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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.5
4.5
4590 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 353-5223

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lon Symensma

  • Private party facilities

    ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver top quality service and a memorable experience. For parties of 10 or more, we ask that you allow us to help create a menu for your group. Please note ChoLon does not have any private dining rooms. Contact our events team via the form below for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (877) 626-5861

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    16th St & Blake St

  • Parking details

    We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 2 hours at dinner.

  • Public transit

    Denver Union Station is two blocks away.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AK

    AshleyK

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is good, but compared to most restaurants in the Denver area, there gluten free options are severely lacking. The noise level is also quite high if you want to enjoy conversation.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We came here for my birthday. We asked what kind of veggies were in the “Jade Green Stir Fry” & decided not to order it because we were told it was bok choy. Clearly, they thought we didn’t know the difference between bok choy and Chinese Broccoli when it was substituted in the Wayu Flatiron steak dish. There’s also a clear difference between rice cake and white rice which was offered when they ran out of rice cake. The steak was chewy. The Malaysian noodle were my favorite, but it was served extremely hot where the entire dish was ruined. Both my friends felt the same and when I told my waiter; his response was the dish has a bit of a kick. He was not rude, but overall the quality of food is not consistent and has drastically gone down like most places after Covid-19.
  4. B

    Brendan

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the Brussel Sprouts that our waiter recommended. Cocktails, ambiance and vibe were enjoyable. I would definitely go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vibe, the food, the whole ambiance is perfect!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    So the dum
  7. KS

    KateS

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The food was very tasty, but the restaurant was not well suited for a business dinner as it was very noisy. They were also understaffed and we only saw our waiter once over a 45 minute timeframe, and no one came by to refill water glasses, which was needed because the food was quite spicy.
  8. K

    Kimberly

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a fun time, and food was excellent! We went with some friends in from Seattle and they were so impressed. Can’t wait to come back!
  9. SO

    SwissOpinion

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I took the Fried Rice as main course. I was surprised by the excessive acidity of the dish due to either too many pickles or to much vinegar. The service was good. On a side note, they charge $1.02 as "service charge" which was introduced during COVID time to help the staff in the kitchen. We can no longer pretend that the restaurants are still impacted by COVID today, it is unfortunate that this restaurant still gleans this money.
  10. BP

    BogdanP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pretty good food - the small bites were generally better than small and large plates we had. Expensive, $30 for four dumplings, for example. Service was slow - 30 minutes between our small bites and the small/large plates being served.
  11. B

    Blush

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    soup dumplings, Brussels sprouts with minced pork, any entree, egg cloud for dessert. By far some of the best food in Denver!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre symphony
  13. LB

    LindseyB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was really great and so were the drinks. The ambiance and lighting is great for groups of a date spot however it’s pretty loud in the restaurant.
  14. N

    Newfoundland

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration and it was perfect
  15. CC

    CatC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overall the food, ambiance, and service were good. I was disappointed that the server brought the check before we asked for it. We most likely would have ordered another drink. We also didn't get the bday candle I had requested on the reservation notes. I got a response from the restaurant confirming the birthday dessert and it still didn't come. I had to approach the server to ask for something to come out, which was obvious to my guest and something I was trying to avoid. The server said she would order something, but it took an additional 25 minutes to come out. My other guest went to find the waiter and ask about the bday candle again stating it had taken awhile, and the server responded to her a bit snarky saying, "yes it does take a while." As we left I, approached the host stand to ask if I had to pay for the dessert. The server came up and said it was on the house. I guess that is what should be expected however considering the mix up and the time it took to receive it. I would have given the review 5 stars had what started as a good experience not end on such a sour note.
  16. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came specifically to try the soup dumplings and they did not disappoint. Looking forward to returning to taste the rest of the menu.
  17. JH

    JimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! Food and service are always excellent.
  18. KS

    KirstenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chef was amazing...very interesting food combinations that were creative and tasted fantastic! Lots of vegetarian appetizers and a wonderful large plate for the vegetarians in our party.
  19. NM

    NicMar10

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Loved the ambiance and the food was Delicious food. The soup dumplings are the best! I definitely recommend!
  20. JS

    JSBd

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was kind of a letdown. Even the soup dumplings, which are usually great, were kind of bland. The salmon was bland too. Potstickers were nothing special. Brussels sprouts were very good but the portion size was bizarrely small. And for the prices - it wasn’t a great value.
  21. R

    Ribc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. We can’t get enough of the French Onion soup dumplings. Thanks!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    La mesera estuvo pendiente al detalle. Buena locación en esquina cerca de unión station. La comida es deliciosa y recomiendo compartir para probar diferentes platos
  23. JL

    JenLH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    There is no contesting the excellence of the menu at Cholon. However, the service from start to finish was sub-par. Our table was not ready for 20 minutes with a confirmed reservation. No apologies, just an expectation to wait. We were told to wait in the bar. We ended up standing in the bar as my son, a minor, was with us, and there were no seats other than at the bar itself. We ended up in the middle of the staff runway and kept being in the way. After standing by the bar for several minutes with no acknowledgment from the bartenders, I asked for a wine menu. I was told to see the host for one (why does the bartender not have a wine menu on hand?). The host was not at the host stand, so there was no wine menu to be found until the bartender felt guilty(?) and went to grab one. Once seated, it took another 10 minutes to be approached by our lackluster and uninterested server. We asked our server for guidance on menu items; she delivered a rote unenticing, and unhelpful response. Our ordered items were delivered by food runners who we could not hear over the dining room din. We enjoyed the food. After waiting 20 minutes to be cashed out as the server left our credit card unnoticed, we left, and we walked directly by the manager (?) and our server. Neither one acknowledged our departure. No "thank you" or "have a good night." We will not be back to Cholon any time soon due to our service experience.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on January 6, 2023Hi there Jen, Thank you for your review. We’re sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience, but we really appreciate you bringing your experience attention. We are constantly looking for areas of improvement, so we do take your feedback very seriously. Please check your inbox for a private message with the contact information of our General Manager so your visit can be further addressed directly. Thanks, ChoLon (Downtown)

  24. CH

    CarlH

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding! Perfect for dinner before Nuggets or Avs games!
  25. SC

    SeniorCounsel

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Music too loud and pulsing.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. The noise level is way to high for enjoyable conversation.
  27. DF

    DanaF

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We went on New Year’s Eve. The food was outstanding. But the noise level was close to intolerable. We and the table next to us asked to lower the music volume, which they did. And then by the time our dinner arrived, the music level had been turned back up so that you struggled to communicate with your dining partner.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The dining room was so dark it was impossible to read the menu. The Unix was so loud I could not talk to t dining partner. Several other tables had same issue. We asked to turn down music which they did (only minimally) but a half hour later turned it back up. Food came out lukewarm. Overall unpleasant dining experience and I would not return
  29. JC

    JayC

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was good; however, the service was lacking. We watched the other couple eat dinner and then our dinner was served. We were told, by the waiter that the food was made to share, family style. The portions were really small. Either we were ripped off and they served small plates and charged us for large plates, or the waiter was incorrect. Overall, not a good experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    So good. The new soup dumplings are on point and I loves the salmon ribbons plate. We also always get the waygu sliders!
  31. DH

    DawnH

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    My daughters and I were very excited to eat here & heard wonderful reviews but we very disappointed. Maybe it was just a one time thing but we were not impressed at all. Our server was unfriendly and not attentive. It was not crowded at all because our reservation was at 2:00 pm so maybe she was just having a bad day? The dumplings were good but not amazing, the Korean Chicken sliders were good but there wasn't much chicken, and the miso glazed salmon was very fishy. My dad is in the seafood business so I definitely know good seafood and that salmon was barely edible. The best thing we had was the stir fry which was maybe an 8 out of 10. I guess we just expected more. I never write bad reviews but I'm hoping if someone from ChoLan reads this, they will try to make the food just as good at 2:00 pm as they do at 8:00 pm.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall it was a good experience, but I found the food to be underwhelming. My expectations were very high so that could have been why. The service was fantastic but overall I was disappointed with the food
  33. AS

    AynS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    The food, service and visual ambience were all great. But the experience was really affected by the overly loud and bizarre dance music that made it impossible for our party of 5 to hear each other
  34. PS

    PaulS

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    As always, the bao buns, Brussels, onion soup dumplings and toast were very good. The salmon was delish! Our only complaint is that the steak, and the steak in the Brussels, was tough. The music was very loud; makes for an energetic vibe but makes it difficult to hear others.
  35. CP

    CarolP

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is served family style, and our server recommended just the right amount of food for the four of us. Every dish was delicious, and our water glasses were always refreshed. Great place!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, one of the best of Downtown Denver totally. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion my family and i like it a lot.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Christmas Eve dinner
  38. YG

    YolandaG

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Love just about everything on the menu, two of my favorites are the Wagyu Beef Skewers and Stir Fried Malaysian Noodles. Yummy
  39. AR

    ARDo

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The food here was good--nothing cutting edge but we enjoyed most dishes. Highlight was pork belly bao and lowlight was calamari and an overly sweet cocktail. Our waitress was inattentive and not exactly sociable. The thing that was most disappointing, however, was the music. We ate at 5 PM and the restaurant was full of families (children, grandparents, etc.) but for some reason, they were blasting club music. We could not wait to get out of there.
  40. s

    sleeds11

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, excellent, as always. If anything…. It was my wife’s birthday, as noted. The maitri d even mentioned it upon seating and yet, nothing at the table. Granted, I did t pay for anything extra, I just thought… The food was excellent and interesting. The scallion pancake was the least favorite (little scallion flavor, lots of dough). The French soup dumplings, usually burning hot, could have used a little more heat. The crispy calamari was amazing as were the bao buns. We’ll be back. Just trying to present some actionable items. 😊🙏🏻

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown using the Order Online button. ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 353-5223.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 4590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

1555 Blake Street, Suite 101, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th St & Blake St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We validate parking in the Sugar Cube garage below our restaurant for 2 hours at dinner.

  • Public transit

    Denver Union Station is two blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lon Symensma

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 353-5223

  • Private party facilities

    ChoLon’s professional staff will deliver top quality service and a memorable experience. For parties of 10 or more, we ask that you allow us to help create a menu for your group. Please note ChoLon does not have any private dining rooms. Contact our events team via the form below for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (877) 626-5861

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