Big 4 Restaurant
Big 4 Restaurant

Big 4 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.big4restaurant.com/
  • Phone: (415) 771-1140
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday through Saturday, 6:30a.m. - 10:00a.m.

    Breakfast: Sunday, 6:30a.m. - 10:00a.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.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, open until 1:00a.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 the Catering Manager at catering@thescarlethotels.com for details.
  • Entertainment: Live piano, seven nights a week in the lounge. No vocals.
  • Special Events: Please contact the Catering Manager at catering@thescarlethotels.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Limited valet available.
    3 public lots within 1 block, Crocker Garage, Grace Cathedral and Masonic Center
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.
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Big 4 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (88)romantic (71)neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (40)vibrant bar scene (39)notable wine list (37)good for groups (23)late-night find (17)great for lunch (17)hot spot (11)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    we've been going to the Big Four for years. We love it. the chicken pot pie is always outstanding. So glad you brought it back. One of the best bars in this city! Thanks. It is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasion
    MarinMom
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. It feels like old San Francisco, really unique. The food was very good, but for the price I would've thought it should be truly outstanding. The service was good as long as you are aggressive in hailing the servers. We had to ask repeatedly for water. Again, for the price, I would think you would not to have to hail the bread person to get a single slice of bread. Overall it was a lovely meal that felt special, but we would not go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Historical, great decor and the food meets expectations. Lovely server and great bartender!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, atmosphere - great! Service lacking.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food and atmosphere are wonderful -as they were before Scarlett took over the hotel - thanks for not changing! However, the service is both slow and unattentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Big 4
    CarloVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Beautiful interior. Excellent service. Nice table settings. Only negative is quite limited menu with little by way of creativity.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luxurious Private Club
    mssanfrancisco
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    KUDOS --- Big 4 has a luxurious, leather and crystal "private club" decor - the classic old, rich, San Francisco look. Diners feel pampered and special. Our dinner for 4 had all the first class food ingredients you would expect from a good restaurant. Wine and drinks are done very well and competitively ( not overly) priced. Glamorous, fun, high end. CONCERNS - On Friday night the bar in front was packed with nice live piano music and lots of loud, happy people. ( to be expected in the bar). In the back eating area our dinner began with good conversation, but as the room filled up, and the meal wore on, the noise level in that small area was so loud we had trouble hearing the person across the table. We would have lingered for an after dinner drink or two but the ambience was not attractive at that point. Perhaps removing a few tables would quiet the noise level in that small area ? I'd rather pay a little more, and be able to hear the person next to me .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting to pricey for quality of food
    DineroutVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    While the service and atmosphere are quite good, the food quality does not warrant the prices. The dishes are just too expensive for the quality. And there should be a few more accessible wines on the list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Timeless Sophisticated Classic
    EileenR
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We arrived before our reservation so that we could enjoy sitting in the bar and listening to the pianist and we are glad that we did--the waitress was quite good and the music was a lovely start to our evening. In fact, next time, my husband wants to eat at a table in the bar, which many were doing, so he can listen to the piano. Dinner was excellent--the best part was that my husband read that chicken pot pie was being served in the bar and asked for it in the restaurant, even though it was not on that menu, and they graciously complied. And, he is very glad they did because he thought it was delicious. I had the pork chop and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For starters we had (1) beets and (2) the Bibb salad and we were quite pleased with them as well. In addition to the food, which was wonderful, the servers in the dining room were, in great part, the reason I say this is a timeless, sophisticated classic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School
    reservationqueen
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Even after their remodel, nothing changed! And that was to the good. Great old school, old San Francisco charm. Lively bar with live piano. A little pricey but a special place on Nob hill!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and great location!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This restaurant was everything we hoped it would be, quiet and classy. The aged sirloin steak was cooked to perfection as well as everything else. Both the mushroom and artichoke appetizers were unique and extremely delicious. Will be going here again in the future and would highly recommend to couples seeking I nice place for dinner and drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old School Elegance
    WineVetVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Classic and warm surroundings. The menu had a variety of choices without being overwhelming. Wine list is compact but well thought out. Food was excellent and timed well by the waiter and kitchen. This is classic SF dining with modern touches from the Chef.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Height Of Elegance
    Jeffm
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Beautiful, beautiful space! Wonderful cocktails, amazing food. Good service. What a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Elegance
    discoverSF
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Easy and affordable valet parking right next door. We arrived slightly early and were given the option to be seated at our table or to wait in the bar area. We chose the bar area due to the interesting but not obtrusive live piano music. This also gave us a chance to take in the warm, classic interior with photos and art from the era when the railroads were building our country. The food was excellent with ample portions and interesting presentations. Service was well timed and again not obtrusive. We were definitely made to feel like we were one of the Big 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Big 4-glad to know you
    Countrycometotown
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I am so glad that I got to experience the Big 4. I went in early November, on a Saturday, for lunch. I had the best Bloody Mary at the bar before being seated for a delicious lunch. This was probably my favorite dining experience in San Fransisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Friendly Nook on Nob Hill
    BARSTLVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The Big Four makes Nob Hill welcoming. But that wouldn't matter if the food weren't great. The menu is neither trendy not stodgy, but everything my party of eight ordered from it won raves—especially the lamb, beef, and, especially, fish dishes. The service is efficient, friendly but not intrusive, and adapts to the diners' timetables. Finally, unlike so many San Franciso restaurants, The Big Four is quiet enough for dinner to be accompanied by real conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dining on Nob Hill
    Chiclady
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I have been to the restaurant several times with friends and have always had great professional service from the staff. The food is what you would expect from an elegant restaurant on the hill. I was afraid that when they remodeled the place last year that the décor would be changed but was very happy to see it still has its old charm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophistication
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Service was exceptional. Menu was terrific. Ambience exceptional.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Karl
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Wonderful expression of old SFO. Highly recommend it for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big Four
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant for years. It was recently sold and we were all worried that it would be changed. They have a new chef who seems to be equally as good as the former chef who was excellent. Thank goodness the decor was left the same even though they changed the adjoining room, the lobby of the hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Time Dining
    LeftMyHeart
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Big 4 has always been and old time, clubby dining establishment with a faithful clientele, friendly wait staff and good food. Not really gourmet, but reliably tasty, good selection of wine, and nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Class San Francisco
    jlsatre
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My sister recommended this restaurant for my 30th birthday celebration and it did not disappoint! We had a delicious meal with great wine and our server was attentive but not too attentive. The atmosphere feels very special--classic San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mindmavenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    quiet, elegant setting. Food is quite good. Service somewhat slow. an ideal place for a quiet dinner. Parking garage is only $15 with restaurant validation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • darling
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We just moved to the Francesca and are thrilled to have this wonderful, first class restaurant in walking distance. Great piano player! Great food! Excellent service! The bar is elegant and a neighborhood meeting place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SSFJAZZZ
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • justjoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    For dessert, the figs accompanied by port was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old SF still exists
    sfmomVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Walking into this place I realize the old SF is still alive and well. Swanky piano bar with old school tables and chairs. All old lived in leather and just so comfy! You feel very detached for the real world. It is just beautifully decorated with old photos of the city. Wonderful service! very relaxed! the food was very good! did not feel like a tourist trap or anything like that. a little pricey but really you get what you pay for. we were very well taken care of and will go again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed every minute
    Agt4art
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very attentive service, great menu choices and our steaks were perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful room. Needs more staff
    Vmalone
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration to this wonderful place. First time back since remodel. It looks fabulous. The food is well priced and very good. Our waiter and all the people we interacted with were very nice, but, there aren't enough of them and the service both in the bar and dining room is Painfully Slow!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My lamb shank was really bad
    Sorrytosay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife had two nice appetizers both were pleasant, I had the artichoke chips which were excellent and the lamb shank the was not edible. Sad too, it is a great location and a beautiful restaurant, good drinks and we loved it for years. Wait staff still first rate, but one can't live with food that expensive and that bad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic San Francisco
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I'm so glad they did not change the Big Four restaurant when they remodeled the Huntington Hotel. It is gorgeous and it is classic San Francisco at it's finest. The food is delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Back in time
    Oldschool
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Elegant, cozy, warm, nurturing, romantic, it is from an era of class, and manners. You feel very special yet welcome at the Big Four. To bad the Huntington Lobby did not do the same. I'm grateful they kept The Big Four as it should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    sfojoe
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I hadn't been to the Big 4 in a number years and expected the same dark, conservative, rather stodgy restaurant that I had become familiar with. It has changed with the times and could not be described as stodgy or conservative. It has retained its elegant feel but is very welcoming--customers were dressed casually as well as the classic suit and tie look and everyone appeared very comfortable. The food was fabulous. The menu has been simplified and fits nicely on one page with no shortage of appealing dishes. I started with a classic heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad which was perfect. My main course was the best seafood stew I have had anywhere in the world. It had a very flavorful tomato base broth and the seafood was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    food was great. Close to the show we were attending. Very "old / traditional" style décor. Our waiter had an attitude so that just set us off in the wrong direction. If we had a friendly waitress it would have been a great / fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent SF Gem!
    RPHReviewer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Big 4 is our favorite neighboorhood bar and we are so thankful that it had a "refresh" without taking way from the old SF grand ambience. Although the bar was packed on Friday evening, the bartender did a fantastic job of taking care of everyone. The cocktail servers are always on top of their game and very pleasant to talk to. It was, however, nice to move into the dining room and experience an atmosphere where we could have conversation. Our server was great except that all the dishes seem to be placed in front of the wrong person. The food was good but not exceptional. My pork chop seemed to be on the dry side and the seabass was over cooked but overall it was a wonderful experience and we will most certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    jmabaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Big 4 has been frequented on many occasions. This was our first visit back since the remodel. Service was good considering our waiter was tending to several large party tables. There was a long wait for cocktails. When it finally arrived, two of the six were very watered down. The lobster bisque had a canned soup type of flavor and wasn't rich tasting at all. A majority of our party ordered the special of the day, which was beef short ribs. Sad to say that all four of our orders were very dry without much flavor. The other two in our party were satisfied, but not overwhelmed with their rib eye steaks. It will be a long while before I consider the "new" Big 4 again!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional experience!
    SunolaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had the perfect evening in this classic San Francisco fine dining establishment. The rich wood tones, luxurious booths, and soft piano in the background immediately welcomed us. Service in both the bar and dining room was impeccable. Menu is not large, but there are items available for most tastes. Only wish we lived closer, so we could visit Big 4 more frequently!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was terrific!
    Terri
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was on a Girls Get Away Birthday Trip and we ended our 5 day trip at Big 4! It was perfect! Everything was TO DIE FOR. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was the best, and the food was the best in town. I cannot say enough about the Big 4. I will definitely return and will also highly recommend this place to others. It is a perfect way to end your trip to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    Swissmiss18
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great decor, sophisticated. We were given a great private corner booth. The server was friendly and appeared attentive. There were a few mis-steps which was disappointing. We advised the server of some food allergies, it all seemed clear, yet one of our appetizers came along with the dreaded allergen. We were also promised an extra deviled egg as there were only 3 to an order & we were sharing. In the end, we only got 3. Lastly, both our entrees were over cooked. I emphasized concern about over cooked fish underscoring my desire to have it prepared moist. My boyfriends pork chop was equally dry and over cooked, but at that point we were so hungry we just ate. Not sure if I would go back. Lots other good fine dining choices in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • oldie by goodie
    parisVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am glad they kept the original décor of the Big 4, and the waiter and bartender were very nice
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific for a special celebration!
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We celebrated our 40th anniversary in this very special restaurant! We've been there many times over the years and this visit was just perfect. They have spruced up the space and the food was wonderful. They have us a glass of Prosecco to help us celebrate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet