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Big 4

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Nob Hill
American, Californian
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1075 California St, Scarlet Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Taylor)
+1 415 771 1140
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Fine Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Love Amanda

Great bar and restaurant. Best pot pie in the USA. All the bartenders are superb and great attentive service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
wunderwood
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kc
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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kc
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Great bar and restaurant. Best pot pie in the USA. All the bartenders are superb and great attentive service.

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guildford
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Glad we came there. Friendly service and great standard fare at a reasonable price. Highly recommend this place it even has romantic dimmed light tables in a lovely oak wood panelled setting. If I have any complaint it is that some tables are positioned so you face the couple or table opposite you. Glad the new hotel owners have left... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear petertimpkin, Thank you for your TripAdvisor review of your dining experience here at The Big 4 Restaurant. The restaurant setting and ambiance is romantic; the lower lighting, wood paneling, and large leather chairs are a draw for our guests looking to 'hideaway' or enjoy a barrel-aged cocktail. We're glad you had a great time here, and I'd like to... More 

Oceanside, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We ate here 5 mornings while staying at the Scarlet Huntington. Got takeout each time. The first morning, they forgot my toast. 2nd morning, I reminded them about it, and they ended up giving me wheat toast when I asked for sourdough. Also, my eggs, which I asked for fried over hard, were runny and definitely over easy. 3rd morning,... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Rohan, Thank you for providing your observations regarding your experience with takeout at The Big 4. It is disconcerting that we were not able to take care of you and ensure your order was correct and I'd like to personally apologize for this. I have reviewed your notes with the AM team while stressing positive attitude and ensuring order... More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

the restaurant is old san francisco and it is a great place to get a drink. the bar and the piano are great and there is a scene especially if there is a concert up the street at the masonic. the food??? we had the anchovy parmigiano vinaigrette salad with a dressing that was so over dressed it felt like... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear johnschulz, Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to let us know of your experience. We are reviewing your notes with the team, it is helpful information that assists with driving and directing staff training. We apologize that our food presentation and offering fell short of your expectations. Again, thank you for your feedback and please... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In the run up to Christmas, this hotel bar and restaurant were doing very brisk business indeed. Very traditional decor, dark wood and green leather banquettes. Traditional classic menu offering with impeccable service. Ate here more than once and enjoyed every mouthful..some of the best lamb I have ever eaten.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Willesdonian, Thank you for taking the time to send in your comments about your experience with us back in December. These guest reviews are integral tools we review with our teams so your time is appreciated! We're glad you enjoyed the service and food and wish you many happy returns to the San Francisco bay area. Please let me... More 

San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

You will find the decor to be very traditional. Beautiful wooden paneled walls. Old historic art, incredible service. The service is wonderful. The food, well you will love the food. Everytime I visit SF I go here. They also have a beautiful piano bar.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Julie, Thank you for your comments on TripAdvisor, and for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. It is certainly a place I'd recommend to out-of-town guests that would like to experience a bygone era and an important time of California's development. We are excited that you loved the food and service and would like... More 

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I went there again last night and happily found the Chicken Pot Pie is back on the menu! The last time I visited a few months ago, the new chef removed it since the old recipe was heart-attack inducing. This new version is healthier, VERY delicious, be sure to ask for the sherry to pour over it. It's crave-worthy. Everything... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Flaneuretta, Thank you for your comments and also thank you for being a repeat patron of The Big 4! We have had a lot of positive feedback surrounding the Chicken Pot Pie, it is classic comfort food that is delicious and with the sherry, unbeatable. Our bar staff is diligent in technique and appreciative of the kind words...it makes... More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

the food was just OK, but I only had club sandwich so other dishes could of been more exiting than my one, i did like the beers and cocktails, I guess it more about history...

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Sugabella, Thank you for joining us for lunch at The Big 4. I do apologize that you were not thrilled with your meal, even with the ubiquitous Club Sandwich, which we elevate with house-roasted turkey breast and thick cut bacon. It appears that you were also not happy with the perceived value or service of your experience with us.... More 

Modesto, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The food was really good, good service. Handy for our stay at the Scarlet Huntington. History in this establishment.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear Siderunner, Thank you for your comments regarding your food and service here at The Big 4 Restaurant. We are glad you found the establishment convenient for your stay at The Scarlet Huntington hotel. I think our hotel guests are surprised when they experience the ambiance and history presented here. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments and... More 

Greater Palm Springs, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Fine dinning done right, quiet, relaxing, great food and great service. The best Chicken Pot Pie anywhere.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4, responded to this review

Dear 01TravelinMan, Thanks for joining us and your sentiment that we serve "the best chicken pot pie anywhere"! Our culinary team crafts this comfort-food classic nearly every day and we have a lot of guests, from near to far, that love to dig in to this toothsome dish. Have you tried it with a splash of amontillado sherry? Our team... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • 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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