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House of Nanking

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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
415-421-1429
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: House of Nanking is a staple Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Our...
House of Nanking is a staple Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Our recipes transpire from traditional recipes that have been updated based on our own experiences. We like to recreate standard dishes and give it a twist. At House of Nanking, one of the popular things to order is in fact not to order yourself! We are fantastic at putting together a dish for you based on what you like. Our menu is constantly changing and dishes are rotated around. Some of our dishes, however, are favorites and have been around for quite some time. These special dishes include: Nanking sesame chicken, fried potstickers with peanut sauce, shrimp packets with peanut sauce, house noodles and fried calamari.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Busy and noisy but fun

This is not the place to go if you want a quiet, romantic dinner. My partner and I were squeezed onto a table with two strangers who had already covered the table top with a variety of dishes. However, we tried the fried pork potstickers and they were a nice entree but the main meal, the Famous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Al6783
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Perth, Australia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Texas
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Somewhat disappointed. Used to be the place we looked so forward to but the food seemed over cooked. Had pot stickers, stuffed mushrooms, Sesame Chicken. Best part was mushrooms.

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Debbie, sorry that you feel we've slipped over the years -- I'd like to think we've been consistently serving up the dishes you know and love, so it's definitely disappointing to read your review. You deserve to enjoy delicious food each time you visit us, and there's really nothing I could want more than a second chance from you, to... More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I was expecting really good food when I came here especially since there was a line out on the sidewalk, It was awful, nastiest food I ever tasted. The drinks weren't cold and I didn't try any food I liked, I would not recommend this place EVER. The place is tiny and we were sitting beside strangers.

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I apologize if you just weren't impressed by us, Bob -- but I'm very confused by your review. You should enjoy delicious dishes with us each time you visit, and I'm disappointed that you didn't. Please feel free to contact us at (415) 421-1429 to discuss this matter further -- I'd like nothing more than to find out what we... More 

Duluth, Georgia
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

OK, so this is one of the cities' over hyped places. It's like once a restaurant reaches a critical mass of hype, that alone is enough to sustain the hype unless the restaurant does something stupid. Don't get me wrong, this is a good place. Lively, noisy and fun. We went there on a weekday dinner about 8 pm. We... More 

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Thanks for reaching out -- it's great to know you gave us a shot, and enjoyed those mussels so much, not to mention our service. I sure hope you may consider returning one day so we can show you the five-star experience you deserve. 'Til then, take care! Thank you again, Kathy, Manager More 

New York City, New York
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51 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I imagine San Francisco residents are embarrassed by this place. We sat down and they gave us forks! I looked around and in fact every table was set with forks. We had to ask for chopsticks. We should have known right then and there, especially when we noticed the menu seemed limited, but it had been recommended so we stuck... More 

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Thanks for reaching out. Our customers come from all over the globe, which is why we purposely provide you with forks. I'm so glad you enjoyed our calamari, but it's definitely disappointing to know you weren't impressed by the rest of the dishes you ordered. I know we have what it takes to impress you, and I sure hope you... More 

Perth, Australia
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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is not the place to go if you want a quiet, romantic dinner. My partner and I were squeezed onto a table with two strangers who had already covered the table top with a variety of dishes. However, we tried the fried pork potstickers and they were a nice entree but the main meal, the Famous Nanking Sesame Chicken,... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We have been visiting several times over the last years and love the place. Pretty authentic atmosphere and great food. Decor is pretty basic and the place gets very crowded. Not a lot of space between tables and you might be seated with other groups if you arrive late. With no reservation possible you might end up waiting outside if... More 

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Thanks for being loyal fans -- believe me when I say this place loves you right back! It's wonderful to know you enjoy us so much, and I look forward to welcoming you back for years to come. Best regards, Kathy, Manager More 

Norfolk,MA
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The House of Nanking was recommended to me by a family member as "the best chinese food they have ever had." While I would not say this about my experience, I will say that the House of Nanking provides delicious food in a fun atmosphere. We had five of us in our party, so we ordered several different dishes to... More 

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Delicious food in a fun atmosphere? I'll take it! I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed everything you ordered, especially those three dishes. Thank you for appreciating what we're all about, and considering us unique -- it means the world. Can't wait to see you again, Kathy, Manager More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Recommended to us by the doorman at The Orchard Hotel in SF. Full of character and we enjoyed fabulous food here. Tables are shared with other parties and the place is alive with noisy, happy chatter. Had to queue for around 20 mins for a table around 7pm...but that's a good sign for the delicious food to follow. Service was... More 

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Nothing beats knowing we were recommended to you, and that you'd now recommend us! Thank you so very much for reaching out about your recent experience -- it was a complete joy to serve you. Hoping to see you again one day, Kathy, Manager More 

Kingston, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

ambiance is pretty authentic common Chinese food was great - ordered more than I needed so I could take some for later

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Dave, I'm glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Ordering too much can't ever be a bad thing, because like you said, all it means is leftovers for days! Enjoy! Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A friendly, efficient chinese restaurant - excellent for a simple lunch or to take a bunch of friends to. Food was tasty, service was good - they are used to tourists, but it doesn't feel like a tourist trap. A safe choice in Chinatown.

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Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Thanks for writing to us, Axel -- what an all-around amazing review! All I want is for you to enjoy some great food and service with us, so it's wonderful to know that's exactly what happened. I look forward to inviting you back for more of your favorite dishes. Best wishes, Kathy, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-421-1429

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

House of Nanking is a staple Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Our recipes transpire from traditional recipes that have been updated based on our own experiences. We like to recreate standard dishes and give it a twist. At House of Nanking, one of the popular things to order is in fact not to order yourself! We are fantastic at putting together a dish for you based on what you like. Our menu is constantly changing and dishes are rotated around. Some of our dishes, however, are favorites and have been around for quite some time. These special dishes include: Nanking sesame chicken, fried potstickers with peanut sauce, shrimp packets with peanut sauce, house noodles and fried calamari.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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