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Mali Restaurant, Atlanta, GA

Mali Restaurant

4.7
4.7
906 reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Sushi

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 874-1411

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Panda!

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant, we provide catering services.

  • Private party contact

    Mannie Kachintagsa: (404) 874-1411

  • Area

    Virginia Highland

  • Cross Street

    North Highland Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Spacious lot in the back off Highland Avenue

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 906 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Atlanta / Georgia

    Healthy

  • Atlanta

    Healthy

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  1. AD

    AnnaD

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and inviting place with great food and service! Live out of town so this is on my repeat list every time in town.
  2. Q

    Quizzicalcat

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    There was almost no attention given to our table after the 'food runner' brought the main entree. We were interested in dessert, but couldn't get anyone's attention before they brought the check. But in general a good meal.
  3. K

    Kayla

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mali is by far the best Thai restaurant in Atlanta … actually anywhere! The food is truly authentic and is what I was used to in Thailand. Joy is so kind and we enjoy catching up with her when we see her during our Mali visits. I love to bring friends who are visiting here so they can enjoy it!
  4. L

    Love2eat

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good. Everything was well prepared from starting with basil rolls to sushi. Also had pad Thai, which was very good. Great neighborhood restaurant..
  5. e

    emmm

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here has always been great but lately keeps getting even better. We had fresh basil rolls, pik king pork, and basil chicken--and everything was perfect.
  6. ID

    IntownDweller

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service has suffered lately. One person covering the upper floor on a weekend night. Looks like the labor shortage is impacting one of my old handouts and making dining out a little less enjoyable. Recommend visiting during off hours.
  7. CM

    CherylM

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for the evening
  8. I

    Ilovegoodfood

    Atlanta

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always excellent and always consistent!
  9. RJ

    RJMS

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I love Mali. Been going for 20 years. This time wasn't super. The sushi was chewy, and it's not supposed to be. Service was a tad slow for a Sunday night with empty tables. I'll still go back as they are usually on top of their game.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.
  11. KV

    KellyV

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and I would recommend this restaurant.
  12. JS

    JSchreib

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Mali exceeds expectations. Some say the best Thai food in Atlanta -- we agree. And so beautifully presented. Service always professional and extremely helpful. Conversation-friendly. It's perfect for a lovely lunch or dinner! We go back again and again.
  13. b

    beverlyb

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  14. HD

    HungryinDecatur

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Getting a bit too pricey…. Can’t handle any more price increases. $24 for Masaman curry with tofu?
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The Massaman Chicken was awful. Have eaten in many places and never had it taste so badly.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Mail is normally 5 star awesome but last 2 times a notch below but still good. Hope a blip
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience. Our second time going and just as great as our first date 3 years ago.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite Thai restaurant in the city, hands down. The food is delicious and the frozen cocktails are perfect with spicy dishes. 10/10
  19. E

    Elizah

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious dishes! Very quality items to choose from.
  20. I

    Ilovegoodfood

    Atlanta

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best Thai and sushi!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Nice ambience. Friendly and attentive staff. Easy parking nearby.
  22. L

    Lashon

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first experience here was fantastic. We were seated promptly and our food came out quickly. Everything was fresh and the ambiance was perfect.
  23. K

    Kevin

    Atlanta

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good as always but not excellent this time. The food came out quickly and hot but the sauce was a little watery this time and the vegetables were not cooked enough. This was first time i think i've ever eaten there where the veggies were undercooked. Was true for all of us. We didn't send it back as was still edible just very hard to crunch. I've found that i do much better here when going on non weekend days when the kitchen isn't so rushed. It was my birthday and they sent out a big scoop of vanilla ice cream out with 3 spoons for us....and a candle! that was nice.
  24. N

    Nana

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Thai in town. And friendly for families. Definitely recommend!
  25. B

    Blokey

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Prices have really increased. Very tough to pay $15 for a sushi roll (6 pieces). Thai food prices have gone up too. The service is average. I still would go back but it won't be my "go to" anymore.
  26. K

    Kathryn

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had last minute reservations and were promptly seated at a table. Our server was efficient and attentive, despite also having to wait on several other tables at the same time. My entree of green curry shrimp tasted delicious, my husband's Pad Thai entree was also really good. The Thai basil roll appetizers with peanut sauce were very fresh and a perfect start for a warm summer night. I always enjoy dining at Mali as the upbeat atmosphere and friendly staff are top notch. I am grateful they are in my neighborhood.
  27. D

    David

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food very expensive. Most important is you don't get what you pay for. Side of fried rice $8??? Small bowl of white rice $4????
  28. RW

    RobW

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, the food was fantastic and the service is great.
  29. AD

    AnnaD

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food!
  30. AA

    AAinMorningside

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    mali continues to be a neighborhood favorite. They are clearly short staffed and the kitchen is overrun with online orders that impact the dining in service. The food is always great and the staff is trying very hard and is always nice. The cost for drinks is very overpriced so just get water.
  31. A

    Andrew

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great!
  32. m

    midtownmama

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently tasty food & service. Delicious sushi. Long-time local customers One of our favorites!
  33. F

    Foodmaniac

    Austin

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food and our server Kevin was on point!
  34. OT

    OTdinerATL

    Atlanta

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. Servers worked as a team to check on us, bring our orders and refresh our drinks. Excellent experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    For my first time, I was very impressed. I had the fried calamari which I won’t do again. It was a bit on the greasy side but I wasn’t disappointed at all. The service amazing, ambiance amazing. I will return soon.
  36. JS

    JSchreib

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and very gracious service. Prices are higher but the food’s worth it!
  37. T

    Talan71

    Atlanta

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The food was just okay, and the staff all seemed like they were just scolded or something before we arrived. Overall, it was a really "strange" energy in Mali Restaurant. The bar for cocktails was so slow to receive our drinks! There are so many other excellent restaurants in Atlanta, I will NOT return to Mali. **On a side note, my new credit card number was stolen right after this restaurant, I "believe" it stems from this restaurant.** Pay with CASH here.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best. I will be going weekly. The spring rolls were hot and crispy, the red curry was incredible, and the spicy basil was the best I’ve had. I ordered spicy basil at the Thai hot level and it did not disappoint. It was absolute fire. 10/10
  39. GR

    GRITS

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always consistent….fabulous food, cocktails & service!!
  40. C

    Chris

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solid Thai entry in a packed market, Mali continues to offer quality food and rapid attentive service in a pleasant yet slightly worn environment. No surprises here.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Mali Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Mali Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 874-1411.

Mali Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Mali Restaurant

961 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    North Highland Avenue

  • Area

    Virginia Highland

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Spacious lot in the back off Highland Avenue

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Panda!

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (404) 874-1411

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant, we provide catering services.

  • Private party contact

    Mannie Kachintagsa: (404) 874-1411

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