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For 2
Sat, 2/24
7:30 PM
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Mali Restaurant

579 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (14)
  • Casual (7)
  • Good for a Date (7)
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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Thai, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(404) 874-1411
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party contact
Mannie Kachintagsa: (404) 874-1411
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Cross street
North Highland Ave.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 579 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOVI4NYE (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

enjoyed our first visit to Mali's which was completely on the spur of the moment. I am not a Thai food expert by any means. The MaiTai was excellent. The appetizer rolls were huge! One of my dinner companions is a vegetarian and she enjoyed her Pad Thai while my wife and I had other non-spicy noodle dishes. Appreciated that the menu made it clear which dishes were spicy. The service was unhurried for a Saturday night. Only complaints would be that the room was a bit too cool temperature wise (fan blowing over our corner table) and they were out of one of the beers we requested. Would definitely recommend and will happily come back for another taste.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

After telling the host I had a reservation under my name through opentable she responded to tell me that she had received my reservation but did not have a table for me. She said that the low table by the window should be clear and we could sit there for after a waiter clears it off. While my girlfriend is short, I am 6’4” and do not fit well at a low table.

I made the reservation a week in advance for a Valentine’s Day date and would have been fine with the restaurant cancelling my reservation a week ago and allowing me to make a reservation somewhere else. However the restaurant never contacted me.

After being seated seated the food took over an hour to arrive and the portion sizes were minute compared to what they were charging.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

A little confusion when we got there, it was Valentines Day we had a reservation but the table wasnt ready. It didnt take them too long to correct it though. After that it was rather smooth. All of the food was great. Took a while to get it but it was a packed house. But when it arrived it was good. I would recommend it

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The food is consistently delicious, and quite reasonable!

murray (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Usually good but this time both food and service we're disappointing

OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is always great! Fav Thai restaurant. Service can be slow on busy nights and it can be loud.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I love Mali! Glad we had a reservation because we like to sit up top and I don't think they would have sat us there if we hadn't had a reservation.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wait staff is good; however, kitchen is very unorganized in their food delivery. Food is good but just can't seem to get the delivery right.

vipsstingles (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Nice dinner out with my husband and baby

Dinner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This is a fantastic gem in Virginia Highland area, my wife and I have eaten a Mali at least four times in the last 10 days. It's that good. Visit and make your own assessment.

vipJeff0616 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Such a conflicting place! The food is really VERY good, the service is just bad. They have their servers working too many tables with no support, and it's obvious. There is no pride or eagerness to be a good server. We waited a good 15 mins to get water and then another 15 mins to get our drinks. They server blamed it on the bartender... not cool. Then you get your food and you easily overlook the horrible service. If they just get the service down this would be such an amazing experience.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

My boyfriend and I love Thai food and have tried a ton of places in Atlanta. Mali is definitely our new favorite! Pad Thai was amazing, although more soy sauce/sweet tasting versus the traditional red/spicy sauce I’m used to. Basil rolls were the best I’ve ever had. The staff was so nice and we will definitely be back

vipnyfan1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food and the halibut special was outstanding. The space is really noisy.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Worth every penny.

nygirlinatl (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We were getting together with friends who live in the suburbs and I suggested going to Mali - I'd been several years ago and really liked it. Unfortunately, the service was abysmally bad and our waiter was even worse. It was clear that they were understaffed, which happens sometimes, but nobody ever apologized for the wait or even acknowledged there was a problem at any point.
First, we got to the table and got water and menus... waited quite awhile to put in our drink/appetizer orders. Then we waited an abnormally long time to receive the drinks. Then we waited to order our main courses.
For entrees, 3 of our party ordered Thai and 2 of us ordered sushi. As we waited longer and longer, our drinks were half-full so we all ordered refills right away (we're talking pricey alcohol here, not water) - and still our glasses went empty for quite some time before we got refills. The Thai food came... and no sushi. After about 10 minutes of it getting cold while the Thai-ordering people politely waited for the sushi to arrive, we gave up on that and asked them to eat without us. Still no sushi (and no checking in from our waiter to see if everything was okay, or explaining why the sushi was delayed).
After an inordinate amount of time passed, a couple of my fellow diners saw what looked like our sushi plates sitting at the sushi bar... they sat there for 15 minutes or so when we finally flagged down a random waiter and asked if that might be our sushi - it was. By the time it arrived, the folks eating Thai food had finished their meals.
We were presented with the bill for the table next to us (with more people and pricier food). When we got our bill for our party of 5, despite the abysmal service, there was a 21% gratuity automatically added, and no way to remove it! The waitstaff clearly couldn't care less about good service because they knew they'd get a huge tip. Completely unacceptable.