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China Live

4.7
1624 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1624 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing. The service was probably the worst I’ve had. For the price, I was hoping the service would be alright. It took an hour to get our food and they didn’t bring one of the items we ordered and then charged us for it. Our waiter came over to our table once over the 2.5 hours we were there.

Probably not going back, the food was great though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good and service was ok to start but quickly disappeared midway through dinner.

Even with fewer tables as the night progressed, our server was nowhere to be found for a solid 45mins+ while we were waiting on dishes still.

Then at the very end, we realised we had been missing our Dutch crunch buns that we had ordered at the start of dinner. We asked the server, who apathetically replied saying the station is closed so he’ll have to nix them but then a different server came by and dropped cold buns at the table with no explanation about it from our main server. Also, he was extremely rude about grabbing the check off the table and scuttled off and threw the check back on the table to be signed but ran off again.
Very disappointing. Must be hard to find good help these days in SF post pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine. Nothing spectacular. Dumplings were very good though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portions and quality!! The dessert pie was amazing too.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the calamari!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Chinese restaurants, we went twice while in town for 4 nights. Great portions & fair pricing

OG
OscarG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really good place to experience Chinese food like most never have before. The service was great, and being able to see into the open kitchen and watch the chefs at work was a real treat. My wife and I shared a bunch of small plates and every dish was delicious. The cocktail program was also spot on. And don’t forget to check out the market before you leave! Beautiful space, special food- we’ll definitely be back.

FM
FranklinM
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Choice best Chinese in town highly recommend

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Valeb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant food ! Authentic elevated Chinese cuisine ! You can not miss this place if you come to San Francisco

JB
JBCfdfndkfsfn
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food quality unfortunately not good. And pricy too.

KG
KenG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had out of town friends, and China Live was an outstanding choice. They both commented that it was one of the best meals they'd ever had. You have things down, excellent service, friendly wait staff and welcome folks....it's one of my favorite SF spots.

GM
GaynellM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservations were at 5:45pm. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were about 45 minutes late, and we could not reach the restaurant by phone to advise them that we were running late, but were on our way. The staff still, in this time of COVID restrictions for the number of occupants seated inside, gave us great seating inside. As usual, the food was delicious and very fresh. This is one of the best restaurants in the City.

LM
LisaM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a meal to delight and surprise - a pleasure to be able to sit down here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. All the food was phenomenal, staff were welcoming, accommodating, and generous. I will be back!

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vipChristina
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, so it was nice and quiet out there. The service was amazing! Charles was great. We had a really nice time and enjoyed ourselves. It was a little pricey for the quantity provided but it was worth checking out and we definitely recommend it. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious, but our server forgot about us and we sat for a good 20 min before a busboy passed by and offered to wrap the leftovers. Waited another 15 min before our server came back, we asked for the check and skipped dessert.

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vipDebbieK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was my first ‘pandemic’ visit to China Live, having visited many time previously.
I felt like the food was not as ‘made-to-order’ as in the past... dishes were not thoroughly heated, and the prices were outrageous... over $400 for a casual dinner for 3-people.
Service was frantic, at best... they seemed short-staffed.
The ordering system of checking boxes on a piece of paper more closely resembled a cheap dim sum house across the street than an expensive full-service restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yummy. It was a wonderful experience.

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nbsquared
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome and great food. Would definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. Amazing food. Must stop restaurant.

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Tofuchkn
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 9pm reservation and our server was really sweet to us despite our late arrival. The food was outstanding and our experience was fantastic! I wish I remembered the servers name but she deserves a promotion.

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vvvvvvvvvvvv
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg - so good! We had the SJB pork dumplings, poached chicken dumplings, Peking duck in sesame pockets, crispy spicy Brussels sprouts, glazed pork ribs, Miso-Glazed Pan-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Hong Kong Wok-Fried Egg Noodles with Mushroom & Bok Choy with chicken and more. Though all the food was excellent , when we go again we will order all dim sum - it was outstanding! Enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came while San Francisco was just opening up from Covid. So the place was at maybe 25 to 50% capacity indoors. It's a huge and lovely space, with an open kitchen. I felt quite privileged to enjoy a fine meal in such conditions. Many thanks to the labours of all the cooks, staff, designers and craftsfolk that contributed to our experience. I suppose I should also thank the duck.

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viptonyt
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food..always a great place to visit...mixing some of their wonderful standbys..the green beans...vegetarian potstickers..with always changing new items like garlic noodles...This remains as the best Asian in SF

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vipJane
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Was for my birthday, but staff did not even acknowledge or wish me well, or even a free dessert ???

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GeorgeG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and presentation, highly recommend!!

RT
vipRT396
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family isit

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Audrey2
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
High-end service
Fun retail items
GET THE PORK BUNS!

BL
BLAKER
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and atmosphere. great concept for new spin on Chinese food

PA
PatriciaA
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were phenomenal. We had the pork dumplings and kumquat glazed duck. Definitely coming back. overall experience was a 5 out of 5

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viplackattack
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious and the ambiance was even better.

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vipCheuton
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The baked pork buns and the dumplings were to die for. The charred broccoli was wonderful -- crunchy yet smoky and piquant. The Betelnut minced chicken is exceptional, and a nice homage to a defunct San Francisco favorite. The service was outstanding -- knowledgeable, friendly and fast. And you can buy some of the wonderful sauces in the little market run right inside the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

If you are going to offer outside service you need to have enough heaters. It was hard to enjoy our meal with it being so sold. Our waitress wasn’t overall happy to be working and her attitude showed. She forgot 2 of our appetizers that we were really looking forward to. By the time we told her it was too cold to wait. She told us you were completely understaffed as usual. Food was great staff was not.

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johanna
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious and you must get the pork soup dumplings! It was expensive but worth it. Bring your jacket if you are sitting out front.

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vipMonkeyjewelry
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great Chinese food and good service. Innovative style to food while still traditional. Outdoor seating is dicey with the Broadway traffic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

JP
vipJoanneP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt the warmth from staff as soon as I arrived to restaurant. Super accommodating. Restaurant was busy but we were not rushed. Food came out excellent both in presentation, taste and value. A MUST stop when visiting San Fran

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible. This is a great place to take people in town visiting, or a date, or even just a fun dinner with friends.

Amazing food! Fun experience. Service was exceptional!

Couldn’t say anything better!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from China Live using the Order Online button. China Live also offers delivery in partnership with 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 1624 OpenTable diners.

China Live does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://china-live.myshopify.com/collections/pantry/products/copy-of-100-china-live-gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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