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Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar
Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bidamanda.com
  • Phone: (919) 829-9999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese, Thai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please allow us to be a part of your special gathering. Whether it is a birthday dinner for 10 guests or a corporate event for 100+, we will work with you to craft your memorable dining experience. Please contact Vansana Nolintha at vansana@bidamanda.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar
Right in the heart of downtown Raleigh, Bida Manda is a thoughtful and sharp gathering place celebrating the diverse food and culture of Laos. Bida Manda is one of the very first Laotian restaurants in the US. Sanskrit for father and mother, we name the restaurant Bida Manda as our way of honoring our parents in Laos who taught us everything we know about food, hospitality, and the power it has in bringing people together.

Our parents' recipes are the inspiration for our menu. Every dish on our menu is exactly what we grew up eating. They are the kind of dishes you might find on the street corners of Luang Prabang and at a Laotian home.

Come in and go away with us on sensational culinary journey to Laos.

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Whether it is a birthday dinner for 10 guests or a corporate event for 100+, we will work with you to craft your memorable dining experience. Please contact Vansana Nolintha at vansana@bidamanda.com for more information.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This food is not to be missed! Definitely try the crispy rice lettuce wraps for an appetizer! Drinks were also phenomenal!!! I had the summer sangria and it was light and a little sweet, the perfect combination to something a little spicy. Service was excellent and the ambiance was very calm but there was a good crowd there."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went for dinner. Lighting insufficient to read the menu. Several tables, including ours, using phones to read it. Consider increasing table lighting or supply mini flashlights."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fourth visit and it just gets better! Charming and knowledgable staff who knows the menu well. Green papaya salad with duck is heavenly. Share an order of the crispy rice lettuce and crispy spring rolls (pork). Trio for dessert is just enough for two."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in raleigh. The decor is beautiful, the food is always delicious with interesting ideas and flavors. Only gave it a 4 instead if a 5 this time because if a few things: I tried to make a reservation for 4 instead if two on open table to invite friends, wouldn't let me, then we were seated at a 4 top. The server also rushed us quite a bit. I know it's a busy restaurant, but asking if he can clear my plate when I have a fork to my mouth is not cool in any restaurant. We had the crispy rice rolls for an appetizer, yummy. We shared two entrees.... Pork belly soup (best entree there). And the shrimp and bacon crepe, was a first and last, there is a sauce they use that gives the inside a mushy texture."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great selection, just the right description on the menu to make a specific choice, and awesome food that did NOT disappoint! Easy parking during the week, and great place to stroll after dinner! I really enjoyed it! I'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "What a great little restaurant this is----one of favorite places in town, and excellent for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I've been to Bida Manda a number of times and every time the food has been spot on. The food is simple, fresh, delicious and doesn't rely on fancy fad preparations. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was my second time and it was delicious yet again!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I like that it felt comfortable and relaxed but special at the same time. The staff was very friendly and always smiling. Everyone seemed to really care about the place and were proud!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is Raleigh's only restaurant with really high vibration and a spiritual slant coupled with incredible food and service. A very special restaurant where the staff is actually trained by the owners."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went here for the first time with 3 other girlfriends. We were clueless on what to order and our waiter was very helpful and descriptive on all the dishes he recommended. We had the most delicious meals and such a wonderful time. The atmosphere was perfect. The owner took the time to make sure everything was good, and told us the story of how Bida Manda came to be. Can't say enough wonderful things about this absolutely amazing restaurant. Will definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was terrific. The dishes were bright, flavorful and different, without being overdone, heavy or excessive. Unlike some other places around town, they really seem to get that "more" does not necessarily mean "better," when it comes to cooking. Very enjoyable. The atmosphere was well-constructed with thoughtful detail. We only had two complaints. First, the hostess seemed to have skipped us in the rotation leaving us to wait another 15 minutes extra and one drink, the strawberry sour, was essentially a sour without any noticeable strawberry to it. Those were minor details compared to our otherwise overwhelmingly positive experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice restaurant, I like the ambiance but the food is just OK and its real difficult to park nearby."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Creative menu, expertly prepared and seasoned, served by attentive and friendly staff, with owner dropping by from time to time to make sure everything was just right -- makes for perfect night. Try the papaya salad, lettuce wraps, and we really enjoyed the desserts, which were delicate treats. This has become our spot for taking out of town friends when we want to show them the best Raleigh has to offer."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fantastic, authentic, high quality food. Flavors were spot in. Interesting cocktail list. Fantastic complimentary aperitif and delicous macaroons to top of the meal! Well done!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A unique and impressive dining experience. Can't wait to go back and try another item on their menu. The service was great and the cocktails even better."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been hearing nothing but good things and were excited to try this restaurant. The service and atmosphere were great, but the food was only so-so. About half of the dishes we ordered were okay, but several were just not very good. With so many great restaurants in the Triangle, I wouldn't recommend this one."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had soft shelled crabs, ribs and green papaya with duck. All were excellent. Their margaritas are some of the best in town."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have enjoyed this restaurant since it opened. Lunch, dinner, for a couple or a large group - we have always enjoyed the food, the service, the feel of the restaurant, the decor. Raleigh is very lucky to have Bida Manda. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is one of the few places I can get really really hot food that tastes amazing. I get the Green Papaya Salad (Laotian Hot) with med rare duck breast. It's one of my favorite meals. Nate, our server, was really knowledgable and attentive! Everything about Bida Manda keeps me coming back. I can't wait for my next meal!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Excellent Service. Van and his team have created a great service culture and the food is outstanding. A winning combo."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I food was fabulous along with our very personable waiter (Cliff &his trainee Patricia) it was a meal to remember and we definitely want to come back again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 28th anniversary and the staff treated us royally. Complimentary sparkling wine to start us off, delicious and perfectly prepared apps and entrees and an exceptional dessert. We had an enchanted evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Bida Manda is a great place to dine. The menu is unique, yet there is something for everyone. The restaurant itself is vibrant with nice pictures of Laos. The food is fantastic as is the service. A+ rating."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We absolutely loved Bida Manda. The service is impeccable, the decor beautiful, and the service outstanding. The papaya salad is a must try."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Bida Manda and couldn't have made a better choice! Everything was perfect from the friendly welcome to the gracious "thank you for coming to our restaurant." The food was superb as well as the service. I would highly recommend this very nice restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Unique and lovely atmosphere. Friendly service. Pork belly noodle soup is a life altering experience. The highlight of an overall great experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It is a place you come back to over and over again, your favorite spot. Amazing service, sense of community, food and atmosphere. Bida manda has it all!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food (Pork Belly soup and lettuce wraps) was incredible. Absolutely delicious. Our server (Nate) was awesome too. One of the best. He was very friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This has become my all time favorite restaurant in Raleigh. The food is healthy, fresh and delicious. The service is superb!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Incredible food, wonderful cocktails and a great server."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went with some friends to celebrate our June birthdays. The drinks are awesome and the food delicious! Highly recommend the Moscow Mule and the shrimp pad tai. The best part was when the restaurant helped us to celebrate our birthdays with a complimentary dessert! A very generous gesture and apprectaied!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We love Bida Manda! The food is always great, and the menu changes seasonally. Their food is always fresh, and you can get exotic with the spices or the ingredients. Beware of the heat! Medium spice is pretty darn spicy. The waitress brought my wife a coconut soda, which cooled it right down, so that was a nice discovery too. I highly recommend Bida Manda"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful time. They were very communicative about the spice levels (with choices for little spice up through lots) and the food was wonderful. If you enjoy people watching, there are large front windows to enjoy the view of the park as well!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Who knew that this cute restaurant that sits next beside this loud bar in downtown raleigh would be so FABULOUS!. The decor was simple but yet gave off romantic vibes, with its fresh flowers, exposed ceiling beams, dim lighting, and just the perfect amnt of color pop! The waiter was so polite and so knowledgeable about everything. We started off with the spring rolls!!! O.M.G Delish! i had the sweet chili salmon with sticky rice yummmmm and my husband had the ribs that were just perfect and so tender….. We had a great DATE NIGHT! THANK U"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our anniversary dinner. Everyone was very polite and provided us with stellar service. The food was absolutely amazing. My husband had the nc whole fish and it was cooked & seasoned to perfection. I opted for the duck larb and it was amazing. The medium hot was perfect since I like food on the spicy side. And the trio for dessert didn't disappoint either. My favorite was the sweet potato créme brûlée."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Bida Manda has a distinguished and unique atmosphere with amazing service. I felt like the staff was a family and for an hour I was a part of that family. We were treated with love and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Bida Manda is a perfect example of a restaurant that relishes in the little details - from my cocktail at the beginning of the night to the digestif presented at the end of our meal, there were surprising flavors, beautiful presentation, and a casual, friendly vibe. There's a reason why Bida Manda is a favorite for so many!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was my second time at Bida Manda, and both times I've been happy with the food. It is delicious and interesting... the shrimp & bacon crepe did not disappoint, and the accompanying dipping sauce was incredible. Their cocktail menu is really outstanding. The server made great recommendations and was attentive without being intrusive. If you're on a budget, this isn't cheap, but the prices are pretty typical for a nice meal out in Raleigh. All that said, it's a solid option but not my favorite in the Triangle, which is why I rated it Very Good instead of Outstanding--I haven't yet found that "can't resist" dish to keep me coming back. Bottom line: If you haven't eaten there, it's absolutely worth checking out."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My Laotian friend was impressed with the dishes' authenticity. The lettuce wrap, pork belly soup, whole snapper, steamed fish and dessert trio were excellent. The tripe was inadvertently omitted from the duck larb but our server made sure that it was added in our to-go box. Great service, great atmosphere - we'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014