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House of Nanking

919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
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Ranked #290 of 4,858 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dover, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We had been here with another couple on an earlier trip to San Francisco and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Our friends ordered the exact same dish and were told by our server "No - you can't order same dish. You have different ones and share", which they did. They were very happy with whatever they were brought (not knowing for sure... More

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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Ate here after the tour bus driver recommended it. Great food and really cheap too! Had the crispy chicken, house fried rice and chicken chow mein, delicious!

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Singapore, Singapore
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This place seemed to have a good reputation for its food but a bad reputation for the service. We went to check it out. We ordered two lunch sets: salt & pepper mushroom and Nanking sesame chicken. They came with steam rice and cost about $20 with drinks and tip. The dishes were well done even compared to those we've... More

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Encinitas, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We were seated right away as it was early evening: we shared good appetizers and 2 entrees! The room was buzzing and lively. The service was fast but special for it's lack of charm and engagement? We loved what we ordered and had more than enough to eat. We hoped that our young intern grandson could take home the left... More

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101 reviews 101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

The place opens at noon. The room is divided by shelves with a collection of lovely blue porcelain jars, else nothing else to write about the decor. Service us fast, no frills and no dessert. We ordered Mongolian BBQ, crispy short ribs, sautéed snow pea young leaves, salt and pepper shrimp (with mushrooms). The food was very good and not... More

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

So happy to hear how you three enjoyed your time with us. Be sure to thank your son for bringing you by! And thank you for taking the time to share your experience here on TripAdvisor -- it sounds like you really know and appreciate authentic Chinese food. I hope we'll see you again one day! Thanks again, Kathy, Manager More

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It used to be so good, and now is so average. Terrible service was always part of the ambience, but now the food is very average - mass produced, greasy, and dried-out rice to boot. Value still ok, so not what I'd call a tourist trap. Disappointing just because of how good the food used to be.

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

Disappointed to hear you think we're not as great as we used to be, Oliver. Our dishes have grown as we have as a restaurant, and we're still proud of what we serve to our guests. Hope you'll come back and give us another try the next time you're in San Francisco! Best, Kathy, Manager More

Fairfield, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Six of us tried this restaurant in Chinatown/Little Italy area at the recommendation of Emperor Norton and we loved it. Not knowing what to order, the owner, Peter, said trust me and brought out six of the most loved dishes, we all ate for $54 - a must do in SF!

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

You figured us out -- going with the flow is the best way to have a great time with us! Thanks for the 5-star review, Dinee. Happy to have made six happy guests! Come back and see us again soon, OK? Best, Kathy, Manager More

Nags Head, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had lunch here on a recommendation and weren't disappointed. Real good food, good service (despite one surly waiter), and prices were fine. What more can I say about a tourist spot? And I say that only because there weren't any locals eating there. We will go back there on our next visit.

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

Hope you'll thank whoever recommended us, Mark. Thanks for stopping by! We love being a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Hope you'll come see us again the next time you're in San Francisco. Best, Kathy, Manager More

Lake City, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Every trip to San Francisco means a trip to House of Nanking. We had our first meal here over 20 years ago when it was just a few tables and a counter with stools. We consulted our book of things to do in San Francisco on our first trip and it said to eat Chinese at House of Nanking. Our... More

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

Happy to be a must-visit spot for you -- thanks for the support over the years! We appreciate the 5 stars and can't wait to see you in here again soon. 'Til then, Kathy, Manager More

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We arrived at the restaurant and were barked at "HOW MANY?" regarding number of patrons in our party. Our menus were frisbee'd across the table at us. After looking at the menu, my partner had a query regarding one of the dishes and whether it was spicy or not. He simply asked "Is this dish spicy?" when the waiter replied... More

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

Sounds like there was some serious confusion during your visit with us, Alysha. Please accept my apologies for that. Did you end up enjoying your dishes, despite the spice? I'd love to hear more about that. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I hope you'll give us another chance to wow you. I'm confident we can next time! Best, Kathy,... More

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