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Reviewed 2 days ago

I don't really understand the other bad reviews... I thought the food was excellent and that is why we went. The dining area inside is not great. I literally had to squueze by another diner at a different table to get to my seat (our...two tables were abt 1 inch apart and felt like we were dining with a random couple). The service is also not good. Our waitress was quite impatient and our food showed up at random intervals. BUT I took it as part of the experience and still enjoyed it all! Did I mention the food is excellent!!?? The best crispy beef and house noodles.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered lunch. The food was oily, without taste. The hot and sour soup was so sour that my family had to mix cilli oil to eat. Horrible experience!The entre was loaded with oil. Our money was wasted! I will never come back to this...restaurant again!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 4, 2024 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended on our San Francisco tour, and the food definitely lived up to the hype. Unfortunately, the service fell short of our expectations. While the food was excellent, we had to request a glass for our drink and experienced some discomfort when...our server took our credit card inside to process the payment (I'd had bad experience with such practices elsewhere). We understand tipping is customary, and we did leave one, but the server's comment about the amount left a negative impression.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 28, 2024

The best Cantonese food we have tasted, outstanding flavours, excellent service, reasonable price. Can highly recommend 👌

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 28, 2024 via mobile

I asked an employee at the bar next to the City Lights bookstore where he goes for good Chinese food in Chinatown. He answered without hesitation, House of Nanking. It was excellent! It’s a small place, very busy on a Wednesday night, and we sat...next to a wall of boxes, but that doesn’t matter. The food was phenomenal. We tried the Pork Potstickers which we loved. It had a delicious peanut sauce. My husband and I split a dish that had crispy beef bites in a mustard type sauce with vegetables. Unique but absolutely delicious. I wish I could remember the name of the dish! This restaurant doesn’t serve the typical Americanized Chinese dishes. My son got refried rice with chicken. They bring out a hot cast iron pan and mix up the rice, egg and chicken at the table. It was tasty! As always with Chinese, the portions were ginormous. I tried to look up the name of our dish but it appears the website hasn’t been updated since the pandemic and they don’t have a current full menu posted. The takeout link doesn’t work. Regardless, the food is worth the trip to House of Nanking!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 13, 2024 via mobile

Waited at 6 pm on a Saturday for around 15 minutes for a table here. The restaurant itself was very busy and the service way too fast within literally two or three minutes of ordering food, our chow mein arrived before the starters. The food...then arrived one by one and everything was with us within 10 minutes.. we still had quite an amount of food left on the table to eat when our bill was placed on the table next to us. Whilst the food was really good, the service was very hurried and it felt like we were on a production line and rushed to get out. I would say from the time we sit down to the time we left was no more than around 40 minutes.. for $160 meal, I wouldn’t have expected that kind of service.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

Wow! There's a reason the line for this restaurant was out the door--the food was inventive and just downright amazing. We let the kitchen choose a parade of dishes for our table of five and everything was tasty, even the cauliflower and dumplings with eggplant...had me wishing I could eat more. Definitely get there early to avoid the long line!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024

Went with friends, there was a line outside, but it actually did not take long to get seated. Very friendly and observant staff. Ordered sesame chicken, Beef and the winner WON TONG SOUP. This was totally different with crispy ingredients. Everything was delicious, my favorite...was the soup, will come back for that for sure.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 2, 2024

We have to be gluten free and saw that H of N was sensitive to that situation. We got there just as they were opening and chose to site outside. Do no expect ambience. But, as we sat a gentleman came over to us and...asked if he could help. We told him about our condition and he said, no problem. Then he said, "I'm the chef, do you trust me." I was game and said sure. He asked if there was anything we didn't particularly like. I said that I was not overly fond of fish but shellfish was fine. We had no idea what was coming and I really can't tell you what is was now other than it was excellent. The soup was some type of slightly, creamy mussel soup with "crackly" rice (my term). Wow. Then came the boy chow and what I think was sesame beef. Again, excellent. Finally, here came shrimp, probably curried, with apples. I would have never put those two together but again, it was excellent. What a great treat and what great food. I heartily recommend to the gluten challenged and the non-challenged alike.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 30, 2023 via mobile

Family of 4 ordered after a long day of exploring. 2 dishes came out and 40 minutes later we were still waiting for the other 2 dishes. Asked for ticket so we could leave that was also a wait.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 10, 2023 via mobile

If you’re looking for something differently delicious this is the place. Let the owner or waiter surprise you instead of ordering off menu. We enjoyed a variety of tasty items for lunch - and left stuffed! Buns, dumplings, ribs, crispy beef- all very good. Also...enjoyed a cup of flower tea! Give it a try!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 24, 2023

This place gets lots of great reviews so I was excited to get some good Chinese food. I was blown away....by how BAD it was! A lot of the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked tasty. But my dish, ordered on the "vegetarian" section,...had chunks of meat in it. When I pointed it out to a server she acknowledged it as breaded chicken and then took the plate away. I wasn't offered another, nor was I offered a discount. The sweet and sour soup was very salty. My friend ordered a beef dish and he said it was nothing special. Beware folks, especially vegetarians.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 6, 2023

Run down restaurant (which is ok if the food is good).The server was aggressive and unfriendly.Not helpful if you want help to decide.Walked away if you didn´t know right away what you want.Did through the plates on the table and walked away and served the...water (after asking 3 times during lunch)while we were paying. The food was really,really bad.The apetizer (1 cooked shrimp with a little bit of veggie fried in some dough topped with peanut sauce) were interesting and with out spices. The first main course (fried chicken with broccoli in spicy sauce) consisted out of broccoli which probably had been fried the day before and then just refried before we ate it.The chicken was just fried and the some absolute taste less fluid (was suppossed to be a sauce I believe) on top.There was nothing spicy or tasty with this fluid. Not eatable.My wife had cooked shripm on fried apples with a bit of (suppossed to be) garlic mayonaisse on top.Disgusting is the only word I can think of us.The best of the "lunch" were the 2 bottled beers.Yes,I am the guy who didn´t pay a tip on our $78 bill for this desaster of a lunch. I can absolutely not recommend this place.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2023

The food was decent, the outdoor seating was nice. Nothing special but still very good. Would go again

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 26, 2023 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Chef asked, Do you trust me?”. We said, “yes!” Photos attached. My favorites were the won ton soup and the broccoli with beef and shrimp - fantastic seasoning. The shrimp fried rice has a fantastic presentation; finished at your table.

Date of visit: September 2023
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You probably cannot take your dog inside, it has bags of supplies piled up all over inside the restaurant, but there is an outside eating area that is probably okay for dogs.
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Yes, House of Nanking offers takeout services.

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House of Nanking is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5