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Big 4 Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Big 4 Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1652 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located off the lobby of The 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 Spencer Wolff, 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. Casual attire for breakfast and lunch, smart casual for dinner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:45 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–1:45 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–11:30 pm Bar Bites Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 771-1140
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    For private dining or catering, please contact (415) 345-2822 or dsidaavila@huntingtonhotel.com If you need to reach out to a member of the management team, please e-mail us at thebig4@huntingtonhotel.com
  • Neighborhood
    Nob Hill
  • Cross street
    Taylor
  • Parking details
    Limited valet available.<br />3 public lots within 1 block: Crocker Garage, Grace Cathedral, and The Masonic Center
  • Public transit
    Cable Car- California St<br />Muni- 1 California (stops at Sacramento and Mason)
  • Entertainment
    Live piano, seven nights a week in the lounge from 5:00pm. No vocals.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

1,652 Reviews
  1. RobertM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, Ron our server was awesome, just another wonderful experience at one of my favorite places
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you Robert! We could not agree more and I will make sure Ron is notified.

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  2. Punky

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end, we could not have enjoyed our meal more!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for the stars!

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  3. Marty

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Big 4 restaurant is a beautiful place. Really nice food, ambiance is perfect, rich, and charming with a history. It's expensive but pretty much worth it. The bar alone is worth a visit.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for reviewing us and Thank you for your feedback.

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  4. AnneB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On point, as always. My favorite SF old school gem❤️
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for the High Praise!

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  5. BrianL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true old-school San Francisco institution. The decor, pianist, cocktails and fantastic Americana cuisine. A trip back to the golden ages. Must try the Cesar Salad and the Chicken Pot Pie is better than Mom can make. To die for!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for the stars! We are very proud to serve our Chicken Pot Pie to all of our customers. We will be happy to serve you again.

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  6. fhbradley3

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The group of 4 businessmen at the next table were incredibly loud & boorish.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback. We will take it into a consideration.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor guys got beat up at lunch. Should have tried to remedy - as we were very nice about it.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for your review. Please feel free to contact us at 415-730-8997

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was understaffed. It took over 1 hr to be served breakfast.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for the feedback. We will get better next time. Please do come to see us again.

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  9. amyo

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food, service and ambiance! Wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Perfect for date nights, birthday celebrations or just a simple night out for dinner.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for reviewing us and recommending us to others. We will happy to serve you again soon.

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  10. WeirdHarold

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at The Big 4 many times in the past and as always the ambiance, food & service were top drawer.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for the high praise. We will be happy to see you again.

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  11. PatrickL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I celebrated our 100 month anniversary here. The place feels a little outdated, but the service and food was exceptional. We had the grilled oysters (Special), I had the NY Steak and my wife had the pork chop. The grilled oysters were really good. I really enjoyed the char and the soupy sauce that came with the oysters. The NY steak was 14 oz and my wife's pork chop was 16 oz, so big portions. I asked for medium rare steak, and it was cooked to perfection. I also loved the butter topping with the steak. My wife's pork chop came with this orange puree which was sweet and went well with the pork chop. Then we had dessert, I had the bread pudding and my wife had the lemon meyer creme brulee. Desserts were just perfect. The bread pudding was soft and warm, and sweet with the creme anglaise mixed with caramel. The creme brulee came with cookies that went perfect with the dessert! Will definitely come back again.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Dear Patrick, Thank you for your review. It's our pleasure to serve you during your Anniversary Celebration and we are very happy that we made it memorable. We are constantly updating the menu. Please come to see us again.

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  12. JCSF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here occasionally for special dinners and enjoy the restaurant. The food and the atmosphere are excellent. The wine list is very pricey and does not have much selection below $100. Ask for the wine-by-the-glass list to fine reasonably priced bottles.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on March 15, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback. We will take it into consideration.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Absurdly overpriced — $48 for a lobster-less, crab-less cioppino. Great atmosphere but come on...

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  14. JamesB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience. Our Waiter, Ali, was the best.

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  15. WiKa

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is an easy walk from the Fairmont, which is why I chose Big 4. The waitress was outstanding, and the food was great. I loved the short ribs, probably the best I have ever had.

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  16. jasCA

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A Nob Hill "clubby ambiance" offers standard American fare. During a recent evening visit after 9 p.m. the dining area not busy however our server twice reminded us "the kitchen will be closing" Their staff seemed hurried to end shift. The experience was disappointing

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  17. RickD

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet, slow paced dinner and bar area. The wood paneled walls, ample booth and table space makes this place perfect for a quiet, unrushed dining experience. While the price may be steep, it is because of the warm, inviting ambiance coupled with attentive service from the staff while not being overbearing in the least. We will definitely be visiting the next time we are near Nob HIll.

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  18. MattW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but not extraordinary enough to justify the high prices. Service was good.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 23, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback.

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  19. Jess

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It’s very overpriced hotel food in a very dated setting. We ended up eating here because a reservation elsewhere fell through. I ordered a Caesar salad and asked to add chicken. The addition of chicken was an extra $11. The salad and presentation was mediocre at best. The piano in the bar was charming and this probably would have been a better choice for drinks. But those were ober priced as well.

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  20. Jeanne

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This is not the place for lunch. Because they don’t serve lunch they serve bar food! But accepted our lunch reservation. When we arrived it took several minutes to be acknowledged by the wait staff. When they finally did they proceeded to set up a table in the bar. We thought we are have a nice Valentines lunch instead we got snacks!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 23, 2020
    Thank you for your time reviewing us

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  21. Scaramouche

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful evening. It was our wedding anniversary, and I can't imagine a better place to celebrate it next year.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 13, 2020
    Thank you for the high praise! We will see you soon.

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  22. Bdaygirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Not very friendly service, great atmosphere and food.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 13, 2020
    Thank you for the review. Please give us a chance again. If we messed up we will make it up to you. If you feel you need to speak to someone please contact me at 415-771-1140 Martin.

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  23. Foodie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a SHRINE. WE ADORE IT! We always feel like we’re on vacation when we dine here!!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 13, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback. It's always a pleasure!

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  24. burt

    Tahoe

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous look forward to returning
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 13, 2020
    Thank you for your review! We will gladly serve you again soon.

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  25. JackR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best filet in town. Best dining room in town.

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  26. DrKenL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, great service, finally a good restaurant not going to the fix pris approach
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on February 13, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback. We trying to open up to all possible categories and serve variety of diners.

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  27. brockphillips

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful traditional upscale hotel restaurant. Quite expensive and while the service and ambiance live up to the cost, the food fell short in a variety of ways. Simple things like the bread offered in the bread basket was plain white in a city with lots of wonderful bakeries and delicious breads. The "warm" goat cheese salad came with a large disk of room temperature goat cheese, not warm at all. The pasta entree [ravioli in a cream sauce with wild mushrooms] was quite good but my wife's pork chop, while large and nicely prepared came on a plate with a few very uninspired brussel sprouts. When an entree is $50+, you expect a somewhat better, more complete and appealing plate. With a glass of wine, a salad and an entree, it is $75-$85 per person [or so] which is not surprising for a restaurant like this, but at that price point the food should be consistently delicious and appealing. I would not go back. For what it is worth, our waitress was perfect, attentive and helpful. It was the menu and the kitchen that fell short.

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  28. ARabbit

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Breakfast was good but the portions were miniscule. I counted 6 small pieces of potato with my eggs. Definitely not a repeat.

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  29. Paul

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorites for many years. Very nice atmosphere with a pianist. I do wish for a broader menu as the Big 4 is basically steak house.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Hello Paul, Thank you for your feedback. Please check us out again as we provide daily specials every day and happy to accommodate your needs.

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  30. marybianco

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ahead of my price range for the future $300 for four people seems like a lot without appetizers without desserts without even coffee or tea

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  31. Anton

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and service makes up for good (but not great) food. Setting and atmosphere in both bar and restaurant are hard to beat.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Thank you for your feedback Anton

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  32. HeatherT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    drinks were great, filet was the best ever had, pot pie and tortellini delicious
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Thank you for the stars and feedback

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  33. RazzariB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love everything about the Big Four restaurant, the food, the service, the ambiance, the location. It is a must dining experience!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Dear RazzariB, Thank you for the stars and nice comments.

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  34. Robin

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met friends for dinner today n this old-San Francisco-style cozy spot. Service was great, food was traditional and comforting. Feels historic and inviting.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Hello Robin, Thank you for the high praise. We agree with you, the Big 4 is very cozy spot.

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  35. Veronica

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A San Francisco Classic! Everything about our dinner at Big 4 was fantastic. The restaurant was warm and full of energy while the Piano player performed a lovely tune. We were seated right away in a half-round booth which we loved...we had a great view of the restaurant. Our waiter ALI could not have been better, he was warm, fun, funny, and very knowledgeable of the menu. Our drinks tasted fantastic and our food...OMG, the food, The chicken pot pie presentation was a show itself (Thank you Ali!) and the Filet Mignon and Cioppino were out of this world. Our dessert was the fact that Joe Montana came in with his wife and a group of friends and sat one table away...we can now say that we had dinner with him! We loved our experience and will be back soon.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 27, 2020
    Hello Veronica, Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed our food and service. We will see you soon again. We love our customers including Joe Montana and Ali makes feel everyone special.

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  36. Petey3

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a truly enjoyable dining experience from the food to the service.

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  37. louielinguini

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Professional friendly service paired with excellent food (generous portions)and wine menu in old school dark wood atmosphere.... classic and can’t go wrong
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 19, 2020
    Thank you for the high praise.

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  38. MaureenR

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this spot!!! My only gripe is $50 per corkage is a bit insane!!! Plus our waitress charged us 3 corkage fees and we only opened two bottles. That was a bit off putting but nonetheless, we shall return again and again!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 19, 2020
    Hello MaureenR, Thank you for your feedback. Please contact us if you would like to review the charges. Otherwise we will see you soon again.

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  39. SL57

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Pot Pie!!
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 19, 2020
    Thank you. We love to serve the Pot Pie too!

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  40. MichaelS

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great atmosphere. Great Service Very classy ambiance. Would definitely go again. The oysters rockefeller for appetizer were a bit of a let down. Otherwise, the entire dining experience was great.
    Big 4 RestaurantResponded on January 19, 2020
    Thank you for the feedback! We will look into our Oyster Dish. Please do see us again.

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Big 4 Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1652 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Big 4 Restaurant

1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Taylor
  • Neighborhood
    Nob Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:45 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–1:45 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–11:30 pm Bar Bites Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Limited valet available.<br />3 public lots within 1 block: Crocker Garage, Grace Cathedral, and The Masonic Center
  • Public transit
    Cable Car- California StMuni- 1 California (stops at Sacramento and Mason)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live piano, seven nights a week in the lounge from 5:00pm. No vocals.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 771-1140
  • Catering
    For private dining or catering, please contact (415) 345-2822 or dsidaavila@huntingtonhotel.com If you need to reach out to a member of the management team, please e-mail us at thebig4@huntingtonhotel.com
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