Why You'll Love This Place
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Dinner and a movie…it's the quintessential first date that's probably launched more relationships than any other activity. So what could be more perfect than celebrating the most important day of your relationship by playing out your own romantic wedding scene at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco?
This dynamic and thoroughly original venue in the Mission District has become a magnet for foodies, cinephiles, and loyal locals by artfully editing together critically acclaimed cuisine with several unique dining environments—including a glorious courtyard where films are projected on an exterior wall. If you buy out the restaurant, all of these spaces become yours for the Big Night.
A small marquee-style awning marks the entrance to the restaurant, where two stainless steel doors usher you down a seductively lit hallway, flickering with votive candles. If you're having your ceremony here, your guests will be invited outside to the canopied center Courtyard, which provides a nice long aisle for a dramatic bridal entrance. After the service, friends and family can enjoy a sumptuous cocktail reception in the Modernism West Gallery, a loft-like space with a two-story ceiling. Lining the crisp white walls is an impressive display of visually exciting artwork, which gives the setting a cultural edge and provides a great backdrop for photos. There's a chic bar at one end, and along the other are floor-to-ceiling windows inset with glass doors that lead to a cozy Zen-like Upper Patio. Some couples opt to host their entire event in the Gallery.
For larger groups, the festivities continue across the Courtyard with dinner in the rustically elegant Dining Room, whose wood-framed windows open to the outdoors, creating a nice connection between the two spaces. A remodeled bar area features a Brazilian barrocca soapstone counter atop a colorfully tiled base that harmonizes with avocado-hued banquettes. The wood floor, fireplace, and very cool chandeliers—whose lighting elements are actually truck headlights—give the room a warm, yet trendy feel.
Overlooking it all is the Mezzanine, which can serve as a VIP lounge, an intimate rehearsal dinner spot, or a retreat for the bride and groom…all with great views of the action below. And part of that action is the open kitchen, because Foreign Cinema, being chef-owned, is very focused on maintaining the high level of its popular California-Mediterranean dishes, prepared in inventive ways with only fresh, organic ingredients.
Finally, top off a wonderful evening with dancing in the Gallery and nightcaps in the Courtyard while your favorite movie or a slideshow of your own love story is projected on the wall.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $28,000/event and up
- Package prices vary depending on:
- Day of week
- Package chosen
Fully-customized packages can include (buyout packages require an additional $1,000 facility fee):
- A buyout of the restaurant for exclusive use of the selected ceremony and reception space.
- Sustainable and seasonal catering services
- On-site sommelier for beverage planning assistance
- In-house tables, chairs, and event rentals
- And more!
Intimate event rentals are also available for lesser fees. Contact the venue for rates and details.
Meals (when priced separately)
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 70.|
With a variety of event spaces, this venue can accommodate both large parties and intimate guest-counts.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Gatherings of 61 guests or more require a restaurant buyout, which includes a variety of distinctive event spaces that are used in combination. They include the Main Dining Room and a unique Courtyard for dinner seating, with use of the Gallery for a cocktail reception and dancing. The Main Dining Room and Courtyard combined accommodate 170 guests seated or 350 standing. Guests can mingle throughout the entire venue during your event, and you may show your own film in the Courtyard and/or Gallery.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: In addition to 100 seated guests, the venue also accommodates 50 standing guests for a total of 150.
MEETING CAPACITY: The venue can seat up to 70 guests for meetings.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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Year-round, daily. Call or email for specifics on available times.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Other View
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Dressing Area: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: on-street, valet, garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: none
View: garden courtyard
Other: on-site florals, event coordination, film projection available
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
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