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Ranked #1 of 1,465 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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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.
Greenville, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place is awesome...from the atmosphere, service, food & cocktails. Everything was outstanding. Our server was very friendly and helped us with suggestions on what to order because everything on the menu sounded great. Definitely check this place out if you are in Raleigh! Cant wait to go back!!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Marissa M
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Salida, Co. USA
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255 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Such a different Decor, and the food is good...”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you're downtown and looking for something different, check this place out. The staff are all nice, and the restaurant is gorgeous. The food is good too, what a treat !
We had several of their app's, all tasty, you choose, one of our party got the soup dish as a main, it is in the Main section of the menu. That was killer, something like PorkBelly soup, it comes with the Laotian noodles, and greens submerged in the soup and pork.
The rest of us shared plates like pumpkin curry, ginger chicken, and papaya with chicken, all really good.
Enjoy, I'm confident you will, Salida1048

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Salida1048
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Top Quality in every way!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Amazing food and great drinks combined with friendly, personal attention make for an overall good dining experience in downtown Raleigh. Went here on a Food Tour and fell in live with the food. You will love the story behind the opening of the place....named for their mother and father...if you get a chance, ask the owners.

Visited April 2014
Thank darrell h
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great staff. Food quality needs more attention.”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

The five us arrived on a Wednesday evening without a reservation to find the restaurant packed. Expected waiting time of 1h, but hey the helpful staff found a solution and seated us within 15 min. Great drinks at the bar, non alcoholic as well! The menu was okay, but adjusted to American standards. We had fresh fish which was undercooked and quite flat in taste. Disappointing because recommended as day special. Great place and atmosphere, but the food quality needs extra attention, regardless of the fact the place was packed.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Kris-Ania
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2014

If you enjoy SE Asian Cuisine (Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese) you will undoubtedly also enjoy Laotian Food. If you live in or visit Raleigh, you should definitely try the Laotian cuisine at Bida Manda. Though, I've never been in Laos (been within a few kilometers though), I can tell you the flavors and textures were authentic to the region.

I visited during lunch and left with a bill of about $50 for two, including tip. I should point out that we were so excited by the menu, that we ordered way more than the average lunch visitors would. we ordered the spring rolls, a pork baguette, chicken yellow curry, and Pad Thai. We definitely could have done with less, but it was so tasty, we couldn't stop ourselves.

Service was also great as was the atmosphere of the dining room. Visit this restaurant for great food and service!

Visited May 2014
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