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House of Nanking

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$$ - $$$
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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend and I tried House of Nan King. There was some type of festival going on in China Town this past Saturday. Lots of people in yellow shirts? Anyhow, I have wanted to try this place, but the lines are always long. If you are looking for a quiet, quaint meal this is not the place for you. The... More 

Thank BigMarkNM
Jakarta, Indonesia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went there for dinner with my friend and we love the food! We had the sesame chicken, tofu with black bean and the stir fry green beans.

Thank LevannaK
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There were so many restaurants to choose from in China Town, we went to House of Nanking because of the great TripAdvisor reviews. It did not disappoint! We ordered most of the "house" dishes which were delicious. We also had an order of the potstickers in peanut oil which was a great twist we had never had before. Definitely recommend... More 

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

Thanks for choosing us for your Chinese food fix while you were in the area. It's great to hear we lived up to your high expectations! I'm glad you were able to try a variety of dishes. Hope to see you the next time you're in town. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Mississauga, Canada
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fresh off along flight and looking for a decent Chinese feed, the check-in guy at our hotel recommended this place. Good call. Busy, noisy, table-sharing kind of place with a very helpful wait staff to sort out the menu, and superb food delivered without much of a wait at all. Great way to start a visit in the SanFrancisco area...we... More 

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

David, it's great that the recommendation from your hotel led you to our place. I'm excited we could start your San Francisco visit off with a delicious bang -- superb food is essential to great travels. Hope to see you next time you're in the area. Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

Bayonne, New Jersey
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time in s.f. Went to China Town and figured try this place. Simple eats! Great flavor! Friendly staff! I recommend the shrimp fried rice. It's soooo good and DIFFERENT

Thank 49er309
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

It's fantastic to know you loved everything from the food to the staff. I'm thrilled we could add some fun and delicious flavor to your first San Francisco trip. Hopefully we can make your next meal a 5-star one. Until then, Kathy, Manager More 

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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

we were recommended this place, it's just great! the flavours are amazing! a must in chinatown. try the scallop tower with steamed rice and the dumplings. also the house noodles!

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

We love living up to your high expectations, Guillermo! Amazing flavors are what we're all about. It's great hearing you loved the scallops, dumplings, and House Noodles. Hope you'll be able to stop back soon for more. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Sesame chicken was delicious however not a fan of the onion cake. It was very greasy. The fried rice was average. The waiter was competent but was the most unfriendly we have ever had. He needs to rethink his vocation. My partner ate here 25 years ago and loved it. Wish we would have had the same experience.

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

Kristin, delicious sesame chicken is what we're all about, if only you'd loved the onioncakes just as much. They're normally cooked perfectly, so it's surprising and atypical that they were greasy. I'll be looking into figure why two of your dishes weren't to our normal standard. About the staff, our servers need to work quickly, but they're never trying to... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this place after doing a quick search for restaurants for Lunch in the China Town area. I'm glad we stopped by when we did! We arrived around 11am and by noon the entire place was PACKED! Tourists and locals alike crammed into this place to get some good food with some great employees. The food was decent but... More 

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

I'm thrilled you could stop by for lunch. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the food and loved the service. We can get crowded at lunch, so it sounds like you stopped by at the perfect time. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Long Island, NY
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

House of Nanking was recommended by a friend who ate here a few years back. It may have been special back then but now is a fairly average tourist destination in an area where you can make much better choices. Crowded, very loud, not exactly the cleanest or friendliest place to dine. I have to say that the food is... More 

Thank PnM53
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I wish you'd really loved your meal. We have a loyal following, so it can get a bit crowded, but we do our best to make sure we're getting our customers seated and getting them delicious food as quickly as we can. As a result, service can seem a bit rushed, but that's never our employees' intention. About our customer... More 

Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the start of a girl's weekend to wine country! First night we went to another famous China town restaurant with just 3 of us...very disappointing - so the next night we were not really going to consider Chinatown again - but our big bus guide swore it was worth it - and HE WAS RIGHT! There were seven... More 

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

Maria, what a great way to start a girls' weekend to wine country! It's fantastic knowing the food lived up to your expectations and that we were able to repeadtly top them throughout the meal. See you back soon, Kathy, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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: 14154211429
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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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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