Foreign Cinema

Dinner. What better way to celebrate’s one of my closest friend’s birthday, right? With a few days to spear, we decided to make reservations at Foreign Cinema.

Let’s just say this place was amazing – the food, service, and atmosphere.

So here’s the run down. I’m going to go straight into it and talk about the food. Then I’ll share with you the atmosphere and service (you definitely don’t want to miss this part) and tips about how to enjoy your experience here (and how to watch that movie).

So let me tell you about the amazing food I had here – or did I just tell you already? It’s amazing! Every bite I inhaled was like a – dear I say it – an orgasm in my mouth.

Sorry (I’m not sorry) my picture’s are blurry. But yes I was just that excited to eat. (Also, this is one of those places where I felt like it was extremely rude to use my phone, so I tried to minimize my snaps!)

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Now as I tell you what were on our massive plates, I have to admit I can’t remember the name of each dish and all the fancy ingredients. And they also change up the menu depending on the season but you can check out their menu here before you go to see what’s cooking this season.

What you see above is one of their salmon dish. Cuts like butter. Really the best salmon I’ve ever had, not too fishy but you can definitely taste the savory salmon with each bite. I almost wanted to eat the whole thing – too bad my girlfriend was actually hungry!
What you see below is the tri-tip steak. Again – amazing. Some places tend to be too chewy or overcooked. This steak was a perfect medium rare combo and easy to chew as you savor the juicy steak flavor – and there was a lot of flavor.

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Below is my dish. Behold their pork chop dish. I normally don’t go for pork chop as my first pick but I didn’t want to get the same dish as my girlfriends.

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And alcohol refreshers. That metal straw though. Not sure what this drink was called, but it was fruity and one of their popular drinks. Definitely stirring in that mint leaf added quite the touch to the drink.

This is what the inside looks like. But the outside. Oh my goodness – gorgeous! I’ll talk about the ambiance and space later, just keep reading!

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A peek into the outside. Oh so jealous of everyone out there.

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So now – tips, trick, restaurant ambiance and more.

Definitely make RESERVATIONS! You can make reservations on OpenTable, Yelp, or call them. Especially if you want the outside seating. I made reservations a week prior and didn’t know outside seating were booked up to about two weeks in advance. Yes, about two weeks. Outside is a gorgeous setting, with twinkling lights and when you catch the right timing, they play a movie on their huge cement wall from their projector. (Here’s their movie schedule!) Don’t get me wrong, you’ll open the door and walk down a red carpet, then you’re greeted by host, and you’ll see the beautiful inside – but I’m still jealous of everyone who got to sit outside!

I’m definitely aiming to try here for brunch and I’m dying to come back for dinner!

Transportation: We took the J church and walked about 3 blocks. You can definitely drive here though. There’s a few parking garage, meter parking, and residential parking. I would say be prepare to battle for parking though.

Wait time: Again, we made reservations so not sure about wait timing, but again – definitely if you want outside seating I suggest making reservations. However when we came around 6:00 pm the restaurant was still empty – the inside at least.

Service: Service was definitely top notched. Not use to someone placing a napkin on my lap after coming back from the bathroom each time!

Ambiance/Setting: Again, amazing! It’s really spacious and nice. Even if you don’t get to sit outside, the inside is still delightful and well lit.

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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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