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- 67%Nightlife Lovers
- 61%Luxury Travelers
- 57%Local Culture
- 54%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (51)
- Foreign CinemaJan 04, 2014
One of my favorite brunch spots in the city - and they take reservations via OpenTable, so you don't have to wait in line. Get the pop tarts, the caramel sticky toffee bun, the french toast, and the chèvre cheesecake. Ask your server for the best egg dishes that day - they change seasonally. Request a table in the covered courtyard on a nice day.
- Foreign CinemaDec 05, 2012
The ambiance of this establishment id quite unique. The tall ceilings, decorative rooms and cinematic wall projections make it an excellent place to entertain out of town guests. The food isn't the greatest of quality, but the variety of the menu make it fun to select a dish and try various appetizers.
- Foreign CinemaSep 20, 2012
Well, I got a job offer while eating here so how could this place not be my favorite?
I have been here numerous times and except for one visit, the whole experience has been outstanding. The service was impeccable.
Perhaps a note that applies to all restaurants; don't show at 10pm. The service and the food will not be the same.
Any other time: AMAZING!
- Foreign CinemaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 14, 2012
Best Weekend Brunch. Also an excellent location for a wedding or similar celebration. Consistent quality food, supreme SF service and a room that is still SF but has some NYC-esque mojo. Classic SF at its best. I prefer Brunch but you really cannot go wrong.
- Foreign CinemaJul 05, 2012
Does anyone really go to watch the movie? Doubtful, as food and atmosphere are center stage at this iconic San Francisco institution. Established in 1999, Foreign Cinema put up roots in the Mission when people were still afraid to go there. The menu is first-rate and constantly evolving, but may feature old favorites such as the maple, brown-sugar encrusted bacon and lavender creme brulee. Foreign Cinema is the place to wow the out-of-town relatives, wine-and-dine the client, or propose.
- Foreign CinemaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Foreign Cinema is an icon in San Francisco dining for over a decade, and a favorite of foodies and Yelpers, nearing 2,000 reviews at this writing.
The concept is perfect for someone like me, who has always enjoyed foreign films and good food, and here it is combined. Set in an old industrial building in the Mission district, it is very large, with several dining areas in a sort of horseshoe arrangement. In the patio in the middle is a large white wall, and here is where you can dine and watch foreign films projected onto it.
There is a completely open patio area nearest the screen, and farther back is a covered patio area to protect diners from any precipitation. We had a party of 6 for a birthday, and had one of their long tables in the open patio section on a beautiful summer evening.
The chef/owners, Gayle Pirie and John Clark serve wonderful seasonal California/Mediterra nean dishes. Their heritage of working at Bay Area legendary spots like Zuni Cafe and Chez Panisse tells discerning foodies that fresh ingredients in eclectic mixtures will reward the diners' palette and sensibilities. The menu changes regularly, and each menu is dated for the day.
In addition to their entrees, they have half a dozen desserts, and in the mediterranean tradition, about 5 post dinner cheese platters. They have a good wine selection, including a good offering of dessert wines, including rieslings, moscato, Ice wine, port, sherry, madeira, calvados, cognac, brandy, grappa, and armagnac.
We had a wonderful meal, with excellent service, and everyone enjoying their selections and we caught a glimpse of one of my favorite movies, Monsoon Wedding, the hilarious film by Mira Nair.
If you go to there website, they will list upcoming films.
This is a great date place, as the food and service are good, the wines many, and if things aren't clicking, well there is the movie!
- Foreign CinemaJul 04, 2012
Foreign Cinema offers a whole lot more than great food and cocktails. And no, not just the movie. I came here for dinner and the set-up of this place is unlike any other restaurant I have ever been to. The room (which is pretty much outside, but covered during the winter months I guess?) in which the film is screened has a bunch of heating lamps, so you can enjoy it regardless of how cold it is. It's really open and spacious, feels kind of like you're inside a planetarium. A little pricey, but definitely a unique experience.