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China Live

4.7
1523 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.

Support China Live during COVID-19

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
What 1523 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnthonyF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sevan was fantastic and really made the difference in the experience. Thank you all for your hard work and making it through this crazy year. - Anthony

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CAROLYNL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Didn’t realize SF was doing Restaurant Week ‘til I got an email from ChinaLive. On a whim, we decided to give it a go and were very pleased with the assortment of dishes, not to mention the generous portions. Dessert (molten chocolate cake with matcha) was absolutely delicious! A perfect ending to a most delicious meal.

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ArsenalUva
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner. The Duck was to die for

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yiyisheep
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Chinese restaurant in SF. Great atmosphere and fantastic food. The Peking duck in sesame pockets is an absolute must have.

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Temperature inside is cold!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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MarcelP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went here with my girlfriend for a nice dinner out and it was very nice! Portions for noodles and proteins were generous especially for two people. Service was okay, but it was also busy at the time. Overall, we had a great time and the food was great! Will definitely be coming back!

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KenB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, with exceptional service. If you’re in town, this is one of the places to visit.

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sammy
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and customer service! enjoyed the food.

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LouG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great! Best dumplings! They did a great job during COVID with the set up of the restaurant etc

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vipTimS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Nice environment with an interesting variety of foods to choose from. Prices are steep, and the automatic 20% gratuity on top of it are off-putting.

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CandiceB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

When my friend and I went into China Live - it was a breathtaking place. Very beautiful decor and vibes. However - after 7 minutes of sitting, no one came to take our order. Then a tentative waiter came and took our order, which he messed up... bad. I was told the duck was actual piece of duck but it came in buns, I ordered green tea but never got it (after asking 3 times). My friend ordered the Kung Pao chicken without peanuts and tamarind sauce on the side - the dish came out with peanuts and no sauce on the side. We reordered the dish and the second time, it came out with no kung pao sauce at all or tamarind sauce on the side. We spoke to the manager after the first set of mistakes and he made it seem like we were complaining but we were respectful consumers and the service was subpar. After all the fuss, we both had garlic noodles and the scallion buns which were okay. The manager ended up taking off the scallions buns our bill but honestly, he should've taken off the drink (my friend got a Mai Tai) as well. It was a very not pleasurable dining experience.

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BrunchBrat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat China Live food & ambiance. Always feels like a special occasion. The soup dumplings are a thing of beauty. And during COVID, they’ve taken over the shop to create more space

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vipSheilaH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We were visiting SF and went two nights in a row. That good!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food was ok, was really expensive for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! The food was excellent, I will be back!

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vipKarenD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Music was a little too loud but it did not affect our time there.

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vipjexmas
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This was the first time I had been to China Live since it opened and I was really disappointed.

I thought the food was really ordinary. It was too heavy, too oily and could have been any Chinese restaurant.

The wine was not very good for the price and it was really expensive. I will not be going there agin unless they raise their standards higher.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They did a great job with social distancing the tables. We felt very comfortable.

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vipMarc
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The waiter helped us pick out some great dishes. I especially liked the dumplings

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Outstanding service by the bus people. We never had to ask to get our drinks refilled or plates cleaned off. Very attentive

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CarlaT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!!

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vipLindaS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service was excellent. Even at 25% capacity due to Covid restrictions, it’s still very noisy making conversation challenging at times.

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AnnaG
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Chinese food we’ve had in a long time. Very friendly staff and nice clean environment. We will definitely be back.

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Billy
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Completely different experience compared to previous visits. Service was sub par as they auto-grat the tab from the get go. Server touched table only 3 times during our entire visit.

Food was underwhelming and many dishes under seasoned or off balance. Cocktails same.

Check was $75/pp and I don’t remember any dish that stood out.

Very unfortunate

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vipMadMike
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food; thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was cold and noodles were over cooked. Not expecting to eat duck that has bone with my hands because they don’t give you a knife. The best part of the meal with the old fashioned.

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CarolynK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great interesting food. amazing service fantastic drinks and shopping to boot!

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SilviaV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff! Amazing food! Great and spacious ambiance! Just fabulous & fun 100%. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the experience was so fun!

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Every time we go, we order more dishes than we can eat because it's so fun to try different things and they all work well as leftovers. My favorites are the Kurobuta Pork, the vegetarian fried rice, the Xiaolong Bao and the beef noodle soup. They also have great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Expensive but oh so worth it! Best dim sum ever

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here after my promotion at work and the service was amazing and the food quality was amazing and honestly the whole ambience of the restaurant is amazing

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Abigail
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy! Outdoor dining can be hard with tiny tables. We ate family style and they brought the food out one at a time so nothing got cold! It was so delicious...I can't wait to go back!

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vipHumbertsFood
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent outdoor dining experience in these Covid times. I would go back again.

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vipBenD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Eating outside food gets cold v quickly. Don’t hang about!!

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vipRobG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance at China Live. Highly recommended!

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vipGlobetrotter
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive service, as always! Food was delicious and managed to stay hot even though we ate outside on a chilly evening. The parklet seating was charming, with nice lighting, adequate distancing and space heaters. IMO the price/value is just right for a special occasion.

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KellyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside bc of the pandemic, so it wasn't as exciting as sitting inside, but the food was incredible. We did have a one hour time limit on our seats, so we had to eat quickly, but we made the best of it and know this quick hustle eating will ultimately help George Chen (the amazing owner behind this China Live concept) to turn more tables during this pandemic so we were happy to hustle. We want our SF restaurants to make it during these hard times so it was ALL worth it!!! We had dim sum and the peking duck sliders, truly amazing.

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Carichelle
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! Industry friends always raved about China Live and we finally had the chance to try it out. The flavors were wonderful. Our server was attentive and although we are limited to a specific amount of time per Covid guidelines we never felt rushed. We will be 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 4.7 stars by 1523 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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