ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.7
4215 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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  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Staff temperature check required
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kinoglaz
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cholon was a treat. I haven't been there in a few years, but the French Onion soup dumplings are still pretty great. I was surprised that I liked the General Tso's soup dumplings even better. The shrimp crepes were tasty but hard to keep together. Our server was excellent, and the space wasn't as loud as I'd remembered.

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GoLeviDenver
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very slow service in receiving drink orders

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Alexandra
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This restaurant is pretty typical of the downtown scene. Restaurants tend to be trendy, over priced, and generally underwhelming.

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vipcdechillo
Denver
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was lovely to be back at the Denver Icon having taken a break during early COVID. The interior design updates are well executed and the favorites (egg cloud and brussel sprouts) were like reconnecting with an old friend.

The Wagyu Beef Skewers were a new experience for us and not to be missed!

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MargaretI
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The overall vibe of the restaurant is energetic and cheerful. I made the mistake of making reservations for the counter which we typically like in restaurants because we like watching the chefs. However, when we first sat down one of the prep guys was yelling information to the chefs so loudly we couldn't talk. Scooting down until I was crowding the man next to me helped a bit. Apparently someone spoke to the "shouter" because the he calmed down after about 20 minutes. The food and service were fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent….well, everything, really.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef’s tasting menu and everything was phenomenal! The service was top notch as well. Definitely a must visit.

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CherylG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC-my all time favorite restaurant EVER!!!

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Taylor
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I had very high hopes for ChoLon after hearing great reviews. Unfortunately I was left seriously disappointed. The service was so slow. We were seated at 7:00 and didn’t leave until 9:30. In that time we frequently waited 15-30+ minutes for our waiter to be able to order.

The butternut squash dumplings arrived cold, making the dough so chewy. The scallion pancake was just thick dough with no flavor and we ended up not eating it. The French onion soup dumpling tasted exactly like French onion soup (which is the point), but I found them salty and chewy and couldn’t finish. We also did the bao buns which were good, mainly saved by the sauce. My partner was thrilled with his chicken dumplings, so those saved him meal.

It was also extremely loud. We were sitting next to a table of six that yelled the entire time. Maybe it’s quieter in the rest of the restaurant.

But after $170 for one solid menu item, we sadly won’t be coming back. Especially as a vegetarian/vegan, the menu presented limited and disappointing options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for our anniversary and had a lovely time. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. You are encouraged to order as a table and share, which we usually do anyway :). We started with the sake flight, followed by french onion soup dumplings, scallion pancake, and sizzling savory crepes. We have had soup dumplings before, so these were good, but not exceptional in our opinion. If you haven't had soup dumplings before they are definitely worth trying. The scallion pancake was lightly crispy and I enjoyed the sauce served with it. The crepes had lovely pickled carrots served with it and fresh mint and cilantro that brightened the dish. I found the crepe itself to be a little too mushroom-forward for my taste, but we liked the dish overall and the presentation was fun. For me the highlight was the 5-spice donuts with coffee ice cream that we had for dessert. The donuts were perfectly fluffy and fresh.

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craign
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at ChoLon. Love those French onion soup dumplings.

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AlanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed the food very much. The starters were the perfect size to share for two. We would certainly go again and try some of the other menu items.

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Dana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our third time and Cho Lon and we love it every time. The food is so good and definitely worth the price tag. I think our server was new and maybe a little overwhelmed, but he did a great job!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words Dana! We are glad that you have enjoyed yourselves and continue to visit our restaurant! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good. Compared to Xiaolongbao I’ve had in Asia, the dumpling dough was a bit thicker than I’m used too

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AnneB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience and beautiful restaurant!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much AnneB! We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you again soon!

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Joshul
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

had a few cocktails and apps
The tofu bun and scallion pancake were both overpriced and mediocre quality.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Joshul. We always appreciate our guest reviews so that we may always be improving ourselves! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again!

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to ChoLon, we are incredibly impressed with every element of the dining experience.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your kind words MikeB! We are pleased to hear your expectations are met each time you dine with us! We hope to serve you again soon!

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BerlynD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing, the soup dumplings were so unique and tastey. The star of the dinner was the coconut jam egg cloud dish. I have never tasted something like this dish before and it was an experience, I highly suggest you order it.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you BerlynD! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us! We too love the Kaya Toast and Egg Cloud and soup dumplings! We hope to see you back soon!

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ColinT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I’d heard a lot of good things about Cho Lon and was excited to try their brand of fusion. Food was just ok. The French onion soup dumplings, which we were most excited for, were a tad underwhelming, and at $14 for only four a tad overpriced. The scallion pancakes were delicious. Pork short ribs were cooked beautifully. Server was attentive and knowledgeable.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback ColinT! We are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy the soup dumplings as much as you expected to. It is nice to hear that your server took great care of you during your dining experience and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future!

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KatjaC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, but very loud so be prepared for high noise level.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback KatjaC! We do have a lively restaurant! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and we hope to serve you again very soon!

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JenF
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience2

ChoLon is not typically quiet, but we enjoyed a much less noisy dinner due to a snowstorm and 12 degree weather resulting in a half empty dining room. (But please fix the entry - the door doesn’t close on its own, so it was left wide open most every time someone arrived/departed forcing the bartender, waitstaff, hostess or manager to drop what they are doing to pull it closed.) We have been coming for years and appreciate the additional vegetarian options our last few visits, but it would be great to have more. It would also be so helpful if major allergens (soy, dairy, gluten, egg, nuts, etc) are listed on the menu. And please turn the lights back up to a reasonable level. Most of the tables are in the dark, only the few larger rounds with their own pendants are appropriately lit. If you have to sit by the kitchen (like our last visit) it’s glaringly bright on one side and in the shadows on the other :(

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on January 5, 2022

Thank you for your feedback JenF. We are glad that you continue to visit us and appreciate the vegetarian options recently added. We do typically have an intimate dining room lighting however I did notice the night you dined with us seemed a little darker than usual. The front door is something that we are addressing as well, thank you for bringing this to our attention! We hope to see you back again soon and Happy New Year!

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PaulN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Cholon at least a dozen times and have had pretty much everything on their menu (I should note I am vegetarian) that does not contain meat. Everything is absolutely delicious. The "Kaya Toast" is the most delicious thing I have ever had in my life. But everything vegetarian on the menu is delicious. Every dish has its own distinct flavor profile. Appetizers come out "family style" so everyone can have a piece. Excellent service in a vibrant setting makes every meal a treat for the senses at Cholon.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you so much for your great feedback! We love hearing that our guests enjoy themselves! The menu is something our chefs are proud of! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LC5280
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Perfect for a bigger group as it's all served family style. Order a bunch of dishes and have at it. Try everything! Service was wonderful.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed you dining experience and we hope to serve you again soon!

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RebeccaS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was all amazing, the service was outstanding. We can’t wait to return!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 30, 2021

Thank you RebeccaS! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to serving you again!

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RituG
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food priced a little on the high side. Enjoyed dinner a lot

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 30, 2021

Thank you RituG! We are glad you enjoyed your dinner and we hope that you will return!

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jacobb
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The service was good and our server took care of us. However, the kitchen was very far behind and our food came out staggered.
The food was good but was not worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dinner we have had. We are frequent dinners and tonight was superb !!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 21, 2021

Awesome to have you return! We do our best, and whenever we hear of a successful dining experience we are overwhelmed. Thank you for visiting us, and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Halleb
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

I’ve never reviewed a restaurant poorly before. The food was inedible. I had the Salmon Crudo was so salty it tasted like I was eating from Salt shaker. After 3 bites, I quit. Our kid’s noodle bowl was so smoky flavored he barely ate any of it. When we first arrived the hostess showed us a table by the back near the kitchen. The restaurant was completely on empty as it was 5 PM. I asked if we could move to one table slightly further from the kitchen and the Hostess was unfriendly and said she could not make any changes as they were fully booked. I pointed
out that there was no one there at the time but she stormed off. We used to love this restaurant. Won’t be back

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Montanefoodie
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food very unique and tasty, but a bit pricy. Crazy loud with restaurant only half-full. Not the place for intimate dinner.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you Montanefoodie! We appreciate all feedback about our restaurant and our food! We do have a very lively ambience that we feel fits well with our style of service. We have re-opened for lunch Wednesday-Friday so we would love to see you in for lunch one day!

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vipToddP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Everything was good but nothing was great. And we tried 6 different things

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you for your feedback ToddP. We take all feedback into consideration so we may better ourselves moving forward. We hope to have the chance to serve you again and provide you with the exceptional service standards we hold ourselves to.

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GordonH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. Every dish was spot on. Our group really liked the dumplings. The service overall was very good. We will be back.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

Gordon, Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself recently! Always excited to hear that the food and service turned out exceptionally. We look forward to your return, but until then please take care!

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vipBartonD
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This place is pretty amazing. It’s a kind of place that makes eating so much fun, as the chefs really know the chemistry behind what flavors go together and what types of foods to pair. Everything was extremely tasty, especially the small plates. The pork buns were amazing and were probably my highlight, but the French onion soup dumplings were about the most unique thing I’ve had in a few years.

Service was fantastic, attentive and fun but not overbearing.

Wine list was very good with some salad options by the glass. Cocktails were excellent, my brother-in-law had the Vietnamese old-fashioned and I had a drink with vodka, lemon grass, kefir lime, and grapefruit juice. Excellent.

Overall a fantastic place.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

Barton, We may need you to come write all of our descriptions for the menu because this is great to hear! Super, super excited to hear of your experience. Really makes us feel like what we do is worth it when people such as yourself enjoy the product we put out. Nothing beats a satisfied customer. We hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and please take care.

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YvonneF
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food! Worst service we’ve had in a very long time. It’s hard to really enjoy the full experience when your server has no desire to be in her chosen job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon!

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KaTt
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Denver!!
Always look forward to going.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

KaTt, We agree. We strive to be at our best, and its great to see what are doing that! We look forward to seeing you again, sooner rather than later hopefully, but until then please take care and have a wonderful week!

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AvriT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really unique menu items with a great variety to select from. We had the General Cho’s soup dumplings, Thai Brussel sprouts and the pork spare ribs. To top it off we finished with delicious spiced donuts!
Great atmosphere and definitely worth checking out.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

Avri, Wow, you literally chose all of our favorites (don't tell the rest of the menu)! The soup dumplings are a must, but nothing can beat those Brussel sprouts! Super excited to hear of your experience. We hope you will be back in the future, but until then please take care and have a wonderful week ahead!

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alifoodie
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Had a team dinner here and everyone was in love with ChoLan! We all especially loved the soup dumplings! They are a must on the menu. Highly recommend!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

Alifoodie, So glad you and the team had such a wonderful time! Always excited to hear of new experiences! We hope you and the team return, but until then please have a wonderful week ahead and take care.

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vipzeus
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious food but the best part was the excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I remembered a wonderful meal here years ago and brought my partner and his parents for dinner before a show. Everything was exceptional, kaya toast and soup dumplings are not to be missed!! Looking forward to our next visit.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to serve you again soon!

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Matt
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled across this place on accident over the summer and the French onion dumplings were so good we came back this December. Everything was as good as it was before if not better! Food was incredible, service was great! Will be back again.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on December 13, 2021

Matt, So, so glad you returned! We were waiting patiently, and it seems we did enough to pull you right back in! We agree, everything really is that good! Super excited to hear of your return. We hope to see you once more in the future, but until then please take care and have a wonderful week!

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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 4215 OpenTable diners.

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