ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef skewers and the French onion soup dumplings were heaven!!

DJ
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!!

T
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid food, excellent service. Great for dates and groups.

AP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss this restaurant. It is fantastic. I don't think you could go wrong with anything you pick to eat. I wish I could go back the next day and eat there again.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We tried several small bites and a couple of large plates. The dumplings are amazing. Everything was delicious!!

AK
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were phenomenal! Sat at the counter and enjoyed every moment. The special dessert was the perfect blend of flavors - loved the raspberry ice cream and ginger sugar glass! Overall bill was pricey, but went in with the expectations of it being high priced.

S
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katherine W. was very attentive and recommended us the perfect meal. She was so pleasant and really knew the menu and what to recommend, including the wine! We will be back for sure, because of her!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server did a great job and the food was tasteful, nice balance of flavors. We sat by the window which was good for people watching, the ceilings are a bit high to be described as cozy.

MD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an awesome experience at ChoLon! Great food, ambiance, and service. Must order item: soup dumplings!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Marissa, Thank you for being a continued patron of ChoLon! So happy you enjoyed the experience and we hope to see you in again soon! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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d
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! The Kaya toast was insane as an app or dessert. Noodle dishes incredible. Service was impeccable and just the right level of attentiveness.

s
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and our service was outstanding. We had a reservation and were seated right on time. We had the soup dumplings (so yummy!), the pork belly buns- which are the best pork buns I have had anywhere hands down! The calamari - amazing flavors with the peppers, cucumbers and lemon sauce, and the Korean bbq chicken (perfection!)
Such a great evening. Thank you!

j
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent and gave us great service. He was very interested if we were enjoying our food and provided plenty of suggestions. Even with how busy it was, we felt we received plenty of attention. One of our favorite restaurants. Although we had one dish we didn't love, the other dishes definitely made up for it. We will definitely be dining again!

M
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholon delivers and ticks all the boxes... delicious food with unusual recipes, fabulous team service, and great ambiance.

ML
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great wait staff

BK
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

While the later portions of our meal were delicious, we had to wade through a salad that would easily be outdone by a prepackaged option from Whole Foods, and Wagyu skewers that could be best described as “sloppy joes on a stick.” The server, while generally visible, was rarely attentive, and was excited to leave as soon as he stopped by, often starting to step away while we were still trying to order. Dessert was good, but I would have expected something a bit more special. Expect to spend more than two hours at your table, to only enjoy one hour of your meal.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there Ben, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed in your experience at ChoLon. I'd love to find out more information on what, in particular, you didn't enjoy about the salad & beef skewers so I can pass that information along to our chef team. We do hope you'll give us another chance to impress you in the future. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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BL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The service was very good. A little noisy .

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Boris, Thank you for dining with us! Next time you make a reservation please feel free to request one of the tables on the outskirts on the restaurant, which are generally a bit quieter. We hope to see you in again soon! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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OT
New York Area
269 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We really wanted to love this restaurant but didn’t. The waiter was overbearing in his explanation of the menu suggesting we have six dishes! Three were enough. The buns on the pork were too sticky and the meat was soaked in sauce, the lobster pancake was too crisp and fell apart to the point you could not wrap it in the lettuce leaf as well as all the lobster was on one side, and last the chicken was dry. BUT we sat at the counter and not all the chefs wear gloves and at one point the chef wiped her face and kept cooking without washing her hands.... enough said.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed in your experience at ChoLon. May I ask how many guests were dining in your party? Generally we suggest ~2 dishes per person, but of course guests are welcome to order as much or as little food as they'd like. I'll certainly pass along your observations on the dishes you tried to both our management and chef team. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going—definitely not the last time. The food was exquisite, especially severed family style. Best meal we have enjoyed in a long time. Do yourself a favor and order the Kaya toast. You’ll thank me later.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for dining with us! We hope to see you in again soon!

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LR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at ChoLon is an adventure. The food is so imaginative, and is prepared and served perfectly. The dish that stood out on this visit was the wok-fried calamari.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Duncan took care of all of our needs. It was our 27th anniversary and they gave us dessert and coffee on the house. The chef even came over to our table to congratulate us. The soup dumplings and the Brussel Sprouts were the highlight of the meal!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for dining with us to celebrate such a special milestone! I'm happy to hear Duncan took great care of you & that you enjoyed the meal. Hope to see you in again soon! Savanna Ronco CRC

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must get the pork belly buns and soup dumplings, they are both AMAZE

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always and great service. We sat at the counter which was very entertaining and we got to chat a lot with various staff as well. I would highly recommend the counter!

MC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service wasn't great, some of our food came old cold (meat sticks) we told the server who wasn't really interested at all until we got upset with the situation, then to our dismay they returned what we sent in which was half eaten off the stick, unacceptable. The eventually solved it with a fresh serve. The Male restrooms were closed for around 15 minutes due to some issue as well. So disappointing after we attended last year and had a great experience. The food came out a little fast, the food is awesome though and I'm not a complainer at all and I don't ever write reviews for anything, but I feel the owner should know the service was below par. As I mentioned we came last year and had a great time so I re booked while in town from Australia. I will try again next year.
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Michael

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Michael, I'm very sorry to hear you were disappointed in your experience at ChoLon, especially after great experiences in the past. We've passed along your notes to our management team and owners so we can address these issues moving forward. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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P
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was somewhat slow but food was good. Great vibe overall.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I’ve dined here in the past and really enjoyed it; however, this time I was not impressed.

First, the lighting was way too low. Beyond looking like the restaurant was literally still closed (we had an early reservation) none of us, even our kids, could read the menu without using the flashlights on our phones.

Next, while the food was “good”, it wasn’t “excellent” this time. Every dish we tried was spicy. Having some of the dishes be spicy is fine, but all 6 of the items we tried were spicy, and it started to taste like just variations on the same theme.

Finally, the kids meal was a bit ridiculous. Our son ordered the noodles with pork, and was served a small bowl of this drenched in soy sauce with little, if any, other flavor.

Disappointing night for our almost $300 bill.

OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was truly incredible, each dish was well balanced, and unlike anything we normally eat. It was our first time dining there and we will definitely be coming back.

AS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. One of the best meals I've ever had.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was touch notch! Each dish was expertly crafted and a true delight for the palate.

Cocktails were equally as fantastic!

JR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing! The soup dumplings are great. I sat at the Chefs bar and it was so fun. The wok woman is the best! We lived the energy of the kitchen staff. Can’t stop talking about them. We will be back!

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, what a unique experience!

TF
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I am very unique in that I didn't like it. There were way too many dishes that were very spicy and I could not eat them.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on January 27, 2020

Hi Teri, I'm sorry to hear you thought the dishes were too spicy! If you return our servers are happy to recommend dishes with less spice, or modify the dishes where we can to make them this way! We do hope you'll give us another chance to impress you in the future. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Just not as good as it used to be, I’m so sorry to say

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food & value at ChoLon, especially compared to past experiences. If you'd like to share what dishes you had and why you felt they were disappointing, that would be helpful in terms of moving forward and addressing the issues. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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KH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our business partners loved the meal!

MK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience!!! I let our server take the reigns with our appetizer and small plates.. he nailed it! He also picked my cocktail and he opened my eyes to new flavors... I highly recommend doing this..

H
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

For us the restaurant is way too loud. The four of us that dined are in our late 40s to early 60s. Food is excellent.

J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had heard this place was good and after 4 years here I finally tried it. Food was absolutely incredible. Worth the price!

A
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

E
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly phenomenal, really creative and delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant! The beef skewers and lobster crepe lettuce wraps were the highlight for us!