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House of Nanking

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$$ - $$$
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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you see a crowd outside a restaurant in Chinatown you can't be wrong. That is exactly the case of this one. Don't expect anything fancy, except for the food. The chicken with sesame is very good.

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

Thanks for making the extra effort to eat with us, Rmbiscaia -- I'm glad the wait was worth it! Come see us again soon. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you go to San Fran and want to eat good Chinese food, head to the House of Nanking. Skip looking at the menu and let them order for you. Just let them know and allergies and restrictions and they will bring you out delicious food. If you aren't that adventurous, order the sesame chicken and onion cake. Those never... More 

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

I really appreciate your enthusiastic recommendation of our restaurant, Laura! It's wonderful to hear that our team has always come through for you, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

CALIFORNIA
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78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your neighborhood Chinese food. It's SO DELICIOUS. Loved the onion patties and the amazing chicken nanking. A little expensive and VERY small, but we just went at 2, and didn't wait at all. Not warm and friendly service but the food was worth it!

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

Thanks for coming by, and it's terrific to hear you loved your meal from our place! Our top priority is creating some of the most delicious eats around, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay gold, Kathy, Manager More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Read many reviews and a great article listing this quaint restaurant as one of the best Chinese restaurants in San Francisco. So I went. Had the famous sesame chicken (pretty good, I must say) and the melt in your mouth calamari. Honestly, the calamari was the most disgusting I've had and almost tasted as if it was on the verge... More 

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

Thanks for coming by our place and trying us out! It's disappointing to hear you weren't impressed with the calamari, but we're so glad you enjoyed your sesame chicken and flower tea. Our top priority here is about making sure you get a delicious meal, and we never intend to come across as rude. We hope to see you again... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here with the family on a Saturday night. Get here early as it gets packed. We ordered Fried Pork Egg rolls - Delicious good flavor and ton of pork, Eggplant In Chili Garlic Sauce - WOW one of the best dishes that we had, Famous Nanking Sesame Chicken - ordered 2 dishing and our kids wanted more, Fried... More 

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

Thanks for choosing to spend your Saturday night with us! It sounds like you tried a nice menu spread, so I'm delighted you enjoyed it all. Best, Kathy, Manager More 

Truro, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to eat. Tasty food delivered very quickly. Beware of the portion sizes - double what we get in England ! The restaurant itself is very basic in its decor. That is more than offset by the food which, by San Francisco standards, is very well priced. Only a short taxi ride from Union Square it is worth seeking... More 

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

Paul, we love getting your tasty food very quickly. Glad our delicious dishes made such a great impression! Until next time, Kathy, Manager More 

Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on a recommendation, the fact it was busy and we got the last table we thought was a good sign...fried rice was really nice, other dishes were okay, food came out fast which made our kids happy, but....there was not a friendly hello or smile from the staff, it seemed about getting us in and out quick so... More 

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

Sophie, it's disappointing you didn't enjoy your meal. Getting great food out to the table is our top priority, so we bring each dish out as soon as its ready. Our servers do need to work at a very quick pace, but it's never their intention to come across as rude. I hope you'll reconsider and give us a second... More 

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145 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a line outside the door, as a twosome we only had to wait a few minutes. Inside was packed, other dinners had to stand for us to get in the corner. Not knowing what to order, we asked the people at our table what they had tried, they raved about everything. All of the dishes we tried were... More 

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Thank 1228dw
Kathy F, Manager at House of Nanking, responded to this review

I love knowing everything you tried was fabulous! That lets us know we're doing our job right. Until next time, Kathy, Manager More 

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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were having lunch and ordered way to much the portions are big. We ordered starters and some of it came out at the same time as mains so there is no etiquette here at this restaurant bur it is all cooked fresh and it's tasty. Try the nanking sticky chicken highly recommended

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

Michelle, happy to see you enjoyed the tasty food! Since we do cook everything fresh, we bring it out once it's ready -- that way it's extra delicious. Hope to see you back soon for another lunch! Best, Kathy, Manager More 

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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were walking through a local park and asked a local couple for a recommendation for dinner. They raved about this place and I can see why. The line outside was incredible, but we'll worth the wait. Great for family style dining and had the coolest blooming teas. Tried 4 different entrees with my family and each were delicious.

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

Elizabeth, we're all about making sure the great food is worth the wait -- and we try to make the wait as short as possible. I'm excited you enjoyed all four of the meals you ordered. Best, Kathy, Manager 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
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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Chinatown
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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