ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.6
4126 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! A little loud, but overall a great time!

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vipBennettP
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I was here last fall with restaurants at 50% capacity. This time they were fully opened and noisy. I sat at a window next to 16th Street mall and had sufficent light to see menu and my food selections. But I noticed that if you sat farther into the room it got much darker. The QR code for food selections did not match the food stained menu. I told my server, Anna V. I had their prosecco spritz and a Tamarind Fizz. The fizz tasted like no Tamarind was present or very diluted. I had a small plate of potstickers with a great ginger sauce. The green payaya salad had noodles and was excellent. The scallion pancakes with shrimp with lettuce leaves for wrapping was very good. I also had the pork bao buns with small pieces of pork belly. Only 2 buns and 2 pieces of pork belly. I've had better at Bao Brewhouse. For dessert, I had the roasted apple cake with rolled meringue and miso ice cream. The miso was too salty. A better choice would have been the Vietnamese coffee ice cream on another dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing staff and food. First date spot and it was a great experience! Anna did an amazing job!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cholon never disappoints. Each dish is a delightful experience!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, high value for the dollar. Presentation, attention to detail, Chef Lon and the staff are all incredible! The menu is well thought out and unique. This is our favorite restaurant in downtown.

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ArjitaG
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fusion food experience was great. Loved the Malaysian noodles a lot

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you ArjitaG! We just love the Malaysian noodles too! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to serve you again soon!

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MomOfTwo
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. Portions were generous for family style. Everything was cooked perfectly and so delicious. The pork belly bao buns were little puffs of heaven. Mixed drinks were creative and delicious. They were packed and service started out a little slow. Took nearly 20 minutes from when we arrived for a server to finally come take a drink order. After that, food was consistently coming out hot and fast. Overall, fantastic meal.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback MomOfTwo! While we are sorry to hear the service experience started off slow, we are glad that the rest of your meal was enjoyable! We hope to serve you again soon!

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TinaC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dining experience. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you TinaC! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great gluten free options!

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time in Denver and you came highly recommended! You did not disappoint! I really enjoyed the family style serving and did not leave feeling overly full. The food was exceptional. I will definitely recommend to others who are visiting the area.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much JulieB! We are pleased to hear we live up to your expectations and that you will recommend us to others! We hope to serve you again in the future!

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vipkesh
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely enjoyed the fusion twist to Asian food. Another gem in Denver!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you kesh! We appreciate your kind words about our restaurant and are glad you enjoyed your experience! Hope we see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

First time at ChoLon per recommendation from my mom and it did not disappoint! My friends and I loved every piece of food we order, especially the pork bell bao buns! Everything was so flavorful and pieced together so nicely. Definitely will be coming back to try more!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We love the Pork Belly Bao Buns too! Glad you enjoyed and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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Gingkogirl
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After not coming downtown for almost 2 years, we decided it was time. We have been going to ChoLon Central Park on a regular basis. So, we had a nice evening to ride RTD-Light Rail and the 16th Street Mall bus, and hop on into ChoLon. Everything was just as it has always had been. The food is so wonderful. Many different flavors from throughout Asia. The service is outstanding. The noise level does get a bit loud, but we were seated near the outside edge, so that made it tolerable. I would go here everyday, if I could.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you Gingkogirl! We are glad to have you visit us Downtown again and create a nice evening out for you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best dining experience!!!! I can’t say enough how much my boyfriend and I enjoyed this meal. We started out with 2 orders of the soup dumplings which were to die for!!!!!! We ordered espresso martinis for our drinks and they use actual espresso which is sometimes hard to find, they were perfectly made! Next up we shared the waygu beef scewers and they were literal melt in your mouth goodness with SO much flavor. For our shared entree we decided on the pork BBQ ribs and pot stickers. The ribs were cooked to perfection paired perfectly with a corn/pea salsa that was so delicious. The potstickers were super tasty and addicting! The ambiance was great as well as the service! We will definitely be back here as we can’t stop talking about it!!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words describing your experience! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening and look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipHoylake
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience from arrival at the host desk to settling the check was really great. The ambiance is lively and the staff were energetic. As for the food? Couldn’t have been happier with our choices. For appetizers we had the waygu beef on a stick with a great sauce and chicken wings which were crispy and spicy. For the main course we enjoyed the Malaysian noodles. The quantity was just enough for two and the seasoning was outstanding with just enough chili oil to make the dish outstanding.. we finished off the meal with the peach cobbler with a coconut cream accompaniment. It was my wife’s birthday and they wrote happy birthday in chocolate on the plate. A nice touch.
Anyone looking for gods Asian food should absolutely consider Cholon. If we get back to Denver this restaurant would be our first choice

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you so much Hoylake! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we were able to create a memorable birthday experience! We are so glad you chose us during your visit to Denver and we hope to see you again!

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AlexD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic dining experience food was excellent as was the service and atmosphere. Highly recommend 👌🏼 we will be returning

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for your comment AlexD! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon!

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TinaM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food was excellent. Menu was fun. Wonderful evening.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you TinaM! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipDianeD
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!!! Always one of my favorite places to go.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thanks Diane! We love that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JCsPal
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This fits well for the millennial downtown crowd. Just not for us old timers who go to a restaurant to be catered to and fed well. Its more of the posh places to be seen at and post pictures of the food than to be satisfied by the meal.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience as much as we would like. We like to hear feedback from our guests especially when their expectations were not meet, if you would like to give us more specific information where our service and food fell short of expectations please let us know so we can improve our service.

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ErinW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The food was interesting. Service was great our server stepped up to the plate.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Erin, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the food and menu as much as the service. While we are happy to hear that your server was excellent we would love some feedback about what you didn't enjoy about the food so that we can improve our menu. Also we would like to give a shout out to our server who made the experience much better. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was perfect. Only problem was they opened 5-10 minutes after opening time and we had to rush

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service at the restaurant. I would like to apologize about us opening up a few minutes late and making you feel rushed as that is not what we strive for.

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CHAD
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was nothing to write home about. Best part was the kaya toast and pork belly buns

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Chad, Thank you for the feedback, we are glad you enjoyed the Kaya toast and Pork Belly Bao Buns but what items did you not enjoy? We are constantly trying to evolve and improve our menu so any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Son’s 30th birthday

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RobinM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unreal food. Unreal service. Drinks were fantastic! Sitting at the chefs bar was fun because we were able to see all of the delicious food coming out. The only complaint I have is that the bar seating area is a little tight when sitting next to multiple people.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Robin, Thanks for the kind words and we are so happy you enjoyed your experience so much!

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KatGil
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As with many restaurants not fully staffed up from the pandemic, the service was a bit slow. Food was very good. We tasted from all sections of the menu and they brought out two dishes at a time. The soup dumplings were a smash hit!!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi KatGil, Thank you for the feedback about our service, its true we are working hard to full staff the restaurant in these tough times but we are getting there to ensure we have our staffing needs met and that our guests get the level of service they have always enjoyed here. We also love the soup dumplings!

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Hello, very poor experience. Portions are unbelievably small even for culinary cuisine. Our waiter had no sense of urgency. Slow paced walk to each table. I ordered a total of 5 dishes and they came out 20 to 25 minutes apart, just a restless experience.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

MikeG, Thank you for your feedback on your dining experience and we would like to apologize about the slow service that you received. In order to improve we need to hear from our guests when we fall short of theirs and our expectations which we did. I would like to invite you back in for dinner another night so that we can show you a better time. If your interested please respond back and I can send you out a gift card. Thanks Gordon Cresswell General Manager

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Wolfman
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, great food! We will be back!

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vipKarenL
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to go back, the food was incredible. I loved the brussels sprouts and the cod. The waiter was really was great I wish I could remember his name so I could call out what a great job he did. They were really good about accommodating the gluten free needs of my significant other.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

KarenL, Thank you so much for the kind words and we are so happy you enjoyed everything! We do try to accommodate all our guests allergy and dietary needs as much as possible, this is a large portion of our training process! We are so happy to hear that its working and we hope to serve you again soon!

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vipAngel
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were sat in the bar area, which required at reservation (not ideal). The food was okay.. portions were small and service was lacking.. Cholon was one of our favorite spots.. when they started to require a deposit for a reservation we questioned this.. finally returning, Cholon is no longer a favorite.. several new restaurants have filled in.

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Angel, We are sorry to hear that we feel short of your previous dining experiences with us. We do require a credit card on file to hold reservations as we have found over the pandemic a large increase in no show reservations, our policy is a 24 hour notice for cancellations and no deposit will be charged, we also understand that things come up and are understanding if given a phone call the day of. Also next time let us know you don't prefer the bar area while booking any future reservation.

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vipgenacm
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor seating on the street wasn’t beautiful but I appreciated that we could reserve an outdoor table for safety’s sake. French onion soup dumplings to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Our server was fabulous. Disappointed with host staff - not friendly or accommodating. Overall experience was not good. Will not return.

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vickic
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall thought the food was excellent, though one member of the group found the thickness of the noodles very hard to eat. Hard to grip with chopsticks, impossible to cut without using the knife and fork and generally a bit of a mouthful.

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vipEricaN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good service and good food. Loved soup dumplings and chicken wings

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Erin
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were really looking forward to this meal, and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing all around. The corn dumplings and soup dumplings were my two favorites! The ribs were literally fall off the bone tender and had great flavor. My husband ordered 2 desserts when I was in the restroom, and they were both large portions of dessert so we had to take some home! Overall, we are so impressed and can’t wait to come back and enjoy it again!

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

Erin, Thank you so much for the kind words and we are very happy that you loved everything! Sometimes its hard to decide between the corn and soup dumplings so its great you got both! Personally the ribs are my favorite! Thanks again Gordon Cresswell General Manager

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AlexisB
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was incredible!!! We got all appetizers to share and it was delicious. The soup dumplings are out of this world.

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Colt
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food is great. Staff is great.

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JimF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was outstanding as always, noise level deafening.
Our waiter very rude. Wait staff very stressed this past Saturday. Don’t know why they’re trying to serve so many…

ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown
Responded on September 30, 2021

JimF, Thank you for sending your feedback about your dining experience and we would like to apologize about the service you received that night. We had a few people unable to work that night so we are unfortunately short staffed but that doesn't excuse the service you received. Please respond back with your email address so I can send you a gift card on us for your next visit.

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vipMyrlaP
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was very good

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Sundance
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sat outside by busstop however a little too loud and warm

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved ChoLon! The food was excellent, although portions were a bit small. Great unique twists on classics.
The pork belly bao were a highlight!

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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 4126 OpenTable diners.

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