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Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

4.8
2032 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Vietnamese, Thai
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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
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Phone number
(919) 829-9999
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop
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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.
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
What 2032 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved the experience and food! Great overall experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with unique tastes in the menu. Everything I had was delicious, I did wish there were more noodles ion the pad thai though :(. The tom ka soup for an appetizer was AMAZING and bursted with flavor in every bite! WIll definitely be going back!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Bida Manda is a unique dining experience.......featuring a Thai experience like never before. The menu is very different with lots of veggie options too. The service is excellent. Our server was engaging and great at recommendations. It is a vibrant restaurant. Reservations are a must!!!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Second visit, can’t wait for the third. All around great meal. Loved the fish. See you soon.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Incredible food! Cozy, great for a date!
A touch pricey but worth it!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food and great service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First time eating here and it didn't disappoint! Tried new foods and really enjoyed them ! Also, tried their take on Pho, and it was impressively good! Lastly, the service was probably one of the best we have had! Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and was very pleasant to speak with. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars in every category, I would. It is a bit crazy but we actually visited Raleigh (we live in Northern Virginia) for the first time just to try this restaurant out. Never had Laotian food before, but drawing from my experiences with Thai and Vietnamese food, I had a good idea of what I was getting into.

We were seated at the bar and were greeted by probably the nicest bartender duo I have ever met. I apologized for not recalling his name, but his knowledge of the menu really surprised me and gave us awesome recommendation. The ginger pork ribs I got was perfectly seasoned, and not overly cooked to the point where the meat would just fall out on its own. My wife got the papaya salad and duck breast (medium rare). I didn't even know you could eat duck at medium rare, but that is probably the best way to eat it, now I know.

Angela, who was serving us as well, was equally awesome. Their positive attitude and friendliness seriously made the dining experience even better. I am so glad I drove all the way to Raleigh for this. Folks living in the area are so fortunate!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The crepe is excellent. We also really enjoyed the sausage appetizer. The green papaya salad was so so, though the duck was great. I have yet to find a great green papaya salad and we probably hurt it by asking for it to be mild. Still I strongly recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great! ❤️❤️❤️

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I got the Pad Thai and my husband got the pork belly soup. Pad Thai was best I've ever had. Pork belly soup had amazing flavors - so good and pork belly was nice and crispy. Great food, great seervice.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We are beyond lucky to have such an amazing restaurant at our finger tips. I would travel long and far to dine at such a place. The food is like no other...truly. If you get to eat there, consider yourself lucky. Their sister restaurant next door shouldn’t be missed either (Brewery Bhvana). Book fast though...seats aren’t easy to come by. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I drove 5 hours from Asheville just to eat at Bida Manda after hearing the This is Love podcast. It was everything I hoped for and more. The food was amazing and and service was top notch. The ambiance was dreamy and I will definitely be coming back - loved to support such an amazing restaurant and owner.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

i waited 2 mos for the reservation and have been here more than once before. i love it. but this time the service made me feel attended to but very rushed. dinner came instantaneously and i didn't have a lengthy dining experience. i felt the front was watching my table to get me out of there and turn it over.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this place and it isn’t just because the food is orgasmic. The service is always top notch. It feels like everything I expect from a local favorite bar and restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was amazing and so was the service. It’s a bit noisy so if looking for a quiet night out, try again.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This place is wonderful. Great service and great food. The portion are generous and they are very accommodating if you want to split or share a dish. The sea bass was easily the best I've ever had. Melt in your mouth delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good food, . we ordered green salad which was smothered with overabundance of dressing. Ate it all but it was overbearing. Fish in banana leaf with vegetables, pork belly soup and rice chips were good.
Good rice desert not light if you're looking for a light desert.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food at Bida Manda is always top notch. It did seem like the portions were smaller than previous visits since our last visit some months ago. Also, I believe the prices have gone up. That being said it is an excellent choice for a good meal.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent service; delicious food. Only complaint was the ribs tasted old..... worth the weeks you wait to get a reservation...

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a great place to eat.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

pad thai was too tomatoey and not enough flavor but rest was good

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Second time here and better than the last. The shrimp crackers/chips that I've heard people rave about tasted pretty normal, like any fish ones. I wasn't able to get the sea bass entree since they had run out, but the papaya salad with the sea bass was just as good. The fish is always spectacular and on point. I had ordered the papaya salad to be medium spicy thinking it would be average, but it was a little too hot for my taste buds so I would stay mild unless you can handle a 7/10 spicy level. I don't exactly remember the dessert's name, but it consisted of purple sticky rice, mango, coconut, and caramel. Overall the dish was good since 4 people shared it. I brought my dad and sister-in-law for the first time with my husband and they loved it.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Bida Manda is and has been my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. The food is delicious, service is excellent and the atmosphere is delightful. I highly recommend to anyone and EVERYONE!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Exceeded expectations! The food was delicious, unique and filling portions. Full of flavour. Friendly and courteous service. Beautiful interior. We’ll be back and highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Good food and drinks, slightly overpriced for what you get but so are a lot of things. I liked the atmosphere and decor of the place.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Noise was an issue for our party who wanted to visit during the meal. Hostess very pleasantly reseated our party to an area she thought might be "less loud." It was a bit better. This restaurant is soon good and I want to keep returning, but excessive noise is a real problem.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was good. My son really liked the pho. The flavors in the larb were so strong and intense, it was hard to finish the dish, but it mellowed out to make good leftovers. I got a to-go order for my husband, who couldn't make it, and it was much smaller than the usual order.

Other than that, everything was good and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The server was great! The food was good. The only 2 downsides were, having to book a late evening reservation a month in advance and it was quite noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic night at Bida Manda! I have lived in Raleigh for three years and can't believe that this was my first visit. I will certainly be back as soon as possible. Staff was excellent and food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

My GF and I had the lettuce wraps for an appetizer and the pork belly soup and the basil stir fry for our entrees. It was delicious and just the right amount to satisfy our bellies for lunch! The staff were friendly and the service was good. I recommend Bida Manda and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Took my significant other out for a date here to celebrate his graduate school admissions. We had later evening reservations, and our service was excellent. I also have a wheat allergy and found there were so many great-sounding options- the menu labels what is gluten free too! Overall would highly recommend for special occasions and stellar gluten-free options!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

As always, excellent dinner at Bida Manda. One of my "go to" restaurants since shortly after they opened. The food was excellent, service impeccable, I always feel warm and welcomed. We had small plates exclusively for a change of pace this time. The lamb sausage appetizer as very flavorful, lettuce wraps had a lovely crunch and blend of flavors and textures. The Tom ka gai (coconut chicken soup) is my favorite in Raleigh. This soup is a personal favorite and there are other Raleigh restaurants who do this well but Bida Manda is the gold standard. We also had the chicken wing with the sweet chili sauce, another hit.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful - very friendly and helpful and interacted with our kids. Trout was delicious, as was the lettuce wrap appetizer we had. Only warning is that their 'medium' spice is extremely spicy (it's the first spice level they offer after 'mild', which is essentially none), it was almost too much where you can't taste the food and I like spicy food in general. Next time I will try mild and add spice sauce myself. Love the ambience. Lastly, they brought out a wonderful rice mango dessert for my son's birthday, which he loved.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Outstanding in every way. This is my fourth time to visit and has become THE place I take visiting friends as well as suggest for local friends to meet. Often share appetizers and entrees to create a tapas-like meal.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This place is impressive yet welcoming! The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful and the atmosphere is worth the reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bida is one of my favorite restaurants and we came in for my mom's birthday dinner. As usual the staff was kind, attentive, and helpful. The food is consistently incredible, and the atmosphere was great. Happy to be able to share one of my favorite spots with friends and family and know they had a one-of-a-kind experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing service and delicious food - can’t wait to come back!

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