ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

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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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JennyColorado
Denver
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks as always! One of our favorites, will be back!

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WendyM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Customer Service, overall, was very poor. Whether they were short staffed or inexperienced there is no way that a restaurant that is supposed to be rated this high should be treating customers like they're just eager to move them in and out. There was no regard to the dining experience whatsoever, and most of the dishes were over-salted. The chicken sliders and the spiced donuts were quite good, but the lack of customer service and experience left me feeling like it would have been better to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday at Ace, who's food is far superior, and staff much friendlier.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Wendy, Thank you for giving ChoLon Downtown a try. While I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the sliders and our signature doughnuts, I am very sorry to hear you were unimpressed by the overall experience and you felt service was lacking. This is certainly not the kind of review we typically get and would love a chance to find out more information in order to improve upon this experience. Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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KelceyK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible evening. Our server Phillip was amazing at selling the food and describing it in a way to make your mouth water. His service was impeccable. The food was so unique and every bite was beyond delicious. I will dream about the French onion soup dumplings as well as the kaya toast. Great ambiance inside as well.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Kelcey, Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the experience, especially the dumplings and Kaya Toast, and that Phil took great care of your group. I will certainly pass along your accolades to both Phillip & the chef team. Hope to see you in again soon! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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AmiraJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cholon is always an amazing dining experience. Fantastic food and ambiance. We are never disappointed.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Amira - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! Awesome to hear you enjoyed the experience, and that we've continued to provide a great experience for you. We hope to see you in again sometime soon! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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Cbay
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Denver. Came here and was thoroughly impressed.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Cbay - Thanks for giving ChoLon a try on your recent trip to Denver! I hope you enjoyed your trip and it's great to hear that you left impressed by the meal and overall experience. Hope to see you in again next time you visit; our menu does change seasonally! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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RochelleM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Go to try the infamous soup dumplings but stay for the Crispy Korean chicken sliders. They are the unsung hero of the menu. Scallion pancakes are excellent as well.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Rochelle, Thanks for dining with us at ChoLon! So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience, especially the sliders and dumplings! The scallion pancakes are a personal favorite of mine as well. :) Hope to see you in again sometime soon so we can earn that coveted fifth star! Best, Savanna Ronco CRC

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. We ordered 5 starters and 2 main meals for 4 people to share...perfect amount of food. A bit put off by the waiter bringing the check without asking if we wanted dessert, which we did. Asked him about ordering dessert and he said that we had a 2-hour table limit (which I did know about), but we’d only been there 1.5 hours. He walked away to try to find out if we still had time to order. It took him almost 10 minutes to get back to us. We eventually did order dessert (excellent donuts), but by then we felt even more rushed and ended what started out as a great evening as an OK evening.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi there - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the overall meal, but I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed by the end of the meal. Though COVID has caused us to be a bit stricter on our turn times (each table is reserved for one hour and thirty minutes), we always hope to communicate that to the guest at the beginning of the meal, so we can be sure to pace everything correctly so as to not make the meal feel rushed. I apologize for the miscommunication.

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vipSharona
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 5th time back to Cholon and it never disappoints. We had a fabulous dinner with small and medium plates for 4 of us. The onion soup dumplings are still my favorite thing on the menu. The waiter was great and had wonderful suggestions which we followed. Drinks were excellent. Can't wait to go back. We ate inside and felt very safe related to social distancing and cleanliness of the restaurant.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi Sharon - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your meal, especially the dumplings, and that your server took great care of you. Also very happy to hear that you felt safe with our COVID protocols - that is a great compliment in these trying times! We can't wait to see you back in again soon!

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Austin
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! My favorite restaurant in Denver b

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you for coming in, Austin! Hope to see you in again soon. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered one of each of the small plates to share, and given that we were a party of three, our server automatically adjusted 2-item plates to 3.
The food was elevated Asian fusion with nice cocktail pairings.
The service was fun and highly professional.
I would definitely come again, and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you for coming in! Happy to hear you enjoyed your small plates and cocktails, and that our service team took great care of you. We hope to see you in again soon!

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SymoneT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the perfect birthday dinner at this restaurant! The decor, the ambiance, service, and the food were all outstanding.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi Symone - Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us at ChoLon! So happy you enjoyed the meal and that our service team took great care of you. We'll hope to see you in again sometime soon!

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vipCOdiner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sorry to say the soup dumplings have gone downhill. The dumplings were too thick and the soup did not have as much flavor.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi there COdiner - I'm very sorry to hear you were disappointed with the soup dumplings on your recent trip to ChoLon. I'll be sure to pass your observations along to Chef Lon and the team so they can insure every batch of dumplings is up to our standards moving forward. We do hope you'll give us another chance to impress you in the future.

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AT123
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because the restaurant is only allowed to have up to 50% capacity, it was quieter than usual. When we've been there, pre-COVID, and it was packed, it was loud and difficult to talk to people across the table. So, it was nice, this time.

Food is always great. Service is always terrific. Yes, it's more expensive than other restaurants, but it's worth it to us, for the dining experience.

One negative, though, the hostess was in blue jeans and white sneakers/tennis shoes. It seemed under-dressed to us, when the rest of the staff was dressed in all black.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi there AT123 - Thank you for coming in. Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and that our service team took great care of you. Hope to see you in again soon!

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ChristinaA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could live off the soup dumplings and Korean fried chicken sandwiches!!!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thanks for coming in, Christina! So happy to hear you enjoyed the meal, especially the dumplings and sliders. Hope to see you in again soon!

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vipKimC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Everything from the food, drinks, service, and ambience was fantastic!

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DonaldE
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Lame
They kick us out after 45 minutes
Never go back to that location again

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vipLESV
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholon’s food is always consistently good. Great to share dishes.
Nice ambiance, beautiful decor and very spacious and clean inside.

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vipGreat
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and flavors never disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always.

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Luis
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience. Will definitely be back and try other delicious dishes. Great wine selection and the restaurant felt clean and spacious.

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BennettP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here for lunch in August 2019. This time I had Kava toast with egg cloud(unusual flavors) and the Korean hot chicken sliders( just the right amount of heat). I then had the chicken entree with Colorado peaches and a scallion pancake. I drank a Tamarind Fizz and a peach cocktail, then a french riesling. I got a 1/2 order of spiced donuts with Vietnamese coffee ice cream. A very satisfying meal.

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RachJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholon always has wonderful service and consistently delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

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CourtneyG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been to ChoLon since March and I was reminded of why it is my favorite restaurant in Denver! Excellent service and food, complete with a surprise for my birthday. So glad it's open!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 16, 2020

Hi Courtney - Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us at ChoLon! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the experience and that our service team took great care of you. We hope to see you in again soon!

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NickF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing and the server was very helpful and accomodating with our shellfish allergy. Drinks were very slow from the bar but overall a great night out!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi Nick - Thank you for your review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and that our service team took good care of you, especially in regards to the allergy. I'll pass along your observation on the drinks taking a while to our management so we can address those issues moving forward. Hope you'll dine with us again soon!

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RyanK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great as always, but the restaurant is starting to feel slightly dated. Cocktails could be improved greatly.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi Ryan - Thank you for coming in! Happy to hear you enjoyed the food and that service was good. We'd love to find out more about which cocktails you tried and how you feel they could be improved upon. A few of our cocktails are signatures (such as the Old Saigon and Zen Master) but we do also have some rotating seasonal cocktails. Any additional information is appreciated! We hope to see you in again soon.

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MandyC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors of every dish was exceptional! Duncan, our server, was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for something different and a fun evening out.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi Mandy - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and that Duncan took great care of your group. We hope to see you in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with exciting flavors and surprises. The service was excellent as well. Highly recommend!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi there - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! It's great to hear you enjoyed your meal and that our service team took good care of your group. We'll hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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LaurenP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Everything we tried was amazing and the service was great. We were celebrating an anniversary and am so happy we tried this place. Highly recommend, we’ll be back!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi Lauren - Thank you for choosing ChoLon to celebrate your anniversary! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food, service & overall atmosphere. We'll hope to see you in again soon!

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KarenT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Always impressed by the food and the knowledge of the entire staff.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 5, 2020

Hi Karen - Thanks for dining with us at ChoLon! So happy to hear you enjoyed the food & that our service team took great take of you. Hope to continue seeing you in often!

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shawnm
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every. Single. Bite. Was incredible!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 5, 2020

Hi Shawn - Thank. You. So. Much. :) So happy to hear you enjoyed the experience! We hope to see you in again soon.

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AndyK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend had been wanting to try Cholon for quite some time now. We recently decided it is safe to eat out on a limited basis, so headed there this past Saturday evening. They did not disappoint. We decided to try several of the small plates, the soup dumplings being the one we enjoyed most. Never had anything like it before and they were wonderful. The chicken wantons were excellent, with just the right amount of heat. The Korean hot fried chicken sliders were awesome. We also tried the pork belly buns and the Wagyu skewers, they were okay, but did not reach the same level as the rest. Bottom line, we will be back, and may just have several orders of the soup dumplings, they were that good.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 5, 2020

Hi Andy - Thank you so much for giving ChoLon a try! It's great to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your meal, especially the dumplings! We hope to see you guys in again sometime soon. :)

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Qmarsha
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy to be out and about and revisiting favorite dining places.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 5, 2020

Hi there! We're so happy to have you out to dine with us. We hope to see you in again soon. :)

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Cherbear
Springfield
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved loved the food, our server was good, very friendly, very knowledgeable about the menu. We were just sharing small plates and was told to order everything at once and that he would space out the order. Shortly after before we even received our drinks all of our food came at once. The food was fantastic but we felt a bit rushed!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 29, 2020

Hi Cherbear - Thank you for dining with us at ChoLon! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food and that your server took great care of you. I'll certainly pass along your notes on coursing to our management team. We hope to see you in again soon!

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DouglasS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food. Very cool place. The French Onion Soup Dumplings and the Wagyu Beef Skewers were a whole different level of delicious

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks for giving us a try, Douglas! It's great to hear you enjoyed the dumplings, skewers and the experience as a whole. Can't wait to have you in again soon. :)

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing dinner! Portions a little small to be considered family style but overall incredible!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks for dining with us, Olivia! It's great to hear you enjoyed the experience. We typically describe ourselves as a "shared concept", versus family style. We'll be sure to coach our staff & management team to set the correct expectation with guests. We do hope to see you in again sometime soon!

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JeanWors
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place for date night! We love coming here for the amazing food and soup dumplings of course!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thank you for celebrating date night with us at ChoLon! We hope to see you in again soon. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food! Fun for couples or groups since it’s shared plates.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks for coming in! It's great to hear you enjoyed sharing our dishes. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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JRTar
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try in Denver!! The food is to die for & all of the staff are so friendly and accomodating. Went with a group of friends and our waiter, Duncan, was amazing. He recommended all of our dishes and they were all so delicious! It's a great atmosphere and they did an excellent job keeping everyone socially distanced & safe. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks for dining with us at ChoLon! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal with friends and that Duncan took great care of you. We hope to see you all in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food, good drinks, decent service. What else do you want???

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on August 20, 2020

Thanks for coming in! We hope to see you in again soon. :)

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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 353-5223.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 3893 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.