Mali Restaurant

4.7
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752 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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CM
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always forget that you don’t serve tea in teapots. I would love a teapot!

s
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Have been to Mali many times, and this visit was like all the others..... extremely good. Dined with others who had never been there and they enjoyed their visit also. Will definitely go again.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants to visit when in Atlanta. Delicious food. Great service. So happy I got to enjoy a birthday meal out with friends here!

R
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host, Steve, is excellent at multitasking the phone, door and ensuring all guest are getting what they need. Really good customer service at a great restaurant.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ma Li is always wonderful. Fresh, clean sushi and Thai food that never disappoints. We eat there 1-2 times per week and have never been anything less than delighted.

P
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service as always!

LJ
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mali is always good!

GM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was just ok and very expensive for what you get. The "sushi special" sounded great and was $21 but when it arrived it was just your average looking 8 piece roll. The seaweed salad is about a spoonful of seaweed on top of a huge heap of carrots to make it look large. Normally my husband and I will each get a roll and maybe split a third. The rolls were small and all four of us ordered more food twice. I ended up eating 3 rolls total and a soup. The service was good though and the outside seating area was nice.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was a very nice choice for our wedding anniversary.

J
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of long-time friends get together for sushi to celebrate a birthday and/or life. Love MaLi

JP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Second time at Mali, first time on the patio. Very enjoyable evening.

EA
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Great prices. e went for lunch and had the pad Thai and Spicy chicken, both were winners.

UH
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great

HD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Mali. The food was flavorful and delicious. The tables were a little too close together but we had interesting conversation about traveling with the couple next to us. 😊

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful experience at Mali! The food was incredible and we were sad to finish it all. Can’t wait to visit again!

OT
Atlanta
85 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took an out of town visitor to Mali, and everyone was happy with their meal. Delicious flavors. Great service. Wine price wasn’t ridiculous.

m
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food

AN
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our only complaint was with the service. She was a fine server, but she appeared very unhappy. That made us try harder to show her we were pleased, but she continued to have an unpleasant expression on her face. It's hard not to be impacted by someone's mood or unpleasant expression who is serving you. Perhaps she was dealing with something that was making her sad. If so, I apologize for this review. When another helper/server came to the table, we asked for brown rice. She gestured somewhat brusquely as if to say, ask your server. Perhaps she did not speak English. Our server never returned to the table until we finished our meal, and I can only assume that the other server didn't bother to tell her that we preferred brown rice. We would have had another drink if asked, but no one checked before we were finished. I would have left a 20% tip any way, but when she brought the change she did not include change for a five, so she forced me to leave more than a 20% tip which I would definitely not have done. Intentional? We had a perfect table and the food was delicious. It would have been a perfect meal if our server had had a smile on occasion.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mali is always a good meal, good service and an awesome experience.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

SB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Excellent sushi. And the Thai food is the best! Thanks, Joy!

TF
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!

OT
Atlanta
85 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty food. Everything is fresh, and they use great herbs and spices.

BJ
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a leisurely late afternoon lunch with a girlfriend. The food was great and the service was excellent.

JB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been Several times now with groups from 2-10. Consistently excellent. Is now our go to Thai restaurant in Atlanta!

JE
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

AC was not functioning at full capacity so it was warm and humid.

A
Atlanta
274 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food but so many tables in here are dreadful. Either a bar hightop or crammed too close together. This time we asked for a larger table and got placed down the steps by the outside entrance where there was a constant breeze that was uncomfortable. In the future I may just get takeout. I rarely enjoy the in-restaurant experience anymore.

w
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great place for lunch or dinner...never disappoints

MM
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

KD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

K
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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.

A
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

ML
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.