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China Live, San Francisco, CA
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China Live

4.7
4.7
2952 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 55 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Asian, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 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
  • 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

What 2,952 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Chinese

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Francisco

    Good for groups

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

2,952 Reviews
  1. MBSF

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience and service of the restaurant were good, but the food was just ok. Some of the key dishes - duck pancakes (too much ‘bread’ and soggy cucumber) and Kung Pao (‘Firecracker’) chicken were not outstanding.

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  2. ElizabethA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn't realize how big the portions are, which is great and unusual these days!

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  3. Sparty

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been a few years sing going to China Live but it hasn’t missed a beat…fantastic experience!

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  4. DanessaL

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great and steered us toward the right direction when ordering from the menu. The food was delicious and unique although pricey.

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  5. ScottA

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from Arizona and we had to try this amazing restaurant. It didn’t disappoint! Service from the time the young man up front found us a place for 3 at the counter, to the waiter throughout our meal - everything was great! Thank you to everyone involved… even the robot! 😆

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively, delicious and fun! Took our teenage sons and everyone enjoyed!

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  7. PeninsulaFoodie

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe, beautiful design, fun place! Food is not amazing, but how could it be -- they are serving so many people, etc. But the food is good.

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  8. SFdiningnbiz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This will now, always be a stop in Chinatown! A must!

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  9. ByronW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good, the waiter made some excellent suggestions. The atmosphere was pretty good, and the location is very close to Columbus Av., which is convenient.

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  10. JulieM

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner for restaurant week! It included starters, main course, veggies, rice and wine.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always great - food is good, service is reliable, and ambiance is fun

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  12. JudithO

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for dinner before attending The Soeakeasy

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, amazing service, overall 10/10 experience !!

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  14. tony

    London

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent tamarind ribs and scallion rolls. String beans crisp tender with nice sauce. Lunch box a lot of food, probably enough to share two medium appetites with an appetizer.

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  15. Sodalake

    New Mexico

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the food, the flavors, the variety not seen on most Chinese menus. I don't know how the service could be better, attentive, helpful, well timed. Only one issue for us, the sound level was that of a JET ENGINE AT TAKEOFF!

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  16. Becky

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our experience at ChinaLive. It’s our new favorite spot in SF and we will go again every time we visit. Z is an awesome server and we loved his recommendations and laughter. Such a wonderful evening!!! The food was seriously top notch. Everything we ate we kept saying it was our favorite. Whew, what a great night!

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  17. Patrizia

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent the service amazing everything overall was fantastic 👌

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El lugar limpio, bien decorado, buena cocina, algo alto el precio

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  19. karens

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was awesome and the food was delicious!

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  20. Southslope

    New York City

    128 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best soup dumplings we’ve ever had! The other dishes were very good also.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was on point! I could have tried everything on the menu! The only negative is that we were seated in the front area of the restaurant and the vibe there is totally different - more subdued- than the main area. The main area is dark and loud and more fun in my opinion. Not sure if you can request where you sit when you make a reservation, but if you have a preference you should ask.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good stuff, friendly staff, good decor.

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  23. RobertF

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a fun place to eat and the food was really awesome! Service was great!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice indoors very spacious. We had a delicious meal. The Peking duck is my favorite.

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  25. ChrisM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, amazing service! Love this place!

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  26. AIOpenTable

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went to China Live for lunch. The restaurant was almost empty, so that could account for the lack of liveliness, but the atmosphere wasn't anything special. The food was ok, the service was ok (not great). Overall, just "ok".

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Let the server drive and had a well balanced and varied meal.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great venue where every piece of real estate has been monetized. Food is excellent, when they say share plates they mean it. A party of 5 would be able get a taste of a lot of great food. Caution, it is VERY VERY loud - but the vibe is on point.

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  29. ErinM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience!! Will be back! LOVED IT!!! Thank you@

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun place with good food and friendly staff. We were seated outside so not sure about the noise level. Drink menu could be better. We had a good time and I do recommend it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very good. Generous portions, peking duck dish was great. Server was excellent.

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  32. Joaquin

    Mexico City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! Our kids enjoyed the food and the service was phenomenal

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The server was cold, maybe because her 20% tip was already included. Honestly I’d go another route in China town for something more chill.

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  34. Claudia

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service! Will be returning again! Loved the little shop attached; they had really excellent products!

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  35. DanG

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic down to very last detail! Highly recommended and I would love to do it again and try more.

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  36. VanessaM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Took clients there and everyone loved it.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    China Live never disappoints on any level. The food, service and ambience are second to NONE!

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  38. Mike

    Phoenix

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner with my beautiful wife, great food and atmosphere. Mike our server was awesome, very friendly, attentive and nice. My lovely wife and I highly recommend China Live, we had a wonderful time, thank you.

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  39. FrankB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend China Live

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  40. Jatachin

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time in China Live. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the duck. Our server Ericka was beyond.

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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 4.7 stars by 2952 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 55 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Stockton & Grant
  • Neighborhood
    Chinatown
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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