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Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

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Neighborhood:
Chinatown
Chinese, Asian, Hunan
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217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Pacific Ave.)
No. 15 bus stop
(415) 788-7527
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Possibly an Overlooked Gem!

Took a group of 12 here on a warm referral and as we were just one of a few tables on an off season Tuesday night we might have gotten more attention than usual for service but the food here was really good, no MSG regrets 4 hours later and prices were really nice for an often overpriced city... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Tamaqua
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Tamaqua, PA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Mill Valley, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I have been here many times which is saying something for a SF resident. This restaurant has been in the North Beach section forever. Or it seems that way. You can always count on the food being consistent appearance and taste, including the degree of heat. I consider this to be a standard lunch place for the tourist or the... More 

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Tamaqua, PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Took a group of 12 here on a warm referral and as we were just one of a few tables on an off season Tuesday night we might have gotten more attention than usual for service but the food here was really good, no MSG regrets 4 hours later and prices were really nice for an often overpriced city. An... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I've gone to Brandy Ho's for the better part of 30 years and I'll probably keep going back but it will be for the nostalgia not the food any more. The two dishes I enjoyed this time were fine but my main in particular is now more onion to flesh the dish out than anything else. It is still great... More 

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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The food is OK, not the best in the area, but the service is nice and the food comes out HOT and FAST. Good for a fast lunch grab and head back to the office! CHOW FUN is FUN!!!!

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Staten Island, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We are from NY and This was a stop walking through Chinatown. We saw a sign that said no MSG (My dad is allergic) and went for it. There was a continuous crowd coming in and out of here. The dumplings were delish we had 2 servings. The staff was so nice asking how "HOTT" we wanted our dish. Highly... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Took the family here for dinner for the first time. The interior is clean with enough space to fit a few large parties and my family of five. Never had Hunan style before, but was so happy we stopped. Great smokey and spicy flavors, just the way I like it. Pricing is in the middle of the scale and worth... More 

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Chester, SD
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Very reasonable prices, great food and fast service. I would have given 5 stars EXCEPT the bathrooms were disturbingly filthy, the gutters and alleys were indeed cleaner!

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Lake Forest, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

At lower edge of Chinatown, Brandy Ho affordably treats the palate with delicious Hunan-style eats (no MSG!). Located on Columbus just below North Beach's famous City Lights Bookstore, #8 Muni bus stops directly across the street. Atmosphere here is all about the food, with busy kitchen staff visible to all. "Heat level" of every dish is adjusted to each customer's... More 

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Lower Austria, Austria
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

When I am missing somthing in Vienna, it's a truly Chinese Restaurant that offers genuine dishes. Brandy Ho's was definitely worth visiting!

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Love this place, I am a SF Native and of all the restaurants in this city this is one of my Favs! They just opened a tiny Full Bar next to the Resto. Stop in for a Pop! Stay for some Deep fried Dumplings!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Pacific Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: No. 15 bus stop
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (415) 788-7527

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 30
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Hunan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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