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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 396
    Excellent
  • 281
    Very good
  • 98
    Average
  • 62
    Poor
  • 60
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent experience

Visited with our two sons (age 14). All thought the food was fantastic. Service was good despite it being busy. Crisp fresh vegetables, tasty dishes. What more can we say?

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Ed M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited with our two sons (age 14). All thought the food was fantastic. Service was good despite it being busy. Crisp fresh vegetables, tasty dishes. What more can we say?

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

Ed, we're so glad you and your entire family enjoyed your food so much. It's true, we tend to be quite busy, but it's wonderful to know you still thought highly of our service. I hope to welcome you back for more of those crisp, fresh vegetables and tasty dishes you loved so much! All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Winter Park, Florida
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We ate some good Americanized Chinese food here. What made it fun in a weird way was the highly brusque service and the communal feeling tables. We were pretty much ordered around by the Chinese woman in charge and it cracked us up!

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

It was truly refreshing to read your review, since it's clear you understand what our unique service experience is all about. I'm so glad you had an entertaining visit with us, and can't wait to welcome you back. All the best! Kathy, Manager More 

Cape Canaveral, Florida
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a trip to Chinatown. They have some of the best food available in the city. It can get crowded towards 8pm and on. The wonton soup is really good.

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

Tim, we love being part of the completing factor to your trips to the city -- knowing you think we have some of the best food in San Francisco is the ultimate compliment. Thanks for taking the time to review us, and I hope you may return soon. Can't wait to have you back for that wonton soup you love,... More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

inexpensive cheap chinese...plain and simple. some shared benches so 8 or (2x4) can be accommodated. no dish was great . run down and on the dirty side...certainly not for everyone.

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

Charles, I'm sorry to have left you with a subpar impression of us -- that's certainly not something we're used to giving our customers. You should enjoy fresh, delicious dishes whenever you visit, and it's a real shame that you didn't find any of the ones you ordered great. We do, however, take hygiene very seriously, and would never compromise... More 

Kamloops, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Our first time to have Chinese in San Francisco & in Chinatown no less. It's a crazy busy restaurant with little or no ambience. The food was pretty good but not the best we've ever had. The potstickers were over done and too crispy for our liking so we should've had the dumplings. The melt in your mouth calamari didn't... More 

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

Patricia, as glad as I am to hear you were a fan of our House Fried Rice, Sesame Chicken, and calamari, I'm disheartened that you felt we lacked ambiance. It's true, we're more of a no-frills place, and most of our days tend to be busy, but that should never take away from your overall experience. I'd like nothing more... More 

Sherman, Texas
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was recommended by one of our tour guides. If you like Chinese cuisine, ya gotta check this place out. We ordered some of the pot stickers, hot and sour soup, chow mien and sesame chicken. The portions are large enough for two to three people, so we were able to share. The food was absolutely awesome! The restaurant was... More 

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

The title of your review alone is enough to make my day! I'm so glad you took your tour guide's recommendation, and ended up having such an enjoyable experience with us. It means so much to me that you seem to understand the way we do things -- and for that, I thank you! Hope you'll be returning soon for... More 

Munich, Germany
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you come here try the chicken, which is amazing, and the melts in your mouth calamari. For drinking get the tsingtao beer.

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

Five stars, Murad? I'll take 'em! It was truly an honor to serve you, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your chicken and calamari dishes so much. Hope to welcome you back for another Tsingtao, Kathy, Manager More 

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I went for dinner with a colleague on Thursday evening. The restaurant was very crowded and we had to stay in a line to get a table. I consider this a good sign consistent with the high rating on tripadvisors. Not huge but interesting menu. The waitress was incredibly rude and didn't even leave the time to complete our order.... More 

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Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I was here recently and ordered mu shu pork. The only way I would have identified it as mu shu was that it came with wraps. The wraps were as thick as tortillas. The mu shu had corn, peas and pineapple in it. It wasn't anything like I have ever had. Maybe it is to someone's taste, but we found... More 

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

Cece, I'm disappointed to hear you weren't a fan of our Mu Shu Pork. The truth is, our recipes are actually based off Chinese fusions in line with the history of the restaurant, so certain dishes we offer may not taste like what you're used to. That being said, we sincerely hope you may consider returning once more, so we... More 

Edinburgh, Scotland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food at House of Nanking is amazing especially the steamed dumplings and sesame chicken. The service is quick and good value for money.

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

I'm so glad to have left you with such a wonderful impression of us! Those dumplings and sesame chicken sure aren't going anywhere, so I hope to welcome you back soon for your favorite dishes, speedy service included! Warmest regards, 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>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-421-1429

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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