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Bida Manda

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
International, Asian, Thai
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Bida Manda in Laotian means Mama & Papa. The owners were high-school exchange students from Laos. 20 years later, they created both Bida Manda and Bavana Brewery -- Bida Manda is the finalist of Finest "American New Restaurants" by Bears(sp?) Asso., and Bavana the one...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Zach C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The atmosphere and service were very good. The food was very good but we didn’t think it lived up to the hype. Definitely worth the try. Not on my must return list.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank roadtripfamm
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm all about fusion, Asian, Korean, Vietnamese, etc. so this place seemed like a logical choice and based on reviews which rank it among the top places in Raleigh, I needed to check it off the list. We arrived at 5pm on a weekday, to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 63danp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this place was ok. The food was good but really for what you get is over priced for the type of food served. The service was good and the food just ok.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank diamondforlife
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I love international cuisine. We had never tried Laotian food. We had sat the bar for dinner, we always enjoy bar food service. I had eaten the whole snapper which was cooked perfect. Location is right in center of downtown and walking...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Sokolovsky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great time here. The ambiance was amazing. Awesome decor. The Pho bowl I ordered was sooo flavorful. Next time I look forward to trying other items on the menu. Can’t wait to return.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Msalston01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Once Again Bida Manda Delivers. My Brother in law relocated to the area from Hawaii. The first place my wife and I decided to share with him is where to enjoy a meal. Every bite was delicious. The sea bass wrapped in the banana leaf...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank GiacobbieR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible food! Worth the wait for a table! Atmosphere feels like you are in a bigger city. We waited for over an hour for a table and went next door to Brewery Bhavana which is unique and cool in itself! I will be headed back...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Molly A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is just incredible! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The service was also perfect - just the right level of interaction.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank kw2010Uk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific experience. Food was delicious. Spicy enough to make you want more but not so spicy to bite you.

Date of visit: March 2019
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July 28, 2018|
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Response from 872ashleighc | Reviewed this property |
According to google they are closed
May 15, 2018|
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Response from HollyR56 | Reviewed this property |
When I went it was a young, hip, casual crowd. Nice won't stand out but fancy or formal will be out of place.
February 21, 2017|
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Response from ulethp | Reviewed this property |
No, they have a good variety of food options... some are not spicy at all and some are! have fun!
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