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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (43)
Worth the Drive (38)
Hot Spot (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Romantic (31)
Business Meals (29)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Fun (27)
Good for Groups (23)
Tapas (23)
Casual (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Authentic (19)
Tasting Menu (16)
Healthy (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
People Watching (14)
Spicy (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
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Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Cozy (10)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place, good food, nice birthday surprise dessert. But very loud. We found ourselves yelling to each other. That was a first for this place. Hope it's also the last time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing. Everything was very special and unique. The french onion soup balls were to die for and the pork belly buns were the best that I have ever had! Next time that we are in Denver we will going back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food. Great service but . . . . Crazy noise level. Can’t relax eating dinner. Have to yell to your partner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to ChoLon with friends who hadn't been there before, and we all thought it was a fabulous meal, from beginning to end. Some of our favorite dishes were the Crunchy Thai Shrimp Rolls, the Winter Vegetable Salad (sounds mundane, but it's delicious), the Wok-Tossed Malaysian Noodles, and the desserts - wow! The Triple Chocolate dessert was enough for all four of us and was very unique. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our table was near the serving table, which wasn't so great, and the restaurant is pretty loud, but the quality of the food would definitely bring us back. Very nice evening!

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

If you have a meal at cholon I would certainly have the French onion soup dumplings. Amazing! I have been here many times and everything on the menu is fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone. They have a decent wine list and cocktails too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was spectacular and was a great way to spend a special occasion with friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and service was delightful, however there is a manager at the establishment that went out of his way to make our experience very uncomfortable. A member of our party had to approach the manager, however no reason was provided.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

ChoLon has been for several years and continues to be the best Asian food in Denver. The recent menu additions-particularly the Scottish salmon-are stellar. Chapeau, Lon and the team.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite Asian fusion restaurant!

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·Dined 4 days ago

One of the best places in Denver, always delicious. The room is a little noisy for my preference, but the service is always friendly and professional and the place is comfortable other than the noise. I always take out of town guests here.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding and thoughtful service. Amazing food. Best dining experience in ages.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Delicious food and seasonal cocktails! The service was great and the plates were all very sharable for four people. We ordered two small bites, two small plates, and all three options From The Wok. Everything was amazing.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Travis was a very professional server. A few more Gluten-free options would be nice, and noted on the menu. The flavors were fabulous! The desserts were amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food and service both outstanding! Very creative and different.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our second visit to ChoLon and it was every bit as good as the first. The reason to come to this restaurant is to sample the very creative dishes. It is best to have at least 4 people in order to have multiple dishes to enjoy. The food has a distinctly Asian bent and a number of the dishes are somewhat spicy. Highly recommended dishes are the lamb, Wagyu beef and lettuce wraps but everything on the menu is excellent. We had our waiter do the ordering and he did a superb job. Service was excellent and the wine list is very good but a little pricey. The ambiance is comfortable but it is an energetic environment. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but considering the quality of the food and service it is worth a splurge.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

never disappointed eating here. <3 already want to go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Overall lots of fun, unique menu and tastes, food had creative presentation. A bit loud, but could still carry on a conversation. Recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was amazingly delicious. Service was terrific.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a counter table and the host was kind enough to get us set up with a nice table. The food was very good

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic time at the chef's counter, an excellent wait staff that helped pick out a wine I would enjoy. The soup dumplings, pork bun, ans keya bread were outstanding. Highly recommend all 3 and the scallops!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Cholon was a new choice for our group but enthusiastically liked by all!
The Thai shrimp rolls and soup dumplings were excellent, as was the salad, Diver scallops, pork tenderloin and noodle dish. Only the octopus was not loved; the pairing was unusual.
Drinks were fun and delicious, wine was excellent as well.
This place is great but very pricey- I would reserve for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

Wonderful food!!!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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