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Bona Fide Thai Cuisine

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1500 E Empire St., Bloomington, IL
+1 309-807-9478
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bloomington, Illinois
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128 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Bonafide Thai has delicious food and warm, friendly staff. The other Thai place in town has a grumpy owner. You will have a much nicer experience overall at Bonafide. Trust me on this one; I've been to both many times and it's always nicer at Bonafide! Pad Thai rocks!!

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Thank Athena_John
Bloomington, Illinois
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The food was really good. Red curry was amazing. In appetizer we usually go in for chicken satay which is equally good.

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Thank onecrazygroup
Fredonia, New York
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Maybe not the fastest lunch spot but definitely delicious! Had the Pork Pad Khing (sp?). Great flavors. Slices of ginger really kicked the flavor up a notch. .

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Thank gotmytoesinthewater
Normal, Illinois
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470 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Nice atmosphere. Wait staff friendly. Owner is daughter of another local Thai restaurateur. Good for lunch. Nice hot pot dishes. Make surer you order the right dish otherwise you will be charged twice.

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Thank nen f
Peoria, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Everyone in there has always been polite and kind. Their yellow chicken curry is very good. Along with the naan bread.

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Thank Carrie B
Normal, Illinois
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

My husband recently surprised me with a weekday lunch and drove me to the calming, beautiful Bonafide Thai. We didn't have time for a slow and lingering lunch, and the solid waitstaff seemed to understand. Soup came with the day's special, a variety of the always good Pad Thai. Today, the exotic spices lining the plate rim seemed more tangy,... More 

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Thank normalwriter
Normal, Illinois
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, good service and delicious food! Long menu and conveniently located. You won't be disappointed!

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Thank AnekaMaia
Bloomington, Illinois
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Bona Fide Thai is one of the unique, local places where my wife & I like to return. We're sure to receive a delicious meal of exotic flavors in a place of simple, but evocative decor. A definite plus is no loud television to spoil conversation. Generally when we are there, we see a wide variety of ages & backgrounds... More 

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Thank Brent A
Bloomington, Illinois
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Visited for the first time the other day and really enjoyed it. Nice, spacious interior. Friendly wait staff. Menu with a nice variety. Had a brown curry dish (Massaman Curry, I believe, but can't guarantee spelling accuracy on the name) with yukon potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken, and brown peanut sauce. Sauce was a tad too sweet and rich, but the... More 

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Thank jrw0805
Bloomington, Illinois
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91 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

Had some work mates down from Minneapolis (one celebrating 40 years with the company). Yay she likes Thai food... Had not been to Bona Fide Thai for some time but have heard many good things. The lunch menu is varied and reasonably priced. They even upped the spice level for me as per request on order. Lunch came with a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 E Empire St., Bloomington, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-807-9478

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?