Big 4 Restaurant

4.5
1528 reviews
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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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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a classic feel of vintage San Francisco, with outstanding food and exceptional service.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall experience was at best mediocre. Ambiance is nice and the decor feels very classic; also the live piano music was wonderful. However, I did visit for the food and the food here was overpriced for the quality. I had the lamb which was cooked well but the dish was not well composed and lacked in flavor. My partener had the salmon and they were thoroughly disappointed as well ,. Will not return .

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak tartare is excellent - among the best I've ever had. The king salmon with butterbeans and andouille is also delicious. Excellent pianist as well, playing classics from the 40s and 50s. I can hardly wait to return.

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s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service and good food. Nice place to eat and hang out for a drink.

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been there years ago, still excellent especially now the Hotel is again The Huntington!!!

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MJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time in while to enjoy quiet and good music. Loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food is expensive and not very good. The style is cool drinks were good

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CH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always go to Big 4 when a friend is willing to come up the hill to see me. They make, in my opinion, the best hamburger in San Francisco and I also think the fries are the best. I love the old decor and the history of the place. Huntington, Stanford, Hopkins, and Crocker - the big 4. They also make a delicious manhattan. The service is always attentive and excellent. It’s pricy but I love it. And the crowd is always good and there. Easy to feel cool at the big 4.

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ME
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance in an old San Francisco classic. Had halibut which I don't normally go for but it was on the special and absolutely cooked to perfection!

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I just had my third visit to this restaurant. I went with my husband and another couple to celebrate my birthday. I will hit go there again. Service is quite slow; we waited 20 - 30 minutes between courses. Later that night, three of us had the worst indigestion and stomach upset we have had in a long time. We all had different entrees, salads and side dishes. There is something wrong with the cleanliness of this restaurant. I cannot recommend the place.

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OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic. Love piano. Highly recommend.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, we had a good time. Food and service was very good and not rushed.

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J
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Waitress was way overworked and had too many tables. Service was poor and food was mediocre at best. We love the Big 4 for ambiance and past experience has been excellent but something has changed, and not for the better.

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BP
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Big Four makes us feel like SF celebrities, the ambiance, the fellow diners, the cocktails, the food, the wine. All perfect. Worth the trek up California!

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e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bring your patience - this place is very popular. This was my third visit here. We fought the traffic from the East Bay to go to a show at the Nob Hill Masonic next door, and made sure we had ample time to eat and relax beforehand. We arrived about 6:00 pm and left for the show at 7:30. This old world restaurant has dark but warm interior, fabulous food, and a wide variety of wines and spirits. I've only eaten from the Bar Menu, but am eager to try the restaurant menu on a later visit. We were seated between the bar and the dining area at a cute little (but not too small) table that had comfy armed green leather chairs. The drinks were delicious, and the food was perfect. My first cocktail was a Negroni. It was served over a large ice cube and was well-balanced. My second cocktail was a Bulleit Manhattan, up. My date had the Aviation (Creme de Violette, lemon, cherry liquer, etc.) and a Boulevardier, up. For dinner, I had the Baby Gem Wedge with chicken which was a perfect pre-show meal. The blue cheese on my salad delicious. My date had the turkey club sandwich which was satisfying in both size and flavor. We're looking forward to coming here again. Our plan is to spend the night in the hotel so we can have another long, relaxing experience in this beautiful restaurant.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great old school San Francisco restaurant, great place to have dinner or drinks before a show at the Masonic!

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-concert dinner

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Very friendly staff and delightful food. Expensive but worth it

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JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Dining experience was fabulous. The Atmosphere, Service and Food was over the top. Will be coming back real soon!!!

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N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We arrived in time to be told we did NOT have a reservation. At first we were told no place for us to eat— then they found us a seat in
The bar!! The table was very small. There was not enough room for our plates and bread and bread & butter plates. It was very noisy and cramped. We paid for a lovely dinner and had a disaster instead.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waited our food 1:15 minutes, but it was tasty...

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter was sub par. Told me right at the start that something I had ordered wasn’t on the Menu. I had to show him it was on the menu.
And he interrupted our conversation too much.

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RW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way—the valet, the colors and wood/ with dark green leather seating, lighting decor, the special of the night soup and entree, and the wonderful piano music—a favorite place!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance in a classic setting.

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JJ
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went this last Saturday night for my husband's birthday. The service was fabulous and the food equally outstanding. We were disappointed that the supposed "dress code" is NOT enforced. My husband and son were dressed in jackets and ties. Per the website it says the dress is " business casual". The man sitting next to us came in a jogging suit. The table on the other side, the men were wearing jeans, tennis shoes, and tee shirts. Hardly appropriate for the setting of a formal dining room.
In spite of the fact we loved our meal, we would be hesitant to return. If you have a stated dress policy, you should abide by it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Before concert at Masonic.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation was on a Saturday @ 5:30pm before a concert at the Masonic. Enjoyed a drink at the bar prior to being seated promptly at 5:30pm. Our waiter was very attentive and inquired if we were attending the concert; was very timely with providing service (without making us feel rushed) and helpful in wine selections (believe the waiter’s name was Phil). My wife ordered the filet mignon which she commented was delicious and I had the lamb (which was tender and flavorful). All in all, a very enjoyable experience for a night away from the kids in the City.

P.S. After attending the concert and a couple other bars in the City, ended back at the Big 4 for a night cap given we were staying at the Huntington Hotel. Not surprising, seating was very limited in the bar area, but there was a small table and chair near the piano where my wife sat while I went to order drinks at the bar. What happened next was most appreciated, a waiter near the bar came over and inquired, “Is that your wife by the piano?” I replied, “Yes.” To which he said, “Let me take care of you, what can I get you both?” I answered and then he said, “Alright, go relax and I’ll bring over another chair (from the dining room) to set beside your wife along with the drinks.”

On a very busy Saturday night, truly appreciated the initiative taken by this waiter (wish I caught his name) to ensure our night ended on a wonderful note… thank you!

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The vibes were cool. The foods were fine nothing spectacular but I love the ambiance and the cocktails. My boyfriend and I agree that it’s a good place to chill. The piano man wasn’t bad either! Definitely will come back.

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SJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is such a great spot. The chicken pot pie cannot be beat! The service in the restaurant is great - the bar is another story. The bartender was SO SLOW - it was ridiculous! No charisma or fun - like a good bar should be! But the clientele is nice and we met great people sitting next to us. It was a cold and rainy night so it wasn’t crowded like it usually is - and we really enjoyed it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely will be going back

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j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We usually love this place, but tonight it was not good at all! Salmon was definitely not fresh.
We waited 45 min to get served, not the usual, so disappointed
Other guests in the bar were also complaining about their food
Hope they get a handle on this

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great service. Classic SF experience!

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PD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Although this was a friend’s birthday, I love this restaurant anytime. The food is consistently good and the service attentive without being intrusive. Not only a unique dining experience but a real value given all the factors.

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d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebration of 46 years of marriage, with two good friends joining us. Our waiter was quite good, although he had numerous tables, I did not feel ignored, especially if you watch how he was going from table to table. I am sorry I have forgotten his name, but we were at Table 46, because he told us so. The hostess was highly distracted by her cell phone, she definitely was composing / sending a text. I believe we stood there at 30 - 45 seconds before she even looked up. One of our guest got up to use the toilet, he commented she was still engaged with the cell phone and someone else was waiting to be seated. FYI so this is not all negative, she did it when I got up from the table and when we were leaving. Dinner was very good, along with appetizers. I really enjoyed the Steak Tartar. Definitely a place to return to. Thank you.

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LD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Ron for your great service....again! Another memorable experience.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, warm, welcoming and classy. Very elegant and perfect for our 40th anniversary. Great piano bar, beautiful décor, easy parking with valet. Loved every minute being in that beautiful atmosphere. Thank you.

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SM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect visit. Phil, our server, was attentive and professional. The food was excellent and the atmosphere so pleasant.

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EO
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been here several times before and enjoyed it. This visit was below par. Food was OK but not great. Service was OK but not great. It's a lovely venue....very traditional and comfortable. Prices are out of sight....$48 lamb chops much better elsewhere. Probably not going back. Too bad.

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LA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cioppino in the city! We love this place. So delicious.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Have you ever had bread that you couldn’t spread cold butter on? Well imagine that 10x worse. This bread might as well be Swiss cheese. Also, I order a glass of wine and it might as well have been a shot of wine. I’ve gotten more wine at a church service. The server was great and the staff were great but come on guys. Furthermore I was asked to have my hat removed to eat a pot pie. Guys what are we doing here? It all boils down to me expecting 5 star experience and getting 2 star

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