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About ChoLon Modern Asian

ChoLon Market, the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, helped serve as inspiration for Chef Lon Symensma’s ChoLon. The LoDo restaurant showcases his passion for Asian ingredients and French cooking techniques in a strikingly beautiful space. ChoLon serves lunch and dinner, as well as a small bites menu that is available throughout the day. The menu features inspired interpretations of traditional Asian dishes. "Many of my dishes are twists on classical Asian cuisine," says Symensma. "I enjoy sharing my own personal perspective on the flavors of Asia." The menu offers several categories designed to allow guests to sample and share many different tastes and flavors during their meal. The bar and lounge serves artisanal cocktails developed to enhance Symensma's creations. The venue is also ideal for business meetings and presentations, featuring a large projection screen in the lounge area.

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:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(303) 353-5223

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

Parking Details:
Parking is available downstairs in the SugarCube building, validated for one and a half hours.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
For parties of 10 or more, please contact our event coordinator, Chelsea Mack, at Chelsea@ChoLonConcepts.com.

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Whether joining us in our stylish restaurant space for a special celebration or a corporate event, enjoy our 1st class Asian inspired cuisine for your next special occasion. ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver the highest caliber service and a most memorable experience.

ChoLon Modern Asian Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (80)
Fit for Foodies (71)
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Special Occasion (60)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Worth the Drive (38)
Hot Spot (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Romantic (31)
Business Meals (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Fun (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Tapas (21)
Casual (21)
Authentic (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Bar Seating (17)
People Watching (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Healthy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Spicy (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Seasonal (8)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Vegan (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants ever. I recently moved out of Denver and it is always a go to when I am back in town. I tell my friends it is like having a party in your mouth!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

This place never lets you down! The food is fabulous (you have to try the onion soup won tons!)
and the service is outstanding. The menu is definitely unique and the quality of the food is extraordinary!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, nice atmosphere (lively and moderately noisy). The food was wonderful. We had the pork belly buns (you get 4 in an order) and the soup dumplings (also 4 in an order), and they were great! We especially liked the soup dumplings, which are dumplings with a French onion soup filling. We also ordered the Malaysian Noodles and the Lamb Shank, and both were delicious. The coconut risotto is not a typical risotto, and has a bit of a crunch to it (uncooked brown rice, I was told by the server). I didn't really care for the crunchiness, personally, but the flavor was great. Overall, nothing too overpowering, but rich taste in great balance. I would definitely eat here again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We went early (5pm) due to show tickets. Bar was busy for happy hour and we were the first ones sat in the dining room. We had the pork belly (outstanding!) Octopus (ok) Brussel sprouts (great!) and waigu beef (also outstanding) Vietnameese donuts and a chocolate desert ......
Food was great, but the service was even better. Everyone there knows the menu perfectly, and everyone "owns" your table. I rarely ask to see a manager at a restaurant, but did so just to ensure he knew, that whatever they are asking of the staff.....its working!!

We will be back...and often!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

I went to ChoLon with a group of 6 others. We were seated at a round table and could all converse easily. This was my best food experience so far at this restaurant because with such a large group we were able to share a good percentage of the dishes on the menu! Everything was delicious! Our service was outstanding! Consistently a great dining experience!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food!!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

We ate at the chef's counter so we could watch the food being prepared and interact with the chefs... Everything looked great in the menu so we let the chefs create whatever they wanted to serve us. The whole experience was great. Lots of fun. Great team service. Highly recommend. .

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific twist on some classic Asian dishes. The soup dumplings and pork belly buns are a huge hit. The Kimchi has a wonderful flavor with little heat to the spice. Easy to spend a good deal of money however, but I think it was worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Stephen was a very helpful & sincere waiter. Took great pains to provide extra gluten free choices. Food was excellent. Will be back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

ChoLon is elegant in every way and near the DCPA, so the perfect spot for dinner before a performance or for just lingering over a long dinner. The food, service, and ambiance were all perfect--and they accommodated my gluten-free diet. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Went for our 10 year anniversary before a show. We called ahead because we got stuck in traffic and were running about 10 minutes late for our reservation time. They were great and accommodating. When we arrived we were greeted promptly, our coats we're checked and we were immediately showed to our table.
Our waiter was very helpful with the menu and answered any question we had without delay. Dishes were brought out in good order to keep the table from being crowded and the staff was on point making sure drinks were full and empty dishes were bussed.
The food itself was very good, we had the Lobster Saigon crepe and the Wagyu Beef steak, both were fantastic. For dessert we opted for the pumpkin cake that was served with a butter pecan ice cream as well as the Vietnamese spiced donuts with coffee ice cream, both were amazing. They also treated us to a free serving of the apple and pomegranate sorbets with mint jelly and coconut foam for our anniversary, also delicious.
The atmosphere was great and fairly quiet considering how busy the restaurant was whether you wanted a quiet table off to the side or to sit at the bar and watch the amazing kitchen staff at work you could fit your fancy for seating. In summer I'm sure sitting outside would also be a delight if people watching is your thing.
All in all it was a lovely visit and I'm sure we will be back sometime in the future when we are in Denver.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Celebratory work lunch wonderful experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The sauce with the egg rolls could and should be marketed separately!! The stir fry was amazing!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ate here for a birthday dinner and it was everything I hoped for, for a special occasion. Tried the Kayu Toast and spring rolls for appetizers and the diver scallops and octopus for entrees. The diver scallops were huge and perfectly cooked. Wrapped up dessert with the pomegranate and apple sorbet with toasted coconut soda. Dessert wasn't like anything I've had before and the pomegranate seeds were a nice crunch to the sorbet but I might opt to end the meal on a more savory note next time.
Excellent service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I am sorry I haven't been here sooner. Came for my birthday celebration and one course was better then the next while each was very different and had its own nuances and sophistication.
The food was nothing short of wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good from start to finish

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a small issue getting seated but they sent over a free dish to make up for it which was very classy!! Our server, Sam, was amazing and made the experience so much fun. Food was amazing and I would definitely go again.

It is a bit noisy and you may not want to go with a large group if trying to have intimate conversation. But great for a date or a party!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always great to have a meal at Cholon. Happy to keep coming back for more

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great night out! We were sat right away, the service was great (informative), and the food was wonderful, thanks much! One of the most popular dishes, the French Onion Soup dumplings, were average. Be bold and try something else! Your taste buds will thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding! The service was outstanding!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great. A little loud. Fantastic at managing allergens.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

another special meal as always!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful flavours and eclectic menu. Love the fresh chilli in the sticky rice!! We will be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Based on reviews we were expecting great food and were sadly disappointed. Most of what we ordered lacked taste.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent restaurant with delicious food. Waitstaff was warm and welcoming. We are looking forward to dining there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We hoped for a special night. $300 Opera tickets. Pre-opera supper at ChoLon.

We arrived with a standard 5:45PM reservation, but we were informed that our ONLY options were to eat in the bar, or to sit at the chef's counter facing the kitchen.

So, we sit on high stools, in our fancy opera clothes, sharing the counter with a screaming dinner service expediter. Our entertainment was watching waiters wipe fingerprints and sauce drips off the plates.

The chef's counter is great if you choose it. Sitting at high bar stools in fancy clothes, flooded by florescent lights, wasn't the romantic date night we had envisioned.

The food was good. The staff tried to make up for our displeasure. But it was a terrible date night.

Be warned... just because you have a reservation doesn't guarantee you a proper seat in the dining room.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The fish taco were amazing! The Fresh onion soup dumplings are always the star... Very slow service in addition once you got your food they kept trying to take our plates while we were still eating this was the same issues when I cam for dinner ... I spoke to the Hostess at check in that I was doing a business lunch and they kept cutting us off .

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was absolutely amazing as always!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great balance and great flavors.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing food - our server provided excellent guidance and advice on how to navigate the menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We were visiting from Washington, DC and read about Cho Lon in a magazine and on TripAdvisor. A person at our hotel said it was good - so - we put it at the top of our list. It was one of the best meals we'd had in Colorado.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service was wonderful. Our waiter, Garen was awesome! Definitely adding the restaurant to my list on my future trips back to Denver.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

ChoLon is my favorite restaurant in town. The food is creative and innovative and the service can't be beaten. I always leave feeling happy. 😁

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing flavors and tastes!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was the first disappointing meal of many at ChoLon. The Lentel appitezer cracker wasn't near as good as the previous rice one, the salad was disappointing, as were the pork belly buns. I'm sure it will be better next time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I enjoy the food at ChoLon. The brussel Sprouts item is prepared differently than previously. It now has halved or quartered sprouts rather than the previous small more finely chopped sprouts, mixed evenly with the meat and other items. I prefer the previous version as the flavors melted more together.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

ChoLon was AMAZING! The wait staff was extremely attentive and helpful with picking out our dishes, as it was our first time visiting. 10/10!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Predictably good every time. The soup dumplings, wagu beef skewers, pork belly buns, potstickers all recommended.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 31, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Amazing small plates.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food is fabulous. Especially the soup dumplings, lamb chops and scallops. The service was impeccable. We really had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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