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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao 'XLB' Soup Dumplings, 18 Folds Open Chimney Kurobuta Pork with Ginger Vinegar (6)
Char Siu BBQ Pork " Dutch Crunch" Baked Buns (3)
Our #1 Seller Famous Sheng Jian Bao 'SJB' Daily Made Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings (4). Hot & Juicy Inside!
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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.
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.
Everything was fine. Nothing spectacular. Dumplings were very good though.
Great portions and quality!! The dessert pie was amazing too.
Get the calamari!
One of my favorite Chinese restaurants, we went twice while in town for 4 nights. Great portions & fair pricing
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.
Excellent Choice best Chinese in town highly recommend
Absolutely brilliant food ! Authentic elevated Chinese cuisine ! You can not miss this place if you come to San Francisco
Food quality unfortunately not good. And pricy too.
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.
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.
Always a meal to delight and surprise - a pleasure to be able to sit down here again.
Amazing experience. All the food was phenomenal, staff were welcoming, accommodating, and generous. I will be back!
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!
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.
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.
Yummy. It was a wonderful experience.
Service was awesome and great food. Would definitely visit again.
Great venue. Amazing food. Must stop restaurant.
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.
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
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.
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
Was for my birthday, but staff did not even acknowledge or wish me well, or even a free dessert ???
Great service, excellent food and presentation, highly recommend!!
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GET THE PORK BUNS!
great food and atmosphere. great concept for new spin on Chinese food
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
food was delicious and the ambiance was even better.
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.
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.
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.
Great Chinese food and good service. Innovative style to food while still traditional. Outdoor seating is dicey with the Broadway traffic.
Great food and service!
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
Service was incredible!
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!
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.