Lionhead

4.5
208 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)
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  • Spicy
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Delivery or takeout
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 208 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice selection of Sichuan dishes. The vegetables were my favorites. The bao was not very good. Interesting selection of cocktails

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Overall taste was very good, just a tad salty for my taste and the food was slow to come

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great food, great neighborhood spot. Loved the numbing spice!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food, great service and great value. One of our favorite restaurants for casual date night.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Nice authentic, spicy and numbing food.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food. Would have liked some more knowledgeable advice from the server regarding ordering. Very spicy and delicious

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Exceptional food. Server was friendly and helpful. Only disappointment was not getting the rice until 2nd entree arrived. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food and service were both excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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 16, 2018

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.

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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 29, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Seattle - that's all I gotta say!

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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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