Big 4 Restaurant
1075 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Big 4 Restaurant
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.big4restaurant.com/
- Phone: 4157711140x
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday through Saturday, 6:30a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Breakfast: Sunday, 6:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Brunch: Sunday, 10:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.
Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Sunday, 5:30p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Bar: Monday through Sunday, 11:30a.m. - 12:a.m.
Bar Bites Menu: Monday through Sunday, 11:30a.m. - 10:30p.m.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Kevin Scott
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Please contact Kandis Moore at email@example.com for details.
- Entertainment: Live piano, seven nights a week in the lounge. No vocals.
- Special Events: Please contact Kandis Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A word from Big 4 Restaurant
Located off the lobby of The Scarlet Huntington hotel, the Big 4 Restaurant is a true culinary experience set in a club-like ambiance-with contemporary American cuisine, a classic bar, live piano music nightly and rich in San Francisco history. Set in an elegant early California decor, rich green leather banquettes and sparkling beveled glass surround an incomparable collection of Gold Rush and Western Railroad memorabilia. Guests enjoy the heady ambiance while savoring perennial favorites from renowned Chef Kevin Scott, who brings a wealth of creativity to the menu with his focus on locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. The Big 4 Restaurant is a true local favorite--a San Francisco culinary gem.Continued
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Big 4 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (50)neighborhood gem (44)romantic (43)vibrant bar scene (33)fit for foodies (23)notable wine list (14)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Catering to regularsFoodyoneVIPDined on 8/26/2014This was our first time back since the reopening. The food was excellent. Service was another matter. We checked in with the hostess on time for a 6:30 reservation and we were greeted with "I will have to check on your table" (The place was half empty). Three ladies arrived to check in behind us and they were seated immediately. We were left standing there for too long. Finally the hostess returned and said "what is your name again?".....oh....follow me. Finally we were seated. Waiter service was perfunctory and slow, for us and the three other tables near us...But directly across was a "regular" who was catered to constantly by our waiter and a hostess. Service is critical for a fine restaurant, but selectively applied here.
- Big 4 greatOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/20/2014Everything excellent, except that they ran out of profiteroles !!! That was a disappointment since it was a birthday celebration for the 4 of us and the other offered options just didn't do it for us ;.( So, Make more profiteroles !!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great TimeHowRCDined on 8/16/2014Went for birthday celebration. Bartenders are terrific. Although there is a new chef and no lamb burger, the remains solid and service is top notch. We had breakfast the following and both food and service was terrific. Their Bloody Mary was the best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stilly lovelyekc415Dined on 8/13/2014A colleague and I ducked in for lunch to see how the remodel went. We were so happy to see that all the heart and charm of the Big 4 remains. And our food was delicious, and service impeccable--that has not changed either. Looking forward to coming back to the bar in the evening.Special Features:
- Great Improvementopentabler7VIPDined on 8/9/2014Simply elevated cuisine since they re-opened. Was great before yet now is at a much more serious level. The market salad with heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil dressing was as good as at very famous places. The seafood stew was superb also with impeccable saffron broth. Dessert was excellent and with dinner had an excellent bottle of Bordeaux for only 60 dollars! Very warm San Francisco gem has just got even better.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- dukeofdiningDined on 8/8/2014First time back with new owners and was pleasantly pleased with dinner. Liver pate was excellent as were short ribs (Fri special) and roast chicken. Service was professional and attentive and meun selections were vared enough so everyone could find something that interested them. We've been going to Big 4 for 30 plus years--nice to know it is still a special place. Good piano music in bar.Special Features:
- Old San Francisco,nostalgicmgr84Dined on 8/2/2014It reminded me of San Francisco in the late 1950s. It was a delight!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- owhyVIPDined on 8/1/2014A San Francisco classic. A most enjoyable dinner in a formal but not stuffy setting.Special Features:
- Character filled placeFoodie13Dined on 7/30/2014This place was fantastic! The ambiance was like an expensive 1930's mansion. It was elegant and charming. The food was Excellent as well. Everything we had was great, but my roasted chicken was spectacular! The profiteroles were out of this world! A must see place in San Fransisco.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/27/2014Same great clubby look with improved menu and wonderful attention to detail staff. Highly recommendedSpecial Features:
- San Francisco ClassicjoseVIPDined on 7/22/2014We had a great night at the Big 4 and took my husband's father for his last night visiting. The ambiance is very old school, in a charming way. We had the oysters and ribeye as well as the fontina-stuffed pork chop, all of which was memorable. The bar had live piano when we finished dinner and was packed with people - a great spot to have dinner and drinks after. I would definitely go back, and have heard that the burger is not to be missed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ANRWDined on 7/21/2014Truly a disappointment. A consulting group though it was cleverly updating the reataurant. It fired Dean, the Maitre d' for 8 years, and who knew people by name It removed from the menu esablished successes like lobster bisque it purged the while wine list of exceptional items like German Mittel Mosels in favor of dry chardonnary blige water available anywhere in California. It hired staff with no appreciation for history or culture of the hotel. It didn't acknowledge much less address special requests submitted under the open table reservation. Overall, terrible corporate communication practices. The Singapore owners should fire the entire consulting group and ask itself how it acquired such bad advice.
- No change is a good thingnovicefoodieDined on 7/16/2014We were anxious about returning to one of our favorite spots after it had been closed for renovation. Nothing, except the carpet, the menu and the chef, had changed and it was as comfortable and welcoming as it had always been. Right down to the same waiters we'd grown accustomed to seeing!Special Features:
- Really?madeinDTWVIPDined on 7/14/2014Went there Sunday afternoon, sat at the bar, and had one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. So two nights later I figured we would go back with a larger group for dinner. The ambience of this place is great. Dark paneled wood walls, piano player, green leather seats. Sort of like a speakeasy. Our server Jackie was amazing and funny. That's where all the positive ends. First thing, you can't order the burger anywhere but the bar. When I asked why, Jackie suggested I fill out a comment card, as if talking to someone or pleasing a customer was a foreign concept. The dinner menu is small and expensive. They don't have many common brands of liquor. I had half a plate of fat and gristle from my bland ribeye. Simply unimpressive.
- One of our go-to spotsslynnsDined on 7/14/2014We were very pleased with the renovations. A bit disappointed that the boar was taken off the menu, but the steak tartare was the best in San Francisco!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/13/2014The Big 4 has a very old school, dark, clubby (like a Gentleman's Club or steak house) type of atmosphere, and everyone was very friendly. There was a piano player in the lounge, and it was loud so we chose to be seated at a corner table in the back. Very nice. The service was very good, prompt but not intrusive. The menu is pretty standard.....steaks, pork chops, chicken, with one vegetarian pasta and a seafood stew. My wife chose the seafood stew, which was a generous portion and lots of different seafood, all cooked correctly but it could have used some more seasoning or a little spice. I had the pork chop, which was huge and pretty tender, and was still tasty. "Good but not a wow" is an accurate summary of our opinionSpecial Features:
- Tiger2VIPDined on 7/11/2014Food was great and our server was appropriately attentiveSpecial Features:
- Lunch at Big 4DaveinSFDined on 7/11/2014Excellent service. Nice heirloom tomatoe and mozzarella salad, although tomatoes were too cold. Generous and well cooked serving of sautéed sand dabs. Elegant surroundings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BillOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/10/2014Although we both enjoyed our meals, I ordered a pork chop that was supposed to be stuffed with cheese, but unfortunately the cow was on vacation that night, so my chop wasn't the "cheesy" meal I was expecting. My wife ordered the roasted chicken that was very flavorful, if you like salt as a spice. Both entrees were still pretty good, and our server Jullie compensated the pork chop mishap by offering a complimentary desert that was delicious. Chocolate cake with caramel ice cream, and figs with cheese was a great finish to an average meal. We both have eaten there in the past, and the food has always been excellent, so we will be returning in the future. Great theatre district stop, with a fun bar and a nice atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Big Four-Still one of SF's best!MarinGirlDined on 7/9/2014If you want to know the "Real" S.F. - have dinner at the Big Four. It is one of the last, great restaurants in the City by the Bay that has retained San Francisco's spirit. Prices are very reasonable by today's standards and I think the food is far superior than what you pay. If you want a late night nightcap, the bar is comfortable, inviting, romantic and fun all at the same time. You will see lots of locals and hear some very good pianoSpecial Features:
- Dinner must be the hot tipMikeyShoesVIPDined on 7/6/2014We had breakfast / Brunch at Big 4. The food was good, the menu was interesting. Great Bloody Mary's with incredible garnish. But it seems that things really do not get rolling there until about 11:30. They are really set up more for dinner than brunch. They were a little under staffed but the one's that were there were very well trained and delightful ( When you could grab one, they were stretched pretty thin in this enormous restaurant.Special Features:
- Unbelievable!Nikkic22Dined on 7/4/2014Big 4 was such a treat! We visited the City and wanted to dine somewhere different than our "typical" spots. Big 4 is at the top of Nob Hill and not "touristy". Located at a gorgeous hotel, the restaurant was beautiful and on the quiet side-but not uncomfortably quiet. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was equally as good. Our server, Ron, was so informative - of not only the food but the history of the restaurant. It was really fun to learn all about the Big 4! I had the pork chop which was juicy and flavorful-best chop EVER! My bf had the filet which was also delish....but my favorite thing was the mushroom en croute. Oh. My. Gosh. To die for! Although a tad on the pricy side-I can't wait to go back on our next visit!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bar is fun but dining sub-parSueInSoquelVIPDined on 7/3/2014I would say the wine list is lacking interesting choices, the food is merely "fair" but the service is good. I do like the cozy bar and the live music in the bar. nice touch.Special Features:
- NOT What we expectedOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/29/2014From the previous reviews, I read this place was great, and TRENDY. I wanted a good meal for an anniversary dinner in SF. This place is NOT trendy, very old school (think old school steak house, X 5). The menu was very old school, but solid. Why the high rating? Service was great. I booked on Open Table, made a note this was our anniversary dinner. They greeted us nicely, and poured us two glasses of prosecco to start us off, OTH. Unfortunately, we had already realized this was not where we wanted to be for the night, so we told them that we were sorry, but wanted to leave and pay for the drinks. They refused, stating the drinks were complementary, and they hoped we would come back another night! Great service, and they didn't miss a beat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Old School but not StuffyTipTopDined on 6/29/2014I had previously had a drink at the lounge and thought the relatively small and quiet restaurant looked appealing but possibly expensive. The restaurant is very appealing and only moderately expensive by most big city standards. The waitress was attentive but a bit flip, which is not surprising for San Francisco. The cocktails were excellent. Best Sazerac I've had since New Orleans. The appetizers were delicious. Old school steak tartare with a quail egg on top and new school fried artichokes went very well with each other. My lamb shank was very good but not the best I have had. My dinner partner's pasta was also very good but not great. The ambience is very old school and beautiful. I will definitely return.Special Features:
- Stellardining513Dined on 6/27/2014The service was wonderful. Love Ania, the waitress in the bar. Fresh and well prepared menu. Excellent portions. Love the historical decor. Lots of pics of San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Ali told us many historical facts.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Under new managementRanger41VIPDined on 6/21/2014Not my first time in this established SF fine restaurant. But first time since they have re-opened under new management. The menu is significantly simplified. The wine list is still very impressive. The service was top drawer and the over-all ambiance was as good as ever. This is a great intimate setting, feels and look rich. The bar is also small and cozy, thank God they still have the same bartender, he is an SF treasure and can make anything. Light piano music played. The food was very good but I didn't feel it was anything to rave about, just very good and well presented. The service, bar and feel make this place very memorable.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/21/2014Unflexible in adding or deleting anything from the menu items, such as adding a vegetable to a dish or deleting a sauce on the fish. My friend aked for Halibut with no sauce but it came with the sauce. He also asked to add a vegetable to his main course and the waiter stated the chef is not flexible on altering dishes.Special Features:
- Great Bar, Bad service and food.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/21/2014Food was average and plain with no style or focus. Very average hotel food disguised as Neo-American , which is a change from previous visits. Service by the whole serving staff was slow to absent. Server took a 30 minute break during our dinner and didn't get reliable coverage, which seemed like a team failure. Among the many service miss-steps, entree plates not cleared until after almost 20 minutes after finishing, more than once the server asked us to move our chairs because she didn't have enough room, and she didn't the table were to close.Special Features:
- Better than everNobhillerDined on 6/15/2014The new owners of the Hotel wisely did not mess with the look and feel of this classic place. Menu has been refreshed. I had a wonderful pasta in a lemon asperagus sauce. My wife loved her half chicken. Moist and tender. They even have the chicken pot pie on Tuesday.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CarloVIPDined on 6/15/2014Recently reopened after a six months closure the beautiful interior decor remains. Unfortunately the menu is quite lacking and minimal. Most likely Chef has been replaced by a cook. Management should reconsider its offerings. Pricing is moderate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't miss this hidden gemnobhillgemDined on 6/13/2014On Nob Hill at the Scarlet Huntington Hotel. A truly "old San Francisco" experience. Just remodeled but they have retained the original ambience and exquisite décor. The food is top notch (halibut melts in your mouth) and we went back twice, taking friends with us the second time. And the service is just as excellent as the food. We had two different servers and both provided us with just the right amount of attention and help without any of the off-putting "stuffiness" that one often finds at fine restaurants. Really cannot recommend this place highly enough.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great hidden gem!OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIPDined on 6/12/2014I was blown away by how much I enjoyed our dinner at the Big Four. My parents were staying at the Huntington Hotel during their visit, and I thought it would be fun to go to the Big Four (as it's so traditional). The scene was really fun, and I have to say, my filet mignon was one of the best I've ever had. The atmosphere is classic SF, and I'll definitely be going back to the bar again soon. After being in SF for 20 years, I can't believe it's taken me this long to discover it (they apparently just re-did it earlier this year, so if you went before, it would be worth another try). I highly, highly recommend it!Special Features:
- go for the historymelbamandyDined on 6/10/2014New owners haven't changed the look of this place, thank goodness. The menu is very simple and in many ways a flashback to the 19th century. Go there and pretend there's a Gibson Girl sitting on the banquet next to you. Have a martini, listen to the piano, murmur pleasantries throughout the meal, shade your eyes from the bright lights and then go home, replete.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice but saltyEatout2Dined on 6/6/2014Nice atmosphere, old school dinning. Very knowledgable and attentive staff. The only complaint unfortunately was the food was too salty.Special Features:
- Customer ServiceDineinSFDined on 6/3/2014The service at Big 4 was appalling. We were made to feel unwelcome and the service for most of the meal was non existent. The restaurant recognised this towards the end of our stay and tried to remedy the situation by offering us free deserts and a free bottle of wine but by that time the damage had been done. I will never eat there again and I will strongly recommend friends and business colleagues not to visit as well. Notwithstanding the food when it arrived was good but completely ruined by the poor service experience. By the time my food arrived my appetite has gone.
- cust1and2cust1and2Dined on 5/31/2014Understated elegance and lovely ambiance. Can be quite romantic. Valet parking! Nice SF neighborhood. (Had to keep asking for bread!)Special Features:
- Good, but with some caveatsHonestEatsDined on 5/25/2014Having previously come to the Big Four to celebrate my fiance's law school graduation 2 years' previous, I was excited to come back this past Sunday night. However apparently the hotel and restaurant have recently changed hands, and this has changed things in terms of the menu. They used to have Elk chops that were amazing, but apparently no longer. Nor the well reviewed bread pudding. I had the lamb shoulder, which was good, served with a vegetable ragout, and fava beans. Others at our table had the ny steak, the sand dabs, and the pork chop. Everything was good, but it didn't have the wow-factor that I had experienced previously. The wait staff were attentive, and the ambiance is great. I hope they can bring it back to it's former glory.
- Lady Somerset Reports:LadySomersetVIPDined on 5/25/2014First time in this newly renovated restaurant. Waiter disappeared after he delivered the check. Why serve sand dabs when everyone in San Francisco likes them and they have to be de-boned at the table and are not as good as Sam's restaurant by any stretch of the imagination. And, the waiter did not know how to de-bone them? Never saw him again and we had to wait 1/2 an hour before anyone took our payment? What a disappointment.
- Doesn't live up to the hypefraninsfDined on 5/22/2014During my mom's recent visit, a friend and I took her to dinner at the Big 4 on 5.22 Thursday. We had drinks and the deviled eggs appetizer in the bar; the eggs had no flavor, and we had to ask a hostess 3 different times for our cocktail waitress to come over. At dinner, the appetizers (artichokes, olives) were great. Our waitress asked if we wanted bread; when we said yes, we were each given 1 slice, instead of a plate of bread. We ordered the chicken, sand dabs and steak. The chicken was fine, but there was little meat on the sand dabs and the steak was like shoe leather - mom should have sent it back but didn't want to ruin our meals by speaking up. Dessert - a tiny, overly sweet sundae. All in all, a VERY disappointing meal.Special Features: