Brandy Ho's - Castro
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Brandy Ho's - Castro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brandyhos.com/
  • Phone: 4152528000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

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  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brandy Ho's - Castro
Serving San Francisco since 1980, Brandy Ho's restaurant is one of the most popular landmarks on the San Francisco dining scene. Acclaimed by numerous Bay Area food critics, it has also been hailed by publications around the world as a "must visit" when in San Francisco. The food at Brandy Ho's is prepared with only the freshest ingredients, using a minimum of oil and sugar. Absolutely no MSG, artificial chemicals or flavor enhancers are used. The cooking at Brandy Ho's is based on the peasant style found in the Hunan region of China. The distinctive dishes are authentically hot and spicy, using traditional Hunan spices and lots of garlic. Brandy Ho's offers a wide selection of tasty hot and spicy vegetarian dishes. To please every palate, any meat or vegetarian dish can be ordered as mild as you like, or not hot at all.
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Brandy Ho's - Castro reviews from OpenTable diners
  • I have to say that after many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    I have to say that after many visits to Brandy Ho's Castro location I don't think I will be returning. The last visit the service was horrible and the portion sizes have been getting smaller and smaller. It's a shame since they are in a great location.
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  • Very quick and fresh food. "Jacky"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Very quick and fresh food. "Jacky" is very HOT!... Hope to see him again soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really dislike the TV in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    I really dislike the TV in the dining room. TV screens really have no place in restaurants. It's distracting and destroys the nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found my Chinese restaurant.
    SMARCINVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I am not a big fan of average Chinese food in general. I am comfortable with average Italian, Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Peruvian...you get the picture. But, I do like finding good Chinese restaurants. I was very pleased with Brandy Ho's menu choices and the quality of the food. The seafood was very tasty. The service was decent. The location is hard to beat. I expect I will be returning soon to Brandy Ho and look forward to their delicious sauces.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependably good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Good, consistent spicy chinese food. Mostly stir fry - their smoked dishes are a house specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love that peanut sauce!
    ReginaSFVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    The green onion pancakes with peanut sauce are the best!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's okay and cheap if you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    It's okay and cheap if you are in the Castro and happen to want Chinese food. There is nothing bad about it but nothing in particular to recommend it, either.
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  • it was quiet when were there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    it was quiet when were there. Not very busy. Tasty and fast
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  • Just OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    This place was just okay. Not bad but not exceptional either. I was unhappy with our table being that the restaurant is small and we seemed stuck in a corner but otherwise decent food and clean bathroom!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is always good here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    The food is always good here. Nice people watching place as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • We had a wonderful early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    We had a wonderful early dinner with the best table and attentive service. We would definitely go again
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  • The food was great! The only
    grannygooseVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    The food was great! The only problem was the the main course arrived before we had half of the appetizers gone. Next time I would order the appetizers - eat them - and then order the main course. The wait staff seemed disinterested and did not explain portion sizes etc. Not too helpful. Their literature said "no to go boxes" however, they did box leftovers. We will go back again.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I found the fried shrimp to
    wayneVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    I found the fried shrimp to be overly battered. The service was not conducive to relaxed dining. The staff was accommodating in giving us a table with some seats having a back.
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  • The decor is unusual. Some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    The decor is unusual. Some love it, others don't. Was easy to hold a conversation. The service seemed unfocused, but once we were able to attract the attention of the staff all requests were accommodated. The attitude was neutral - neither hostile nor particularly enthusiastic. The cocktails were very weak. The "classic" martini list had neither gin nor vodka martini - they were all fruit based. I suspect they would have made a vodka martini on request, but gin was not available at the bar at all. Overall the cocktail list felt poor. The food tasted mostly fine, but nothing special. No dish stood out except for the sizzling rice soup, that tasted weird. The dumplings in the dumpling soup were so big that even taking a bite was diffic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The made-to-order all-you-can-eat
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    The made-to-order all-you-can-eat is GREAT! Though make sur eyou go on the days they offer it...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    As a repeat customer I was disappointed with my last visit when the manager/server would not ask an adjacent table to quiet down. It took repeated attempts to get them to say anything until I insisted.
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  • Been here before, Love eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    Been here before, Love eating here when in the Castro area.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • we were the only people at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2011
    we were the only people at the restaurant and the staff was very attentive, to the point that i felt i was being rushed from one course to the next.
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  • Love that peanut sauce!
    ReginaSFVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Onion pancakes - wow!!!!! The peanut sauce would make anything taste divine....The vegie muhu shu was outstanding....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I guess the word to describe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    I guess the word to describe this place is "cute" It is small and would be noisy if filled to capacity. The egg rolls were really good. I wished the generals chicken was spicy instead of sweet. I think it's a good place for couples or two friends.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I was a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2011
    I was a little disappointed in their Brandy's Diner which included prawns,scallops and beef - the beef was tough and the sauce was bland...
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  • Great, tasty food as spicy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Great, tasty food as spicy as you want it and strong drinks. How can you beat that?
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  • This was our first time eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/25/2010
    This was our first time eating here and it was great. Portions were adequate and not over filling. Great place to go for dinner or lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friends and I had dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/21/2010
    My friends and I had dinner at Brandy Ho's in the Castro and it was amazing! The food was hot and tasty and the service was awesome. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. It's become a favorite of mine and definitely recommend it to everyone. They have varying levels of spice, so it's appropriate for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Better food else where but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    Better food else where but for the Castro area it is by far the best choice. That said the food and service is solid and I would go back any time for a bite. The difference is this is a good restaurant but not a dinning experience. The food is very American, not the real style you would get in china town.
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  • Really tasty, well prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2010
    Really tasty, well prepared Chinese food without MSG. Fun crowd and fast service. Definitely the best Chinese food in the Castro.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was have dined here several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/15/2010
    I was have dined here several times and every time i have a great meal and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I read both very positive
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2010
    I read both very positive and negative reviews, but our experience was all to the positive. Great food, excellent service, we ordered everything not spicy and that's how it was prepared, nice atmosphere, really no complaints. Will definitely return to order more of the extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • This place is awesome. I made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    This place is awesome. I made my reservation through open table and I asked for a quaint spot since it was my honeymoon. Well I got a call from the restaurant giving me a heads up that it may not be the best kind of place for a quiet romantic dinner because it was friday night at 11pm and the bar crew was in there. They were super courteous and wanted to make sure my meal was enjoyable. My wife and I had an AMAZING dinner, great service and the food was spectacular. We have definitely found our new go to spot for delicious hunan food. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who wants some delicious food with great service and a nice ambiance. By the way.... they are very reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was looking for a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2010
    I was looking for a restaurant like the long gone Hunan on Haight but was disappointed. The food was fresh and happily lacked the cloy syrups that make so many Chinese meals glycemic nightmares. But I was disappointed with the level of spice. The waiter asked how spicy, so I said "regular" by which I mean the same way the chef eats it. He looked puzzled so I elaborated and said "I want it to make me sweat, but not cry for my mommy." Later, he came by and asked if the food was too spicy, and I emphatically said no. He never asked if it was spicy enough. I was really insulted when I saw the check and every dish had "mild" written next to it. Mild is not regular for Hunan cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been eating at their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/4/2010
    We have been eating at their other locations for years. This was our first time to try this branch. The room is very nice and the service was great. We are used to the 'heat' level being a bit higher and will know next time to adjust our request up a bit. Great food and great place.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Excellent Hunan food for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/10/2010
    Excellent Hunan food for the price, and the decor is just nice enough to bring visitors.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have always walked by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2010
    I have always walked by the restaurant and never stopped. I finally did the other night and now I am planning when to go back. Everything was outstanding!
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  • One of the best Asian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2010
    One of the best Asian Cuisine I have had in a long time. Very good service and attention
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Service was very friendly
    LivesinDCVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2010
    Service was very friendly and quick, the restaurant was nicely decorated and the food was good. We were attending a show at the Castro Theater and this was a good choice before a show. We'll definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I fell in love with Brandy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/29/2010
    I fell in love with Brandy Ho's in Chinatown. The food was always excellent and the service was friendly quick. The Castro location continues the great food and service. I love the difference in decor between the two, I can get the same great food whether I want to dress up some or just go casual.
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  • Food was pretty good. Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2010
    Food was pretty good. Ambiance not so much so... small place, no backs to the chairs. Big TV screen with pictures of food in the front... not what you want to see when you were eating. Servers were very nice but forgot one entree entirely. Probably good for takeout as it is very tasty or a good place to go for a quick bite.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining her for Christmas was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    Dining her for Christmas was a joy. Their reservations were organized and on time. The food we delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Brandy Ho's is a great neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/23/2009
    Brandy Ho's is a great neighborhood late-night spot. The food is fresh, interesting, and very tasty. I often drop in after a late night of working and it is nice to have an unpretentious, delicious meal.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waitperson spoke very little
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    waitperson spoke very little english....didn't know what to do when I told her it was an "Open Table" reservation. consequently, I didn't get the points. I phoned the mgr. and he said he would take care of it. Not showing up yet...please handle. thanks very much
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet