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Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

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$$ - $$$
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217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508 (Pacific Ave.)
+1 415-788-7527
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brandy Ho’s is one my two favorite restaurants in San Francisco (I’ll write about the other — Tomasso’s — when I have time to do it justice.). I’ve been going to Brandy Ho's for nearly 30 years and it never, ever disappoints. It has spoiled me for other Chinese restaurants. The crew is friendly, highly efficient and family oriented. Jack... More 

Thank Harry W
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food! Great service! Very accommodating to exactly what we were looking for. My kids are the picky American "Panda Express" type. We were trying to find something in China Town that wasn't "too authentic" but still part of the culture. This was a great choice. My husband and I were able to order more authentic Chinese with custom spiciness... More 

Thank Wendy D
Parsippany, New Jersey
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

During vacation to SF went to Brandy Ho's after reading about it. The food was good - I had shrimp in a creamy sauce with honey covered walnuts. The shrimp was served on a bed of green (raw) cabbage. Excellent and different. When I asked what was in the sauce, I was surprised to hear mayonnaise! And of course, a... More 

Thank HolistiKaren
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Ok, so I have officially become a creature of habit when it comes to Hunan food in San Fran. The Brandy Ho is by far the best. Shrimp and broccoli spicy, so simple and yet so good! Service is always friendly and good. If alone, just sit at the counter!

Thank Richard P
Asheville, North Carolina
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271 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Brandy Ho's is a real-deal, SF Chinatown classic, which has been in business for over 40 years serving very good Hunan style food. The setting is informal and comfortable with very friendly wait staff. The tables are set far enough apart so that diners can feel a sense of privacy. The food is fresh and of good quality with the... More 

Thank Frank E
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

Excellent service. Excellent food. Spice was just right! Good wine list as well. I will definitely share with my Houston friends when visiting San Francisco area. Worth the visit.

Thank Michelle H
Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

I have been going to Brandy Ho's for almost thirty years. Whenever I am traveling in SF I make it a point to stop by for lunch or dinner. The biggest change during those decades is that the "NO MSG" sign is now in plastic letters rather than painted on the walls. Everything that I have had is good, but... More 

Thank dallasdrc
Moscow, Russia
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

The food was not bad, but everything - service, taste, atmosphere - was +- average, not a restaurant I would like to revisit, frankly (though nothing to blame for)

Thank meinhowl
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175 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2016 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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101 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2016

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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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
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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 94133-4508
    (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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