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Foreign Cinema brunch - no reservations?

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betterbeheaven Jan 5, 2012 10:36 PM

I have a Google Offer deal for Foreign Cinema that I have to use in the next few days. I'd like to do brunch on Saturday (partly of 2), preferably patio seating, but they don't have a reservation available until 2:15pm. Do they take walk-ins for brunch? Would I need to arrive right when they open at 11:00am to avoid a long wait?

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    vulber Jan 8, 2012 11:43 AM

    wow! thank you for bringing this to my attention! i had just assumed all offers were valid for a year after purchase....0

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      vulber Jan 8, 2012 05:05 PM

      actually im not sure i'll be able to use it by the time it expires on wed. Anyone want to buy it from me? Its $20 for $40 worth of food or drink...

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        betterbeheaven Jan 8, 2012 11:09 PM

        It is a bummer when those deal expiration dates creep up upon you! If you can't find a buyer, according to the Google offer guidelines: "After redemption period, all vouchers may be refundable or redeemable for paid amount."

        https://www.google.com/offers/home#rules

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          vulber Jan 9, 2012 12:11 AM

          good catch, thanks!

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      betterbeheaven Jan 7, 2012 07:36 PM

      Well, at least for brunch, I think I worried a bit more than warranted. I called to ask how long the wait would be for walk-ins, and the reservationist said anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour. I asked if arriving right when they opened would help, and she said that they usually had a line by then. So I arrived embarrassingly early, was the first in "line" for a little while. Around 15 minutes before the opening, a few more people arrived. We were all seated instantly in our pick of seats, and the restaurant was never full, even when I left at noon.

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        rworange Jan 7, 2012 07:53 PM

        So ... what did you have and how did you like it

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          betterbeheaven Jan 8, 2012 11:08 PM

          I had the balsamic fried eggs with potato/garlic hash, prosciutto, and chicories. Not very good at describing food, which is why I didn't include a review, but I really enjoyed the dish. My boyfriend had the huckleberry pop tart and the croque madame. Pop tart was very, very good; flaky and sweet. The croque madame was good too, but extremely heavy. The entire sandwich is literally encased in bechamel. Did not think much of the fries that came with it.

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            mariacarmen Jan 9, 2012 12:58 AM

            i love that egg dish. thanks for reporting back!

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        OliverB Jan 7, 2012 03:41 PM

        I was able to make OT res. at Foreign Cinema for brunch on JAN 29 at 12:15 PM -- Sounds like there are no earlier availabilities left. Glad I booked in advance!

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          tjinsf Jan 6, 2012 09:33 PM

          they do take walk-ins if they have tables free but if they are busy you will just wait and you are more likely to get one if you don't want to be in the courtyard. I say take the 2:15.

          1. Windy Jan 5, 2012 10:42 PM

            If you're judging availability by OpenTable, call them. Most restaurants don't release every table online.

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              betterbeheaven Jan 5, 2012 10:55 PM

              I did -- they gave me the same option (2:15pm)

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