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Mali Restaurant, Atlanta, GA

Mali Restaurant

4.6
4.6
869 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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Booked 27 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

Menu

Lunch | Starters

  • Basil RollsUS$10.50

    Contains shellfish. Two non-fried rolls stuffed with homemade barbecued pork, shrimp, noodles, basil, bean sprouts and lettuce. Served with tamarind sauce topped with crushed peanuts

    • Spring RollsUS$10.50

      Two crispy rolls stuffed with glass noodles, celery, and cabbage. Served with peanut sauce

      Lunch | Soup

      • Tum Yum SoupUS$7.00

        Mild spice level. Contains shellfish. Thai style hot and sour soup with mushrooms, lemongrass, cilantro, chili and lime juice. Protein Choice | Soup: Tofu, Shrimp $1.25, Chicken, Broth Only, Vegetable

        • Tom Kha SoupUS$7.00

          Mild spice level. Contains shellfish. Authentic coconut soup with galangal, mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro and lime juice

          Lunch | Salad

          • Mali SaladUS$10.50

            Fresh mixed vegetables with your choice of ginger dressing or peanut dressing

            • Yum Yai SaladUS$12.75

              Contains shellfish. Iceberg lettuce with chicken, shrimp, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. Topped with ground peanuts and served with light sweet vinaigrette dressing

              Sushi | Starters

              • Miso SoupUS$5.75

                Tofu, seaweed, scallions

                • EdamameUS$6.00

                  Sushi | Nigiri

                  • Ika | SquidUS$3.75

                    (Comes as a single) Literally meaning "pressed by hand". Nigiri sushi consists of a slice of cooked or raw fish on a pressed ball of sushi

                    • Tako | OctopusUS$3.75

                      (Comes as a single) Literally meaning "pressed by hand". Nigiri sushi consists of a slice of cooked or raw fish on a pressed ball of sushi

                      Last updated: 3 February 2022

                      What 869 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

                      4.6
                      4.6 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.7Food
                      • 4.4Service
                      • 4.4Ambience
                      • 4.4Value

                      NoiseModerate

                      Diners' Choice Awards

                      • Atlanta / Georgia

                        Neighbourhood Gem

                      • Atlanta

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                      1. MA

                        MarkATL

                        Atlanta

                        5 reviews

                        1.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall1food4service1ambience4

                        Our waiter was great, but kitchen could not send us an extra basil roll (that I gladly offered to pay for). We were 3 on the table, and just received 2 basil rolls on the plate as an appetizer. We were not told that we would get 2 rolls only, and when I asked for an extra one I was told that they could not do it. The waiter tried but the kitchen could not accommodate it. Such a simple request, but apparently they don't care for their patrons... MALI was always one of my favorites, we can walk to it and we've had several dinners there with friends. I'm only writing this review (about one missing basil roll) because I think management should know about such a simple issue that van push a client away. Like me, I'm not going back. Thanks.

                      2. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Detroit

                        2 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great cocktails and even better food. Everything is delicious. Started with the moo shoo, he had the seafood soup and massaman with beef and I had the Siam tofu. Delicious!

                      3. MA

                        MarkA

                        Atlanta

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 15 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Always great food. Carry out Sushi is very fresh.

                      4. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 14 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        it was clear they were short staffed - but they did their best!

                      5. AA

                        AAinMorningside

                        Atlanta

                        15 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        15 reviews

                        Dined on 13 May 2022

                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                        Seem to be short staffed given slow and scattered service. Food came quickly but my husband was halfway through hi meal before his cocktail arrived.

                      6. L

                        Lovely4fam

                        Atlanta

                        5 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on 10 May 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Great food and ambiance.

                      7. OT

                        OTdinerATL

                        Atlanta

                        93 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        93 reviews

                        Dined on 9 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We sat in the covered patio section. It was busy and pretty loud, which made it difficult to carry on a conversation. The service was great. Thanks Thuy! And the food was delicious, as always.

                      8. WJ

                        WillerJ

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 8 May 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        tight space, but I would recommend it to others

                      9. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        25 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        25 reviews

                        Dined on 7 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Good food and attentive staff!!!

                      10. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Thanks great

                      11. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on 22 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The Amsterdam roll is simply amazing!!

                      12. BC

                        BarbaraC

                        Atlanta

                        8 reviews

                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on 21 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        "B" was our waiter, we sat outside. My two friends had never been before, The ginger martinis are fantastic! Everyone enjoyed their food, so tasty!

                      13. MW

                        MtnWoman

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 18 April 2022

                        overall1food1service2ambience1

                        unfortunately my sushi order was messed up - I asked for brown rice and they gave me white rice (the waiter implied it would be a big hassle if I sent it back to get it right) - also asked for the veggie roll without mayo or avocado - and it came with both. Really disappointed with food and service. Won't be back

                      14. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Definitely among the best restaurants in Atlanta! Amazing food & lovely staff.

                      15. LR

                        LeolaR

                        Atlanta

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 14 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wonderful sushi and lovely staff. Great menu options and great drink menu, too.

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent!

                      17. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The best Thai restaurant in town and the sushi is outstanding particularly at this price point. Everything was top notch!

                      18. AT

                        AnsleyTraveler

                        Atlanta

                        35 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        35 reviews

                        Dined on 7 April 2022

                        overall3food2service5ambience5

                        As long-time, very happy customers, this last visit was less satisfactory. Prices are way up as they are everywhere. We understand and are happy to pay the higher prices. Unfortunately, it also seems adjustments were made to the product to lessen their cost. The spring rolls are the shape of fat pencils which means very little filling. It is almost all fried wrapper. The Rainbow Combination comes with beef, chicken and shrimp. There were 2 small slices of beef, 4 slices of chicken and 3 or 4 shrimp. At $27 it should have more of the proteins. Not sure if this is the new norm but we'll give it one more try and hope to have a better experience. We brought a friend who had never been to Mali and he was also less than impressed.

                      19. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 5 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fantastic service and excellent food. The drinks were great too. I will be returning soon. 🖤

                      20. z

                        zifor

                        Atlanta

                        68 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        68 reviews

                        Dined on 1 April 2022

                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                        just a great spot i've visited for years and food really srands out

                      21. TM

                        TrayM

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 28 March 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        The menu deceptive. I ordered a rack of lamb for $45 and got onky 3 pieces on my plate. The food is mediocre and the customer service is horrible.

                      22. CM

                        ChrisM

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 27 March 2022

                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                        Good dishes, but understaffed and slow service. Been there multiple times And so sad to see issues

                      23. R

                        Rich

                        London

                        24 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        24 reviews

                        Dined on 26 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Mali is such a gem, it doesn’t matter if having Thai or Sushi the food is excellent. We’ve been going as a family for years and Joy the owner treats us as family. She always asks about my mother and other siblings and she’s so hospitable. We hope Mali never leaves Virginia Highlands and remains an anchor in the strip of shops and restaurants where it sits.

                      24. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Charlotte

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 19 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                        Awesome. Mali is great

                      25. BC

                        BarbaraC

                        Atlanta

                        8 reviews

                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on 15 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Always great service, incredible Spicy Garlic Tofu with Veggies, and that GINGER MARTINI!!! WOW!

                      26. FI

                        FoodIsMyPassion

                        Atlanta

                        28 reviews

                        5.0

                        28 reviews

                        Dined on 6 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We dined before a musical performance and enjoyed the ambience, staff and food. Our server “B” was very engaging, hospitable and also humorous. We thought enjoyed the curries and basil entrees. 💯

                      27. CM

                        ChristianM

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 5 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great staff and atmosphere! Food was very tasty and filling!

                      28. MP

                        MichaelP

                        Atlanta

                        17 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        17 reviews

                        Dined on 2 March 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Absolutely love this place. Food and service were great! We are return guests and always enjoy our time here. This past time we went on a Wednesday so it was pretty quiet but was still great. Would highly recommend the dumplings and the pad thai!

                      29. R

                        Raymundo

                        Atlanta

                        36 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        36 reviews

                        Dined on 27 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Food was very good, as usual, as was the service. Our only complaints are that it was very cold in the front room (that big glass front window) and that navigating around our table next to the wall was very tight.

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        6 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on 27 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Food and atmosphere was great! I had the lo mein, sooo much food on my plate.

                      31. KH

                        KarenH

                        Atlanta

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on 26 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Never disappoints!

                      32. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        19 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        19 reviews

                        Dined on 25 February 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                        It was nice to see the restaurant with lots of people. Kind of cramped but nice.

                      33. MH

                        MoniqueH

                        Raleigh

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on 20 February 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        The food was superb! Me and my friends had a great time and would definitely return.

                      34. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        23 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        23 reviews

                        Dined on 18 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great as always ! :)

                      35. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 15 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Valentine’s Day date

                      36. JB

                        JerryB

                        Atlanta

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 15 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Be prepared to experience exquisitely prepared food that will take your mouth on a beautiful journey. The professional staff offers excellent service with the right amount of attention. They make certain your food is accurate and delivered promptly. If you are local to the Atlanta area or traveling here from out of town, Mali Restaurant is a must-visit. The packaging for to-go orders is well thought out. After arriving home from picking up my order, the food temperature is as if it is from their kitchen to my table. Excellent Choice for dining!

                      37. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Washington DC

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 15 February 2022

                        overall1food2service1ambience2

                        Valentine’s Day debacle. Waited an hour and a half for food. They were disturbingly understaffed. All diners in our part of the restaurant encountered the same set of issues.

                      38. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 14 February 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Valentine’s Day

                      39. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 13 February 2022

                        overall4food4service3ambience3

                        We arrived early however we were seated almost immediately. Good Appetizers, calamari and basil rolls are great. Try main course Majestic Catfish you will not be disappointed.

                      40. PW

                        PaulW

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 12 February 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        very good food. nice ambiance. agree with other comments, seats were chic-looking, but not comfortable

                      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
                      • Physical distancing

                        • Limited number of seated diners
                      • Protective equipment

                        • Waiting staff wear masks
                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                      • Screening

                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                      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 4.6 stars by 869 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 27 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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