Foreign Cinema


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…”


The Buzz USA
“Watch it: Classic films and foreign flicks screened in the courtyard of San Francisco’s new French bistro, Foreign Cinema. Diners listen on personal speakers at each table.”


Newsweek Magazine
Tip Sheet: Best Outdoor Dining
“The Mission’s answer to Tinseltown is this “cinema buff’s paradiso” featuring an “arty film du jour” accompanied by a Cal-Med menu served “drive-in style” on a patio or beside a “show stopping fireplace.”"


“During brunch hours, Gayle Pirie and John Clark serve their version of a Pop-Tart: a rectangle buttery pastry filled with jam made from figs, nectarines, or whatever else is in season.”


“Knockout Brunch – Rise and shine with this fun, festive party. Sip an Indian-spiced bloody mary, enjoy a whimsical dessert inspired by a favorite childhood treat – and try bacon and eggs like you’ve never had them before. Recipes by Gayle Pirie and John Clark.”