be able to dine here regularly. We always reserve a table when guests are visiting because it is such a special place and makes quiet the impression with the ambiance, cinematic theme and culinary excellence. Such a special place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the food is consistently terrific, the wine list is formidable, the wait staff is unobtrusively attentive..I just cannot say enough good things about this restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Oh, Foreign Cinema...you were one of my favorite meals ever in SF a year and a half ago. Took a friend here for her birthday and while the restaurants remains one of the best for ambiance, the food just fell flat. Ordered over half the menu because we were a party of 6 and there wasn't anything stand out. The duck and bavette steak had good flavor, but both looked sad. As if they weren't cut with the right knife and then sat on the plate for a while before being brought out. The desserts were actually the winners here and while my friends had a good time, I'm not sure any of us will hurry back at your price point. Still a great place to go to, but maybe just for drinks and dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been coming here for years and it always is the same--delicious food and a very attentive wait staff --from the greeters to the entire waitstaff. Serena is such a perfect manager. \n The duck breast and the seafood stew were cooked to perfection. The creamy creme brulee was smooth and delicious. The apple tart had the best crust ever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was packed on a Monday night and I quickly figured out why. Every aspect of my dining experience was stellar, service to beverages to desserts.\n\nOur server (wish I could remember his name) was incredibly patient and sweet. Courses were delivered on time even though he was managing a crazy section.\n\nFood was spectacular. I'd highly recommend the calamari. I know, I know - you've had calamari before, how special could it be? Foreign Cinema adds a little something special to it and it completely set it apart from others. Trust me, it's worth it. My husband's pork chop was the most perfectly cooked meat I've ever had.\n\nWine list was great with plenty choices in varying price ranges. They even offer half bottles, which is always nice to try something special. My husband and I both went for flights. It was a warm summer night so I chose the rose flight. It paired pretty well with my food (all seafood dishes). My husband had the 'California Juice' and the blend was AH-MAZ-ING. He sadly had spicy peppers in his entree and couldn't taste it as well as I could. I let him know how much he was missing out.\n\nI would give two considerations about this place. First, it is loud, like 'hard to have a conversation' loud, but provided a lively atmosphere. It did not interfere with our experience. Second, you will smash your knees on the tables on the inside. There is something about the construction and it happened to every table around us. Again, it did not impact our experience, but I thought I'd save you some pain.\n\nAnyway, stop reading and go treat yourself at Foreign Cinema!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect dinner. Great service and vibes from the staff. Highly recommend for any occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is undeniably one of the best eats in SF. A must Try!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing. Their chicken and pork chop entrees are a must. With a wide selection of appetizers (suggest beef carpaccio and grandade), you cannot go wrong. The desserts (especially empanadas, cheesecake, and pot de creme) are on point and are beautifully plated and executed by Chef Karen. Seeing Owner Chef Gayle work her magic at the pass was awesome and she was very friendly when thanking her for the epic meal. Service was expected: always asking to see if we were okay. Overall, still one of the best meals and experiences.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our second time there, and we were not disappointed. Very inventive cuisine--great combinations of flavors and textures. And the presentation of food is exquisite. This is a very special place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed a marvelous dinner for Mothers Day with my sisters and 83 year old mom. What a magical place! From the outside, the restaurant is not much. But walk thru the chrome doors and you're transported to another world. Seated inside but near windows so it was perfect. Had not been in several years so was worried it wasn't going to be as good as I remembered... but it was even better! Fresh bread, green salad with nectarines, sauted scallops, fruit crumble... each dish prepared lightly but with wonderful flavors. And our server was the BEST!!! The original 'rustic chic', 'farm to table', 'Euro flair' SF restaurant. Will not disappoint!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema slays it again! I have been once before last time I was in the Bay and was pleased enough to come back again this time around. The food is beyond repute, modern, creative, fresh, and the service is excellent. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. Do yourself a favor-- splurge a little on a date night and shatter your diner's universe by visiting this restaurant!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful meal, great service and I was delighted that there was a nice outdoor space. Please open a 2nd space on the peninsula. We're really short good dining options!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came across this place on Yelp while looking for a classy spot for a close friend's birthday, and it delivered - excellent dishes, and a birthday cake to top it off.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

As a Chef myself I was very pleased with my experience here, the food was of great quality, nicely presented with flavors to match. I will be back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambiance. Unique dining setting. Good for bringing out-of-town guests. May be Monday night was a slow night. The food and service experience was not quite what I expected.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

took over 1 1/2 hours to get our food. They sat us outside and there was no fans and the glass above was like a greenhouse effect. Food came so late and wasn't even good. I got the tuna melt which was 90% bun and 10% of mushy, overly cheesy tuna.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow - so pleased to have been able to get a booking here.\n\nWe had seen great reviews but couldn't get a booking when we were planning our week in the city. A last minute spot came up and we took it straight away. We went for 6pm and the atmosphere was buzzing already, on a Tuesday. Great venue, really good decor with the right balance of upmarket with being relaxed.\n\nThe cocktails were outstanding and the food was next level.\n\nHaving eaten all over the world, this is now my number 1 spot.\n\nPLEASE GO!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Did not enjoy the service or food as it came highly recommended

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We frequent this restaurant because along with the amazing food and service, the ambiance is delightful and the efficient service, overall, makes this restaurant one of the few Bay Area restaurants that make you feel genuinely taken care of from the beginning to the end of your dining experience. It's a team effort, directed by the finest couple, Gayle and John. I cannot say enough good things about FC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a great restaurant with a buzz to it and love the decor. Food was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my girlfriend here for here birthday and all the food was wonderful. Waiter was very knowledgable and recommended some great dishes. However, I put in my reservation notes that it was my GF's bday and anything special they could do would be awesome. I reminded the host again upon arrival and she assured me they would take care of me. Ordered dessert, nothing came, and the waiter delivered the check with dessert, presumably because they were running behind time on some reservations. I had to go back to the host and tell her they did nothing for the birthday accommodations and while we were disappointed, we did not want another dessert. it was just really frustrating to request & remind your staff of the birthday and then be forgotten. All the meals we ordered & didnt finish we had boxed and the waiter moved them aside for when we leave. When we asked for our 3 box's the waiter went back and started looking everywhere for them. 20 minutes went by with no contact from him and nobody approached us to fill us in on the situations.. Waiter just kept walking by us and not making eye contact. I flagged him down asked again and he said he was on it and would bring them.. 10 minutes went by and no leftovers brought. Disappointing to spend $250 on a dinner, have no bday candle brought out, and then lose out on around $40-$50 on leftovers... Dinner was great but I was really put off by the lack of care put in on the experience.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Horrible experience. Our waitress aggressively rushed us through our dining experience. For a restaurant with expensive prices, you shouldn't have to deal with this. Secondly, I found a HAIR IN MY FOOD. Waitress NEVER APOLOGIZED, and the manager never came over to talk to us. My sister was in town from east coast and thought it'd be nice place to take her. I was embarrassed throughout as each of us felt very uncomfortable with the way the restaurant handled everything. Afterwards, I felt it right to pull the manager aside to give feedback and he basically didn't care and brushed me off. The food also wasn't that great. Edible, but despite the awful service would I go back on the food alone? Definitely not. Save your time and your coveted weekend nights and go elsewhere where you can actually enjoy your experience and feel like your business is appreciated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best restaurants in San Francisco. We eat here quite often and are never disappointed The food is always fresh, innovative and delicious. The ambiance is comfortable and the outdoors is nice in good weather and the high ceilings inside are a treat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Read about Foreign Cinema in a guide to San Francisco before taking a trip there with my best friend. It sounded amazing so we knew we'd make a special night of it. The website did confuse me a bit, I thought every evening had a movie but I guess I was wrong? Our reservation was at 7pm. That was my only complaint; that we didn't get a movie with our experience.\nBut the place is beautiful. We sat next to a wall of vines (and conveniently a heat lamp). The fig appetizer and my entre of pacific tuna were both incredible. The service was quick and helpful and polite. We really enjoyed our time. If only the food hadn't been so wonderful, cause I'd really wanted to try the desserts and stay longer--but I was so perfectly full of great food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great brunch. The waitress was a little lost in the beggining but after the order was taking everything went fine.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a wonderful place where the food is outstanding. The main shortcoming is it takes an inordinate amount of time to get your courses. It took over 40 minutes a piece to get apps., entrees and dessert. Server was fine but it seems the kitchen gets too backed up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brunch was wonderful. Good food, atmosphere, and service. It was very busy, so attention was not as prompt as we would have liked. But over all a great dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Definitely would recommend but only if seating earlier during brunch period. Being that we were the last brunch seating, we were treated as such. Minimal attention and pushed out the door as soon as we had our last bite. Bummed considering I had this server at another restaurant before and hoped she would have delivered that same level of service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema was great. The atmosphere is eclectic and fun and the food was great. The wine list was somewhat small but what we had was quite good. The server was knowledgeable and provided good suggestions. The pre-meal cocktails were very good and unique. Dessert was amazing, overall a terrific evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Why would a prominent restaurant like Foreign Cinema in the Bay Area's competitive restaurant market put an unpleasant host at the front of the house? The young lady sporting the leopard skin, pillbox hat on the evening of June 12th either needs to be retrained or let go. We enjoyed everything else about Foreign Cinema, but the cool & unfriendly reception we received cast a pall over the entire experience. I thought rude hosts at high-end restaurants were passé, but apparently not at Foreign Cinema.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Second time there in a few months. All of the plates where delicious. Had two teenagers with one a vegetarian and they enjoyed their meals\n\nWas first put outdoors near movie screen.It isn't covered there and was windy and cold. They were very nice about moving us indoors. Was a bit loud there but otherwise nice.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I came here for brunch with a friend. The cocktails were delicious but very expensive, as were the entrees. There are much better brunch values to be had, but the dining experience was enjoyable and the space bright, airy, and open.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brilliant food. The chicken is to die for and a great ambience. 5 ⭐️

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

While I've enjoyed my visits in the past, this one was a disaster. The service was poor, in fact, inexcusable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service were great, we enjoyed everything we were sercved. My only complaint would be that it was SOOO hot in the tent that I felt light headed and it was hard to feel comfortable. It is great to have a covered tent, but there needs to be some sort of venilation on the rare San Francisco hot days.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing atmosphere food and drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food, lovely ambiance and excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had heard about this place from several friends who had visited SF, and said I must go! So, I made a reservation 2 months early and could not wait to get there. It was amazing and lived up to the hype! I was on a girl's trip with my Mom, sister and extended family. It was the perfect place for our larger party! Will be back next time I'm in the city.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unremarkable - nothing more to say. So overrated in reviews

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are getting out of our neighborhood and trying out new brunch/lunch spots on the weekend and went to the Foreign Cinema based on the ratings. The food is excellent, however, the service is very slow (we had to ask someone for a server to greet us) and it is a very loud venue. Lately, we have been out to eat and it takes 5+ minutes to be greeted by a server. Not sure if that is the new norm, but it doesn't just seem to be just a FC problem. The crowd seems to be 30-ish during the day. Not sure about the night crowd. We will go back, based on food only...the experience would be better with faster service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic ambiance; great service, and really good menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best experience you can ask for. Great service, great drinks, and great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was great and the service was great. Portions were okay for the price but overall delicious. I recommend going at sundown to take advantage of the silent movies played on the back wall. Our server was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu, which was great as I am known to ask a question or two about entrées.i highly recommend this place for an intimate dinner or just a girls night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I hadn't been to Foreign Cinema in about ten years, but have been back here twice in the last two months. Both times everything we ordered from appetizers to dessert was very good and the wait staff was wonderful. This is one of those restaurants where they have a limited vegetarian selection for entrees, but it doesn't matter because the veg option is always delicious. There are also quite a few appetizer and side options that are vegetarian-friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amy our server was attentive and kind.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I understand the hype about this restaurant, the ambiance is great, and the service is good...it's pricey. I have to say, drinks are great! Food is a different subject, I feel it's a hit or miss, specially with the ceviche....it was way too salty and such a small portion, not even La Mar does this customers. I brought my girl friends for a special occasion; they loved the drinks and ambiance but didn't care about the food, small portions and odd taste. It's not great for the foodie type and I've travelled and dined at very good restaurants. So this place is OK. The highlight for me were the desserts. Good desserts despite ok-ish food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Foreign Cinema is one special spot and we go every time we are in SF. The atmosphere is cool without trying too hard and the service is always good and friendly. It always feels like a treat to dine there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice food, large choice of wine, a bit noisy. one can see the film only in the outside terrasse

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was excellent, but service was even better. Our server was incredibly personable. She took the time to recommend her favorite oysters and she even gave us a quick hug as we were leaving.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always love dining at Foreign Cinema, it's a favorite for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent venue. Tables a bit too close together, but not dealbreaker. Even by San Francisco standards, terrific place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I came from Brazil with my wife to San Francisco, where we would start a road trip through California. After hearing so much about Foreign Cinema and reading a lot of good reviews, we booked a table for dinner. As we got there, the first impression was really good. Cool and simple decoration, a nice patio, only locals (I think we were the only tourists there), exactly what we were looking for. \n\nBut then, as we were waiting for our table, we had an unpleasant surprise, to say the least: my wife saw a rat inside the kitchen. Then, I discretely called the receptionist and told her about that. She called a waiter and told him, but they didn't seem to do much about it. They didn't seem shocked or anything like that. It seemed as if it was no big deal. They didn't even apologize for the awkward situation.\n\nEven still, we decided to give it a try and stayed there. After all, the reviews were so good, we thought it could be worth it. But, as we were eating, we couldn't stop thinking about the rat and if it possibly were in contact with any of the ingredients. We tried to forget about it, but just couldn't do so. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. At the end, I regretted staying there to eat – it certainly wasn't worth it – and wouldn't recommend the place to any friend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The most memorable at this meal was the amount of attitude we got from our waiter. The food was good, but not worth it. Too many other great restaurants in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous experience...thoroughly enjoyed the scallops and ahi! Jackie, our server, made it a memorable evening!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Simply bad. Found a hair on 2 of the dishes we ordered. \n\nWe had a reservation, we arrived on time, either way they made us wait 25 min. \n\nThe host was rude. \n\n Really don't go. Save yourselfs from a terrible experience. SF is full of amazing spots don't waste yor time and money on crapy places.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience, good food, and spectacular service. \n\nI would have to say the service team alone would make me wasn't to come back (I think I would try to come in during movie showing). They worked like a seamless machine and we were thoroughly impressed. \n\nThe food varied from fantastic to great to ok. Mind you, it was not the entire dish that would be a bit lacking, just parts of it. The cocktails were superb. The sea bass was fresh and the pop of caviar was nice contrast, however the sauce was too acidic for my taste and it would have been more pleasant if it wasn't as tangy. My duck plate was overall great, but the duck breast itself was a bit cold. The meat dish had good flavor, but being cooked medium, the meat was too dry and could have used some of its natural juices. The cheese and chocolate mousse were delectable. \n\nOverall, it was s nice experience and I look forward to coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place to meet up with friends and have brunch. I recommend the bloody mary - it has a kick! Beautiful ambience. The patio is very nice on a rare sunny San Francisco day. My server was very helpful in helping choose between all the great choices.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Foreign cinema is usually a place I bring people to and show off the culinary greatness of SF. My 5th time there, I brought my family. We were seated for about 15 minutes before anyone brought water. Then, water was dropped off, and the server didn't return for another 15-20 minutes. Then, we ordered drinks and food, and another 15-20 minutes went by with neither drinks nor food. Then, the drinks arrived, and but about 20 minutes later, still, no food. At that point, we'd been sitting for about an hour and a half with nothing to eat; no explanation, no apology, no bread to munch on. Nothing. Finally, the food arrived; some dishes were cold. Fries and home fries were shrivelled and cold. The up-side is that after a major complaint to the manager, they responded with drinks and deserts. A VERY classy response, but after many mishaps. What I don't know is whether this is the new, lousy reality of Foreign Cinema? Or an 'off day?'

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My third time here – Foreign Cinema is always impressive, though I the atmosphere tends to outshine the food for me. The food is very good, but the ambiance is why I keep returning. The cocktails are also inventive and excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This meal was absolutely divine, between our table we had the french toast, persian place, croque madame, and poached eggs with duck- every single item was prepared to perfection. The duck was tender and spiced perfectly, the eggs wiggly and well cooked- the french toast wasn't soggy, the syrup on them with the duck (!) SO GOOD. The Croque Madame was ridiculous as well- the egg on top made it perfect. All in all, an amazing Brunch experience!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is my all time favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and what I love the most of the atmosphere. I very very romantic! We had reservations and we were seated almost right away... Food takes a while though so be prepared to wait for that. Other than that it was an amazing experience! I'll definitely go back

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

On my second visit. The service is again one of the best experiences I have ever had. The staff at Foreign Cinema really take care of you and I couldn't have been happier.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The pork chop was amazing. Tender, seasoned perfectly. Such goodness!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Food is expensive \nThe restaurant is loacted not in a good location

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Foreign Cinema while in town celebrating our anniversary. It was a bit loud as you would expect a very busy restaurant to be, but it's a beautiful space and the lighting and general ambiance helped create a very romantic and intimate feel regardless. I loved my cocktail and my boyfriend's cardamom -scented fried chicken (it didn't appeal to me from reading the description on the menu, but then it tasted amazing - I kept stealing bites, it is one of the best things I've eaten in years). I also enjoyed that we were not rushed, our server gave us ample time to choose drinks and food and they almost encourage you to linger over all the courses. Great experience, but definitely be prepared to pay for it.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Definitely on the pricier side, but worth it for the ambiance and good food. Definitely makes it feel like a special night with the outdoor lighting and movie setting.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The oysters were amazing but everything else was just ok. The flavours were not exceptional. Would I come back? Maybe for lunch.....

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great service and food. Beautiful space, did not feel cramped like most other SF restaurants. We were seated inside and it was extremely loud.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We decided to go to Foreign Cinema to check it out....and it was playing one of our favorite movies, 'The Goonies', so we thought it would be fun. The food and service were outstanding. The movie was a little hard to see, but we enjoyed listening to it just the same. It was a fun night.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great experience! Definitely coming back! What a thoughtful idea to play 'Purple Rain' on the days Prince died!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

If you want to surprise your sense, you're in the right place. The portion sizes are perfect - if you have a problem overeating and you need a limit! \n\nI loved that the staff was knowledgeable about menu items and able to give fit recommendations. Will definitely make this my new place since I've just moved to SF!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I've always thought this place was beautiful so I decided to take my boyfriend here for a surprise birthday dinner and even though he's not a foodie he had to admit that it was a great meal and everyone was super nice and quick to advise the best dishes and drinks. If you need a pick-me-up upon arriving try the expresso-martini, it's a winner. All the food was A +

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I loved the risotto and the salty cod appetizer dish.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The menu seems a bit haphazard, as if it does not follow any particular type of cuisine. We were not thrilled with the entrees, but the appetizers and smaller plates are all quite tasty, especially the ceviche. \n\nIt would be better if this were more of a lounge than a restaurant, as I feel that the environment is much better suited to drinks and small plates (indeed, the menu is as well).

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I certainly can't afford Foreign Cinema, unless it's a special occasion, but so worth it. The service is always top notch and the food...the food is just so good! I haven't gotten to see a movie on the patio yet, but it doesn't deter from the overall experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We took my 6yo daughter here for her first 'fancy' dinner. It was really lovely. We got to eat outside, our food was excellent, and they have a 3-course kid's meal that kept her busy for long enough that we could all enjoy multiple courses. There were not a lot of kids here, and it's a nice enough place that i wouldn't recommend it for kids who aren't yet at the age where they can conduct themselves well, but for those who are, it's fabulous!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant. The atmosphere is always vibrant. We visit San Francisco approx. 8 to 9 times a year and always look forward to dining at Foreign Cinema. We always make our reservations 2 weeks in advance as this restaurant is always full. We meet our family & friends here as this is the locals and visitors favorite restaurant. What is so interesting as I observed is the guests around us, approx. 100 people, no one uses their cell phones, every one is so relaxed and enjoys visiting with each other that they choose not to make their cell phones a priority. WOW, didn't know this existed any longer. Only at Foreign Cinema have I observed this. Great conversation, wine, food and company. What more could any one ask for. Foreign Cinema has never disappointed us. Love it here, we always return here for our great dining experience. Love it! Love it!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing location for weekend brunch. Delicious cocktails and great food. I loved the covered patio!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Incredible! I came with friends from overseas and this place was such a gem in the Mission area. \nThe food was impeccable and the space is so beautiful. Definitely recommend to all

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I came here for a brunch on Sunday with my partner. We ordered salmon platter, beef carpaccio and poached eggs with duck confit. My partner ordered bloody mary - which was classy and decent with a slight spicy kick, and I got a bottle of sparkling water. \n\nOverall service was not bad, pretty attentive when we needed anything. I think my problem was that I didn't like the ambiance - it felt a bit pretentious overall. I prefer cozy restaurants. Food was okay, nothing memorable but nothing bad. I think among the dishes we ordered I like the carpaccio the best.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went for brunch with a couple of friends. Service was great, and they were kind enough to seat us despite our full party not being on time. We tried the lot — the burger was great, the fries were good, the pop tart was a must try (tasted like rhubarb pie), and I can never turn down a good pecan roll. But the star was the balsamic fried eggs. So phenomenally good and a wonderful mix of flavors. We'll be back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Watched The Goonies while having a beautiful meal outside with an amazing selection of wines. The staff were second to none and so polite. Thoroughly impressed and would easily go again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was nice BUT the service. The service was consistently terrible throughout the evening - with rude behavior when asked to turn the heat lamps on, cocktail requests, request to fix the wobbly table, then after trying to make the most of it, they asked us to leave as the 'hostess needed the table' when the restaurant was half empty at 9pm. The service ruined the experience - will not be returning again. My sister had the same server with the same service once before - not a one off.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was interesting and delicious without being over complicated. Service was right on.. Attentive but not hovering. Great cocktail selection. Perfect evening for our first night visiting our son in San Francisco!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Stellar experience! A must go restaurant!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Awesome food

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I made my reservation very far in advance and was hoping to be sitting in the outdoor / screen space and was not. Very disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great vibe, amazing wine menu and great service. Cool atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had a great experience with our double date group of 4! The waiter was one of a kind! We were very impressed with his knowledge about wines and how he remembered all our orders to recommend wine pairings. We really had the best Service experience ever in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Second time for my husband and I. Second for one of our friends and a 1st for the other dear friend. We all were VERY IMPRESSED! The food and service JUST AMAZING! No complaints! Portions of the food are perfect too! You have to try the items that you have never eaten and be prepared to pay a large bill (didn't bother any of us in our party either). Sure wish I remembered our servers name! He was FANTASTIC! Can't wait to come again!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

foodie heaven! can't wait to return .. the light was so incredibly beautiful as the sun set above! came for a special celebration but any day would be special here!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Insanely good meal. Best meal I've had in San Francisco.,, from LA and only make it here a couple times a year but superb service, drinks and meal. Almost skipped desert but was delicious as well!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I had high expectations after reading that FC was THE place to impress, romance, and appreciate. It was okay, but not as incredible, as I hoped. The food was interesting enough, but pricey and small portions. We were seated in the much adored patio area which is romantic only after dark--we were there a little early. Before dark, it's just a crumby alleyway with tables. The wind made for an extra chilly evening, and the heat lamps didn't help enough to keep us from having chattering teeth and numb toes. And the film thing is interesting, but would not have guessed Goonies would be on the lineup of films. Our server was attentive and charming.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The absolute worse service we have experienced in a long time. Food was just ok, not much wowness, pretty basic dishes with worldwide influences. I will not be returning, there are much better options out there where you wont be left stranded by the wait staff and the food is more original and nuanced.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We dined at Foreign Cinema for brunch last weekend for the first time. The facility design is very nice and it was beautiful sunny day. We enjoyed our cocktails and the bartender was very cordial and accommodating. We just found the food to be not exceptional. The omelette was tepid, the fries were not hot, the hamburger was room temperature. It took some effort to get the reservation, drive into the city and find parking. We'll try again perhaps for dinner but overall not must-visit repeat.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I really appreciated that they were able to make me a vegan dish off the menu. The heating lamps were really pretty and were great for outdoor dining.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I have been here once for brunch (this review) and once for dinner. Brunch was so-so, but i would highly recommend going for dinner!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Redefines the concept of dinner and a show. Amazing food, beautiful outdoor dining, and classy projected films provide a mid 20th century atmosphere unlike any other restaurant in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love brunch here. Food is always good. We order too much because we can't not order the poptarts, the brandade, and other wonderful things. Don't miss the Persian Bloody Mary's either.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Came here for a birthday brunch with a group of 8. It was the perfect spot. Beautiful outdoor area and awesome food. The Bloody Mary was especially good. It's a little pricey but worth it. Definitely make a reservation in advance.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My boyfriend and I were in SF for the weekend and made reservations through Open Table for dinner and requested to be seated outside in the patio. SO PRETTY. Love the hanging lights and the screen projecting old movies on the wall as you dine. The food was amazing and service was excellent! They change the menu every day so I definitely want to go back the next time I'm in town. Drinks were also different and very good. I would 100% recommend this place for a romantic date, anniversary, or girls night dinner! 5 stars all around!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

My guest and I enjoyed our dinner at Foreign Cinema. The ambiance in the space is especially nice, and the food was well executed. There was nothing especially exciting about it, however, and, in my opinion, it is priced at a level where I would expect to bit more. We were also seated at a poor table--request one in the main dining room.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

After a much anticipation and hype we finally had our brunch at Foreign Cinema. Much to our dismay it was an underwhelming experience. Not worth the hype, money or time to wait.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Brought my SO here for a birthday celebration. We had the fried chicken and duck. Both were extremely delicious. However the highlight of our meal was the apple pie with lavender ice cream.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Foreign Cinema is classy and sophisticated. The waiting was superb, the food amazing and the general atmosphere was excellent. I made a reservation and was seated within 2 minutes. Although the restaurant wasn't quiet, the noise was the hum of conversation and people engaging. The movie on the wall added to the uniqueness of the experience. Would definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had an amazing experience at Foreign Cinema! Friendly and professional service. The food was amazing! Would definitely recommend to everyone

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My server was very attentive, and he even retrieved a darker napkin so that my outfit didn't catch white lint. I ordered the pate to start, then had the duck confit with cous cous, and finished with the cheesecake. My dining experience was perfect and problem-free, although I would not rave about the food and I would not order dessert if I return. Great place for dinner with your boss, your in-laws, or anybody you want to impress with a pleasant and perfectly-structured meal that goes off without a hitch. The outdoor setting is beautiful.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

If you want to be seen, but possibly not hear your other diners this place is for you. The kitchen is painfully slow unless a wait in between ordering and in between courses of 30 minutes is acceptable....and that was on a weekday night although all tables were full. Our server gave us good guidance and was pleasant. The food varied from ordinary to good. Wine list is annoying in that prices are for 500 ml. pours. Thus, it is up to the customer to try to figure out what a regular 750 ml bottle will cost(more than anticipated). That is an unfortunate policy which should be corrected. All in all there are plenty of better options in SF and environs to try.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Make a reservation for outside.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We went there to celebrate out 10th wedding anniversary and were greeted at the table with 2 glasses of champagne. The service was excellent. I would definitely go back the next time I am in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Beautiful atmosphere, the food is amazing and creative. I think the dessert might have been a bit over priced. The answering machine said the movie would start at 5:30 although it didn't start until dusk, so we didn't see any of the movie. Overall though, it was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

first time and was not the experience i expected. food was mediocre and service was alright. we were excited to finally check this place out and asked server for recommendations - and he just pointed to a few dishes and said 'that's popular' ... no enthusiasm, nothing. \n\ndefinitely over hyped especially for price.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I took my fiancé here for his 29th birthday. When he ordered a glass of wine, the waitress mumbled something--which was apparently a request for his ID. Not hearing this, he went ahead and ordered dinner, but she snappishly reminded him about the ID. She meticulously inspected it before handing it back with a curt 'Happy Birthday.' Subsequent service was generally slow.\n\nThe atmosphere is lovely, and the heat lamps make sitting in the courtyard comfortable even in February. \n\nThe food was good: I ordered swordfish and he ordered duck. We are not huge eaters, so the portions were fine, but I could see others complaining about the portion-to-price ratio. \n\nWas worth it for the venue, but probably wouldn't return.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Dining with a French film in the background adds to the ambiance. Very nice lighting as well.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I just love this spot. Saying it has ambiance is an understatement. From the moment you walk in and down the hall illuminated by candles, the mood is set. Lights strung outside with a big movie screen against a brick wall. And then there's the food. Every single item we ordered was fresh, innovative and absolutely delicious. Wine selection is on-point. They offered a nightly suggestion of a wine that I think was from Croatia or another Eastern European country. I'd never heard of it but it was on-point. Service was impeccable. My only suggestion was to play some music or make the movie more integrated into the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Foreign Cinema was AMAZING!! 10 out of 10 stars. Minus the fact it is pricey. But if you're celebrating and wanting to dine at a nice restaurant Foreign Cinema is the way to go. It is a very unique restaurant and I've never been to a place like this. Ambiance, Service, Food were all phenomenal. Before tip our bill for 2 people including Appetizer dish, 6 oysters, 2 dishes, and a bottle of wine came out to $155. We had to make this reservation weeks in advance but it was definitely worth waiting. We will DEFINITELY come back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this place for brunch\nAlways great

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

our server was great, and the other servers were wonderfully helpful too. But, the host/hostesses were standing around and talking and not being very attentive. The food was excellent too, our server gave his recommendation, and a great wine pairing.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We enjoyed our evening at the Foreign Cinema. The food is pricey, and overpriced for what you get. The service was brilliant. I'd recommend for a one-off experience, but not not sure I'd go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Service so rushed. No matching of drinks with food. Felt like they wanted us in and out as fast as possible. Staff grabbing plates from under our noses practically. I asked server to slow down and she said she would ask before firing our entrees but she did not.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We went to this restaurant for our anniversary and it was very romantic and the ambiance was nice. Service and food was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

One of the best meals I've had in a long time! The ambiance was romantic and casual at the same time. Excellent food, everything went so well together!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Portions are VERY small, this is a place where after dinner, you have to get dinner but you spend an extra $200. Both of our beers were room temp, on a warm night.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent service from Omar and the crew.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I are very pleased with our outing to Foreign Cinema. The food and service were excellent. I believe that Foreign Cinema will be in San Francisco for a long time. If you want a hotspot in the San Francisco tradition, this is the place to be!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food is some of the best in the city. When we want to treat ourselves this is where we come.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The ambiance was very romantic and the outdoor patio was beautiful. The bar area (Lazlo) was also really crowded and looked fun!! The food was good, but I would go here for the experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The Crab was divine. The service was ok, however we would go back! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves food. The stainless steel front door is very mysterious and then you are walking down the red carpet! !

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Fun food, good wine (never had one from Hungary before) and pleasant service. I've been before, I'll be back again!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A stellar choice for a special night out. Quintessentially San Franciscan. Divine food and a great cocktail list.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

First off, the drinks and our server were AMAZING. Here's the weird part:\n\nOrdered the fried chicken. It came out RAW. I mean REALLY raw. Not a little undercooked, but PINK NOT EVEN COOKED CHICKEN. Like YOU WILL DIE IF YOU EAT THIS kind of raw. They took it back, apologized and sent out a new one. Fine. Thanks. At the end of the meal they wanted to buy me dessert. I said, 'No, thanks I don't want dessert.' They insisted. I replied 'No I really don't want dessert, how about you take care of one of my drinks instead?' They said, 'OK!' When the check came back, everything was full price and there was a togo piece of cake in a bag handed to me. 'The manager insisted you have dessert.' What the heck? I said twice I didn't want cake. And like hey how about taking care of the thing I asked about since you almost murdered me? Sheesh.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We ate are foreign cinema on a Sunday evening. We didn't realize there were multiple rooms within the restaurant and we were seated on the bar/kitchen side, instead if the movie side. We were a little bummed about that, as we love the old movies they play. We wished that there was an option when you reserve online to be seated on the movie side of the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always a nice surprise when the vegetarian plate is just as good,6 if not better than the steak plate! Everything was such high-quality the atmosphere was lovely it sounded alive and bustling but not noisy. Our server Gretchen made our special night amazing! Her suggestions on wine pairing, and appetizers we would have never ordered, but wound up loving, were all above expectations. Thank you, once again, for making a special day actually special.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Took my Fiancé out for dinner to celebrate her birthday. Food was great, however the service was exceptional. The entire staff was very attentive to detail. \n\nAlso, you cant beat the ambiance...Such a cool place to celebrate special events.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic. We made a reservation pretty late on a weeknight and the atmosphere was still really fun. We sat inside near the windows, but it would have been so neat to sit outside with a view of the movie playing. They change the movie selection every month or so, so be sure to check the calendar for your favorite classics!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We were a party of 10 and ordered a lot of apps plus dinner. Each plate that came out of the kitchen was better than the next. Great job and I personally had the duck - fantastic!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Really accommodating & nice hostess. Outdoor area fantastic! Glad I wasn't seating in the inside restaurant as it seemed way to loud.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

As a long time regula a Foreign Cinema I was very disappointed to see what prolonged success can do when no one is watching. We were relegated to a table in the far end of the theater under the heat lamps, and consequently our waiter did his best to ignore us. Were it not for the busboys who we had to flag down like drunken sailors - just to bring us our previously ordered food and drinks which otherwise never would have materialized. The risotto with the most pungently Stilton cheese was so unbearably strong it brought tears to the eyes, and the duck (while delicious) was freezing by the time it arrived at our table. The show is over folks.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food, lively, some staff had a little aloof vibe that wasn't my thug but otherwise a great place that I was recommended and would recommend on!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I LOVE Foreign Cinema for brunch. It's so perfect. Great food, great ambiance, awesome drinks and wine list. I think brunch is better than dinner there. \n\nOur waitress was awesome, but some of the other staff were rude. The woman who seated us, made us wait for our drinks at the bar and pay there. Why? And she was unfriendly about it. Other than that, great place!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This review is for second visit. The evening couldn't have gotten any better. The evening was almost magical. The low lighting outside under the skylight, slight drizzle from the rain earlier, warm and comforting atmosphere with the heat lamps. Food was amazing, the staff was very helpful in wine and food pairing. Outside dining is what makes Foreign Cinema so magical, postcard worthy.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My first time sitting in the 'outdoor' section, even on a rainy night it was warm and fairly dry, the ambience is amazing. Had some appetizers, mains, and dessert, left full and happy, fairly fast service, it does get busy as bigger groups come and go.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall the food was good. The sticky bun was amazing (not so chewy) gooey with generous amount of caramel. I was a bit disappointed with the Champagne omelet. It was too salty. Our server (forgot his name -African American, he was wearing an apple green top) was very gracious and replaced my salty omelet with the salmon dish (salmon, fennel & creme fraiche). Five stars for the service and 4 stars for the food. The ambiance and service made me forget about the mishap. Kudos to server. :)

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We both ate seafood dishes that were wonderful. The Malbec we paired with was one of the best I've had, and affordable to share a carafe. We also split the cheesecake for dessert which was incredible! The fireplace we got to sit next to made the atmosphere all the more magical! Can't wait to go back another time!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Walkin gin through the cinema entrance is the perfect intro to Foreign Cinema that sets the scene for the cinematic setting. The black and white movie projected in the yard provides a chic background for an upscale dinner. The oysters were wildly fresh and the carpaccio's rich umami flavor is complemented nicely with the greens. The extensive wine list is a delight. The fondue could be missed as it does not honor the traditional style of fondue and is provided more as a warm dip. The cumin-laced sauces and desserts were an original idea, yet were unsuccessful in providing a successful cohesion and tasted more like an afterthought rather than a successful taste profile. The service was slightly underwhelming and moods could be tuned up, however the atmosphere makes up for it.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've eaten here several times over the years, and would eat here more but for the expense. It was a special occasion this time. My only complaint has to do with the host. We were waiting at the bar for our table and she came over to us and asked us to pay the bartender before being shown to our table. The bartender was very busy making drinks so we stood around waiting, and the host stood talking with another waiter. I wish we could've been shown to our table and had the bar tab added to our dinner tab. Or been shown to our table and paid the bar bill from there. I didn't like standing around waiting for the bartender to be free, getting the bill and paying while the host chatted with someone else, and only then being taken to our table. The rest of the evening was stellar despite the loudness of the room, though I wish it was quieter. I still love this place!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We loved the food, ambiance and the wine list was awesome! I recommend the Pork Chop.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I was so excited to eat at Foreign Cinema! I was a little bummed that our table was not in the room with the actual film. That space is so cool!! Overall it's a pretty sweet place though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

If you read my previous reviews, you'll know that I am a big fan of this place. The last visit however left me wanting for more. \n\nThe managers were amazing. We changed time and party size but they were very accommodating. The barkeeper was awesome and made a drink that perfectly mapped to what I had asked. The fun however ended right there. The server seemed frazzled when I asked her about veggie options and there was one literally one, option on the menu and the second she adjusted a little bit. She didn't help by suggesting anything else that they could be fixed for four of us who were vegetarians. I find it hard to believe that a place this nice could not be a little more flexible. I mean, come on, even Taco bell replaces beef with bean when you ask them to! \n\nWe spent around $300 on food and drinks that literally did nothing to our appetite. I had recommended this place to my friends who, i know, will not stop complaining about this for some time to come. :(

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great food. The staff (outside of our waiter) were all awesome. The waiter: not so much. I've had better service at Red Robin. Bummer really, everything else was on point but a poor server can spoil the whole experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing experience overall. Really enjoyed the food and the service. The pork chop was great. The dinner was a bit expensive, but otherwise would have been 5 stars.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food here is always brilliant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food served was a delicious seasonal fare . They have a nice selection of oysters. They were so fresh! Every dish was very well prepared and creative and they have a nice selection of wine to pair. The staff was very attentive and we loved the atmosphere. As we ate every dish we were happier. When we left, we were better people for having been there.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wait staff was terrific. Made great recommendations

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I'd heard such wonderful things about the restaurant, but when we arrived, were bummed about how packed in it was. The food was good, not great. The server did probably the best he could with the crowded in tables (our table was probably no more than 4' from the next group of 4, so we basically only heard their conversation).

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Nice ambience Front hostesses were woundful and very attentive. Waiter ok but not great. Food was good. Pork chop wonderful. Appitizers could be improved.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went here for the bae's birthday about a month ago - the space is very romantic and the outdoor seating area was actually very warm despite it being a chilly SF evening. The movie playing was Wizard of Oz which made for a good talking point throughout the dinner. The food was great, nothing particularly mind blowing but the oysters were very fresh. We brought our own wine and paid a corkage fee of $25.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I had heard good things about this restaurant after a visit for work. I decided to head back during my vacation and really liked the menu offerings when viewing online. Our waiter was kind but I wish he had offered a bit more insight on sizes of dishes and choices. While the food presentation was beautiful on all dishes, and the drinks were tasty, we left a bit hungry for the price we paid for everything we got. I am all for paying a pretty penny for a great meal but I think we paid excellent meal prices for a pretty good dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Even in a rainy night we were able to sit outside warmed by a heat lamp! Service and food were great. Will com back again!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We went to the restaurant because it seemed to have an interesting setting. The outdoor (under a tent) setting with the movie playing on the brick looked great online. What is not clear is that the majority of the seats do not have a view of the movie. We were sat on the 'balcony' which might as well be a completely separate restaurant. I overheard other people as they were seated having the same concerns as my wife and I. \n\nThe food was delicious but for the price I expected the server to be a little more knowledgeable.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food selection. Super for sharing appetizers.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The atmosphere is beautiful. I loved the high ceilings, glass wall between the patio and indoor dining room, flower arrangements and general brightness. The service was friendly and very nice. The brunch menu was limited. Unfortunately we all ordered the same dish, Croquet Madame. It was mostly bread, with a single slice of what appeared to be lunch meat ham. Served with fries which were ok and a very small amount of salad. I enjoyed the salad, only wished the serving had been a bit larger.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I have been trying to have brunch here for quite some time and I finally made it. This place is hipster central from the food to the hostess it screams 'We are Hipsters, Bitches'! So with that being said if you are a big hearty breakfast eater this is not the place for you and I am so glad we did not bring my husband. My daughter loved it, she is 17 and I liked it. Well I did love two things, 1st the organic pop tart, yes a pop tart, is Amazing, I absolutely loved it. I brought one home and my husband loved it as well. 2nd thing I loved was the scramble with Brussel sprouts, lemon something and toasted bread crumbs. That was so good. We ordered the maple sausage and that was just ok as well as the balsamic eggs. So now for the ultimate question, would I go back? Not sure, it's pricey 71.00 bucks for two people for brunch. SF has so many other brunch places I might give them a try before I make the decision.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The evening spent at Foreign Cinema was wonderful. \nThe food was spectacular. It had great balance of flavor, with unique combinations and twists. Our server was wonderful and the ambiance made for a pretty special evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Booked a table using OpenTable for Foreign Cinema for New Years Eve about 2.5 months in advance. I heard & read good things about their New Years event and thought it sounded perfect for what our party was looking for. The theme for 2016 was 'The Roaring 20's'. When we arrived, our table was ready for us. We were seated immediately. The dining room was decked out perfectly, and very tastefully. The menu for the evening was a prix fix menu, $120 a person sans tax and tip. With the prix fix, you received a glass of rose brut, an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The choices were all relatively tasteful, a decent array of fish, meat, and veggies for any and all types of diners. For appetizers, our table chose everything from the Waldorf salad to caviar. They were tasty! Our entrees were also really excellent. The wines we ordered paired magically. Around 23:45, a couple hostesses came around the tables distributing horns and streamers to ring in the new year. There was no glass of champagne distributed by Foreign Cinema. If we didn't have our wine, we wouldn't of had anything to cheers each other with. Sadly, at 23:59, there was no countdown. There was no music. We all looked around in silence as the last moments of 2015 slipped away. It was a total buzz kill. Our table decided to do our own 5 second countdown, but the failure on Foreign Cinema's end to complete it's New Years event was really disappointing. We left soon after we watched the some of the wait staff drop everything to pour bottles of the 'complimentary rose' into a champagne tower for the employees. I have nothing wrong with appreciating their services, but their party at new years at the cost of my $200 dollar meal was just irritating. I wouldn't recommend attending a function like New Years here to anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Anything you come across on the menu is heavenly. So far I have tried the trumpet mushroom risotto, curried fried chicken, hog island oysters, and the fontina + Brussel sprout egg scramble. All have been delightful. Portions on the smaller side. Will definitely be back again and again!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place was well worth the hype. Very calm atmosphere. It may seem a little strange at first as I was in a room with maybe 8 tables when 20 could easily fit, but I soon discovered it allowed a sense of privacy. The movie playing was Lost in Translation. The food was fantastic. I felt like I couldn't go wrong with anything on the menu (12/27/15). Had the beef carpaccio they offered as a starter. Very smooth and tasty. My dining partner had duck which had so many flavors going on, we really liked it. I had the kobe dish they offered that evening and it did not disappoint! I would come back here in a heartbeat!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We had a great night at Foreign Cinema. The food was great, service was super and the ambiance was lovely. . As we sat inside, we could not see the movie. Perhaps a good idea would be to play the sound track of the movie inside the restaurant! \nThree issues:\n1. The oysters - we had two dozen of the most expensive ones but they were relatively small in size as compared to the oysters we get in in South Africa. They were still tasty though! \n2. The wine list, whilst relatively long, did not include any new world wines, except for those from the USA. Missing were wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina etc, all of whom have some excellent wines! I think the type of diner that visits Foreign Cinema would appreciate a greater selection of the more fashionable new world wines as well as the vintage stuff from France, Italy, Greece etc.\n3. We started with drinks at the bar and when we were called to our table, we asked to have the drinks added to our bill. However, we were informed by the lady who was accompanying us to our table that we could not do that as there are separate bills. Funny though, as the bartender enquired from a group of diners ahead of us if she could add their drinks bill to their table! We didn't make an issue of it and just paid our bar bill. Perhaps the staff should be requested to implement equal policies for all!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Outstanding New Year's Eve dinner on the patio. Couldn't have been better.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Very disappointed with the NYE dinner. It was an expensive 3 courses and the quality of the food was very low - our Beef Tartar came on sour cream with ruffles potato chips which killed all taste of the meat. The lobster bisque was thin and contained no lobster. The entrees were not much better. We were also seated in a freezing location with a half working heater. To top it off my wife and I both felt sick the next day from the food. Not a good experience, would avoid.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Quite a beautiful place. Even during winter it is not too cold to sit on the outside seats with the movie playing. The noise level is a bit fuzzy though.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Just love our experience there! I had mentioned in our on line reservation that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff really made it feel special by greeting us with sparkling wine. Food was delicious from start to almost finish. We were just disappointed (really disappointed) by the dessert. But still, we left happy of the overall experience. Will come back for brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

They never fail! I love this place and will be back many more times.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

it was gf night out and we were gonna catch broadway if/then. the dinner experience was so good, we lost track of time and had to skip dessert! we had pork chop and fried chicken--you'd think it's nothing special but they were (caution on the chicken--they put curry so if youre not a fan then skip it). oh appetizer was sirloin carpaccio which was melt in your mouth-please-may-i-have-some-more!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

a group of 4 got to the restaurant at 12:30pm on Saturday and we had a reservation that was confirmed the day before as well. We didnt get seated until 12:50, ordered our food pretty much right away, but didnt get our main dishes until about an hour later. No real apologies from the server aggravated the situation more. Food was good but service was extremely poor.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The pear pop tart was truly a delight! \nPoached eggs and duck breast - the duck breast was perfectly executed. Dark pink in the middle. \nCroque madame - perfect balance of the bechamel sauce; it did not overpower.\nService is top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place had good reviews in Yelp. It's in the Mission District, a dark area, but worth eating here. Best carpaccio I've had and their fried chicken is crispy and flavorful. Our waitress was gracious in explaining the menu but she was very busy. The restaurant's interior design Is quite unique and pleasant. We sat on the inside so didn't get to see the movie screen.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great food and atmosphere. But the service was awful. If you don't want to be at work, then don't go in. We had the pork chop and it was YUMMY! Huge bummer the service was awful!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I had enjoyed a memorable meal at Foreign Cinema on a visit to SF several years ago. Our meal that evening had proven memorable, and we looked forward to another visit. Our date last week was to celebrate our anniversary, and once again the food and ambiance were something that we will reminisce about for some time. Special thanks to our server Leo for answering all of our questions regarding the menu, and for making particular suggestions. Thanks also to Gayle Pirie & John Clark for their vision and efforts to create a special dining experience. We will be back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food was excellent. The service, however, was a little over zealous. The bus boy stalked the table during dinner. He asked at least fifteen times if we were done yet. He also tried to take my food when my fork was midway between the plate and my mouth. It got to the point where it was difficult to engage in conversation because we were interrupted so frequently. When we mentioned it to our waitress, she didn't seem to know how to respond. She basically stopped serving our table and brought our check. Over all, we are still glad we tried the restaurant. It was a really neat atmosphere and was on par with some of the restaurants we are accustomed to in our hometown of Las Vegas. I just wish we were given more than 30 minutes to eat our dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

What a neat venue and the food was awesome. Only complaint was the server who was slow at every turn. Waited quite a while too place initial drink orders. He couldn't even offer menu suggestions, but we faired well none the less. Would definitely try again with a different server as it was obvious that there were many competent servers there.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was mediocre at best. Very salty and not complex enough . The service was wonderful and the restaurent was one of the most beautiful ive been too in a while but the food was not very good

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

What can say:\nProfessional staff all the way to valet : check\nBoozey brunch with a solid wine and champs selection: check\nAmbiance and energy to spare : check\n\nAnd servicing up San francisco warehouse chic: absolute check

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall very nice experience, but the port chop was not great. It was fatty and not tasty.\nReally not up to level that a 'foodie' would expect. My wife had seafood that\nwas very fresh and good. The server was very professional.\nSuggest that they find another 'pork' supplier.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I haven't been here for years since I moved to NYC but the food, service and ambience was just as consistent as I remember it. Our server (very tall young man with glasses) was spot on. There exactly when you needed him, friendly but not overbearing. He had great recommendations for both food and wine. The eclectic menu will suit all tastes. The risotto was delicious and the salmon with farm egg and roe to die for. Can't wait to go back when I return.