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Big 4 Restaurant
Big 4 Restaurant
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Big 4 Restaurant Details

  • 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. - 10:30a.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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano, seven nights a week in the lounge. No vocals.

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.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The 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 opinion"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great and our server was appropriately attentive"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent service. Nice heirloom tomatoe and mozzarella salad, although tomatoes were too cold. Generous and well cooked serving of sautéed sand dabs. Elegant surroundings."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Although 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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If 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 piano"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Big 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!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Not 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Unflexible 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Recently 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "On 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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I 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!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "New 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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, old school dinning. Very knowledgable and attentive staff. The only complaint unfortunately was the food was too salty. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Understated elegance and lovely ambiance. Can be quite romantic. Valet parking! Nice SF neighborhood. (Had to keep asking for bread!)"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Having 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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "First 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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "During 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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food not very good. Maybe it will get better with time. Bar menu not available in the dining room. This is a mistake!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Martini and cosmos are pathetic tiny glasses with little or no alcohol when we mentioned this to the floor manager he was very arrogant and said he liked them this way"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Big 4 is a unique place, harkening back to San Francisco's pre-tech elite. Irreplaceable wood paneling and muted lighting set a tone of refinement. Good food, though short menu. If the same food was being served at a lesser location it would be overpriced. Big 4 is one of the few restaurants with a large bar in which people can actually engafe in a conversation without screaming."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We used to love the Big 4. However, since it opened again, they are off our list. The menu is really the only change and it was not a change for the good. Far fewer items on the menu and the favorites of everyone are gone. The steak was tasteless. I would go for a drink, but nothing else. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Even though we didn't want the 'feel' of the Big 4 to change -- I guess we were hoping for more changes to the menu. Looking for some lighter fare to balance out the heavier dishes. I think to keep the locals coming in, introducing a few items to the bar menu that are only available in the bar would be nice (like a burger). The artichoke appetizer was a bit like cardboard. The sandabs were too large a portion and were very heavy. My husband brought half his steak home. Seems like some smaller portions would be nice, too. Our cocktails were great and so was our wine. The sundae was tasty also. And by the way -- what happened to the hotel lobby? -- gotta admit I'm not a fan of the bordello like colors in the lobby). Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This won't disappoint if you are looking for a special dining experience. Our waiter was knowledgable, helpful but totally unobtrusive. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My expectations were beyond exceeded! From the moment we walked in on New Years Eve, we were having fun! Our seating, our food, our wine, everything was soooo wonderful!!! I had Risotto and it was so loaded with seafood that I thought I'd received a double order. The ceasar salad was crisp and plentiful, and my eating companions were equally pleased. Now I understand why people rave about The Big Four!!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "All was great as usual. We were seated early and had a great waiter. The food was great, sea bass and lobster bisque. When you want to get out of your jeans and have a true San Francisco experience, go to the Big 4."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great service (thanks Phil). Great food. One of the best Ceasar Salads I've ever had. The Filet Mignon was simply killer!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great location & Service - Wonderful segway from Hotel culinary captivity.... Looking forwrd to return after remodel"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Whenever we're in town my wife and I make a point of dining at the Big 4. The food is always excellent as is the service. They are shortly going to be closing for a number of months for renovations. Hopefully they won't ruin the old school charm of the place and the staff will hang in for the closure and return to the renovated establishment."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is a piece of old San Francisco. This is history and I wanted to go back before they changed everything with their remodel...."
    Dined on 12/26/2013