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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:
$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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (33)
Fun (31)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Business Meals (28)
Tapas (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Authentic (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (20)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Spicy (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
People Watching (14)
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Notable Wine List (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Healthy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
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Local Ingredients (5)
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was great and food was incredible. Will definitely go back!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The soup dumplings are amazing! Also the waiter was very attentive. Best restaurant experience in a long time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

We went in early and decided to sit at the bar. Great time.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely delicious! Love this restaurant. Fantastic service and wonderful/different food. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

A+ rating from me, we used the reservation service, walked in and they took us to the table. Amazing. I like the new techniques. O the food was amazing, the drink selection was good. I will be going back again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quick Bite, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent! Around the corner from Union Station. Dishes were creative and tasty.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Delicious. We scaled back our selections so be careful as we had just the right amount of food this time. Three choices for two was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Coming here since they opened and the menu is changed up seasonal. I am so in love with a few of the dishes that those stay on the menu all the time. Some new items I loved like the new salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

The food and service never disappoint. This restaurant has maintained is quality over the years and every time we go we say we need to come back more often. So good!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Go here for unique and artfully created food and cocktails.

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A meal at Cholon is an experience that should be appreciated. The noise level is a bit much when the restaurant is full.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I'd describe ChoLon as elevated Asian with flavor inspiration medleys from Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Japan. You literally cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu! Plates are meant to be shared and for our party of 4 our server suggested choosing 6-8 of the bites/small plate/shared plate options. We loved it all but the standouts of the night were the Wok-Tossed Calamari with Szechuan Chili, Cucumber and out of this world lime aioli; the Lobster Saigon Crepes with Nuoc Cham and fresh mint and cilantro (closest thing to Ho Chi Minh City that you'll find in CO!), and the Soup Dumplings with a wonderful onion soup tucked inside. This place lives up to the hype!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The service was adequate but not very attentive. Of the three dishes we had, two were good to quite good and one was okay to poor. The okay to poor dish was salmon and sauteed greens - the salmon tasted a little less fresh than it should have (not good given that it was quite rare), the greens were good, but then the whole thing was covered in a layer of potato chips that did not work well with the dish.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Just Saturday night dinner. Great food, great service.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food but poorly controlled

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fun restaurant with very original food. Waitstaff very attentive and friendly. Felt very welcome.
Thank you for a wonderful evening out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing as always

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

After visiting Cho 77, I was excited to see what ChoLon was about. It definitely seemed pricier so I wanted to be sure to catch happy hour. It wasn't clear that happy hour only takes place in the bar/lounge area but once that was figured out we were seated in the lounge. It was cozy but fine for just two people. The drink I ordered was really interesting and yummy and my partner and I were full after 4 appetizer items on the happy hour menu and a desert. The potstickers and soup dumpings were my absolute favorite. The pork belly buns were pretty good as well and the beef skewers were ok. The doughnuts and homemade coffee ice cream were incredible!
Honestly, not too many things on the main menu sounded too interesting to me so I was more than happy with the happy hour offerings (and their prices). Would come back for happy hour selections again since the food was definitely high quality but not too interested in the full price menu or the prices.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

One of our favorite Denver restaurants. Be sure to order tapas-style. Start with some "small bites" You may like them so much you order more. Then maybe a "small plate" or two. You may never get to the larger plates. The first time we were here we ordered a lot of things at the start and ended up with too much food. The soup dumplings are not to be missed and the glazed sauce for the gyoza is the best we've had anywhere. Great place for going with friends and trying lots of things to share. Beautiful space. Always great service. Can get a little noisy when it fills up, as it always does by 6:30. Won't break your bank, either.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

excellent all around, great food, great service, nice ambiance

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Really great food all the time! I’ve never had a bad meal here.
Service was great, even on a busy New Year’s Eve! We really enjoyed ourselves, the staff made sure of that!

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dumplings good as usual. Venue and atmosphere great - beautiful holiday lighting. Rest so-so.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Second time I have eaten here and the Malaysian Noodles are phenomenal. One of my favorite dishes at any restaurant in Denver.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

A wonderful restaurant that challenges your pre conceptions and allows you to
enjoy a meal in a unique and very delicious way. Undoubtedly, a top restuarant in Denver. Go tonight, go often. This place will not dissappoint. Try the calamari as it is as good or better than this experienced eater has tried in Asia or any of the far bigger US oceanside cities. My sincerest compliments to everyone at ChoLon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is awesome. The soups dumplings, pork buns and the lobster crepe are a must. I’m so sad we don’t live in Denver and can’t come back. It’s a loud restaurant though so don’t go if you want a quiet romantic meal, and you end up very close to the next table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was outstanding. Every dish was delicious. Excellent wine selection, knowledgeable waiter.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good but nothing came out hot. Noodles were cold. Our scallops were forgotten about and came way after the other three dishes. Just a very average experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I was so disappointed in this experience. As a certified Denver foodie, I had heard about ChoLon for the past couple of years but never got there until now. My friend who had been there suggested we tell the server not to bring the food quickly, as this is a small plates, sharing kinda place. Although I asked our server to space out our servings, they arrived to out table before we were done with the previous plate. So plate #2 and #3 waited on the table while we finished #1 and so on. Very frustrating. Food was good, but I’ve had better. Service stinks. Atmosphere is kinda cool for sure. Pricey, which I don’t mind if it’s a top notch experience. One and done for me.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our second visit to ChoLon and we treated our daughter visiting from Oregon. Although she would have been happy with only the Brussels sprouts we all loved the soup dumplings and Waygu beef skewers. The calamari was outstanding. The lamb shank did not fit with the rest of our meal, maybe because it was the last item served and was heavier and larger than our other choices. We all agree that we would not choose it again although it was very tender and tasty. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A good Asian-fusion restaurant with unique food items. Not your standard menu, or your standard decor. We always enjoy our meals here, and usually bring along friends that have never tried it before. A fun lunch or dinner place with a very convenient location when we are in downtown Denver.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Portions on the small side. Our server was awesome with his knowledge of ingredients and took excellent care of a gluten free person in our party.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Interesting take on Asian food. The soup dumplings were outstanding - French Onion Soup in one bite. Winter vegetable salad provided a gingery, fresh contrast to the rich lobster crepe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is a fun trendy, place to eat. The selections are very unique, imaginative, and delicious. It especially appeals to the young, hip crowd in Denver. My only two complaints are the noise level and the fact that this is a pretty expensive place to eat because you select several dishes to share, some of which are quite small yet pretty expensive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Heard very positive things about the restaurants food. Went early XMAS eve prior to the theatre. My wife and I shared and ordered delicious and creative soup dumplings and pork belly appetizers served together. A male host in a blue suit then served an also creative octopus. He served this prior to our completing the appetizers. Clearly we were being rushed and there was no consideration for dining by the restaurants management. We asked for our waiter, who was very nice and attentive. We requested that the meal be slowed down to permit us to enjoy our food. He understood and said he would wait “to fire up” our fourth item, waygu steak. We very much enjoyed the octopus. Shortly after the waiter said he would fire up the steak. Not three minutes later the steak was placed on our table though dining plates were not provided. I asked the waitstaff to take it away. They complied. Within five minutes our waiter reappeared, when we told him how quickly the steak appeared, he was genuinely sympathetic and concerned with our dining experience. About ten minutes later, we agreed to have the steak “fired up”. Two minutes later, the steak was presented; Cold and likely the earlier presented, steak having sat under heating lamps. My wife and I were disgusted. We were eating the cold steak when the waiter appeared to query, “How was the steak?” I did not respond and my wife said, “Okay.” Soon he reappeared, concerned and aware our positive mood had disappeared. We expressed our dissatisfaction. He was very apologetic and volunteered the chef would not want patrons to be rushed or their dining adversely impacted. Soon a manager, Marc, appeared. He apologized to us and assured us the restaurant wanted us to enjoy our meal and not be rushed. He removed the charge for the steak. We did not view his comments as sincere but as a likely repeated presentation. We would not recommend Cholon until it demonstrates a commitment to their patrons dining on wonderfully prepared dishes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our waiter was excellent. He helped us navigate the
unique menu, made excellent suggestions, made food
substitutions for us happen in the kitchen.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was amazing!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

One of my favorite spots in Denver. Great food, great staff (not just one waiter - everyone helps), great atmosphere for a date, casual dining, or night out with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Restaurants come and go. ChoLon has been around for very good reason. I know what to expect when my wife and I dine here. The cuisine is creative and wonderful. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. Expect your time here to meet your expectations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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