Mali Restaurant

4.5
712 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
According to Zagat, This "excellent" local spot where Va-Highlanders meet is known for its "great patio" and "good, reasonably priced sushi and Thai food"; it's a mystery why it's "rarely crowded", but "those who love it" and want to keep it all to themselves "hope it stays that way."
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S
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We were very disappointed in our most recent visit. We have been several times and everything was always great. This time the service was horrible. We waited about 20 minutes for our order to be taken, another 20 or so for apps (and my husband’s sushi roll app came about 20 minutes after everyone else’s apps), another half hour for entrees, and then about 20 minutes to get the check after we asked for it. The food is good, but the portions are about half of what you’d get for the same price at any comparable Thai restaurant. We won’t be back.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very nice. Food was good.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent thai and sushi.

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D
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Thai in Atlanta, wish they had a larger Vegan/vegetarian menu though, they will customize easily...

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J
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything about the food was perfect, as usual, but the service by our waiter was totally out of character for Ma Li. Our entire party noticed. Put a damper on our night.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and location are terrific. As it is very popular, tables are close together and it may be difficult to have a conversation.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were attentive and accommodating. We had changes to our numbers and required more seats, and the staff made changes easily for us. As always, the food and atmosphere are great and fun!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming to Mali!

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FJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and food is awesome so it was a great experience

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Young male waiter on patio area was dispassionate and not very diplomatic. Should consider something other than waiting tables.

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GV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dumplings were amazing. Food was delicious. Service was great and friendly. We had a great experience overall!

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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P
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is amazing. Our server, Koi, was awesome.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and fabulous food! I love that I can make reservations for lunch, so I don’t have to worry about a wait.

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AT
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch. Excellent food, good service and just enough energy.

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P
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food. Attentive service. Convenient location and parking.

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PB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighbor jewel!! Always consistent with food and service!! One of my Atlanta favorite!!

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C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Best basil rolls! Consistently quality experience. Reasonable prices. We’ll be back.

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Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you for the great review, please come back soon!

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BH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Spicy Garlic beef is a must get!

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VB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I highly recommend the Pai Noodles!!! So delicious. The sushi was also fabulous and I can’t wait to go back!

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DD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Before this visit, I would have said that this was one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. But, my friend and I were shocked at how we were treated when we arrived. We had a reservation and arrived on time.
But even though we were standing directly at the host podium, they proceeded to ignore us (not one word or eye contact) and seat other groups who came in behind us, and process credit cards for delivery orders right in front of us. The only reason I could figure is that we were both in our 50's and everyone else involved (staff and customers) appeared to be in their 20's and 30's. We did not complain and patiently waited. But, it made a very bad impression. I will not return any time soon.

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M
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mali is a staple of mine. Plain and simple. I routinely advise Thai lovers to check it out as you'll never have a bad meal. The food is delicious and the drinks are nice and strong. Check out the desserts (sticky rice w/Mango FTW) if you have a sweet tooth.

Word to the wise: They can and will do "Thai Hot" upon request, but be prepared for some deliciously serious intensity! This is my favorite spot for Thai in the city, hands down, for a reason. I'm a customer here more times than I can count a year because it just never fails to hit the spot! Ever!

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DG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food good; Service lacking
The food is good and reasonably priced. However, this particular night the service was hit and miss, especially the bar service. The couple with us got the wrong beer and drink order. My drink didn't taste much like it had liquor in it. I've had better luck in the past, so I'm hoping it was an off night, but don't sit at the high top tables, unless you want to spend the night sliding off your stool.

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TM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food selection from sushi to Thai. Great drinks. Nice ambiance and very accommodating. Easy parking. Would definitely recommend.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best thai food I have ever had. Great experience from beginning to the end. Would highly recommend it to any thai fan

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The area where we were seated next to the outside door was very cold. Not a good location

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

So sorry that you felt that cold, please ask next time for a warmer spot! We would be happy to accommodate you and please come back soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 2

Delicious food but they have way too many tables-you barely have a foot or two between tables, the crowding really takes away from the experience

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at this restaurant for Valentine’s Day. The food was amazing (hot, came out very quickly - especially considering the busy holiday, flavored perfectly). The interior was beautiful and they added touches for the holiday that made it feel very romantic (balloons, dim lighting, etc). Our server did a good job as well. But back to the food. Amazing. we will definitely be back for the gingerine dish with garlic rice and the majestic catfish dish.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night; we enjoyed this random choice of restaurants off of Opentable. We will definitely return.

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Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again!

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WP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Valentines Day Dinner

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

We are sorry that your experience was poor and did not meet your expectations. Please come back to the restaurant and share your last experience with the host and we will make sure to exceed your expectations. We truly want to earn your business back!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mali never disappoints. My date and I both had the massaman curry. Highly recommended.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again! Chef Panda makes a great massaman curry and we are glad you enjoyed it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing!!!!!!

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Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again!

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. Mali has been the most constantly good restaurant we have experienced over the years in Atlanta.

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Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again!

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DS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You get what you pay for. People talk like this place is super fantastic for a low price. It's okay. The decor is nice. The tables are disturbingly close together. As far as the food, the cucumber seafood salad was delicious. From there, we opted for sushi. The rolls are quite small. The California roll was somehow different that I expected. The shrimp tempura roll was good. The spicy tuna roll was inedibly spicy for us, and no-frills with just fish skin and rice.

At the end, our bill was not terribly different than other sushi restaurants in the area that we prefer. This place is just okay.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the review and please come again, so that we may exceed your expectations next time.

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L
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food.

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Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the good review and please come again!

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D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Had to wait when arrived for our reservation. Roughly 15-20 min. Food was good though! Could have been b/c of super bowl weekend

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you for the review and please come again! Sorry you had to wait and yes we had a rush of out of town super bowl fans, so thank you for your patience!

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OT
Atlanta
73 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal. The Tom Kha chicken soup was fresh, hot and delicious. Service was good. One person in our party was a few minutes late and didn’t get asked about ordering an appetizer until after the others had already been served. The entrees were very tasty but one of them was not warm enough as if it had been sitting out waiting for the others to be made. Overall, very good and we’ll go back soon.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for the extensive review! We appreciate your detailed comments as well, please come again!

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SK
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mali is consistently good food and friendly service with a date-night ambiance. I was especially pleased that our waitress helped to accommodate my food allergy (very little oil) by tweaking a dish on the menu. We come here as regulars several times a month and also feel confident when bringing guests. The prices are good. You get a lot of quality and value and interesting selections for the money.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for the great review and please come back soon!

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GR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always perfect for any occasion! A neighborhood gem that continues to please.

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Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for the great review and please come back soon!

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YD
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times and they always deliver. Great food excellent service!

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