Foreign Cinema

Restaurants, Californian Mission
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4 out of 5 stars
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Foreign Cinema
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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.

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Foreign Cinema
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Address: 2534 Mission St
San Francisco

Cross street: at 21st St
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
Transport: BART to 24th St Mission/bus 14, 26, 48, 49, 67
Price: $$$
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Foreign Cinema is a great place to have a fresh, tasty meal. I'd probably be more impressed with it if it weren't for all the hype—so much hype! Don't get me wrong, the food is good, the service is good—but I can get most of the dishes on the menu, prepared just as well, at any hip new eatery in the city (or in any big city). Projecting old movies onto the outside wall is a cute touch, but not the stuff of legends. Everybody relax!