Lionhead

4.7
273 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)
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  • Spicy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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4.6
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4.3
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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was so amazing. This seriously might be one of my favorite dinners in Seattle for some time. The food was INCREDIBLE. The staff was sooo amazing, helpful, flexible, accommodating. Just so great! I’m still dreaming of the food! The group all had raging reviews!

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m
Seattle
100 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fabulous as usual. I love the food and can't wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had the pork wontons and the chili cumin beef and they were both pretty magical! I would definitely recommend this place.

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SF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty food that’s fun to eat thanks to the Sichuan peppercorn.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Garrett provided amazing service to my group who had never experienced lionhead before and was very accommodating and attentive to our needs

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

They accommodated us surprisingly easily as a larger party since it’s a bit more of a strain for a smaller venue. I went there with my family to celebrate my birthday ready for some delicious Sichuan cuisine. It was difficult to choose what to eat since all the menu items seemed delicious. The server guided us through the menu and gave us a brief history of the restaurant and chef. We ended up ordering the pork wontons, both baos, crispy boneless duck, ma po doufu, twice cooked pork, cumin beef, buckwheat noodles and fried rice. Each dish had its own unique level of spiciness and depth of flavor. They all seemed to compliment each other leading to a very fulfilling feeling at the end of the meal along with some nice sweating from the spicier ma po doufu. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting amazing Chinese food, my only regret is living so far away.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service is great and the drinks are splendid and food is so delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had food this good and it’s reasonably priced.

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SP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a good value for consistently delicious food and drinks.

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S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is outstanding, inventive and complex seasoning.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A relaxed restaurant with very friendly & helpful staff. The food does not seem to be traditional sezchuan, more nouveau sezchuan as the dishes were very original or were new twists on more traditional sezchuan. We had the Yu Xiang eggplant fries as a starter. They were delicious, savory & crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. For the main meal we had the stir-fried pea vines with shiitake and oyster mushrooms. The pea vines were unusual, but very good and the ginger/mushroom sauce was amazing. We also had the boneless crisped duck. The hot and sour sauce was also amazing. The chef really knows how to make delicious and savory sauces. My only negative was that the crispy duck was a little soggy because the sauce was on top. Perhaps putting the duck on top of the sauce would be a better approach. All in all, a great find and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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MP
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding. Comfortable. The food is so creative and consistently delicious. The staff there is always consistent too. I’m a fairly regular patron and like to go there with my friends to catch up and enjoy. Their 5spice old fashioned is fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious!!!! A great way to have an early Mother’s Day dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fast, friendly service. Delicious food that is spicy but not overdone. Worth trying again.

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L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for restaurant week. If you don’t like spicy food beware! Their level of spice is very authentic, AKA caustic to my American mouth. I found things on the menu that were delicious with milder spice levels, but they were still on the edge of what I could tolerate. Thank goodness they have good-quality paper napkins, because I was blowing my nose the whole meal. My husband is a spicy food enthusiast and he adored his fish. My salt and pepper tofu was light and crispy and came out very hot and fresh. My favorite thing was the eggplant appetizer. It was sweet and spicy and fried and perfect. We will be back for sure. The hot and numbing spices are a unique experience if you haven’t had them. Oh and the deserts were excellent! The pudding (rice or tapioca I don’t remember) was very good. The lychee sorbet was thicker than I expected and had an excellent texture.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Mediocre food, great drinks, poor waitstaff.

Food was good, not great. 7/10. The portions were huge. The sezchuan spicy mouthfeel is really crazy and experiencing that for the first time was the peak of my night.

Waitstaff was bad. Waiter forgot about us during our meal and we just sat there for 45 minutes before realizing we needed to go talk to someone. Food runner was a jerk, maybe he was just high and trying to not be awkward? Who knows.

Drinks were great! Lots of unique ingredients that you don't usually see in cocktails.

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BE
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We don’t know why we haven’t eaten here before! The food was fantastic.

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S
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service here was impeccable. Super friendly and just the best. Our server was there when we needed it and never too often. The food was an explosion of flavors in every bite. Between my date and myself, we ordered way too much food, but did not regret it. The portions were much larger than expected, which is always nice for yummy left overs. We weren’t disappointed with any of the dishes and only wished we could’ve had enough room for dessert and more! Definitely coming back for more!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like a bit of spice? Just enough to clear your nose and make you pay attention? THIS is the place... the food is excellent and lots of choices. My advice is to select a lot of the starters and let that guide you. All of the selections are amazing with just enough spice for you to take notice. My favorite was the Cured Beef Salad... soooo bomb. You really can’t go wrong here!

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c
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place with excellent service and just too tasty food.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

People in my party loved the food. I was limited to the gluten free menu and was less enthusiastic.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great meal at Lionhead! Try Baijiu paired with the dishes.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was an okay dinner. Good food. No extras. But a bit annoyed when saw the check was already included with 20% tip. Seriously! What if I want to give 15 or 18%?

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend! Definitely try the pork belly, fried rice and wonton soup! Both bao’s were also great!

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EP
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hosted three difficult to impress friends for a special occasion. Lionhead's outstanding food and service exceeded everyone's (high) expectations. The spicing, flavor combinations and high quality ingredients made for an outstanding meal. Service was friendly, informed and professional.

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AC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Only problem we encountered was the music volume was too loud for a normal conversation.

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bravo!!! Truly a joy dining here. I love the surprise that comes with every bite. Great cocktails and food and how fun to have your entire mouth buzzing after chewing on one of those Szechuan peppercorns. :) Thanks you!!

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PK
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious!! Staff was incredibly kind and inviting. It was a group of 11 of us, initially 8, but they were so accommodating as we called to request more seats. I can’t wait to go back!

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TP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

In a city that quite frankly lacks great Sichuan cuisine this is an amazing find. Smaller spot, but great Capitol Hill vibe. The best part is the value, it is hard to find a meal plus drinks at a price point like this anywhere in Seattle let alone Capitol Hill, with food coming from such a great chef.

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P
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Must try their own amazing buck wheat noodle. Thank you Eli for your great hospitality, will see you again soon

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SB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impeccable service, food well prepared, presented and served, comfortable space.

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S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This Szechuan cuisine is unique! The pepper makes the mouth tingle and the water taste salty. A very weird experience. Best was the delicious wonton soup. We also liked cloud mushroom and lamb jaojzi (sp) with chili sauce. And chrysanthemum tea. Oh, and coconut tapioca for dessert!

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food is let down by the amount of tongue numbing Sichuan peppercorn. The great flavors can't come through. Perhaps the chef would consider toning down the peppercorn-ness

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E
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If you like this style of Chinese food highly recommend. Food is fresh and several dishes on the menu that vary in How hot they are.

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KC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Two of my friends and I had dinner at Lionhead. The restaurant is relatively small, but we made a reservation ahead of time and were able to be seated earlier than the time we reserved. We had the Yu Xiang Maitake Mushrooms, which was very flavorful and a great option for vegetarians. The Dan Dan Mian noodles was my favorite dish, definitely spicy. We also had the La Zi Ji chicken, which was excellent as well. We also got some rice, which helped when everything was quite spicy. Every item we had was absolutely delicious. Our server was very friendly and recommended great dishes when we were debating among a few.

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TS
Portland
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lionhead is absolutely delicious. Food is served family style. We have a vegan in the family and the salt and pepper fried tofu is the best we have ever had. Be careful of how spicy some of the dishes will be. Your tongue can go numb!

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ZC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

My partner and I went to Lionhead on NYE. This is the fourth or fifth time we have been here since the restaurant opened. The food, as always, was great. The service was not so great this time. Expecting the place would have a crowd we made reservations for 7:30 pm. When we arrived we waited for 5 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and then waited another 10 because the table wasn't ready. The service was unpredictable for the rest of the night. Our server was at first very attentive in that he gave us almost no time to review the menu. We asked for three minutes to decide and he disappeared for twenty minutes. We ordered two appetizers and two main dishes. The appetizers didn't come out before the main dishes. One appetizer and one main dish came out first, followed by another main dish, which was followed by the final appetizer. To make matters worse, we didn't have table service so we had to wait some more for our server's attention to get chopsticks. If the restaurant were unusually busy I could forgive the lapses, but it wasn't. The dining room was at 80-90% capacity most of the night. There was a steady stream of people, but most seemed to have reservations. Lionhead adds 20% to the bill. A few restaurants are doing this in Seattle in response to the increased minimum wage. I would prefer they just increase the prices of their food rather than adding 20% automatically for service. The service we received didn't warrant 20%.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very impressed and can’t wait to go back. The boneless duck dish was tops.

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SB
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Lionhead for the very first time as a Christmas Day dinner and it was fabulous! They were very busy, but the service was good and the food was fantastic! We had the crispy duck, okra and steamed chicken bun and all were amazing! Highly recommend trying this place!

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JA
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and open on Christmas Eve.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. Amazing service, very interesting and delicious food. This place is a gem. We were here for my sisters birthday and she was thrilled with the whole experience. Thank you in particular to the entire wait staff—you were all so friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable.

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