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China Live, San Francisco, CA
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China Live

4.6
4.6
2278 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 152 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Dining areas

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

Experiences

  • Eat Drink SF: Boozy Brunch at China Live

    $65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 30, 2022 only
    Eat Drink SF Closing Brunch, Sunday, October 30th, 11:30 - 2:30 pm Join us for a one-time only Sunday brunch at China Live, one of the jewels of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Tickets include a specially created menu by Chef George Chen, a choice of welcome cocktail and paired beer or wine. This will be a seated event, please make reservations for your entire party.

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What 2,278 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. ML

    MariaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, a little too noisy, but overall a great experience. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly.
  2. S

    Satdineout

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was really good. We like to share so many of the plates were small plates so able to get several different dishes. Food was very tasty and spaced out so not all the food was served at the same time.
  3. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff friendly, helpful and the food was outstanding
  4. K

    Kenho

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess was very friendly and accomodating. I was impressed with the timeliness the food came out and how strong and respectful everyone was.
  5. SB

    StewartB

    Perthshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Limited veggie options but very tasty, save space for the sesame soft scoop with mango shavings 😋
  6. M

    Mmsjjk

    Tucson

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service.
  7. BW

    BWest

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor service, mediocre food. Go to the Chinese food place on the corner.
  8. TM

    TonyM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice dining and culinary experience. Unique dishes for New Yorkers.
  9. RG

    RobertG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Interesting trendy Chinese place with a cool ambiance. Super helpful wait staff. Food really good. Lots of fabulous people dining. Slightly pricey.
  10. SS

    SaloniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful decor, lovely food, huge portions, really cute store in the back. Loved it!
  11. p

    pbcuz

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious 😋
  12. k

    kellye

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Highly recommend!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wanted Chinese.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was fabulous, staff was very attentive and helpful. Was able to get a last minute reservation and we were seated immediately and out in an hour!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! Food is so quality, well presented, and absolutely delicious.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our waiter was very good. But the restaurant was short handed with help.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was very nice unique and fresh. Excellent service!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service and environment. The food was tasty.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional…would highly recommend!
  20. KJ

    KatyJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Scrumptious food every time. You can't go wrong here. Everything on the menu is delicious. The place is pretty crowded so service can get hectic, but staff is very nice. Excellent bar and desserts too. I'll be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Front of house slightly disorganised but once you are inside the experience is great. Delicious food and great staff. The setting is vibrant but warm. Food is delicious. One of our highlights of SF
  22. K

    Kevin

    Austria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!
  23. ON

    OswaldoN

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my wife had some. Hours to spare before heading to SFO airport and decided to check China live. That was an amazing experience, the food was amazing, we seat by the kitchen and that made the experience even more fun. Will definitely return there if I am in San Francisco
  24. MW

    MattW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was done well. Not the typical Chinese restaurant but Chinese dishes with a twist in a good way. Ambiance is quite festive. The prices are bit higher than expected and not very good value compared to other restaurants.
  25. b

    brianw

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service was attentive and fabulous.
  26. WN

    WineNDine

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance. Great wait staff and very attentive. Tried many of the dishes in our large party and deserts. It’s a must visit restaurant. The mango and lychee ice cream desert was top notch. Will definitely go back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We had a 9:15 reservation but their kitchen doesn’t stay open late so why did they let us make a 9:15 reservation?!? They made us order the second we sat down and the food came out practically before our drinks. So unpleasant. On top of that they include a 20% tip for a party of four but they don’t tell you. So the couple we were with double tipped!!! To be honest we felt like we were being scammed. Not a pleasant meal and won’t be going back even though the food is good enough.
  28. AR

    ARFoodie

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations at 8:45, but were getting tired. They were able to accommodate us earlier and were so sweet about it. Such a unique experience. Food comes out when it’s ready and it is a progressive experience. We started with Dim Sum which was incredible. Then the Peking Duck came and lastly the fried rice. I’ve never had Chinese food this great. The tea is also an experience. The coolest glass steeping mug and you can also buy it in their gift shop. They need to expand to all major cities. So fun and a great end to our evening.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered so much food because we wanted to try so many things. And it was all amazing! If you order one thing - make it the sesame ice cream with mango shave ice. So good!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food and atmosphere were great, but there was a truck that was making loud noise next to us while dining. Everything else was good except that part!
  31. RJ

    RichardJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! A must try in SF! The ambience and service were great! The kung poa chicken is a must try!
  32. RB

    RebeccaB

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Meal was fantastic. Waiter was helpful in suggesting plates. It was a little warm in the restaurant but overall ambiance was perfect. Great for a work dinner as everything is served as small plates. Get the 1st noodle dish- you won’t regret it!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Our waiter was very strange and inappropriate .sat down at the table and was patronizing to our parents and then forgot a bunch of our food.
  34. SA

    StefanieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food, great drinks (even Austrian wine is available) and you can watch it being made! Peopöe are very friendly and helpful! Prepare for a great evening and make sure you are hungry!
  35. b

    bruce09

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. The peking duck was the best I ever had.
  36. JI

    JenniferI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found this restaurant on yelp and we were not disappointed! Service was great, food was amazing! Overall great experience.
  37. VG

    VeronicaG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was very average. The Peking duck was just wrong. The waiter was sweet though.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & delicious food. Arrived an hour before reservation & they were kind enough to sit us early. Highly recommend
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Duck dish lukewarm but otherwise good. Poached chicken dish cold. Fried rice average. Crispy pork belly tasty but also served cold. Noodles lacked flavor. Good sized portions. Would not recommend.
  40. RD

    RubenD

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, excellent ambiance - a must-go in San Francisco.

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 2278 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 152 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Dining areas

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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