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About 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.

222 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Vietnamese, Thai

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 829-9999

Website:
http://www.bidamanda.com/

Public Transit:
R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (101)
Special Occasion (94)
Authentic (86)
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Fit for Foodies (83)
Creative Cuisine (78)
Good for Anniversaries (65)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Romantic (54)
Worth the Drive (53)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Good Vegetarian Options (48)
Healthy (44)
Fun (43)
Hot Spot (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Spicy (42)
Casual (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Business Meals (33)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Groups (27)
Cozy (26)
Gluten Free Options (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Vegan (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Comfort Food (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Great Beer (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was very tasty, the service by Cliff was totally outstanding without being overbearing, everyone from the owners to other staff were very friendly
I definitely recommend this place, the only challenge is getting in

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to Bida Manda on our last night in Raleigh and were very impressed! We weren’t able to get a reservation until 9 but it was worth the wait. Highly recommend the Coconut soup and pad Thai. Great cocktails, too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Seated quickly, server was awesome looked after us very well. Food was prepared as ordered and tasted great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great as always. Pork belly soup is worth the trip.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Traffic kept us from getting to our early reservation time and the staff kindly accommodated our group of three with no questions asked. Friendly, fabulous food and fun!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Not as special as its reputation. Not bad, but I doubt we will go back.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was a great way to celebrate my bestfriend and I’s birthdays. The food was great and for a good price. We loved the ambiance and it’s a place to get away from other people while still enjoying ourselves.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food with creative, interesting ingredients. Will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

I honestly just love this place so much. The service is ALWAYS incredible; they're passionate, interested in you, committed to ensuring you have a memorable experience, and very efficient. Highly recommend when going with 3 or more people getting multiple dishes and eating family style.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I chose Bida Manda for an anniversary dinner and our expectations were exceeded. We had our table only 5 minutes after the reservation on a super busy night and the wait staff was very helpful and charming, congratulating us on the event and recommending drinks. And of course the food was of the best in Raleigh. We will definitely be going again. I'd suggest reserving a table at the least one week ahead of time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We showed up a little early for our reservation. They directed us towards the bar where we had a great cocktail before being seated early for a table. The service was impeccable, the food was tasty ( I husband and I are adventurous, so we tried some of the "traditional "styles, which were fun!), and they even give us a complimentary dessert to help celebrate her anniversary. I'm not local to the area, but if I ever return I will definitely visit this restaurant again! Great food, great cocktails, great service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband and I came to Bida Manda for a long awaited date night, and it did not disappoint. The food and service was amazing! The atmosphere was perfect for a date night or a group of friends dining. My only complaint was a group of people that were extremely loud, making it hard for us, or any other diners, to hear our conversations. One couple even asked to be moved. Other than that, it was perfect!! Definitely check it out!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Lives up to the hype!! Great food, service and price.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Are a dinner and a lunch there within a week. On both occasions, nothing could have improved. A real jewel.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This place never disappoints. Excellent service and food is always delicious.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent service and food. The food is tasty and not too expensive either. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Best restaurant in North Carolina. Food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

From the lovely greeting at the door, the well-crafted sangria from the bar while I waited for my party, to the attentive service at the table, I (we) were pleased with the entire experience...second time for us, first time for the rest of our party. They and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

too loud, but otherwise very enjoyable! Waiter very accommodating for our table of 5 women!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We’ve been wanting to try Bida Manda for some time; what a delightful meal. Although we were tempted by a number of offerings on the menu, it was a chilly evening and my friend and I chose comfort food~ beef pho with tripe and Tom yong gae, a flavorful cocoanut broth soup. Both were excellent! We shared a summer roll to start. It was tasty, but loosely wrapped and the contents spilled out of the wrapper at first bite. Our server was quite attentive without being intrusive. All in all we enjoyed our evening very much and look forward to further exploring the menu.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Bida Manda and it was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The hostess welcomed us with a great smile and asked about any special occasions—5th anniversary was the occasion. The waiter came to our table already knowing it was our anniversary. He provided great advice and input when I asked about items on the menu, all doing so with a great personality as well. He checked in with us periodically, but wasn’t overbearing at all. The food was delicious. Very fresh, authentic, and great portions. We were given a complimentary desert at the end of our meal which was delicious!!! When leaving, we passed by the hostess again and she wished us a happy anniversary once more. It was very nice that she remembered even though about an hour and a half had passed by and she seated many other people. Very pleased with the restaurant and would highly recommend!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Would like to I see more variety on the lunch menu. Neither of our meals were hot when served, rather barely warm, almost room temperature.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Awesome dinner! Outstanding food, really cool atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had sea bass mok, papaya salad, and saffron pancake. Everything was delicious. Cliff, our server, knows the menu, knows the customers, and made sure the wine drinkers at the table chose wines they loved

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food and the service were impeccable! You do have to plan ahead to find somewhere
to park.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

1. Food - 9. 2 Waitress-10. 3. Front door service when coming in for lunch - 4. Bad very bad. 4. We had reservations through Open Table & you would not have thought it. The girl put us at the first table at the front of the resturant, near the front door. Not anyone’s choice. We only spent $80.00 for our get away quiet lunch - right.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Yum! Delicious Laotian food in a creative setting. Outstanding service. Beautifully plated food. Pork belly soup and sea bass mok are favorite entrees. The chicken wing appetizers are also a favorite.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Each dish was perfectly seasoned and flavored. Wonderful experience, service was outstanding. New favorite restaurant in Raleigh!!

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

You will not be disappointed. Everything is perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Welcoming, friendly and professional service. Menu is simple but sufficient selection of very good food.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Vegan, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This was the First time and a what a great experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very disappointing dinner! The appetizers were just ok, nothing special. We didn't care at all for the thickly breaded trout. Why not just bake it naturally without all the padding? Also, the accompanying noodles were not tasty. On the vinegary side.
The macaroons for dessert were good. The wine was good. Service was good.
The BIGGEST problem with this restaurant is the exceedingly high noise level! Forget having a conversation with anyone at your table unless you can read lips!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I heard a lot of positives about this restaurant and finally tried it. Wow was this unimpressive. Had lettuce wraps, wings, ginger cashew chicken, salmon, and bean dessert. Nothing was very good. For the life of me, I don't know why this place has a long wait for weekend reservations. The bar next door looked more interesting and better food with their dim sum menu.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Full, rich and delicious food. Ate small plates. Rice lettuce wraps had that perfect crispy rice texture that's difficult to make. Getting an appetizer serving of Tom Ka Gai for $8 seemed like a reach but it turned out to really be an almost dinner-sized bowl. It is one of the finest soups I've had, although saltier than most. Very rich. Lemongrass sausage was the final dish. I enjoy meats and charcuterie of all sorts and this was nicely done. A nice break from cured, salted and smoked standards from other fare.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Consistently excellent service and food. Stay clear of door - too cool air.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Incredible service from all the staff from the very beginning! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and accommodating, we were truly blown away at the level of service and attention to detail. The food was absolutely delicious! Overall an excellent experience!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love this place! The pork belly ramen is heaven! A must try!

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have been to Bida Manda many times. Never have we had a meal that wasn’t excellent. The service has always been great. Others must agree because it is often difficult to get a reservation. We booked a Saturday night with friends 3 weeks in advance. They are also strict about times open. My daughter and I made a reservation for our birthday lunch as we share the same birth date. We were 5 minutes late and they would not seat us as they close for a little bit before dinner. That was the only disappointment we have had. We’ve gone back several times since then. They are extremely knowledgeable about gluten options as well as being noted on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We chose this restaurant because of all the hipe and the menu looked interesting. The food was good but not over the top like I expected. The best was the spring rolls, very delicate and tasty. We tried the lettuce wraps as suggested but I didn't care for them. I actually preferred the traditional wraps in Asian restaurants. The restaurant was also very noisy due to the modern deco and high ceilings. I'm glad I tried Laotian food and it was good overall experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was exceptional! The menu is very unique and the presentations of each dish was done well.

Prices are reasonable, except for some of the cocktails. We shared a bottle of wine and enjoyed it.

Our server was warm and knowledgeable. Management showed an extra measure of hospitality to help us celebrate our occasion.

We will talk about our experience for years to come.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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