Foreign Cinema

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Overview

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

Ambience

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.

ACCOLADES

  • 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

Dinner Menu

Oyster Bar*

  • Beau Soleil, New Brunswick
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Belon, San Juan Islands
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Blue Point, Long Island, Ny
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Blue Pool, Washington
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Chelsea Gem, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Hog Island Atlantic, Point Reyes, Ca
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kumamoto, Humboldt, Ca
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kumamoto, Point Reyes, Ca
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kumamoto, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kusshi, British Columbia
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Olympia, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Shigoku, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • St. Simone, New Brunswick
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00

Shellfish Bar*

  • White Prawns, Florida
    Each $3.00
    Half $18.00
    Dozen $35.00
  • Littleneck Clams, Cape Cod
    Each $1.75
    Half $10.00
    Dozen $20.00
  • Dungeness Crab, Washington
    Half $27.00
    Whole $54.00
  • Lobster, Maine
    Half $30.00
    Whole $60.00
  • Plateaux Des Fruits De Mer: a daily and seasonal selection of cooked & raw shellfish
    Royal $66.00
    Imperial $145.00

Urban Picnic

  • Warm Mixed Mediterranean Olives
    $6.00
  • Santa Barbara Smoked Salmon avocado, frisée, dill-crème fraîche, caviar
    $15.00
  • Brandade Gratin blended salt cod & whipped potatoes, garlic; house pickles, grilled bread
    $14.00
  • Reading Raclette Fondue torn bread, fuji apple, cornichon, tapenade
    $14.00
  • Grilled Monterey Calamari charmoula, aioli, bread crumbs, chili oil, cilantro
    $15.00

Premieres

  • Soup roasted cauliflower velouté, pomegranate, pine nut salsa verde
    $8.00
  • Arugula Salad white beans, fried almonds, meyer lemon, brabander cheese
    $12.00
  • Lacinato Kale tart cherry dressing, shaved raw cauliflower, pepitas, manchego
    $12.00
  • Avocado Toasts house cured local sardines, egyptian pepper relish, mt. vikos feta
    $12.00
  • Pacific Tuna Poke ponzu sauce, yuzu mayo, wasabi tobiko, taro whiskers, watermelon radish, daikon sprouts
    $16.00
  • Natural Beef Carpaccio balsamic mayo, waffle chips, fried rosemary, watercress, shaved piave
    $15.00
  • Omelet for Supper apple & cider, ale cheddar, fines herbs, burgundian truffle
    $15.00
  • Porchetta Di Testa parsley, capers, shaved onion & radish, pickled mustard seeds
    $15.00

California Features

  • San Diego Mahi-Mahi saffron basmati, tomato chutney, avocado, lime, raita, cilantro
    $29.00
  • Sea Scallops manila clams, & mussels, white beans, spicy tomato broth, roasted fennel, grilled bread, aioli
    $30.00
  • Trofie Pasta our ricotta, shaved squash, brussels sprouts, garlic, chili, lemon, breadcrumbs
    $22.00
  • Curry-Scented Sesame Fried Chicken hummus, chicories, baby carrots, spiced honey
    $24.00
  • Maple Brined Pork Chop golden chanterelles, wine braised cabbage, cranberry-ginger chutney
    $27.00
  • Five-Spice Duck Breast persian cauliflower hash, roasted chicories, orange-caramel jus
    $27.00
  • Grilled Kobe Bavette red onion jam, celery root & yukon gold potato gratin, sausalito watercress, cabernet jus
    $31.00

Brunch Menu

Oysters*

  • Beau Soleil, New Brunswick
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Blue Point, Long Island
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Blue Pool, Washington
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Hog Island Atlantic, Point Reyes, Ca
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Hog Island Sweets, Marshall, Ca
    Each $3.75
    Half $22.00
    Dozen $42.00
  • Island Creek, Massachusetts
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kumamoto, Humboldt
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kumamoto, Point Reyes, Ca
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Kusshi, British Columbia
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Malpeque, Prince Edward Island
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Miyagi, Point Reyes, Ca
    Each $3.25
    Half $20.00
    Dozen $38.00
  • Olympia, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00
  • Shigoku, Washington
    Each $4.00
    Half $24.00
    Dozen $46.00

Shellfish*

  • Dungeness Crab, Washington
    Half $27.00
    Whole $54.00
  • Plateau Des Fruits De Mer*
    Royal $66.00
    Imperial $145.00

Weekend Picnic

  • Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun
    $6.00
  • Organic 'Pop Tarts': Strawberry & Apple
    $6.75
  • Today's Fruit warren pear, pomegranate, persimmon, straus yogurt, almonds, mint, honey
    $8.00
  • Lavender Warmed Raclette in Ch pine nuts, tapenade; cornichon, toasts
    $12.00
  • Lacinato Kale Salad tart cherry dressing, toasted pepitas, brabander
    $10.00
  • Duck Liver Pâté Toasts quince preserves, grilled bread, mizuna greens
    $13.00
  • Natural Beef Carpaccio balsamic mayo, fried leeks, shaved manchego
    $14.00
  • Brandade whipped cod & potatoes, green chilies; grilled bread, house pickles
    $12.00
  • Santa Barbara Smoked Salmon tobiko, dill-crème fraiche, pickled red onion, farm egg salad, spelt toast
    $14.00
  • Avocado Toasts house-cured sardines, egyptian pepper relish, mt. vikos feta
    $12.00
  • Monterey Calamari a La Plancha tomato-habanero sauce, chickpeas, potatoes, tortilla chips, aioli, cilantro
    $14.00

Santa Cruz Pastured Farm Eggs

  • Baguette French Toast autumn sonoma raspberries & blackberries, strawberry butter
    $14.00
  • Roman Scramble meyer lemon, radicchio, breadcrumbs, piave, shelling beans, bagna cauda
    $16.00
  • Champagne Omelet maitakes, delicata squash, apple, raclette & comte, crème fraîche, fines herbes, salad
    $17.00
  • Oaxacan Style Pork roasted poblanos, two fried eggs, white beans, mojo verde, tortilla ribbons, queso fresco
    $17.00
  • Duck Leg Confit two poached farm eggs, escarole, frisée, oranges, croutons, sherry dressing
    $18.00
  • Robust Persian Flat Omelet sliced avocado, spring onions, thai chilies, tomato jam, angel hair potatoes
    $16.00

Sunday Sandwiches & the Grill

  • Croque Madame toasted ham & gruyere, crowned with an egg & béchamel, french fries, green salad
    $17.00
  • Steak Sandwich grilled kobe bavette, gruyere, onion jam, arugula, levain, fingerling potato chips
    $21.00
  • San Diego Mahi-Mahi ruby grapefruit, champagne butter sauce, caviar lentils, romanesco & brussels
    $26.00

Extras

  • Slow-Cooked Brown Sugar Alderwood Smoked Bacon
    $7.00
  • Our Maple-Pork Morning Sausages
    $6.00

Desserts & Cheese Menu

Desserts

  • Apple-pomegranate Crostada cardamom caramel ice cream, pecans
    $10.00
  • Spiced Ginger Cake pineapple marmalade, pistachio sorbet
    $10.00
  • Chévre Cheesecake blackberry gastrique, cinnamon streusel
    $10.00
  • Valrhona Chocolate Pot DE Crème with cherry-milk chocolate cookie
    $9.00
  • Earl Grey-vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with mocha macarôn
    $9.00
  • Organic Strawberry Granita
    $7.00

Hand Selected Cheeses

  • Ocooch Mountain with membrillo Wisconsin, Hidden Springs Raw sheep's milk, firm, slightly granular with flavors of nuts
    $9.00
  • Bermuda Triangle with pear butter California , Cypress Grove Goat's milk, soft, smooth interior with clean flavors of milk
    $9.00
  • Humble Herdsman with plum jam Vermont, Parish Hill Creamery Raw cow's milk, washed with hard cider, delicate flavors of nuts and grass
    $9.00
  • Cameo with quince jam California, Redwood Hill Farm Goat's milk, soft, bloomy-herb encrusted rind, bright and floral
    $9.00
  • Buffalo Blue with Seka Hills honey California, Bleating Heart Raw buffalo's milk, firm, natural rind, undertones of grass
    $9.00

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Details
  • 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