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House of Nanking

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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5106
+1 415-421-1429
12:00 pm - 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing and very friendly. The owner asked us what type of meat we like and then just said he will take care of us. It was all amazing

Thank Sara A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting San Fransisco on our way back to New Zealand and came here on the recommendation of our taxi driver. The food was amazing. Best fried rice and chow mein. However we were surprised after paying and leaving a tip that we were told that hadn't left enough. Kinda puts you off as I know that there is... More 

Thank Lawya33
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Based on reviews we dined at this restaurant and were not disappointed. I had the tofu and broccoli with black bean sauce. I went back two nights later for the same dish. I recommend this place.

Thank MKT_traveller
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There was a big crowd there with line outside but somehow we (just 2 of us) got seated right away. Less than 5 minutes from placing our order our food arrived.

Thank skiman44
Rocklin, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I had an awesome dining experience. The chef greeted us at our table where he proceeded to ask us for any dietary restrictions and food preferences. Next thing we knew he was off to make us a lunch of his choosing. He nailed it. The food was great (chicken, fish, vegetables, shrimp). What a great dining experience,... More 

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

Chef does an amazing job of knowing the perfect dish to cook up, doesn't he? I'm delighted to know he nailed it. It sounds like you got to try a nice variety of dishes, and we'll looking forward to seeing you back for more in the future. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After looking online for a good place to eat in Chinatown, this came up as highly-rated so we decided to check it out. After reading that the service could be rather rude, we were prepared - but of course we found they were just fine and were not rude at all. We ordered the house noodles, the melt in your... More 

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

Great choices with the house noodles, calamari, and wonton soup. I'm happy you enjoyed everything. Hopefully you'll get the chance to come back and try our sesame chicken -- I know that will impress! Take care, Kathy, Manager More 

Sydney, Australia
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Used Trip Advisor to find this little restaurant. (Bus stop right across the road) Everything we ate was delicious- special mention must be made of the Melt in your mouth Calamari- totally lived up to its name. Sesame chicken and Steamed scallops were outstanding! It was so nice to find a place that served tasty food and wasn't overly expensive.... More 

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

We're all about making sure all the dishes are delicious, Laura! There's really no better meal than the calamari or sesame chicken. Glad you enjoyed the food and service. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In 2006 the restaurant was very basic. The attitude of the staff varied from openly hostile to quite rude to total indifference, but strangely this seemed comical and made it a place to remember with fondness. The food was very very good. Ten years on and the restaurant has been updated, the staff were more tuned in to customer service... More 

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent meal. We're all about topping expectations, so it's great we were able to do that. Thanks, Kathy, Manager More 

Burgas, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is good but defiantly not the best in China town. Restaurant is full all the time. The floor and especially the kitchen is dirty. You can see it when you pay by card. Products/plate are on the wooden floor and full dirt everywhere.

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

Michel, I'm happy you enjoyed the flavor, but wish we'd really knocked it out of the park. We take cleanliness and make sure to follow food health and safety guidelines. I hope you'll give us another chance to show you the awesome experience we're known for. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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112 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is famous and the food lives up to that. It's a tiny place in Chinatown, SF. Expect a wait unless you arrive at a odd time of the day. Being a tourist and not coming here often- we did not know what to order so we did what was advised and let the waitress order for us which... More 

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

Topping expectations is excatly what great Chinese food should do, so this was wonderful to read! It's amazing how good the staff is at knowing the perfect dishes for you, isn't it? See you next time you're in San Francisco, 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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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: +1 415-421-1429
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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Staying in Chinatown

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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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