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China Live, San Francisco, CA
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China Live

4.6
4.6
2455 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 154 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 788-8188

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    George Chen

  • Catering

    We offer delivery via multiple Delivery Services (i.e. DoorDash, Caviar, GrubHub, etc), plus Zesty & Moby Dish. If interested in learning more please email events@chinalivesf.com

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Nicole White: (844) 860-7139

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    Stockton & Grant (@ Powell)

  • Parking details

    In addition to Street Parking, there are also several public parking options: North Beach Public Parking @ 735 Vallejo St. and Vallejo Parking Garage @ 766 Vallejo St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,455 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

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  1. C

    Cheuton

    Los Angeles

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The menu offers a great range, from dim sum to full entree dishes. Intensely flavorful food, knowledgeable staff. The Peking duck dishes are excellent. A lot of types of food you don't see at standard Chinese restaurants. Some portions can be pretty big, it's easy to over-order but the waiters are great at recommending when you've got enough food for your table. We usually have just two of us when we're here, but it's clearly a great place to go with a large party so you can order a wide selection of dishes and try many of them.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The waiter was very slow, but food came quick after we ordered. Everything delicious!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such a great time. Easy to order. Server was great, attentive, suggested yummy food.
  4. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service although seating for couples seems only available at the counters overlooking the kitchens. Would have preferred a table for two but the counter was doable - will go back when it’s less busy to see if that is the case all the time. Bathrooms have coed wash area outside of restrooms which isn’t great from a hygiene point of view but overall well worth a visit.
  5. RL

    ReyL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We’ve been curious about this place. We liked the decor. Service was fine. The food was not outstanding for the price. (Compared to the late MY China, this place definitely pales in comparison). Mandatory 20% tip plus SF mandate bumped our bill up by 25%. I have no problem with tipping for good service but if you’re going to make it mandatory, then include it with the food price and say no tipping required.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Food was just okay. Come here for the ambiance and hope you get a nice table
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the special dumplings and the crackling chicken
  8. ZH

    ZakH

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    So good. Food is amazing! I can't wait to come back soon.
  9. PD

    PeterD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Food was okay, but far from the level I expected from all the rapturous reviews. Plus the menu was unexpectedly limited; I expected an assortment of novel dishes but they only offer somewhat gussied-up versions of typical Cantonese food. But the most annoying part of the restaurant was the noise level. Poor acoustics plus several large parties of tourists made conversation virtually impossible. I’m not going back
  10. DD

    DriftwoodDavid

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Duck and pockets best ordered separately . Chicken sate unremarkable . Portions of carbs are huge. It’s ok , just a bit confused about what it is offering . Stand out excellent was the shaved mango dessert . Save space for this cracking pudding.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food was not as good as in the past. We were at a table in the middle of the store, so had none of the ambience of the restaurant. Server didn’t know we were back there so nobody came by for eons.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food and atmosphere were fantastic. Only critique was the service. Took a long time for waiter to arrive and take drink order, then drinks took a long time to get to us. Also sat for a long time waiting for check. Food delivery was fast which was nice. We would definitely go back and hope the slow service was just a one time aberration.
  13. S

    Stran

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such lovely service and atmosphere, paired with amazing food. The pork buns in particular.. heavenly. Would definitely recommend!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The god was too expensive for the portion size. The house soy sauce is amazing. But the food itself wasn’t that tasty. Our server was AWESOME!
  15. S

    Satisfied

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The pork buns were not hot. The food seemed as if it was sitting and not freshly prepared. The Peking duck was tasteless and in sesame packets that were dried out. The smashed cucumbers weee good. The food was Americanized and not authentic. Peanut sauce in chicken aatay was bland. We stopped our Oder and the left the restaurant. Very noise. Needed to love to a quiet er section of restaurant.
  16. P

    Pocky

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are not vegetarians but wanted to try their vegetarian dishes since there were so many options.Our waiter highlighted the veg/vg dishes for us. The food was delish, the Silk Road tea was very good also and I am usually a pu -erh drinker. There were tourists and locals dining there and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Only one complaint…the noise level was too high as well as the music volume . I could not hear my guests and we had to almost shout at each other. It would be nice if they gave us a discount at their marketplace…prices were a little high but a nicely curated section.
  17. E

    Eric

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Made reservation for table and got seated at counter. Service was very quick and waiter was nice and helpful. Duck is overpriced for just skin and bone, only had a quarter size bit of meat for $28. I get crispy Brussels sprouts at every restaurant I go to but this one was way too salty, I couldn’t even eat them. Cider to drink was flat. I was sadly disappointed, and probably just go to local Chinese restaurants next time.
  18. MZ

    MadmanZ

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    They have dining tables in what used to be the Entranace Store and is still an exit and servers going in and out to the parklet making it a high traffic and noisy place to be seated. Food and service was good as usual.
  19. RT

    RizeleT

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Food was okay. Hostesses were terrible. Server Micheal made up for the terrible experience.
  20. DL

    DavidL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    yes it was NY's but also my birthday (our dozen time rez) seated @ counter, but luckily action behind was great distraction cuz dinner took almost 2 hrs til desert last dish, noodles of course, came so late we hardly ate any (but will have for dinner tonight) did relate this to maitre de & rez clerks when leaving despite all this, will come back since we do like yr menu/food hope yr help is compensated for their stress thx
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Last visit Chine Live was a better experience, yesterday it was quite noisy (understandably due to the Chinese new year) Food was very nice and the desert (mango shavings dish) was amazing
  22. s

    susann

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Chinese New Year Kick off! Resturant sparkled-Food especially salt pepper crab and Peking Duck superb!
  23. A

    Alexandra

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike is the OUTSTANDING waiter in all of San Francisco. He is kind, funny and professional. He clearly loves his job and that helps create a happy meal.
  24. p

    paulb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would’ve preferred being seared in a more central location, especially as the restaurant was not full
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    It was a good experience until we saw a rat run across the ceiling ledge. We mentioned it to the server who said he would tell the owner. Wary of going back now.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brian and his team are so welcoming and attentive. We were visiting from Boston and loved every minute of our meal. The ambiance is exciting with several open kitchens. The food is flavorful and well-prepared. Our server was delightful and answered all of our questions with patience. We will definitely return when we are back in town.
  27. XH

    XHXCS

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    First time back since pandemic. Business is healthy. Lovely and lively atmosphere. However, the food was not as good as it used to be IMO. Soup dumplings, had a 'pre-frozen' residue. Almost all of the dishes came out with food that was not hot (temperature) including the fried rice - which in particular, 'should' be served hot. Had to repeatedly ask for serving utensils to share food. In this post COVID day/age, why any restaurant would assume that every dinner companion (in this case, it was a business dinner - so not family) would serve themselves using the same utensils that they eat their own meals from, is bizarre and unsatisfactory from a practice standpoint in my opinion. I will return - the atmosphere is dynamic, but the food has gotten a tad "PF Chang's"
  28. MD

    MarcelaD

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, but the space is very big and it was cold. I had to leave my coat on the entire time and I’m rarely cold.
  29. E

    Elise

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and ambiance were fantastic. Had a great time and the food+cocktails amazing. Will come back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Great dinning experience here. From service to food—all exceeded our expectations. My only criticism was the ambiance. It really did not match the dinning experience. Industrial/minimalist can work for a nicer dining experience but there was a lack of noise dampening and the selling of the restaurant’s branded condiments and miscellaneous asian cooking implements and cookbooks was a little off putting.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was cold and overcooked. The service was ok but it was not worth the 20% automatic tip they included on our bill. I don’t recommend this restaurant to locals. It may be perfect out of town guest who do really want authentic Chinese food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything we had - great vegetarian options
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So perfect! What a solid meal! Make sure to get the noodles and of course the din sum!
  34. f

    fredarep

    Sacramento

    200 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    200 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible dishes with a modern twist on Chinese. Love the rooms, the way you can shop for ingredients, the drinks & the people were so accommodating. Truly one of SF's gems.
  35. FK

    FKJ1

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service from Michael outstanding.
  36. B

    Beer

    Baja California

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    Great food, awful service, even when we arrived the staff wasn’t friendly.
  37. i

    iced

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full of energy and creativity. Experience not to be missed.
  38. MJ

    MommaJEats

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My 4th time to China live and good least impressive this time… Conor was lovely Atmosphere is unique
  39. o

    owhy

    San Francisco

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food selections and efficient service.
  40. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely delicious dim sum. Dumplings/bao were fantastic. Peking duck was amazing. Dessert recommendation of soft serve with shaved ice was delicious. Service was excellent. We will come back again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from China Live using the Order Online button. China Live also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and 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 2455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 154 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stockton & Grant (@ Powell)

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to Street Parking, there are also several public parking options: North Beach Public Parking @ 735 Vallejo St. and Vallejo Parking Garage @ 766 Vallejo St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    George Chen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 788-8188

  • Catering

    We offer delivery via multiple Delivery Services (i.e. DoorDash, Caviar, GrubHub, etc), plus Zesty & Moby Dish. If interested in learning more please email events@chinalivesf.com

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Nicole White: (844) 860-7139

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