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China Live, San Francisco, CA

China Live

4.7
4.7
3024 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

7:30 p.m.


Booked 80 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 788-8188
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • 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
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown
  • Cross Street
    Stockton & Grant
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,024 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Chinese

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

3,024 Reviews
  1. EllenZ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered filet steak kow, 3 types of dumplings and charred Chinese broccoli. The ambiance is fun and lively and service top notch.

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  2. Tash17

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single thing we had was delicious! The service is excellent. The only bad part is that we aren’t local so we can’t eat here weekly. A must visit for a memorable meal.

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  3. Pocky

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Both of their “signature dishes —Peking Duck and Siu Yuk fell short on taste 1 . Our waiter pronounced Peking Duck as “pecking duck”. 2. Peking Duck came out lukewarm and the sesame pockets were cold , dry and tasted like it was made the day before 3. Blistered green beans were overcooked and lumpy. 4. Siu Yuk cubes lacked flavor. The skin, while it was crispy, looked anemic. Each cube was dry and parts of the meat was hard. 5. Fried chicken wings were tasty and perfectly fried 6. Chrysanthemum salad was fresh and well dressed 7. Sea scallops were delicious but there was too much cornstarch used to make their sauce 8. Crackling skin garlic chicken was tasty with a nice crispy skin and it was not over cooked I like China Live. However, there was no place to put our jackets and purses since we sat on backless chairs. Maybe they should have cube containers or baskets under the long tables for these items.. I’ve had their vegan dishes at other nights and they were delicious. I was disappointed this time but will give them another chance in the future.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impossible spicy dumplings, charred broccolini mushroom, triple tofu medley paired with Snow angel Saki, led to an incredible dinner. Sat at the bar with my wife and a wonderful time. Lively happening place, staff was great. 100% recommend!!!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Dim Sum dumplings and green beans were great! Very good selection of hot teas.

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  6. GabK

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, friendly service and nice atmosphere, but SO loud.

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  7. livetoeat

    San Francisco

    223 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    As we are "foodies" and enjoy innovative dining...wanted to try China Live and finally did. The menu and service were excellent! The menu offered interesting and unusual dishes...at reasonable price for high end options. The waiter was attentive, very personable and provided excellent service. The ambience left a lot to be desired. The noise was so loud and continuous that we needed to shout our conversation to one another from a small two person table that was off to the side of the main dining area. That was surprising and utterly unpleasant. For that reason alone, we will not be dining here again.

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  8. heatherm

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner here with our friends and family. We were a party of 10 and really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious as well as the drinks. The service was superb! I would definitely recommend China Live to all my friends and family that go to San Francisco.

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  9. CarryW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Cafeteria vibe. Nothing authentic about it. Service was bizarre. Our waiter was neither friendly nor unfriendly. Just there. Only at the end when he brought the bill did he tell us the gratuity was included (table of 4) but if I wanted to leave something extra just for him, I could. Also, he forgot the rice and a vegetable dish we ordered. Dishes come out one a time. I don't mind it when gratuity is included IF the service is good. If there is no incentive to treat the guest right, there is a risk that you will be treated like you went to fast food. For me, service is just as important as the quality of the food.

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  10. ChasB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    After such a pleasant experience my first visit, decided to dine with friends prior to a show for my second Visit to China Live. It did not disappoint. Everyone was delighted with the service, food and ambiance. Loved the waiter who was not shy to suggest and recommend house and his personal favorites. I highly recommend .

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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 4.7 stars by 3024 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 80 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Stockton & Grant
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • 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, 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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