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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
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Ranked #304 of 4,920 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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2 reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

i came saturday around 3-4pm, no wait for me, single diner, but a few people had to wait here and there, but it moved pretty quickly. no lines down the sidewalk that time of day. good food. good list of items to choose from for less than $10. it was really good. i ate it all.

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

Sounds like you picked the right time to come see us, Rachel! Thanks for swinging by. Was this your first visit with us? I couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us, and I hope you'll come back and see us the next time you're in San Francisco! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This wasn't our first choice... But not to say our first choice would've been any better... I just refuse to wait in line for more than 15-20 minutes for a table when on vacation... This place is for tourists who want to play it safe. Pass on the won ton soup... Or I should say milky won ton soup... Pass... More

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

We're glad you gave us a try during your time in San Francisco. We like to think we're a spot for both tourists and locals! In fact, one of our favorite things to do is order for our guests. Next time, I'd suggest letting us do that for you. You won't be disappointed -- promise! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

Centennial, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had lunch here in early July. Was as good as we remember the food being 25 years ago, when we last visited. Would've returned for a second meal but there are just too many great places to eat in SF. We'll be back on our next visit!

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

We are so excited about this review! It's been 25 years, but we're so happy we've stood the test of time. We hope you come back and see us soon! No more 25-year drought, OK? Thanks, Kathy, Manager More

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23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went to this restaurant based on lonely planet recommendation and worth it - authentic Chinese food not westernised stuff which you get in lots of other places. Service really quick and we ate for about $25 including tip. A great place to eat.

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

Thank you for spreading the word, Rebecca! It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything from our serve to our food. We hope to see you again sometime! Sincerely, Kathy, Manager More

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23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This came recommended form one of our cab drivers, with all the places to eat in China town, this was the only one with a line out the door on a Monday night. The line held locals and tourists alike. The food was great, we tried 3 items and could not decide which was the best because they were all... More

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

With a line like ours, it can be hard to find time to linger after dinner. I'm sorry if you felt rushed, Kevin, but I'm thrilled that you loved our dishes! What did you order? Come back and see us during your next trip to San Francisco, but until then, thanks for the wonderful review! Best, Kathy, Manager More

Winchester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Let me start by saying I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant. The food reviews are all really tip top, and it was close to our hotel too. We love Chinese food and were excited to try it. On arriving there was a queue outside - fair enough, it's a popular restaurant and you expect this. I saw a waiter... More

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

Thanks for the feedback, Rob. We do promote an authentic Chinese experience, though we certainly don't intend to be rude. We've just found folks like to enjoy their food, so we don't want to intrude on a meal by being overly talkative or anything like that. I appreciate you leaving a review, and we'll use it to improve. Sincerely, Kathy,... More

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