Offering a rare mix of high elegance and trendy style, industrial-chic and Mediterannean inspired Foreign Cinema has been perpetually a top place for the arts crowd when dining out in San Francisco. This is the sort of grand-scale place you would normally find downtown, where it would be filled with expense-account types. Thanks to its location in the scruffy Mission, it attracts a younger, more stylish crowd that can nonetheless afford to dine well. With high ceilings, a crackling fireplace, and your favorite art house film showing on the patio wall, Foreign Cinema offers all you could want and more. As for the food, it just gets better. Don’t miss the Laszlo Bar, where you’ll find a cool mojito every night and a hot crowd most weekends.
On sunny days, there may be no better place for brunch than the dramatic courtyard (complete with movies playing) at Foreign Cinema. Consider it a most entertaining way to start your weekend. A slick crowd gathers here to throw back oysters and bubbly, and nosh on highbrow versions of breakfast favourites: fried eggs deglazed with balsamic, baguette French toast with mascarpone, and even a lavender-scented pork chop. Although the name alone may remind you of packaged treats, the housemade pop tarts (with organic fruit filling) have a following all their own. Yes, you heard that correctly: housemade pop tarts.