China Live

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"Restaurant of the Year" - EaterSF
Our first floor restaurant features a daily changing seasonal menu cooked from 8 specialized stations that merge traditional Chinese and Western culinary equipment. A main dining area plays centerpiece, appointed with chairs and tables all handcrafted in China from reclaimed Chinese elm. These exhibition kitchens, with plenty of bar seating, will allow you a more close-up view of the deft chefs in action.

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LucyR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to China Live amid the beginnings of the social quarantine in San Francisco so it was a slower night for the restaurant but we had the best meal and were given excellent recommendations by our waiter! The Hong Kong noodles were phenomenal not to mention the dim sum! Will recommend and will return here for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also great to takeout from! Please call them to do takeout during the Coronavirus shut down!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Expensive! Hong Kong noodles with little protein and very very greasy!

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ChristianG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal, service was exceptional, shared a bottle of Red Car Chardonnay with the table and really enjoyed all the delicious food.

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HeatherG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Numerous complaints- Despite what the website said, Cold Drinks Bar was closed without note or explanation. No one with the staff apologized for that or tried to make it right. Plan B was drinks at ChinaLive bar in main dining room. Bartenders were polite and helpful if not a little too timid. One of them didn't know what gluten-free vodka was and couldn't make a Moscow Mule (used flat tonic water instead of ginger beer). Had I known, I would have ordered something else. My friend's drinks were also unimpressive.

The ambiance is really lovely and the marketing is perfect. Hated looking at the bathrooms all night- it's disgusting how many people don't wash their hands when leaving the bathroom. It became a topic of conversation at our table and certainly didn't help our appetites. Our server was knowledgeable but not warm/friendly. He didn't refill waters or ask about additional drinks. The food was overpriced and unimpressive. I don't mind spending $ for a good meal, this is SF afterall, but for the money I would have had better food almost elsewhere else.

Finally, and worst of all, we saw a mouse run through the gift shop/ tea room area at 8:30 pm. If they feel comfortable being seen at prime dinner time, I can only imagine how many come out when it's quiet. We reported this to the hosts and they were unconcerned. That seemed to confirm our fears. It was clear to us that they were accustomed to seeing them around.

Very very disappointed, had it not been for the beautiful ambiance, I would have given it 1 star.

JF
JayF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. As first timers it would have been nice to have a little more direction from our server. She also tended to drop by and just talk over our conversation. Overall great food and a fun environment.

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Weezer
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

China Live was alive. Good cocktails, nicely paired wine list, and of course the food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, you order family style. They have a cool little gift shop with tea pots, lose lead tea, bowls, their own sauces... I'll be returning next time I'm in SF.

MJ
MartieJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

You must stop here if you are in San Francisco! Great Food, not your typical Chinese food.
Great ambiance!

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CindyL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Quality of food has declined. Have eaten here many times. This time food was awful. Noodles were dry and chewy. SJB dumplings were burnt. XLB dumplings came deflated with no soup inside! Suckling pig was mushy inside and sea bass was uncooked. Very disappointed. Will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a bit of shopping while waiting for our table. Yummy entrees, especially the eggplant! Going to do all dim sum and appetizers next time to experience more of the menu.

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OmarH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was good !!!
Service .. just ok ... feel like the waiter don’t really care about us !!

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viphappyhappyhappy
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Amy was awesome!!

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vipPamness
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had lunch at China Live last week and loved it. The chili shrimp, soup dumplings and lettuce cups were great. The charred Chinese broccoli was a big hit. Am also a big fan of their condiments and purchased say sauce, vinegar and chili be an sauce to be shipped home.

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vipVeggieLover
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was quite amazing. Service was just okay. We didn't have any issues with shareable plates but wish the dishes had come with serving spoons and knives to cut things up!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great, but loud. Prepare not to be heard.

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vipMaxi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

They don’t respect reservations and order of arrival so even with a reservations you will wait 20/30 min. The receptionists are also very disrespectful and rude

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Girlinred
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I like the ambience at the restaurant and our waiter was amazing. The only thing I can't stand was how loud the restaurant was. Me and my friend almost needed to shout to each other in order to have a conversation. The echo is the restaurant was so bad that by the time we were done with our dinner, we almost lost our voice from talking. I would not recommend going to the restaurant with 2-4 people, as the seating for a smaller group was horrible and prevent you from having any conversation

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Amazing food. Great spot, fun. Our waiter was terrible. Condescending and not helpful in the least. Very disappointing as I have had other great experiences there.

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ANAGTZ11
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Amazing dumplings, firecracker chicken...perfection.

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vipDaveP
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for newbies to Chinatown. I grew up going to hole-in-the-wall and banquet places there and always enjoyed trying to find them, but this place is next level. Large, branded and shiny . . . sure to entice new generations and less adventurous food crowd.

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BaptisteG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Very good food and nice place, but a bit noisy and we were sitting at the bar even though we had booked in advance

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vipPumpvixen
Palm Springs
52 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was fabulous, waiter was horrible.

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vipEvita1
San Francisco
11 reviews