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Thu, 2/22
11:00 PM
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Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

230 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Chinese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 788-7527
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sedgwick Ho
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Private party facilities
The upper floor is available for private parties and it can accommodate up to 70 guests.
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Delivery is available 11am - 10pm everyday to neighborhood offices, hotel rooms or homes. Please check the menu at Minimum $15 order for delivery. Catering is also available from 1 to 300 guests.
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Cross street
Pacific Ave.
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Parking details
Street parking is available, as well as parking underground at the public lot 170 Columbus Avenue.
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Public transit
No. 15 bus stop
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 230 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Service was fast and easy. Owner was so attentive and chatted with us for a bit. Kitchen was very busy but we were served quickly. A great night with delicious food!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

hello, the hunan food o the restaurant is delicious. the velocity of service very fast.

vipPickyEater (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

I know how difficult it is to rub a restaurant in a busy Christmas, but this was still a huge disappointment. We had a reservation, arrived a few minutes early to check in and it was packed. We were told it would be a 20 minute wait. We were seated 5 minutes later right outside the open kitchen. Granted, many tables are there, but this was right in the middle of the room- we watched wait staff seed past, were startled by dish dropping on the floor, overheard all of the yelling and the expediting of the orders. When our food came, it was very, very spicy. We had to ask for rice and water refills. I don’t recommend this restaurant.

vipDessertfirst (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner. The place is full of Jews and other non-Christians. We appreciated their quick pace in seating and serving everyone. The limited menu had enough to choose from. Everyone was happy. Fresh, delicious food with a smile. It was great!

vipOpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We have never seen service as poor and slow. Waited about 20 minutes for someone to take
our order. Sake didn’t come until after the apps. Water refills took diligence on our part. Waitress
asked if we wanted white rice, and we said yes. Then she promptly forgot. Do. Not. Recommend.

eatforgood (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was very uneven in terms or politeness and attention. We had to repeatedly ask for our check. It’s great that the restaurant doesn’t use MSG and offers gluten free options. However, the food was incredibly salty, especially shrimp and green beans, general chicken and general shrimp.

vipcurious1 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food! Enjoyed this cuisine as much as I did years ago. Like seeing an old friend

vipPianoMan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 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.

vipCAPTAHA (Boise)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  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.

CaliforniaPhotog (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 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.

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Good Chinese food without msg. Great no fuss service.

ItalianFoodinTimesSquare (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 3, 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!

sarahbeth413 (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  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.

vipNoviceCook (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Loved the flavors. The steamed fish was phenomenal

thebigdawg3 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  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.