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andyeats May 18, 2010 10:17 PM

I'm debating between Range and Foreign Cinema. What would you choose?

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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Ruth Lafler May 18, 2010 10:24 PM

    Wrong question: what I like about a restaurant might not be what you like. What you need to do is tell us what you need to know to help you choose, based on your own preferences.

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      andyeats May 18, 2010 10:47 PM

      It would be for a Saturday dinner. The food at both restaurants seems somewhat similar, although Foreign Cinema's menu seems to have a few more choices. The ambiance at FC looks to be rather unique, so I'm leaning towards FC (assuming that the food at both is of similar quality).

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      2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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      vulber May 18, 2010 11:30 PM

      generally what i like about a restaurant is the quality of the food more than anything else, which is also what i assume people are looking for.

      that being said, if you live in the bay area, i would go with range, solely for the fact that unlike foreign cinema, it's only open for dinner. while foreign cinema's brunch is still one of the priciest in the city, it's still a much cheaper way to eat there, and arguably one of the best brunches in the city too.

      if you're visiting....oooh...tha'ts tough

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        andyeats May 19, 2010 10:33 AM

        Visiting, but problem solved! We'll do Brunch @ FC and dinner @ Range. Thanks for the comments.

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        kmah May 19, 2010 06:47 PM

        I ate at both last year (?) and thought that while Foreign Cinema is beautiful, the food at Range was better. If you're into desserts, I'd definitely choose Range. Nice cozy atmosphere, slightly better section of the mission, really great food all around. Foreign Cinema's interior is gorgeous, spacious, but I thought the food wasn't as impressive. The movie we saw there looked awesome but was impossible to hear--don't go for the movie if you really want to watch it.

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        Foreign Cinema
        2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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          vulber May 19, 2010 08:55 PM

          I've only been to Foreign Cinema for brunch, but I will say taht it's one of the few restaurants where I've consistently heard better things about their brunch than dinner

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          Foreign Cinema
          2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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            Thomas Nash May 21, 2010 11:32 PM

            I agree with kmah's comment. Range's cooking has far more depth and sophistication than Foreign Cinema even if both reflect the typical San Francisco mediterranean style.

            If it was me visiting the San Francisco area, I would skip the FC brunch (as you can get something like that probably where you come from) and have dim sum instead -- unless you are from Vancouver or LA. Plenty of threads on the dim sum subject on this board.

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            Foreign Cinema
            2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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