Big 4 Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was the worst service I’ve ever had in a restaurant in San Francisco in 8 years of living here. Too many things went wrong to even waste the time to explain.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is such a classic old San Francisco restaurant that we always love to go to!! It's tucked away in Nob Hill.

CM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for lunch and the menu was pretty limited. I got the chicken pot pie and the chicken was slightly undercooked.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The waiter had no idea about wine saying i’I gave up drinking so I don’t know’, but the bottles were $90+. If you don’t know by tasting, you should either learn by talking or send someone to the table who has an opinion. Really off putting.

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue, wonderful meal. I heartily recommend this restaurant.

JR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I came specifically for the Mac and Cheese....and was sad to see it was no longer on the menu. I ordered the Little Gem Salad (Iceberg wedge, bacon, bleu chesse) and it was lacking. The service, however, was perhaps the-over-the-top wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience

DF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely, lovely place. I wish I could stop in every night! The Piano player is outstanding, steak is tender and delicious, and Martin + staff are welcoming and hospitable. Come here alone or with a group - the ambiance will take you back in time. Until next time, Big 4!

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again for an amazing experience. After several stays at the Huntington Hotel I have come to appreciate the exceptional service and superb cuisine of the Big 4 Restaurant.

GG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my best friend for his 21st birthday. Immediately when we walked in it was like entering a New York jazz club from a Hollywood film set. It was so beautiful and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him more impressed with my choice of restaurants. I will always go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Everything other than excitement

JA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining room, excellent food, very good service. I will return

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.

EH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sat at our table for 10 minutes and nobody came over. Low energy -dull atmosphere. Old crowd

BF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was fair at best. Very expensive for what you get. The atmosphere is old school 1900,'s, which is neat, but and the leather chairs are damaged and have been taped over. Really? Very tacky indeed. It is apparent that this has become a tourist trap it is no longer an Elegant establishment to dine at.

Go to the Fairmont

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service and food
We held a memorable little party at Big 4 and the staff helped us all along the way

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was wonderful. Attentive but not intrusive. I loved the piano playing in the bar...

PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. Waiter was extremely friendly. I have wanted to dine here for years and my friend and I were completely impressed by the food, service, and ambience.

ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had impeccable service for our special birthday. The food was absolutely delicious. There is so much rich history here. Well worth the visit.

PY
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This place never disappoints, with the understated elegance, attentive service, ideal minimum lighting. It's a lunch indulgence that I wish I could enjoy more often!

EC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The atmosphere is so calming and "rich" but the service is friendly and fun. It's a great place for a special occasion or just to enjoy a perfectly made Manhattan.

CN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious. Service is exceptional.

EL
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Fabulous ambience, attentive servers & sublime food. Would definitely recommend. We stayed in the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins which is close by so the Big4 was ideal as it didn't involve any hill-climbing, lol.

LR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great atmosphere!

OT
Munich
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service and the breakfast was very good.
Nice Ambiente.
Thanks for our perfect time

JZ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Need to improve the food quality a bit, it's a bit pricy compared with the quality of the food

AM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like i would can back. The music atmosfere the servive are perfect. 👍

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The ambience is great. Lovely interior decoration. Good service. The food was ok, a little high in price for the quality of it. The live piano playing really made the evening so enjoyable.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

This used to be our go to restaurant for all special occasions and holidays. We knew the waiters by their first names (Felice), as well as the maitre D' (Derek) and the bar tender (Joe). Now, it's barely a shadow of its former self! It's gone downhill fast since they sold to the Scarlet Group. Hotel lobby looks like a boredlllo. The restaurant area was not in use. They only seated people at tables in the bar area - on a Wednesday night to be that empty, tells you something! The leather bench seat I was seated on had duct tape all over it covering a huge rip!! Tacky! And the food prices were through the roof considering the fare is mediocre and serving size teeters on the small side . Although the original Big Four was expensive, the food, service and ambiance was worth it! Sadly, not any more.

h
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

We overall did not like the service and attitude of 2 staff members that ruined our experience. Decor is very nice, food is good but service needs to be improved significantly. Not going back ever.

P
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 7:45pm and ended up waiting A HOUR for our table. The host told us it was just be a minute while the people at our table had not even gotten the check. The host did not apologize for the wait at lot. Our waiter ended up rushing us through our entire meal. We had stopped coming to the Big Four but we were willingly to give it another chance, however, we will not be returning.

HD
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Be aware that the restaurant itself is currently closed, and the bar has been turned into a makeshift dining room, with a pared down menu.
The food and service are still great, but, it's not its usual delightful self.
Thanks to the wonderful bar man, who saved our evening from being a complete disaster, when our booking couldn't be found.

DB
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed everything. However, considering this should be a top restaurant I didn’t give 5 stars for two reasons.
Their online menu is out of date and considering the type of restaurant this is the waiter didn’t crumb the table.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, nice having a piano playing in the background. Tip the pianist. Little bummed the pork chop wasn’t on the menu but the lamb chops was just fine. Everything was good.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We had anticipated great things from this restaurant, which had been recommended to us. The service was indifferent verging on snooty, the bland chicken pot pie should be renamed potato pot pie for the lack of chicken not to mention the glutenous sauce and the wine list was practically inaccessible for those not willing to spend high. The final bill came to $150 for two for a main course, one side to share and a glass of wine. This restaurant was the one exception to the rule that eating out in San Francisco is a great experience. The Big 4 was very disappointing.

ES
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Apparently the main restaurant is undergoing renovations (not mentioned when I made the reservation on line.) So we dined in the cocktail lounge area. We were assigned a small table that was against the Maitre d's stand that was noisy, and were refused another table across the room that was not occupied the entire time we were at the restaurant. The food was quite good, but expensive for the quality. Our waiter was excellent -- friendly, informative, and efficient.
All in all, a nice dinner, but disappointing considering this restaurant's reputation.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit overrated. Be prepared to pay a lot .

A
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Es war toll wie immer!

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small establishment with lots of old world charm. Small but well executed menu with live piano music as well.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came on a Monday very late and still we loved it. But I’m sure it would be completely different in a weekend day. Pianist playing beautiful!!!

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