BONA Restaurant
BONA Restaurant
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BONA Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bonasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6502658828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Felek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak Grove Avenue
  • Public Transit: Menlo Park Caltrain Startion; Distance .2 miles. Directions: Head Northwest on Merrill Street toward Oak Grove Avenue. At Oak Grove Avenue turn left. From Oak Grove turn left onto Maloney Street, your destination will be on the right. SaMTrans Bus routes. Ask the driver for the nearest stop to El Camino Real x Oak Grove Avenue. 295, KX, 83 & 390
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Public Parking Lot is nestled between Oak Grove Avenue and Santa Cruz Avenue with the main access through Maloney Street or Chestnut Lane. The parking has a 2 hour limit during weekday business hours, with no re-parking until after 5 pm. These times are also the busiest for the lot. The other times it is usually very easy to find a spot to park.
A word from BONA Restaurant
Welcome to Bona Restaurant, the San Francisco Bay Area's best destination for Polish food. We feature a selection of popular dishes as well as Pierogi.
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BONA Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • No redeeming qualities!
    PaulineVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We enjoy many ethnic restaurants. We had not tried Polish, so decided to give this a try. It went downhill from the time I received my diet coke. The coke was so warm that within minutes the ice that was in the glass was melted. I asked for a Margarita - after about 10 minutes with no indication that I was going to get one, I flagged the waiter down & he told me they did not have the ingredients for a margarita. Okay - I get that - we are in a Polish restaurant - but how about letting me know. I ordered pork cutlet, which was served with 3 small ice cream size scoops of COLD mashed potatoes. Pork cutlet was just okay. Husband had sausages - 2 only with same COLD potatoes. They did bring a free dessert because it was my birthday.
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  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    This was our first time at Bona. We asked for a quieter table and were given a corner booth, very comfortable and yes, quieter. We liked the feel of a small, local restaurant with a distinct cuisine--Polish in this case--run by folks eager to make a go of it. The dishes we ordered were well prepared (the salad fresh and crisp) and generous. It will be a great little place to go in the middle of a wet winter storm.
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  • Tried Bona with a Living Social
    That1girl
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Tried Bona with a Living Social Deal. Food was yummy. Had the goulash. Exactly what I had wanted and the taste was fabulous! But let me tell you about this mushroom soup. Holy Schmoly! Probably the best mushroom soup that I have ever had. Including Michael Mina's which I told MM I could've eaten in a trough. It had shredded mushrooms, and the texture was beyond incredible. If they sold this commercially, I would stock up for years. Only issue...they only had one poor guy taking orders, serving and bussing! He was totally overwhelmed and when we got there, there were three other tables occupied, by the time we left the place was packed and he kept apologizing to us for the wait. Need to hire more peeps!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I had never tried Polish food
    MarkRVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    I had never tried Polish food before, and my first meal at Bona Restaurant was a very nice experience. I had pierogis for the first time, and while I preferred the meal-filled one, the cheese one was tasty as well. It's certainly not low fat, but it was tasty!
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  • I had the cabbage rolls and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    I had the cabbage rolls and the perogi's and they were both great. The Polish beer was good too. Service excellent. I really like this place.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • Great job at representing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Great job at representing Polish food. Very comforting and familiar. My 81 year old father was very interested in trying Bona and afterward wanted to know when we were coming back so he could try everything on the menu!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We have been to Bona before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    We have been to Bona before on a few occasions. The location is not especially scenic but the food is good, authentic Polish cuisine. On this visit there was one exception. For some reason the traditional poppyseed cake was replaced by cake with a chocolate icing accompanied by ice cream. The flavor was ok but it certainly was not what one expects when one orders poppyseed cake in a Polish restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • My new favorite restaurant
    foodjunkieVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Excellent Food! The atmosphere is quaint, and the food is very tasty. We had a nice experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Home-cooked meal out = warm fuzzies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    It was clean and bright inside. We were greeted immediately, service was attentive & pleasant. Bread arrived with butter quickly after we were seated. We ordered to share and consisted of: Beet Salad: nicely seasoned not too sour (my husband doesn't like beets ate the salad!), Paté: generous serving with horseradish and tasty pickles, Pierogi: half beef, half Ruskie - I thought the beef more tasty than the Ruskie, but the sautéed onions really give it that extra, Kotlet: 2 pieces nicely breaded and served with sauerkraut and sautéed potatoes. For dessert the Nalesniki (crépe) with Raspberry sauce - quite good. We had leftovers enough for lunch (YUM) the next day. I like that food wasn't overly salty. We would definitely be back!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Our first time here and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Our first time here and we loved it! Being Polish-Americans, we longed for some authentic Polish food! Bona did not disappoint! Our waitress was so wonderful and the atmosphere was very pleasant. We did go early so it may be pretty noise when the place is full. But give a try - you'll be a repeat customer!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Relatively small restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Relatively small restaurant without fancy front entrance. Comfortable interior with a bar. Feels quiet with ethnic music playing in the background. Staff was very nice and friendly, accommodating. Food quality and taste is excellent, but it seems somewhat overpriced.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • good polish comfort food in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    good polish comfort food in a nice quaint setting. forget the wine list and go for the beer list.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • It is the only Eastern European
    carolVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    It is the only Eastern European place around. We were ok with the food but only the pork was the one that would make us crave to go back.
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  • Good flavorful food (especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Good flavorful food (especially the soups) with a great selection of Polish beer. I will go back to try some of the other main dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    foodjunkieVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Excellent experience. The soups were fabulous. The entrees were wonderful, good portion sizes, and fair prices. Welcoming ambiance, and easy parking. We will definitely be back!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The restaurant was full, which
    TripVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    The restaurant was full, which was reassuring; however, it was noisy which made an intimate conversation rather challenging. Service was slow and we seldom saw our waiter. Food was on the bland side.
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  • Believe my review, don't believe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Believe my review, don't believe the people raving about this place. They clearing don't know what they are talking about. $10.95 for the Polish sausage appetizer, which is a single grilled sausage, nothing else, and took them 35 minutes to produce. Pork cutlet was OK, but a little greasy. Goulash was unremarkable. More of just a standard beef stew, with nothing other than dry beef chunks in it. I grew up with this type of food almost every night for dinner. This place just wasn't very good. Nothing like the old Krakow in San Francisco. If you want a better rendition of the same type of food -- journey about 3 miles away to Copenhagen on Woodside Road (in the Woodside Plaza shopping center).
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  • There's so little Polish food
    Kevin
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    There's so little Polish food out there. It's delicious stuff and Bona's does a great job of it. We enjoyed the bigos and the mushroom crepes; the rest of the menu looked pretty interesting. They had a wide variety of Polish beers -- my Warsa was great, with lots of flavor and not too much malty sweetness. We'll definitely be back. It got crowded early on a Saturday night (they were turning away four-person parties at 6:15pm), so a reservation is a good idea.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Very good food and service. We had the herring with sour cream as appetizers (the bread was delicious), then the Mushroom Pierogi and the Mushroom Crepes as entrees. The pierogi was good, but the crepes were excellent. I had some Żywiec (polish pilsener) which was a very pleasant surprise. Service was great. I'd recommend Bona for sure.
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  • A wonderful Valentine's dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    A wonderful Valentine's dinner that our entire family enjoyed again this year. Delicious Polish cooking and excellent service. Regards, The Brinnon and Parker family Redwood City.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I had no idea this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    I had no idea this restaurant existed in Menlo Park, but I'm so glad I discovered it! It's tucked away on a side alley in downtown MP. The wait staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was delicious! (Not a great wine selection, but their pours were generous.)
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious traditional Polish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Delicious traditional Polish foods. Chef came San Francisco restaurant Old Krakow. Servers were need some training on timing and awareness of customer needs. Great food. Can recommend the stuffed cabbage rolls. Large portions.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food. We arrived
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Excellent food. We arrived at 6:30PM with reservations and were seated immediately. The restaurant was crowded. Service was very slow. It took 45 minutes before our appetizers arrived. When we left, the restaurant was not that crowded and we noticed that people arriving at 8PM got their food served very quickly. Would recommend coming to restaurant when it is not crowded after 8PM.
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  • Great Polish food that tastes
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2012
    Great Polish food that tastes great. Lots of interesting entree choices. Need to come back and try some more...
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  • This restaurant serves real
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    This restaurant serves real Polish food and beer. Will definitely return again.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Food was served tepid to cold!
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    Food was served tepid to cold! Both the pickle soup & the pierogis were not hot enough! Had to send it back to reheat! Service was slow even though it was not very busy! No attempt to even refill our water glasses. It was as if the customers were a distraction! Will not go back.
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  • I love this restaurant. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    I love this restaurant. It is really nice and simple with good Polish Food.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful authentic Polish
    Perfect
    Dined on 11/10/2011
    Wonderful authentic Polish food. Staff is pleasant, helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Tiny Polish restaurant ...
    MenloManVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    this place is tiny. Food was servied too rapidly...barely finished the appetizer. There were only 2 table of diners, and they placed the other 4 loud gesturing people right next to us....an unpleasant atmosphere, overpriced, but food was good...not very good, but good. Some appropriate seasoning might make it very good.
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  • My first time trying Polish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    My first time trying Polish food & I love it. Definitely have the Russian influence. Pierogi (cheese & potato) was delish & would try the mushroom+sauerkraut next time. Had the beet soup, very light to the tastebud. A friend ordered mushroom soup & she loves it. Decent list of items on menu & I am already planning to go back to try the rest of the items. We tried Beet soup, mushroom soup, cheese+potato pierogi, porl cutlet & stuff cabbage for entree, & poppy seed cake+coffee for dessert. Very strong coffee, that's what I call real coffee. Another friend order one of the dark beer & it was good too.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Very good overall. Food was
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2011
    Very good overall. Food was authentic - we had the cabbage rolls and hunter's stew. The dessert crepe was wonderful. Service was a little brusque. Answers to our questions were without much detail. We still enjoyed the food and will return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good authentic Polish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2011
    Very good authentic Polish food. The stuffed cabbage was excellent!! Will be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tasting Polish cuisine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Great tasting Polish cuisine. Few waiters in a busy restaurant make the service a little slow but everyone was helpful.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Mushroom Soup fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    Mushroom Soup fantastic. Pierogi's (meat) and goulash were just as good. Can't wait to go back and try some other dishes. Service very good and reasonably priced.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful Polish food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    The borscht and mushroom soups have excellent flavor. The stews are tasty and hearty. And the stuffed cabbage and pierogis are delicious. Service can be slow, but I enjoy the relaxed European-style pace. The servers are friendly and helpful.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Bona - tasty food and lovely decor
    Eppie
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    Bona is a stylish cozy restaurant with a friendly staff and delicious food. The pierogi is outstanding. Soups are superb . Save room for dessert because food is quite substantial. This is a great place to get a taste of Polish cuisine. A wonderful addition to Menlo Park dining scene ! Try it , you'll be happy that you did !
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing soups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Some of the best soups in the Bay Area. The main course is OK, but the soups are phenomenal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • BONA is the only Polish restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    BONA is the only Polish restaurant in the Bay Area, as far as I've found. The food is authentic, and nicely prepared. The service was exceptionally friendly and attentive. I can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies
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  • great to find a Polish restaurant
    Alex
    Dined on 8/11/2011
    great to find a Polish restaurant in town. they are so few and far in between.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2011
    We discovered this hidden gem last month - go if just for the excellent soups. The pickle cream soup is outstanding. The main entrees are also worth checking out - we liked the goulash and special meat-filled dumplings. Also, the Polish beer is quite refreshing and strong - great for a warm summer's dinner. Thursdays are supposed to be a "special dinner menu" but we haven't tried that yet. Will return on a Thursday.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic