Foreign Cinema Restaurant Review, San Francisco


Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94110


Foreign Cinema Website

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Since 1999, they have been California/Mediterranean-inspired menu in a stylish setting in the middle of the Mission district of San Francisco. They focus on local and organic ingredients. They play Foreign and independent films in the courtyard when darkness starts to fall. They have seating both inside and outside (heat lamps).

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Foreign Cinema San Francisco Bar


The place was packed with lots of stylish people in their 20’s to 40’s, definitely a place with a scene and bar activity.

Menu pics

Website menu

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Cocktails

Belgian Beer – Mojito Cocktail


Foreign Cinema San Francisco Fruits de mer

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Foreign Cinema San Francisco Dipping Sauces

Fruits de mer ($23, $39) – Lots of clams, oysters, crab, and a crayfish with 4 dipping sauces.  Impressive presentation. Very fresh, excellent oyster selection.  Hard to mess up if the shellfish is fresh.

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Beef carpaccio

Beef carpaccio ($10) fried herbs, waffle chips, fried capers, Manchego, horseradish sauce was delicious, with the crispy chips contrasting nicely with the thin beef and dressing.

Grilled Monterey calamari ($11), roasted peppers, tomato vinaigrette, aioli, toasted almonds had an Italian flavor to it, well prepared and nice fresh octopus.

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Tuna Tartare

Pacific Tuna Tartare ($13) romesco, harissa waffled potatoes, toasted black cumin had high quality tuna and made for a good combination of ingredients.

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Consumme

Consumme of peach, yogurt ($8) – Refreshing light dessert after a heavy meal.  Nice soup and really good but small yogurt scoop.

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Strawberry Tart

Strawberry tart ($8) – The special dessert of the night. Huge portion, hot and delicious.


Foreign Cinema San Francisco Pork Chop

Lavender Pork Chop ($26) morel mushroom risotto, sunburst squash, black truffle – Very big portion and good risotto. Overcooked slightly, so it was not juicy.

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Sea Bass

Sea Bass ($26) – roasted in a fig leaf, white bean puree, porcini-fig-walnut sauce. Also a very large dish.  Undercooked slightly, we have had better elsewhere.


The service was adequate, but not top notch. Waiters had to be tracked down from time to time. Their strengths seem to be starters and desserts. The large plates did not reach the quality of the small ones.  I would almost go for 2 small places instead of an entree. The place has a fun energetic vibe, making it a place to be seen. They are right next to Medjool which has a fun roof deck for drinks afterwards. Foreign Cinema also has a kids menu.

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Foreign Cinema Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:Monday-Thursday 6pm-10pm. Friday 6pm-11pm. Saturday 11am-11pm. Sunday 11am-10pm.
Prices:$16 - $30

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