Lionhead

4.6
239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)
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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TS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lionhead is absolutely delicious. Food is served family style. We have a vegan in the family and the salt and pepper fried tofu is the best we have ever had. Be careful of how spicy some of the dishes will be. Your tongue can go numb!

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ZC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

My partner and I went to Lionhead on NYE. This is the fourth or fifth time we have been here since the restaurant opened. The food, as always, was great. The service was not so great this time. Expecting the place would have a crowd we made reservations for 7:30 pm. When we arrived we waited for 5 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and then waited another 10 because the table wasn't ready. The service was unpredictable for the rest of the night. Our server was at first very attentive in that he gave us almost no time to review the menu. We asked for three minutes to decide and he disappeared for twenty minutes. We ordered two appetizers and two main dishes. The appetizers didn't come out before the main dishes. One appetizer and one main dish came out first, followed by another main dish, which was followed by the final appetizer. To make matters worse, we didn't have table service so we had to wait some more for our server's attention to get chopsticks. If the restaurant were unusually busy I could forgive the lapses, but it wasn't. The dining room was at 80-90% capacity most of the night. There was a steady stream of people, but most seemed to have reservations. Lionhead adds 20% to the bill. A few restaurants are doing this in Seattle in response to the increased minimum wage. I would prefer they just increase the prices of their food rather than adding 20% automatically for service. The service we received didn't warrant 20%.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed and can’t wait to go back. The boneless duck dish was tops.

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SB
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lionhead for the very first time as a Christmas Day dinner and it was fabulous! They were very busy, but the service was good and the food was fantastic! We had the crispy duck, okra and steamed chicken bun and all were amazing! Highly recommend trying this place!

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JA
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and open on Christmas Eve.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Amazing service, very interesting and delicious food. This place is a gem. We were here for my sisters birthday and she was thrilled with the whole experience. Thank you in particular to the entire wait staff—you were all so friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable.

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GS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, Lionhead was delicious. I get stuck in my goto dishes as they are fantastic: eggplant fries, Dandan noodles, sour rockfish, mapou tofu. The ingredients are so fresh and the sichuan elements set this restaurant over the top.

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NB
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had friends visiting from out of town. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It never disappoints. They loved it. Food and drinks were 10/10!

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m
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner experience. It was a Tuesday night so it was real quiet, a bit spooky quiet, but the server did a great job being super personable and lively.
Don't be afraid of the heat or numbing!

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in the five years I’ve been in Seattle. Consistently the best food and sweetest service.

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S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing crispy duck and great service. The cucumber and radish salad was quite hot/spicey, more than I can handle.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delightful as always

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w
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and background music. Food was very good, but dishes with chili oil could be a tad greasy.

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IG
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food here. The dumplings are great. The cumin beef superb. Mustard rockfish is sour and spicy. It's hard to go wrong if you like Sichuan food.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We tried to order more dishes from the start and the waiter told us to order less. Our order took over 45min to reach our table, and we were starving. The waiter recommended 9 dishes, we ended up ordering 14 or15 dishes after everything was said and done, and we only were able to order 2 rounds of drinks. Our group could have easily ordered 2 more rounds of drinks. Our waiter avoided us the remainder of the night to order more drinks...not sure the issue since he was going to make 20 on the total bill automatically. The food was amazing. The service was not the best, we were trying to give your restaurant more money but for some reason the service prevented us from doing that.

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RD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love spicy food and Szechwan food in particular. This restaurant simply delighted us. We tried stuff from the Seattle Restaurant Week menu. The food was a good mix of spice and flavor. A sort of gourmet Szechwan food. The chef is creative and brings out the flavor while still maintaining the authenticity of the regional food. The service was outstanding. Kyle (our server) was attentive. Once we told him that we were trying to catch a show downtown, he went out of his way to ensure that everything was packed (to go boxes) and bill settled in time. We had a very pleasant experience and will be back to try so many of the dishes that made out mouths water.

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P
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food and service, loved every minute and every bite!

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I'm been a patron of Lionhead since it opened as I live very close by. Unfortunately, both the food quality and service have suffered tremendously as time has passed. This most recent experience has very poor because of an untrained server and the food was bland and not spicy/numbing at all.

It was very disappointing.

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SV
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Food....and Staff .....Sam is a pleasure !

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam our server and the entire serving staff was very knowledgeable, kind and delivered a fantastic dining experience . I love this place!

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We noted a nut allergy and a special occasion (birthday) in our online reservation, but our servers didn't seem to be aware of either. Drinks service was extremely slow. The server completely forgot one of our food orders. I'm generally a fan of the mandatory 20% service tip except for times like this.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Maybe its an opinion thing, but I felt more on the sodium than the heat. I expected more of the ma la taste. It was decent, but i had expected more. However, the service was pleasant.

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SW
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got at least a couple times a month - still the best Szechuan food in the city bar none. Eggplant fries are transcendent and I hate eggplant.

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WM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had duck, pork, and chicken. All wonderful

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AB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love this place! Obsessed with their dumplings! Specials are always amazing and the vegetarian options are my favorite and I’m not even a vegetarian! Hope you like it a bit spicy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food here is unbeatable. Every dish seems really well prepared and flavors are strong but really well balanced and really delightful. Food is not just tasty, but interesting/stimulating.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Good food.
Portions are generous - be careful not to over order unless you want to take some home.

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MR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super delicious and exquisitely prepared Sichuan food!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was not fast and our food was colder than I would have appreciated. The lamb dumplings were rather tough but I feel as though maybe the restaurant was having an off night and its worth trying again.

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l
Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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JK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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LW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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G
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice authentic, spicy and numbing food.

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FF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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a
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent.

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A
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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RS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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