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“Great Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bida Manda

Bida Manda
222 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Ranked #3 of 1,264 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: International, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Dined here multiple times. Very good. My last visit I opted to try something new - Beef Larb. I'll call it "interesting" and unless you're looking to try something very different, (odd taste and smell) I'd stick to everything else on the menu, which is quite good.

  • Visited December 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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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our Bida Manda Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

First-timers to Bida Manda and I'm happy to say it lived up to our high expectations. Beautifully designed interior and superb service were highlights, along with an authentic and delicious menu. Given my inexperience with Laotian cuisine, I asked our server to tell me what I should order and his recommendations were perfect (I went with the Green Papaya Salad with Lemongrass Chicken). Others in our group had the Vegetable Spring Rolls, Pumpkin Curry and Caramelized Ginger Pork Ribs; all received rave reviews. I would highly recommend you make reservations (simple via OpenTable) as it does get quite crowded, especially on the weekends.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, this restaurant has it all, probably the best restaurant in Raleigh!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Incredible taste and presentation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Delicious Laotian food. Flavor, presentation, and service are impeccable. Can't go wrong with any item on the menu.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Everything about this place is first rate. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and amazing food.

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