Lionhead

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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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Seattle
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
49 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
5 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
46 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
1 review
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
46 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

h
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is our 3rd time at Lionhead and we had a great time. We had the Cumin Beef, Pork potstickers ( to die for), spicy chicken pot (tiny morsels perfectly cooked) and wheat noodles. Everything tasted delicious and we had chosen to go easy on the numbing spice. The service was excellent as well. We really missed having our favorite Buckwheat noodle dish. May be next time!

SW
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We come here a couple times. a month - we were pretty shattered to know that Jerry sold Poppy and that Lionhead would also likely shutter. good news is chef bough the place and is keeping it open! Last night's meal was even better than usual - gung bao, buckwheat noodles, lamb jiozi, eggplant fries, tofu, and water spinach all were bursting with flavor. Best Szechuan in the city bar none.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

IH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and impeccable service. An absolutely wonderful space and highly recommended! Yummy all around!

m
Seattle
105 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

SF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

RR
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

SP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a good value for consistently delicious food and drinks.

S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is outstanding, inventive and complex seasoning.

KS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

MP
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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

L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

A
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

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.

BE
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

S
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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