Mali Restaurant

4.5
697 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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P
Miami
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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PB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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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
2 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

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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.

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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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WP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Valentines Day Dinner

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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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing!!!!!!

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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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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.

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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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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

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OT
Atlanta
72 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.

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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.

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GR
Atlanta
5 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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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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R
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great evening. Love this place! Service and food are consistently the best!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

A 2 hour S*** fest. Terrible service and food was very slow. Incorrect orders. Inability to fix issues. Asked for manager who never came out. Consolation prize is the food was quite good.

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AT
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

As usual, the food was very good. In fact, the Pad Thai was the best I've had anywhere in Atlanta. Service was good but a little slow to get started. Where Mali really failed this time (and my previous visit) was the chaotic entry and waiting area. There were probably 20 people standing around waiting to be seated and pick up to-go orders. It took a while for the hostess to acknowledge us because she was off doing other tasks and then had to deal with to-go orders. We were ultimately seated at a high top table rather than the standard seating I requested. The seats at the high top tables slant forward making it somewhat uncomfortable to stay in the seat. I love Mali and hope the last 2 chaotic experiences are not the new normal.

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EW
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent quality food. Light and tasty. Perfect service, great cocktails.

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WM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, and the fresh ingredients and quality make Mali stand out – not a "typical" Thai-Sushi place.

Delicious range of appetizers in addition to soups – traditional Thai restaurant fare and some rarer flavors. Great cocktail menu in the $10-$14 range. An entree of sweet-spicy catfish (lightly fried) was an awesome surprise. Eel & avocado sushi was excellent. While we came at a busy time, multiple staff members shared responsibilities and we always felt that we had what we needed for an enjoyable meal. Didn't know they had bar seating, so I might come back solo and order another great meal.

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AD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We usually order from Mali, this was my first time at the restaurant and we loved it.
Its a great option in the neighborhood.
Food was delicious, service was great and the restaurant is beautiful.
Definitely coming back

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s
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was awesome
And the service was great.

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s
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was awesome. Perfectly seasoned

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B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

We were seated 30+ minutes after our reservation time. Our sever, Koi, was great though and the food was good. The hostess was terrible and disorganized.

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JB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent as always. Novel dishes, excellent staff. Just keeps getting better!

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London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good!! A nice staff and quality food

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o
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Mali 3 times now and every time has been great. Good food, pleasant service and comfortable atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing duck and pad see yu! Our favorite Thai place!!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Our reservation was for 8.30 pm. We were seated at 9.40 pm. This is simply not acceptable.

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food as usual was great. This was New Years Eve and the restaurant was not remotely staffed. With a reservation we waited 15 minutes to be seated and another 20 minutes just to order drinks. Our waitress was completely flustered and clearly not up to the task.

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