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644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4666
+1 415-788-8188
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Grand Terrace, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our experience here was excellent. Although the timing on delivering our meal was just a bit off, the staff was very attentive, and since we were sitting at the dim sum bar, there was plenty of action to watch. Much of the seating is communal and the buzz was very loud. Not the place for a quite romantic dinner or... More 

Thank Kitty S
Fremont, California
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As with most others we read/heard the hype about this place and decided to give it a try when we were in the city. Let's get the negatives out of the way. Pretty expensive for what you get. 4 tiny pieces of Chinese Broccoli and about 2 tbs mushrooms $16. So going into the place know there will be a... More 

Thank Jo Ann S
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167 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard a lot of buzz about this place and wanted to check it out but I don't go to new places because it's almost never great unless it's a very small high end affair. China Live is nothing if not super grand and bustling with activity. I felt the energy right off when I entered even if the manager guy... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Chinese food, busy atmosphere and friendly service. Place seems a bit hipster, meaning very new. No duck though!

Thank noah_sushii
Doug C, Partner at China Live, responded to this review

Noah, Happy you enjoyed your meal, but so sorry we ran out of duck on your visit! Hope you join us again and have a chance to taste - it is a China Live favorite! Xie Xie! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During a work visit to San Francisco, walked up the hill from Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown. Discovered China Live. Excellent food. VERY helpful wait staff. Kind of a Tapas meets Asian feel. You have got to try the Pecking Duck!

Thank AldrichJim
long island
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to China Live for dinner tonight. When you get there you quickly realize how big the place is, from the tea room to the restaurant with open kitchens to the store. It's a beautiful place all around. The open kitchen concepts are great. While waiting for a table we watched as a chef artfully prepared some peking duck (which... More 

Thank mous
Doug C, Partner at China Live, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us and taking time to share your experience. So glad you enjoyed the flavor of many of our dishes, and we are working hard to better time menu items and meal service - hoping on your next visit we do better! Xie Xie! More 

Denver, Colorado
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off - google maps did us no favors finding this place. It's fairly new and fairly big but we were completely in the wrong place walking around. This place has a very hip/fresh vibe compared to the rest of Chinatown. That is a plus or minus depending on what you're looking for but we found it to be a... More 

Thank chuzzbro
Manchester, United Kingdom
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341 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very popular restaurant, with a great vibe. It's not only a restaurant, next door acts as a shop,selling everything you need to cook Chinese. We ordered pan fried dim sum, which was full of flavour, along with chicken in pasta, with duck broth. Amazing. .

Thank gillian p
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to have lunch at China Live recently after reading an article about it which intrigued me. It just opened. Having lived 8 years in Asia and traveled too, I am always ready to try a new Asian restaurant where I live . The concept of an open stylish restaurant and an elegant shop was very appealing to me.... More 

Thank martine e
Taos NM
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our food was delicious. A 2 1/2 lb. live lobster stir fried ($60), shrimp & pork fried rice ($19), stir fried green beans ($14). I actually stopped eating the lobster because I couldn't stop eating the fried rice (my husband happily continued on with the lobster). Expensive, but I've never had a meal quite like it. This is a new... More 

Thank NMTaosena

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Taiwanese, Chinese, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4666
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-788-8188
China Live San Francisco is a 30,000-square-foot Chinese culinary destination in the heart of Chinatown. We bring the vast richness of the Greater Chinese culinary art to the forefront. We are your trusted guides to an expertly curated gourmet experience. We hope to enjoy and celebrate culture through cuisine together.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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