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ChoLon Modern Asian - Downtown

4.6
4.6
4373 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

11:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. I was early to dinner so it was quiet, but this place can get packed on any given night of the week... plan on being satisfied and wanting more when you go! I always make it a priority to get here when I am in Denver. #DenverMustPlacetoEat
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We've been to Cholon a bunch. This was not the best experience. Part of the problem was we sat right next to a table with a loud drunk dude, which made it difficult for us to converse. We ordered a few small plates and got our first plate pretty quickly, but then waited at least 25 minutes for our second. This isn't the usual service we receive so I'll chalk this up to a 1 off.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    All of our food was the same color, lacked flavor, lacked excitement, and we did not eat more than one or two bites per dish. I’m not even sure how the scallion pancake was called a scallion pancake. It tasted like fried raw flour with bits of scallion in it. We were extremely disappointed. Waitress was nice but even she could tell we just weren’t going to eat the food, and she quit asking how it was and just started clearing our courses one by one.
  4. TD

    ThisDumbField

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was great, service was spot on. But the music was so loud inside we had to move to the patio so we could continue conversation.
  5. VB

    VikkiB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, had trouble hearing the server explain what the food was it was so noisy. They were serving a complimentary cracker but our server never asked us. I had to ask another server for some
  6. AW

    AllisonW

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Super impressed by the flavors and we had a great time. Good for a date!
  7. CL

    ChristineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The happy hour menu was well priced and offered an excellent selection of their most popular dishes. All of the staff were friendly and attentive. Looking forward to going back!
  8. MH

    MikeH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Experience not as expected from the past. Long wait times between courses and restaurant not as clean as in the past.
  9. DM

    DebbieM

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good suggestions from the wait person. Friendly arrival/check-in. Food and wine were spot on. Delicious.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded todayWe are so happy to hear you had a wonderful experience, Debbie! We hope to see you soon

  10. AY

    ArtY

    Denver

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing, the service was great, I will definitely go back!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded todayThank you for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon.

  11. l

    lionheartkc

    Kansas City

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Cholon was a combination of complexity and familiarity. The French onion soup dumplings put a huge smile on my face as I tasted the familiar flavors and textures from my favorite bistro, but they exploded in my mouth from an unassuming little pocket. The Brussel sprouts layered flavor upon flavor, each taking a turn as the star. The mushroom dumplings were both earthy and elegant. Finally, my wife said the lamb chops were among the best she's had. Even with all of that, however, the star was the chocolate pudding which ranked among the best desserts we've ever encountered... and we love a good dessert. We can only think of two we've had in the past couple of years that compare. The service was polite and attentive though nothing really stood out.The atmosphere was lovely.
  12. GA

    GigiA

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love how the waitress/waiter explains the dish as they bring it out to you. Additionally, highly recommend the large plate salmon! One of the best salmon Ive ever had
  13. JM

    JustinaM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Cholan, the food is so amazing! Atmosphere is great! Now the drinks are a bit tiny for the price but that's okay it was still amazing!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome innovative food. Terrific service- highly recommend
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Unfortunately the service does match up to the food. Service was scattered and inconsistent from our waiter. We had a number of issues, wrong drinks, overfilling, forgetting our order and long delays.
  16. M

    Makayla

    Corpus Christi

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I had the sangria, mushroom dumplings appetizer, ribs with a papaya salad, and a side of fries with ranch. The food was phenomenal. The vibe was energetic. The service was a little off. The waiter was very attentive but my ribs came out first, without the side of fries, then the dumplings came, then the fries much later.
  17. e

    eldoctor

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sake jojo daigino , kept ordering during happy hour till we were satisfied. Everything was great especially the soup dumplings.
  18. BG

    BarbG

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, creative, great selection of dishes. I went with a friend, but it would be a great date night choice.
  19. s

    stuartd

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food at a great restaurant

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks for the great recommendation!

  20. JC

    JennyColorado

    Denver

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner for my husband and my date night! The food is always amazing!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks for trusting ChoLon with date night!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Food is unique and excellent. Service was great. Also good for people watching both inside and out. Definitely will go back again.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks for the recommendation. Denver is full of the most beautiful people in the world!

  22. K

    Ktay

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Soup dumplings were yummy as well as the pork belly bao buns. Malaysian noodles were tasty but we had to ask for extra noodles as the original dish came out with mostly egg and shrimp. Overall a great meal with great service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the feedback. We agree that the home-made noodles are the star of that dish. We have updated our Malaysian noodle recipe to include 40% more noodles.

  23. c

    coreyk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was fantastic, service was confusing, it is definitely too hot to be seated next to the kitchen.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Our style of service can be a bit confusing. It is based on table sharing. The food comes out at a pace to encourage dialogue in a communal setting. If you decide to return we would be happy to get you the coolest spot in the house.

  24. BO

    BryanO

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First timer. Meal was fantastic and service was beyond steller! We will be back. One of the best meals I have had

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the great review! Planning on returning to ChoLon is the best compliment we can receive!

  25. Y

    Yummy

    Tallahassee

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The french onion soup dumpling is fantastic

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the great recommendation!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The experience was very positive, we have been to ChoLon's several times. and have always been satisfied. The host were friendly, and engaging, which started the evening off well. Our wait person, Michelle, was very personable, knowledgeable and attentive. The seating was comfortable, and active crowd, and had a good noise level. The food was totally on point! We shared small plates and found that was more than enough for the four of us. The pork belly buns, both soup dumplings, as well the Wagyu skewers were all delicious. The Marg was spectacular. The only challenge was in the wine list, the selection of Chardonnay's was woeful, glass or bottle. Once this is rectified, it is worthy of a five star for my opinion.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the feedback. We are currently revising the wine list and will add some additional Chardonnays.

  27. LN

    LauraN

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks. Service was good, but it was a bit busy so course came out slowly on a Friday night. Love the creative menu.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the great recommendation. We really try to time the dishes properly. We are glad it was worth the wait!

  28. c

    coljack

    Las Vegas

    31 reviews

    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Cholon was one of our three favorite Denver restaurants for years. This was our first visit since COVID and we were really looking forward to it. Huge disappointment. We always order several of the "small bites" and one large plate. The small bite orders have always come at a nice pace--we finish one and a couple minutes later, the next comes. This time, we suddenly found ourselves with three orders delivered within a minute or so. I asked the server to slow things down and still a fourth order arrived a minute later. This time I sent it back and asked for it to be served later. The large plate was served in a reasonable manner. We ordered coffee and tea and two desserts. Drinks came quickly but had been long gone for 30 minutes with no desserts appearing. Our server was quite busy and we were forced to call a supervisor over to get our desserts. As to the food: Our favorites have always been the "signature" soup dumplings with French onion soup. They have also added a General Taos Soup Dumpling. We ordered both and were very sad that both orders were all dumpling and very little soup. Very doughy and unpleasant to chew. The Tandoori Lamb Chops were every bit as good as ever, but when we add in the excessive noise level, not enough to bring us back here ever again. Because we used to love this restaurant, we looked for a manager to give him/her feedback but none could be found.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for your honest feedback. We strive everyday to be better than the last. Please accept our apologies for your experience. If you decide to come back I hope we can exceed your expectations.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just eat here.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks!

  30. EW

    ElaineW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual. I have been coming to ChoLon every time I visit Denver and they never disappoint. Creative, tasty, quality, lovely decor, nice servers. Every items is great, but I have a special place in my heart for the soup dumplings, Kaya toast, pork belly bao and those chicken slider.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks for the great review. We are so proud that we can be a part of your Denver experience. Look for our New restaurant in the Denver airport to open next April. You can have all your favorites on your layover!

  31. YO

    YomiO

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cholon team provided a fantastic experience, based on quality service and amazing cuisine.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Awesome! Thank you YomiO for the great review!

  32. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I never write reviews and I feel the need to write this one. I did not enjoy any part of this meal. The flavors were off and the service was sub par. I am super dissappointed about how much we spent on this meal :(.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022AndreaS, we are sorry to hear that you had this experience. Our menu and service are not traditional, but are designed to reevaluate and reinvent the dining experience. We will work toward improving on all fronts.

  33. NC

    NeilC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cho Lon is fabulous. One of our favorite for special nights. The food is always great as is the service.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022We are proud that you would take the time to write such a nice review. Thank you NeilC!

  34. P

    Pinky

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Salmon wasn’t cooked at all. I had eaten the same thing a few days before at cholon and it was cooked perfectly!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Moving forward, We have instituted checks to make sure that the salmon is cooked to the guest's liking.

  35. LB

    LaurieB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful fun menu.

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you! It is supposed to be fun!

  36. e

    emilyl

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Hubby and I enjoyed our date night very much here!

    ChoLon Modern Asian - DowntownResponded on June 16, 2022Thanks for trusting ChoLon with date night. One of the main goals of our restaurant is to encourage people to engage with each other. That is why we recommend sharing and why we stagger the dishes.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Music was a little too loud to have a normal conversation. Food was a little on the pricey side but probably due to inflation
  38. H

    Haircut

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I don't know how else to describe this place, other than it's fussy. The food is expensive for what you get. The pork gyoza is just as good as any other, but the sauce is random. The General Cho's soup dumplings are great, I'll give them that, but the pork belly bao was far too sweet-every element was sweet. No balance. The slaw was flavorless. The pork ribs are...squishy. The papaya salad was limp and lacking acid. Everything was just so so. I wouldn't recommend it when there are so many restaurants to choose from.
  39. B

    Blairebear89

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always.
  40. AA

    AAPP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time we've been to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was great, the wait staff is professional and courteous, and the drinks was tasty. Would highly recommend!

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 4.6 stars by 4373 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 39 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 Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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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