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 27, 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
  • The usual fare is clearly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    The usual fare is clearly Chinese-American, designed for tourists, but if you ask, they can prepare some authentic Hunan dishes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Hunan specialties.
    curtis628
    Dined on 10/25/2011
    Delicious Hunan specialties. And no MSG..cannot wait to dine there again !!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2011
    The food was good and quite tasty. Prices reasonable. A bit grimy and floors felt greasy but what do you expect with an open kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Hunan food! If you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    Great Hunan food! If you like it spicy, tell them and they can ramp up (or dial down) the hot factor. Three Delicacies is excellent, and love the Moo Shu chicken. Sit at the bar if you want to see how the food it prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother
    LDSDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2011
    Area a bit "seedy" - "Historic" relevance no longer significance and dated. Restaurant substantially empty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2011
    The food is always excellent at Brandy Ho's! I would recommend this location to anyone wanting a San Francisco experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were four adults, a 4 year
    Bern
    Dined on 9/5/2011
    We were four adults, a 4 year old and a one year old in search of a convenient place for an early Chinese meal. brandy ho's fit the bill. he staff was friendly and attentatiVe. Service was rid. The food was good but not great. It fit our needs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not really impressed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    Not really impressed with the restaurant. It was our first time and we will probably not go again...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great if you like spicy hunan
    sfforeverVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    Great if you like spicy hunan food. Very fresh. All is cooked to order, with whatever level of spiciness you request. Steamed vegetarian dumplings are a must. And try the "three delicacies" special. AWESOME.
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  • Sunday evening dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    The food was wonderful as always. I have been coming back 20 years now, when I first moved to the States and the food hasn't changed a bit, probably has gotten better. Nice and spicy, hunan style. I brought my fiance and her daughter. A great time was had on a Sunday evening and looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food exceeded expectations
    GlobalTraveler
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    We cannot get great Chinese food where we live, so we were looking for something faithful to authentic Chinese food (as it is in the U.S.). Brandy Ho's showed up on several review sites as one of the best in SF. It is a very small place and nothing pretentious about it. We had a reservation, which turned out to be a good thing because there were significant waits. Food was excellent. Particularly noteworthy were the sizzling rice shrimp appetizer and the whole steamed fresh fish, which for us was fresh salmon with ginger and scallions. The Hunan BBQ was also memorable for its deep smoke. It reminded us of Texas BBQ, and the waitress tried to steer us away from it because, "it has a very strong flavor." Yep. Service if you asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!! The best in my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2011
    Loved it!! The best in my book. I can't wait to return!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was average at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2011
    Everything was average at Brandy Ho's. Not stellar food but not bad either just right in the middle. I probably will try another place in the future with so many choices in the area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a nice lunch. Food was
    Jake
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Had a nice lunch. Food was fresh & service was good. This is a good place for a quick meal but don't expect a relaxing experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy to get a table..
    SiouxFallsFoodie
    Dined on 4/22/2011
    The best feature of Brandy Ho's is that is easy to get a reservation, and that it can handle large groups. The food was decent, but I wouldn't go back unless I needed to find a place fast and no one wanted to wait in line. Other reviewers had said the food was spicy, but we actually thought most of it was bland. I'm sure there are much better options in Chinatown, but the best places have 2 hour waits, and we don't like to wait!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were delighted with this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    We were delighted with this find in open table. We did think it would be closer to the water and with a view. Only thing missing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • I had not been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2011
    I had not been to this restaurant for several years. The food was generally bland and we found ourselves pouring on hot chili paste. One would expect a Hunanese restaurant to serve spicy food.
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  • Brandy Ho's - Authentic Hunan
    TheDude
    Dined on 3/11/2011
    I'm slightly biased - I've been coming to Brandy Ho's for over 20 years, and they've never let me down. In the early 1980's, the "hunan food" revolution came to SFO's Chinatown with the opening of Henry Chung's Hunan restaurant. And while this Sansome establishment still packs 'em in, they've been resting on their laurels for years. Brandy Ho however keeps up the good consistent food in a low-key place. With the kitchen in full view you never have to worry, and the quality of the authentic Hunan food is legendary. The smoked meats are smoky and flavorful, and we often have the whole steamed fish. This week it was superb. Three people for less than $50 plus drinks, and it's a steal to boot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very friendly staff, speedy
    Gourmand1VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    very friendly staff, speedy service, reasonable prices, clean rest room
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We have visited Brandy Ho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    We have visited Brandy Ho on each of our San Francisco trips in the past 10 years. We chose it as the location to celebrate 2-milestone birthdays with a group of 21. It was perfect! The food was great and the staff were very accomodating. We were one of the groups making noise! Be sure to have the fried dumplings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place but not all that
    katefuVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Nice place but not all that good for Chinese food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjozed it so much that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/6/2011
    We enjozed it so much that we went back the following evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the steamed dumplings, won
    greatVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2011
    the steamed dumplings, won ton soup were excellent as well as the smoked chicken, but the chow mein had few vegetables and was greasy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as time before
    KimSpang
    Dined on 1/1/2011
    not as good as time before but for "hot" hunan, still one of the better places
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was excellent; service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/25/2010
    food was excellent; service was decent after overcoming initial unpleasantness associated mainly with nearly an hour wait before being finally given a table, despite our 7pm reservations which we even made a point to call the restaurant 45 minutes prior to arriving in order to confirm and remind them of our our reservation. it would have also been nice not to have to be made to wait an additional 45 minutes before sending someone to take our order. the very delicious food (EVERYTHING ) and well paced coursing for the remainder of our dinner made up for the initial negatives. discount also given in favor of the establishment considering the large size of our group (10) as well as the fact that it was Christmas day when we visited.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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  • Service was terrible. It took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/25/2010
    Service was terrible. It took forever for the food to come out and when it did, it didn't seem worth waiting for. I won't ever go back there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • like the open kitchen and
    tasty
    Dined on 12/25/2010
    like the open kitchen and being able to view the chefs. The food was excellent +. There is ambiance Brandy Ho style. A very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I began going to Brandy Ho's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/4/2010
    I began going to Brandy Ho's in 1979 when I lived in San Francisco. I've been back twice in the past 20 years. The Triple Delicacies was outstanding - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The smoked Duck Hunan, not so much! Our server noticed that we did not eat this dish and asked if the food was good. We told her that we didn't like the flavor of the duck dish. That went on deaf ears as she took the uneaten dish away but still charged for it. I would certainly go back again but I'd stay away from unfamiliar dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a mixed crowd including
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    We had a mixed crowd including kids and adults who didn't want things too spicy. The signature dishes were definitely better than the regular old standbys (chicken chow mein and sweet & sour pork). Go with a someone who likes spice!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Great place!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2010
    Great food! Great place!!!! Only thing that was a little upsetting was They did not bring our food out at the same time... But no big deal, considering how good the food was!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have dined at this restaurant
    vtvalenz
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    I have dined at this restaurant every time I have visited SF because the food is authentic Chinese. The service was excellent, we never had to ask for anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice authentic Asian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/21/2010
    Nice authentic Asian food. Efficient, friendly service. We are vegetarian so plant based foods were important to us. Many options were available.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great! It's not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2010
    The food was great! It's not your Americanized version of Chinese food. Steamed fish with gingered greens was sublime. Attentive and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved how authentic the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2010
    Loved how authentic the food was. Great flavor and quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is excellent, I go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2010
    The food is excellent, I go there every time I come to San Francisco. Service is good and you get a great value for the price. The original on Columbus is the one I go to every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • very disappointing. I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2010
    very disappointing. I have eaten at Brandy Ho's for many years and this was the worst Chinese food I have ever tasted. I do not know what has happened, but the hot and sour soup was so bad we didn't eat it. The onion pancake was so salty we couldn't eat it. The rest of the meal was just as bad.
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  • I went online for Best Chinese
    foodYES
    Dined on 8/8/2010
    I went online for Best Chinese food and Brandy Ho's came up. It's menu looked like food we are used to ordering. Five of us went and ordered some of our usual choices,pot stickers, pork fried rice, beef with string beans. We added their special 3 fish dish. Except for the fish dish everything was just drowned in soy sauce and there was very little food for the price. NOT going back. the search goes on for good chinese in San Francisco.
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  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2010
    The food was delicious and very authentic. The restaurant is kind of small but the staff is very friendly and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It might have been the worse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/31/2010
    It might have been the worse Chinese food I have had lately. It was very greasy and it was not tasty. The flavors were not nice or like other Hunan restaurant, like Henry's Hunan, which is also greasy but oh so yummy. Their string bean dish was saucy and wet, unlike the usual experience of stir-fried and dry. This place might probably be ok for those who don't know Chinese food too well or have had too much to drink and just want some greasy grub to keep their drinks down. Service was good though, our waitress was nice and they let us return the dish we couldn't eat, otherwise, they would've gotten 1-star b/c the food was just not to our liking.
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  • On the touristy border of
    MrNeutronVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2010
    On the touristy border of Chinatown and North Beach, Brandy Ho's would be easy to overlook. But after a couple of decades, this is still very good Chinese cooking. Good food in comfortable, casual surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet