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House of Nanking

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Chinatown
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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
+1 415-421-1429
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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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hi, this place looks basic but was brilliant. Far to good for the money! My wife and I went during a visit to San Francisco, I couldn't recommend it enough. Deffo worth a casual lunch or tea 👍

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I were there on vacation. A local resident we met near the Wharf recommended this place. We arrived right before the line started on the street. A gentleman who was also the owner came to take our order. We told him our story of why we were there and that we had walked from the Wharf to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch at House of Nanking during the week. We each ordered the sesame chicken which was recommended in other reviews. The waitress encouraged us to have a different dish rather than two of the same entree. She recommended a shrimp dish. The sesame chicken was the best we have ever eaten and the shrimp dish was delicious too.... More 

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

There's not much better than a delicious meal of sesame chicken, Janeen. Thanks for coming to our place for it! It's so encouraging knowing the chicken was the best you've eaten. Hopefully you'll get to stop back for another order of it soon. Until then, Kathy, Manager More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The restaurant located in the heart of China Town was busy and yet the service was excellent. Six chair table seating is shared with others. The ambiance is what you would expect from a movie featuring Charles Boyer and Sidney Greenstreet. The food choices are good with large portions and excellent value. The wait staff is responsive and the food... More 

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

James, glad you enjoyed the service! Excelling is a word I love seeing describe our place. Great choice with the egg plant, scallops, and Chow Mein -- a nice and complimentary variety. Hopefully this means we'll see you back soon so we can give you a 5-star meal. Until then, Kathy, Manager More 

Skokie, IL
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108 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just came back from having dinner at House of Nanking. I was alone, so I tried the Onion Pancake, Hot & Sour Soup, and (as everyone in the place seemed to be also) the Sesame Chicken. I forgot to order the Hot and Sour with the Tofu (you can get it with either Tofu or Chicken) so mine came with... More 

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

Thanks for the kind words! I'm delighted to see you loved our sesame chicken so much. We've worked to perfect the recipe, so it's fantastic that you enjoyed the combination of the chicken with the sweet potato. Glad you liked everything from our food to our atmosphere. Hopefully that means we'll be seeing you again soon! Until then, Kathy, Manager More 

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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my favorite Chinese Restaurant in California. I would highly recommend the sweet and sour soup as an appetizer. Peter is also very nice. If you have to wait to get seated it is worth the wait.

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

John, we love being your favorite Chinese restaurant in the state! Hopefully we'll get to see you back soon for some more sweet and sour soup. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here, the food was really good, the place itself is really dirty and unclean looking, the staff the most rude I've ever come across, from slamming the plates on the table and snapping at you demanding that you order. They were stopping people as they left yelling that they had not left enough money, wanting more money... More 

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

Lizzie, while I'm glad you enjoyed your food, it's disappointing ot learn you didn't love the rest of your meal as much. I can assure you we take cleanliness seriously and are meticulous about maintaining food health and safety standards. We do have to keep service efficient and prompt to get food out to our customer quickly. It's never any... More 

Lakeland, Florida
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose House of Nanking based on TripAdvisor reviews and very glad we did! I've never had Chinese that tasted so good!! My husband had the Sesame Chicken- the sweet potatoes that came with it was AMAZING, and I had the Tofu and broccoli. The food was very fast! Just know that if you wanted privacy, you probably won't get... More 

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

It's great to know we lived up to your expectations! Great choice with the sesame chicken -- it can really brighten any day. Stop back the next time you're in town. Until then, Kathy, Manager More 

Hilversum, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to have lunch her based on reports on TripAdvisor. The sesame chicken was great, the other dishes were oke, the octopus that melts in you mouth was not (and really overpriced). The people who were sitting to us, locals with guests from LA, said that the quality was't as good as before. Because it was so busy, people... More 

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

Thank you for taking that chance on us, Mieke, but I'm sorry to see that you felt the experience was not quite as great as you had expected. We really do love what we do here, and we put a great deal of time and effort into creating the best menu possible -- it's certainly disappointing to know that our... More 

Queenstown
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As per other reviews the service is snappy an quick, they are friendly but certainly give you no time to decide on what you would like to order. We had been looking so forward to this restaurant and we were disappointed as we didn't get time to take in the menu. We have lived in China and appreciate good Chinese... More 

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

Thank you so much for joining us -- it's always a pleasure to share our menu with others who appreciate authenticty as much as we do. That being said, I apologize if you felt rushed at any point during your meal with us -- I can assure you that this was never our intention. We'd love for you to give... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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: +1 415-421-1429
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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