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Hours

Regular Hours

Services/Products
  • Yes
Payment method
visa, no credit cards
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
Chinatown, Northeast San Francisco, North Beach
Categories
Chinese Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Paid, Street

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

Price Range : Below Average

Services: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible

Good For Family: Yes

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gregburm

11/03/2012

Overall
Come For The Food

Mom and pop place. Come for the food. Onion cakes, Honey Chili chicken especially good. All fresh ingredients. Super good, very reasonable ($). If your near Chinatown come by, you won't be sorry.

Jennarchie

08/21/2009

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Overall
I dream about his Onion Cakes

I still dream about Chef Jia's onion cakes and peanut sauce! I try to replicate it - but it's impossible. I also love that his stir fry has sweet potatoes in it. I am a vegetarian and found a large amount of menu items I could choose from. I loved his rolling lettuce vegetables and still think that there is no comparison to Nanking. I always walked right in - an ate - no wait! I also remember seeing him and his wife walking down Kearny to work every day hand in hand! Love and miss Chef Jia!

ralomar

10/02/2007

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Overall
DISGUSTING FOOD!

I just don't get it! We ate there last night (6 of us) and ordered a bunch of different things and were HUGELY disappointed! Almost everything we got was prepared in the same way: covered in batter, deep fried and then covered in a gloopy sauce. Even the fish fillet which I was hoping would resemble a fillet was like this. The only dishes where I could tell what kind of meat I was eating was the mushu chicken and that was mediocre at best. I will never return to this place nor recommend it. I am so disapponted I feel like I threw my money away and wish that I could take back the evening and eat somewhere else. If you must eat here, then the only thing I would order is the Chinese broccoli and rice- I wish that's all I ordered. We are embarassed that we brought people her.

pb800

09/04/2006

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Overall
Delicious Cheap Eat

This place is great. I ate like a queen for 5 bucks. I had the spicy honey chicken. It was out of this world.It also came with soup and rice. Highly recommended. No line and fresh, sizzling hot food!

jack_n_marin

04/10/2006

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Overall
This is the place for delicious cheap eats

I was walking around chinatown with a friend and saw the long line at House of Naking and no people next door. There were several newspaper/magazine articles about the place though. I ask a man coming out if the place was good and he said best honey chili chicken in town. In fact, that is what appealed to me when looking at the menu posted outside. Anyway, it was really delicious and a great value. The honey chili chicken was great and they have the best onion cakes I have ever had. They give you peanut sauce to put on it. Yummy! The hot and sour soup was very different from the usual stuff you get at most chinese places. It had chicken and shrimp and was very spicey. I am getting hungry for it just writing about it.

luxtron

12/19/2005

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Overall
locals favorite

every review below this one has hit the nail on the head--chef jia's is excellent! cheap, fresh, and delicious! vegetarian rice plates are only $4.80, and the portions are gigantic. it amazes me this place isn't always packed, but it's better because unless it's 7:30 on a saturday night, you never have to wait to be seated, even with a large group.

recently they have added brown rice to the menu, which is a huge plus! they have the best onion cake in the city, and superior string beans. be prepared though, the place is cash only; and they are, sadly, closed for lunch on the weekends (opening for dinner at 4pm).

emeraldas

11/12/2005

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Overall
Best Chinese food in the U.S.A.

When my husband and I moved to the Bay Area in 99, we sampled different Chinese restaurants. THANK GOODNESS Nanking was closed the day we first visited Chinatown, otherwise we would have missed the glorious experience that is the gourmet delicacies of Chef Jias. Thereafter, we refused to eat anywhere else in SF. The piquant sauces, large portions, and inexpensive prices are just too yummy for words. We tended to choose the same entree at every visit, and pretty soon the server knew our order by heart. A few years later, we had to move, and since then have yet to find a better restaurant. Chef Jias hot and sour soup is still the best weve ever tasted. Now, after 3 years, we are back in northern California and will be resuming our regular trek to this astounding restaurant. Give Chef Jias your undying devotionyou will not regret it!

webbie

09/08/2004

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Overall
Smart tourists go here

When my wife and I travel, we ask the locals where we should go eat. We were directed to the House of Nan King. As we turned the block and saw the line, I remembered reading on Citysearch about a place right next door to the ""tourist"" spot that was just as good. Luckily for us, there is only one Chinese restaurant right next door to HoNK!.

The locals are right, this place ROCKS! I highly recommend the hot and sour soup - best I've ever had. I also recommend ""The Lover's Prawns"".

I really wanted to tell everyone standing in line for the place next door that they were wasting their time, the real deal is at Chef Jia's

joemck65

07/06/2004

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Overall
Top dog in a city full of great chinese

After 6 years in SF I can say with confidence that Chef Jia's is the best chinese food in the city.

Ignore the fools in the long line next door at House of Nan King (everything there tastes the same).

SF is a city full of great chinese food and this is the best, what else is there to say?

meltingspace

06/13/2004

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Overall
The best damn place in the world!!!!!

this is my favorite rest. in the world. I love steven & nancy. they always have a warm smile for me and the food is fabulous. cheap, fresh, and excellent.

the best, hands down. sorry suckers next door.

honey chili chicken and onion cake are to die for.

vandana_nair

05/14/2003

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Overall
A well kept secret?

I'm amazed that the self proclaimed cheap-chinese aficionados are not mobbing this place night and day... The food here is amazing - try the 'fresh spicy garlic chicken' - it's delicious.

howudoinsf

04/08/2003

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Overall
Mild, please

Chef Jia is a regular lunch-time stop for me, normally once a week. For a little over $5 you can get a hot and sour soup, heaping portion of rice topped with a delicious and spicy entree. I typically get the broccoli-chicken or stringbean-chicken. If you finish it all you will easily be headed to a food coma. I've tried a couple of their appetizers which are fine but the entree should be enough. Note, they use a lot of chili paste so I typically ask for my dish mild...

jhayes4

02/01/2003

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Overall
cheap, quick and tasty chinese

nestled in amongst dozens of chinese restaurants in/around kearny, this is perhaps the best. the cheapest one of the block (with decore to match) chef jia has a ton of lunch specials for under $5.

Saw this listing first in Let's Go SF book and it hasn't disappointed. good spicy garlic dishes.

patti317

10/26/2002

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Overall
unbeatable chinese

No frills - just cheap, delicious Chinese food without the wait. This is pretty much the only place in the city I've gone to for Chinese in the last five years. Give it a try!

mv6198

10/03/2002

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Overall
Good, really cheap food.

Pretty tasty food, but we ended up ordering dishes that all tasted the same, not unlike House of Nanking. Definitely, skip the line at House of Nanking and check this place out.

MIMINKA

08/27/2002

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Overall
BEST HOT & SOUR SOUP IN TOWN!!

THIS PLACE ROCKS! I ALWAYS HAVE TO GIGGLE AT THE HUGE LINE OUTSIDE HOUSE OF NANKING. IF ONLY THOSE TOURISTS KNEW THAT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN TOWN IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR. THE HOT & SOUR SOUP AND SPRING ROLLS ARE TO DIE FOR BUT I'VE HONESTLY NEVER TRIED ANYTHING HERE THAT I DIDN'T LIKE!!

QueyPas

05/23/2002

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Overall
AWESOME CHINESE EATZ!

Perfect Sauces! LARGE portions!
The food is just wonderful. Never a bad experience!

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