ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.8
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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ChoLon was incredible. Our server was attentive and explained the menu thoroughly. The soup dumplings live up to the hype! We ordered the potstickers, the beet and carrot salad, Korean BBQ chicken, the shredded pork, the tuna crudo, and the octopus. Everything that came out was better than the dish before! I can't recommend this place more.

JM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ChoLon is one of our favorite restaurants we always enjoy when we are in Denver. Food is always tasty and inventive. Vietnamese donuts are an amazing dessert. I hope they survive the upcoming covid-19 recession. They're good people who deserve a chance to continue to delight diners.

C
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The soup dumplings are incredible!! We had a lot of dishes and loved loved loved everything. The Kaya Toast was unlike anything I’ve ever had and it was amazing. I also loved the Siam cocktail, so delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

JC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful, and the food is unusual but flavorful. Our experience was not with our server, he was terrific, but with the timing of our food. The meal took almost one hour to be served. We were a group of 3, and each of our 3 meals was delivered at different times. About 5-8 minutes apart. The server was gracious and apologetic, but it was bad. Eating 3 meals at separate times is not how I like to dine out! One plate was the wagyu beef - very expensive, and it was quite dry. Overall not a good experience.

DD
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite restaurant in Denver, so we were pleased to be able to introduce it to my parents. On top of our normal favorite small plates (french onion soup dumplings, Kaya toast, and pork buns) we enjoyed a new wok dish (grilled octopus) and some other food. We finished with Vietnamese coffee and the doughnuts for a perfect evening. Oh, and cocktails were great as always!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Date night with my wife, had wanted to try Cholon for a while as I had heard good things about it and it did not disappoint

DP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was okay. The ambiance was nice. That said, it seemed that the ventilation system was not working: my eyes were burning the entire time we were there, seemingly due to something in the air, and when we left, we and our clothing smelled like all the food that was being cooked while there. I think we will just stay with the ChoLon in Eastbridge for now.

AO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since this was or first trip to Denver I had to rely on online reviews. This place was FABULOUS. Our server, Duncan, could not have been more helpful. We followed his recommendations and he did not disappoint. The French onion soup dumplings are a MUST! This was by far the best meal of our "weekend in Denver"

OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Denver. Just such unusual & flavorful food. Truly a fusion of wonderful world flavors.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to ChoLon and we had a great experience. Our wait staff provided insights and recommendations and we enjoyed everything.

B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Soup dumplings are worth the trip. Menu items are creative and reasonably priced. We were there on a fully-booked Saturday night. Noise level was very high and room seemed slightly chaotic. Waiters scurrying about. Not the best choice for a romantic dinner, if that's your goal.

KE
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely time and the food was amazing!

r
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot!!

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great service and food as usual

AB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only complaint is that even for an 8pm reservation, our table was not ready for about 15 minutes past. I find that to be a bit unacceptable. Other than that, our waiter was incredible and the food is very good, however I remember it being better when I had previously been.

RH
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We are never disappointed. You must try the soup dumplings!

S
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The old standards (soups dumplings, pork belly buns) my wife and I have grown accustom to loving are still top notch....however, we disappointed tried a new entree that fell a little flat flavor-wise (Mongolian Pork Noodle).
The service was a nightmare. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt that they were short-staffed, but many times throughout the meal we were left drink less, water less, waiting lengthy amounts of time for a dish or with plates stacking up on our confined two-person table.
Kinda disappointed as this had become our go-to lunch restaurant for my wife’s birthday

H
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food is so good, but the service is terrible. If it weren't for their amazing soup dumplings, I am not sure I would go back. Will likely just go next door to their street food place so I can get the good food and avoid the service.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for joining us at ChoLon. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food, but I am disappointed to hear you felt the service was lacking. Would you mind sending us a message (or email to savanna@cholonconcepts) with your reservation name and date you dined as well as any more information you'd like to provide? We'd love to take a look at who your server was so we can address these issues moving forward. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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MS
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pork steamed buns were amazing!

JF
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressed our out of town guest

BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! An epicurean delight!

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Great recommendations on the amount of food. Pork been was delicious.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for sharing and exploring the menu. One negative: The waiter recommended another scotch for my husband when his favorite was not available - it ended up being a $37 pour so be wary of suggestions.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dumplings were incredible! The service was possibly the most professional staff we have ever dined with while still managing to create a fun and inviting environment. My cocktail was the only thing that I felt was not totally worth the price. Still delicious, just a bit steep at $14. I had the scallops and dumplings and my friend had the pork shank. All 3 were absolutely the best meal. Highly recommend!

WT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed dinner with a wonderful corner table to celebrate my husbands birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!!

T
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
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 on February 18, 2020
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 on February 18, 2020
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 on February 18, 2020

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