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House of Nanking

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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
14154211429
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12:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
Far exceeded the hype!! A SF must do!

We knew all about Nanking before we had even left for the USA. Many of our friends referred it as a 'must do' whilst in San Fran. When we got to SF, a lot of locals told us it wasn't worth the hype, that they just spend loads of money on marketing...well, we ignored the haters and boy were we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
MattyCMeggyC
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ATL, Georgia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been here several times & this is my first review. First off it is always a must stop restaurant every time I go to the Bay Area, (SF). We've always been met by the owner. There is a great staff too. They have menus but I highly suggest you tell them what allergies you may have if any &... More 

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

Thanks for being a long term fan of ours -- it means the world to read this review of yours! I appreciate all your kind words of support, and hope to continue welcoming you back for that melody of deliciousness you enjoy so much. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We knew all about Nanking before we had even left for the USA. Many of our friends referred it as a 'must do' whilst in San Fran. When we got to SF, a lot of locals told us it wasn't worth the hype, that they just spend loads of money on marketing...well, we ignored the haters and boy were we... More 

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

Thanks for ignoring the haters, Matty -- I sure loved having you over for a delicious meal. It's awesome to know you enjoyed our atmosphere so much. We love knowing you fit right in among the hustle and bustle of our restaurant, and were able to taste a bunch of different dishes. I hope I'll be seeing you again sometime... More 

Windermere, Florida
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At the urging of a friend, I went to restaurant for the first time. I was craving won ton soup and they did not disappoint! It was very unique and not your typical carry out type. The broth was white and the won tons themselves were very tender. The hot tea was fabulous and so was each dish that was... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this up! I'm glad your friend recommended us and that we did not disappoint! We are all looking forward to the next time you are in town. Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More 

Portsmouth
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there while on holiday in San Francisco in Sept 2015 on the recommendation of a colleague who said it was the best chinese she had ever had, and she wasn't lying! We asked for the chef's recommendation and were not disappointed, the food was fantastic, particularly some kind of beef dish which really was amazing (it was pieces... More 

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1 Thank jessmh20
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Best Chinese food you've ever had? Now that's truly a compliment I don't take lightly. Thank you so much for the kind words on the beef -- I hope we'll get to welcome you back for another order next time you're nearby! Best wishes, Kathy, Manager More 

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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good and fast service. Almost all foods are very tasty and eatable:) Must to do in Sf China Town. Don't expect too much about 5* restaurants hospitality. Not too much baby friendly. We couldn't find high chair.

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1 Thank Aydin A
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I'm happy to see you enjoyed our food so much, Aydin, but am disappointed that our hospitality didn't seem to be on point the last time you stopped by. We're always trying to do better, so the next time you're in the area, we hope you'll stop in! Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long walk in china town we discovered this place. Had the chef recommendation and couldn't say which plate was best... a must in San Francisco

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1 Thank Manuel D
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I'm glad our recommendations managed to impress you so much, Manuel. We really love providing the best service and food possible, so seeing your review really means a lot! Thank you for taking the time to write this up! Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More 

Palm Beach & New York
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended. Forget tablecloths, flowers and cloth napkins at House of Nanking. This is the place for terrific food. Award winning chef and owner will take great care of you.

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1 Thank Stephen M
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

Providing exceptional food is our mission, Stephen, so we're happy to see our hard work is paying off. Thank you for taking the time to write this up. We will be looking forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More 

Walnut Creek, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in a suburb of San Francisco and found this place over 25 years ago. It has been our go-to Chinese restaurant for those 25 years. We have taken all of our friends and family members who visit us to the House of Nanking and all thought it was outstanding. We no longer order from the menu, we ask... More 

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1 Thank fill249
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

We are honored you have been such dedicated patrons for the last 25 years! Hearing from our regulars really means a lot, and we're grateful for the friends and family you have introduced to our cuisine. We're looking forward to another 25 years of serving you! Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More 

Tucson, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For my 40th birthday my husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco and for dinner we visited House of Nanking. It's a small place but a definite treasure and I was thrilled. The food is simply delicious and I've been thinking about it since then...especially the fruit tea! If we didn't live in Arizona I would have been... More 

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1 Thank Therese M
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had such a great time with us during your 40th birthday trip, Therese! Providing our guests with great memories is what we strive to do, and it sounds like we did not disappoint. We're not currently shipping our tea, but I'm sure that if you visit your local Asian market, they will be able to help... More 

Tustin, California
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

House of Nanking is one of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown, so there is often a line. However, it is worth the wait. The food is terrific and the service is fast.

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1 Thank Dyanne2014
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I'm so happy we're living up to our reputation! We know we can get pretty busy from time to time, so thank you for being patient with the line. We're looking forward to seeing you in again soon. Sincerely, 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: 14154211429

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 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 9:00 pm

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