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China Live, San Francisco, CA
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China Live

4.6
4.6
2296 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

19:00


Booked 123 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • Eat Drink SF: Boozy Brunch at China Live

    US$65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    30 Oct 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 2,296 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. m

    marcellaf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    they really need to do something about the sound in there. you can barely hear ppl sitting across the table from you. otherwise the food was delicious and the service v. caring.
  2. W

    What

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food service and ambiance!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We didn’t end up getting 2 of our main dishes and left after waiting for an hour
  4. MC

    MarianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    China Live is a festive, bright modern atmosphere with truly delicious food. Highly recommended.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Buena comida y un lugar limpio y agradable.
  6. LC

    LindsayC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Dined at China Live in a family group of 8. Food was very good. Portion sizes were also reasonable. Pace of dishes coming out was also good. Wait service was polite and efficient. This is a large restaurant turning over lots of dishes for diners so not particularly flexible. We received two rice dishes (normally an accompaniment) at the end of the meal when it would have been great to get much earlier. Thoroughly recommend China Live for good quality, reasonably priced food.
  7. TB

    TheBlondeFriend

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter made fantastic suggestions based on what was popular, award winning, and his personal favorites. Everything was delicious!
  8. RK

    RicoKerry

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're Rico and Kerry, we love China Live and probably go at least 10 times per year since it opened! We had a great time as usual, we love the consistency of this restaurant: food, service, atmosphere, and friendliness! The front desk staff is always awesome ( Michelle, hope you're enjoying your sabbatical!), and our server, Michael, was awesome (we usually ask for Rafi) but Michael was excellent, he even remembered us from over a month ago! Food is always consistently amazing. Our faves: Xiao Long Bao, Working Hands dumplings, Peking duck pockets (ask for hot mustard on the side), blistered charred Chinese broccoli, crispy skin pork belly cubes, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, the minced chicken lettuce cups, and more. Thank you Chef George and the China Live team!
  9. V

    Vasablancas

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The general manager was such an amazing man and we will definitely be back to China Live whether it is for the beautiful bar they have on another floor or the food. We will try different items next time as some of them were not as amazing as we had expected them to be, but overall we left full and were excited to be there!
  10. MA

    MaryAnn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant. Great food and service; beautiful inside. We requested an outdoor table, and that was fine. We had a reservation at a nearby club, and China Live was very accommodating on our timing. Chinatown has lots of restaurants and this one is exceptional. I highly recommend the pork buns. The surprise for my husband's birthday that the server brought was fun!
  11. SK

    SanderK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance here is wonderful and it’s a unique concept to have dining, retail and open kitchens all share the same space. Our food was delicious and the wait staff was super friendly. Portions were actually a little larger than we expected so we ordered too much food. I recommend maybe 3-4 items for 2 people. We chose 5 things and had a lot leftover.
  12. CN

    CharlesN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Mediocre, seriously overpriced food. Outstanding service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food.
  14. R

    Rach

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing!! Be careful not to order too much :)
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here was so amazing. We took the servers recommendation for all of our dishes and it was delicious. Great place with fantastic energy. We will be back.
  16. GB

    GayleB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kiyoshi was our server and he was fantastic. Great explanations about everything. It was our first time at the restaurant and he made it easy for us to navigate the menu and make our selections. It is definitely a lively environment, which is what I expect at a Chinese restaurant - and gave me a wonderful taste of home (I'm from Penang, Malaysia). Highly recommend the Peking Duck and pork dumpling appetizers. Everything else we had was delicious as well, but these two are my Must Have's for when I go back.
  17. AW

    AngelinaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very delicious and became a special dinner with friends to share food. Would go there again when I‘m in SF
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular
  19. ML

    MariaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2022

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

    Satdineout

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    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.
  21. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

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

    Kenho

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2022

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

    StewartB

    Perthshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

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

    Mmsjjk

    Tucson

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service.
  25. BW

    BWest

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

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

    TonyM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

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

    RobertG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2022

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

    SaloniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

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

    pbcuz

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious 😋
  30. k

    kellye

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wanted Chinese.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 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!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional…would highly recommend!
  38. KJ

    KatyJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 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!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 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
  40. K

    Kevin

    Austria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 2296 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 123 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)

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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