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Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

4.8
2075 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.
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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 2075 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I had the best food and cocktails of my life. Beautiful place with great staff and amazing food. It is 6 hours away from my house and I still will be back specifically for this restaurant

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We finally scored a reservation for our anniversary dinner. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. Everyone was very welcoming. We started with summer rolls. They were fresh and delicious. I ordered the sea bass with papaya salad. The sea bass was amazing but such a small portion for $30! My husband ordered the fried pork belly soup. He loved it. He even had enough left over to bring home. Wine list only had 1 underwhelming chardonnay. Overall, we would go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Top notch from start to finish, food interesting and delicious, service impeccable.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food and service was outstanding! Our table was ready and waiting when we got there. Noise level was too high for our taste. It was hard to hear across the table.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Cliff was our attentive, knowledgeable sever suggesting & explaining items on the menu. I had the perfectly cooked duck breast & my husband had the sea bass roasted in banana leaves. Both were exquisite. Prices tend to the high side, but what we ordered did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We waited about 25 minutes even though we had a reservation. We got the last order of purple sticky rice. We really wanted 2 orders. They did give us a free appetizer and didn’t charge for the dessert. This was my first visit that was less than perfect.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

First time visitor. Very nice restaurant with interesting options. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Our first time dining at Bida Manda to celebrate college graduation, but it has been on our list of places to visit since it opened. We had heard great things, and it lived up to all our expectations. Pork Belly Soup, Sea Bass, Chicken Curry and Duck Larb were our chosen entrees and each was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere lively and thriving. We will definitely be regular customers.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Found it on tripadvisor where it was very highly rated, and the food (generous portions) and service were both excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had a fabulous time at this restaurant. Everything single thing we ordered was delicious. We were a party of four and each of us enjoyed the wonderful tastes of the cuisine. The service was pleasant and excellent, and the atmosphere was great. I would recommend this restaurant highly for lunch or dinner. Their food is out of this world.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

One of best meals I have had! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Lunch at Bida Manda was wonderful! The food was interesting, beautiful and delicious. We had the crispy rice lettuce wraps, Tom Kah soup and the green papaya salad with grilled veggies. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We really enjoyed the unusual menu for our birthday celebration. I had the green papaya salad which was full of eccentric and different flavors.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I'm always impressed by this place. The food is amazing and I always stress about what to order because I want it all! You always need to get the Lettuce wraps to start! On top of great food the staff is friendly and knowledgeable of the food and history of the restaurant. They can easily suggest things based on what you like!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Amazing, as always.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We just love Bida Manda! We came for our anniversary and it was perfect as it always is. The food is superb and the service is outstanding. Seating is kind of close to other tables, so it's not extremely intimate but it's still a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always enjoy Bida Manda, they don’t miss. We’ll be back

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

If you are a foodie, and love authentic food, this place is a gem. Moving to the Raleigh area after being in a vibrant city food scene in Atlanta, I love this restaurant. The food is amazing. No other words. You won’t regret coming here for taste. Tips- get a reservation, or put your name in and have a couple drinks in their sister restaurant “Brewery Bhavanna” next door, which is a Forbes top
Brewery restaurant in 2018. This is a great date night, or group night. Not great for kids. You can’t go wrong choosing this place to eat.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fabulous from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. The food was amazing, but the staff made it an exceptional meal. Carly (sp?) and Cam went above and beyond.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My boyfriend and I booked a reservation to celebrate an anniversary. The service was amazing, I highly recommend the “Pickle Rickey” from the drink menu! Our server was very friendly and warm, he even surprised us with fresh macarons for our celebration. I’d definitely go back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing food & service!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Very pleasant experience for new comers.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

One of my favorites in Raleigh! It lives up to the hype. Do yourself a favor and order the lettuce wraps and the crispy pork belly soup.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We had a wonderful meal and an amazing server who advised us on the best dishes and combinations to order, and described in detail the cultural significance of different dishes. Hope to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Love this place! Everything I’ve tried so far has been so good!! The palate cleansing shot is nice at the end.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As always, the food and service at Bida Manda was impeccable. My husband and I shared the lettuce wraps, and I got the beef stir fry while we got the ribs. Both were amazing, and my leftovers were just as great the next day!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great food. Worth every penny. Highly recommended. Great Ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Service here was wonderful! We got some very fun and very tasty cocktails.
I got the Pad Thai and my date got the curry. Pad thai was great and the curry was good, but nothing too over the top. Wish we were able to get both dishes done with a little more spice.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We went for our 37th Anniversary. We were not disappointed and we are still talking about the food!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Incredibly wonderful. Best food we have had in quite some time. We are planning to come back soon for dinner. We can't give this restaurant a higher rating. It is simply awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Eating at Bida Manda is an incredible experience. Everything about it - the food, the cocktails, the ambience, and the kind staff - make it a meal to remember.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My wife and I went based on numerous recommendations by people in the area. However, we were disappointed by the meal we received. I ordered the short ribs, which were...ok, but my wife's chicken curry dish was bland and tasteless. We asked our waitress if the dish is usually as dull as the dish my wife received, and she remarked that others have asked for additional spice. In my opinion, you shouldn't have to ask for flavor in the dish. There is a chance that we will return, but, with this high price point and initial impression, we definitely won't be returning anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My fiancé and I absolutely loved our dinner at Bida Manda! We shared the Spring Rolls (a must-try - so full of flavor and fried perfectly!), then he ordered the Basil Stir Fry (DELICIOUS!) and I had the Green Papaya Salad with Filet at the recommendation of our server, Karley. She was so helpful and knowledgeable about the mean...and my dinner was absolutely wonderful! So many flavors, well-balanced, and something I wouldn’t ordinarily try but was so glad I did. We also enjoyed a few of their cocktails and the macaroons for dessert (perfectly baked cookie layers!!). I would recommend Bida Manda to any adventurous eaters with an appreciation for flavorful, well-crafted meals! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fantastic service! From the time we were seated to the time we left, nothing but excellence! Crispy rice lettuce wraps are a must. Shrimp pad Thai was tasty and a huge portion! Sauv blanc was a perfect pairing for the meal. Overall wonderful experience and can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The food was exceptional. We had a wonderful experience, and would gladly recommend Bida Manda to all our friends.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Second time dining here. Both excellent overall experiences.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Bida Manda's lovely atmosphere, great menu choices and excellent execution make it a top tier destination in Raleigh. Don't miss out :)

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Tasty food, friendly service, pricey by lunch standards. Generally pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Loved the experience and food! Great overall experience.

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