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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
415-421-1429
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Ranked #321 of 4,937 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, 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Walked past this restaurant on a few occasions and there was always a queue so we tried it. 20 minutes to get in and well worth the wait. Try the chicken and sweet potato. Really great value.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

While waiting in line, a local advised us to let the owner order for us. Being adventurous, we agreed. Sure enough, the owner came out and asked us if we had ever eaten there and we answered "no". Then he asked if we were hungry, we answered "yes". Next he asked if we had any food restrictions, we answered "no".... More

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71 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I notice that other reviewers suggest getting the servers to suggest what to eat. I find it hard to imagine anyone I saw working there take the time to do this! The place is ok and the food is ok but I really can't understand what all the fuss is about. After queuing for ages to get in, it would... More

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

I'm so sorry to hear that you felt rushed or unwelcome during your meal with us. Our take on dining definitely mirrors the Chinese restaurant style -- busy, no-fuss, and efficient -- but we can always take a moment to talk to you about getting you the best meal possible. On that note, it's a shame to see that you... More

Alta Loma, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The sesame chicken and garlic fried fish were deliciously prepared. We also had the steamed pork dumplings to start. The problem that puts a question mark on the ownership and staff is the service! 5 tables seated after our party of two were catered to before I had to waive someone down and ask them to take my order! They... More

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Provo, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We avoided the lines by getting there early (about 5:20) but it was also starting to be crowded inside. Fortunately, we knew to let the owner order for us. He asked us a few questions about what we liked and we let him do the rest. (I did mention soup, which was a great idea.) The beef short ribs are... More

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

Wow, the best Chinese dish you've ever had? That's high praise! Thanks so much for the compliment. You definitely had good instincts letting our owner order for you -- it often results in happy surprises (like that soup you mentioned). Coming early is a great tip, too -- we can get busy, but we like to think we're worth the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

I don't feel like I've been to San Francisco if I don't get here for dinner. The food is great - sesame chicken is my favorite - and there's usually a good mix of tourists and locals. The space is cramped and, if I hadn't been warned the first time, I might have thought I had the wrong place. I'm... More

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

Glad to hear we're part of your quintessential San Francisco experience! As far as our sesame chicken goes, you're definitely not alone -- it's one of our most popular requests. Look forward to seeing you the next time you're in town! All the best, Kathy, Manager More

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

We had several people recommending this restaurant. We've tried to have dinner one day bu the line outside the restaurant was pretty long. So we arranged to have lunch a couple of days later. It was a very tasty lunch. The menu is not that big but certainly everything looks very good. We enjoyed every dish we ordered. Service was... More

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

I'm glad you were able to catch us before the end of your trip, Ricardo! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your meal, but I wish our service had made a similarly good impression. We pride ourselves on offering an authentic Chinese experience, which understandably is quite different than most restaurants. That said, you should never feel hurried to... More

Cheltenham
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We had to queue which was fine but we were lucky as they sent people away at 8.30 ish who had been queuing. It is Chinese food as it should be served with a no nonsense approach. Don't expect normal American service we basically had our food and drinks thrown at us and then they waited over us for payment... More

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

I'm thrilled to hear that you're a fan of our food, but it's a shame that our service was a lackluster part of your meal. As you've said, we are "no nonsense," but we still want to make an honest effort to make you comfortable. Please know that we'll take your feedback to heart and that we hope to see... More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I got the beef wraps and my wife for the ginger chicken. All the food was good but the wraps (tortillas) broke apart. Lines can get long but we lucked out.

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

Glad to hear our food hit a home run for you! I'm sorry that your tortillas broke apart -- hopefully it didn't inconvenience you too much as you ate your wraps. I'll check in on that for you. As far as our lines go, you're right -- we can get busy! That said, we like to think our food makes... More

New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Food was good but the wait for 8 people was very long. Once we got it & ordered the food, it was fine. It's not your typical Chinese food. Best entry: calimari. Enjoy it!

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

I'm glad you got the chance to visit us on your trip from New York! It sounds like you may have caught us at a popular time, and I really appreciate your patience as we worked through the crowd. We can get a little busy, but I like to think we're worth the wait! From the looks of your review,... More

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