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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, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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
Really enjoyed our meal!

My wife and I went to this restaraunt this past Saturday night since it was recommended in our Frommer"s guide book and our hotel front desk staff. There was a line outside but it moved quickly. We were seated at a table for two although we could have been seated at a larger table shared with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Mikefrommentor
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mentor, oh
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  • Families with children
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Belfast, Ireland
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

While the food was good and good value for San Francisco, there are too many negatives from our dining experience here. We were prepared for the wait to get a table but not for a 20 minute time difference between the first person being served and the last person getting their meal. There was barely an apology and to cap... More 

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This great Chinese is not fancy, yet every dish is amazing. From a great won ton soup to great chicken and shrimps dishes. The service is quick and prices are reasonable. We came with the children and all enjoyed.

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

Doron, I'm so happy you think every dish of ours as delicious. A complete value-for-money experience is all we ever hope to provide you with, so it's awesome to know that's what you feel you get. Can't wait to see you again! Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I wanted to eat dinner at a restaurant in Chinatown on my trip and picked this well-known place off Kearny Street. After dining there, I wished I had went elsewhere. The service is rather poor. They sat me down at a dirty table, dropped off a menu, and a male server came by a couple minutes later to take my... More 

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

It's disappointing to read of your experience with us -- I sure wish you'd enjoyed yourself more. I'd like to apologize if you were unimpressed with our service -- you deserve to receive efficient, professional treatment, in addition to five-star meals, so I'm sorry if this just wasn't the case. All I can hope for is another chance from you,... More 

mentor, oh
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to this restaraunt this past Saturday night since it was recommended in our Frommer"s guide book and our hotel front desk staff. There was a line outside but it moved quickly. We were seated at a table for two although we could have been seated at a larger table shared with other customers. This is... More 

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

Thanks for stopping by, Mike -- it was a pleasure to serve you and your wife! It's excellent to know you appreciated our service and food so much, so thank you for reaching out. I look forward to inviting you back for more of your favorite dishes! Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Glasgow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Just loved this restaurant. Great food - especially the honey and sesame chicken. Very good value for money. You will find yourself sitting next to other diners but we did not mind this in the least.

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

This restaurant loved you right back! I'm so glad you feel you enjoyed a complete value-for-money experience with us, and I look forward to inviting you back for more of our signature Sesame Chicken you enjoy so much. Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great food and a great atmosphere. The fresh and creative plates keep you coming back for more. We usually ask for the sesame chicken and then let the staff pick the rest. We have never been disappointed.

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

Tony, thank you for your appreciation! I could never tire of hearing from an amazing customer -- please come back soon for more of that signature Sesame Chicken you enjoy so much! 'Til then, take care, Kathy, Manager More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food here is authentic and delicious. We asked for suggestions and everything was really good. We should have ordered more because the plates are normal sized and not super-sized like you'd find in an American Chinese restaurant. They have a unique atmosphere. There is a wait, you are rushed to order, eat and leave. It is small and crowded.... More 

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

Beth, thank you for the kind words of support -- they mean a lot to me. Nothing beats knowing you enjoy our food and atmosphere so much, and I can't wait to invite you back for more of all your favorites. See you soon, Kathy, Manager More 

Houston, Texas, United States
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Most important to know. You will wait. You will be rushed to order. You will be rushed to eat and leave. If you know this in advance, then the quality of the food is worth it. We had a memorable experience in meeting our table mates (family style seating) and just our interactions with their staff which was friendly but... More 

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

We really just want to be able to serve everyone waiting for a bite, Joyce -- it's awesome to know that you understand that. Thank you very much for reaching out with advice to our future customers, and I certainly hope I'll be welcoming you back to the restaurant again one day. Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

You´re spoiled for choice with Chinese meals in SF´s Chinatown, but if there´s one place you HAVE to try if House of Nanking. There could be a bit of a wait (we queued up for about 10 minutes for a table) but the wait is worth it. Dish selection is for everyone, and the service is fast. The house noodles,... More 

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

Thanks for that passionate recommendation straight off the bat, Chur -- you just made my day! I certainly hope I'll be getting the chance to welcome you back sooner than later. Hope to see you soon! Kathy, Manager More 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you want true authentic Chinese food this is the spot! Great food, quick service and excellent house of nankin sesame chicken. Make sure to get there early there is always a line outside during dinner. You must go to this place to see what I'm talking about.

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

I appreciate the support, Kelly -- nothing beats knowing you enjoyed your meal with us so much. Thanks for the awesome advice, and I hope to see you again one day, if just for our signature Sesame Chicken! Warmest regards, Kathy, Manager More 

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Additional Information about House of Nanking

Address: 919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
Phone Number: 415-421-1429
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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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: 415-421-1429

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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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