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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, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 101
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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 Food, Go With an Open Mind

My wife and I went for dinner on a Saturday night at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. After about a 5 minute wait outside ( cause your not allowed to wait inside) we were seated at a table for four with another twosome at the same time. No big deal, that's how you meet people. When our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Kmax48
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Holland, Pa
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Ashland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The waiter recommended their best fish dish- fried pieces of fish filet with strange flavor, their egg plant was good. large quantity and not expensive. their onion cake was not good.

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Baltimore
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712 reviews 712 reviews
497 restaurant reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

How is this Chinese food? How is this edible?? For the most reviewed restaurant in Chinatown, this was such a HUGE letdown. Really? The sesame chicken and the fried calamari are the most recommended dishes on their menu? The appetizers were awful, the recommended dishes were awful, the service was awful. I couldn't even finish half of any of the... More 

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Dallas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place is a bit of an icon, but travelers looking for more personal space beware - you'll be told exactly where to sit and its usually at a longer table shared with several other patrons. Like a Seinfeld soup kitchen experience, you'll have just brief moments to get your order across or ask for additional items. I don't mean... More 

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

Justin, thank you for taking the time to write to us. It's true, we tend to be on the busier side for the majority of the week, but I'm glad to know you're up for the experience, regardless. Thank you for appreciating the food we serve up -- it's always a pleasure to have you over. Regards, Kathy, Manager More 

Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Been finding reasons to fly into SFO for the past 10 years since we found this place. Some folks gripe about them taking your menus and just bringing you food. To them I say find another place to eat. I've brought dozens of relatives, clients and associates here over the past decade and have NEVER been served a single dish... More 

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

Your review is like poetry to my eyes! It's a complete honor to have you think so highly of us, to the point where you'd bring family and friends over for more than ten years. Please know that you never need another reason to come visit the city -- we give you permission to come just for us. Warmest regards,... More 

Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Best Chinese food. It has a different taste than others. Ordered hot and sour soup fantastic, sesame chicken, chow mien and goji tea. Everything was delicious and great.

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

What an absolute compliment it is to know you think of us as the best Chinese food! You ordered a great variety of dishes, but I hope to invite you back one day so you can try even more! Thank you so much, Kathy, Manager More 

Delaware
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Food was yummy, service good. Conley downside was sitting by the door on a chilly night and having people not shut it behind them.

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

What a compliment it is to be awarded five stars from you -- it's awesome to know you enjoyed some great food and service with us. I'm so sorry that you were seated by the door, but I know the next time you visit, that won't be the case! Best wishes, Kathy, Manager More 

Atlanta, GA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Came here on the recommendation of two friends. It was everything they said. The food was fresh and delicious. We order the sizzling rice and pot stickers to start. Both were great. The sesame chicken was a must and a restaurant favorite. Also ordered the pancakes with beef ( I can't remember the exact name). It was great. Fried rice... More 

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

I'm pleased your impression of us matched your friends' and that you ended up enjoying a wonderful meal with us, from the soup, to that beef Bao Bing Wrap! I hope you may return sometime soon to try out some of our other menu items. Warm regards, Kathy, Manager More 

Holland, Pa
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My wife and I went for dinner on a Saturday night at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. After about a 5 minute wait outside ( cause your not allowed to wait inside) we were seated at a table for four with another twosome at the same time. No big deal, that's how you meet people. When our waiter came... More 

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

I'm glad you took that recommendation, and didn't have to deal with too long of a wait. Sorry about the language barrier, but it's great to know you enjoyed your Hot Blossoming Flower Tea all the same! It's truly an honor to know you felt you had a fun, authentic experience with some great food -- that's all I want... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We were lost in Chinatown and came here after looking at the reviews. Packed during lunch, but it's great Chinese food. You can't go wrong with the steamed dumplings (awesome sauce) and the sesame chicken. They're sweet icef tea isn't sweet, but that's not what I'm here for. Not expensive either.

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

Jerry, I'm glad our reviews got you to try us out. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed a great, value for money experience with us, and I sure look forward to your return. Regards, Kathy, Manager More 

Huntington Beach, California
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329 reviews 329 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The best recommendations for restaurants come from friends. Or in my case, my sister who has lived in San Francisco for 25 years and who works nearby. My wife and I were staying in San Francisco for the first time. When I told my sister where were staying, she recommended this restaurant. She met us there for dinner. Our party... More 

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

Ken, I'm grateful to your sister for having recommended us, and sure am glad you took it! I love that you trusted us to bring you what we knew you'd enjoy most, and ended up considering us a complete value for money experience. Thank you for your recommendation, and I hope to invite you back over sometime in the near... 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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Staying in Chinatown

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Chinatown
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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