Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

4.8
2228 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
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A
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. Thank you for helping is celebrate our engagement. ❤ You made us feel special.

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e
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful as always. The staff is courteous and attentive, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. And of course, the food is delicious.

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TG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I enjoyed everything, my wife does not like spicy or curry so she found it more of a challenge. The place was not quiet at all, I could barely here my wife talking 1/2 the time. The food was very hot temp wise which is unusual for most restaurants. Flavor profiles were awesome, the pork belly soup was just great. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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W
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The pork belly soup is now a family favorite! The flavors are phenomenal together!! We come here for special occasions but wished we lived closer. The service is always top notch and loved our waitress Sat evening 9/8. She really made our daughters 19th birthday special with the dessert trio!! The only recommendation is for the noise level to be reduced so conversations are easier. That won't keep us from coming back though!!

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DE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The wait was too long without proper waiting space and the seating was very uncomfortable. Food was averagely palatable and way too pricey. Not worth it

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PA
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were awesome as usual, we will be back soon. Bida Manda doesn’t miss

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I’ve been and it was amazing. Had the chicken curry! So freaking good! Also the spring rolls are super good. Will definitely be going back!

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OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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N
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was meaning to go to this place for a long time and finally got a chance to visit. The ambiance was good, the drinks were awesome ( we ordered two shaved ice drinks and it was strong but good). My husband ordered see bass wok which was delicious and I ordered whole baked fish which came with ton of yummy vegetables and rice, but the fish was not seasoned properly, no salt no pepper and the sauce it came with was super sweet. I always prefer tangy and spicy sauce with my fish, so I hope if they read this review, in the future they have more than one option for sauce to choose.

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T
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome experience. Our server , Jess, was fantastic and made us feel at home. The entire staff and overall experience greatly exceeded our expectations!

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LR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and fantastic wait staff. The experience is consistently special and the atmosphere is lovely. We took out of town guests for my husbands 50th birthday. Perfect choice.

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C
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was good. Would definitely recommend and eat again!

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JG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was outstanding. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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MY
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite! We tried the crepe this time and it did not disappoint. I do think their desserts could be improved - not a fan of eating more rice-based desserts after rice with dinner. Sorbet would be a nice addition. (hint hint)

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RR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing great flavors and prepared well. The restaurant was a bit noisey for me but not to bad and the portions were a little to small, thats really the only if you can say negative. Overall excellent would come again.

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J
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Southern asian good with western twist. Very interesting though it is bit salty to my taste.

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LA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for three. My birthday although I didn't expect any considerations they brought to the table a sampling of desserts that each was very good. I had asked for cilantro considerations for a party member who has a allergy/genetic aversion to - that was well addressed. The experience was great. The menu calls me to come back because there are so many good items. I could see coming at lunch being a good experience as well.

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e
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our favorite restaurant in Raleigh! We’ve had everything on the menu! Favorites are, of course the Crispy Porkbelly Soup and the Whole Fish! Wow!

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! We had a late seating (9:15pm) and the waiter, while wonderful while he was present, seemed a little scarce towards the end. Example, empty plates sat on the table a little longer than expected. That said, I recommend eating here.

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GS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were not impressed with the food or service. Appetizers were ok but entrees were too spicy and too salty. Chicken was poor quality

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JP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this beautiful oasis.

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CC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have lunch meetings here frequently....and the food is always great!

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a fun place with good food and a fun vibe. However the acoustics are very poor. We were in probably the quietest corner of the restaurant on a Tuesday evening and sitting next to each other and it was really hard to hear each other. Loud raucous laughter and shouting to be heard over the din, came from all of the tables.
The server was great and personable and the food was good, albeit pricey for Thai/Laotian.

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MB
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

First, the good news... the food was wonderful! No complaints at all about the service. If you don’t mind a noise level that is so loud you can’t hear yourself think, then you may enjoy Bida Manda. Too bad that Open Table’s highest level for a noise rating is “energetic” because that does not describe the roar here. It saps ones energy. Eating here is the opposite of relaxing—it’s nerve wracking! Come on, Bida Manda! Surely you can do better!! The decor is shabby, with the dry wall behind the row of chairs showing a literal trench where the chairs have banged against it... any contractor could suggest an easy fix for that! After touching the menus, I had to wash my hands, as it looks like the same paper has been used for years. And, again (from my previous reviews), either do not wear dark clothes here or bring your own napkin!

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was amazing! This place never lets us down.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely and the food was to die for. My husband and I will be back for sure.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of my wife and I. We usually explore different places. We avoid franchises and going to places more than once but we cant stay away from here. Everything we have ever tried is great. The Curry, Green Papaya Salad with filet, coconut soup, summer rolls, sausage, pad thai, sea bass, larb, and ginger ribs. This place is amazing.

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S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food! We will definitely be back again

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T
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner. The service wasn't super attentive, but this was the first time we've experienced slow service. We had 2 appetizers, beer, entrees and a celebration dessert provided by BM. The food was amazing as always!

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KB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite. Brought guest from out of town because the food is just super. Fresh, delicious, unique

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F
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in Raleigh! Great food and great service.

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R
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always very flavorful and enjoyable. The service was also great. We enjoy dining at Bida Manda and will be back. It’s a great that it’s in Raleigh!!

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A
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I heard great things about this restaurant and it lived up to those expectations and more. I had the pork soup (forget actual name) and it blew me away with how good it was.

I'd recommend this place to anyone who comes by Raleigh, but just make a reservation a day or so prior to be on the safe side.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is very over-rated, I see it on top 5 restaurants in Raleigh lists all the time and hear the buzz about it. So maybe I had really high expectations? The food was average and overpriced, the drinks were poorly made. The best part of our experience was the service provided by our server. For us it was our first and last visit unfortunately.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent & food was delicious. Lettuce wraps are delicious. Summer rolls we're really good. The pork belly soup was great, just be prepared for a sodium overload. A little on the pricy side for a casual dinner but great for a date or special occasion.

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SM
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second visit here and it was just as outstanding as the first. This is one of the best restaurants in Raleigh. Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. Reservation needed!

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was introduced to Bida Manda during a blind date. The date didn’t last, but my love for Bida Manda did. When family and friends visit, Bida Manda is a must stop. Always exceptional!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Cliff was amazing as was the food. The saffron crepe was spectacular.

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n
Savannah
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome authentic food! Really interesting! Appretzers should not be skipped!

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