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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.6
4.6
4420 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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 44 times today

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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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What 4,420 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. PG

    PatrickG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, and amazing food. What more needs to be said?
  2. LM

    LyMBo

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour. Food was delicious. Staff is super friendly. Excellent service.
  3. AC

    AndreaC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Great food sharing experience! Can't say what was better ....the food or the service! Excellence all around!
  4. KV

    KateV

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! Always consistent. You can be confident in taking guests and business associates here and they will be impressed!
  5. B

    Bridget

    Denver

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our 3rd time to ChoLon. The other times we’ve been there, the service was better. It wasn’t a big deal, it just seemed everything took longer. Maybe they were short handed last night. Having said that, once the food came, it was delicious!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing. Service is always great. Made for a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday. Thanks Cholon!
  7. a

    ahalf

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We’re a frequent customer of Cholon. I’m not sure if their was a change in direction or management in the last few months but there was definitely a change. I don’t believe this was a reflection of the server. It felt like an overall very rushed experience. We were not encouraged to keep a menu on the table and requested to order all of our food all at once. It felt like we had a 60 minute time limit for the purpose of turning tables. In addition, we didn’t have the most pleasant meal experience. The dumplings are always wonderful. But the asian caesar was extremely bitter and the pork was burnt.
  8. MB

    MaryBethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful and lived up to the reviews. The French Onion dumplings were excellent.
  9. C

    Cindy

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food with fun asian fusion flavors! Very attentive staff!
  10. K

    Katelyn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, delicious and creative options, staff was friendly. My 2 issues were they served us 4 different dishes all within 10 minutes, which I would’ve liked to try one and then move on and that made the table super crowded with dishes. 2nd, they sat us at a table super close to other guests, I could hear both conversations at the 2 other tables besides us, and it was a little hard to hear my boyfriend, and difficult for me and other guests to get out from the tables from being so close. But other then that, food, drinks, and staff were great and I would recommend.
  11. R

    Rory

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food. Met with friends and shared several items. Everything was fantastic.
  12. K

    King

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was very good. The food was okay. The Mongolian noodle dish was light on noodles and heavy on egg. The brussel sprouts had an unusual tang to them. The pork belly on Bao buns were the highlight of the meal.
  13. m

    mlsinco

    Denver

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Limited menu but almost everything was delicious. Our server was especially friendly and helpful
  14. r

    rachelw

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The infamous soup dumplings were lukewarm. The Caesar salad was disgusting, an overpowering charred/gas taste overpowered the dish. The Bao buns were the favored dish. The main dishes were unremarkable a true disappointment at this price. This is not the innovative Cho Lon of the past.
  15. HP

    HannahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Asian fusion is a usually hit-or-miss but ChoLon definitely hit a sweet spot. The Malaysian stir-fried noodles brought me back to the streets of Singapore and the soup dumplings reminded me of the famous ones from Taiwan. The Wagyu beef skewers were quite good, too, but the Korean hot fried chicken sliders had more breading than meat. The highlight of our meal was dessert - raspberry-rose sorbet with hints of lychee and coconut - probably the best fusion dessert I've tasted yet. Service was superb for our party of two. Overall, ChoLon made two Southeast Asians happy and we will definitely be back to dine here on another special occasion.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Amazing dumplings, salmon and appetizers. However, raw chicken in the chicken fried rice was a bad deal. Felt sick after eating there, but snapped a photo because it was so dark to check if chicken was cooked after I bit into it. I love this place normally, but didn’t want to say something if it was in fact cooked. My phone was dying so saved photo and looked today. Definitely not fully cooked on the thicker piece of chicken in the dish.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022We greatly apologize for this experience you had with us at ChoLon. We hpoe you will give us another opportunity to impress you. If you ever have doubts about your meal, please let your server know & our kitchen would be happy to take another look!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good was great, will definitely go back

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022Thank you for the recommendation!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Service excellent! Food excellent! Ambiance excellent! Plates are made to share. My friend and I had the pork buns, chicken dumplings and the shrimp noodle dish! We finished everything on our plates! The doughnuts and ice cream were the added bonus!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022We are so happy to hear you & your friend enjoyed a variety of our dishes. Especially our Spiced Doughnuts! Thank you for the review and we hope to see you back at ChoLon soon!

  19. M

    Mon1

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Katie was great! The noise level was high, and pricing is super high given the portions. This restaurant makes really great food, but bring your checkbook!!!! Expect small small plates.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022Thank you for the feedback! We suggest that you try out our Happy Hour, where you can get many of our dishes at a discounted price!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was closed during reservation time. Hours on ChoLon’s website also indicated that the restaurant would be open. Drove 40 minutes down there, paid $20 for parking and had to scramble to find different food and a bathroom. Sure we had a nice lunch elsewhere, but not worth the drive and missed work. We’ve loved ChoLon in the past, but I don’t know that I’ll trust making an online reservation there again and per their phone message, that’s how they want to take all reservations.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded 7 days agoHi there, we sincerely apologize for this issue during our temporary lunch closure. We’re sorry to hear that your experience was not up to our standards & we appreciate you bringing this to our attention! Please email us at info@cholonconcepts.c om so we can further address your situation directly.

  21. E

    Emily

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I do not understand why I was allowed to make a reservation for expect to be able to sit down and eat for lunch when the restaurant was closed for lunch all week. Should update restaurants reservation system to match hours of operation.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded 7 days agoHi Emily- we would like to apologize for this issue during our temporary lunch closure. We would like the opportunity to talk & address your experience directly, so we will be reaching out to you (via email) to further resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Thank you for letting us know about this!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at ChoLon and it did not disappoint. Everything was amazing from the food and drinks to the service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022We are so glad you found us! Hope to welcome you back soon!

  23. BL

    BriLee

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food is incredible! Don't go without trying the French Onion Soup Dumplings. On the pricier side but well worth it.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022Great recommendations BriLee, thank you! We are looking forward to having you back soon.

  24. M

    Maturestyle

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Unique superb Asian food. Bao buns and short ribs were exquisite. Not inexpensive but worth it.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Thank you for the recommendation! Check out our Happy Hour for some great deals on our dinner menu items if you haven't already!

  25. L

    Lori

    Denver

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have a great happy hour. Wine for $6. Food is delicious and it's got great ambiance

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Thank you for your recommendation, Lori!

  26. CP

    CherylP

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cholon is always wonderful. The dumplings never fail. The Waygu Beef Satay is to die for. The pork buns and short ribs are oh so yummy. 2 of the 4 in our group said the Brussels sprouts were the best they'd ever had. Thanks for another great night, Cholon!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Thank you for all the wonderful recommendations, Cheryl! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed a variety of flavors and we hope to see you again soon.

  27. LA

    LoriA

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have stem at Cholon’s many times as it is one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Denver. The food quality, uniqueness and variety are fabulous. Our server Johnny (John Michael) was exceptional!! We appreciate the service and food quality.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Thank you for the wonderful review, Lori! We value your continued support and hope to welcome you back soon!

  28. N

    Nestacia

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They were EXTREMELY accommodating and very generous. We were thrilled with our experience. They gave us more than we ordered and were happy to replace something that didn’t come out right. Very knowledgeable too! Would definitely recommend.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 9 August 2022Hi Nestacia, thank you for the wonderful review! We are looking forward to your next visit.

  29. DP

    DavidP

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was not good. Go to Q House. Not even comparable

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Hi David, If you would like to provide more information on why you had a 1 star experience, please email us at info@cholonconcepts.c om so we can properly address any issue you had with our staff. Thanks!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience4
    Our original experience was great. Good interesting food beautifully presented. Our last reservation was canceled- they called to let us know their water heater broke. Accommodated us with reservations at a sister restaurant, however when passing by later they appeared to be open. ???

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 2 August 2022Hi there - we have been opening at 4 PM everyday due to this issue, so we apologize for any confusion & inconvenience. We do hope you enjoyed our sister restaurant YumCha!

  31. C

    Carolyn

    Denver

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu broken into small bites followed by larger and full entrees. Makes it a fun experience with fellow diners. We stayed with small plates trying scallion pancake and steamed dumplings with “soup” inside (fabulous) and pork belly bao buns (our favorite) dessert was equally amazing.
  32. EA

    EvfromAZ

    Phoenix

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal!!! Every dish prepared to perfection; every bite a delight. Wonderful customer service! Highly recommended!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We have previously had a great expectation cholon and were disappointed in the food and service last night.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 26 July 2022Thank you for your feedback! We apologize you did not enjoy your service and would love to hear more information about your recent experience. Please email us at info@cholonconcepts.comm so we can properly address your experience with our staff.

  34. HT

    HeatherT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience overall!! Food was exceptional!
  35. SW

    SarahW

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella was a fantastic server! Loved all her recommendations!
  36. JW

    JohnW

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was fairly good. Food was very delayed. I am respectful that employees are hard to find but it was not that busy and it shouldn’t be an almost 2 hour meal (without dessert).

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 26 July 2022Hi John, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate you being understanding of staffing issues, but we would like to apologize for falling short of your expectations. We hope you consider giving ChoLon another chance in the future!

  37. a

    argriffin

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We made a reservation with OpenTable. Contacted the restaurant to say we were going to be 10 minutes late. When we arrived, we were told that our table had been given away and we could sit outside (it was 102 degrees) or at the chef's "table" which was basically two seats in the corner of the bar listening to the waiters shout orders to the chefs. We never got a bottle of water - my date had to go outside and pick up a bottle off a cart and we drank from our wine glasses. We had to ask for a second cocktail. And our waitress told us (multiple times) that the bartender was new and she had no control over the speed of getting our drinks out on time. The food was great, but no substitution for the poor service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on 26 July 2022Hi Argriffin, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. This is not how we treat our guests at ChoLon, and we would like to apologize for the poor experience you had. We will take your comments to our staff and if you would like to give us another opportunity, we will strive to exceed your expectations.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    This was our third time at Cholon. Usually we love everything about it but yesterday was different for some reason. The food took soo long. We waited 40 min for our first course and then the rest of the food came out in the next HOUR. We even paid and the waitress started to clean off our table and then… one more course came out… Some recompense or discount would have been nice.
  39. CH

    ChelseyH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came in for Happy Hour by myself, and it was a great experience. The food was tasty, and the atmosphere relaxing and quiet even with other patrons. The cocktails were excellent with very quick and attentive service. Would recommend it for solo travelers or groups.
  40. CY

    CiaraY

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really delicious! Everything was wowing us. Highly suggest!

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

FAQs

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 4420 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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