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Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

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$$ - $$$
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217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Pacific Ave.)
+1 415-788-7527
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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162 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the most less than mediocre, bland, overrated food I've had in ages. I cannot stress enough how blah and disappointing their food tastes. Their service is completely below par (and we had delivery! It's not rocket science). I am not sure where this flavorful and delicious food is coming from in all of the other reviews but we... More 

Thank Sarah M
San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is so cool and big enough so that even when it is crowded you feel relaxed. Headline - No MSG, this is huge for me plus the food is awesome and you can ask for it to be as spicy as you want. I tend to go alone so I like sitting at the counter and watching the... More 

Thank Marshall C
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't say that the food is terrible, it is normal, regular Asian food. My option included shrimp that was a little bit overcooked. Tea was a dirty water, tasteless. And the place is noisy, not because anything in special but because the owner, he shout to every single waiter, the cook makes a lot of noise when preparing food,... More 

1 Thank Jose D
McAllen, Texas
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251 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Staying in San Francisco, this place was recommended. It was a great recommendation. The dumplings were fresh and tasty. The shrimp dish was also extremely fresh and if you like spicy you can get it there. Medium would be very very spicy and we ordered halfway between mild and medium (we live on the south Texas border and are used... More 

Thank Dkazooman
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

I usually visit when I'm tired and don't want to venture far from the hotel. The food is always consistent and good and the staff polite. It's quick, fast and easy. I recommend for cheap and non fussy food.

Thank Nisha K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

So we went there for lunch and ordered off the lunch combo which allows you to select the meat choice. Don't try to do a lot of substitution because they don't allow it. Also if you don't eat meats or chick the soup is made with chicken broth. I ordered the Kung pow shrimp with a mild spice. It was... More 

Thank Travel1two3
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

local friends suggested this on our trip to SF. It's best described as a local dive with average Hunan style food.

Thank KenNYC150
Whangarei, New Zealand
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

After choosing this place on the basis of the trip advisor reviews, we were disappointed. Upon arrival; I wondered whether this place was thriving on reputation rather than quality , my suspicions turned out to be correct. Steamed dumpling were a little under seasoned, and a couple were undercooked. The Chicken Gon-pou, flavours were uninspiring, and the chicken tough and... More 

1 Thank TomChch
San Clemente, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Returned here after many years away and found it to be just as good as I remembered. My wife had the best General's Chicken that either one of us had ever had. Fried dumplings were also terrific with a sauce that had just the right amount of heat. My son had Brandy's Dinner (beef, scallops, shrimp, veggies) and it was... More 

1 Thank johncE7357MT
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We booked this after looking at the TA reviews. The service was friendly and efficient and the food came pretty quickly but at the end they did not rush to get us out. The food was very good and try the house specials. Plenty of flavour and the quantities were also quite generous. The only downside was the lack of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $30
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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: +1 415-788-7527

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Neighborhood Profile
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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