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Asian, Thai
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 2 August 2019 via mobile

Online ordering was smooth. Ready for pick up less than 1/2 hour after ordering. Food delicious. A great neighborhood place.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 28 January 2019

An Asian fusion cafe with big take-out following. Seating is comfortable, allowing quiet conversation. Food is well cooked, served quickly. Tea, soft drinks and specialty Thai drinks available. Fine choice for catching up with friends.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 9 January 2019

There's nothing fancy about this place, just a great neighborhood Asian restaurant that we visit about every 5 weeks or so. Food is always good and service is OK. The place is never crowded (they do a lot of carry-out) so it's a nice place...to have a conversation. Prices are very fair and portions are reasonable Quality of ingredients always seems to be top notch and preparation is consistently good. It a nice plus that it's BYOB since we like our own wine selections.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We order delivery 3-5 times a month. We love the healthy, tasty options and have never had a dish we haven't liked. I especially like Kung Pao Chicken, Panang Red Curry Chicken, the vegetable Chinese dumplings and the Basil Thai Chicken and Rice. We have...also eaten there and it's a simple place with great service.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We ordered delivery for 7 people and were all shocked at how small the portions were. Containers are a third SMALLER than those of all the other ASian restaurants in town...AND each meat dish (as well as veggie dish) was half rice, so there was...almost NO MEAT and almost NO veggies. Though the food was OK, we were paying a fortune for what was mostly rice. All the other Asian restaurants in town deliver rice in a separate container--basically, this restaurant has figured out a way to sell what is mostly rice for $12-$14! We ended up with a bad tasgte in our moths. A shame, as we used to eat at this restaurant routinely a few years ago, and now we will go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We were disappointed in the quality and portions at Bonsai. We forgo the sushi which maybe is what is the drawing card. We had two dishes with chicken which contained skinny slices and not very much. The vegetable potstickers had barely any vegetables in them...and were meager in size. Prices were too high for quantities that didn't even equal a real meal. The rating of average is for location and appearance.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Heard from a neighbor that we needed to give this place a try as our favorite Chinese place had closed. We won't be listening to this neighbor anymore. Food was bland at best. Lettuce wraps and Mongolian beef lacked any flavor, at least the Spicy...shrimp packed a punch. There must be a better alternative in Evanston. At least it was fast and cheap.More

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Bonsai Cafe is a great takeout location or fine in location in NE Evanston. Great food and exceptional service. The delivery time is always 20-30 mins max, and the quality is always great. Highly recommend. Atmosphere is moderately quiet and it is BYOB. Good for...families.More

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Came down for the weekend from Wisconsin to visit good friends who live in Evanston. Stopped at Bonsai Cafe for dinner. Had very tasty Orange Chicken for dinner. Potstickers were okay but Crab Rangoon very good. Agree with previous review that booth was shaky near...front of restaurant and cold due to proximity with front door.More

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed 7 July 2016

I live about a block from Bonsai Cafe, so I eat here almost once a week. The atmosphere is very nice (it's a neighborhood place), the service is always friendly, and the food is very authentic and flavorful. The price is around $10 a dish....My go to dish is the chicken Pad Thai, which they do very well. They also make great appetizers, such as tofu satay and pot stickers. My father loves the curry here-- according to him, it is the best and most authentic he's ever tried. Some other dishes I've tried aren't quite as good (like the orange chicken), but on the whole, this is one of the best Thai places I've been to.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Yes, Bonsai Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, Bonsai Cafe offers delivery services.

Bonsai Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5