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ChoLon Bistro
ChoLon Bistro

ChoLon Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ChoLon.com
  • Phone: (303) 353-5223
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-9:00pm,Tuesday- Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 2:00pm-11:00pm,
    Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Happy Hour 2pm-6pm, 9pm-Close in the Bar or Lounge
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Lon Symensma
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th St
  • Public Transit: RTD Transfer station on 16th and Market, one block away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available Wednesday-Saturday.
    Parking available downstairs in the SugarCube as well as street parking.
A word from ChoLon Bistro
ChoLon Market, the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, helped serve as inspiration for Chef Lon Symensma’s Cholon Bistro. The LoDo restaurant showcases his passion for Asian ingredients and French cooking techniques in a striking, eco-friendly space. ChoLon serves lunch and dinner, as well as a small bites menu that is available throughout the day, in a welcoming environment for all ages. The menu features inspired interpretations of traditional Asian dishes. "Many of my dishes are twists on classical Asian cuisine," says Symensma. "I enjoy sharing my own personal perspective on the flavors of Asia." The menu offers several categories designed to allow guests to sample and share many different tastes and flavors during their meal. The bar and lounge serves handcrafted, artisanal cocktails developed to enhance Symensma's creations. The venue is also ideal for business meetings and presentations, featuring a large projection screen in the lounge area.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I had a business meeting at ChoLon at Noon on Tuesday, and the restaurant had diners, but it wasn't packed, so the noise level from conversation was conducive to conversation. However, the restaurant had music playing at a somewhat louder level. The menu was great, with a diverse selection of items, and I could've ordered several items off the menu. I ordered the carbonara, which was orzo based, and it was delicious, and the fish tacos also looked delicious. The servers were somewhat slow when our group arrived, but once we had our food, they were attentive without interrupting our conversation."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Getting expensive for the quality/taste of the food"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on vacation in Denver since it was so highly rated. We had the pork belly buns (which they accidentally brought twice and tried to charge for twice), potstickers (found a large piece of plastic in one), Malaysian noodles and the Brussel Sprouts. Everything was good except the noodles, which were very disappointing. This place is overrated and the staff does not have their act together. Should be better for being so highly rated. One of the dishes we ordered never came. We were expecting a lot more"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a friend. The food was delicious, but you are definitely paying for it. Very attentive staff, our waitress was so patient with our large group and took amazing care of us."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food and presentation. The menu has individuale portions and larger portions to share. The servers were vey attentive. The chef/owner came to our table after dinner to see how everythong was."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Another wonderful experience at ChoLon- only thing I would change is that I would order another plate of the soup dumplings. Service was attentive and the hot chicken sandwich met all expectations…can't wait to return for dinner!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This dining experience was amazing. Every dish was unique and every bite was exquisite. I highly recommend the salmon crudo and the brussel sprouts. Skip the Kaya Toast as an appetizer and have it instead for dessert, it might be the best thing you have ever tasted - unreal! Also, the service was spectacular; I love everything about this place."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was great and service was good too. My third time here and would go back again. Food is perfect for sharing so you can try many things. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "First restaurant we've been to in a long time that exceeded our expectations. The food was great, service was good, wine was good and dessert was delectable."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was a greet mix of Asian and Anerican. The appetizers were very different and amazing. The pork roll was outstanding. The waiter was was very helpful....take their advice!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was my first time here for lunch and, though the menu was a little different it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Nothing we had was worth the cost, except the pork belly. Service was lacking. Took a really long time between courses. Bartender was indifferent. Drinks were small, unremarkable and expensive. Inside was LOUD. Outside doesn't get the complimentary rice cake thingy that inside patrons get. Wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Appetizers and desserts are out of this world. Entre's are adequate to keep you occupied in between. Great location, trendy decor. But bring headsets attached to an intercom if you wAnt to socialize while dining. The noise level in the dining room was intolerable so we waited for a table outside and were very glad we did. $250 with the tip for two people."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "4 of us shared for lunch. . The crudo to start, what flavors and texture, wow. . The crudo, served in ceramic spoons was so good we had it again after our other choices. Porkbelly buns, then brussels sprouts with pork (another blockbuster). Carbonara pasta. After another crudo we tried french fries with a great dipping sauce. His sauces are VERY good. Can't wait to try Lon's new noodle place."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Good times at ChoLon! The appetizers were the spotlight once again. I felt the entrees were a bit one-liner and erring toward "mushy" on the texture side. I'll be back but we'll both be trying different entrees."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The name of the restaurant, ChoLon (translated big market) gives a clue to chef Symensma's passion for fresh local offerings. Fuse local fresh ingredients with an Asian flair and you have their menu. On this visit, Palisade peaches were featured in a great starter salad combined with candied pecans and miso vinaigrette. For the main course I could not stray from two of my favorites, the pork belly buns with sesame-honey glaze and the stir fried Brussels sprouts with ground pork and mint. I would love to comment on their dessert offerings but I never made it that far. A note for anyone dining at ChoLon for the first time, plan on starting with a cocktail so you will have something to sip on while you pour over the menu. Everything is great!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our family of 4 went to what we heard is top-rated by 5280. The ambiance is stylish and the staff attentive but a little too attentive. Some of the courses come out earlier and there were 1-2 staff just waiting to take the dish off the table. We shared 2-3 appetizers and 2 entrees between the 4 of us in 45 minutes! That is too rushed and too short to enjoy the meal. I asked the hostess if this was normal and she said yes. It wasn't like the restaurant was crowded. That said, the food was fairly tasty...but I have to tell you I can make all of the dishes served and not spend $180! A bit overrated I'd say."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Love sharing the many wonderful dishes.....all prepard to perfection. The pork buns were exceptionally popular, but all was very much enjoyed."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "First, and foremost, our waiter was respectful and great about getting us to theatre on time. I have found this to be troublesome with other restaurants, so bravo to ChoLon. The food is creative, a bit too spicy for some of us, and while meant to share this is challenging when have a party of more than 4. Love the soup dumplings - fun, unique, and never fail to make the diners smile. When sharing with more than 4 the meal becomes a bit pricey."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "What a fun and delicious place to go with friends, from the appetizers to the entrees you could throw darts and not be disappointed. Follow the suggestions of the waiters, they will lead you to a great evening."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The small plates are amazing. The soup dumplings are a must have when coming to Cholon. I recently tried their salmon crudo and it is quickly becoming my favorite dish. Staff is always attentive to your needs."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "There are lots of good reasons to visit ChoLon - the soup dumplings, the subtle and excellent cocktails, the coffee/doughnut dessert....the food is really terrific, original and delicious. If you love scene-y restaurants with high-end, well-thought out dishes, and don't mind noise and slow service, don't hesitate to go. We went to dinner on a Thursday night (had a reservation), were seated nearly half an hour late. They couldn't move our bar tab to our table (really? even low-end Mexican places can do this.) Our server was lovely and well-informed about the menu, but we could barely hear her over the noise. I got the feeling our server was on her game but the kitchen was slow. Chef was charming and comped our dessert, which did help."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "If you're looking for a good weekday lunch that isn't a chain, this place is a good option. Just don't come expecting to get in and out during the normal lunch hour. The service is incredibly slow, not appropriately paced for lunch at all. We had one start course and our entree sandwiches -- took and hour and half. The food was, however, very good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The pork bao is delish The salmon is so so The scallops are delish, could have been hotter though (temperature wise) The waiter was nice too."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We visited ChoLon on a Monday evening, slightly intimidated by its international awards. No worry: they are fully deserved. We had six dishes, each beautifully composed and delicious. My favourite dish was the scallops; my wife, the superb pork belly bun. The balance and diversity of spices are marvelous: complex, subtle flavours with just the right level of heat when required. Very original wine list. The sound level was too intense for us. If you wish to give this top level Asian fusion cuisine the concentration it deserves, ask for a quiet table, even outside seating. Price to quality ratio is very modest. True stars."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have been to Cholon previously and had a wonderful experience. This time, though the food was very tasty, the wait for our reservation was 30 minutes and the waiter was not friendly."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Denver. The menu changes which gives me a chance to try new things. I come once or twice a month. Current fav is Carpaccio. I wish they would bring back soups...pho is good but they used do have cream soups. Atmosphere is chic although a bit noisey."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Every single thing we had was amazing but the soup dumplings sold me forever."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Me and my boyfriend had an amazing time, great food and very comfortable dining experience I only mark the service as poor because it was terse. Although efficient I prefer more friendly service."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The small plates were perfect for 4 people to share. We enjoyed several--each one better than the last. The sauces complimented each dish appropriately. It's difficult to recommend one dish over another as we enjoyed every taste & every bite. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Cholon is heads & shoulders above other Vietnamese-style restaurant we have tried in Denver or anywhere!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food here is outstanding, definitely fit for foodies. The soup dumplings are unique and delicious. The one dish that kept me from giving 5 stars was the Lobster crepe. It appeared to be deep fried since it was so well done. The lobster was tasteless and the edges were almost burned. It also was overpriced. We will return but next time we will omit this dish."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was fresh and delicious, very nice flavors. But come on....no rice or starch with your expensive large plate? Rice is a la carte - ridiculous! Quite expensive and way too loud. It was hard to carry on a conversation, so do not take old people here. I had heard good reviews and always wanted to try it, and it was very tasty. But I will not be returning."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I'll never understand the ChoLon hype train. It's good, sure. Not great. Overpriced. Not a legit top 20 Denver restaurant."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Outsanding food, loved all 5 dishes we tried. Attentive, friendly service. will definitely be back"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We went expecting much and our expectations were exceeded. Simply put great food in execution and presentation. One of the top 5 in denver"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Eclectic menu. Service was terrific and server did a great job explaining the menu."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had another wonderful meal with outstanding food at ChoLon. The soup dumplings and beef skewers were outstanding, but the real show stopper was the grilled chicken with mango. Tremendous combination of sweet and fiery with incredible texture. It's hard to make normally bland boneless chicken taste this great. The only low point was the stringy and tough lamb, which was cooked rare but was not high enough quality to pull it off. Unfortunately the service was somewhat inattentive and negatively impacted the meal. Otherwise great as always."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Simply amazing! The tender belly buns are incredible. Fantastic service and great location."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Love the creative food at ChoLon Bistro. We ordered the small plates so we got more variety. The prime rib skewers were extremely tender and we really liked the pork belly buns. I would recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was perfect: get the Brussel sprouts, the fancy bread (cannot remember its name), and the salmon (OMG). Service was impeccable. Very impressed and will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/10/2014