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Big 4

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Nob Hill
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1075 California St, Scarlet Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Taylor)
+1 415 771 1140
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This restaurant is at The Scarlet Huntington
Today
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington...
Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington was named after the reputed "Big Four" industrialists - Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins - famed railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century who played a vital role in San Francisco's history and early development.
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    Very good
  • 18
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sitting in the bar as I review this. Great atmosphere, fantastic cocktails great menu. One of the best places I've visited in SF.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Sitting in the bar as I review this. Great atmosphere, fantastic cocktails great menu. One of the best places I've visited in SF.

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Cardiff
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This I in the hotel we were staying at and we had two amazing meals in the restaurant. Wine is a bit expensive but lots of choice, bartender makes excellent cocktails.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear dehbolton, We are glad you enjoyed your cocktails while staying with us here at The Scarlet Huntington ad found your meals here "amazing". The team works hard to take care of our guests whether staying or visiting with us so they appreciate the compliments! For the wine selection, we try to offer a variety of wines to satisfy our... More 

Jupiter, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A very nice venue for dinner with an extremely attentive staff and great food. The atmosphere is more like a private club. Also nice for cocktails. Cocktail hour features a pianist.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Tony P, Thank you for taking the time to send in your review of The Big 4, and we appreciate the compliment on the food, service, and ambiance--it does feel like a private club, especially with the pianist! Our bar personnel work hard to craft consistently delicious cocktails and are thankful for the recognition. We are glad you were... More 

Appleton, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The food did not disappoint. I loved the décor. It felt like you were back in time. In addition, the piano player did an excellent job.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear KAK828, Thank you for your comments regarding your visit! I agree, the room décor allows our guests to feel transported to another time, and when the pianist begins performing it brings the room to the next level--you can almost imagine financiers discussing budgets while stroking their mutton chop beards over the wafting piano music and clinking of glasses. Thanks... More 

Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a evening cocktail at the Bar late Saturday. It was packed with patrons returning from dinners and auctions. Great cocktails and ambience. Think Nob Hill's version of the bar at the Hotel Carlyle on Upper East Side.

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Big4_Manager, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Lawyer47, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm delighted to hear that you had an opportunity to enjoy an evening cocktail with us. Your reference to the bar in the hotel Carlyle is an honor, and quite the compliment. Please come back and join us for dinner next time your in town! Graciously yours, Gail Isono... More 

San Ramon, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We have always wanted to dine at the Big 4 and chose an anniversary for our first trip. Even though the Huntington Hotel has been renovated the original character has been retained. The restaurant is old world mahogany and plush upholstered booths. The restaurant style is from an bygone area and appeals to the crowd that likes to put on... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear CAFlyfisher2014, Thank you very much for your rave review of your experience here with us, and thanks for celebrating your anniversary with us. We feel that The Big 4 is an unparalleled location for celebrating life's moments and creating memories for our guests. We appreciate you taking the time to offer your feedback, and our staff is thankful for... More 

Brockville, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Not to be missed if you like the old world class in a relaxed setting. The bar is small and cozy, the service is great although I probably would not choose to sit right beside the piano player if you're trying to have an intimate conversation. Head to the back of the bar instead. Everyone goes here, my wife and... More 

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Big4_Manager, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear John F., Thank you Sir for your laudatory review of the Big 4! It was a truly a gift to learn about your experience with us. We so enjoy reading these reviews because it allows us to experience the restaurant and bar through a new set of eyes. I think your note, 'Old world class in a relaxed setting'... More 

Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The Big 4 at the Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill is one of the classic spots in SF. Elegant dark wood, thick leather and old photos and paintings draw you back into the time of classic San Francisco. The menu is classy. But the best feature is the bar. The most authentic hangout for many Nob Hill characters. Don't miss... More 

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Big4_Manager, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear RainyTravelJunkie, Thank you for your beautiful review! We are delighted to hear that you so enjoy the restaurant, it is indeed an exceptional establishment. We have been in business for nearly 40 years, and have hosted an array of celebrities, visiting nobility, and politicians. If you're looking for a place to experience history in San Francisco, we are it!... More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Arrived in Nob Hill later than expected did on line booking, very efficient. Although we booked we were left waiting for about 8 mins before we were seated. There was no one to greet the dinners. By the time we were seated there were three other parties also waiting. When eventually seated waiter was great very attentive and helpful. Atmosphere... More 

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Big4_Manager, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Lou V, Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your experience with us. We are grateful for your feedback, and will certainly utilize the suggestions, especially regarding the Fever Tree and your note about the hostess. Regarding the waiting time- I do apologize. We will address this with our staff immediately. I am glad to... More 

Cala Tarida, Spain
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The big 4 is a fabulous restaurant atop Nob Hill. You will walk out satisfied and grateful that you dined there. The food is wonderful and the service is terrific. It is a very lovely setting to take your mate to for romantic evening. It is named for C. P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford, all prominent... More 

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Big4_Manager, General Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Ibizan_Yankee, Thank you very much for your laudatory review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the historicity and dining experience at the Big 4. It sounds like you are quite knowledgeable on the fascinating history the restaurant and Nob Hill. The restaurant is an exceptional establishment, indeed many locals refer to it as 'an institution'. I hope you enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1075 California St, Scarlet Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94108
    (Taylor)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415 771 1140

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington was named after the reputed "Big Four" industrialists - Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins - famed railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century who played a vital role in San Francisco's history and early development.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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