Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

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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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bida Manda is our new favorite spot in Raleigh. The food is beyond amazing, the cocktails are lovely and the service is top notch!

s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very pretty restaurant. Drinks were nice. The food was fine but definitely not worth the price. Server seemed to be anxious for me to put in my entree order, came back 3 times before the appetizers even came out. Won't be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were traveling to the area and heard about this place from a local resident. It exceeded our expectations, we really enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you!

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This place has absolutely gorgeous decor, and it creates a wonderful ambiance. The food was good, but did not live up to the hype. I think we might have just ordered the wrong thing, because everyone else’s food around us looked incredible. Our server was good, not an outstanding experience, but he got the job done. Overall a good experience!!

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently fabulous in all areas. Our go to for a nice night out to celebrate anything!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I just moved to Raleigh and were told we had to try Bida Manda- and I now would highly recommend it! The waitress forgot our second order of drinks but otherwise provided some amazing recommendations and was very attentive. We got the lettuce wraps as an appetizer, and split the pork belly soup and the green papaya salad- we were stuffed and took leftovers home. The pork belly soup was phenomenal and I would most definitely get it again!

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Jordan is the best. Thank you.

AM
Western NC
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bida Manda was fun. Good food, good service, good time. I will go again for sure. Had the wings with three Laotian sauces that were delicious. The wings were crispy and hot. Very good. Had the crispy rice lettuce wraps. Excellent. Didn't miss the meat. Lol. Main courses- the Pad Thai and the Yellow Curry with Chicken. Both very nice. Lots of food. Will split a plate next time. Can't wait to go back.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Delicious food and cocktails. Can’t wait to go again.

KG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bida Manda never disappoints! The crispy pork belly soup is to die for!! Everything is wonderful.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, ambiance And dining experience!

LM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, wait staff very knowledgeable and gave good advice about selections.

This restaurant is so noisy, and some patrons nearby were overly boisterous. But we enjoyed out meal, and parking across the street was free- a plus!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors, decor and service.

L
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal!

JE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING , experience was overall amazing.

MH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I honestly can't say enough good things about the staff, service, food, and overall experience. We just moved from DC, after 6 years of going to all of the Michelin awarded restaurants all over the city (and world!), and this experience was top 3 in my entire life.

We went to celebrate my Husband's 30th Birthday, and he's always loved to try new foods, so we asked our amazing waiter (S/O Cliff - you da real MVP!) to just pick and choose for us, and surprise us with every single decision. It was perfect!! He chose our cocktails and our entire meal for us (after asking about dietary restrictions, favorite types of food, things to avoid, etc). I am not exaggerating when I say every single bite was INCREDIBLE and completely perfect for us.

Aside from the incredible food, everyone at the restaurant made us feel as home - so comfortable and so welcoming! They even wrote down a list of other recommended restaurants, bars, and activities when they learned that we were new to the area. They honestly went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable not only in their restaurant, but in the city of Raleigh! Trust me when I say we will be back, very soon, and will continue to come back on a monthly (if not weekly) basis!

*Tip: GET THE PORK BELLY SOUP. YOU WILL THANK ME LATER.

b
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply the best Asian restaurant in the Triangle

L
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Too loud. Although the food was very good, we registered the noise at 82dB on Soundprint. Way too loud! Not enjoyable!

T
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bida Manda is hands down the best restaurant in Raleigh. The service and the food are impeccable!

CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a birthday. Had been a while since we had eaten at Bida Manda, but it is stil soooooo good. I had to go with the green papaya salad with pork and my wife got the whole red snapper. Both were superb.

JA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place really worths the drive. The service and foods are awesome. Look forward to do again.

DZ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service. Food was just okay. A bit overpriced.

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal! Our server, Savannah, gave my wife and me excellent recommendations. Service was super. Highly recommend this restaurant.

TT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were excited to come as the place was highly rated. We came for lunch and the place looked great and had lots of people. We ordered the crispy spring rolls and chicken wings for appetizers. The spring rolls were excellent but the wings were way too dry. My wife ordered the pork belly soup and I had the curry chicken. Both dishes were lukewarm in temperature and i felt like it sat somewhere for 15 minutes before being served. So the taste wasn't as good as if it was prepared hot.

V
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always! Great vegetarian options.

BT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Summer rolls were the best I ever ate. I ordered the papaya salad special for dinner. For me it was a poor choice. The papaya is tough, stringy and not much flavor and the steak that came with it ordinary. Given how good the summer rolls were I think I would have similarly found some other selection more pleasing. The fish that got ordered next door looked inviting.

The chairs in this restaurant are the most uncomfortable I ever experienced. I don't recall the chairs in school being this unpleasant to sit in.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Beautiful decor. I recommend for every day dining and special occasions.

RE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service when we eat here. Love it!

RR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite spot in Raleigh. The food is incredible, service is consistent, and the atmosphere is nice, but a little loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. The food had amazing flavor and texture. Incredible and I can’t wait to go back

CD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Waitstaff polite.

LA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What bothered me was that the bamboo on the walls looked dusty. I felt uncomfortable knowing that the walls were dusty. The appetizers were good and the main dishes were generous.

LT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed lunch there this week, very good flavors and people.

JA
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch and they make celebrating a birthday very special.

Y
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, inventive food in a very neat setting. The larb is truly wonderful, and the dessert sampler is not to be missed. One of our favorite Raleigh restaurants.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit and I once again had a very refreshing dining experience here! The food was outstanding and the service was above and beyond that of other restaurants in the area.

NC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food,,, simple menu and excellent service. The apps are fantastic.

a
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our date night at Bida Manda. The food was delicious, the trio dessert was outstanding, and my husbands cocktail was the best amaretto sour to date. I had 2 mocktails since I am pregnant and they were delicious and not overly sweet. Overall a great experience and we will definitely be coming back.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sophia was a great waitress. Very knowledgeable and helpful.

E
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS and the service was amazing. I highly, highly recommend.

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