Foreign Cinema

(415) 648-7600 | View Website

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94110

37.756454 -122.419006

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 6 pm-10pm

Fri 6 pm-11pm

Sat 11am-11pm

Sun 11am-10pm

 
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More Categories: Taverns, Whiskey Bars, Wine Bars, Restaurants

Bar & Club Special Features: 21 & Over, DJ

Cuisine: New American, Californian, French, Mediterranean

Price: $$$

Tags: Bar Scene, Brunch, Celeb Hangout, Date Spot, Fireplace, Group Dining, Online Reservations, Outdoor Dining, People Watching

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Mission, Central East

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Reviews for Foreign Cinema

Recommends

Foreign Cinema has been doing it all SO well for SO long, some people take it for granted. Not me! It somehow manages to be consistent AND surprising. From the food to the wine to the stunning space, FC deserves it's place in the San Francisco dining pantheon. Nothing beats a gorgeous sunny brunch outside, protected from the wind, or inside behind those huge windows. You'll never want to leave!

Recommends

On warm nights, take in a film projected on the wall of their enclosed courtyard.

Foreign Cinema
Recommends
5.0

A San Francisco institution for a reason, this place is amazeballs. It's got it all: fun atmosphere, fabulous food, potent drinks, and friendly staff. It's the perfect spot to bring out of town guests to.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Just horrible – Makes me queezy just thinking about it;

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

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.

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 a vodka/cran and his reply was "not right now"...you'd think that if drinks are $7-10 a piece, he could make time, but I forgave him seeing as it WAS New Year's Eve.

At the end of the night, the steroid raging manbearpig of a bouncer stormed through the bar screaming that ?everyone needs to get the F**K out of the bar!? Well, like most normal people, we took this as our cue to leave. We (my best friend and I..who are 24 year old young women and about 5?3?) walk over to where are coats and purses are, by which time the bouncer had turned around and I guess decided we weren?t moving fast enough (it was maybe 10 seconds after he yelled to the whole bar), grabbed my friend and literally pushed her out of the bar, sans purse. After verbally trying to get the bouncer to understand that all we needed was the purse so that we could leave as he requested, I turned around into the door way to try to get back in so that I could physically retrieve it, but was met with a fist in my face and was knocked to the ground. At this point, I was angry and my friend was bawling outside because, not only did we just get physically abused for no reason, but we still couldn't get her stuff back, so I called the cops.

Moral of the story:

1) The bouncer?s name is Mike and he should be fired on the spot.

2) The manager never once came to see what happened, and thus, should be fired on the spot.

3) Women BEWARE. Evidently it?s acceptable for the men in this bar to physically assult women and get away with it.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

They ruin birthdays – Food - Excellent. Wait Staff - Good. Concept - Unique..

NOTE - must speak quietly.

So why the one star?

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.

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 someone with the restaurant) leaning in over my friend to me and directing my friends and I to quiet down. This... AFTER my friends sang happy birthday and BEFORE I got to bl0w out my candle. WHO DOES THAT?!

We weren't overtly loud, no movie was playing (we were inside) and we were dropping about $700 w/o tip on the dinner. I think that should afford my friends and I to sing happy birthday and bl0w out our birthday candles.

To be fair - the manager apologized and purchased a round of drinks for the untimely and discourteous manner of her staff. But the deed was done.

Great job Foreign Cinemna -- now you have 11 angry women in all parts of the country recounting our experiences to all our friends of your employee's great finesse.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Unique cocktails and European flair keep this avant-garde Mission lounge on the hipster radar. – The Scene
While many bars in the Mission play up a Latin theme, Laszlo sets the bar a little higher with its industrial-chic atmosphere. Bare bronzed walls elicit a warehouse feel, while a small upstairs creates an open-loft effect. Between the two levels (small tables below, bar stools above), seating is ample. Attached to the more upscale Foreign Cinema restaurant, this bar (named after Jean-Paul Belmondo's alter ego in Godard's "Breathless") caters to the urban hip and Euro-friendly. And although you can order anything from Foreign Cinema's menu from the bar, this place is all about the drinks.

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