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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
415-421-1429
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Ranked #314 of 4,930 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, 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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Moscow, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

We've visited this restaurant with a 8-year old kid, and even she was delighted:) everybody recommends chicken in sesame, but if you really want something authentic, try hot and sour soup as an appetizier and shrimppockets with a remarkable sauce. It is a family restaurant, and the owner is always somewhere around to help with a choice. Awesome!

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Brooklyn, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I'm a native New Yorker and as such I always "knew" that we had the best pizza and chinese food in the US. I still know we have the best pizza... But the House of Nanking proved me wrong about the Chinese food. My first visit here was about 15 years ago and have made it a point to come... More

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Temecula, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Heard about this place in a wine bar in Temecula and had to visit when we were in town and so happy we did...this place was truly authentic and delicious. Had the owners recommendations for first timers and oh my, yumm! The line is always out the door and you may have to wait, but WAIT, it is that good.

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

We love when people come to us through word of mouth! Thanks for this wonderful review. I especially appreciate what you've had to say about our dishes and authentic atmosphere. Hope we'll see you again in the near future! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I had been to this recommended restaurant in 2008 and had a wonderful time. On that visit, the owner waited on us. We were a bit overwhelmed with the extensive menu and he kindly said he would order for us. He had a twinkle in his eye and we felt especially welcome and special and then the food came...dish after... More

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

I'm sorry we didn't live up to the memories you previously had. But we'll be sure to work on making eye contact -- it's definitely not too much to ask. I'm at least happy to hear you enjoyed your dishes. Hope you'll come back to see us again the next time you're in San Francisco! Best, Kathy, Manager More

Austin, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Twice a year for almost 8 years we have visited this restaurant. I have recommended it to many friends and have never been told it was off. I had the scallop tower which is my favorite. No other restaurant that I have visited has this on the menu. If you like scallops, you will love this. Big fat juicy scallops... More

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

Love this review! We're honored to be your must-visit spot in SF. Great recommendation with our scallop tower -- it's one of my favorites, too. Thanks for coming to see us over the years, and we're looking forward to the next visit! See you soon, Kathy, Manager More

Litchfield Park, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Learned of this place from a local and it did not disappoint. The 2 appetizers and 4 entrees were so good. (Potstickers, Pork Eggrolls, Pork Stuffed Mushrooms, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Sesame Chicken, Jade Spinach Salad with Pork.) We got lucky with a short wait time but it would have been worth our time had it been longer. Don't expect... More

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

No one knows us like the locals do! Thanks for following the advice and coming to see us. I'm happy to hear how impressed you were with all of your dishes and grateful that you get our authentic charm. Come back and see us again soon, OK? All the best, Kathy, Manager More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

There was a sizeable queue when we arrived but they move people through very quickly. Drinks for kids came like lightning - can and a straw basically. Food was excellent - and although a bit surly, service was good - certainly quick. Worth the queue.

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

We pride ourselves on our quick service and delicious food, Neil. Thanks for noticing and pointing it out in this review! Glad you all enjoyed your time with us, and I hope you'll come back and see us again soon! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Had to wait for a table and the service was a little confusing. But felt like an experience food was amazing, best chineese I've ever had and really cheap. If you're in san Francisco eat here.

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

Sorry if we confused you, Dominic. But it sounds like we made up for it in delicious food! Happy to hear you had such an outstanding time with us. Come back and see us again soon, OK? All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Stockholm
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

You can't book, so you need to line up outside or be really early to get a table. When you get in, service is extremely quick. Food is quite "simple" but very, very well cooked. You will finish a 3-4 course meal in 45 minutes. Then you need to give space to new guests. It is a family business and... More

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

Sounds like you get us, Maria! Thanks for the 5 stars. I couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us! We are family, and I'm so glad you could tell. Come back and see us again the next time you're in San Francisco, OK? Best, Kathy, Manager More

Sedona
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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Dear Kathy F, Manger of House of Nanking: Since this is my ONLY avenue of communication I apologize for the public forum BUT, in all fairness you've left me no options. As you can see by my credits and if/when you read my many reviews I REALLY do love to be positive and help businesses since I've been in the... More

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