Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

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2534 Mission Street (415) 648-7600

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  • Foreign Cinema: Great Choices in Oysters & Wines

    by YellowRose125 Updated Sep 9, 2008

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    We took the BART from SOMA district to have a special dinner here. Walking the few blocks to the restaurant from the BART stop was a bit nerve racking, because we'd heard that the Mission District was best avoided at night. When we arrived without incident we were relieved--that made the greeting by the staff at the door all the more pleasant. Upon entry, we were escorted down a long hall lined with small candles that flickered and cast shadows along the walls. This magical feeling expanded upon arrival in the main outdoor dining area, which was still bathed in quiet evening light. As dusk approached, the overhead awning lights came on and the short foreign films began. Projected on a large high wall at the end of the outdoor seating, they were easily seen from most seats--hearing was not an issue, as each had English subtitles. Service was excellent--at the end of our meal, our waitress even calmed our fears about the return walk to the BART (we had thought maybe we should call a cab).

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the wonderful selection of oysters on the half shell--over a dozen different varieties available from different locations. Everything we ordered was fresh, appeared just made, and was highest quality.

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    Foreign Cinema: Chic dinning in the Mission

    by tzech Written Jan 8, 2008

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    The restaurant has a fresh menu daily. Some really amazing items spanning from meats, poultry, and seafood served with some rich basics. Vegetarians or carnivores both will love this place. The restaurant is located in the heart of a concrete building with dining both indoors near a huge fireplace or outside with Film Noir projected on the wall. At the back of the restaurant is located a great bar for light eats or just taking in a glass of wine. Lazlo is a bar at the street front of the building that accompanies the restaurant for some post dinner jaunts.

    Favorite Dish: The Oysters selection is really nice!

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    Foreign Cinema: Yummiest Oysters in Town

    by PolyAna Written Apr 6, 2007

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    They have the awesomest oyster bar.. You can try oysters from all over the US... Great cocktails, great service... Also the best part is the outdoor area that has foreign movies playing on a wall the whole night... It's pretty romantic...

    Favorite Dish: The oysters are a must try...

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    Foreign Cinema: Try the 'Gateau au Chocolate' Dessert!

    by jenga123 Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Foreign Cinema's industrial looking concrete walls are warmed up with wood trim and candles. There is an outdoor courtyard with one of the walls being used for a movie screen playing foreign films. This is a very cute restaurant, good for special occasions.

    Favorite Dish: The pork chop with lavender sauce is to die for, as are the Kumamoto oysters. Don't leave without trying the 'Gateau au Chocolate' dessert. It's an extremely moist, dense chocolate cake with a champagne sauce, cherries and whipped cream. Yummy!

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    Foreign Cinema: A Taste of Surrealism

    by Geisha_Girl Written Jul 22, 2003

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    Is that NEPHRITE JADE I see?

    "Let us not mince words: the marvelous is always beautiful. anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful. " (Andre Breton, in the Manifesto of Surrealism, 1924)

    I love surprises. A renowned member of this VT community, GUANTANAMERA (aka Paul), paid a visit to SF en route to a 5 week journey through Asia.

    This was Paul's first time in San Francisco. If any of you have had the pleasure of making his acquaintance, you will know that he is a man of many layers.......one who has a different insight on human nature. If you study his travel pages, you can understand this statement.

    Paul's visit needed to be unique. Full of a different sort of "sightseeing." To start off his 2 day tour, I took Paul to visit FOREIGN CINEMA restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco.

    Foreign Cinema combines fine dining with a cinematic journey through classic films, old and new.

    That evening, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was playing. How appropo ! It added to the very surrealistic atmosphere that was to follow that weekend.........

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