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Big 4

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1075 California St, Scarlet Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94108-2251 (Taylor)
+1 415-771-1140
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06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently had dinner at the Big 4 restaurant in the Huntington Hotel. I have dined there twice in the past(a few and several years ago), and both times my meal was fantastic! The service EVERY time that I have been there, has been superb. Last Saturday night was no exception to that in the service department. The food, however,... More 

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Thank Mjde1229
TheScarletHuntington, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Mjde1229, I sincerely apologize for the less than stellar experience you encountered. Having just arrived here as the new GM, I am still getting acclaimed to the Hotel. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you and have you come back to the BIG 4. My DD# is 415.345.2808. I look forward to hearing from you.... More 

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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Apparently, any "inappropriate" innuendo is not allowed in reviews. Honestly, there is no telling this story without that part, so I'll just review the food. The famed chicken pot pie was meh. The burger was really good. Prices are high. You're supposed to dress "business casual" but we wore jeans and sat at the bar. The bartender was OLD SCHOOL... More 

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Thank Carla S
TheScarletHuntington, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Carla S, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We can only improve from your comments and insights. We look forward to your next visit to the BIG 4. Best, Sal L. Abaunza, General Manager More 

UK
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26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great restaurant on the top of Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is like stepping back in time inside, with an early 20th century feel. The menu, however, is very 21st century and features some great choices and excellent steaks.

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Thank TimW1
TheScarletHuntington, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear TimW1, Thank you for your kind review. The Colleagues appreciate you sharing your experience at the BIG 4. We look forward to your next visit. Best, Sal L. Abaunza, General Manager More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The title says it all, had one of the best steaks i've eaten in my life here, simply melt in your mouth and cooked to perfection (medium rare!) - and that coming from an Aussie who's had many a great steak! The cosy 1930's styled restaurant is a real treat and they have a top notch bar with a great... More 

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Thank Marty P
Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Marty P This is praise indeed – that Big 4 Bar & Restaurant’s steaks are the best you have eaten in your life! Thank you for your recognition of Big 4 Bar and the service you had received. I have shared your compliments with the team and they are over the moon! We greatly appreciate your recommendation and endorsement,... More 

New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We originally chose this restaurant because we stayed at The Scarlet Huntington and this is "in house". Lovely ambiance...dark wood, linen tablecloths and napkins, piano music, "old world" service. The food is American style and everything we ordered was delicious and perfectly prepared. They have yummy desserts and an extensive wine list. We returned for a second dinner during our... More 

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Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Suekay108 Thank you for your 5-star review! We truly appreciate your making time to post your feedback about how you enjoyed the Big 4 ‘s service, ambience, clubby vibe, and our Executive Chef Miguel Garcia’s culinary creations. We are delighted that you returned to Big 4 Bar & Restaurant for a second dinner, and my team and I are... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

go elsewhere its overpriced, pretentious with a limited menu and dark. Seats torn and repaired with tape!!

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Thank happytravelsfromuk
Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear happytravelsfromuk We are sorry that your experience at Big 4 Bar & Restaurant was below your expectations. We have noted your comments about our pricing structure, but please allow me to share that for our lighting and ambience of the restaurant, we want to preserve a more organic lighting regimen with vintage sconces and recessed lighting, which creates darker... More 

Tucson
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I've stayed at the Huntington Hotel several times and just love it. The Big Four is a rich, history-filled restaurant themed by the Big Four railway founders all so important to San Francisco. Fantastic food, great service and this will be one of your favorites

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1 Thank Bill B
Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Bill B Thank you for your brilliant endorsement of Big 4 Bar & Restaurant. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at The Scarlet Huntington and your dining experience at Big 4. Big 4 is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and to commemorate this momentous occasion there are special cocktails and Executive Chef Miguel Garcia’s creative culinary presentations until... More 

Corte Madera, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

fabulous atmosphere, great service, excellent food. If you can afford it, a memorable experience esp. for visitors to San Francisco.

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Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear rpw724 We are delighted that you had a terrific experience at Big 4 Bar & Restaurant and that you loved our warm clubby ambience, friendly service and Chef Miguel Garcia’s exquisite culinary creations! Big 4 is such a renowned landmark on Nob Hill and we continue to treasure our precious and timeless icon. Big 4 turns 40 in October... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

When in San Fran I always have a meal at the Big Four! This past trip was no exception! Server Julie did a great job! The wine, the meal and the deck make this a place where everyone can have a good time!

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Thank WorldExplorerCDN
Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear WorldExplorerCDN Thank you for your excellent review on your meal, the wine and the service at Big 4! We particularly appreciate your special mention of Julie – and I have happily shared your compliment with her. Big 4 Bar & Restaurant is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month, but celebratory activities will continue for the rest of the year.... More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My wife and I went to Big 4 for a special dinner on our visit to San Francisco. We were looking for a traditional, quiet and excellent restaurant. The décor is old, traditional green faux-leather booths, and nice wall paper. The stuffed calamari appetizer was excellent as were the salmon and bouillabaise dishes. Big 4 has a very good, although... More 

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1 Thank Forrest D
Mark G, Food & Beverage Director at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Forrest D We are honored that you selected Big 4 to have your special dinner with your wife. We always want to ensure that we maintain its intimate(and romantic!) ambience and its timeless charm and appeal. Thank you for your compliments for Julie and the culinary team -which I will pass on to them - with pleasure. We love... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$80
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1075 California St, Scarlet Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94108-2251
    (Taylor)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-771-1140
  • This restaurant is at The Scarlet Huntington
Description
Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington was named after the reputed "Big Four" industrialists - Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins - famed railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century who played a vital role in San Francisco's history and early development.

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Staying in Nob Hill

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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