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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Incredible food, wonderful cocktails and a great server."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, great service. And I don't say that lightly, Raleigh is full of over-hyped restaurants from over-hyped people. In this singular case, believe the hype."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I love good food. Bida Manda has great food. Great atmosphere also. I would like to try everything on the menu!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Bida Manda continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in the triangle. To start, the drink menu varies seasonally and is creative and delicious. The lettuce wrap appetizer is outstanding (and quite large, great for sharing). The pork belly noodle soup was an amazing meld of flavors, absolutely scrumptious. Atmosphere is vibrant. Our server, Cliff, was a breath of fresh air- informed, interesting, energetic and a great ambadassador for the establishment."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food, great service! I took a friend that had never been and they really loved it!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My husband and I have found our new favorite restaurant in Raleigh!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our friends had been singing Bida Manda's praises, and I'm so happy we listened. The place was hopping on Saturday evening, even at the slightly unfashionably early time of 6:15 PM; the food was genuinely outstanding (we ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, though we'll certainly be back for the regular menu) and the service was crisp, professional, and friendly. These are serious folks cooking with knowledge and love and delivering a first-rate service experience as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place is amazing. I swear each time I eat there I love it more and more. I recommend the green papaya salad! So delicious!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I was not impressed it is overpriced a quarter glass of wine cost $10.00 I have had better food in a Chinese takeout. The best thing was the spring rolls. Thank you"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Bida Manda is a great place to dine for something different. The service is great and so is the space. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "4 of us went to dinner there for the first time. Three were happy with meal. Two of us had trout, and mine was delicious but my friend said her's was over cooked and she was disappointed. Waiter was excellent."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant. We dined here during Restaurant Week and will be returning very soon. The service was impeccable. You must try the lettuce wraps!!!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had heard a lot about Bida Manda, and had been looking for an opportunity to come to town and dine there. As it happened, we were able to come during Restaurant Week and try the three-course menu. Although the place was crowded and kind of loud, the food was pretty darn good. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was amazing! Such a treasure in downtown Raleigh!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Bida Manda has got everything going for it: a great atmosphere, fun bar scene, delicious traditional Laotian food with a modern twist and great service. We enjoyed everything about our meal here, from the shrimp chips to the citrus shooters at the end."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I dined here during Restaurant Week with a friend. We expected an evening with good conversation and decent food. We got so much more! We had the lettuce wrap appetizer with portabella and the summer rolls. The summer rolls tasted fresh, not as opposed to stale, but light and summery and full of flavor. The lettuce wraps filling had a crunch to it - unique and good. Dinner was papaya salad (think papaya slaw not leafy greens) with veggie skewers and also pumpkin curry. I could not wait to have my leftovers the next day. We had an off-menu dessert for restaurant week - a delicious macaroon. The end-of-meal palette cleanser was also good. My only other comment, make a reservation. Hint, you can use Open Table."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "There is nothing better than your lettuce wraps with crunchy rice. The flavors explode in your mouth. My favorite restaurant in NC. I.am a NY foodie with discriminating taste."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I went there with my friend for Triangle Restaurant Week. I got the lemongrass sausage and the rice lettuce wrap as appetizer. The sausage was actually quite good with enough spices and aromatic when tasted. The rice lettuce wrap, however, was just plain with no flavor and dry. I could think of so many more way to improve the dish when I was eating it. For entree, I got the pork belly soup and my friend got the papaya salad with grilled pork neck. My pork belly soup was on the salty side and there wasn't enough broth in the bowl. I guess being Asian, I have a keener palate for this type of food. The papaya salad itself was decent but the grilled pork neck was just dry and plain ( that make me wonder if they even marinated the meat). "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I went for restaurant week. The food was incredible - flavorful, cooked to perfection! When busy it can get a little loud in the dining room, but otherwise it has a cozy, romantic ambiance. I will certainly go back!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I was blown away by the flavor, the ambiance and the service. We will definitely be back again! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This place is AMAZING and never disappoints. The food is always outstanding and service is great. I have been here on several occasions and have gotten something different each time and each time the food has been great, I can’t decide what has been my favorite because each time I think “this is it!” Eventually I want to make it through the entire menu…. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014