My girlfriend and I came here for dinner last night to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first time eating at Bida Manda and our expectations were high since so many of our friends rave about it. It's definitely worth the hype! I had the Sea bass that is wrapped in a banana leaf and served with sticky rice and veggies. It was probably the best fish I've ever had, and I'm from New England and have had bass a thousand times. My girlfriend had the pumpkin curry - amazing. Drinks were good. They don't hold back while pouring 😂 Service was good and prompt. We never found ourselves needing anything, but the dishes are prepared to expertly so there's nothing you'd really need. The only thing negative-ish I can say is that while the service is good, they do want customers in and out. We were never asked if we wanted another drink, or anything else. The server was quick to take our plates away when we were nearing the end of our meal, even though I was still picking. Didn't bother me because we didn't want another drink and I was super full and wanted to box up the rest, so it was fine, but had we wanted something else, I'm not sure we would have been asked. I get that they're busy and have reservations booked. Also, they brought out a complimentary dessert because we were celebrating. Really nice and thoughtful. Definitely the best meal I've had out in Raleigh since moving here and I will come again and again!
Sara Mack · February 9, 2018
Delicious food and great atmosphere. The tone of the menu was tasty but not overwhelming and the staff was very knowledgeable. The tables adjacent to the bar can get a bit noisier as the evening dips towards ten but the seating at other tables I have sat at have been nice for normal date conversations volumes. The food quality and quickness are superb and if it wasn't for the absolute need for booking a reservation it would be perfect.
Matthew Snider · February 17, 2018
Definitely ask ALL OF THE questions. What my friends ordered was great! What I got was not for me. The appetizers they got us for the table were amazing, though. The atmosphere was awesome, but loud. Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable.
Lindsey Sutton · November 7, 2017
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