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Big 4

1075 California Street
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The Big 4 San Francisco California United States
Big 4 Bar San Francisco California United States
The Big 4 San Francisco California United States
Big 4 Bar San Francisco California United States

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The Big 4

The Big 4 at The Scarlet Huntington is perhaps the city’s most famous old-school restaurant. This is a white-tablecloth place, favored by power brokers and society figures—no less an authority than the quintessential San Francisco politician, the colorful former mayor Willie Brown, has named it as one of his favorite restaurants. (There’s no need to be intimidated, however, a warm California welcome is extended to every diner—even those who haven’t been elected to office.)

The name of the restaurant pays homage to the four men who built California’s railroads, and in turn the state’s economy, at the end of the 19th century: Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and the hotel’s namesake, C.P. Huntington. They would surely appreciate the scene, with its green leather banquettes and chairs, wood paneling, vintage prints, and waiters in formal attire. We can imagine Leland opting for the rack of lamb, and C.P. Huntington perhaps ordering a steak but Executive Chef Kevin Scott also prepares lighter fare, from his Mediterranean stew to grilled fish. Every dish reflects the bounty of California produce and the best of what is in season.

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AFAR Contributor
about 5 years ago

Big 4 Bar

Many hotel bars these days opt for a techno beat and follow the latest cocktail fads. The bar at the Big 4 at The Scarlet Huntington instead chooses a more classic ambiance, with an old school wooden bar lined with green leather stools. Here, the bartenders have decades of experience pouring perfect martinis and Manhattans—and there is also, this being California, an impressive selection of the best wines from Napa, Sonoma, and the state’s other leading wine regions. It is hard to imagine many complaints about the Big 4 restaurant or bar. Perhaps the only possible one is that a meal doesn’t provide enough time to take in the fascinating collection of memorabilia that decorates the space. Order a drink, or two, and you can leisurely study the antique prints and maps that illuminate California’s colorful history.