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“Definitely worth a visit... delicious curries! :-)” 5 of 5 stars
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Bida Manda
222 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Ranked #2 of 1,236 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, International
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: R Line, R15 City Center Deck, Moore Square Stop
Description: 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. ------ 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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“Definitely worth a visit... delicious curries! :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We've been here on a couple of occasions and never been disappointed.

The curries are amazing and this visit was no exception... the pumpkin curry (sounds weird I know) was absolutely fantastic...

Great food, great service, excellent veggie options... can't be faulted :-)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“You've got to check this place out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Oh man this was one of the best meals I have ever had!! Just awesome.

I had the green papaya salad with lemongrass chicken; just superb. The stuffed Anaheim pepper appetizer is very good as well. My husband tried the pumpkin curry and it was delicious and my son had the ginger beef. All excellent. The presentation is great, the service awesome, and the desserts are very good as well. Try the house made coconut cream or the pumpkin spice cookies or the homemade mango ice cream you can't go wrong with any of them.

Full service bar with some pretty interesting drinks, try the thai tea toddy!

We will be back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food and a great atmosphere. Not exactly a cheap dinner by any means, but as Raleigh's only Laotian restaurant (I think), they couldn't have done it better. Definitely worth a trip downtown.

Visited August 2013
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Great find downtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and and where in town for a blue grass festival. I was looking for a restaurant near where we were going to be and found Bida Manda here on Trip Advisor....this was a very good find...the restaurant was busy and we where able to sit at the bar. This was a great experience as the bartender was great and knew the menu.The staff was great as was the food? I plan to come back when in Raleigh.

Visited September 2013
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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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“Delicious, Fresh, and Light”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a Friday night date at Bida Manda, and enjoyed every bit of it. We followed the advice of several other posts, and got a reservation. Once there, we started with the crispy rice lettuce wraps as an appetizer. Then, I ordered the deliciously seasoned green papaya salad with grilled vegetables. My husband ordered the sweet chili salmon. All was absolutely delicious. Servers were attentive, efficient, and friendly. We will definitely be going back!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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