ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.6
4169 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 complement 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.
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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Charly
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my new favorite restaurants in Denver. Get the French Onion Soup dumplings holy smokes

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Nerf
Denver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints. Must haves are French Onion Soup Dumplings and the Kaya Toast. The new General Cho dumplings were also pretty great. Awesome date night with my wife.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you Nerf! We are excited to hear you loved our newest dumplings, we think they are great as well! We hope to see you and your wife back again soon!

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vipMarg
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I probably haven't been to ChoLon in 10 years, but I won't let 10 years go by again. It was awesome!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you Marg! We are glad you made it back and enjoyed yourself! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipNicoleW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, spectacular service!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you NicoleW! It is always nice to hear our guests enjoyed themselves! We look forward to serving you again!

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BrandonF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors. Great service.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you for the kind words BrandonF! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and hope to see you again soon!

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ArielH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholon is one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. They always deliver amazing food and a great experience.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you ArielH! We are so glad you consider us a favorite! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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PatriciaC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the main course did not come at the same time but the food was amazing.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you PatriciaC! We are glad you enjoyed the food! Since we are a family style restaurant with multiple kitchen stations, we do send food out as soon as it is ready so it can be enjoyed at the standards of our chefs. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipLori
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love their happy hour and apparently we weren't the only ones. Very busy which was wonderful to see. Our favorites were the pork belly bao buns and the French onion soup dumplings. The chicken soup dumplings were much too salty. The fries were delicious. Pappadum was very good. Pork potstickers were good but I didn't love the ginger mustard sauce. We tried the butternut squash crystal purses which the tables around us rated as their favorite. Good, but still think the pork belly and French onion soup dumplings were the winners. Also tried the Korean chicken slider which was a pretty generous portion. YUM!!!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Lori! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and the food! We hope to serve you again soon!

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AndyL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were having a family dinner. We had several dietary issues but the menu at Cholon accommodated everyone . Our waiter was wonderful and attentive. He made great suggestions. Everything was delicious. We were not rushed and we had a delightful evening.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much AndyL! We are glad you had such an enjoyable experience with us and felt accommodated with the restrictions of your party! We hope to see you again soon!

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samh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had two small plates and two regular plate for two people. Left full and happy.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you samh! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and left feeling great! We hope to have you dine with us again soon!

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StephanieP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! Food and service were excellent! We ordered several dishes and shared. They were all terrific! Our food server was knowledgeable and helpful with our questions about the menu.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you StephanieP! We are pleased to hear your experience was delightful and hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 23, 2021

We are glad you were able to celebrate with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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ChelseaR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting after always telling people how much I wanted to go and referring it as a great spot to friends I finally had time to stop in! Visited before a show at red rocks to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and the service was great but the spotlight belongs to the heart of the house- the kitchen crew. Much love, much respect. Keep slaying every day. Didn’t get the chance to try the crab purses so I’ll be stopping in yumcha to give them a try. Thanks guys!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you ChelseaR! We are glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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JamesS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were impeccable. Ambiance was perfect. Complimentary staff were warm and accommodating. If you are cold natured ask to be seated away from the windows.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for JamesS! We appreciate your kinds words and hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience. Food was soooo good.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 19, 2021

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We hope you join us again soon!

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AynF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cholon is memorable. Everytime I go there and introduce someone - we must have the onion soup dumplings and the brussle sprouts. I also love the Tamarind Fizz. It is a delicious and fun drink - even without alcohol.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for being a loyal guest and introducing new people to our restaurant! We too love the soup dumplings and brussel sprouts! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipMariaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent except it's a bit noisy and it was hard to carry on a conversation.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you MariaP! We are glad to hear you thought the overall experience was excellent! We do have quite the energetic environment but appreciate the feedback!

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Brett
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was only fine. None of the food was amazing and the crepes were soggy and crumbly. Very loud, harsh lighting near the kitchen. Asked to change tables immediately after being seated and were moved one table over. Nothing was horrible but nothing was particularly good either. Scaled for the price, the whole experience was quite poor.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Brett. We are upset to hear your dining experience was less than our standards. We would love the opportunity to host you again and provide you with exceptional food and service in the future.

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vipAnaCVentilari
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a little upset when the receptionist offered us a place at the bar because it seemed to me that she was saving a table for somebody else.
The restaurant was a little noisy, since there’s was a big table nearby celebrating a birthday.
The French onions soup was delicious as always.
I ordered the shrimp crepe and my boyfriend ordered the miso glazed salmon. It was strange when his salmon arrived and just when he finished the salmon my plate arrived. It was a huge problem, since we have tickets for the Opera and I didn’t have time for desert.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for your feedback AnaCVentilari! We are sorry your experience was not up to the standards we hold. Since we are a family style restaurant, all dishes are served as soon as they are completed and we have several different stations preparing certain food. We hope to have you visit our restaurant again and can better detail the menu items and provide you with exceptional service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waitress was rude, and unprofessional. Food was burnt, and underseasoned. Totally overrated place. I would not recommend it to anyone

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We are very disappointed to hear of your dining experience being less than our standards. This is not how we intend our service and we would like to learn more so that we can train our staff better. If you know the name the reservation was under we can learn more of the details and provide better training moving forward.

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JenH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience- something different than just a dinner. Family style with recommendations from the staff!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you so much JenH! We are pleased you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you back soon!

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MJohn
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dumplings!! Soooo delicious! Next time I may just get 3 orders for 9 perfect bites of food.

Alex was great as our server. Very knowledgeable.

Please start going out for lunch again. Sad to see this amazing restaurant less than half full.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you MJohn! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and Alex as your server! We hope to see you again soon!

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LeslieM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Came to this place Bc of the rave reviews on the soup dumplings, which were really amazing. The fear of the Menu was mediocre. However the thing that turned us off most was the horrible service. Was seated in an near empty restaurant and watched at Lear a dozen staff standing around not one came to serve us. Saw others seated after and had food before us. Finally someone came over after 30 minutes and after we called for their attention. Would not return.

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KD13
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this shareable experience! Delicious food!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you KD13! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to hosting you again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for a date night- they sat us in the bar. We asked to sit in the dining room…tables almost touching you’re so close to other people. So incredibly loud. We were there for just under 2 hours and hadn’t received our small bites yet. 2 drinks and we ended up cancelling our order because the service and atmosphere were so terrible

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ChristinaB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. They were absolutely jammed on a Saturday night, so the slow service and the noise level were sort of understandable. Would recommend going on a slower night for a more relaxed experience.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you ChristinaB! We appreciate your feedback about the busy night but are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at the same time! We hope to see you again very soon!

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gourmandabc
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent for date night. Attentive and friendly service, great wine by the glass, Wagyu bites were astonishing. Original. Great main course. Dessert was ok.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you gourmandabc! We appreciate the feedback and are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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JohnF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good experience. Staff was great and helpful. Food was very excellent, but portion sizes could be bigger!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback JohnF! We are glad you enjoyed yourselves. We appreciate the portion size suggestion as this always helps us to better the experience of our guests moving forward. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. We had the Kiyu toast, French Onion Dumplings, Stir fry noodles & the Wagyu steak. Phenomenal!! Keep in mind all plates are “family style” meaning they’re meant to share. You’ll probably need reservations on most nights due to its popularity.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are glad to hear you had such a great dining experience! We hope to serve you again soon!

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, unique dishes. Loved everything we tried. Great service. Can't wait to go back!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you AmyV! We are pleased to hear you loved your visit with us! We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipCephaler
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found ChoLon via a top 10 list by Eater and felt lucky to get a last minute reservation. Our server Joe was fantastic! I made sure to let his manager know. We started with a round of drinks and a bottle of sake Joe helped us select for the table. Joe helped guide us to the right amount of shareable dishes as to not go overboard. The General Cho’s soup dumplings are an experience and worth it. The Waugh beef skewers are a great way to get a bite without overspending. The salmon crudo was by far our favorite plate. Skip the Malaysian noodles and spare ribs in favor of more crudo and Brussel sprouts. We definitely recommend this spot for a fun night out.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you Cephaler! We appreciate your kind words and are pleased to hear you had such a wonderful dining experience with us! Joe is great and we will make sure he hears your praise! We hope to host you again soon!

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Lulu
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Definitely get a reservation in advance!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you Lulu! We are glad you had a great experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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VailH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

ChoLon has been one of my favorite restaurants in Denver for the past 5+ years. You can't go wrong with their soup dumplings!!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you for being such a loyal guest VailH! We too love the soup dumplings! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NicholasD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world delicious and the service was amazing.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you NicholasD! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to serve you again soon!

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RussellW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good service and great menu, a definite stop in downtown Denver

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you RussellW! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon!

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PatriciaW
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Creative food presentation. Delicious meal. Thank you!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you PatriciaW! We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to serving you again!

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IsiM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all very delicious. The dumplings were perfect and tasty!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you so much IsiM! We too love the dumplings! We are glad you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to serving you again in the future!

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marcallen
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am very picky and seldom write glowing reviews. However, ChoLon was a gem. It is expensive, but the service and the food are worth it. Save your pennies and go. You will not regret it.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank marcallen! We appreciate you taking the time to write kind words about our restaurant and your experience here! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Can't find any more flavor than at Cholon - always a treat & they play great music too!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 30, 2021

Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed yourself and hope to serve you again soon!

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vipChristopher
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Chef Lon's inventive and flavorful cuisine. I think that Guy Fieri would too!

It has been several years since we visited. The Gen Tso soup dumplings are amazing.
The wagyu beef on skewers was epic.

I tried the chargrilled half chicken which was great. My wife had Stir-Fried Malaysian noodles with shrimp, egg, and bean sprouts. Our caramelized milk chocolate pudding dessert with passion fruit, chocolate house cake, and toasted sesame was to die four.

My only complaint is the romantic lighting. I had a lot of difficulties reading the menus. Please consider turning up the dimmers!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 30, 2021

Thank you Christopher for your kinds words! We are pleased to hear you had such a great experience while dining with us! We always appreciate such fantastic feedback from our guests and we hope to welcome you back again soon!

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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 4169 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.