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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
415-421-1429
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Ranked #307 of 4,945 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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.
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Austin, Texas, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Always a good sign when there is a line waiting to go into some little restaurant. The couple waiting in front of us raved about the food and they were making a mandatory stop before heading back to Los Angeles. 2 of 3 diners had the house chicken dish and it was excellent. I had the tower of scallops that... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Usually there is a not too long waiting most times of the day. The interiour is a little crowded but very atmospheric. The food is unbelivable good! I never had a calamari even nearly as tasty and as tender; Also the other two dishes we had were really excellent. The only negative thing here is the very speed-orientated service. Still:... More

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

Thanks so much for the kind review -- it sounds like you were a real fan of our food! I'll keep your feedback about our service in mind because we'd never want you to feel rushed. Hope we'll see you back for more calamari soon! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

glasgow
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you are ever in San Francisco, this should be on your to do list! Went there twice while having a weeks holiday in San Fran, what a truly amazing place to eat , you have to go reasonably early as it's so busy, they shut the doors on our last trip at 8:30 and still people were trying to... More

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

Kendyl, it sounds like we understood each other perfectly, and I'm so happy you got the chance to dine with us twice! You've given some great tips for first-timers, so thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Hope you'll come back to see us the next time you're in town! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Jupiter, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

In San Fran for a five day visit and two different people from back home recommended Nanking. We went for a late lunch and scored a table for two by the window with no wait because it was 2 pm. At peak times you may have to wait in line. It is worth it! We had the shrimp/mushrooms that were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I travel a lot on business and its always nice to go to place like House of Nanking rather than the sterile restaurants you end up in on business trips; I enjoyed this place so much I took my family there when we were pasing throughSFO on vacation. This is a great restaurant if you are not to precious about... More

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

One of your favorites? We're honored. It sounds like you've had a chance to stop in a few times, and we can't wait to have you back for more. Be sure to say hello the next time you're headed our way! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Waterbury, Connecticut
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145 reviews 145 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We ate here for lunch one day because we read that if you are visiting Chinatown this was the place to go for noodles in the city. We were not dissapointed. Saw some complaints on trip advisor about the service but given the crowds and the turnover I thought the service was fine. I would recommend the chow mein -... More

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

It's great to see that we lived up to (and exceeded!) your expectations! Hope we'll see you back for more chow mein and rice soup -- stay in touch when you're headed back to San Francisco! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Visited here after reading some reviews on tripadvisor, and must say we really enjoyed it. We arrived just before 8 and managed to get seats on a table (with strangers, but they were ok!) Food arrived quickly, was piping hot & lots of it. By 8.50 there was a queue down the street for seats, as we left full &... More

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

So happy we could get you a meal you loved, Jane! It sounds like you were able to beat the lines, which is great news. Hope you'll come back to see us the next time you're in town. All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The food is fresh and hot here. A concierge told us that this is the best food in Chinatown, and he also said this is the place where all the locals eat. The tea is unusual (served in a beer stein - type glass). This isn't a place to go for service or atmosphere, but every dish we tried was... More

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

Elizabeth, it's great to see that you were such a fan of our food! It sounds like you're in tune with our goals as a restaurant -- serving wonderful dishes -- and I hope we'll see you back on your next visit to San Francisco. Stay in touch. All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Bishopsteignton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Our porter at the hotel had recommended this restaurant as we said we wanted to experience a good china town restaurant but not OTT posh. We wandered through China town which is just brilliant and found Nanking easily - it borders the Italian area - it's very ordinary to look at, which makes it such a great surprise. At 730... More

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

Ruth, it's great to hear we could be a special part of your daughter's 16th birthday! It sounds like your hotel porter pointed you in the right direction, and we thank him for it. As far as Jamie being one of our past visitors, you're right -- along with Keanu Reeves and Martha Stewart! Maybe you'll do some star gazing... More

Wokingham, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

You will have to wait in line for a table especially early evening, but later on (8.00--9.00) you can probably get straight in. Menu is quite short but many dishes are available as beef.chicken. pork or shrimp. They won't let you order too much. Two mains and some rice is ample for two of you if you are hungry. Recipes... More

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

Thanks so much for this great review -- these details are always helpful for our first-timers! It sounds like you had a chance to check out some off-menu items that the chef prepared for your table, and I'm happy to see that you enjoyed all of them. Hope we'll be seeing more of you on your next trip to San... More

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