ChoLon Modern Asian

4.7
3139 reviews
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$50 and over
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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 compliment 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm-close
Happy Hour (bar & lounge): Monday - Saturday: 2pm-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday: 9pm-close
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Phone number
(303) 353-5223
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Lon Symensma
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th St
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Parking details
We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 1 hour at lunch and 2 hours at dinner.
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Public transit
Denver Union Station is two blocks away.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We have the perfect space for large parties and events! 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 you create a menu for your group. Contact Chelsea Mack via the form below for more information.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Learn the meaning of "Asian fusion." Or just have a really good lunch.

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What 3139 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service, I would highly recommend!

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant...ask Amy for recommendations, she is awesome.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service was outstanding from the moment we walked in till we sat down. We were delighted that everyone in the restaurant served us even though there was one particular server that made it his role to always ask us how things were going. the food was a total experience. Everything we tasted had a unique amazing taste. the wine selection was perfect. Overall we could not have asked for a better eating experience. thank you

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a great experience. The server was attentive and friendly. Our only criticism was that they explain their dining philosophy as family style with all plates to share. We couldn’t understand why some plates came with three pieces. Not convenient to split when using chopsticks. Everything was delicious though!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and even better food!!! Soup Dumplings were UNREAL.

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

Some of the best service we've had at a restaurant in a while. Waiter knew the menu well, helped us make choices and kept us on schedule to make the 8:00 pm show.
Food was excellent.

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SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food did not disappoint and the soup dumplings are always on point!

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IF
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the onion soup dumplings, pork belly buns and calamari. Wonderful flavors. Interesting wine list. Waiter recommended a Greek white that went great with the food. Very enjoyable evening.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I put a review on Yelp the day we went--and I never put reviews on Yelp. It was THAT good. Food flavors were extraordinary. Presentation was beautiful. We enjoyed multiple orders of soup dumplings. They were unlike anything I've ever had. FANTASTIC. I could make a meal of just these. Just go. You'll drop some cash, but it's 100% worth it!!!

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KB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

After hearing so many great reviews, I was really disappointed. The food was mediocre at best. Perhaps they’ve become complacent. Time to refresh the menu and step up their game.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dumplings were super delicious, as well as the first bite of steak that melts in your mouth! A little pricey but worth it, food and service were great

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s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and a creative menu along with great service - we will be back!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a memorable experience!

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was substandard. Three different servers tried to remove our plates while we were eating. I will not go back.

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KN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Denver for business. The service was welcoming even though I was a party of 1. The food was intriguing and tasty. Though the menu is set up to share there was a side menu for smaller portions that allowed me to still sample several dishes. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. Loved it.

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PO
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relatively small menu with all dished designed to be shared. We had 3 dishes plus dessert between us. The low point was dessert, as we didn't care for the highly recommended feta cheese cake and coffee was so-so. But the 3 dishes we had for dinner would definitely bring us back.

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IM
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a FANTASTIC restaurant. I am a complete FOOD SNOB. I lived in the city of Chicago for over 25 years and thus have tasted some of the finest chefs in the world. This rates up with the best in Chicago as well as restaurants I have eaten in New York, New Orleans, San Fran and Paris. From start to finish this was AMAZING. Our server, Daniel so helpful. Kyle and Jacob, two chefs, so entertaining and informative as we sat at the Chef's table . I can't wait to go again. Several days later still remembering with pleasure EVERY SINGLE BITE OF FOOD.

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JG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

First review here, but based on all the positive feedback we had heard ahead of our visit to ChoLon, I did feel that it was important for the restaurant to hear this feedback. We arrived for our reservation a couple minutes early, and proceeded to wait 10 minutes to be seated. Very friendly server did stop by and explained the various plates that were available. To my right, a couple was just finishing their main dishes and we overheard them talking to the server, and then the manager, that the Wagyu beef simply had no flavor and were surprised that it was even being offered. Shortly after, a gentleman and his mother were seated on my left, and it was clear based on the various greeting and engagements that he was well known within the restaurant. We proceeded to order 2 plates, a medium plate and large plate. The diners on our left ordered a number of plates after us. Our first plate (lobster crepes) arrived 15-20 minutes later. After taking my first bite, I knew immediately that my wife would not enjoy it due to the fact that it contained fresh jalapeno peppers. Needless to say, this was not included in the description. After our first plate arrived, the diners on my left, who ordered after us, proceeded to receive all of their plates. We however, had to wait another 30 minutes for our second plate, scallops, to arrive. While the scallops were fine, the dish as a whole was nothing memorable. Our server did recognize that the time to our second plate was excessive and as such, I requested a manager. Unknown to us, the manger ended up delivering our second plate, but did not identify himself nor discuss the delay. In leaving I mentioned professionally to the server how disappointed we were especially since we requested to discuss with a manger. He clarified that the manager delivered our 2nd plate. I explained that my only recourse was to represent our displeasure in his tip of which he replied "I guess you have to do what you have to do".

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BD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had very disappointing service at this past visit.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Sat at counter and it Was a great experience. Service excellent, a great vibe, and the food outstanding and creative

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MM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed by our experiences at Cholon, but our most recent trip was exceptional. We were running late and when we called to ask if our reservation could be extended they quickly accommodated us despite it being a very busy night. We brought our 8 month old daughter with us in hopes of having a nice night out of the house and the staff were so very gracious and hospitable. Food was outstanding, as per norm, and the courses were brought out with perfect timing. The wait staff did a great job of explaining a dish we had never tried (the salmon crudo, which we could have eaten 2 more!). We realize Cholon is not necessarily a child-focused restaurant, so we were so thrilled that A. we were able to get out as a family and enjoy a fantastic meal, and B. no staff person rolled an eye or were (outwardly) irritated with us bringing our little with us. Thank you for a great night!

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S
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time. Our waiter was awesome, with great suggestions on food and wine. The noise level was very nice... we could actually have a conversation!

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BC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, Love, Love Cholon. Such unique and delicious food. And the service is always fabulous.

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SS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ChoLan never disappoints. The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful. It is so much fun to pick a few things from each course and share them. This was a it becomes a feast of different flavors and experiences. The new scallops item on the menu was to die for.

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DI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu which captures the Asian inspiration with the added flair of contemporary American cuisine.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service is always a very slow starting drinks but improves into the evening.

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E
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very innovative cuisine and some tastes never assembled together before. The one restaurant I would go back to if and when I am back in Denver

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TI
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mind-blowingly delicious and a great atmosphere. At first it seemed slightly loud, but the quality and presentation of the food made me forget about the noise. I’m definitely going back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!! Truly unique and delicious dishes, served by a kind and attentive waiter named David. This was our first dinner out after having a baby and our two year wedding anniversary. Thank you to ChoLon for showing us a great time!

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Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing. It was out anniversary, which I marked on our open table reservation. They also treated us to a free, new menu item (dessert) and it was sublime! On the plate was inscribed in chocolate “ Happy Anniversary”

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent, really creative Asian fusion dishes. Very inventive, great presentations!

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JW
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with lots of variety. Sharing small dishes was great. Very busy with moderate noise. Service was very good and thoughtful especially as very busy. Wonderful evening!

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Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary last Saturday. We hadn't been to ChoLon in a long time, and it was better this time than our first. From the telephone service, to gracious, warm welcome we received entering the restaurant, the experience continued to build on the positive vibes. A vibrant scene, with a mixture of patrons, we had table close to the outdoor/16 Street Mall side, so great views. Service was attentive, but not overbearing, wait staff was exceptional, even those whom were not assigned to our table came over to compliment my wife and I on being the best dressed, classiest guest. Nice gesture! Great job ChoLon!

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Good wine list. My only complaint was that the food didn’t come out together. We were a group of 7 and the foods came out sporadically vs all together.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Scallops were raw. Spoke to management. They replaced meal with something else. Wagyu steak was flavorless and chewy. Sauce was great but when we complained, we were told “it’s skirt steak”. It’s not described as skirt steak on menu. They describe their dinner plates as “shared” but portions are very much for one. I.e. 5 scallops. Atmosphere was just a normal open table atmosphere with not much uniqueness. Overall, it was a $200 ripoff. Save your $. Very disappointed. It was my birthday too and I was looking forward to it. Live and learn.

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O
Oklahoma City
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative flavors and combinations with excellent presentation. Knowledgeable staff. Cognizant of birthday. Cheers

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DM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a fun spot to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. We shared 4 different items. The Soup Dumplings are a MUST! And the Lobster Crepes were an amazing combo of flavors. The service was was good too. My only complaint is that it was extremely loud—and not even because it was packed. Just too many hard surfaces.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! This is one of my favorite restaurants!

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LD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Cho Lon has been our favorite since moving to Denver 6 years ago. We lived in Asia 7 years! Love the food, service etc! It’s never disappointing!!!

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RL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been there before and chose to return for our anniversary. Our table by the window was private and comfortable, yet the food and the waiter were the stars of the evening! The food was truly delicious along with amazing presentations and our waiter, Louis, was the best as he thoughtfully guided our selections and treated us to a memorable dessert! We'll be back!!

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