Foreign Cinema

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Foreign and indie films provide the arty backdrop for the dining experience at the popular, romantic, quintessentially San Franciscan Foreign Cinema, but it's the California/Mediterranean farm-to-table fare that takes center stage.

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We offer tables for dinner and the ever-popular weekend brunch.

What the Food Critics are Saying

“…In this hip, loftlike space "dinner and a movie" become one joyous event. Classic films...are projected on a wall in a large inner courtyard while you're served perfectly shucked oysters on the half shell, warm brandade, house-cured sardines, chef-owners' Gayle Pirie and John Clark's excellent fried chicken, bavette steak, or seafood stew from the dinner menu; or a Dungeness crab panino or chicken-liver pâté from the bar bites menu…” – Fodor's

“Knockout Brunch – Rise and shine with this fun, festive party. Sip an Indian-spiced bloody mary, enjoy a whimsical dessert inspired by a favorite childhood treat – and try bacon and eggs like you’ve never had them before...” – Bon Appetit


Located in the bustling Mission district, the setting is urban, warm, and lively -- whether you’re dining fireside indoors, or al fresco in the covered inner courtyard where the films projected on the back wall provide an arty, romantic backdrop.


  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2014-2015 — SF Chronicle
  • Organic Pop Tarts (Seasonal): 100 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die 2016 — 7x7 Magazine
  • Best Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco 2015 – 7x7 Magazine
  • Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence 2015
  • Bay Area's Best for Brunch 2015 — Zagat
  • San Francisco's Best for Group Dining 2015 — Zagat
  • Best Outdoor Dining in San Francisco Area 2015 — Zagat
  • Three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle 2014
  • 100+ Great Things About San Francisco — Gourmet Magazine
  • Zagat rating of 4.5 out of 5

Menu for Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Lively, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (415) 648-7600
  • Private Dining Room: Yes