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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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12:00 pm - 9:30 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, 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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  • 65
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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
Good Place to Taste

This restaurant is a decent choice when visiting China Town. Prices are good, food is good, but service and atmosphere is ok. A crowded old little restaurant, with food to fill you up.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
C M
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Long Beach, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Long Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a decent choice when visiting China Town. Prices are good, food is good, but service and atmosphere is ok. A crowded old little restaurant, with food to fill you up.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Go with an open mind and you will totally enjoy this place. The waiter/owner asked "are you hungry" we said yes and the food started coming. We brought leftovers back to room which was great for next night meal in the room and some needed downtime.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The sign in the window said something along the lines of sit down, shut up, eat quickly and get out.... we waited a short time to be seated, but the line grew much longer behind us, when we hesitated with the menus, the manager offered to serve us family style, which turned out to be a great way to sample... More 

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

Lynn, I'm glad you ate family-style the way we recommend you to, and ended up enjoying a wonderful meal with us. It was an honor to serve you, and I hope to welcome you back for more sooner than later. Best regards, Kathy, Manager More 

Briarcliff Manor, New York
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There is always a line here. Have eaten here on my last two visits to SF because so many locals say it is the place to go. I don't get it. The food is OK. And only OK. Both times. The menu features several unique dishes and we tried a couple each time and they were meh. They are known... More 

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

Sorry you aren't a fan -- I sure wish you were! We definitely take pride in the quality dishes we serve up, and you should certainly have enjoyed a five-star meal with us. That said, I hope you might give some of our other menu items a shot one day -- we sure offer a lot more than just our... More 

Las Vegas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge. The food was good. But I was just a little disappointed in the available selections. I ordered their sesame chicken. And it seemed that it was the only chicken entree on the menu. Unless it was just a lunch menu. Service was fine and the price was right. It does get a... More 

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

Bryon, I sure am pleased you took that recommendation, and gave us a shot. That said, I sure wish you'd enjoyed our selection more -- it definitely sounds like you stopped by for lunch. I'd love nothing more than to invite you back over for dinner one day, because I'm sure we'd blow you away with our variation! Best regards,... More 

Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Just ate at House of Nanking in San Francisco. I should have left when I saw how dirty it was. Crowded into a sticky table in front of the kitchen. When they served the food, it was almost as if they tossed it at us. One person ordered egg roll and hot and sour soup and the calimari entree .... More 

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

I'm disappointed to have fallen short of your expectations, and sure wish you'd enjoyed yourselves more. Sorry if the service experience we provided you with just wasn't to your liking -- I understand it might not be something you're used to, but as you mentioned, we're a very busy establishment, and our priority is getting your food to you as... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Get thr before the dinner rush as it wraps around the bldg. We got thr just in time around 4 walked right in then a line started forming 50 ppl deep Sit by the window if possible its fun Lemon soup is a must not very lemony but so soothing Potstickers best ive had Beef wraps ( i didnt eat... More 

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

Glad you skipped the line, and enjoyed some great dishes with us! Nothing beats knowing you thought of our pot stickers as the best you've ever had! I hope to invite you back over for more of your favorites one day. Thank you for reaching out, Kathy, Manager More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A must when visiting China Town in San Fran. Fast, delicious, and quite an interesting experience! Not the friendliest wait staff, but they are accustomed to quick ordering (know what you want; quickly), and delivering.. almost throwing the food at you.. lol. It was all good though because the food was excellent, reasonable, and the service just made things more... More 

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

Leigh, we love being "a must" in your book! I'm so glad you really get what we're all about -- knowing you enjoyed your experience with us overall is enough to make my entire day. Come back soon! Kathy, Manager More 

Seattle
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had a very nice experience here. The restaurant is not big so tables are very tight. Get there early or prepare to stand in line outside. We arrived at 6:30pm and waited about 10 minutes. The line quickly grew behind us. The signature Nanking Chicken is delicious. Highly recommended. The won ton soup is a congee base with won... More 

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

Todd, I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed yourselves so much. Thank you for appreciating our fusion dishes, and I sure hope to welcome you back one day. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Stevenage, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I researched to find this place prior to arriving in San Francisco and was double sure we'd try it when my SF friend also said to give it a go. We arrived not long before their closing at 9pm and were reasonably quickly seated next to friendly regulars David and his son who gave us some tips and pointers. We... More 

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

Thank you for coming to see us during your trip -- it was wonderful to have you over. I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner with us, and that you'd recommend us to others. Please, do, return sometime soon! Warm regards, Kathy, Manager More 

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Additional Information about House of Nanking

Address: 919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
Phone Number: 415-421-1429
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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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: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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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