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Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar, Raleigh, NC

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

4.8
4.8
3386 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Bida Manda is a thoughtful gathering place celebrating the diverse food traditions and culture of Laos. The Sanskrit ceremonial term for father and mother, Bida Manda was created out of the deep love and appreciation of food and its power to bring people together.

Please be advised that we only seat complete parties. Reservations are highly recommended, however our bar is also available to you on a first come first serve basis. Due to high volume, we have a 15 minute grace period, so if you are running later than 15 minutes from your reservation time please do give us a call!

Thank you so much for your continued support and we can’t wait to see you soon!

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 37 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Vietnamese, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 829-9999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Please allow us to be a part of your special gathering. Whether it is a birthday dinner or a corporate event, we will work with you to craft your memorable dining experience. Please contact us at info@bidamanda.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop <br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,386 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

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  1. S

    Savitrav83

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always incredible food and atmosphere so glad they opened back up.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Our server could not have been more knowledgeable and gave the best recommendations. The portion sizes are BIG so definitely spilt things if you want to try numerous dishes. Well worth the price, will be back!
  3. J

    J27712

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    If this were my first time dining at Bida Manda, I would have loved it. For me the food and service have been inconsistent from time to time. For instances after dinner palate cleansers used to be all the time…now they are hit and miss, depending on server from what I can tell. I asked to split the soup as part of the app and was given an extra spoon, in the past it has either come out in two separate bowls or with extra bowls to ladle it myself.
  4. M

    Monica

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome all around experience from food to service! Thank you!!
  5. RR

    RebeccaR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate a birthday- busy on a Weds night! Service was great and the food was even better. Portions are large- be prepared to take home leftovers. I would definitely go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, flavorful food! Great service !
  7. GP

    GabrielaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an incredibly pleasant experience. The staff is very kind and the food amazing. The ambient is cozy and beautiful.
  8. O

    Ollie

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, tasty drinks, great atmosphere, and exceptional service. I will be thinking about this food for months.
  9. T

    Tsurf

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Business Dinner was Awesome!! Food was so delicious, great service . Can’t wait to. Go back again
  10. J

    Jazzygirl

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I have wanted to come here for years, but for some reason or not never had until tonight. My husband dropped me off in front of the restaurant because parking was crazy on a Saturday night. I checked in and was told that I had to wait for him to get there too before being seated. I politely asked if I could be seated anyway, and they declined because it was their policy. Their loss, I would have ordered a cocktail while waiting, they should be more accommodating to their patrons.. The food was very good, I had the salmon which was delicious. My husband had the chicken curry which was fine, but there are several other places in Raleigh who have a better chicken curry at a lower price point. Our server was not very engaging or energetic but she was prompt. It would have been nice if she had asked us if we had been here before and then helped us by explaining the menu, its not everyday you eat at a Laotian restaurant.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cliff was our server and he is always excellent
  12. S

    Sean

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience
  13. N

    Nick

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As close to a perfect dining experience as it is possible to have. No exaggeration.
  14. S

    Serendipity472

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our choices. Service was great.
  15. A

    Antone

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food, looking forward to trying their more adventuresome dishes. Front house staff was contradictory with seating which reflects poorly on service but waitstaff was excellent.
  16. a

    aeantoli

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    It was fine. Doesn’t really compare to brewery bhavana. Bathroom door locks were not working and air felt damp inside. Lettuce wraps were served chilled.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal along with outstanding service! Our server Cliff was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We Will be back. The cashew chicken ginger, chicken wings and the pork belly soup were all delicious.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was very bleh. This place has gone down hill recently. Pho was disappointing and the pork belly soup was bland.
  19. BB

    BruceB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great experience. We started with the crispy rice lettuce wrap - absolutely delicious. Our two entrees were the sweet chili salmon. And the Pho Lao soup. Both delicious. We were lucky to have Brill as our waiter - he made the dinner all the more enjoyable.
  20. A

    Anonymous1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The wait was very long even though we had reservations. The drink and appetizer order and finally the main course orders also were very slow. Not such a problem because we went to be social but had it been a different type of outing it would have been too long. The chairs are uncomfortable to the point of painful - just wood slabs with no curvature. Three of the five people at our table were uncomfortably cold. And the most important thing, the food - so bland!!! I have been to the region a few times and can assure you Laotian and Thai food is anything but bland!! I ordered a curry dish with chicken and it had one small bite sized piece of chicken. I was so over the place by this time I didn’t even bother complaining as not to disrupt our social outing. There is a general air of heightened self importance floating around the place which is entirely undeserved and is the only reason I am writing a negative review, I don’t usually do so. This place is vastly over hyped and over priced per the actual execution of the food and service.🙄
  21. SB

    StephenB

    Raleigh

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently superior in all metrics. Will return
  22. M

    Michelle1972

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been here for a while but so glad we came. The food and service were fantastic. It’s such a cozy ambiance on a cold afternoon. We loved the wings with parang curry sauce!
  23. C

    Chloe

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    After hearing so much acclaim for this restaurant I’ll admit my hopes were high. We came in on a frigid night and were in the draft’s path and I was cold enough to want to wear my coat. But I don’t blame them for that. What frustrated me more was the service. We asked our server about sharing a soup and whether it’s a cup or bowl size and he said it’s really a personal size soup but some people share, with a tone of voice that suggested it’s a bad idea. I explained we have small appetites and he repeated “it’s a personal size.” Then we received two big bowls of soup. and we totally could have shared. When it was time to order dinner, I was already full. I realize I shouldn’t complain about large portions, but we would have shared if we had known. In this case I had looked forward to trying their curry for dinner, but I was to fall and so I wound up picking a papaya a salad instead. By now at least the server to figure out that I truly do have a small appetite, and kindly suggested that perhaps I would like to get a side instead of a main dish, and that is one thing I am glad he did. As far as the food goes, The soup was pretty yum, but very salty and I love salt. The papaya salad was not my favorite. I have traveled in Thailand, and I’ve had a lot of papaya salads in my time, and this one just didn’t really do it for me. Super salty, and just not as refreshing as I like it to be. Addition, I ordered a Thai iced tea and it never came. I was asked if I would like to take it to go instead but it was about 15 degrees outside so no. My partner got a soup pork cheek soup that was pretty good though. I did suffer a small case of FOMO. Overall the food was OK with the exception of that pork cheek dish. I don’t think I’ll go back. It seems like you’re paying for the ambience more than anything else, and if the service and food aren’t going to be stellar I just wouldn’t bother. Maybe we came on a bad night, to be fair, but I’m not impressed.
  24. C

    Calmoon

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate dinner here for the first time. The menu is creative and extensive. The service is top notch. Prices are reasonable.
  25. SK

    SandiK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to make a reservation to eat here after a symphony performance. It’s close enough to the performing arts center and many other downtown locations that you can park once and just walk. This was our first time dining here and we noticed the inviting and unique decor right away. Our hostess and waitress were both helpful and friendly. We did not order drinks, but the app (pork spring rolls) and entrees (pad Thai and cashew ginger chicken) were very tasty. We each had to get a box as the entrees are very large portions (probably could have shared a plate). Overall a very nice experience and we would definitely go back again.
  26. AL

    AnnL

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Received excellent menu selection advice from our competent, friendly server. Will return next time we are in Raleigh.
  27. AD

    AlexD

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful anniversary dinner. Service was quite good and meal delicious.
  28. HC

    HollyC

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our server did not communicate well. I had to ask her questions multiple ways to get an answer that made sense. She also only brought out some of the items ordered. I ordered 5 appetizers. She brought out 4. My husband commented that he can’t stand cilantro when it was served as a garnish on one of the appetizers. He then ordered the duck, which does not have cilantro listed in the ingredients, and was served a dish full of cilantro with no warning from the server. I ordered 2 deserts. She brought 1. I ordered tea which was never brought. It took 20 minutes to get the first desert, and another 10 minutes to get the second which made us run late to get to our next event. It was a very frustrating experience. As usual, the food was delicious. It’s a shame the poor service spoiled our experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Great food
  30. DB

    DaciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the atmosphere and the service was wonderful! Alex was an amazing server. We will definitely be back often!
  31. NG

    NancyG

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so delicious. First time I had tried the crispy rice lettuce wraps - now I am a fan for life. Also loved the winter sangria.
  32. JS

    JaimeS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and food is fantastic!
  33. b

    bhjc

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is our first outing in 2 years at bida manda. The food wasn’t quite as good as I remember it. The drinks were good (I recommend their margarita). Nothing specific else to say. It will remain on our rotation of date night haunts.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our food an the service was impeccable!
  35. h

    hallith19

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing. He recommended his two favorite dishes, including the papaya salad with trout- we got them both and were blown away. Can’t wait to go back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The good…cute restaurant with delicious food. The service was fine but nothing to write home about. The annoying…it took over 40 minutes to get our appetizers. They weren’t even busy so I’d hate to see how they handle a crowd. They did comp they so maybe it was just an off day, but who knows. Also if you are seated near the door, be prepared to freeze during the colder months. They attempt to block the frigid outdoors with a large curtain but it clearly was not working. The tables around us didn’t even take their coats off. All and all we’d go back, the food is definitely worth it!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Heat was not working and staff were not very attentive but the food was great-as usual.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in the triangle. Everything was outstanding from taste to presentation
  39. MM

    MarisolM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Every plate we ordered had so much cilantro and the beef it wasn’t tenderloin how the description was in the menu!
  40. M

    Matt

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the pork belly soup and it was amazing as always. My friend and I sat at the bar and service was great. I highly recommend Bida Manda!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar using the Order Online button. Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 829-9999.

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

222 S. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Vietnamese, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 829-9999

  • Private party facilities

    Please allow us to be a part of your special gathering. Whether it is a birthday dinner or a corporate event, we will work with you to craft your memorable dining experience. Please contact us at info@bidamanda.com for more information.

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