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Big 4 Restaurant

American Restaurant$$$$
Nob Hill, San Francisco
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  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaFebruary 17, 2013
    Ah.Maz.Ing. Sit back , get a Manhattan, listen to the tantalizing tickles of the ivories and let yourself go. Take a tour of the old photos and pretend you're Dagny Taggert.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23
    The old-school gem survived the recent renovation of the adjoining Scarlet Huntington hotel. Lucky for us, this place, where you go for a burger at the bar and live piano music, still has an old soul. Read more
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenJanuary 20
    The chicken pot pie is just plain fun and delicious. If cream and sherry is not your thing, check out the bar burger (or lamb chops). Order a paper airplane for a pre or post meal sip too.
  • Barry K.
    Barry KellyFebruary 24, 2015
    Sophisticated yet laid back. Try the Fillet Mignon. Side of Brussel Sprouts is a must! Super-friendly, yet professional staff. Jackie S & Georgette we're the best!
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 21, 2016
    Perfect for winter, this fireplace bar comes complete with a piano man, leather booths and a delicious mix of specialty cocktails on call. Feel fancy and enjoy the warmth in one of the private booths. Read more
  • Sean O.
    Sean O2 weeks ago
    Classic. Dim lighting, fantastic cocktails, impressive wine list, delicious hors d'oeuvres and perfectly cooked filet mignon. One of my favorite steakhouses.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Live piano music, a chicken pot pie from chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls and martinis made with Anchor Distilling's Junipero gin complete the experience of this quintessential Nob Hill power spot.
  • Tim
    TimNovember 3, 2015
    Interesting authentic restaurant with great food and lots of history. I'd recommend it, but you may need to book as it's very popular
  • Gene K.
    Gene KeenanAugust 6, 2011
    I've taken a hankering for sauzerac but boy unlike a grilled cheese they are hard to get right. Lucky for you Ty makes them perfect. So order one up!
  • Fernando E.
    Fernando Entrena RivasSeptember 28, 2014
    For a Saturday night "quiet" plan is great. I had the burger at the bar and was also good. Nice to hang around...
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoMay 4, 2015
    Sit at the bar with your date and listen to the piano player. Fantastic, old school drinks and food.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BaerMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best piano player in SF! He takes requests. Sit, listen and be transported back to the '30's, 40's and 50's Magical.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussSeptember 24, 2016
    I love old school clubby places like this. Great burger at lunch that they might reluctantly serve you at dinner.
  • John K.
    John KieserNovember 22, 2013
    The Big Four is a best kept secret with one of the great bars of San Francisco
  • c0uP
    c0uPSeptember 2, 2013
    The type of place Don Draper and Roger Sterling would frequent.
  • Stephen M.
    If you can get Ron for your waiter you will be in for an amazing night of San Francisco history. His depth of knowledge is amazing.
  • Yaron Z.
    Yaron Zakai-OrApril 1, 2015
    Old school yet excellent food, with top notch preparation and ingredients
  • Heléne B.
    Heléne BjörkmanJuly 23, 2015
    Fine, Authentic and historical American restaurant. Great cocktails and burgers
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 24, 2012
    Old-school cocktails in a romantic setting. Very charming during the holidays!
  • Zack🍕🍕
    Zack🍕🍕June 7, 2012
    Live piano player, sit and have a beer in a ultra fancy setting.
  • Solario
    SolarioJanuary 22, 2015
    Enjoy Michael Parsons on the piano. Show your support by buying a CD from him. The guy is great!
  • Ithoughtonce
    IthoughtonceJanuary 17, 2015
    Sitting at the bar and people watching ... Oh and they make a great Vespa
  • Josh B.
    The chicken pot pie is out of this world!
  • Trae F.
    Trae FOctober 1, 2016
    The dim lighting makes this the perfect place for a secret tryst
  • megan
    meganJune 24, 2016
    Secret cocktail spot of those in the know.
  • Rain J.
    Rain JokinenJune 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to take advantage of the Dine About Town deal. They don't skimp on portions, that's for sure!
  • Gene K.
    Gene KeenanAugust 7, 2010
    Probably the best manhattan in the city: straight up or on the rocks there's something special Ty puts in it.
  • Henry P.
    Henry PhamOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This restaurant is all about the finer thing in life, the sense of classic oozes from every corner of the place.
  • Bruce S.
    Bruce ShawAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Charmer.....if you like the look of an old men's club this is the place for you! Read more
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoJuly 8, 2015
    Sf's only speakeasy type bar. The piano man sets the mood
  • Clare H.
    Clare HartMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit by the fireplace and listen to Michael Pearson play the piano - life is good!
  • Andy M.
    Andy McLoughlinJuly 19, 2012
    Terrific Vesper martini. Almost perfect, in fact.
  • Zach N.
    Zach NicholsJune 23, 2012
    The Woodford Reserve Manhattan is a special treat!!!!!
  • Evan W.
    Evan WatersAugust 29, 2012
    The elk was AMAZING.
  • Jim K.
    Jim KroupaJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Chopin vodka martini. They taste like pure artisinal water and kick yo ass!
  • Dalton D.
    Dalton DMarch 1, 2013
    Piano and free appetizers from 5-7.
  • Sarah T.
    This place is half romantic throwback and half overpriced, empty, dark and aging ghost of days old
  • Joe G.
    Joe GratzMarch 21, 2009
    Go to The Big 4 and note the cocktail tables etched with the place's namesakes: Crocker, Hopkins, Huntington, and Stanford.
  • Rhonda P.
    Rhonda PetersMarch 12, 2015
    Great burger
  • Rick H.
    Rick HJanuary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you've never eaten here, have the Chicken Pot Pie. It's amazing.
  • Elisa R.
    Elisa RichardsonFebruary 9, 2011
    Try the truffle fries!!
  • Paul A.
    Paul AJanuary 11, 2010
    Have the Manhatten it's the best in SF
  • Olga B.
    Olga BolotovaSeptember 5, 2014
    Отличный интерьер, прекрасной меню, живая музыка на фортепьяно и обслуживание супер!
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BagmanovNovember 8, 2014
    Очень хорошее место если вам лет 20 уже как не 40ок
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