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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (99)
Special Occasion (86)
Fit for Foodies (83)
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Authentic (82)
Creative Cuisine (77)
Good for Anniversaries (64)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Worth the Drive (55)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Good Vegetarian Options (50)
Romantic (49)
Spicy (46)
Fun (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
Healthy (43)
Hot Spot (43)
Casual (39)
Business Meals (37)
Great for Lunch (33)
Bar Seating (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Cozy (26)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Vegan (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Comfort Food (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Great Beer (9)
People Watching (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

We have eaten at Bida Manda several times and we will be back. Service and food are outstanding, they don’t miss.

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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food is fantastic! The service is excellent. This restaurant is a real treat. Consistently great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been to Bida Manda twice and love everything about this restaurant. The food is distinctive and delicious, the ambiance is lovely, and the service is impeccable. If you live in Raleigh or are just passing through, be sure to make a reservation here. (P.S. I highly recommend the crispy rice lettuce cups and the lemongrass sausage appetizers.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Fish in a banana leaf was excellent - very close to what one would get in South East Asia

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

It's difficult to get into this restaurant but I've tried it twice. The first time I had the fish wrapped in a grape leaf and it was good but not exceptional as I had hoped. This time I tried the chicken wings (at our waiters recommendation) with 3 different sauces as my appetizer and the papaya salad with filet a mignon. First let me say the chicken wings were BASIC. Don't get them. The papaya was prepared uniquely well with a wonderful flavor. The steak was tender but didn't match the vibrant flavors of the salad. It was a standard steak. That's not a bad thing, but I guess my expectations were a +10 and that it should have had Loatian seasoning or flavor. Given the rave reviews I read, I was somewhat disappointed. Again, the food was good but it's not something I'd say you MUST go and try.

Now for the desserts. YUMMY! I don't have a sweet tooth but I know a great thing when I taste it. On my first visit I tried the dessert trio and was super impressed. I suggested to my co-worker that came with me this time that we should try it. However, she wanted to get the macaroons and the waiter agreed we'd love it. I've never had macaroons before so I have nothing to compare it to and these were absolutely wonderful. I'd go back just for drinks and either of these 2 desserts.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything looks great - tough to decide on a dish, but the Porkbelly Soup was amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Crunchy Rice lettuce wrap appetizer was absolutely amazing. As well as the entrées, we had a great time with great service. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We were having a ‘mini reunion’ with my wife’s college roommate and her daughter. We had been to this outstanding restaurant before but it was our friends first time. Our server, Tram, took great care of us and our meals were delicious!
We highly recommend Bida Manda!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Awesome and amazing food! I always enjoy the food every time I come here. I love this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual, Healthy, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Thanks for Byron’s Birthday Dessert! The food and Service was fantastic my Boyfriend really enjoyed his special Day.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The pork belly soup and duck larb were amazing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

So delicious! Some of the best summer rolls I've ever had. The pho was amazing too! We were seated next to a loud table which was a little distracting, but the food was awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was our second trip to Bida Amanda and we were just as pleased with this dining experience as the first time. I had a reservation for 4 and neglected to include my newborn grandson in this reservation . The hostess was very helpful in accommodating room for 5 instead of 4. They also have a “stand” that is perfect for baby carriers.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

If you like a bustling restaurant, which I do, then this is the place for you! It has a sophisicated vibe serving authentic food with flavors that I have never had before. Everything is made from scratch. The food was simply marvelous!

This was our first visit and we absolutely loved it! We made our reservation about 3 weeks in advance (for a Tuesady night) so that ought to tell you something right there. Our server was superb. Food was hot and delicious. I recogonized the owner, Vanvisa, and she spoke to us at length and answered all of our questions.

It seemed there were lots of groups of friends enjoying dinner together. The table next to us had a previous diner who knew what he was doing and he ordered family style for the table.

Crispy Pork Belly Soup - a must to share! And go ahead and drink what Jordan is drinking!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The lettuce wraps were FABULOUS as were the summer rolls! The ginger chicken, superb! We were celebrating finally getting a reservation, and we were not disappointed. This place is wonderful! We’ll be back!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was very tasty, the service by Cliff was totally outstanding without being overbearing, everyone from the owners to other staff were very friendly
I definitely recommend this place, the only challenge is getting in

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We went to Bida Manda on our last night in Raleigh and were very impressed! We weren’t able to get a reservation until 9 but it was worth the wait. Highly recommend the Coconut soup and pad Thai. Great cocktails, too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Seated quickly, server was awesome looked after us very well. Food was prepared as ordered and tasted great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great as always. Pork belly soup is worth the trip.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Traffic kept us from getting to our early reservation time and the staff kindly accommodated our group of three with no questions asked. Friendly, fabulous food and fun!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Not as special as its reputation. Not bad, but I doubt we will go back.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was a great way to celebrate my bestfriend and I’s birthdays. The food was great and for a good price. We loved the ambiance and it’s a place to get away from other people while still enjoying ourselves.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Delicious food with creative, interesting ingredients. Will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I honestly just love this place so much. The service is ALWAYS incredible; they're passionate, interested in you, committed to ensuring you have a memorable experience, and very efficient. Highly recommend when going with 3 or more people getting multiple dishes and eating family style.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I chose Bida Manda for an anniversary dinner and our expectations were exceeded. We had our table only 5 minutes after the reservation on a super busy night and the wait staff was very helpful and charming, congratulating us on the event and recommending drinks. And of course the food was of the best in Raleigh. We will definitely be going again. I'd suggest reserving a table at the least one week ahead of time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We showed up a little early for our reservation. They directed us towards the bar where we had a great cocktail before being seated early for a table. The service was impeccable, the food was tasty ( I husband and I are adventurous, so we tried some of the "traditional "styles, which were fun!), and they even give us a complimentary dessert to help celebrate her anniversary. I'm not local to the area, but if I ever return I will definitely visit this restaurant again! Great food, great cocktails, great service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband and I came to Bida Manda for a long awaited date night, and it did not disappoint. The food and service was amazing! The atmosphere was perfect for a date night or a group of friends dining. My only complaint was a group of people that were extremely loud, making it hard for us, or any other diners, to hear our conversations. One couple even asked to be moved. Other than that, it was perfect!! Definitely check it out!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Lives up to the hype!! Great food, service and price.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Are a dinner and a lunch there within a week. On both occasions, nothing could have improved. A real jewel.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This place never disappoints. Excellent service and food is always delicious.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent service and food. The food is tasty and not too expensive either. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Best restaurant in North Carolina. Food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

From the lovely greeting at the door, the well-crafted sangria from the bar while I waited for my party, to the attentive service at the table, I (we) were pleased with the entire experience...second time for us, first time for the rest of our party. They and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

too loud, but otherwise very enjoyable! Waiter very accommodating for our table of 5 women!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We’ve been wanting to try Bida Manda for some time; what a delightful meal. Although we were tempted by a number of offerings on the menu, it was a chilly evening and my friend and I chose comfort food~ beef pho with tripe and Tom yong gae, a flavorful cocoanut broth soup. Both were excellent! We shared a summer roll to start. It was tasty, but loosely wrapped and the contents spilled out of the wrapper at first bite. Our server was quite attentive without being intrusive. All in all we enjoyed our evening very much and look forward to further exploring the menu.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Bida Manda and it was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The hostess welcomed us with a great smile and asked about any special occasions—5th anniversary was the occasion. The waiter came to our table already knowing it was our anniversary. He provided great advice and input when I asked about items on the menu, all doing so with a great personality as well. He checked in with us periodically, but wasn’t overbearing at all. The food was delicious. Very fresh, authentic, and great portions. We were given a complimentary desert at the end of our meal which was delicious!!! When leaving, we passed by the hostess again and she wished us a happy anniversary once more. It was very nice that she remembered even though about an hour and a half had passed by and she seated many other people. Very pleased with the restaurant and would highly recommend!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Would like to I see more variety on the lunch menu. Neither of our meals were hot when served, rather barely warm, almost room temperature.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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