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China Live

4.6
1709 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 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1709 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPete8
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new 'go to' for creative high end Asian food, best to go with friends in order to share.
It's a visual and sensory experience as well; you view cooking stations throughout guaranteeing it's fresh and hand prepped.
even after 3 visits, there's more on the menu to explore.
China Live is indeed, the heart of Chinatown!

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Enchanting
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I would not recommend this place. Food were way overprivced & food served lukewarm,hostess were not welcoming. Our bill was $137 for rice and noodles.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy bonito lugar y diferente. La comida espectacular. Muy recomendable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The food is ok but way too much compared to other Chinese restaurants
Service was disorganized. Good was served before drink that were ordered
The main reason I won’t go back was the noise level. It was so loud that we could not have conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Cold food and poor service. 30 minutes delay for last two dishes after first few were served. We ended up canceling them.

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vipshesdope
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. The shu mai is out of this world! And it’s a really nice fancy place. I love it. This was my third visit. I live in San Diego and I will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The seating was EXTREMELY tight and uncomfortable. Our party of 4 was seated at a tiny table outside that is more suitable for a party no larger than 2. Not the ambience you’d expect for the prices they are charging. The service was very slow and unattentive. It makes it even worse since they force you to pay 20% by including that on your bill. I would not be returning here again.

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wendy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food, a robust menu, and a vibrant atmosphere. Both the teenage kids and the adults founds lots of great dishes on the menu to enjoy.

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Grande
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal, our food was quick. The menu could describe the dishes in better detail, but the flavor profile was a pleasant surprise. Excited to return, at least 4 other dishes we'd like to try! Great date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

There is a few dishes they really excel at, that aside the food is about average. The service and atmosphere is top notch though.

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CarmenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Not too crowded inside.

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vipMAryam
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

One of our dishes (duck) wasn’t up to par at all, super fatty skin, they hadn’t really removed the fat(Peking duck) - which was disappointing
Later in the evening as we were warping up to leave as the staff was cleaning up, we noticed a mouse underneath one of the tables across, which didn’t give us a great feeling
Overall i do enjoy their food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Solid meal

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Audi
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was nice. This does seem like a touristy restaurant and I prefer authentic.

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Richard
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, beautifully presented
In a spectacular setting a reasonable price. W

What more can you ask for?

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vipEBKIV
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic experience, strongly recommend

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shawnlike
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Reunion with an old friend

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vipJasonA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Worst food I’ve had in San Francisco.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a must for my husband and I every visit to SF. Our server, Billy, is very professional and makes great menu suggestions.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING! We never had food like that before, each dish we had kept beating the one we ate previously. I would highly recommend going and trying for yourselves.

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vipAmazing
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

China Live is my favorite restaurant in SF! Such a great experience every time.

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vipJenP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was lovely. Good food, nice staff. Love the market

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Futuresimon
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food was incredibly salty, almost inedible. Nothing at all special about the flavors, salt masked anything that could’ve been interesting. Their quality has gone way down; I remember fondly a meal I enjoyed before the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

As soon as you arrive you are told you have 75 minutes and hurried to a table. 1. I get u need to turn the tables but 2. I felt so rushed I didn’t feel like I could two my time to review the menu (first time there). Server was amazing but he seemed rushed as well. Food was ok not great so I give it a 3

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RobN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dumplings ever! Service was great. Will definitely return.

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vipmmmm
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The food is inventive and delicious. The staff is welcoming and actually listens to what you have to say. It’s our go-to restaurant in San Francisco. Love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Raffi was excellent as was the food. Would definitely go back!

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GarrickB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may have been the best Chinese meal I have ever had. Definitely a top three. Great food. Great ambience. And I had the most incredible service. I cannot recommend more highly. Definitely, hands down, the best Chinese food (and service and ambiance) in San Francisco. You won't regret it. Be sure to check out the speakeasy bar upstairs (follow the bats). My next visit I am going to go to Eight Tables--their high-end chef-driven concept also hidden away on the second floor. Go there, eat, enjoy, explore. There are all sorts of hidden gems. Amazing place.

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vipWillMcsf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at China Live. They were extremely busy but everything ran like clock work. We were seated promptly and with a smile. Our server was fantastic, anticipating what we needed and checking in on us periodically. The bussers were refilling water and clearing dirty plates as needed. Cocktails were really good.
The food was off the hook. Everything was delicious.

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FLIP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Chinese Food in a very lively atmosphere. Seated right on time and the fun began. Really some of the best food we have had in a long time.

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BHub
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff that gave excellent recommendations. Everything we ate was exceptional, the char duo bbq pork.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! Order the crab spring hand rolls, Char Siu BBQ Pork Dutch Crunch Baked Buns and their
#1 best seller Shen Bao SJB pan fried pork dumplings for starters. Great ambiance and service too!

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vipmmmm
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been back to China Live because of the pandemic. When we knew we were coming to San Francisco, it was the first reservation I made. And the second. We are going back on Friday. I met Richell, one of the employees. She was so kind, helpful and lovely. All their employees are exceptional and the food is not to be believed. It is not like any other Chinese restaurant you have been to. Try it and you'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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vipHector1
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have service down packed the food is amazing as well.

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geooot
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An elevated take on traditional chinese food. Great service and all dishes, very good.
I've eaten here quite a few times and never had a bad food experience.
I always get the peking duck buns but everything is top notch.

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vipMartinM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Ultra modern. Excellent helpful waiters. Food disapointing. To much dough, and not enough meat or vegetables. We had four different dinners: two types of pork dim sum, one fish dim sum, and rozst Duck.

Price high, value only moderate.

There are better Chineese restaurants.

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gingergirl
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was great, but the food was not. The dumplings were burned in the bottom, the spare ribs tough. No one answers the phone when you call as well. Cooks be they are just getting their feet on the ground post pandemic .

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 4.6 stars by 1709 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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