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Bona Fide Thai Cuisine

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1500 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61701-7907
+1 309-807-9478
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bloomington, Illinois
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favorite Thai place in Bloomington-Normal. They have a wide choice of Thai & other Asian food, which is nicely cooked & presented. Wait staff are helpful. The decor has a definite Asian feel without being overdone.

Thank Brent A
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I split the pineapple curry with chicken as takeout regularly. It's so tasty. They did mix up our order once and gave us a free meal next time, so that was fine.

Thank Mike L
Bloomington, Illinois
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137 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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!!

Thank Athena_John
Bloomington, Illinois
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 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.

Thank onecrazygroup
Fredonia, New York
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 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. .

Thank gotmytoesinthewater
Normal, Illinois
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522 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
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.

Thank nenf
Peoria, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank Carrie B
Normal, Illinois
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133 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 

Thank normalwriter
Normal, Illinois
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 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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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 

Thank Brent A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61701-7907
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-807-9478

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