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Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington

1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Formerly Big 4 Restaurant - The Huntington Hotel) (Downtown)
+1 415-771-1140
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Ranked #284 of 5,014 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $80
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American, Californian
Neighborhood:
Nob Hill
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Taylor
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. The renovated restaurant pays tribute to the grandeur of earlier eras, retaining its elegance with an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California's unique history. Loyal patrons and first-time guests enjoy the live piano entertainment that fills this one-of-a-kind destination with refreshing soul. Restaurant Hours: Breakfast: Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sunday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Brunch: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Bar: Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, open until 1:00 a.m. Bar Bites Menu: Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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Marin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Our table was appropriated by some (arrogant) hotel manager for his own party. As a result our family holiday occasion was a disaster and we were late to the concert. And even though they comped the meal and gave us free champagne, it was still a bad experience for us all. They should be ashamed.

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Tacoma WA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Our waiter gave us a short introduction to the history of "The Big Four" and who they were. The dining room and bar reflect the period - very club-like, fairly dark, with green leather, wood paneling and historical images and artifacts on throughout. The Piano from the bar adds to the ambiance - but is not intrusive. I would consider... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you enjoy traditional old-time club ambiance, think London or Boston perhaps, then dinner at the Big 4 will suit you fine. The dark green leather upholstery and banquettes combined with dark wood paneling throughout gives the room a warm, intimate feel. The special menu at Thanksgiving reflected the care which goes into everyday dinners, a short menu of specialties... More 

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SANTA ROSA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The bar area is wonderful. The piano player really made it enjoyable. The food was good, not great, but good. The table set up in the dining room was awkward. My husband and I sad side by side. Would have like to have had the option of sitting across from him instead, we were facing the couple sitting across from... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear CMW, Thanks for your feedback regarding your dining experience. We have noted your preference of corner or opposing seating. We're glad you enjoyed the bar, music, and service, yet want to ensure of the 'total package'- what do you feel was lacking on the menu or presentation? Comments from guests are very helpful in providing insight into how we... More 

McMinnville, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The bar knows how to make both classic and modern cocktails. The room is done in heavy wood and white table clothes. The service is friendly and efficient. This is a place to go back to again and again.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear MacinMac, Thank you for taking the time to recognize our bartender's ability--we participate in ongoing mixology training for them as well as the rest of the front of house staff. Crafting delicious cocktails consistently is a cornerstone of our service detail and helps us maintain a healthy list of repeat guests. We look forward to seeing you again should... More 

Beziers, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We loved the old world charm of dark wood and green leather. There was plenty of room between tables and the food and service was very good

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear Keith, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that you had a positive experience while dining with us at this quintessential San Francisco landmark. We wish you many happy returns to the San Francisco bay area! Cheers, Mark Gleason Director of Food and Beverage More 

Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Was too late for Sunday breakfast, so had to do brunch instead. Menu was a bit limiting for the teenagers that were with me. I also wished it wasn't so dark in there, being that it was early and a beautiful city day.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Hi Tammy, Thanks for the feedback regarding your brunch experience. You had mentioned that your family found the brunch menu limiting, please advise what you felt was lacking in the offering so that we may present a more well-rounded menu for our guests. I do apologize for the lack of light in our dining room on what was a nice... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Went to San Francisco to check out a couple of bands and we did a Trip Advisor for restaurants in the City. I was really in the mood for a good steak. Well, did I ever find that and more! We had booked reservations for 6:30 but were a half hour late, yet they still accommodated us. I had a... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear Danny, Thank you for your feedback regarding your dining experience, and I have shared this with our culinary and service teams. The lamb shank is a new preparation for Autumn, and Chef is thrilled you enjoyed it and the rib eye! Thanks again for taking the time to submit your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Fresno, California, Usa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

In the city for a show and searched trip advisor for a restaurant for a nice dinner with rib eye steak on the menu. Well, we hit the jackpot. I made a reservation online which we missed due to traffic. When we arrived I explained what happened and said we were happy to sit in the lounge and the very... More 

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear Tammy, Thank you so much for your glowing review of the restaurant and taking the time to provide your comments. The staff is very happy that you had a great time with us and that we were able to create a memorable dining experience for the both of you. As you may not know, we have just opened for... More 

Devon, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The sourdough toast was not toasted but microwaved and immediately became tough. One has to specifically request fresh squeezed orange juice. Two days running the 5 dollar espresso was lukewarm. The menu is distinctly uninspiring. The atmosphere deserves a much better restaurant and so does the Huntington. Even Starbucks, the McDonalds of coffee has better food. Avoid this disappointment.

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Big4_Manager, Manager at Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review

Dear Emistruth, I want to apologize for not meeting your expectations for service and food while visiting us for breakfast. Thank you also for taking the time to complete this feedback, it is valuable information we can bring to our teams to focus on any issues and prevent them from recurring. Again, I am sorry, and would like to invite... More 

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Additional Information about Big 4 Restaurant - The Scarlet Huntington

Address: 1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Formerly Big 4 Restaurant - The Huntington Hotel)
Phone Number: +1 415-771-1140
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 24 - 80
Cuisine: American, Californian

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