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About ChoLon Modern 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.

1555 Blake Street
Suite 101
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

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

Cross Street:
16th St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 353-5223

Website:
http://www.cholon.com/

Parking Details:
We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 1 hour at lunch and 2 hours at dinner.

Public Transit:
Denver Union Station is two blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Lon Symensma

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

ChoLon Modern Asian Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (91)
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Romantic (28)
Tapas (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Business Meals (24)
Good for Groups (24)
Bar Seating (23)
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Tasting Menu (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
People Watching (14)
Spicy (14)
Cozy (13)
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Healthy (12)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
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Comfort Food (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing tastes and all so different! Share the plates and increase the experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was fine but the service was terrible. It took 2hrs to get our food. In the time the waiter only checked on us a few times. We sat with empty drinks for at least 30min. The price and the service made it a poor value for us.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good but after the first dish they all started to taste the same. Same spices and same texture.

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

First visit to ChoLon. Dining alone so sat at kitchen counter. Fascinating to watch the kitchen staff work their magic. Creative menu. Excellent meal. Will definitely return. Highly recommend ChoLon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

This is my favorite restaurant in Denver. Soup dumpling filled with French onion soup, Wagyu beef skewers, pork belly dumplings and heavenly pot stickers. Followed by the most divine black tea panna cotta with spicy tapioca, merengue puffs, crunchy stuff and bobas. An explosion of flavor and texture. I’d repeat this dinner anytime. Service was exceptional al. Who could ask for anything more

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The food here was very creative and delicious at the same time. Our big challenge was the noise level. We could hardly hear each other. We actually won’t be back due to that

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food incredible service

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Soup dumplings and scallops were amazing!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

I've been here probably eight times and every time it gets better. The food is pricey but worth every penny, especially the soup dumplings. Flavor exploding in your mouth. The rice ale is also a tasty treat. I noted on the reservation that it was a special occasion and they brought us a customized complementary dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

We go every Valentines Day as a tradition my wife and I enjoy. The food is amazing and I don’t know of any restaurant that comes close to how creative they are with the small plates. We love the soup dumplings and the kaya toast. So simple but very tasty. The staff are always very nice and attentive to any of your needs such as new plates, drinks, water is always filled. The staff are all knowledgeable about what is in the food or allergy information. It’s pricey so that’s why we go once a year but it’s worth every penny.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

it was a Valentines Day occasion. We have been before and were surprised that they didn't have a table for us in the dining area. They tried seating us on bar stools facing the kitchen. My wife is short and can't sit on such. The kitchen was very warm, smokey and everything else that comes with kitchen activity. It wasn't what we envisioned for a romantic Valentines dinner. We will never book a special occasion like this again at this restaurant. They seated us in the bar area where attendees were loud and having too much to drink. Everything was very loud and crowded as people stood around waiting for open tables.

Not sure what VIP entitles a long standing Open Table member. Whatever it is this wasn't it. The food was fine. The menu was limited. Not what we were expecting. The lamb shank was more Indian instead of contemporary Asian. Overall, the dinner wasn't relaxing, it seemed everyone was competing just to talk to each other.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Wow this place is outstanding. Went here for lunch with my wife on valentines day.. did not dissapoint! Right in the middle of downtown on 16th street, ChoLon has a great atmosphere and feels very "posh" as my wife would say. Certainly on the pricey side but well worth every penny. The only reason I'm not giving them 5 stars is because some of their food is decievingly spicy.. like, a lot. Their calarami dish about ended my day with what was one of the spiciest single bites ive ever had in my life (still ate most all of it though..)

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We’ve been to ChoLon several times before and it doesn’t disappoint. Loved the lamb shank offer.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Incredible experience. The desserts were outstanding.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Cool ambiance in the restaurant. Food was creative but not exceptional. Waiter spoke very loudly and didn’t ask half our party for their drink orders because he thought we looked too young. Overall a decent restaurant but I won’t be going back personally.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing food and service! They made our anniversary very special. We got to sit at the Chef counter and had the pleasure of watching the staff cook and plate,the kitchen staff is clean and the plates were presented beautifully. The expo was amazing she went above and beyond to make sure every plate was perfect. We were in awe at the perfection that was displayed and delicious the food was.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The ambiance and service were five stars. The food lacked flavor, which was hidden with too much spice. I was expecting so much more for the price. For $37 I got 4 gritty scallops. I left disappointed and hungry.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our 4th visit to ChoLon and they never disappoint. Absolutely love their food, even if you think something sounds strange like egg cloud try it you will be amazed at how yummy and complex the flavors . The soup dumplings are one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, I look forward to those each time. We did miss the tuna spoon that was no longer on the menu. The Waygu beef main course is another dish not to be missed.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dumplings...just get the dumplings! They are seriously the best dish I've had in a long time

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We took our daughter to ChoLon for her 22nd birthday dinner. Her boyfriend joined us. What a fabulous experience. The food was different and sensational, served in small, medium and larger plates for sharing. The service was beyond outstanding. We really enjoyed our evening.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The small bites were quite good: pork belly buns; soup dumplings; wagyu beef. At that point I felt we were in 5 star range. Unfortunately, there were two dishes to go. I wish we simply chose a couple of additional small bites and called it an evening.
The Lobster crepe is a take off on the Vietnamese roll concept, which is fine. I found the dish difficult to eat because the lettuce was not large enough to accommodate the triangular crepe. The flavor was OK, but not spectacular. The lobster was distributed unevenly, where one of the crepe triangles had absolutely no lobster.
The wok-tossed calamari was dreadful. It was horribly salty. The description of the dish did not mention that it was breaded calamari. It seemed like something that could be purchased frozen from a supermarket. It's not what I would expect from a restaurant that has the potential of Cholon.
The service staff was great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Knowledgeable server, delicious cocktails and the food was incredible! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We used to love Cholon. Unfortunately, our experience was not so good this time. The food was average. And the steak was delivered 30 minutes earlier than the waiter said it would be. We told the waiter about it and nothing was done. Very disappointing.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I’d walk a mile for Malaysian Noodles. Make that five miles. Daily. A perfect dish.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Met my guy's father here and this place is just made to impress out of towners. Great food, great location, great interior and great drinks.
My one crit is it's rather loud *shrug*
Have been before and will go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

As usual the food was delicious. Have never had anything that wasn’t great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Gerrin was awesome along with the rest of the staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food and service! Look forward to the next visit trying many different dishes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We've enjoyed ChoLon numerous times- it's always good. This time after the soup dumplings and salad I tried the Calamari from the wok. It was perfectly cooked and had a nice spice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Unique food. Presentation of food was fun and so tasty. Playful dish ware made food enjoyable to eat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The most amazing food and waitstaff! Our new favorite place. Just wish there were more vegetarian options

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

A great find with great service and food. We will be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I took a CO-worker there to celebrate her birthday and they complimented here with a delicious happy birthday dessert! Everything was delicious.

The French onion soup dumplings are a must!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Remains one of Denver’s Best. From a food perspective, there is nothing like it town to which to compare it. Flavors, quality and presentation all done to perfection.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Awesome staff and great menu. Just a bit loud for conversation

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is our first trip in Denver, our friend highly recommended us to have dinner at this restaurant. The service is great, the server is excellent , the food is a little over rate but still good, this is $120 meal for two of us , this is a big city price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food, as always and fabulous staff. The biggest downside is the noise level once the restaurant gets full. I had dinner with a friend and we of a age when we might be more sensitive to noise, or developing some hearing loss. However, we came to have a nice dinner and to be able to visit. We spent the second half of our meal, when the restaurant had filled up, not being able to hear each other.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Service took over 30 min between our first two courses. Not that inspired of cuisine. Balance of flavors was trying too hard. Would not go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

ChoLon is always excellent. The food is diverse in presentation, taste and appeal. They are always willing to substitute in their dishes to accommodate vegetarian or vegan diets. I would recommend this restaurant to those seeking an Asian experience with high quality food and service.

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