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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 5,012 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, 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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Santa Clarita, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I have been coming to this establishment since it opened in 1988. Though I don't live in San Francisco anymore every time we visit this place is calling. It has grown and expanded but the wait and lines remains. I feel it has become a tourist destination filled with people from various countries complaining about the tight spaces. However I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must stop for us every time we go to San Francisco. Down and (not really) dirty, no nonsense. Fast service, NOT FANCY, very good food at a reasonable -yet not cheap" price.

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Odenton, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I think that the food is good, I did like it, we ordered the house fried rice which was really good. then the tender calamari, also good. The house noodles, and the sesame chicken. was on the good ok side. The place is little, and nice. However the service, is horrible. do not expect a friendly server, or hostess. The... More 

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

I'm so disappointed to see you got this impression of us -- I can assure you we take cleanliness very seriously. This isn't feedback we receive often, but I'll keep it in mind going forward. I can only hope you'd be willing to give us another shot when you're in the neighborhood -- I know we can serve up more... More 

Pasadena, CA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

My colleagues raved about this restaurant so I went along with them to try it. There were 6 of us and we waited a long time for a table, even though it was only early evening on a rainy Tuesday. The restaurant was very crowded and the decor is mostly non-existent. We didn't order from the menu -- we just... More 

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

I'm so disappointed to hear you say so, Paul -- we pride ourselves on a rich history of dishes that reflect Chinese flavors and our restaurant's past. It sounds like you might have come in with specific flavors in mind, and I hope we have a chance to show you our best sometime. I know we have what it takes... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I come to this place every time I am in San Francisco. It is a small restaurant, cash is recommended, and the waitstaff are very to the point, but the food is amazing. They will hand you a menu, but the first time I went, I ask the waiter for a suggestion, and he asked if I liked steak, seafood,... More 

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

Every time you're in SF? That's quite a compliment! I'm glad the surprise of ordering through our staff is just your style, and I hope we'll have another chance to see you again soon. Stay in touch! All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Our server was brusque but made great recommendations. We had the sautéed mushrooms, honey garlic beef, and sesame chicken. It's not fancy but the food is definitely delicious!

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

You can't go wrong with that combo -- mushrooms, honey garlic beef and sesame chicken! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit, and I hope you'll come back to see us the next time you're in town. Happy holidays, Kathy, Manager More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Was recommended this place by a local cab driver. Very limited menu, which is unusual for Asian restaurants. Had Dim Sum and the sesame chicken, which turned out to be great choices. One of the better Chinese dinners I have been to in San Francisco China Town. Worth a visit for the food, but don not expect warm friendly service,... More 

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

It sounds like we owe you and your cab driver a big thank you! Hope you'll come back for more Dim Sum and sesame chicken the next time you're in town. Take care. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

When we arrived the hostess asked if we had been before, to which we replied no. She then proceeded to bring out all of their specialty dishes, with allergies in mind, until we could take no more food. It is a very busy restaurant but when you taste their food you will understand why. Amazing!

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

It sounds like you were a real trooper, Ryan -- trying everything we could throw at you! I'm so happy you loved all the flavors we had to offer. Hope you'll come back to see us the next time you're in town! All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

After hearing and seeing how busy this place can get, we opted to go for an early lunch. Almost empty, sat down immediately, ordered and got our food all within about 10 minutes! Having never been to House of Nanking (and having never even heard anything about it) did not know what to order. The waiter suggested I let the... More 

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

Thanks so much for the recommendation! You can't go wrong getting the chef to choose for you, and I'm happy you got the full HoNK experience while you were in. Hope you'll come back to see us the next time you're in town! Stay in touch. All the best, Kathy, Manager More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I'll start off by saying I am no connoisseur of Chinese food. I typically try a few different dishes at a restaurant, find the dish I like, and stick with it until the end of time. Despite this, everyone I knew that had been to San Francisco suggested that we stop at The House Of Nanking. My wife and I... More 

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

Whoa, Juan, this review hits it out of the park! I can't thank you enough for this great review. It means a lot that you'd say we were the best Chinese food you'll ever have. Let us know if you're ever headed back our way -- we'd love to have you back for round two! Take care. All the best,... 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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