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About 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.

217 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Pacific Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 788-7527

Website:
http://www.brandyhos.com/

Catering:
Delivery is available 11am - 10pm everyday to neighborhood offices, hotel rooms or homes. Please check the menu at www.brandyhos.com. Minimum $15 order for delivery. Catering is also available from 1 to 300 guests.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available, as well as parking underground at the public lot 170 Columbus Avenue.

Public Transit:
No. 15 bus stop

Executive Chef:
Sedgwick Ho

Private Party Facilities:
The upper floor is available for private parties and it can accommodate up to 70 guests.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Brandy Ho's Hunan Food Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.3

ambience

3.5

value

4.0

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (5)
Spicy (4)
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Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cafeteria like interior. Excellent service. Seemed healthier than regular Chinese restaurants as there wasn't much sauce on our food. We live in SOMA and haven't found a good Chinese restaurant. Brandy Ho's was recommended in North Beach area so we went over there. We enjoyed it. Wasn't crowded. Enjoyed getting a cup of Hot and Sour soup unlike other places which require you to buy a huge bowl to share. We had the honey walnut prawns and the General Chicken. Both just a bit pricey at $15.95 and $12.95. We enjoyed both dishes and finished all of it - also unlike most Chinese restaurants where there is too much in each dish. Good beer and sake selection at reasonable prices. We'll come here again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent Hunan and attentive prompt service. Ambiance ordinary but exactly as expected.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was excellent - very attentive to our needs, and explained the different spice levels available. Would highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was wonderful. Very well seasoned. The medium spice level was pretty spicy, but not too spicy. The portions were large. The service was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The service was great and the food was better than average. We appreciated the fast and hot food that was freshly made for our group. Would recommend to anyone looking for economical Chinese food in SF.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Good Chinese food without msg. Great no fuss service.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent restaurant. I've been coming here for years and the quality and taste are superb. Great service too! Be sure to order your food prepared as "Mild" because even the "mild" food is quite spicy!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was excellent! We had a really big party and shared entrees and appetizers that worked great. They do warn you but the food is really spicy; the mild is even spicy! I would say it's probably the best Chinese food I've had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Arrived with 7pm reservations on a Friday night. Didn't look too busy but time slot was honored. Also had flowers sent for table by a third party - they were delivered promptly by the maitre'd after we were seated. Food was spicy for our taste even though we selected "Mild" and we're from Louisiana! Service was excellent and the other staff members were very attentive to our needs regardlesss whether it was their table or not. All in all a good meal and reasonably priced restaurant on the edge of Chinatown.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food at Brandy Ho's was delicious! No MSG was used so no sodium bloat. Very tasty and a variety of claasic dishes. The wine list was excellent and a very well stocked bar. I would recommend it for anyone looking for excellent Chinese food in San Francisco.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Loved the flavors. The steamed fish was phenomenal

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Late-night Find, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Used to be one of the best in the 80's. Unfortunately that was a long time ago.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We had hot and sour soup and hot peppered calamari as appetizers. Both was good, seasoned nicely and promptly served. For our entrées we ordered the shrimp kung pao and brandy's special dinner- medium hot. They were both very hot, although very good, with plenty of shrimp and veggies, and not oily. Next time I may get regular spicy level. The ambience was very strange, sort of 1980's caffeteria with matching pop music on a radio, and just a few customers on a Thursday evening among a sea of empty tables.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Never felt rushed, and server was very helpful with ordering. Looked super clean. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Spicy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We needed a table for 8 last minute and they accommodated. The spice level was exactly as ordered and the service was great. The had an extensive menu and all the food was fresh and well prepared.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Try the smoked ham with garlic! Great value, wonderful taste.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

I took my family there during a Christmas trip to SF. The food is really good and the owners/staff make it a fun overall experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Stopped in for lunch. The lunch specials are great. Soups, steamed dumplings, egg rolls and entrees were fresh and delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Christmas night, very busy. We arrived early, sat and had a drink in the bar before we were seated. Limited menu for the holiday, the food was well prepared and the servers were attentive. We ordered the food medium spicy, which was perfectly hot.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 10, 2016

We loved the food here. Great value and delicious. Service with a smile!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2016

I requested the soup be served first, then the 2 appetizers, then the main course. Initially they brought the first appetizer, then the second appetizer, then the soup. After the first appetizer, I requested the soup, but the second appetizer arrived.
The food was decent but not outstanding, and I do not plan to go back.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Food was exceptional.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2016

The food and service was outstanding. This was one of our better meals while visiting San Francisco.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

I was very disappointed with Brandy Ho's. The reviews were so great I may have had high expectations but the food was honestly below average. It is however a great value place for those dining on a budget and the portions are rather generous.

Tags: Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 23, 2016

We went because our hotel recommended it. Do not waste your time or money. Very bland Hunan. IN a foodie town like San Fran, you can find so much better, probably right next door.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

The food was mediocre at best. I'm not sure if I ate at same restaurant, which received some positive reviews from others. There was little evidence that the food was even seasoned. One step above dog food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 25, 2016

This was a great find recommended by our hotel and a reasonable walking distance from where we were staying. My husband and I ended up ordering 4 dishes (the potstickers were great). Everything came in a timely manner, was piping hot, and was very enjoyable. Our waitress was attentive without being annoying.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cheshire)·Dined on July 19, 2016

We opted to go here as we wanted to go for a meal in Chinatown...the first thing to say is that this hotel isn't really in Chinatown. I looked on tripadvisor and looked up restaurants in Chinatown so assumed this was actually in and amongst it all which it's not. The setting is more for a casual meal than a romantic meal but the food was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2016

This was the 2nd time I dined at Brandy Ho's and it was as good as the first. Each of us chose a main dish and we also had 2 appetizers. Everything was delicious and the service was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2016

Exceedingly average American style Chinese food. No great shakes.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Came highly recommended and we were underwhelmed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2016

very unfancy but very authentic atmosphere and great, fresh, hot food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 16, 2016

Mediocre food, good service, expensive for what it was. Better options outside of China town.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2016

Consistently good food, year after year.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

The food was better than I expected - I recommend this place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We stopped in quickly to grab a bite before going for drinks and for this purpose, it was fine. The food was nothing to write home about but did the job and we were happy enough. I probably wouldn't go back to this particular one as there are so many other options in the neighbourhood but may try another.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Really enjoyed the food and loved the energy and noise of the place

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2016

The food was excellent, we ordered steamed dumplings, vegetable fried rice, curry chicken, and general tso chicken. Service adequate, dining area dated and sparse.
Go there for the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Brandy Ho's has been a favorite in my family for more than 30 years. We love the excellent food, great service and really nice staff. And the restaurant is located in a great San Francisco neighborhood. We get a kick out of the sign in front saying "Absolutely no MSG!" One of my favorite dishes is the black bean sauce chicken. All the foods have just the right degree of spiciness. I frequently recommend Brandy Ho's to friends and colleagues from the Bay Area and from out of town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2016

Lunch specials are great with their appetizer platter!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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