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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.6
4.6
4364 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian

ChoLon, which translates to "big market,” is named after the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, Vietnam. At ChoLon, Chef Lon Symensma brings to life his extensive culinary travels throughout Southeast Asia. ChoLon's menu features inspired interpretations of traditional dishes found across the region, with presentations ideal for sharing. From dim sum or "small bites" to large family style plates, ChoLon offers authentic flavors for the modern palate. The bar and lounge serves handcrafted, artisanal cocktails developed to complement Symensma’s cuisine. The venue is also ideal for business meetings, presentations, large parties and events. ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver top quality service and a memorable experience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 353-5223

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Lon Symensma

  • Private party facilities

    ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver top quality service and a memorable experience. For parties of 10 or more, we ask that you allow us to help create a menu for your group. Please note ChoLon does not have any private dining rooms. Contact our events team via the form below for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (877) 626-5861

  • Area

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross Street

    16th St & Blake St

  • Parking Details

    We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 2 hours at dinner.

  • Public Transit

    Denver Union Station is two blocks away.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MH

    MikeH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Experience not as expected from the past. Long wait times between courses and restaurant not as clean as in the past.

  2. DM

    DebbieM

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good suggestions from the wait person. Friendly arrival/check-in. Food and wine were spot on. Delicious.

  3. AY

    ArtY

    Denver

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was amazing, the service was great, I will definitely go back!

  4. l

    lionheartkc

    Kansas City

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food at Cholon was a combination of complexity and familiarity. The French onion soup dumplings put a huge smile on my face as I tasted the familiar flavors and textures from my favorite bistro, but they exploded in my mouth from an unassuming little pocket. The Brussel sprouts layered flavor upon flavor, each taking a turn as the star. The mushroom dumplings were both earthy and elegant. Finally, my wife said the lamb chops were among the best she's had. Even with all of that, however, the star was the chocolate pudding which ranked among the best desserts we've ever encountered... and we love a good dessert. We can only think of two we've had in the past couple of years that compare. The service was polite and attentive though nothing really stood out.The atmosphere was lovely.

  5. GA

    GigiA

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love how the waitress/waiter explains the dish as they bring it out to you. Additionally, highly recommend the large plate salmon! One of the best salmon Ive ever had

  6. JM

    JustinaM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love Cholan, the food is so amazing! Atmosphere is great! Now the drinks are a bit tiny for the price but that's okay it was still amazing!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Unfortunately the service does match up to the food. Service was scattered and inconsistent from our waiter. We had a number of issues, wrong drinks, overfilling, forgetting our order and long delays.

  8. M

    Makayla

    Corpus Christi

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    I had the sangria, mushroom dumplings appetizer, ribs with a papaya salad, and a side of fries with ranch. The food was phenomenal. The vibe was energetic. The service was a little off. The waiter was very attentive but my ribs came out first, without the side of fries, then the dumplings came, then the fries much later.

  9. e

    eldoctor

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sake jojo daigino , kept ordering during happy hour till we were satisfied. Everything was great especially the soup dumplings.

  10. BG

    BarbG

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious, creative, great selection of dishes. I went with a friend, but it would be a great date night choice.

  11. s

    stuartd

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food at a great restaurant

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks for the great recommendation!

  12. JC

    JennyColorado

    Denver

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner for my husband and my date night! The food is always amazing!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks for trusting ChoLon with date night!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time. Food is unique and excellent. Service was great. Also good for people watching both inside and out. Definitely will go back again.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks for the recommendation. Denver is full of the most beautiful people in the world!

  14. K

    Ktay

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Soup dumplings were yummy as well as the pork belly bao buns. Malaysian noodles were tasty but we had to ask for extra noodles as the original dish came out with mostly egg and shrimp. Overall a great meal with great service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the feedback. We agree that the home-made noodles are the star of that dish. We have updated our Malaysian noodle recipe to include 40% more noodles.

  15. BO

    BryanO

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First timer. Meal was fantastic and service was beyond steller! We will be back. One of the best meals I have had

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the great review! Planning on returning to ChoLon is the best compliment we can receive!

  16. c

    coreyk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    Food was fantastic, service was confusing, it is definitely too hot to be seated next to the kitchen.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the feedback. Our style of service can be a bit confusing. It is based on table sharing. The food comes out at a pace to encourage dialogue in a communal setting. If you decide to return we would be happy to get you the coolest spot in the house.

  17. Y

    Yummy

    Tallahassee

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The french onion soup dumpling is fantastic

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the great recommendation!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The experience was very positive, we have been to ChoLon's several times. and have always been satisfied. The host were friendly, and engaging, which started the evening off well. Our wait person, Michelle, was very personable, knowledgeable and attentive. The seating was comfortable, and active crowd, and had a good noise level. The food was totally on point! We shared small plates and found that was more than enough for the four of us. The pork belly buns, both soup dumplings, as well the Wagyu skewers were all delicious. The Marg was spectacular. The only challenge was in the wine list, the selection of Chardonnay's was woeful, glass or bottle. Once this is rectified, it is worthy of a five star for my opinion.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the feedback. We are currently revising the wine list and will add some additional Chardonnays.

  19. LN

    LauraN

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and drinks. Service was good, but it was a bit busy so course came out slowly on a Friday night. Love the creative menu.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the great recommendation. We really try to time the dishes properly. We are glad it was worth the wait!

  20. c

    coljack

    Las Vegas

    31 reviews

    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Cholon was one of our three favorite Denver restaurants for years. This was our first visit since COVID and we were really looking forward to it. Huge disappointment. We always order several of the "small bites" and one large plate. The small bite orders have always come at a nice pace--we finish one and a couple minutes later, the next comes. This time, we suddenly found ourselves with three orders delivered within a minute or so. I asked the server to slow things down and still a fourth order arrived a minute later. This time I sent it back and asked for it to be served later. The large plate was served in a reasonable manner. We ordered coffee and tea and two desserts. Drinks came quickly but had been long gone for 30 minutes with no desserts appearing. Our server was quite busy and we were forced to call a supervisor over to get our desserts. As to the food: Our favorites have always been the "signature" soup dumplings with French onion soup. They have also added a General Taos Soup Dumpling. We ordered both and were very sad that both orders were all dumpling and very little soup. Very doughy and unpleasant to chew. The Tandoori Lamb Chops were every bit as good as ever, but when we add in the excessive noise level, not enough to bring us back here ever again. Because we used to love this restaurant, we looked for a manager to give him/her feedback but none could be found.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for your honest feedback. We strive everyday to be better than the last. Please accept our apologies for your experience. If you decide to come back I hope we can exceed your expectations.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just eat here.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks!

  22. EW

    ElaineW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as usual. I have been coming to ChoLon every time I visit Denver and they never disappoint. Creative, tasty, quality, lovely decor, nice servers. Every items is great, but I have a special place in my heart for the soup dumplings, Kaya toast, pork belly bao and those chicken slider.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks for the great review. We are so proud that we can be a part of your Denver experience. Look for our New restaurant in the Denver airport to open next April. You can have all your favorites on your layover!

  23. YO

    YomiO

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Cholon team provided a fantastic experience, based on quality service and amazing cuisine.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Awesome! Thank you YomiO for the great review!

  24. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    I never write reviews and I feel the need to write this one. I did not enjoy any part of this meal. The flavors were off and the service was sub par. I am super dissappointed about how much we spent on this meal :(.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    AndreaS, we are sorry to hear that you had this experience. Our menu and service are not traditional, but are designed to reevaluate and reinvent the dining experience. We will work toward improving on all fronts.

  25. NC

    NeilC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cho Lon is fabulous. One of our favorite for special nights. The food is always great as is the service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    We are proud that you would take the time to write such a nice review. Thank you NeilC!

  26. P

    Pinky

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Salmon wasn’t cooked at all. I had eaten the same thing a few days before at cholon and it was cooked perfectly!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you for the feedback. Moving forward, We have instituted checks to make sure that the salmon is cooked to the guest's liking.

  27. LB

    LaurieB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Wonderful fun menu.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thank you! It is supposed to be fun!

  28. e

    emilyl

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! Hubby and I enjoyed our date night very much here!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 16 June 2022

    Thanks for trusting ChoLon with date night. One of the main goals of our restaurant is to encourage people to engage with each other. That is why we recommend sharing and why we stagger the dishes.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & service. Music was a little too loud to have a normal conversation. Food was a little on the pricey side but probably due to inflation

  30. H

    Haircut

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    I don't know how else to describe this place, other than it's fussy. The food is expensive for what you get. The pork gyoza is just as good as any other, but the sauce is random. The General Cho's soup dumplings are great, I'll give them that, but the pork belly bao was far too sweet-every element was sweet. No balance. The slaw was flavorless. The pork ribs are...squishy. The papaya salad was limp and lacking acid. Everything was just so so. I wouldn't recommend it when there are so many restaurants to choose from.

  31. B

    Blairebear89

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, as always.

  32. AA

    AAPP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time we've been to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was great, the wait staff is professional and courteous, and the drinks was tasty. Would highly recommend!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Great food. Very slow service getting food out. Almost 2 1/2 hours to get all of our dishes, 35 minutes just to get dessert donuts.

  34. ED

    ErinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food. With a thoughtful menu, using seasonally fresh ingredients, which reflect the work put into the menu.

  35. DM

    DebraM

    Naples

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Have been dining at Cholon for years. The food is delicious, as always. However, although we were seated well before the dinner rush, service was poor. Extremely long time to bring menus. Extremely long time to place a drink order. Dinner orders were taken for other diners who arrived well after us. Main course did not arrive at all, until waitstaff was flagged and main course was reordered. Will return for the excellent food - would advise some attention to the wait staff.

  36. SL

    SusieL

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The food was slightly over cooked, especially my wagyu beef.

  37. T

    Terrie

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    A bit dissatisfied this time! The service was slow and it took too long to receive our cocktails and our food. Not up to our expectations this time. We’ve been to this restaurant many times in the last and have never had this subpar experience.

  38. N

    Niko

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    The server was great, attentive and kept checking in on us. They were also accommodating and fair when it came to the bill as overall the experience was a bit disappointing. The food was ok, we’ve been here before pre-pandemic and the food was so delicious we were looking forward to coming back. Now, what was disappointing was the amount of time it took to get our food and some items never made it to the table. I believe the server when they say they entered the order just because of how attentive they were. Waiting an hour and a half for two plates to arrive and never did is not a great experience considering this is finer dinning. My understanding is that someone walked out of the kitchen, which is fair but a bit frustrating when we saw the tables around us get the things we ordered prior to our table and those items never making it to our table. Overall I believe this is a tale in treating your employees right so your guests can have the best experience. To end on a more positive note, I want to highlight again just how wonderful our server (bearded fella with tattoos) was. He alone made this annoying experience a more pleasant date night for my partner and I, we appreciated their kindness.

  39. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    Per expensive for such small portions. Nice restaurant, food was good.

  40. M

    Matthew

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always amazing every time. Becoming a favorite place for me, and great for lunch too!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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You can order delivery directly from ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown using the Order Online button. ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 353-5223.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 4364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

1555 Blake Street Suite 101 Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    16th St & Blake St

  • Area

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 2 hours at dinner.

  • Public Transit

    Denver Union Station is two blocks away.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Lon Symensma

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 353-5223

  • Private party facilities

    ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver top quality service and a memorable experience. For parties of 10 or more, we ask that you allow us to help create a menu for your group. Please note ChoLon does not have any private dining rooms. Contact our events team via the form below for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (877) 626-5861

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