Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brandyhos.com/
  • Phone: 4157887527
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Zedgwick Ho
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Delivery is available 11am - 10pm everyday to neighborhood offices, hotel rooms or homes. Please check the menu at www.brandyhos.com. Minimum $10 order for delivery. Catering is also available from 1 to 300 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: The upper floor is available for private parties and it can accommodate up to 70 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Ave.
  • Public Transit: No. 15 bus stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available, as well as parking underground at the public lot 170 Columbus Avenue.
A word from Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
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 Hunan Food reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Great Hunan food you dream about.
    SoCalGal
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a reservation for 10 and our table was ready and waiting for us. Brandy Ho's has the most flavorful Hunan food ever. The food and service was fantastic. Never miss a dinner here when we visit from So. Cal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, great food
    leafsfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great time - really enjoyed the General Chicken. Be sure to order it spicy if you like a kick!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Francisco Treat
    Zman
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I were on our last night in San Francisco and we wanted to have some great Chinese food before we left. We were speaking to some different clerks as we made our way through Chinatown and as I inquired as to a good place for food, a number of them mentioned Brandy Ho's. So I went on OpenTable and set a reservation. The host, perhaps it was the owner greeted us warmly as we first stepped in. He guided us to a great table for people watching and handed us our menus. We started on the Fried Dumplings and the Fried Prawns for Apps. Both were great! We shared our main, which was Triple Delight. It was fantastic. Highly suggest this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15 years later, still great!
    NorwegianWood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I first ate at Brandy Ho's more than fifteen years ago. While honeymooning in San Francisco, we decided to go to Brandy Ho's based on reviews and it turns out it was the same restaurant I went to years ago! Our food was spicy (I'm a WIMP) and delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and no MSG
    AprilGVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went for lunch after reading some good reviews on Yelp and Open Table. Liked the no msg. We had the potstickers ( good), walnut shrimp (too mayonesy), fried rice (good but rice a little al dente), and chow mein (delicious).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better than service.
    SpiderrollerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took recommendation from friend to visit this place. Food was definitely good. Service was like most in San Fran - the "no smiles, here is your food, hurry and leave" attitude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating1
    • Food1
    • Ambiance2
    • Service2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Brandy Ho's Hunan Food reviews archive.
  • Good but not excellent
    Costa3
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I was expecting a bit more. The smoked duck was ok as an idea and performance, the steamed fish was finished and we tried the fried fish, which was a disappointment (dry, overcooked). The chow mein was very good, especially the cold one. The pork was very good. The deserts were all american... In a summary, dont order the fried whole fish, then perhaps everything might be much better overall!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were stuffed!
    caseyface
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Great Hunan food in a bistro-style atmosphere. Not fancy but pleasant, helpful staff and great country-style food. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A mediocre Hunan place
    yelcab
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    This restaurant has a great menu with some notable missing gems from Hunan. I was looking for certain dishes that I have eaten from mainland China and could not find them. The level of spiciness is good, but the level of tastiness is mediocre. For a walk by drop in restaurant, it is great. As a long time eater of spicy Hunan food, Brandy Ho's is just average
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    melpedeVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Fresh, flavorful food - spicy, so ask for medium if you don't want hot. Fast service - really yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the "real deal" for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    This is the "real deal" for genuine, wonderfully flavored Chinese food. Excellent menu selection, freshly prepared in woks using age old recipes. This isn't the mainstream tourist trap stop for heat lamp, lukewarm food. Brandy Ho's quickly became our favorite Chinese food restaurant in The City by the Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spicy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Enjoyed the old country scallops and curried shrimp, which at medium, was quite spicy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brandy Ho's has been a great
    Yosutebito
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Brandy Ho's has been a great Chinese Food restaurant for years. I have ordered delivery and eaten in the restaurant and I have always had excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Late night excursion with a large group of culinary students delighted by the food at Brandy Ho's Hunan Food. the Sizzling Seafood rice Soup was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed the entire meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always look forward to my
    RodF
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    I always look forward to my visit to Brandy Ho's. My spicy beef entree was very flavorful and fresh. Be careful with the level of spicy that you order. Their "mild" is still fairly spicy. I always leave with sweat on my brow - and love it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely delicious. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Absolutely delicious. Our server recognized us from when we had gone a month before. Very nice service, relaxed and dedicated to making your dining experience an enjoyable one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional Chinese Food,
    BGOO
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Traditional Chinese Food, nothing special. Good service and the food comes very quickly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As one who loves Hunan food,
    xanadan
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    As one who loves Hunan food, I was very disappointed at their "spiciest the chef can make it" to be a few more red pepper flakes. Also, we were only a party of 4, yet everyone's food came out at amazingly different times. It was ridiculous the serving times between everyone's entrees. The food was, however, very reasonably priced. You just pay for it in staggered table delivery. I will not be eating here again. Henry's Hunan in the FiDi is hands down the best in the City.
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  • The biggest problem is that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    The biggest problem is that the restaurant will happily take a reservation without actually making one. We waited for about 40 minutes and everyone waiting had a "reservation", which really doesn't mean anything. Food was pretty good though.
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  • Good spicey food for a cold night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    This was one of the few restaurants open on Christmas night. There was a long line of people waiting to get a table. The crowd was handled in a fair and orderly way, giving preference to reservations. The food was wonderfully authentic. When they offered very spicey, they meant it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Chinese food in USA.
    scottahansenVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Best Chinese food in USA. The General's chicken is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spicy but not delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2012
    My wife, who is from Hunan Province, says, "they make everything spicy so they say it is Hunan but it is not delicious like in Hunan." Both the waitress and the chef spoke Cantonese - which is not spoken in Hunan Province. That should be a pretty good indicator of authenticity right there.
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  • We went to Brandy Ho's for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We went to Brandy Ho's for dinner two of the three nights of our honeymoon in San Francisco-and we wish we had gone there all three nights! The food was wonderful, full of flavor and promptly served. We especially enjoyed the dish Brandy's Dinner, but really everything we tried was great. Wish we could take this restaurant back home with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit and Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The egg rolls and especially the Chef's Recommended Fried Dumplings with Sweet and Sour Sauce were delicious. The Chow Mein tasted slightly burnt. Also, the steamed dumplings were not very tasty but that could have been because my daughter wanted them without the hot and spicy sauce.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were greeted with a smile
    Scrumptious
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We were greeted with a smile at the door and seated immediately. Our server made sure that our food came out promptly, hot and correct. We have had fried dumplings before, but these were really good. They were crispy and tossed in their sauce. There was a choice of ginger soy or sweet and sour. Different levels of "heat" were available on their dishes. I would definitely return and recommend Brandy Ho's Hunan.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Chinese food ever at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Best Chinese food ever at reasonable prices. They will make it to your liking when it comes to heat intensity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff were unhelpful and unaccommod
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2012
    Staff were unhelpful and unaccommodating when asked about vegetarian options. . Whole experience felt rushed. Would not return or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Hunan in San Fran
    Week
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Wow, the best Chinese food in San Francisco! You can't find Hunan style everywhere, so its a very special experience with unique flavors and preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was Ok, Probably would
    Tex58
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    It was Ok, Probably would try somewhere else before going back
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  • When I lived in SF I went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    When I lived in SF I went there all the time, since then the food and service have gone down hill. I wouldn't recommend it again.
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  • not so great
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Food was tasteless. We had the chicken salad which was frozen grainy chicken and very tasteless, potstickers w/sweet and sour sauce these were Ok, smoked duck tasteless, chicken chowmein and salt and pepper calamari (this was good). Went on Chinese New Years and needed a place that took reservations, so tried it. Wouldn't recommend it.
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  • We enjoyed our eveninig and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    We enjoyed our eveninig and had a really good waitress.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the few places open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    One of the few places open on Christmas Day during a trip to SF. Love the dumplings. Service is always a bit awkward.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been going here over
    LASF
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Have been going here over the years and it only has gotten worse. The service was absolutely horrible, the food was dreadful and the plates were so small for the cost. Not quite sure why some people like it, especially in a town that has great chinese food. I know now that this must be mostly for tourists, not local San Franciscans.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was wonderful. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Food was wonderful. Service was very slow. Worth the wait if you have the time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What I love about Hunan is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    What I love about Hunan is that it has a delightful spice with a kick but it's not drowning in sauce like other styles of Chinese food. Brandy Ho's has the extremely hot woks working overtime to get a truly yummy dish happening. Great taste and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • people friendly and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    people friendly and great service we were a party of 12 with 3 grandchildren all good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was tasty, but the
    chaia9
    Dined on 12/14/2011
    The food was tasty, but the vegetable dish we ordered, which was supposed to have broccoli as one of its ingredients, was almost all broccoli. Disappointing for someone who wants mixed vegetables as described. We went early, so it was quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brandy Blah's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    I had a voucher for this place so I invited friends to join me. Little did I know the voucher was only valid Monday through Thursday (which is REALLY stupid for them to put such a limitation on a $50 voucher like that...) The food was okay, wasn't your typical greasy Chinese food - which I guess is what they pride themselves on. I ate everything on my plate (which I never normally have to) then went home and ate more - so definitely not filling. I would not return, but I apparently have to in order to use the voucher I purchased (sigh..) The service was ok..this place is just blah.
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  • It was not as good as I was
    NDfoodmistake
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    It was not as good as I was expecting. Ordered what I thought was chow mein and got lo mein. Maybe it's a regional thing. Hot and spicy soup had overdone vegetables-mushy. I would not return. People were nice and attentive, but I've had better Chinese food in a strip mall in Orlando.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic