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House of Nanking

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited here based on Trip Advisor research. Subsequently it was recommended to us by a resident. It is quite small and there was a short queue and it is a relatively quick experience. The menu is not the classic Chinese menu you see in the UK but a good choice. Alas our noodles never arrived and these were meant... More 

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Rome, Italy
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended and we noticed the picture of Jamie Oliver on the wall of this restaurant, may be he visited too? Anyway, no need to book, just turn up and you will be unceremoniously shown to your table. The menu was varied and not just the regular sweet and sour. The food arrived quickly and the portions were... More 

Thank JLF0969
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here for a lunch while some friends were visiting from out of town. I was soooooo happily surprised on how delicious the food was at this restaurant. This place is a perfect mix of authentic chinese and using local ingredients to make chinese food taste fresh and delicious. We ordered the: House Noodles Sugar Snap Pea Salad Flower Blossom... More 

Thank Wangleslie
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place for lunch in China Town. Best Hot-Sour Soup I have ever had. Tried scallop piers, which were delicious, but wish I had ordered the chicken. Guy next to me had it and it was delicious! Yes, I asked him if I could try his. Came highly recommended by locals.

Thank Paul M
Phoenix, United States
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our pedicab driver recommended and he was right. It's rather a hole-in-the-wall kind of place but don't let that throw you off. It was clean and the food was totally excellent. I had sesame chicken that had exactly the right amount of sweetness but wasn't sticky. The pork eggrolls were quite different than the usual fare; packed with meat and... More 

Thank Cathy B
Airdrie, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had seen this place on trip advisor, then recommended by our tour guide so gave it a try. We were lucky plenty tables available, but by end of our meal they were queuing outside, a good omen! Menu limited in terms of main courses however the sesame chicken is a must, more about that later. We ordered two staters, pork... More 

Thank Alison M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Truely, looks like a dive, but has the absolute best Chinese food in the USA. I have had various things. The sesame chicken is probably my favorite. Tasty, crispy with sweet potatoes on the side (difficult to explain). The succulant melts in your mouth calemari was also amazing. Food comes out pretty quickly. The seating often has multiple partys fit... More 

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

The absolute best Chinese food in the country -- that’s a truly amazing compliment, Adam! You really can’t go wrong with a great meal of our sesame chicken, so it’s good to hear you wholeheartedly agree. I’m glad you’ve been able to so thoroughly enjoy all of the dishes you’ve tried. Until next time, Kathy, Manager More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just: wow. The food was amazing, we just loved the flavour and taste of each dish. Don't worry about the rushed service, decor, cleanliness of toilets etc because this is a restaurant and as such you're here for the FOOD! Simply fantastic and good value too.

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

Amazing and tasty flavor for each dish -- that’s what we love hearing! We’re all about creating simply fantastic food for you. I really appreciate the great feedback. Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Atmosphere is cozy, beer is good! We ordered the home made chow mein noodles which were excellent, pot stickers with peanut sauce were also very good. The Sesame Chicken was very tasty indeed. The service however was very rushed and not friendly at all, so for this reason I am giving an average of 3 stars.

Thank Gina2012
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

A cozy atmosphere and good beer sound like the start to a great night, Gina. We’re all about getting that delicious food to your table as quickly as possible because we know a delicious meal of sesame chicken, pot stickers, and chow mein can really make the day. On that note, we have a high volume of customers to serve... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is a small almost hole in the wall. Ten years ago it was expanding, now it has twenty tables instead of ten. I think! There is no time for chit chat, it is what do you want, what do you recommend talk. Now the food; that another story altogether. I would say the best in China Town, hurry... More 

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

Thanks for the great review, Jeorge! It sounds like you've been coming here for a while, so it's great that 10 years later you're still loving the food. See you again soon! Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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