Mali Restaurant

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724 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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MM
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I try to eat here at least once a week - I have reviewed before and this place remains my go to for delicious and authentic Thai cuisine!

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KD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive! Food was good to average; not worth the price. Nice atmosphere for drinks and sushi, but don't bring a family of 5; it will break the bank.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We were somewhat pleased first time guests. We reserved on open table and the hostess unfortunately did not ask for our name when we arrived. We had to ask for them to check our name off that we made our reservation. It was our two-year wedding anniversary (noted on the reservation), but there was no mention of that during our time at Mali. There wasn't over the top service, but the food was fast and phenomenal! Fairly priced for sushi as well.

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A
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introducing my work friends to this place. Everyone loved it. Mali is truly good.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always my experience with Mali’s was amazing! I’ve been going there for over 5 years and I’ve never had a bad meal or experience.

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ML
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the patio with fans and it was a delightful, relatively quiet Friday evening. Food was great, as usual, Service terrific.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good options, food was pretty good, nice waitstaff, we ordered a shrimp and only got 6 shrimp- not worth the cost, but otherwise it was good.

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I always go there because I really like everything there BUT this weekend I decided to take friends for the first time: 1. They gave us a table like next to some restroom and smell was terrible! They changed us twice! 2. Service was not good at all! 3. Food just good and not as used to be.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

We are so sorry to hear that you had bad experience for seating and service. We will try our best to make sure it won't happen to other customer. I will notified my chef about your comment, we always want to hear your feedback. We want to serve you again and we are looking forward to see you in the near future. Thanks again for all your feed back. We will do our best to serve our customer. Thank you.

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SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing, the restaurant looked amazing, but the service was sparse. Food was top notch and looked great and tasted amazing. Spice levels matched the flavor levels on everything we ate. Our server appeared to have too many tables he was responsible for. Ordering was slow, but not too bad and food timing was ok. Getting our drinks refilled was a challenge. When you are at a spicy Thai restaurant, you may want a little more water than normal. The first time he offered to get our drinks refilled was when the food was served, it took 15 minutes before we were able to flag him down to remind him we needed refills. Getting our check at the end was the same. After 10 minutes of waiting after making the request for the check, we just got up and paid with the bartender on the way out. There were three other tables complaining at the same time for various things. Wine never coming during the meal. wrong sushi item delivered, and waiting too long for even the initial drink & meal order. I would return and give them a try again. The food was that good.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

We are so sorry to hear negative experience the night you came to visit. I believed that is on Saturday Night and the time you came in probably all the crowd came at once. I apologized for many issues you had that night. We try to get make sure everything in organize and every customer happy. Thank you for your feed back and again I would like to apologize for many delay that occur to you that night. Please give us a try again, we are looking forward to serve you again. Thank you.

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RB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceeds expectations. This is my favorite Thai restaurant in Atlanta if not my favorite restaurant.

Mali Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you for great rating and great reviews on us. We hope you are happy with our food, service and atmosphere. Looking forward to see you very soon. Thank you and Thank you....

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LV
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mali is a neighborhood treasure. Service and food are reliably excellent. I love bringing my out-of-town visitors and my OTP friends.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been to Mali many times. However, I'm not sure I would go back on a Saturday night. It seems there wasn't enough staff to handle the client load that night. Our waiter was a bit busy so we had other wait staff help us in the meantime. We waited a long time for food and drinks. No one came to check on us after we got our food. We had to flag someone down any time we needed anything. Food was good, typical Thai food.

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S
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very nice. Food was good.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
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
4 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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DW
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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P
Atlanta
3 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.

Mali Restaurant
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
4 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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