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Foreign Cinema

Updated 04/30/2013

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Forget popcorn. In this hip, loftlike space "dinner and a movie" become one joyous event. Classic films like René Clément's noirish 1960 Purple Noon and Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1990 Blue are projected on a wall in a large inner courtyard while you're served perfectly shucked oysters on the half shell, warm brandade, house-cured sardines, chef-owners' Gayle Pirie and John Clark's excellent fried chicken, bavette steak, or seafood stew from the dinner menu;

or a Dungeness crab panino or chicken-liver pâté from the bar bites menu. Avid filmgoers should keep in mind that it's really more about dining than movie watching here. Kids aren't forgotten, with celery and carrot sticks, pasta with butter and cheese, and two scoops of ice cream for just $7. The adjacent two-level Laszlo Bar has well-executed cocktails and nightly DJs, and the weekend brunch brings throngs of people fighting for a spot on the patio for some of the city's best egg dishes and Bloody Marys.

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2534 Mission St., San Francisco, California, 94110, United States

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Updated 04/30/2013


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Nov 11, 2009

Foreign Cinema Review

Best meal we had during a recent long weekend in San Francisco. We had a relaxed, delicious, creative brunch on Sunday. Sat in the courtyard and our server made us feel like the only ones in the place.


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Nov 7, 2004

A great find

Great atmostphere, great food. Looks are deceiving (from the outside). Not to be missed!

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Feb 15, 2004

Best Dining Experience I Have ever Had

I couldn't believe this place. The food is really good now that new chefs have taken over the kitchen. The ambience is magical with films showing in the courtyard. And the service seems to have been drastically improved since others reviewed this restaurant over two years ago.

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