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China Live, San Francisco, CA
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China Live

4.6
4.6
2374 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
China Live, Eater's "Restaurant of the Year," features fresh, seasonal Chinese cuisine cooked from specialized stations that merge traditional Chinese and Western culinary equipment. Our main dining area, with views of our exhibition kitchens, plays centerpiece, appointed with chairs and tables all handcrafted in China from reclaimed Chinese elm. We also offer outside dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 788-8188

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    George Chen

  • Catering

    We offer delivery via multiple Delivery Services (i.e. DoorDash, Caviar, GrubHub, etc), plus Zesty & Moby Dish. If interested in learning more please email events@chinalivesf.com

  • Private party facilities

    China Live can host everything from intimate parties of 10 people to large reception-style events for up to 825 with multiple sensory experiences.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole White: (844) 860-7139

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    Stockton & Grant (@ Powell)

  • Parking details

    In addition to Street Parking, there are also several public parking options: North Beach Public Parking @ 735 Vallejo St. and Vallejo Parking Garage @ 766 Vallejo St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,374 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. JJ

    JayJay

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A pleasant dining experience. The service was great and the food was tasty. We ordered some ribs, shu mai, xiao long bao and pork bao.
  2. E

    Elaineleehappyvegan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Taste better than most restaurants! I would recommend to my friends
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Buena comida, pero hacen un cobro por servicio del 20% sin avisar.
  4. d

    dorans

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Asian fusion with unique options
  5. DF

    DonF

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service everyone there does a great job.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Fish was bad Food and service has dropped off the map
  7. DE

    DENNIS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu included many different dishes. The Duck in a Sesame Bun was different from the white buns. The beef with green peas was delicious.
  8. GB

    GabrielaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dice, I recommended , be sure of it
  9. a

    andi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Having been there many times before Covid, this is not the same place. Waiter was excellent but there is a mandatory 20% service chargenon all orders. The menu had changed entirely so the gfood that brought me in is no longer there. The food we had was good but we probably won't go back to the reasons above.
  10. AP

    AmyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The ambiance is very nice. It’s definitely not what I would call authentic food. The service was mediocre at best. Seemed like server was just trying to get through the night. Also I felt like they were not really trying because 20% gratuity is included in the check. The Peking duck buns were quite tasty as well as the Hong Kong style fried noodles. The Chinese broccoli dishes, dumplings were all terrible! We will not return here again.
  11. j

    j9re

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the hosts to the wait staff, the service was world-class. The food could not have been better. We got recommendations on wine and dishes from our waiter and my clients were thrilled. Thank you!
  12. L

    Lane

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive. Would definitely come back any time.
  13. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive? yes, but the food was so good! We love the fun ambiance here and the delicious dishes just kept coming!! Our waiter Raffi was great, providing excellent service and giving us great tips about what to order. By the end of the meal, we just trusted all his advice! Seems like a fun place for larger groups too. When you get there, don't think about it--just order the pork dumplings and duck sandwich things. You'll be so happy.
  14. KC

    KateC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food, fun atmosphere. Our table of 8 loved everything about the evening. Will be back!
  15. P

    Pete

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Possibly the worst Chinese food I've ever had (esp. comparing with Hong Kong and Vancouver BC). We followed the waitperson's advice and ordered a few of the "signature dishes" - this turned out to be a bad idea. The "#1 Seller Famous Sheng Jian Bao 'SJB' Daily Made Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings" had stodgy skin and flavorless contents. (But the presentation was attractive and the ginger-infused vinegar was interesting) The "Hong Kong Wok-Fried Egg Noodles with Mushroom & Bok Choy" had 3 tiny pieces of Bok Choy and about the same number of pieces of mushroom (with a fair bit of chicken); and I've had crispier and less oily noodles. The less said about the "Three Styles Spicy Tofu Medley with Seasonal Veg", the better. We booked an early seating; as the place filled up, the noise level became so high that we could barely talk - and we weren't at the edge of the restaurant. On top of that, sales tax was calculated on top of the mandatory 20% "service charge". Pretty sure tax isn't payable on tips or service charge. The place is attractive, and makes one anticipate tasty food. Too bad it doesn't live up to its marketing.
  16. S

    Scott

    Denver

    55 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    THE ABSOLUTE WORST ASIAN FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD. THIS WAS THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF OUR WEEK IN SAN FRANCISCO. DO NOT GO HERE!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy! We had a late dinner and it was wonderful
  18. c

    coril

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, drinks, & service! Highly recommend!
  19. JO

    JOMA65

    Puebla

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Los sabores de ma comida muy recomendable
  20. PG

    PaulaG

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The Bao was not as good as usual and the order of dishes did not come out as requested. Small details but the restaurant is usually perfect and I hope it stays so
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service … nice atmosphere.. tasty food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and food thanks!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Very poor service. We arrived as soon as the restaurant opened, and it took a long time to order. They added an automatic 20% gratuity at the end without forewarning which I find annoying.
  24. E

    Elaineleehappyvegan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good vegan options
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner here. Food was delicious with generous portions and lots of flavor. Service was great too. A little pricy but that’s expected in a touristy area.
  26. c

    cynthiac

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food.
  27. v

    voodoominx

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic place for a dynamic date or a group outing. Fun atmosphere, delectable food.
  28. D

    David

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent. Service was a little spotty. There were many times when we sat waiting for attention while the server was chatting too long way other tables. Then other times the server would stop by and start a long discussion with us when we were trying to have a private dialog. Other than that, everything was excellent and we would definitely go again.
  29. P

    Pompy

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Will be back with more people to enjoy the environment, food and service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Once we got seated - had a reservation but didn’t get a table for another 40 minutes- the food was fabulous, our server was lovely. The upstairs bar is really great as well!
  31. TB

    TomB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying a fabulous restaurant!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Went for the closing of SF restaurant week and there was supposed to be a "special" menu for $65/pp that was not posted ahead of time. The food was not special in anyway and just expensive versions of what you could get at Panda Express- green beans, kung Pao chicken, fried rice, shrimp and some sort of sticky rib. Wouldn't have attended this meal if I knew that was going to be served. The wait staff was really good!
  33. S

    Sean

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    China Live held their first ever brunch on sunday - unfortunately the seating/check-in process was a bit of mess (took about 40 minutes). The food was average, the highlights were the fried rice & duck sesame pockets. There are much better high end dim sum options around the city (Palette Tea House).
  34. JL

    JenniferL

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    This is a review of an Eat Drink SF Brunch ticketed event. The food and staff were good, but unfortunately they seemed to be very understaffed and did not allow enough time between reservations. We arrived for a 12:30pm reservation, stood in line for another 30 minutes to check in with the hostess. The hostess was kind and had to multi-task with check ins, seating and even wiping down tables. They offered champagne right before we were seated and were very apologetic. The food was a generous portion and delicious. We just had an unpleasant wait time of almost an hour with reservations.
  35. RM

    RMoral

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a 12:30pm reservation for the special Sunday brunch as did numerous other people in a long line waiting to check in with the hostess. The poor girl had to individually check for open tables, take guests to their tables, hand them menus, bus tables, and even serve some cocktails. She had to deal with an increasingly irate crowd but she did and was nicely apologetic. Another server from inside came out and poured complmentary glasses of Mumms bubbles which helped considerably and should have been done sooner as a goodwill gesture goes a long way. We ended up being seated around 1:15pm. Once we were there, the service and food were great.
  36. L

    Lilly

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent & portions are generous. Service is fantastic as usual. Can't wait for our next visit.
  37. CH

    CharlotteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken lettuce cups were fantastic, as were the duck sesame pockets. We are visiting from the UK but we would definitely visit again!
  38. KJ

    KeithJ

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The dining room is spacious, thoughtfully curated and well managed. The menu consists fun twists on traditional Chinese preparations, whilst maintaining authenticity. It is well staffed and the service was top-notch, from check-in to paying the bill. We didn't explore the shopping, but the offerings were well presented. We decided that it would be a good spot to take out of town visitors or for a casual dinner.
  39. GS

    GuillaumeS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ordered 12 dishes. 7 of them were great. 5 were so so wouldn’t order again. Stick to the specialities like dumplings and Peking duck
  40. Y

    Yasmin

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall a great experience. Would have given them 5 stars if they hadn’t kept us waiting 40 mins to be seated for our reservation. They let us know that the reservation before us was still having their dessert and recommended we go to a neighbouring bar for a drink (because their upstairs bar was also booked for a private event). We had a 10 person reservation for a birthday and it was stressful to have to find a neighbouring bar to fit that many people on halloween weekend no less. They apologized but that was basically it and as soon as we got seated they warned us that the kitchen was closing in 45 minutes, which just stressed us out even more and seemed to add to the issue which wasn’t really our fault to begin with. Nothing was really done to make up for all this. Food was great and our server Erica was amazing so other than this reservation mishap, we loved it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from China Live using the Order Online button. China Live also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. China Live also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 788-8188.

China Live is rated 4.6 stars by 2374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stockton & Grant (@ Powell)

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to Street Parking, there are also several public parking options: North Beach Public Parking @ 735 Vallejo St. and Vallejo Parking Garage @ 766 Vallejo St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    George Chen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 788-8188

  • Catering

    We offer delivery via multiple Delivery Services (i.e. DoorDash, Caviar, GrubHub, etc), plus Zesty & Moby Dish. If interested in learning more please email events@chinalivesf.com

  • Private party facilities

    China Live can host everything from intimate parties of 10 people to large reception-style events for up to 825 with multiple sensory experiences.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole White: (844) 860-7139

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