House of Nanking

House of Nanking

919 Kearny St (btwn Jackson St. & Pacific Ave.), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

House of Nanking is a wildly popular Chinese restaurant in the Bay Area, serving traditional cuisine in a friendly environment.


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  • sesame chicken
  • house noodle
  • sizzling rice soup
  • owner order
  • Chinese food
  • dumplings
  • calamari
  • cake
  • shrimp
  • off-menu items
  • fried tofu
  • good for groups
  • beef
  • casual
  • hand rolls
  • spicy food
  • great value
  • chili
  • wontons
  • flowers
  • Tim L.

    Let the owner order for you, you won't go wrong.

    Tim Letscher · April 24, 2009
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Sesame chicken

    Foodspotting · November 18, 2010
  • Lorri N.

    get the house noodles. garlicky deliciousness

    Lorri N · July 25, 2009
  • Humanatek S.

    This place IS amazing, NOT like any other Chinese food you've HAD!The plate that claims their fame is NANKING BEEF or chicken! Rocking!

  • Foodspotting

    Try the Pork Eggroll, Hand Rolled Steak Burrito and Shrimp Wrap with Peanut Sauce

    Foodspotting · November 18, 2010
  • Andrew C.

    Sweet Potatoes and Sesame Chicken. Rich. Flavorful. Fabulous. You can thank me later.

    Andrew Cerda · December 29, 2011
  • Ohad E.

    get the calamari

    Ohad Eder Pressman · June 26, 2009
  • Clayton T.

    Greatest Chinese food you will ever have. Fantastic pot stickers (stay away if you're allergic to peanuts) Fun atmosphere but there's the ocassional long wait.

    Clayton Traylor · August 10, 2010
  • Marco

    Try the Sesame chicken

    Marco · November 18, 2010
  • Jenny C.

    Its aight here. If u do eat here get the calamari

    Jenny Chu · August 8, 2010
  • David B.

    Melt in your mouth calamari = AMAZING

    David Basulto · September 9, 2011
  • Ayan J.

    Try the onion cakes! To die for!

    Ayan Jama · January 7, 2011
  • Dennis W.

    wow.... best american chinese food! Order the baby pea shoots dish

    Dennis Wang · August 17, 2010
  • Tom B.

    Great place to eat if you are on business and by yourself. Try the nanking chicken with Sweet Potatoes, it's awesome.

    Tom Boone · March 8, 2010
  • Danyel S.

    Everything is miraculous...especially the garlic noodles. And the dumplings. And the calamari. Skip the shrimp packets.

    Danyel Smith · February 19, 2014
  • Humanatek S.

    Always ask for extra plum sauce with your Mushu meal, they cheap U out in take out!

  • Libia A.

    Sesame chicken is delicious!!

    Libia Ayala · July 31, 2013
  • V

    Best garlic noodles in SF

    V · June 6, 2013
  • Harry B.

    Two different employees lied to me and said they did not take credit cards, which they do. Made me go down the block to get cash and pay a service charge. Then I saw them swiping cards. Never again.

    Harry Berezin · May 20, 2013
  • Christophe L.

    A bad place with bad food and rude waiters. If you go there, you're a tourist.

    Christophe Lamperti · January 15, 2012
  • Dume S.

    The sesame chicken is not so bad. Order 1 for two persons it will be ok with steamed rice !

    Dume Siacci · June 5, 2011
  • Jack S.

    Really great place to take parents & our-of-town guests, the sauce on the shrimp packets is sooooooooo good.

    Jack Shamama · November 13, 2010
  • Humanatek S.

    Just ordered the shrimp stir fry rice... mixed w/some chili paste and soysauce= YUM-GASM!

  • Humanatek S.

    Finally don't miss the sweet spicy stir fry egg plant: AMAZING!

  • RE B.

    I've never used the menu here. Just tell them what you like and how hungry you are and wonderful and tasty food will be produced post haste!

    RE B · September 22, 2014
  • Lydia U.

    Really full and yummy place. There's usually a line in front of the place and that's why lots of bypassers stop. Good spices. Prices are pretty low. Very social place.

    Lydia Unicørn · September 16, 2014
  • Gary B.

    Excellent all around. The best dumplings.

    Gary Bacon · August 8, 2014
  • Dai S.

    Very touristy, but solid food. Like others have said, have the owners order for you, and you'll get some gems that you won't find on the menu.

    Dai Shi · August 6, 2014
  • Aaron B.

    when it's not busy, let the chef order for your party. you will not regret it.

    Aaron Beppu · September 9, 2013
  • Greg G.

    Forego the menu and ask the owner to bring you whatever is fresh.

    Greg Gioia · September 3, 2013
  • Rachel G.

    Get the eggplant!

    Rachel Gruber · September 2, 2013
  • Reno M.

    This place is a tourist trap. The food used to be good 15years ago but now shafting tourists. Go to nearby R&G Lounge for excellent Chinese food. Tip: go downstairs and have baked crab

    Reno M · May 16, 2013
  • Mary B.

    Bad service they never refilled my water, they forgot my salad the food was good but not worth it. Rude waiters bad plum wine.. I was really excited to come here but will never come again 

    Mary Beth · January 9, 2013
  • Erica L.

    Eat endless plates of pot stickers, house noodles, sea same chicken, and salt & pepper shrimp

    Erica L · December 5, 2012
  • Kelley

    Can't go wrong with family style. Let the owner order for you. Amazing ❤

    Kelley · November 11, 2012
  • Alan K.

    Have been a customer for over 20 years, the best chinese food in SF

    Alan Kelly · April 14, 2012
  • Debra D.

    Be aware they don't honor the Amex special.

    Debra D · March 16, 2012
  • Vance W.

    Get the sesame chicken, +1

    Vance Wallace · March 4, 2012
  • john r.

    Food is decent, better than other Chinatown tourist traps, not the best in town. Don't let owner order for you. He will recommend too much food. Sauces can be cloyingly… (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    john rojas · February 28, 2012
  • Alex N.

    Sesame Chicken is amazing.

    Alex N · November 12, 2011
  • Humanatek S.

    Try the eggplant stirfry with the yummy sweet sauce and do NOT leave without the ordering the Nanking beef, the best plate in the house!

  • Ryan S.

    The wait here is ridicul

    Ryan Scott · August 9, 2011
  • Amanda V.

    Sizzling rice soup, yum. As for extra crispy rice.

    Amanda Van nuys · August 5, 2011
  • Humanatek S.

    Just tell if you're checking out lunch or dinner b/c the stir fried egg plany is amazing!!

  • Humanatek S.

    You thnk you know Chinese? NOT! You need to go Nanking style! Very different take on Mushu chicken.. YUM!!!

  • John W.

    Avoid the tea. It's served in a pint glass that's way too hot to handle, and it's an unstrained floral concoction.

    John W · August 28, 2010
  • Sosia B.

    If you like the food here, you are a tourist. It is yuck!

    Sosia Bert · July 21, 2010
  • John L.

    Steamed dumplings, sesame chicken, calamari ... Yuuuuummmm!!!!

    John Ledford · June 9, 2010
  • amelia m.

    Had MSG poisoning here yesterday. 5.19.10.

    amelia milo · May 20, 2010
  • Yin L.

    If you can Chinese, ask for the Chinese menu. It's got different items, including noodle soup.

    Yin Li · 1 day ago

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