About Lionhead

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.

618 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese (Sichuan), Asian, Chinese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
E Roy Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 922-3326

Website:
http://www.lionheadseattle.com/

Parking Details:
Pay parking lot behind the restaurant off 10 Ave E. Walk through Poppy to Broadway entrance

Public Transit:
5 blocks north of the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station

Executive Chef:
Jerry Traunfeld

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lionhead Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.3

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4.1

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Healthy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Great Beer (2)
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People Watching (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 19 hours ago

Flavors beyond belief, great for a group to do family style dining and try many dishes. Definitely had some heat, but flavor and what they call'numbing' balances it out well.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We visited Lionhead for an early Valentines Day dinner, and greatly enjoyed their take on Sichuan Chinese cuisine. We enjoyed a couple of specialty cocktails, and went with three appetizers -- Cloud Fungus Salad (mushrooms with black vinegar), Rose Petal Dumplings (seafood) and Crab Custard. We finished with the large serving of Dan Dan Mian ("wheat noodles with pork and hot-numbing sauce"). All of our selections were excellent, and as we've run across the noodles (aka Biang Biang) elsewhere, Lionhead's were just as good, if not better. The dining room is not large and was pretty crowded the night we went, including at the entry where there isn't much room to wait without leaving the door open to the chilly wind. Fortunately we had this delicious food to keep us warm.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We found that there were not enough servers and thus the service was very slow. Food suffered possibly as a result? We had made a reservation 2 days prior and yet had to wait 10 mins for a greeter and still had to wait for an open table, 15 mins beyond our reservation time. Ordered rice but had to remind the server about this.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful flavors and aromas! Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful to us. We were not experts on Sichuan and she helped us choose things we might like and we certainly DID!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyable meal shared with a friend visiting from out of town and a small group (4). We had originally reserved a table, but we had so much fun at the bar chatting with Jessica that we gave up our table and stayed there. From the bai jiu cocktails to the different plates - all shareable - we were entertained by the different dishes and formats. The eggplant fries, fried chicken, congee, garlicky greens, dan-dan noodles, and ma-po do-fu were spot on. Portions are generous, but they are nice about packing leftovers, because it's hard to choose just a few items. Chef Garrett is also very familiar with preparing gluten-free versions of the few entrees that aren't already gf, and we had a great dinner. Just give the restaurant a heads-up when you make your reservation.

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food that we had was quite tasty but the issue was that everything tasted the same. We had 3 dishes with similar spices and texture. No sauce, lots of chili peppers.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It’s a good preparation if you want to get ready for real Chinese restaurants, the somewhat dirty and rude ones. Before that, you will be more comfortable here. Food is okay. Not terribly authentic. Apart from that, it’s reasonably tasty.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I found Lionhead on my first trip to Seattle last year and loved it so much that my girlfriend and I made it a point that that would be part of our highlight night on our roadtrip from San Diego. We ordered the oolong tea, potstickers, Dan Dan Mian, Chili Cumin Beef, and finally spongecake to finish out the meal. All of that only came to $62 and that's *after* the 20% service charge. We're so impressed with the food, timeliness of courses, calm atmosphere, and attentiveness of service that I always leave at least $10 extra for the server.

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Spicy, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was amazing. It was surprisingly filling and like nothing I had ever tasted before!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was fantastic! Balance of flavors and variety on menu was great. Will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Decent service, but all the food was very greasy and the fried rice was soggy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My husband and I had dinner here before going to The Paramount and were impressed with our food. The service is great; very nice and ready to explain anything on the menu. It was our first time, so that was very welcome. I'm vegetarian and was a little worried about spice levels, but I had a few meatless choices. I had the yu choy with garlic and chilies and even survived eating a few chilies. My husband ordered the Gung Bao Chicken and ate every bit. We ordered buckwheat noodles to share and I think that was my favorite dish. We paired it with Jasmine tea and had a great meal.

The atmosphere is pretty casual and it's a small, well-appointed restaurant. There's cheap, pay parking on the corner.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on January 3, 2018

After a friend had recommended this place many times, we finally made it here for dinner. We had a great time - good food, good unique cocktails, and good service. We'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quick Bite, Spicy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Favorite neighborhood restaurant in Capitol Hill, Seattle!
Now that they take reservations, even better.
A little known plus: recently paid street parking in the area has been extended to ten pm. Lion Head is located on the northern edge of that, so if one parks just a couple blocks away, to the north, it's free!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was disappointing. Every dish we ordered was not good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We booked for Christmas (imagine eating at a Sichuanese restaurant on Christmas?!) and were very pleased! As a new cuisine for us, we were intrigued and tantalized by all the flavors and mouth sensations. Scott, restaurant Manager, stopped for a chat and told us more about the restaurant and cuisine. Cool guy, great food, and well managed. We’ll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Spicy rated on numbing effects.
Eggplant fries quite numbing!
Duck not crispy as touted but tasty.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We are return customers and went to Lionhead for Christmas dinner (in late afternoon.) We had Szechuan crab, chili cumin beef, blistered okra, rice. It was all fabulous! The crab was a special dish, messy and divine.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our 3rd Christmas that we have had dinner here. Excellent menu and well prepared meals.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It is surprisingly difficult to find a Chinese restaurant open on Christmas in Seattle, and even more difficult if you want to have alcohol with your meal.
Lionhead was perfect.

Good Sichuan food in a very nice atmosphere with a decent wine list and a decent beer list.

It's a surprisingly small space as it looks much bigger on the website. My wife and I both agreed it would be a great spot for a first date, a special occasion, or just Friday night.

We both enjoyed our meals and are looking forward to coming back on multiple visits.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We celebrated Christmas Day at Lionshead having a fabulous Chinese lunch! The food is always amazing. We love Poppy too. I was interested in the Crab special but it was still in the shell and thus very messy to open/eat in dressier clothing w/ other events following lunch, so we had to pass on that. Next year take it out of the shell and I'll bet you get a lot more takers.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is the second time I have eaten here. I continue be impressed with the extensive and unique menu offered. I prefer my food on the spicy side and there was no disappointment there! Although, if you are dining with those who aren't into spicy then they won't be disappointed either. As proven by our son who tends to not like spicy.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My only complaint was that the room got very cold every time the door was opened. Perhaps a screen could be set up before next winter?

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We came for Chrissy Chris and the service was HORRIBLE. The food was ameezing, but the servers were too busy diddling their skittles in the back to take my order. GIMME A GIFT CARD

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Came here to celebrate a birthday and the food was great as usual. Some new menu items. Tried the dumplings with smoked bamboo and leek filling which were delicious.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Brought back the memories of dining in China. Really good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

--ddeep, savory flavors
--perfectly temperate numbing peppercorn, not overwhelming to my heat-averse wife and friend
--great veg options for a constrained diet
--a menu unlike any other I know in Seattle--Chinese/Sichuan for people (like me) who underestimate the range of the cuisine due to overexposure to less ambitious menus

give it a try

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

An adventure for the tastebuds. All the dishes we had were delicious and the crisped duck was amazing. Will be back to share this gem with others!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

OK, so maybe we just hit it off well with Scott at the bar on a previous visit for a drink, but we had a wonderfully enjoyable time coming back for dinner on our last night in Seattle. Let's get this straight - in deciding where we wanted to have our last dinner in Seattle, we chose Lionhead. My wife is Hong Kong Chinese, so she understands good Chinese food and bad Chinese food. She has also spent much of her adult life in the US, and she very much appreciates good fusion. That is, she is not bound by the way things "must be done," but rather appreciates how creative chefs can take Chinese principles and use them to create interesting and exciting dishes using local ingredients in the Chinese spirit. This is precisely what we found at Lionhead. Yes, it is Sichuan, but it is also clearly Northwest, and that makes it better than either separately.

Add to that the excellent service and the quirky friendliness of the staff, and you have a winner. We have a recipe for a Chinese Sausage Mac 'n Cheese that we can't wait to try. I can only wonder why it isn't on the menu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fun
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

May well be the best Chinese food in Seattle. At least that’s what my Chinese boyfriend said.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food. Great service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went for restaurant week and boy, was that a lot of food! We barely finished one app and one main between 2 of us, then brought the rest home for lunch over the next 2 days. Lots of spice and good heat. Our favorite was the chili cumin beef.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was very good especially the dan dan noodles (although skip the buns - they are pretty unappetizing), but the service was the worst I have ever had in my life. While I gladly will pay 20% for quality service, a mandated 20% tip is no excuse for poor service. My entree arrived not 5 minutes after I started my appetizer, but yet I waited 20 minutes for my dessert and another 15 minutes when I was done for my check. They also delivered extra rice. Meanwhile the table to my right, received extra rice, no drinks (until the end of their entrees), and a missed entree. The table to my left missed an entree and were told dessert wasn't included in Restaurant Week (until the diners asked for the Seattle Restaurant Week menu to prove otherwise). The restaurant ambiance is also extremely crowded as they clearly stuffed in tables next to each other to maximize profit (e.g. you walk in the door and you stand touching the tables who are eating and the host's check in is literally touching the table in front of it).

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very agreeable. I don’t know how “authentic” it is; the supposedly spicy items aren’t that hot by my standard. But they are eminently eatable. My date was a tiny, picky eater, but she gobbled up her share of three substantial dished and then scarfed half the bao I took home for myself behind my back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Restaurant Week...unfortunately, I did send back a dish for being too salty. Server told us we were only to eat the fish but for a Filipino and an Indonesian (both consumers of salt fermented fish/shrimp regularly!) to think the fish almost inedible, IT IS TOO SALTY!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Jerry Traunfeld is a talented chef and we love his food and his cookbooks. Lionhead is spicy, but not crazy spicy. Just right to bring out the delicious flavors in each dish. We loved the Dan Dan noodles, the pan fried rockfish and the eggplant fries the best. I'm still remembering (fondly) the layers of subtle flavor and the numbing-but-pleasant Szechuan peppercorns. The wine list is limited to what pairs best with spicy, oily, fragrant food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was very good, even for someone who doesn't like super spicy food. But the server was indifferent and encouraged us to order way too much food, something I did not appreciate. Since a 20% service charge is added automatically, it seemed as if she had no incentive to be helpful.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The flavors of all the dishes were unique, flavorful, and spicey. Can’t wait to go return for another meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Was interested in trying this restaurant based on the pictures posted online. Really enjoyed the 3 courses that I chose from the special menu. I had the trio salad, the fish and the chocolate dessert.

One warning if you do not enjoy the numbing heat of the Szechuan peppercorn this is not the place for you. That seems like the common note on most of the dishes. Really enjoyed the chocolate dessert. Would love to see that as a regular dessert offering on their daily menu.

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Yum, yum, yum. My (Taiwanese) husband and I think this is the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle. Authentic and delicious Sichuan cuisine using the freshest ingredients. The dishes never fail. I'm gluten-free, dairy-free and corn-free and find enough great things to eat. Wait staff are thoughtful and take good care of us. You do get what you pay for -- Lionhead is a bit more expensive than run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurants. The quality of the food is high, beautifully cooked with locally sourced ingredients. A few things are innovative -- Sichuan style okra -- yum. My personal favorite dishes are the smashed radish and cucumber; cloud fungus appetizer; dofu-ru veggie; boneless duck; rockfish with sour mustard greens. Also great are La Zi Ji spicy chicken. This summer the liang mian (cool rice noodle) was great -- hope it comes back on the menu. Honestly, I haven't eaten most of the other dishes because these are my favorites.

I have broken my "no gluten" rule for the dandan mian (noodles) and hong you cha shou -- OMG delicious. Highly recommended if you eat wheat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Spicy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic
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