House of Nanking

★★★★★
  • 919 Kearny St

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Cross street: at Columbus

    Map & Directions
  • 415-421-1429

About House of Nanking

Hours
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm

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Great service!!! very nice staff they were very helpful

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Great service!!! very nice staff they were very helpful

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This place is a joke and should be out of business. The lady who runs it is rude impolite and racist. Don' t ever go there. The site states it is open until 10 pm, we got there at 9pm. and this lady asked us how many in a very rude way.

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This place is a joke and should be out of business. The lady who runs it is rude impolite and racist. Don' t ever go there. The site states it is open until 10 pm, we got there at 9pm. and this lady asked us how many in a very rude way.

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I just gave House Of Nanking a 'Recommend' at Citysearch

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I just gave House Of Nanking a 'Recommend' at Citysearch

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Thought we'd have to wait forever on the SantaCon Saturday night just before 8 pm but ended up in a pocket and got in pretty quickly. Fortunately the owner came over to take our order, and when he heard that this was our first time he

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Thought we'd have to wait forever on the SantaCon Saturday night just before 8 pm but ended up in a pocket and got in pretty quickly. Fortunately the owner came over to take our order, and when he heard that this was our first time he

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Asked the server what she recommends... in her accent - told us that we were eating the food and that we needed to decide what we wanted. We ordered and asked if she thought that was enough food for our party. She said she didn't know

3
★★★★★

Asked the server what she recommends... in her accent - told us that we were eating the food and that we needed to decide what we wanted. We ordered and asked if she thought that was enough food for our party. She said she didn't know

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It is strictly Asian fusion food. Menu is Chinese but the food is strictly Asian fusion with Thai spices. Limited choices, long wait lines, cash-only, no customer service.

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★★★★★

It is strictly Asian fusion food. Menu is Chinese but the food is strictly Asian fusion with Thai spices. Limited choices, long wait lines, cash-only, no customer service.

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Next to my one star CitySearch says "Eh". No. Not "Eh". Not even close to "Eh". This was really bad, to the point where I 'm goin to tell the hotel concierge to stop sending people here.\r
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Service was very slow, and when someone finally

3
★★★★★

Next to my one star CitySearch says "Eh". No. Not "Eh". Not even close to "Eh". This was really bad, to the point where I 'm goin to tell the hotel concierge to stop sending people here.\r
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Service was very slow, and when someone finally

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The food is wonderful, however, it is best to tell the server that you would like a meal and what you don't eat (ex. "I vegetarian") and let them bring you whatever they choose...at least that is how it used to be. Once when I was there a

3
★★★★★

The food is wonderful, however, it is best to tell the server that you would like a meal and what you don't eat (ex. "I vegetarian") and let them bring you whatever they choose...at least that is how it used to be. Once when I was there a

Pros: the whole experience

Cons: they are in SF instead on near my house in Somerville

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I just do not get why people are so crazy about this place? I have been here a few times, and it is ALWAYS the same experience:
* Cramped, long tables elbow to elbow with strangers. Forget having a conversation there.
* LOUSY LOUSY LOUSY

3
★★★★★

I just do not get why people are so crazy about this place? I have been here a few times, and it is ALWAYS the same experience:
* Cramped, long tables elbow to elbow with strangers. Forget having a conversation there.
* LOUSY LOUSY LOUSY

Pros: Touristy. Can be fun in a group

Cons: Everything else

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Great food. Had onion cakes, calamari, and some fish something or other, and it was all great.

3
★★★★★

Great food. Had onion cakes, calamari, and some fish something or other, and it was all great.

Pros: everything was good

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Was visiting SF and was having drinks at the The Clift bar. As we were leaving we asked a bellman where he would go eat Chinese. He sent us to The House. When we got there we started to walk in when a little lady shooed us out and told

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Was visiting SF and was having drinks at the The Clift bar. As we were leaving we asked a bellman where he would go eat Chinese. He sent us to The House. When we got there we started to walk in when a little lady shooed us out and told

Pros: Food and Atmosphere

Cons: I don't live in SF and get to go more often

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I have been eating at The House for about 20 years. We live out of town now, but get to go about every 2 years. The food is consistently great, the service is consistently amusing (think no nonsense). If you are looking for formal dining,

3
★★★★★

I have been eating at The House for about 20 years. We live out of town now, but get to go about every 2 years. The food is consistently great, the service is consistently amusing (think no nonsense). If you are looking for formal dining,

Pros: Food/Can drink beer outside while wating

Cons: The wait (See Pros)

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The onion cakes. A woman waiting for a table must have seen the look on my face when I put it into my mouth, because when she passed by she stopped and asked what that dish was. Our other dishes were good too, but the service could

3
★★★★★

The onion cakes. A woman waiting for a table must have seen the look on my face when I put it into my mouth, because when she passed by she stopped and asked what that dish was. Our other dishes were good too, but the service could

Pros: the food

Cons: lack of service, the wait, smushed seating, price, lies

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This place was on our list to try for several years before we got around to going, it was a complete waste of time and money. I can't imagine why people wait in line for this stuff. We ordered the shrimp pancake and sesame chicken with

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★★★★★

This place was on our list to try for several years before we got around to going, it was a complete waste of time and money. I can't imagine why people wait in line for this stuff. We ordered the shrimp pancake and sesame chicken with

Pros: Made for a good laugh afterwards

Cons: Nasty, salty, greasy food. Dirty and sticky.

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This is hands down the best place to stuff your face =]
(I could be a slogan writer)
Any chain Chinese restaurant can make chicken chow mien or beef broccoli, but none of them order for you like the House of Nanking, I went there and

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★★★★★

This is hands down the best place to stuff your face =]
(I could be a slogan writer)
Any chain Chinese restaurant can make chicken chow mien or beef broccoli, but none of them order for you like the House of Nanking, I went there and

Pros: Everything

Cons: the idiots who don't appreciate a mom-and-pop restaurant !

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Why do good things have to change?I went to this restaurant 5 years ago and thought I had discovered a gem. Now the owner took many steps in the wrong direction.
They "updated" the walls inside and out, but still has the same cheap,

3
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Why do good things have to change?I went to this restaurant 5 years ago and thought I had discovered a gem. Now the owner took many steps in the wrong direction.
They "updated" the walls inside and out, but still has the same cheap,

Pros: Mr Fang,food

Cons: everything else, particularly prices

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There was a long line, and they crammed our party of 10 into a space big enough for 8, but the owner was charming and sweet. He promised to take care of us and the next thing we knew, dish after dish was being placed on our table and

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There was a long line, and they crammed our party of 10 into a space big enough for 8, but the owner was charming and sweet. He promised to take care of us and the next thing we knew, dish after dish was being placed on our table and

Pros: Food is fantastic!

Cons: Small space, always a wait

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if you love MSG, then this is the place for you. all of the dishes, while tasty, are just loaded with the wonder spice which'll leave you with the nice dry feeling after your meal.

it won't run you too much money, but if you get there

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★★★★★

if you love MSG, then this is the place for you. all of the dishes, while tasty, are just loaded with the wonder spice which'll leave you with the nice dry feeling after your meal.

it won't run you too much money, but if you get there

Pros: fast

Cons: MSG, long lines

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After reading reviews of House of Nanking NO ONE should be expecting good service. The food however is fabulous. Don't expect typical, traditional Chinese ... this is Chinese fusion and is light and unique.
We go because the bad

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★★★★★

After reading reviews of House of Nanking NO ONE should be expecting good service. The food however is fabulous. Don't expect typical, traditional Chinese ... this is Chinese fusion and is light and unique.
We go because the bad

Pros: excellent food

Cons: terrible service

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Where do I begin. I had a party 6 with 3 kids. We waited 40 minutes with numerous other parties getting in ahead due to our size.
We were seated and owner ordered for us, the meal was awful. One dish too salty, another too sweet, no

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★★★★★

Where do I begin. I had a party 6 with 3 kids. We waited 40 minutes with numerous other parties getting in ahead due to our size.
We were seated and owner ordered for us, the meal was awful. One dish too salty, another too sweet, no

Cons: Food, Service, Wait

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House of Nanking food has lost some of its luster of late. They used to have the most fantastic garlic filled dishes like stuffed mushrooms, onion pancake, and orange beef. Now, everything seems to have the same sauce and tastes the same.

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★★★★★

House of Nanking food has lost some of its luster of late. They used to have the most fantastic garlic filled dishes like stuffed mushrooms, onion pancake, and orange beef. Now, everything seems to have the same sauce and tastes the same.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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If you go here, tell them to just bring you what they make well... no need to order any old favorites like Beef Broccoli or Pork Chow Mein.

The things they bring out are unique and really quite different from any other Chinese you'll

3
★★★★★

If you go here, tell them to just bring you what they make well... no need to order any old favorites like Beef Broccoli or Pork Chow Mein.

The things they bring out are unique and really quite different from any other Chinese you'll

Pros: Unique selection

Cons: Wait is ridiculous

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We had a great dinner here about two weeks ago. I'd never been, but always heard it was one of the key places in San Francisco Chinatown to go.

What was great is that it wasn't a standard Chinese food menu, but had some really interesting

3
★★★★★

We had a great dinner here about two weeks ago. I'd never been, but always heard it was one of the key places in San Francisco Chinatown to go.

What was great is that it wasn't a standard Chinese food menu, but had some really interesting

Pros: innovative and really tasty dishes

Cons: beef is high quality - but it was stewed

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This is the best chicka chinese food ever. A lil dirty but food is o so good.

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This is the best chicka chinese food ever. A lil dirty but food is o so good.

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If you're going to eat at House of Nanking, I think I should tell you to reconsider it. First of all, the foods were really bad after remodeling. I always went to this place on my San Francisco trip, and what a disappointment. They

3
★★★★★

If you're going to eat at House of Nanking, I think I should tell you to reconsider it. First of all, the foods were really bad after remodeling. I always went to this place on my San Francisco trip, and what a disappointment. They

Cons: customer servce, food, cleanness

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this place used be one of our favorite, today however, we have decided to never go again!\r
we waited about 40 minutes outside, we were seated near a toilet, the owner/waiter came to ask us about our order and became rude and irritated

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★★★★★

this place used be one of our favorite, today however, we have decided to never go again!\r
we waited about 40 minutes outside, we were seated near a toilet, the owner/waiter came to ask us about our order and became rude and irritated

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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My mother and I were visiting San Francisco and wanted to find a great Chinese place in Chinatown. We were shocked to find that we were put at a tiny table pushed up to our neighbors tables on both sides. The menu was extremely limited and

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My mother and I were visiting San Francisco and wanted to find a great Chinese place in Chinatown. We were shocked to find that we were put at a tiny table pushed up to our neighbors tables on both sides. The menu was extremely limited and

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Terrible waitstaff, pushy waiters, below-average food

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Hola a todos, creo que los placeres de la vida no tienen fronteras.\r
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Este restaurante tiene un excelente sabor en especial un pollo del cual el nombre no recuerdo, ya que no puedo leer caracteres chinos, o al menos aun no aprendo,

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★★★★★

Hola a todos, creo que los placeres de la vida no tienen fronteras.\r
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Este restaurante tiene un excelente sabor en especial un pollo del cual el nombre no recuerdo, ya que no puedo leer caracteres chinos, o al menos aun no aprendo,

Pros: taste

Cons: service and ice tea

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the restaurant was not full of people. the table was not cleaned and felt sticky to the touch. the elderly chinese man who took our order was impatient and appeared uninterested in our patronage. the waiter who brought our food to the

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★★★★★

the restaurant was not full of people. the table was not cleaned and felt sticky to the touch. the elderly chinese man who took our order was impatient and appeared uninterested in our patronage. the waiter who brought our food to the

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House of Nanking is one of the best chinese restaurants I've eaten in & I've eaten in China Town restaurants all over the US. This place is authentic! It's a San Fran local hotspot & you have to go early or late because it's so popular

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House of Nanking is one of the best chinese restaurants I've eaten in & I've eaten in China Town restaurants all over the US. This place is authentic! It's a San Fran local hotspot & you have to go early or late because it's so popular

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: Wait to be seated

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A bus driver suggested that we try this place, and we were SO happy we did. This is by far the best Chinese I've ever eaten. Absolutely loved it!!! The service was great too - love the guy that takes the orders, love that you're not

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A bus driver suggested that we try this place, and we were SO happy we did. This is by far the best Chinese I've ever eaten. Absolutely loved it!!! The service was great too - love the guy that takes the orders, love that you're not

Pros: Best food, great service

Cons: we can't think of any at all

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Oh my god this is the most wonderful place in the world! The food is so delicous...! I went to san francisco with my husband 2 weeks ago and i have been planning a trip back since! Just because of the food at nanking! the service was

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Oh my god this is the most wonderful place in the world! The food is so delicous...! I went to san francisco with my husband 2 weeks ago and i have been planning a trip back since! Just because of the food at nanking! the service was

Pros: Thumbs up all the way! Great food!

Cons: Bad service

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Small, hard to find, but incredible food. Bring cash and a big appetite. If you are unsure of the menu, the wait staff can provide excellent advice. Highly recommend.

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Small, hard to find, but incredible food. Bring cash and a big appetite. If you are unsure of the menu, the wait staff can provide excellent advice. Highly recommend.

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Ever felt like you got sucked into a crowded bus passing itself off as a eatery? Well at Nanking you are put on the assembly line and given overcooked foods no chinese person would eat. Not sure why they wait in line for this. Go around

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Ever felt like you got sucked into a crowded bus passing itself off as a eatery? Well at Nanking you are put on the assembly line and given overcooked foods no chinese person would eat. Not sure why they wait in line for this. Go around

Cons: crowded, overcooked

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You can tell by the reviews that not too many folks fall in the middle on this place. Either you love it or you don't. If you're expecting good service and better dining conditions, you're out of luck. The food should be your reason for

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You can tell by the reviews that not too many folks fall in the middle on this place. Either you love it or you don't. If you're expecting good service and better dining conditions, you're out of luck. The food should be your reason for

Pros: Great food, quick service

Cons: Dirty, Seedy location

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Tourist trap. I've never seen people line up outside a Chinese food restaurant only to go in to be abused by the rude serving staff, be stuffed into unconfortable seating arangement, served food in dirty plates and be handed a heafty bill

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Tourist trap. I've never seen people line up outside a Chinese food restaurant only to go in to be abused by the rude serving staff, be stuffed into unconfortable seating arangement, served food in dirty plates and be handed a heafty bill

Pros: Leaving the restaurant

Cons: Entering the restaurant

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My friend found the restaurent on this website. He wanted to taste the food, so I went there with him. why I didn't like this place:\r
1: no one greated me when I was walking into the door.\r
2: there was no ice in water glass, the water

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★★★★★

My friend found the restaurent on this website. He wanted to taste the food, so I went there with him. why I didn't like this place:\r
1: no one greated me when I was walking into the door.\r
2: there was no ice in water glass, the water

Pros: I may take my non-asian friends to this place

Cons: everything else

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I read and heard about the great reviews that restaurant has but I did not have a pleasant experience when we ate there. My husband and I saw one of the waiters sneeze around and onto plates of food and still served it! I'm very

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I read and heard about the great reviews that restaurant has but I did not have a pleasant experience when we ate there. My husband and I saw one of the waiters sneeze around and onto plates of food and still served it! I'm very

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I have been to House of Nanking quite a few times. I have been when it was still just a tiny little hole, and more recently since they have slightly upgraded. The owner still comes to the tables and still recommends dishes off the menu.

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★★★★★

I have been to House of Nanking quite a few times. I have been when it was still just a tiny little hole, and more recently since they have slightly upgraded. The owner still comes to the tables and still recommends dishes off the menu.

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After reading the many reviews that seem to jump from the positve extreme of "best Chinese food in the world" to the negative of "dirtiest, rudest restaurant you could ever find", we decided to try House of Nanking and see who was right.

3
★★★★★

After reading the many reviews that seem to jump from the positve extreme of "best Chinese food in the world" to the negative of "dirtiest, rudest restaurant you could ever find", we decided to try House of Nanking and see who was right.

Pros: Seasame chicken and decent value

Cons: Service, Ambience, Potential Wait

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Having read reviews ahead of time, this was one of the few restaurants cross-referenced in multiple guidebooks. Whether it was my mohawk, or the fact that I ordered right, I don't know, but this was some of the best Asian food I've had.

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★★★★★

Having read reviews ahead of time, this was one of the few restaurants cross-referenced in multiple guidebooks. Whether it was my mohawk, or the fact that I ordered right, I don't know, but this was some of the best Asian food I've had.

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Took a chance on this place, based on a cab driver's recommendation. Everything we ate was amazing. Atmosphere was informal, looking more like a 'diner' than what I expected. Despite the casual setting, the food was amazing. Loved the

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★★★★★

Took a chance on this place, based on a cab driver's recommendation. Everything we ate was amazing. Atmosphere was informal, looking more like a 'diner' than what I expected. Despite the casual setting, the food was amazing. Loved the

Pros: Great food. Fast Service. Value due to large servings.

Cons: Pretty casual. Not a place for a romantic dinner. Busy and noisy.

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It's hard to call this authentic Chinese food when there are virtually never any Asians dining here. You're in Chinatown, in a city that's almost 50% Asian. There's something seriously strange about seeing only backpackers thumbing

3
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It's hard to call this authentic Chinese food when there are virtually never any Asians dining here. You're in Chinatown, in a city that's almost 50% Asian. There's something seriously strange about seeing only backpackers thumbing

Pros: you can trade travel tips with other out-of-towners

Cons: so many other better Chinese restaurants in the city

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I have eaten here for many years ...the food is excellent,but I eat here recently and hair was fried into my Garlic fish. It was so gross. The server offered another fresh dish. I declined ,who could eat after that. they took it off the

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I have eaten here for many years ...the food is excellent,but I eat here recently and hair was fried into my Garlic fish. It was so gross. The server offered another fresh dish. I declined ,who could eat after that. they took it off the

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We stumbled into House of Nanking by chance after spotting the Citysearch and Zagat stickers on the window and the dining room that was filled to the brim at 5:00. We decided to take a chance, and boy were we glad we did! Yes the dining

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★★★★★

We stumbled into House of Nanking by chance after spotting the Citysearch and Zagat stickers on the window and the dining room that was filled to the brim at 5:00. We decided to take a chance, and boy were we glad we did! Yes the dining

Pros: Great Chinese Food, Hole-in-the-wall Ambiance

Cons: Crowded, Hard to get the server's attention

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I am reading bad reviews at this restaruant. I don't think people "get" what they are going to get at this restaurant. It is what it is. Excellent food, hole in the wall. Go there, eat and enjoy.

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★★★★★

I am reading bad reviews at this restaruant. I don't think people "get" what they are going to get at this restaurant. It is what it is. Excellent food, hole in the wall. Go there, eat and enjoy.

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My husband and I went here for dinner tonight and I still can't get the nasty taste out of my mouth. I honestly don't know why anyone would call this food good. We're from Chicago and have eaten good Chinese food before, i'd say Panda

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My husband and I went here for dinner tonight and I still can't get the nasty taste out of my mouth. I honestly don't know why anyone would call this food good. We're from Chicago and have eaten good Chinese food before, i'd say Panda

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I enjoy going to the House of Nanking whenever I am in San Francisco. Located in Chinatown, it's a great little hole in the wall where a menu is optional and getting the daily special is usually a pretty good option. If you've never been there, you might want to look at a menu but usually they come up to you and ask you if you would like pork, beef, or chicken and then they'll just make you the special, which is usually great. If you are on a budget and want a taste of Chinatown, I'd definitely recommend this restaurant. Go in on an afternoon or early evening to avoid the usual crowds.

PROS: Good food, fast service on weekdays
CONS: a tad greasy, bring the antacids

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I enjoy going to the House of Nanking whenever I am in San Francisco. Located in Chinatown, it's a great little hole in the wall where a menu is optional and getting the daily special is usually a pretty good option. If you've never been there, you might want to look at a menu but usually they come up to you and ask you if you would like pork, beef, or chicken and then they'll just make you the special, which is usually great. If you are on a budget and want a taste of Chinatown, I'd definitely recommend this restaurant. Go in on an afternoon or early evening to avoid the usual crowds.

PROS: Good food, fast service on weekdays
CONS: a tad greasy, bring the antacids

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I think this survives off some long ago reputation, which I never experienced. All the guide books recommend, and tourists swarm here. If you like greasy mediocre chinese food and a really long wait then come here and you wont be disapointed. Otherwise many other fine choices in Chinatown.

PROS: Good prices
CONS: Long lines of tourists, greasy food.

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I think this survives off some long ago reputation, which I never experienced. All the guide books recommend, and tourists swarm here. If you like greasy mediocre chinese food and a really long wait then come here and you wont be disapointed. Otherwise many other fine choices in Chinatown.

PROS: Good prices
CONS: Long lines of tourists, greasy food.

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There's no denying that House of Nanking is popular with students and tourists, who line up for the inexpensive, spicy food. Try the good spring-onion cakes or the spicy, dry-cooked string beans. Dishes include shrimp cooked in Tsing Tao…

 

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