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Foreign Cinema

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  • Mission
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Foreign Cinema
Photograph: Flickr/Dave WhelanForeign Cinema

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Want a whimsical twist on dinner and a movie? Though Foreign Cinema has been a Mission standby for nearly two decades, it remains one of the most stunning restaurants in town. The seasonal California fare is sourced from farms in Bolinas, Sebastopol, Healdsburg and Olema, complemented by an impressive 2,000-bottle wine list. Inside, you’ll find an elegant expanse of marble, stone and exposed beams under 18-foot ceilings. But the real draw is the outdoor patio, warmed by heat lamps and twinkling with string lights. The “cinema” comes in the form of the huge projector screen, where classic and contemporary movies play nightly. In summer 2017, longtime co-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark announced a forthcoming wine bar and 15,000-bottle cellar nearby at 2540 Mission Street.

Written by
Lauren Sheber


2534 Mission St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at 21st St
BART to 24th St Mission/bus 14, 26, 48, 49, 67
Opening hours:
Mon–Wed 5:30–10pm; Thu, Fri 5:30–11pm; Sat 11am–2:30pm, 5:30–11pm; Sun 11am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm
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