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About Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar

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.

222 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Vietnamese, Thai

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 829-9999

Website:
http://www.bidamanda.com/

Public Transit:
R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop

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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (92)
Special Occasion (87)
Authentic (78)
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Fit for Foodies (77)
Creative Cuisine (70)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Good Vegetarian Options (47)
Worth the Drive (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Hot Spot (43)
Romantic (43)
Fun (43)
Spicy (41)
Healthy (37)
Casual (35)
Great for Lunch (33)
Business Meals (32)
Cozy (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Vegan (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
People Watching (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Great Beer (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Organic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Loved this place! The ambiance is awesome and everything on the menu is delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and atmosphere - pork belly soup, lettuce wraps and fried wings are amazing and I order every time! My go to when friends are in town.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Came for my birthday. Had a reservation bit the restaurant was running late but they provided free appetizers due to the wait. The sausage was amazing. The crispy rice lettuce wrap was really good but I don't think I would pay for it. I ordered the sea bass and it was so flaky and flavorful. My favorite item was my father's curry chicken. I was so exciting to go and I was not let down. I can not wait to go back!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always great. One of my favorite spots. Great Loatian food with great presentation, served with a smile. Have had even a so so experience in many visits here

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I had heard so much about this place over the years and wanted to check it out. Asian fusion isn't the highest cuisine on my list, but I found the food well prepared, creative, flavorful and very fresh. This is a place worth checking out.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We love Bida!!! Best place in Raleigh, hands down.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food didn't really seem as fresh as I remembered from my last visit.... there was no steam on any of the food... it seemed more like it was heated up. What was odd is that the vegetables weren't cooked all the way through. Disappointing considering how good it was last time I visited and how hard it is to geta reservation. we came in the day after snowfall so I bet that had an impact somehow... anyway, food was just ok overall but service was excellent.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food, as always. The lettuce wraps (appetizers) are possibly the best single thing to eat anywhere!

Being comped a light dessert on our anniversary was a nice touch,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Better options in Raleigh. Food is over priced and the interior dimly lit. The pork belly soup sauce was delicious but had minimal pork. Also had a wings appetizer that was only lukewarm.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Was expecting more considering the restaurant’s reputation but was sorely disappointed with the vegetarian options. The veg spring rolls appetizer and sticky rice dessert were good. However two of the veggie entrees were not available that evening and only one of the four entrees we ordered was decent and to our liking (herb salad). The Pad Tai was pedestrian and the Basil Stir Fry (tofu) and Saffron Crepe (veggie) were not great either. The Stir fry lacked any spiciness and the crepe appear to be too oily and soggy and not sure what the saffron in the name alludes to as I did not smell or see any. All in all, very poor tasting food for the exorbitant prices charged. No options on spice levels were provided when ordering though the waitress indicated it could be tuned when feedback was provided at the end of the meal.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our meal and all the food was superb. Everything we expected given all the great reviews. However. We were celebrating an anniversary and were seated in a direct line from the front door. It was a very cold night and we continued to get blast of cold air each time the door was open. Difficult to relax , sit back and enjoy the full experience with the constant cold air blast. We will return but next time in warm weather!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The pork belly soup was amazing! I can't wait to go back and have it again soon!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2018

AS always our lunch at Bida Manda was superb. The only reason I downgraded ambiance from the usual 5 to a three was because the room and floor were cold. Granted, the temperature outside was freezing, but I would have liked to see the heat turned up, if possible. Regardless, we will be back soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful! Went for my fiancé’s birthday and everyone from the hostess to our server took the time to wish him a happy birthday and even brought out a complementary dessert. Delicious food... get the pork belly soup!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

it was really good for conversation and the waitress was terrific.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I had read about Bida Manda on Open Table, and since we had planned a post-Christmas trip to Raleigh, I made reservations for us. We shared one appetizer, pork spring rolls, and one entree, beef tenderloin basil stir-fry, because we had eaten a large lunch. What we had was very good although we were expecting a little more basil in the stir-fry. I regret that we weren't very adventurous in what we ordered, and I would encourage fellow diners to take greater advantage of what Bida Manda has to offer. We might have been more impressed with the food if we had tried something out of the ordinary.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Completely delicious. The servers and personable and attentive. The food is ridiculously amazing. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻Love this place!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

My wife and I have been talking about trying Bida Manda for the longest time. We finally did and I am mad at myself for waiting so long. We went on Tuesday and turned around and booked another reservation to visit in a couple weeks. Can't wait to try more of the menu!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was excellent. Will be again. Great waitstaff

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing food and outstanding cocktails. This place is delicious. Can’t wait to go again. Loved it!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

I proposed to the love of my life and Bida Manda did everything possible to make the moment as special as it was

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The curry chicken wings were delicious. The service was great and food came out quickly. The staff was assertive and gleamed of holiday cheer. Thanks again for a great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything about our meal at Bida Manda was incredible. I’ve been looking forward to trying this award winning restaurant for years, and when I finally got the chance, it did not let me. From our wonderful waiter Zak, a local artist / architect, to my delicious house pumpkin curry, it was amazing. I highly recommend Bida Manda to anyone in the RAleigh area! Ps get the crunchy lettuce wraps for an app 😉

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The saffron crepe was so amazing, even prepared gluten free! My favorite restaurant in Raleigh!

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Went for our anniversary and had a great time and a wonderful meal. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We loved our experience at Bida Manda! The service was impeccable and everything we ordered was amazing! We especially loved the spring rolls as an appetizer! We will definitely be back and hopefully bring family and friends to enjoy as well !

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always special.... and the food never disappoints. This restaurant is a home run and is my favorite!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Fantastic per usual!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food at Bida Manda is consistently excellent and we always looks forward to eating there. We were a bit disappointed as service is usually excellent and we felt our server was not as attentive as we have come to expect, especially since it was not crowded.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our server for a fun birthday lunch was charming, friendly, attentive, and efficient. Per the usual at Bida Manda. Love you guys!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Absolutely incredible!! Our waiter made sure we didn’t miss a thing! Thank you!!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The pork belly coconut soup is too die for.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing service. Great vegetarian options.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Bida Manda never ever disappoints. And what a great backstory, if you get the chance to read about the owners, brother and sister, great people. Whiskey sour and lemongrass sausage starter for me, always. Filet, mandatory. Flavor, texture and the cultural experience of eating it with sticky rice and your fingers make the 2 hour drive worth it all. We drive from Wilmington, sometimes late night for an 11:00 seating, bc. we appreciate the consistent, delicious & unique dining experience. Plan ahead and reserve your table possibly a month or more in advance. Or, if you are a night owl, take a chance and maybe you can grab a couple of seats at the bar for the last seating, usually 11:45 on weekends. Laotian love! Words cannot describe.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great as usual, food was delicious. I definitely recommend this place

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have been going to Bida Manda for our anniversary since it opened. We bring our friends to Bida for any special occasion that comes up and we have also brought our parents numerous times. Bida Manda is hands down our favorite restaurant in Raleigh and has been since it opened. So we are a little biased...

Last night was our 10 year anniversary! We briefly thought we would try somewhere new but decided Bida feels right for this. We were not disappointed.

We arrived a bit before our reservation so we went to order drinks at the bar. Jordan (the bar master) made me a special request drink since there was nothing on the menu that fit what I wanted and my partner ordered a regular manhattan. We mentioned it was our 10th anniversary & that he was the one who got us hooked on manhattans. When we were seated at our table, we got surprise glasses of champagne (as well as our drinks).

Then when we got our food (beef larb for me, pad thai for my partner), we also got a complimentary papaya salad because Jordan had told the wait staff it was a special night. The server told us about how papaya salad is typically eaten—with a meal—and we got to experience that! It as delicious!

And then, after we had finished our meals, they brought out macaroons. It was truly stunning to us that they cared that much about our special day. We have come to Bida MANY times before and they ALWAYS go above and beyond for celebrations. We are so lucky to have a restaurant that cares the way they do about events in our lives. (The food rocks too!!)

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

As usual, the food was terrific. Our server was excellent - perfect timing. The front desk was incredibly helpful and accommodating when my guest got stuck in traffic.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Nice wait staff, knowledgeable, great recommendations. Food was awesome, generous portions, warm atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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