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Lionhead

4.5
194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)
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  • Spicy
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese (Sichuan), Asian, Chinese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 922-3326
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jerry Traunfeld
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Cross street
E Roy Street
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Parking details
Pay parking lot behind the restaurant off 10 Ave E. Walk through Poppy to Broadway entrance
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Public transit
5 blocks north of the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 194 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

food gets better and better. from simple dumplings to 5 pice sichuan duck. spicy and wonderful

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Will not be back

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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 $$$

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The chief tried too hard on all the dishes. I felt like they all had similar flavors. Too complex!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Exciting flavors in magnificent authentic Szechuan food!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delicious family style Chinese

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Third time. A complete disappointment. the drinks were terrible, and the four dishes we ordered were way below standard.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Sichuan pepper tofu (entre) and edamame (appetizer) are quite delicious, and no dish disappoints. Great service, interesting cocktails, and an intimate atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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;

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent food - each dish was distinctive. I will never have time to work through the menu, but I wish I could

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic Szechuan food and great cocktails! Dan Dan noodles were awesome. Loved the place.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Excellent Szechuanese; one of the best Northern Chinese preparations in Seattle.
Only recommendation would be to use a bit less oil.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Server gave great recommendations for the baijiu! We wish we had room for dessert. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

One of the best food related experiences I've ever had.

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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