Very nice selection of Sichuan dishes. The vegetables were my favorites. The bao was not very good. Interesting selection of cocktails
Overall taste was very good, just a tad salty for my taste and the food was slow to come
Great food, great neighborhood spot. Loved the numbing spice!
Great food, great service and great value. One of our favorite restaurants for casual date night.
Nice authentic, spicy and numbing food.
Great food. Would have liked some more knowledgeable advice from the server regarding ordering. Very spicy and delicious
Exceptional food. Server was friendly and helpful. Only disappointment was not getting the rice until 2nd entree arrived. We will be back.
Food and service were both excellent.
Excellent Sichuan inspired food, both classic like mapo doufu and new. Really bold flavors using Sichuan peppercorns and chilies. Not for the faint of palate. Excellent cocktails also. 5 spice Old Fashioned is yummy.
Everyone always says its hard to find good Chinese food in Seattle, well they're right in a way. The Szechwan cuisine at Lionhead isn't good, it's fantastic! Between two people we ordered 3 plates (all are family style, with sharing encouraged) and just barely managed to finish it because we didn't want to leave anything on the plate. The waitstaff, especially our waiter Sam, was kind and attentive. The drinks were unique, featuring baiju (a Chinese spirit) and other innovative concoctions. In short, it was a slam dunk, there wasn't a single element to our dinner that I would dream of changing. Please go if you get a chance, it wont even break the bank, most dishes range around $15, a small price to pay for excellence.
Lionhead is one of our families favorite restaurants! Not your typical Chinese restaurant they have interesting dishes inspired by traditional Sichuan cooking. Our favorites are the crispy duck, doufu-ru greens, eggplant fries and fried rice. While you can find similar dishes (by name) at other restaurants rest assured you’ll never find preparations like this. Love it!
We love this restaurant. The food is fantastic, inventive and Sichuan spicy. Not evilly so but expect tongue and tastebud numbing. The sour mustard rockfish is soooooo good. The lamb dumplings are magnificent and the cumin potatoes make my toes curl with tasty pleasure. Great restaurant.
food gets better and better. from simple dumplings to 5 pice sichuan duck. spicy and wonderful
The restaurant is a little on the funky side, but the service was good and the food was very good. Servings are quite generous so unless you’re starving, order a few dishes and see if you want more. I would definitely make reservations as it’s a small restaurant and they are quite popular.
Will not be back
We went to celebrate Mother’s Day. Fun to have dishes to share round a lazy Susan! The food was too spicy for me, and it would be nice to be able to modify this some
I also felt the prices were high though having a world-renown chef means more $$$
The chief tried too hard on all the dishes. I felt like they all had similar flavors. Too complex!
Exciting flavors in magnificent authentic Szechuan food!
A hidden gem on Capitol Hill. About everything we order was very delicious and we ordered a lot of plates. Enjoy your dinner with one of their craft cocktails. Highly recommend this place!
Delicious family style Chinese
Great Sichuan food. Lots of peppercorn in most dishes, well prepared and with an impressive baijiu list. The service staff was great, and helped to recommend excellent baijiu and dishes that left me waiting to go back again.
Lionhead was amazing as always. This is a special place in Seattle. The unique flavors and mouth numbing feel (literally) are just incredible. The cocktail list is always intriguing and does not disappoint in their concoctions. Luckily I don't live in Capitol Hill as I would frequent here too much.
Third time. A complete disappointment. the drinks were terrible, and the four dishes we ordered were way below standard.
This place was absolutely wonderful. This place is not exactly authentic Szechuan, but if you're looking for something that's well made and elevated Chinese, this is really going to deliver the spot.
We got the dan dan noodles, the haiga rice, a green vegetable whose name I sadly forgot, and the star of it all the boneless crisped duck. If anything, you should come here to get the boneless crisped duck - everything else is a supporting actor. There's so many different textures and flavors with the duck, and most importantly, there is SO MUCH of it! For the two of us, we definitely had leftovers for the next day but thankfully it added up to be not too expensive.
I would highly highly recommend. The food is really delicious and the ambiance and service is really wonderful. Don't come here expecting elevated takeout or super authentic Chinese food because this takes it to another level.
The food was delicious and flavorful. We love spicy food but the sauce on the rockfish with greens was so overpowering it blew out our tastebuds for the rest of the meal. Also had the wontons, eggplant fries and cumin beef - all great.
The first time I came to this restaurant was a year ago for restaurant week and I had such a good meal before that I was excited to come again. I'm not sure if it was an off night or if something has changed. Again came for restaurant week and was very disappointed. The food seemed off. The kung pao chicken had more peanuts (excessive) than chicken. The noodles were gummy and there was an overabundance of red peppers in each dish.
Food was good, service was spotty, rice came to table after we asked twice and were halfway through Gung Bao. 20% service is added by restaurant.
Insanely good food - been there 3 times in the past week alone. There literally isn't a bad dish we've had. Run to this place.
Sichuan pepper tofu (entre) and edamame (appetizer) are quite delicious, and no dish disappoints. Great service, interesting cocktails, and an intimate atmosphere.
My favorite restaurant in Seattle - that's all I gotta say!
Everything was amazing. The Kung Pao chicken, the eggplant, the noodles, even the peanuts. The flavors are just explosive and so unexpected. Run to this place.
My 1st time at Lionhead; Have walked by many times and heard good things from friends so decided to give it a try; Restaurant is cozy, intimate (small); Groups of 6 or more might be a little tough; Service was excellent, wait-staff were friendly and attentive; We called ahead and came 45-mins early before our reservation time and they accommodated us with no issues;
The food looked amazing, everything was very vibrant and colorful ... My favorites - Cumin Beef, Dan Dan Mian, La Zi Ji (previous reviewers were right, could have had more chicken and less chiles, but still excellent), Green Soybeans and the Smashed Cucumber and Radish Salad were very good;
Wasn't a fan of the Soy Skin Roll (the only thing that didn't look appealing, kinda boring), Chili Ginger Nuts (I liked them, but would have liked them more if they were spicier), and the Mushroom Mapo DouFu (... next time I'll try the non-vegetarian Ma Po DouFu with pork instead);
I will definitely be back for more of the Dan Dan Mian noodles and the Cumin Beef ... and to try the things I didn't get to this time (Strange Flavor Chicken Salad and the Gung Bao Chicken to name a few); Overall I was very pleased and would recommend it, I loved the fact that the food was spicier and had a flavorful "edge" to it;
Excellent food - each dish was distinctive. I will never have time to work through the menu, but I wish I could
This was the second time we hit this place, and it was just as good. Definitely need a reservation if you're coming in at dinner time. All food is served family style, so everyone can try a bit of everything that the table orders. Great spot for a small group or a date night.
Fantastic Szechuan food and great cocktails! Dan Dan noodles were awesome. Loved the place.
Excellent Szechuanese; one of the best Northern Chinese preparations in Seattle.
Only recommendation would be to use a bit less oil.
Server gave great recommendations for the baijiu! We wish we had room for dessert. We will be back.
Not as good this time. Sam our waiter was wonderful but our food came at an odd pace and the duck dish was expensive and not great.
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.
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.