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Open since 1999, Foreign Cinema restaurant has garnered local, national and international acclaim as a quintessentially San Francisco dining experience. We offer a daily changing California/Mediterranean-inspired menu in an industrial chic setting located in the heart of the bustling Mission district. Dinner is served nightly as well as weekend brunch both Saturday and Sunday. Foreign and independent films are screened in our covered outdoor courtyard. Seating is available indoors fireside as well as upstairs in our semi-private mezzanine overlooking the dining room. Guests may enjoy cocktails and our complete menu from the main bar or on the patio outside. Modernism West, an art gallery in collaboration with Martin Muller and Modernism Inc, is open to the public most nights and is an ideal space for private dining. After dinner drinks with rotating DJ’s completes the evening in our adjacent bar, Laszlo.
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Fax: (415) 648-7669

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Southeast San Francisco, Mission District
Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, American Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Bars
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Parking: Street, Valet

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What a great place

Love coming to dine here. The buttermilk chicken is one of my all time favorites. Good bone warming food. You can not beat the uniqueness of the restaurants design and theme. The carpaccio is great, the beverage selection wide, the meals offered are all yummy. We have not gone for brunch but the chance to dine outside is appealing on some SF days. Give this place a try I am confident you will not be disappointed.

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Great palce to hang out...

Great palce to hang out in the Mission area. Lounge bar with upstairs overlooking the first floor. Not a big place but great DJ's and drinks.

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Go to Laszlo if You Want to be Physically Assulted

I joined CitySearch specifically to warn all potential patrons, specifically women, to avoid this place.\r I spent New Year's Eve here, as I was invited by friends who had reserved it for the evening, and had a relatively good time, until the end.\r The bar's decent...kinda small and very small balcony. Drinks are what you'd expect for SF/Mission, minus I asked the bartender for something not much more difficult than... view more

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Fine food and outdoor seating

This place has it all, it loses a star for price, but I love meeting friends here and watch the weird stuff on the wall over a good meal.

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My favorite standby! Great space and food.

Knock on wood I've been almost a dozen times and have yet to have a bad experience. They make it look so easy! My only complaint is that it is a little loud inside.

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They ruin birthdays

Food - Excellent. Wait Staff - Good. Concept - Unique..\r NOTE - must speak quietly.\r \r So why the one star?\r \r In SF for a semi-annual gathering of my girlfriends (11 of us) from all over the country. We came to the Foreign Cinemna to celebrate my friend's 40th and my 36th birthday. \r \r When I my opened my eyes once completing my wish to bl0w out my candle - I see a woman (not a hostess, not a manager - but so... view more

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Perfect Date

I went here for my birthday and the food was great as well as the service. We sat outside and watched Amelie, it was a perfect evening. My favorite part was the lavender creme brulee, yummy! This place is a must if you live here or are just visiting as well as a great place to take out of town guests.

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It's such a lame place for movie!

I feel really annoyed that this eating place dares to list itself in movie guide as a movie screening place. The movie is shown nightly there as a backdrop with very low audio. Don't even think of coming here to see a movie if you are serious of watching a movie. I recommend the Kabuki Theater where movies are shown seriously and has spacious seats. You can enjoy your cocktails and fabulous food inside the theater.

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Reminds us of why we love living in San Francisco

Foreign Cinema offers great food in an inspiring, yet unpretentious and fun setting.\r \r Dining in the Mission is so unlike any other big city dining experience. Yes, people wear way too much black in this part of town, and as an unpierced, un-scarrified strait middle aged dude, I must admit, I am still amused and relieved to see in the Mission District that the current counter-culture continues to thrive in a city ... view more

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Great Food, Ambience and Service!

This was one of my favorite casual dining experiences. We sat outside and saw part of the movie shown on the white brick wall - what a unique offering. It was a cold night, but the heaters kept us quite warm. I had to take my jacket off and the butter was melting on the butter plate. Cozy, but the only downside to that was it warmed the wine in my glass. \r \r The food was incredible! Unlike another reviewer, the we ... view more

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