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About Mali Restaurant

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."

961 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Sushi

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

Cross Street:
North Highland Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(404) 874-1411

Website:
http://www.malirestaurant.com/

Private Party Contact:
Mannie Kachintagsa: (404) 874-1411

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mali Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Authentic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Spicy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always great here, but service speed has been extremely slow the past 4-5 times I’ve visited (even on weeknights at non-peak hours). Go when you’ve got plenty of patience, definitely not when you’re starving.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

My spouse and I have dined at Mali many times. The food has always and continue to be very good. Our ambience during this visit was a little lacking due to being seated next to a table of two couples and a baby. One couple....the one with the baby...spoke loud enough for passersby on the sidewalk outside to hear them. Since the tables are arranged close together and we happened to be seated next to the couple, we could barely hear ourselves speaking to each other. This made for a less than enjoyable evening.

In addition, our server sat our check on the table while I was still eating my entree! That act, in and of itself, warrants taking Mali off our restaurant rotation. However, we’ve never seen this server during previous visits. We will assume she is new and untrained. We will dine at Mali’s again and hope this doesn’t reoccur.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

We never got our main entree after waiting for over 1 hour. We only had drinks and appetizers while the main entree never came. We paid our bill and walked out. They were very busy and overwhelmed and couldn't get their orders out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Mali always satisfies, wether you’re having Thai or Sushi! The Thai dishes are authentic and tasty and the Sushi fresh with interesting roll combinations. The most recent visit was Saturday night and Mali was very busy (always a good sign) . We had made a reservation through open table and were seated immediately our drinks arrived quickly as did our food, we had both Thai and Sushi and were pleased with everything. Next time you have a taste for Thai or Sushi stop in and enjoy Mali.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Server was not engaging at all. I don’t think she had people skills at all. She did not check on us once, not did she offer us any dessert.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Mali is one of my favorites. The food is always very good and the staff is appropriately attentive. You can't go wrong with the Thai or sushi. My wife and I took my daughter and 2 college age friends, for New Years Eve, and they gave it rave reviews as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredibly slow service considering that the restaurant wasn’t packed (perhaps they were understaffed), but delicious food as always!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Been a while since I was at Mali, and I think it's better than ever! Best food value in ATL.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Spicy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was my friends first time at your restaurant & he really enjoyed it!!! He said we’ll definitely be back!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We do not want to have CNN on anywhere where we are spending money. We do not need to see our preferred channels. However, we will never sit through CNN being on in our dining space again.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Nan is one of our favorites. The food is always just right, focusing on sea food, it is always great, no one will be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Mali is always very yummy but the table we had this time was not that great. We were put on the lower level and felt like we were in someone's basement and there was a cold draft from the open exterior door. I would have rather been in the main dining area.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant was very warm, and made it a bit uncomfortable.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

One of our favorite Thai food restaurant. The location is perfect and the food is excellent. The service is also very good. The place is usually crowded so do recommend making reservations. They also serve Sushi.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food is always good. Sushi a little on the pricey side, but really good and like the choices. Thai selections are also always delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Made reservation on open table arrived told wait or table in obviously closed lower level section. Went there specifically for a recently new menu item i enjoyed to find it was no longer on the menu. Not going back anytime soon.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Another wonderful experience. Thank you.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great quality and service. A bit tough to find parking in the area though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Always consistent tasty Thai favorites in a great neighborhood location. The patio is always great when the weather is good.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was terrible. Asked for different things throughout our meal and never got them.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 9, 2017

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE! We've been going to MaLi for 25+ years, and this is it ... absolutely the last visit!!! The owner has apparently opened a new restaurant in Brookhaven, and was not there - and when she has always been there in the past, MaLi ran very well - she ran a very tight ship. This night, we had a problem with everything. The service was pathetic ... we think the waiter was taking care of too many tables. The waiter got my wife's Pad Thai totally wrong ... had scallops (& shrimp) on it vs. the requested chicken (& shrimp) ... and when they "fixed" the order, there were very few pieces of chicken (& shrimp) ... i.e., we paid $15+ for noodles. The waiter never came by to refresh our drinks ... we had to chase down another waiter to get refills. The prices are astronomical, especially for the sushi (which, yes, was as good as always). We sat outside, and there were tables that went uncleaned for 10 minutes or more ... and during the meal, we had a screaming baby behind us (we said nothing), and the restaurant did not ask that she be taken out or walked. Lastly, after waiting more than 15 minutes after finishing our meal, we had to ask for the bill ($75+ for sushi and Pad Thai for 2, and no alcohol!), and the waiter never came to pick up our credit card after a 10 minute or so wait, so we finally walked up to the front cash register to check ourselves out. On our way out, we saw a woman who appeared to be in charge, and when she asked us why we were bringing our bill to the cash register, we started to tell her we were 25+ year customers and about how bad things had been, but she said nothing in response and only ran to chase down our waiter (presumably to find out what had occurred) and she never came back to us before we walked out. Bottom line - 25+ years of being a loyal customer of MaLi, and we'll never go back due to what we see as a deterioration of everything except possibly for the quality of the food (vs. quantities, prices, etc.).

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food as always was delicious and service was great.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Mali is our favorite Thai/Sushi Restaurant and favorite sate night spot. The Moo Shu appetizer was amazing and tasted fresh. We also had two sushi rolls and some nigiri that were amazing. We love the ambiance. The only negative was that it took a little too long to get our drinks.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

ANOTHER GREAT EXPERIENCE AT MA LI
Ma Li is a neighborhood favorite of mine for AUTHENTIC Thai cuisine. I have never ordered any item on their extensive menu that did not have the ideal blend of Thai flavorings and seasonings. Service is always spot on, and the vibe is contemporary Asian. I love the fact that parking is free and plentiful--a rare treat in any intown neighborhood.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

our waiter was very helpful re gluten free options and my guest had seafood allergies; they were very accomodating.
Enjoyed the business lunch and it's quite affordable. Worth the drive.

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fantastic 5 stars! The food was the best Thai food

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Mali is always delicious and the staff are always pleasant and professional. Lots of variety in where to sit, including the awesome patio. Mali is a wonderful neighborhood go-to restaurant!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Four of us had a very nice meal at Mali. All food ordered was quite tasty and the massaman curry lovers were especially happy that this version had avocado rather than potato. Waitstaff were capable and friendly, and the ambiance is nice. Only one complaint -- We sat on the patio and were bothered by flies. I hope they can do something about that! Regardless, I'll be going back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We certainly over dressed for dinner on a Sunday evening! But, the food was excellent!
Our only complaints are with the VERY loud music and the angry service. I understand that servers are sometimes over taxed but, a surly server really impacts the dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I always enjoy the tasty dishes at Mali, and the wine list is good. The restaurant's decor has been updated, so it's attractive and comfortable, and the table service is very attentive. But the volume of the "background" music was too high. We asked twice if it could be turned down a bit so that we could talk with our friends, but the volume remained the same. The loud music may be acceptable to others, but we will be reluctant to return since it doesn't make for a relaxing conversation.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Mali's has been consistent over the 20 years I've been going. We drive over 24 miles to eat at Mali's. I have found no Thai restaurant that is better than Mali's.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Mali has been one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta for over a decade. The food is always fantastic and the service is usually equally great. However, this week was my first time having less than stellar service, but I'll give our server the benefit of the doubt in case she was new.
I highly recommend Mali and it really is the best thai/sushi restaurant in all of Atlanta.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Mali is always a good choice for Thai food. The service was quick and courteous. The food, as usual, was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Amazing every time!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of the best Thai and sushi places in Atlanta. I enjoy the food and the service....everyone's great. Love the sushi!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

A casual cozy spot with fresh delicious food, Mali quickly became our favorite Friday night place. Relaxing low-key way to start the weekend! We love exploring all the menu options (sushi, too). Don't forget to leave room for dessert. Loved the fried banana over coconut ice cream during our last visit. Parking is easy and we always find a spot in one of two lots -- or off-street. Lucky if you live nearby and can walk! Open for lunch, too -- a real neighborhood gem!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We were a decent size group (10ppl) but for a Monday, they were very slow. Was told that the kitchen was backed up. But the food was very good, just had to wait awhile to enjoy it.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The service was excellent. The server was very patient and showed a genuine concern. I was adventurous and tried the grilled duck in red curry sauce and it was simply devine. I will definitely return.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Love the basil rolls and dining on the patio!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We had our first date here years ago, and love returning every year. This year for our tenth anniversary! Delicious food every time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries
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