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Bona Fide Thai Cuisine

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1500 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61701-7907
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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!!

Thank Athena_John
Bloomington, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank onecrazygroup
Fredonia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 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. .

Thank gotmytoesinthewater
Normal, Illinois
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409 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 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.

Thank nen f
Peoria, Illinois
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

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

Thank Carrie B
Normal, Illinois
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 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 

Thank normalwriter
Normal, Illinois
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank AnekaMaia
Bloomington, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 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 

Thank Brent A
Bloomington, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 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 

Thank jrw0805
Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61701-7907
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: 3098079478

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