Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 53 times today

ChoLon Modern Asian

4.7
3029 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Asian
Top Tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Asian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(303) 353-5223
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Lon Symensma
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
16th St
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 1 hour at lunch and 2 hours at dinner.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Denver Union Station is two blocks away.
icon/ic_gift_cardCreated with Sketch.
Gift Card
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.

View Private Dining Details

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

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

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 3029 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
1.0Dined 3 days ago

Pre father day

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was incredible but the staggering of food was horribly timed. The waiter was unapologetic as they forgot to bring us a dish. We ordered two deserts for 6 people and it was 15 minutes in between deserts with no explanation. Just not great service both from the server and the timing from the kitchen.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 3 days ago

We have been coming here for years and love the food. This time the service was atrocious though. We could not find our server when we had finished our dinner and had to beg for a dessert menu. She thought we were still awaiting a course but had not checked in on us for nearly 30 minutes. We waited so long for dessert that we had to pay for parking as we had exceeded the validation time. The staff knew we been had waiting an inordinate period of time, yet did nothing to make it right. No part of the meal was comped and we were told that they only validate parking for 2 hours, although it was their fault we were there for nearly 3. I know ChoLon is better than this. We will return and hope for better service in the future.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great night!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing as always!! Soup dumpling, Wagyu beef skewers, pork belly buns, oh my!!!!!!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food is truly outstanding! Maybe a bit pricy for the portion size’s. Service is excellent and attentive. Bar is lively with great signature drinks.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 3 days ago

ChoLon is one of the very best restaurants in Denver and probably the whole state. This was my second time here. it is my partner's favorite restaurant in Denver. The place is gorgeous. The decor is tasteful, tables and chairs comfortable, and service impeccable. This was the second time that Jay waited on us in 3 months. A charming, talented, well-trained server.

I ordered the Brussels sprouts which are melt in your mouth fabulous. I also had the Wagyu beef skewers which were incredibly tender and flavorful.My partner and his daughter both had the noodles with shrimp and scallops. I highly recommend ChoLon.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Cholon is one of our favorites, and, again, it did not disappoint . We gravitate to this restaurant every time we make strip to Denver. The food was excellent. We will come again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Yummy! First time here and was not disappointed. Sat at the chefs counter. Got to see other yummy dishes go by. Noise level was finally bearable for a Denver restaurant. I'll be back for sure!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Hands down the best place in the state!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Loved the thai shrimp rolls and the Malaysian noodles were so good I only wish there were were more!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Overall: terrific- Noise level a bit loud yet tolerable. Service: top notch. Food: 4 categories of ‘plates’, the suggestion was to chose 1 in each category which was a reasonable amount for 2- 3 of 4 courses were incredible: pork belly buns, calamari & lobster Saigon pancakes (which was just as good for breakfast the next morning) The diver scallops were a bit off- too many conflicting flavors. Scallops are a delicate flavor adding rich pork, sweet carrots etc seemed conflicted - scallops cooked to perfection though. As noted overall excellent just one dish less than 5 stars.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Every aspect was excellent

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food, slow bar service and rude host who would only seat us in the bar area claiming no room in the dinning room that was 70% empty. 90 minutes later when we were finished, dining room still 35% empty.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Regular neighborhood Thai food disguised as a high end restaurant. You are better served going to Thai restaurant down the block then spending a lot of money for mediocre food.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Onion soup dumplings are to die for! Delicious and different. Wonderful staff.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Been wanting to go here for a while. Didn’t live up to the hype. Dishes were not flavorful and overpriced.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food is very pricey and decent but nothing special.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Always good. Every time I visit Denver I always go. Spoke to Chef 👨‍🍳 and very friendly. Will go back soon

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food and service were excellent. The staff have so much pride in the food they serve and was so helpful .

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service was very attentive. Presentation of the food was impeccable. The food itself was outstanding. A great experience.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We loved everything about it! We’ll be back! The food was unique and clean and delicious. We’re working our way through Denver finding fabulous places to eat!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We got there for happy hour with reservations for 5:00 which is when dinner started. Everyone was very attentive and helpful and it was a wonderful experience. Looking forward to trying other things.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food service started off strong but after apps faded. Luckily another server close noticed and picked up the slack and rounded out our experience amazing ! Great food will definitely go back !

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I was treated to some phenomenal food that reminded me of my time in Asia. Very professional, yet approachable, style and courtesy throughout. The only issue is that now I'll be wishing I lived nearby. The lighting may be considered "dark" to some, but I found it very cozy and relaxing. I also enjoyed the family style shared plating and how the meal was brought out course by course, which was necessary for the limited table space.

The Jade Dragon cocktail was unique and nothing like I'd ever had before. In a good way.

The complimentary papadum and tomato jam were paired perfectly. The kaya toast was absolutely amazing and reminded me of breakfast at the Kopitiams in Singapore.

The tamarind fizz was refreshing and paired well with a good amount of the courses and their take on Thai iced tea throw me for a loop, but was an exciting take on the drink.

By far, the most exhilarating part of the meal was the Colorado wagyu steak. All of the components were delectable on their own, but together, they elevated each other to the highest degree. The soy butter left us at a loss for words to describe it. Thank you to David for recommending it.

The calamari was a pleasant paradox as well. It was unlike any calamari I've had. The lime aioli brought out more of a rind flavor for me, that served as an excellent complimentary component to the very Asian style dish.

Of course, dessert did not disappoint either. Another familiar and noataglic flavor presented itself in the form of Ovaltine in the triple chocolate dessert, which was the right amount of chocolate and sweetness. The spiced donuts are coffee and donuts taken to an elegant level and ended the meal on a divine note.

Team Cholon, keep doing what you are doing because it is inspiring.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Cholon remains one of my favorite restaurants!! Creative and innovative, always super delicious. Attentive servers, nice alcohol/non-alcoholic cocktails and tasty bites which always leave me looking forward to the next Cholon meal!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Excellent. Soup dumplings were amazing. Better value at lunch.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A wonderful experience!!! Highly recommended. Food, service, ambiance....a great time!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. We started with the kaya toast, which is one do the most intriguing yet delicious appetizers I’ve ever had. It reminded me of an elevated French toast with a twist. We also had the potstickers which were really good and the soup dumplings which were out of this world. It was like a perfect bite of French onion soup in your mouth. We shared the beef wagyu which was quite good, but the favorite at the table was the stir-fried Malaysian noodles with shrimp and scallops. Was it a bit pricey? Yes. But worth every penny.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Everything we tried was so delicious and special. In particular, the French onion dumplings were really outstanding. Also the braised short ribs were absolutely decadent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great staff and food!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was by far the best food and service combination I have ever gotten. We ordered 9 or more things to split including dessert and there was not a single thing that one of us didn’t say “that was amazing” to. Just perfect. I would go more often if I was local- but from being out of town I would say it is a must go to.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great gem in Denver

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The service was great too. They had several vegetarian options that were a hidden gem.
Three of us shared 5 choices and 4 would have worked. Definitely going back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was another top notch experience. This place never disappoints. This is a must try for everyone. The Wagyu beef skewers are out of this world!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our second visit to ChoLon and it did not disappoint. The food is served tapas style and is meant for sharing. We started with the the crunchy thai shrimp rolls which were served with a tangy sauce, followed by the lobster Saigon crepes which were served with bib lettuce and a dipping sauce. Our final dish was the Colorado Wagyu steak with mushrooms and asparagus. Everything was beautifully prepared and each dish had it's unique taste. The restaurant surprised us with a plate of their homemade sorbets with "Happy Anniversary" written across the the serving bowl. If I had one complaint, it was that there were so many more dishes I wanted to try. So, next time we will go with friends.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was phenomenal. Family style share plates allowed us all to try most of the menu, it was nice that there are not an overwhelming amount of options. Everyone was raving about the food days after dinner.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Friendly staff made the experienced very enjoyable. Great food and ambiance

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

This place far exceeded our expectations. Food was absolutely different and delicious and we loved the 'sharing dish' concept so we got to try a bunch of different dishes. Onion soup dumplings, salmon crudo, pork belly were out of this world.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is only my second time to ChoLon and I was not disappointed. This is probably my husband's and my favorite restaurant in Denver. The food is exquisite and the service/staff could not be more fantastic. They are friendly, fun and on top of every need. I highly recommend ChoLon for any meal!!!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
76