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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

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4.6

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined a day ago

Wonderful food!!!

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·Dined a day 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 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 3 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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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Celebratory work lunch wonderful experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have been to ChoLon a few times and while not perfect we enjoyed the meal. However, it is unlikely that we will go back. While very polite, the waitress was somewhat patronizing telling us that "her favorite is… ." Candidly a patron likely doesn't care what the favorite is for the waitstaff; that's not important. Better would be something like "X dish is our most popular" or "Chef today recommends...." something like that. I could not care less about a stranger's "favorite" anything. (Interesting, all her favorites were each the most expensive in its category).

The chef was extremely heavy handed with the spice in all of the spicy dishes and very poorly used salt, if at all, to even delicately highlight the other spices and/or flavors. This was true of almost every dish. There appeared to be a consistent unawareness as to proper seasoning; not of one dish but for all. We'd not experienced this before at this restaurant.

The worst was a Lobster Crepe highly touted by our waitress. Despite it being "her favorite," the most expensive item in its category, and supposedly a big deal dish, it was almost inedible. The crepe had no delicacy or proper crepe texture. It actually had the texture, thickness and taste of an ice cream waffle cone. No joke. It had no flavor - none. Our table of 5 all tasted one bite and left it, other than to eat the very small amount of lobster meat out of it. We left 80% of the dish and no one even inquired about our leaving it!

My wife and I eat out 6 nights a week, generally mid to high end places. This place we would call mid level and it should have been better. It was generally well conceived dishes poorly seasoned, other than the lobster crepe which was just terrible all around. I find it hard to believe that the chef or owner of the restaurant (or anyone making menu decisions) ever tasted that dish!

A disappointment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing food! Delicious cocktails!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Eric did a great job taking care of us ! As always the food was amazing .. Only issues was they kept trying to clear our plates before we had finished our food, felt rushed

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our 8th trip to Cholon was once agin memorable! The food, service, and ambience was top notch! We loved the Lamb Kebab's and Autumn Seasonal Salad. The Pork Belly Buns were excellent and there isn't anyway you can pass up on the Kaya Toast! Barbie did a great jog taking care of us! It was also great to see GM Dani and Maitre'd Michael overseeing a well run culinary heaven! We'll be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was excellent! Very creative blending of ingredients, serving an excellent cross section of Southeastern crusine with a slightly French influence. We will definitely go back whenever in Denver!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent good. Service was very good as well. Will definitely visit again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing evening! They know how to run a restaurant
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our second time at ChoLon and once again, we left full and happy. The food was outstanding and our server helped us navigate it easily to find gluten free options. We sat at the counter this time and enjoyed watching the kitchen team in action. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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