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ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro

1555 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202 (Downtown)
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Ranked #28 of 2,516 restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $31
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 16th St
Transit: RTD Transfer station on 16th and Market, one block away.
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85% Recommend
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English first
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited ChoLon for our anniversary dinner. I was visiting for an anniversary getaway and searched on top Denver restaurants. ChoLon was highly rated for both the pork belly buns and the soup dumplings. Both of these appetizers were amazingly good. The other two items we ordered were just so-so. We had the diver scallops and they... More

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Vancouver, Washington
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

In terms of atmosphere and style, Cholon is Denver's local version of a PF Changs with FAR better food. We started with the Rib Eye skewers with Hong Kong sauce. The manager actually brought these to us complimentary of the house for no reason at all. Extremely nice on his part! These literally melt in your mouth they are so... More

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Santiago, Chile
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The service and presentation were both wonderful, but the food was WAY over-sauced. The drinks took much too long (we had our food before the drinks came, one glass of wine, two old Saigons, all on the menu). The restaurant was so noisy the waiter had to lean in, down and towards our table to be able to communicate to... More

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Dallas, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Started with drinks. Two of ordered Old Saigon. They were weak and dull and disappointing. Pork Belly Buns, Sesame-Honey Glaze, Pickles = great but sweet. Rib Eye Skewers, Hong Kong Steak Sauce = tasted like sausage with a strange sauce. Potstickers, Pork, Ginger Mustard = good but no mustard taste. Diver Scallops, Vegetable "Pad Thai," Cashew Gremolata = fine but... More

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Tampa, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Was there for lunch. Sat at the bar and had a great Long island ice tea. Had the pork potstickers with a mustard ginger sauce. I would have preferred a soy sauce based sauce but a nice change. Would try it again.

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Clayton, Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place is fabulous! From drinks to dessert it was so fun and the food was perfect! I sit here typing this review craving one of their Cherry Ginger Spritzers and their pork dumplings! The atmosphere is modern, energetic and fun. Reservations are def recommended unless you can grab a seat in the bar, which we did. They had several... More

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Denver, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I only visit Cholon during restaurant week. It's good but I wouldn't come here for no reason. The steamed dumplings are very good.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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101 reviews 101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The only saving grace of our meal at Cholon was that we scored a seat outside on the Mall, so were not battered by the extreme noise level inside the restaurant. The outside scene was nice, service reasonable, but food way less yummy than we had been led to expect. Nothing we would be tempted to go back for, inside... More

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Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

...hip/cool factor might be diminished but doesn't a long life for a restaurant speak volumes? It's just great food. Location is central so you can bounce around downtown pre or post Cholon (good for out of towners). Menu is great through and through. Trust your server with his or her favorites to supplement what you might want. Wine list is... More

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western NY
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I happened upon this place quite by accident. I was going to Jax for chowder and a lobster blt and it was closed! So I started walking. This place was charming and reasonable. Instead of bread, they bring you a "rice cake type" she'll with a yummy spicy tomato jam. Then I had a lobster roll. It turned out to... More

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