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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food was amazing. It was surprisingly filling and like nothing I had ever tasted before!
Food was fantastic! Balance of flavors and variety on menu was great. Will be back.
Decent service, but all the food was very greasy and the fried rice was soggy.
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.
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.
One of the best food related experiences I've ever had.
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!
Food was disappointing. Every dish we ordered was not good.