Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
Classic, MSG-free Hunan eats
Asian · Chinatown · $$
The Zagat Review
"Sit at the counter" and watch your meal "prepared in giant woks over huge flames" at this Chinatown Hunan where the "consistent" , "no-MSG" offerings run the heat gamut from "mild to off-the-charts" ; maybe the "decor needs serious updating" , but the "affordable" tabs are fine as is.
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hours Open Today · 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
location 217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA phone +1 415-788-7527 website directions Get Directions
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I was introduced to Brandy Ho’s in 1987 when I first moved to The City and I continue to visit this restaurant to this day, even after moving to Boston in 1992, since I often return to the city. Sitting at the bar is a treat since you can watch the cooks prepare dishes with efficiency and style. The menu offers a wide range of delicious options, especially good items include onion cake (the lightest and crispiest you’ll find in Chinatown), cold noodle salad (yummy peanut sauce), and chicken in black bean sauce (a perfect balance of flavors and crispy vegetables), the list goes on. Service is efficient. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the large screen monitor and uninspired lighting detracts from an otherwise perfect dining experience. Once upon a time they opened an upscale version (since closed) that resolved the lighting issues but that edition is long gone). This is a fine San Francisco eatery that should be on everyone’s list, local and tourist alike.
David Tames · January 3, 2018
Hot and sour soup was the best I’ve had. Went with the recommended lunch special. Service and food were great! Definitely coming back when i am in town!
Oscar A · December 31, 2017
Brandy Ho's is a great restaurant if you follow a few, simple rules. 1 - Do not go when it is busy. Look for the times it is not busy and you will have a better experience. 2 - Most of their food is good, but not great. A few dishes are surpassing, but can be unpredictable in quality, so if you don't have a stellar experience, go again and give it a second shot. It will be worth it. 3 - Food quality - again, most are good, some are great. Recommended dishes are; Deep Fried Dumplings with garlic/ginger sauce, Kung Pao Chicken and finally Hot and Sour Beef. Enjoy!
Mike Madsen · November 26, 2017