Foreign Cinema


Shannon Tucker, of Foreign Cinema, on wine in the Mission

“I think that wine is having a bit of a renaissance with young people. I’m seeing more people around my age—I’m in my mid-30s—who are more open to it, and will let you open stuff for them.”

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Foreign Cinema chefs finally realize dream kitchen – at home

“Gayle Pirie and John Clark believe an illusion exists when it comes to chefs’ home kitchens — and that is, most people think they should be perfect.”


How to Love a Lemon: Foreign Cinema’s Scrambled Eggs with Meyer Lemon Salsa Verde

“Our Test Kitchen tasters declared this might be their favorite scrambled egg recipe ever, thanks to the flavorful combination of three robust cheeses and a vibrant sauce, along with the smart cooking techniques for keeping the eggs moist.”


15 Years in with Foreign Cinema

“Foreign Cinema turned 15 years old last night (and threw themselves a grown-up quinceañera to celebrate). To commemorate the occasion, Gayle Pirie and John Clark looked back on their work so far-which dates to a time when the wasn’t the restaurant row it is now.”


WSJ Masthead

Chefs are using pastrami in surprising new ways

“Gayle Pirie, co-owner and chef at San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema, fills corn tortillas with warm pastrami and a tangy cabbage-poppy seed slaw for a taco that is at least as Eastern European as it is Mexican.”


San Francisco: Where to eat: Foreign Cinema – “This Mediterranean themed restaurant serves a stellar selection of oysters. Independent films are screened each night in the courtyard.”

Places: Restaurants: Bay Watch “After a short lull, the San Francisco restaurant scene is grabbing attention again”

The New York Times

The Mission District: Affordable and Fun
“The best looking of the group, Foreign Cinema is not just a good idea – in its inner courtyard, old movies are projected onto a neighboring building- but a good restaurant. New chefs – John Clark and Gayle Pirie, a husband and wife team – have boosted the level of the food considerably since I first ate there over a year ago.”

Gourmet Magazine
100+ great things about San Francisco
“It’s always a double feature at the Mission District’s Foreign Cinema, where you eat oysters, house-cured sardines, and duck confit while watching old films in an open courtyard….”

On the Town: Cinema Alfresco
“During the dot-com boom, San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema restaurant was one of the Mission District’s hip hang-outs. Of late, it has recast itself as a sophisticated dining destination that emphasizes film as much as food…”