Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar
Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bidamanda.com/
  • Phone: 9198299999
  • 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: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (202)special occasion (138)hot spot (120)romantic (105)neighborhood gem (85)good for groups (64)vibrant bar scene (51)great for lunch (35)notable wine list (24)late-night find (18)scenic view (6)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I recently visited Bida for a date and what a fantastic experience. I arrived with flowers for my date and the host asked if there was a special occasion (it was our third date). The hosts gave us a prime table, took the initiative to bring a vas to the table and were amazing overall. The food was spectacular as usual. As I'm a chef myself I appreciate the thought into the presentation of the food. Casey our server was knowledgeable of all aspects of the menu and very personable. If you haven't been go, if you have go again...as I will
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Triangle1983
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Definitely one of the best restaurants in Raleigh. Food is incredible and very different from anywhere else we've found in the city ... and I've lived here for 30 years. Great atmosphere, everything on the menu is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is the triangle not exposed?
    Skinnyeats
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I just don't get the reviews for restaurants here. Glowing reviews for mediocre. This place was nice. The food was good but for it to be rated top 10? I mean please. It's good food. The location is good. It's not sexy, sultry, chic, upscale, kid friendly (menu options), nor beautiful. It's just nice. I'm not a jeans kinda gal but I'd throw on a pair for this place and go with a gal pal or on a fourth date. This isn't for kids, first date, or sexy hip scene. It's just a nice place to taste something different from the norm. Not amazing food. Not bad either. Just nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Night Out!
    luvnewcuisine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We recently celebrated our anniversary at Bida Manda, and I haven't been able to stop talking about it. Everything from the hostess, to the food, to the service, was AMAZING! Our server was knowledgeable and made great recommendations. We ordered everything that was suggested, and loved every bit of it. You don't want to miss out on this place. Great location, delicious cuisine, stellar service, and wonderful ambiance! Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bida Manda
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Anytime I have an out-of-town visitor I make sure to bring them to Bida Manda for dinner. It is always a huge hit. Not every city has a Laotian restaurant after all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new favorite
    tarv
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Took a date here for her birthday, as this is a little nicer than standard grad student budget food, and it did not disappoint. It was the first time for both of us, and we're now ready to make it a staple. The ambiance was fine, and the service was excellent, but the food was the star. We split the Crispy Rice Lettuce Wraps, which were absolutely amazing. If I worked in downtown Raleigh, I might have them for lunch every day--this from a red meat aficionado who almost never orders vegetarian wraps. Our waitress advised us that the Crispy Pork Belly Soup was filling enough to split, so we split it, and it was also delicious. And filling. Would highly recommend. Dessert was sticky rice w/mango, which was a bit sweet for me, but she liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful!
    lostandgone
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food here is INCREDIBLE! The lettuce wraps, the saffron crepes, and the macarons were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Visit
    Bogart
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent service, delicious appetizers, a bit too loud so it is hard to have a conversation with a group, some dishes better than others. A couple of people in our party were very disappointed by their meal considering the cost and said that they would go back for the appetizers but not necessarily to eat a main course. Others at our table enjoyed their choice for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable experience.
    Jayesbee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent service and food. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Eclectic and exotic cuisine that was a treat for the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food!
    pgallVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Bida Manda is very lively and beautiful! Our food was exceptional. The lettuce wrap appetizer is delicious. I had the sweet chili pepper chili with ginger rice was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Everything was delicious! Flavorful and authentic, fresh and perfectly cooked. As someone who cannot tolerate gluten or dairy, I usually have very few options at restaurants, and yet at Bida Manda I could eat almost anything. In a party of six, we tried 17 different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and there were only three that I couldn't try due to dietary restrictions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    theboyfriend
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our first time to Bida Manda and it was perfect. Extremely friendly staff including hostess, waitress, and owner. Our waitress was knowledgeable about everything and took great care of us. We went for a birthday and they provided us with the most delicious dessert plate full of goodies at the end if the meal. The meal itself was extraordinary. Will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking forward to returning
    Frusa
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    So the first thing I must address is the LACK of noise. I was a bit put off about the reviews of noise levels in this restaurant but I found it to be as loud as it should be on a Saturday night at 7 pm in any bustling business. What the reviews did get right though, is how good the food is. I would recommend the Green Papaya Duck, the Lettuce Wraps, the Pork Ribs and the Whole Fish. The only slight disappointment was the Curried Chicken. Everything was otherwise wonderful, including the service. Great job Bida Manda!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food ever! No kidding!
    maamie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Exquisitely flavorful and original food. I dream about it! Everything is excellent, but the larb is wonderful and the Tom Yum Kai is amazing. Our server was excellent--very helpful and friendly. The dessert trio was a perfect ending to a delicious meal. The old fashioned jazz music is a bit odd and doesn't add to the ambience, IMHO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful experience! The service and menu accommodated Celiac guests with ease! Most importantly the food was nothing short of stellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lived up to hype!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bida Manda was a restaurant I have been waiting to go to for months. The atmosphere was exotic and romantic with bamboo on the walls and Laotian clothing on display behind glass on the walls. The waitress was very helpful on giving recommendations for entrees and cocktails. She told us that when Billy Joel was in town, he came and loved the crispy pork belly soup. and it was definitely the winner of the night! Delicious lemongrass coconut flavor with noodles and crispy pork. The basil stir fry and papaya salad and phone were also great. I did the restaurant week fixed price menu, and I'm glad I did because I the crispy spring rolls were so tasty and the macaron with strawberry made a nice light dessert. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    raleighfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went here for a birthday lunch. Highly recommend it - delicious food and drinks, great atmosphere, super friendly staff, and great birthday desserts. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was overpowered by the noikse
    FredR
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of my favorite downtown restaurants for food, but on at 6:30 on a Thursday night the noise was overpowering. SO bad I couldn't hear my wife across the table. So bad I pulled up the sound meter app on my iPhone. The peak was 90db! Average was 88. Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss is 90-95 db. 98 is what a hand drill sound like. So even though the food was outstanding I couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant. But not before eating. The chicken Satay app was not bad, but the whole fish was incredible. It was on special for restaurant week, but I will return if they have it again. The Pork Belly Soup is my favorite dish there, so if there is no whole fish there is a backup plan. On a quiet night though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service, service, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed Restaurant Week at Bida Manda. The spring rolls were crispy and the lamb with raw papaya salad, well cooked. The macaroon for dessert, while thrifty, was delicious. The outstanding item about the place, however, is the service. We had an excellent waitress, who was there when we needed her but never hovered, and even the owner? came by to ask how things were going. Exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom and son dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very interesting food that was delicious. My dish was available to be spiced up. I like HOT. They did warn me, and it did not disappoint on the Lao "hot" scale. Interesting menu and atmosphere. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Marvelous food. Superb service. won't be back again soon..can't hear dinner companion for all the noise in the place. Not relaxing at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bida Manda during restaurant week
    cmillemore
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The service here is top notch, the food interesting and well-presented, and the decor really unique. Since it was restaurant week it was quite busy, and this may have contributed to the din. Our party of four was able to try most of what was offered on the restaurant week prix fixe menu. The curry was wonderful, the papaya salad was fragrant and spicy, and the whole fried fish was impressive. We were not so impressed with the pad thai, finding it to be a bit too sweet, lacking depth, and the seafood somewhat rubbery. Dessert was a large French macaron, light and airy with just the right amount of chewiness and creamy filling. Overall the food is great, with many gluten-free options, and the staff is warm, friendly, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    the dishes were all very well flavored, esp the appetizers were fabulous - esp the rice dish my fish was great - well cooked well sauced. My wife's curried chicken was overcooked - but well sauced
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New dimension to Raleigh's menu
    hockeyman1433
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The smaller dining room, bamboo-lined walls, and candlelit tables provide a relaxed but upscale atmosphere, with appropriate lighting levels for the selection of unique dishes (you want to see what you're eating!). The service is friendly and helpful. The selection of appetizers and dishes was just large enough to appeal to a variety of palates without being overwhelming, given that each dish, with the exception a few cultural "staples", is a new experience to most. The Pad Thai and chicken curry were excellent. The bar menu was varied, but focused on rum and tequila drinks. Wines were reasonably priced. While the price was a bit higher than most DTRaleigh restaurants ($15-$20), Bida Manda goes the extra distance that most places won't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic
    wescta00
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and drinks. Restaurant has a really nice ambiance-very tasteful decorations. Food is unique. Have had the pork belly soup and the whole sea bass. Both were amazing. Only downside was my friend found the food overly spicy for her palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous!!
    DiscriminatingPalate
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I'm usually not one to write reviews, but our visit to this restaurant was such a wonderful experience I had to give feedback. We started our meal with the Crispy Rice Lettuce Wraps.....OMG....so delicious!! For my main course, I had Green Papaya Salad with grilled sea bass.....absolutely delectable. And then to top it all off, it was my birthday :-) and the server brought out a complimentary 'trio plate' of desserts. Needless to say, the desserts, like the other dishes did not disappoint either. I will go back again. Service was wonderful, food was superb and the decor of the restaurant...A+. Check it out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BJGi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was outstanding as was the service. Noise level was very high. Very low light as we had use our flashlights on our smart phones to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Janet
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is always prompt and thoughtful. Love the owner! He's got a very interesting life story and he is kind and dedicated to excellence. A
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceeds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Bida Manda is one of those places that fits every purpose: special event, business lunch, out of town guests, just hungry, etc. The food is excellent but the service and sense of welcome set it apart. Vansana and Vanvisa truly have created an oasis of quality and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to celebrate
    citydiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have been to Bida Manda several times to celebrate special occasions and each time the service has been excellent, with friendly and attentive wait staff as well as timely delivery of food. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are presented attractively and provide more than adequate amounts of food. The space is warm and festive with unusual decorations and always fresh flowers. The whole baked fish makes a spectacular entree. The trio of desserts gives you choices and they are all light and not too filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find
    Nutts0327
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Found this with a simple Google search in GMaps while hovering over Raleigh. Good recommendation and a great payoff. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Bida Manda
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything was great, except my wife and I could not converse because of the high noise level. Food, service were superb, just to much noise, possibly because it was Monday night(according to waiter).
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuck
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was quite good and our waiter took very good care of us. However, cleanliness was a problem: the menus were torn, frazzled, and dirty; the floors were dirty; and the bathrooms, especially the ladies' room, were disgusting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Raleigh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Hands down. The food is incredible. Great owner and staff. Amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bida manda still a winner
    eatright
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    my husband and i have not had a chance to return to bida manda for several months. this visit was as seamless and delicious as the last. we especially appreciated the courteous, always-on-it service, the nice size of their cocktails, generous entree portions and still reasonable prices. our favorite dishes are the salmon and the carmelized pork ribs. overall, a downtown gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Brian
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Big variety for gluten free eating. We had lettuce wraps, sea bass (daily special), and the chicken curry. For dessert we had the macaroons, which were huge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The sausage appetizer was excellent - not greasy at all and very tasty; I did not share! I also had the lettuce wrap which was awesome! My companions enjoyed the pork belly soup and the sea bass. I am definitely looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I got the papaya salad and it was delicious. A little spicy, which I hadn't prepared myself for, but still really tasty. Atmosphere was wonderful. I made a reservation and glad I did because there was a steady flow of people coming in the whole time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good
    tbzinger
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good but my expectations were high and it was not up to them. staff was very friendly. It was very busy and a little to loud for my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely incredible.
    cosmosmariner2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to Bida Manda for an anniversary dinner and was amazed by the food, service, and environment. Both our entrees were incredible (especially the basil beef) and the restaurant really helped make a special occasion outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.