Lionhead

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316 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)
Lionhead is dedicated to the flavors of Sichuan Province, China. Drawing inspiration from the traditional dishes and techniques of Sichuan cooking, Lionhead uses carefully-sourced, high-quality ingredients to create a unique take on Chinese cuisine in Seattle.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Felt like I was back in China with the fragrant flavors. Yum.

DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff

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1
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fun,resourceful menu prepared and delivered with precision and pleasure. A neighborhood gem and more. Been there enough to know each occasion is special,no wearing down of quality or uniqueness...a pleasure

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Friend was visiting and we wanted good Chinese.

The food was just ok - it’s been going downhill since before Jerry sold it (guess this is a new owner?)

Way way understaffed for a Sunday of a 3day weekend

Not bad - jus blah.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

My experience was good until we had 2 issues with our food that resulted in us just ending our dining experience quickly. It was made correct by the team, and the encouragement to come back was sincere.

I will still be on the fence when it comes to returning, but I am willing to give it another shot down the road.

i
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great especially the eggplant salad, soy skin roll, and blistered okra. The place was packed on a Friday night and noise level was very loud as might be expected.

WF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is Gourmet Chinese food! Everything is delicious and the service is outstanding! If you love Sichuanese Chinese food then you will love eating here. The Won Tons in Chile Oil are my favorite!
We are lucky to have Lionhead in our neighborhood here in Capitol Hill.

DS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I love this food! The flavors and textures are outside my common culinary experience and unlike other Chinese restaurants I've enjoyed.

d
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous meal! The bartender made great recommendations and the food was outstanding!

H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was rich in flavor, most items on the menu are prepared spice (either traditional spice or “numbing” spice) but can be adjusted if needed. We ordered 6 dishes but 7 showed up, and we definitely had too much food. A couple people in the group had a slight upset stomach, but that could be because we aren’t used to eating those types of spices. Would go back and try again!

MF
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was amazing; the best Szechuan food we have ever had and great service. We really enjoyed it. The eggplant strips, Dan Dan noodles, and wontons were must haves.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Truly wonderful Sichuan-inspired dishes. Can’t wait to go back.

RA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Insanely good, all of it. Amazing customer service as well

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’ve been visiting Lionhead every Christmas Eve for five years now and it’s always a treat. Benjamin is a magnificent front-of-house man and Garrett’s kitchen is never less than spot-on. That kind of professionalism is such a nice thing to be able to depend on—not to mention rare. Here’s to keeping the tradition alive in 2020 and beyond.

L
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere at Lionhead is great. It's a smaller restaurant so a decent level of noise is unavoidable, but the decor is clean and attractive. A lot of Chinese restaurants I've been to lack polish when it comes to presentation, so this was a nice step above. The food was delicious. You can try a lot of different dishes at their price points and share with dining companions. I loved the pork wontons the most (hongyou chaoshou) but everything was great. Cocktails were unique and enjoyable (also saved me from a former negative experience with baijiu). One thing I really appreciated was that, for a Sichuan place, the numbing flavor was never overdone. Even in dishes that had the highest rating for numbness, it never overwhelmed the food's flavors as I've experienced in some other locations. The serving staff was very pleasant and made time to check in even when they were slammed.

E
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The waitstaff was so accommodating. Have a food allergy and most of the dishes had the ingredient in them. They were nice enough to find a couple of items on the menu and it was great. One has to like The style of food. Lots of oil and numbing sauce. If so a great place. Staff was awesome. Parking tight.

WM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our second visit to Lionhead. What a wonderful spot. Staff and the dishes were terrific. I wish the restaurant was closer to my home so i could visit more often.

JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was my first dining experience at Lionhead. We had excellent bar service and the bar tender was very knowledgeable about the nuance of the menu. We had a stellar and attentive waiter. The food was absolutely delicious! We sampled a variety of dishes, all of which we enjoyed. I look forward to returning to Lionhead very soon.

RS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lionhead continues to be our favorite restaurant in Seattle even with new ownership. The quality of the food, served family style for max enjoyment and sharing, cocktails, and service is unparalleled.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

I’ve been to Lionhead many times and it’s one of my favorites. But the food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. Which was disappointing.

1
Seattle
63 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The location was excellent for my event: going to a concert at Cornish.

The food could definitely be improved. We ordered: Lamb dumplings, Yu Choy with chilies and garlic, and Twice-cooked pork. The Lamb dumplings tasted good, but the filling was dry and course-textured. It could’ve benefited from additional fat and stirred with a chopstick to create a springy texture. The greens were undercooked (they should’ve been blanched first), the handful of chillies were not lightly browned and infused into the oil (in spite of all the chilies, the dish was not spicy), and the sliced garlic was undercooked and overwhelming. The garlic probably should have been whole, crushed cloves infused into the cooking oil. Also some ginger would’ve been nice. We also ordered Twice-cooked pork, which was much better, but a bit muddy flavored and insufficiently spicy. The folks in the kitchen need to go to a few Sichuan restaurants in the ID or Eastside to get a better handle on what Sichuan food should really taste like.

The service was great, though.

RC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Rockfish was delicious! The throwback hiphop soundtrack was such a good vibe and perfect for our birthday party of 9. Food is served family style and our waiter was very helpful and attentive. I would definitely come back to try the other dishes.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I wanted it to be better. Food was all too saucy. Flavors were pretty good.

s
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

How did I not realize that this wonderful restaurant has been here since 2015? Because we always went to Poppy. An early dinner at Lionhead was excellent. Good choices of beers on tap. Silky Eggplant cold appetizer was perfectly cooked, slithered down. The whole trout was delicious, and our server expertly boned it at the start, removing the backbone, but (of course, it's trout) lots of bones remained, so be forewarned. The crowning dish was the Steamed Silken Tofu in a dynamite sauce. They don't offer a sorbet for dessert, which would have been perfect, but my husband enjoyed the Fried Bao Bites. Great wait staff, attractive room. Looking forward to a return.

M
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was delicious and plentiful. The seasoning was perfect. The gradations of heat/spiciness were quite comfortable. The lowest heat was mild and gradually worked up from there.

AH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely spectacular once again.

M
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

we love this place. also great for vegans. lots of fun dishes to share

DC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Flavors were bold and tasty. We were worried about heat of sichuan but it was perfectly balanced. Cocktails were inventive. We received such friendly, neighborly service from the bartender and owners that we stayed at the cozy bar to enjoy our meal.

RS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks to Garrett and the entire Lionhead staff, the food is always unbelievably amazing. The drinks and service are too. This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle and I recommend it to anyone who likes spice, or Sichuan.

TE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

After the first visit, Lionhead has immediately become one of our favorites, for both food and service.
We enjoyed the clean casual style of the place enhanced by a beautiful many-paneled painting on one wall and a couple of carved wooden sculptures on the other. Lanterns hanging over each table added more charm.
Our waiter (Garret) was awesome - friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable. We got lots of his attention on our first visit and a bit less than we wanted on our second one which happened to be Friday night (definitely need more people on the floor). We also noticed how he talked to other customers, going into details explaining the ingredients and recommending dishes/drinks. A great guy!
The food was really good. They specialize in Szechuan cuisine and use lots of citrusy mouth-numbing Szechuan peppercorns as wells as hot peppers. The dishes can be really spicy, though there are some milder options on the menu as well. We recommend the dumplings (tried all of them and liked all the kinds with lamb jaozi being our most favorite). Loved the radish cakes: nice crunch outside, soft inside, great flavor overall. A generous serving, too! Homemade buckwheat noodles were really good. As was an entrée rockfish dish. This one was really spectacular, though very spicy and needed rice as a side. We also enjoyed five spice braised duck, however the sirloin in chili cumin beef was somewhat chewy (need to sharpen my teeth).
Lionhead offers an extensive list of baijiu (Chinese distilled liquor usually made with sorghum) served in 1.5 oz shots. We tried 6 during our two visits there and they were delicious. They also make a bunch of tasty cocktails. I enjoyed 5 spice old fashioned (though second time around had to return my drink to add more of 5 spice) and husband loved Four Rivers that included Szechuan peppercorns infused vodka. Loved it so much we went to buy a pack of Szechuan peppercorns and a bottle of vodka to make our own.
The verdict: we highly recommend!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fabulous place, it was our first time. Was busy when we arrived so recommend reservations . Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. He didn't try to oversell . Food was so amazing! Our drink order was forgotten but other than that 10+!

MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great value and Service, price fine. Really recommended

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall it was good. Could have been gear if it was not too noisy. Some dinners were really loud. It’s really hard to have conversation with our parties without “shouting”.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, definitely the best Chinese food I had in Cap Hill. Reasonable prices for the portion sizes. Family style is a must.

F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food. Authentic and really well done. Service was fantastic as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food is always great, but the service is hit and miss, trending to full miss. Occasional helpful suggestions and speed, followed by rudeness, and disappearing acts (in a tiny restaurant). But the food is great, so maybe takeout? Or be prepared to waive down the waiter multiple times.

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Find a Szechuan peppercorn and chew on it for a numbing/buzzing sensation!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love dining at Lionhead. They go all-in on spice to create lush, layered flavors with plenty of Szechuan peppercorn mouth tingle!

F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Server was knowledgeable and fun to interact with. Really excellent food!

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