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China Live

4.6
4.6
2439 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 112 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 2,439 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Chinese

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. S

    Satisfied

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. P

    Pocky

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. E

    Eric

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. MZ

    MadmanZ

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  5. DL

    DavidL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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
  7. s

    susann

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Alexandra

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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"
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. FK

    FKJ1

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service from Michael outstanding.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. o

    owhy

    San Francisco

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food selections and efficient service.
  25. 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.
  26. b

    beachball1

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We loved our meal and our experience but dishes came out very slow and 1 entree was missed - Will definitely request a regular table next time as it was hard to talk at the large high top
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We felt very rushed from beginning to end. Plates were constantly getting taken away with food still on them, and the waiter asked us if we wanted anything else before we had gotten all of our dishes brought out, like he wanted to give us the check. The food was mediocre and the stools were uncomfortable. I don't recommend this place.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone working there was so welcoming! The atmosphere was so festive! The food was delicious and the merchandise was captivating:)
  29. JM

    JulianM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    China Live was a must do experience in San Francisco dining. The dishes were amazing with quick, attentive service. We got 3 smaller dishes and 1 entree. I was stuffed after the 3 smaller dishes and we took home most of the entree. I’d recommend either 2 small and 1 big or 3 small. Peaking duck is a must do!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    2 of us went to China Live for dinner tonight, sitting on the counter, we used a pen to check the items on the menu, gave it to the server, hardly any exchange of words, minimum service reqired. So I couldn't believe the bill came with an automatic 20% tip, AND I was taxed on the tip. The law states if the customer fills in the blank for tips, it not not taxable, but if the restaurant automatically added (often for large parties), the customer has to pay tax on the tip. I find adding 20% on the bill for 2 people for basically counter service entitled and deceiving. I spoke to the manager and asked him to justify the action, he said it's because the cost of everything has gone up, and the serve staff wants more pay. However, I believe tipping should reflect the level and the quality of the service received, and most importantly, it should be up to the customer, not forced upon us, especially having to pay taxes on top of it!! I have been in the service industry myself for years, I take offense of this practice. (They did the same thing at the Cold Drinks Bar upstairs). I realized many people probably didn't even noticed the restaurant is doing this.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. Michael was very helpful and great. Food was very good, except for the cod which was over cooked. For $36 for the cod I would have expected better. We were seated outside on a very small round table. The table was wobbly and so slanted that some of the sauces dropped from my plate on my clothes. Service could have been better - we waited for a long time for our food, water wasn’t refilled or offered. Overall this was ok, but I would give this place another chance as it has really very cool and unique ambiance, and we liked the food and friendly vibe.
  32. h

    hungrywatcher

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was full of flavor servered hot and quickly. Excellent service
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal and service! Absolutely delicious and a great place to go with friends!
  34. NB

    NicaB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent and interesting food. Service adequate. Very noisy. Really did not appreciate the mandatory 20% tip and bullcrap sf mandate fee. Won’t be returning.
  35. EK

    EviK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this place. The staff is amazing, and their recommendations are always really good. The duck pockets and the soup dumplings are are favorite dishes.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Bottom line a restaurant is about it's food and it was extremely poor quality from start to finish. The three of us ordered for the table so we got to experience different things. The Peking duck was by far the worst I've had in my life, skin, bones and fat not one piece of breast meat. The string beans were soggy, and the pork dumplings were too cooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. Our server was pleasant and efficient the highlight of a terrible meal.
  37. G

    Gingeeeeee

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dumplings are amazing, first preset did come out pretty cold though. Green beans were best we have ever had anywhere. Cute little “shop” as well. Ice cocktails and solid price points
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Such a great experience. I’ll be back!
  39. CC

    ColinC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We've been eating a lot of dumplings lately and frankly theirs - botht he potstickers and the soup dumplings, merited a "B" grade at best. The "famous" (said their menu) potstickers were big, dense balls of pork stuffed into a tough wrapper. Not at all worth the high price. But the rest of the meal was exceptional and will definitely go back - but eat dim sum elsewhere.
  40. JB

    JeffreyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    We had a reservation for 8:15, arrived on time and was told they were cleaning our table …. 25 mins later after asking over and over we were seated in a odd location between a ton of merchandise shelvings that really made the outing feel weird and cluttered. I guess they made more space by adding tables in the store next door but they brought so much merch into the restaurant that it felt eating at a store, definitely not what I was looking forward to as I had highly recommended this place to my family. We had to ask a bus boy for a server to come over after waiting another 15 mins. Luckily the food was good. Because I felt the service was poor at most. And with the mandatory 20% service fee we couldn’t even express our dissatisfaction with an appropriate tip.

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 2439 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 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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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