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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
415-421-1429
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Ranked #301 of 5,036 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We shared three plates and everything was great. Sesame chicken tower with sweet potatoes was the best chinese food I have tried in years. The place is small and the line to get in requires most people to wait outside. We were lucky to get a table without waiting next to the window. A street person came up to the... More 

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

The best you've tried in years? Now there's a compliment I won't soon forget. Hope we'll see you back in SF soon! All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We were a large party and were able to book a table without having to wait for too long in the snakelike queue outside. The hostess took our preferences and brought us a choice of food - the aubergine, taro and green beans were amazing, but all the food was good in general. We had a blast.

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

So glad you loved your eggplant, taro, and beans, Aberanda! It's always a treat to meet folks from out of town, and it means a lot that you'd touch base after your visit. Hope you'll stay in touch the next time you're headed to SF! Take care. Best wishes, Kathy, Manager More 

South Carolina
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99 reviews 99 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

Honestly delicious! The lines tell the story. No frills, but all good. We loved the sesame chicken, the rice soup and the sesame noodles. We didn't find service brusque as noted in other reviews...just busy. Go!

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

Thanks for the shout-out! This review is everything I could hope for, so I'm glad you sent it our way. Stay in touch the next time you're in the neighborhood! Cheers, Kathy, Manager More 

Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A family member recommended we try House of Nanking. We went for lunch and were serviced straight away. The staff were not at all friendly, but the food was delicious and very reasonable. Would recommend to visit this place.

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

Thanks for giving us a shot and recommending us to friends, Katrina! Hope we'll have a chance to see you the next time you're in town. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

San Antonio, Texas, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We stopped here to eat while visiting Chinatown, and loved it! It wasn't touristy, just a good restaurant that's been there for years. Everything was so good, but for us the highlights were the onion cake and also the Sesame Chicken! Definitely recommended!

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

Breanna, so glad you loved your sesame chicken and onion cake! You'll have to come back and see us the next time you're traveling outside of Texas. Stay in touch! Cheers, Kathy, Manager More 

San Francisco
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Used to come here back in the 90's for their onion cakes and peanut sauce, but then I realized there were better options that did not require a line out the door for service with a frown. I recently went back for lunch and nothing has improved.

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

I'm saddened to see this, Steph, especially since you've been one of our fans since the 90s. While our service may be a little different than many other restaurants, it should never come with a frown. I'll touch base with my team on this, but I hope we have a chance to earn your trust back going forward. All the... More 

Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Food was great, place was basic, waitress a total character. The food was not only very good, but most dishes were not greasy, which is rare for Chinese.

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

Happy to hear the food was as great as you'd hoped, Peter! Stay in touch and let us know the next time you're headed our way. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We asked our hotel which place is best to eat in Chinatown and this is what they recommended. When we got there the line was long outside but it moved super quick. The service is far from friendly or personable but the food is delicious. You are seated close to people you don't know but it's kind of fun to... More 

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

Glad our unique take on dining was just your style, Lori! I really appreciate you getting in touch with this wonderful review after your visit. Hope you'll come back to see us again soon! Take care. 'Til then, Kathy, Manager More 

Leiden, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic Chinese food!! Don't expect a romantic setting, but this is about the greatest Chinese food experience I've had sofar. Highly recommended!

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

Thanks so much for this! Hope we'll have a chance to see you back for round two soon. Take care. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Sacramento, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Be ready for a long line that moves quickly. Seating is cramped but food is excellent. Hostess is a little reminiscent of the soup nazi, but part of local color. Service was quick an efficient. Be prepared to make new friends with others seated around/with you. Overall a place to experience.

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

Thrilled you loved everything, RangeGuy! We know we're a little quirky, but that it just added to your experience. Doesn't look like you're too far away in Sacramento, so let us know when you make it back down -- we'd love to have you in again. All the best, 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
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 0 - 20
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

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