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China Live

4.6
1720 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 1720 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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911Diner
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Chinese we’ve ever had. BBQ pork, Kung Pao chicken, Cucumber salad were Delicious! 20% gratuity added, not a fan of, but service was good.

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ValentinP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was most amazing food and the rest❤️

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vipdelifton
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, including many delicious GF options. Grateful to chefs for accommodating special requests. Server worked very hard and was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente!!! Le pedimos al mesero que nos trajera lo que él quisiera y superó todas nuestras expectativas.
La comida es DELICIOSA!! El servicio EXCELENTE!!! El lugar nos encantó!!! Y el precio muy justo por el servicio y la comida. No sé por qué NY no tiene un China Live.

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rons
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

In my opinion, it is a shame to go to China Live when there are so many fine choices in Chinatown. China Live is mainly for white tourists who want to feel like they are eating in Chinatown. The truth is China Live is a tourist trap.

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vipReneeL
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and had such a great time. All the dim sum was delicious.

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AndresC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service really enjoyed watching the kitchen crew in action loved the cocktails will definitely highly recommend to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I loved everything about our date night here, from the food to the service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place to bring my visiting family. We walked from the Grant St gate through Chinatown and ate here. Absolute highlight of their trip.

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vipPete8
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 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 6 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 on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
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 on July 25, 2021
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 on July 25, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Loud drunk and obnoxious people at our table. Walk ins were being seated inside right away. We had reservations with open table days in advance and they wanted us to sit outside. Apparently it’s better not to make reservations in advance there if you want an inside table. They ignored us at the table for twenty minutes. When they came the service was excellent. The people at our table were so drunk they were screaming at each other. Finally after threatening to leave the management asked them to leave.

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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!

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 1720 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.