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About China Live

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.

644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Asian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday: 10:30 am - 11:00 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Stockton & Grant (@ Powell)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 788-8188

Website:
http://www.chinalivesf.com/

Catering:
We offer delivery via Caviar:

Parking Details:
There are several public parking options also available:

North Beach Public Parking (0.2 miles, ~4 min walk)
Address: 735 Vallejo St #763, San Francisco, CA 94133

Vallejo Parking Garage (0.2 miles, ~4 min walk)
Address: 766 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Executive Chef:
George Chen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

China Live can host everything from intimate parties of 10 people to large reception-style events for up to 825 with multiple sensory experiences.

China Live Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
Good for Groups (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
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Authentic (15)
Fun (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Spicy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Seeing an article in the paper we decided to try China Live for lunch. Service was good and attentive. Suggested Pork Bun Appetizer was excellent. Suggested Crispy Pork Belly was too much of one thing for just two people. Better for a larger group as part of many shared plates. Noodle dish was flavorful and full of shrimp, chicken and pork. Great spot for lunch but seemed a little expensive considering the many Chinese restaurant options in China Town.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Design is attractive. Polite and knowledgeable servers. Food was good but not great. Food came too quickly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The menu had changed since our last visit and the food times did not seem as unique as previousl. It is probably better to go in as just a couple and sit at the stations to watch prep. The gift shop is lovely.
The noise level is difficult and it is hard to sit on wooden cubes for a long get-together.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What a wonderful birthday dinner for my friends who were new to the China Live experience!
I knew that the food was amazing but I had comments from my friends like "the layering of flavors was amazing!" and " a party in my mouth".
Our service was impeccable with even sweet touches like adding flowers to our mai-tai's and bringing us plates and a candle for the sweet inspirations cake slices we had brought with us.
Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I would say our experience was good but not great. The service was rushed and it felt like we were being sped through our meal.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Really wish they would do something abt the noise level like put pretty Chinese fabric draping the ceilings. We had a late lunch and sat in the front near Oolong, the tea and dessert bar and the volume of the ambient sound was still really bad... Food was excellent, however.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Incredible food in All ways.. I've been many times and I've never been disappointed.... the restaurant sadly was almost uncomfortably cold I wore a jacket the entire time I was there and the chairs can be a little hard to sit on

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We were three diners and ordered the two-course luncheon (choice of one appetizer and one main). Two of the appetizers arrived fairly promptly, followed by one of the main courses. After a long gap, a second main arrived along with the last appetizer. Long after we had finished the appetizers and the two mains, the third main arrived . . . but we were ready to leave. So they boxed up that meal, along with some other remains, and sent us on our way.

The food was excellent -- especially the dumplings, which were cooked perfectly and stuffed with very tasty ingredients.

The coordination of the kitchen with the server was terrible. We had to keep a sharp eye out for our server and she knew we were waiting for items to arrive; she apologized for the delays but seemed unable to do anything about them other than smile and assure us that our orders would be arriving soon.

I would return for another meal if I was in the area -- the food is very good and the price, while a bit high, was in line with the quality of the food on offer. But the service and coordination between the kitchen and the wait staff was really very poor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The food was amazing especially the Pork buns and the potstickers. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vegan, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was phenomenal, with the standalone exception of the kung pao chicken which was very mediocre. The crispy skin chicken though was some of the best I have ever had. The desserts were creative twists on common dishes but this elevated them to a new level. The service though left something to be desired. We were constantly getting dishes brought to our table that we didn't order, including a fried rice that appeared literally 1 minute after the waiter took our order (which did not include fried rice). They also charged us incorrectly for some things we didn't order and it took two rounds of bill revisions to get it correct.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

China Live was extremely clean and the decor was modern. Our waitress was super nice and attentive and the food was delicious. Great experience overall.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Just wanted to try this restaurant. Food was good - but on the expensive side. More a tourist place than a place for locals.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

even though the restaurant was packed, we could still have a nice conversation without shouting at each other. The food is amazing and setting really nice and modern. We went for restaurant week and the portions were more than enough while sharing with 4 people, even gave us a gift and a drink was included! great deal!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Incredible food, but the drinks were over priced and leaves much to be desired.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We did the tasting menu for SF Restaurant week. It was delicious! We were able to try a few different apps and entrées between the three of us. Pork buns and dumplings were by far the best. Main courses were tasty as well - chow mein and kung pao. However, dessert wasn't their strong suit...We tried the Durian ice cream (it was a strange smelling experience), tiramisu (which was pretty much just cheesecake) and panna cotta. If you must have dessert do the panna cotta. Overall good experience- I'd go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very helpful with finding doom for us. Food was fantastic but service was a little fast

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Not ideal for a big group, it’s VERY loud. We went early and it was full (5:30 reservation) - maybe they weren’t fully staffed but our service was not great. It was hard to find our server and when he walked by, there was no eye contact. Luckily a very nice manager saved the day — but not until dessert time.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food. Spotty service (too slow filling up water and forgot drink order).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

with my friends and we love it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful quality flavors with excellent presentations!
I wish success for China Live!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We took advantage of SF Restaurant Week and paid our 1st visit to China Live for lunch. We can’t wait to go back! We were fortunate to be seated at the counter overlooking the “steaming” station and had such fun watching the dumplings, pot stickers and soups being made. Staff were very helpful and pleasant. The food was delicious and the ambiance quite a notch up from the usual SF Chinese dining establishment. A wonderful addition to our dining scene!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great help with changing number of diners and our arrival time. Very accommodating. Food was wonderful. We ordered well over a dozen items and all were excellent. One of our party is gluten free and at least 9 of our selections were gf without any compromise of quality or excellence of flavor. Wine was delicious and reasonably priced for the quality. We will definitely return when in SF. We had a great time.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I rarely rave -- and I'm raving!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

China Live was delicious and fun. Our hostess was excellent, doing her best to accommodate a large party, in spite of our table being a few minutes late. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and did an excellent job recommending dishes for us. The soup dumplings and duck were the highlights of the meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, and an overall nice experience. We recommended China Live to some friends and they loved it just as much as we did. Our server was a little short with us, but the other servers were on point and very hospitable. The Peking Duck is a must as well as the Dim Sum and Pork. My dad and I were both a little under the weather, and the Eight Treasure Tea hit the spot! Finally, for dessert, the Sesame Cheesecake was different but very delicious. I can't wait to go back next year!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Too loud but service is incredible and the food is fantastic (coming from someone who lived in China for years - it feels authentic)

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We liked the atmosphere and the food was good. Not fabulous but good, It was fun.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Chinese “ Eataly” . Over priced. The Peking duck in seasame bun and pork belly bun and their Chinese tea are worth taking another trip. Xiao lung bao was major disappointment
Great decor

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Service and food mixups were a all over the place. Food was decent. Overall though, overrated

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Fabulous food, great place for large parties to share plates!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Loved the food selection. Good food and great ambiance. Highly recommended!!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderfully delicious food and a somewhat Unique menu. Friendly service. Great place for a group.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food , well prepared, was a bit greasy for our taste.
We had a greattime though, service was very friendly :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Exelente comida, me faltaron dias en san francisco para volver a comer...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Every dish is awesome. Parking is a challenge though.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great place to try different types of dumplings! The Peking duck was the best I've ever had though and I've had pretty good Peking duck in Beijing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I was disappointed by the food. The concept is good, but the food was mediocre.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Pricey for what you get. Ordered chili prawns and it was literally prawns with chili sauce on a bed of raw s

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent food makes up for poor service.

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