About The Optimist
The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist is simply "The Hamptons meets The South." We are passionate about sourcing sustainable seafood and preparing it in classic ways. We're not reinventing the wheel -- just perfectly roasting "farm," fish and shellfish over Georgia hickory. Menu items range from the most authentic seafood gumbo with "pot luck" garlic bread to Maine lobster rolls, Gulf grouper with smoky spring Vidalias, and an ever changing selection of super fresh East and West coast oysters. The cool irony is that we have adapted a historic country ham aging "house" into an amazing space of comfort and escape through inspirations of coastal surf culture.
Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
The Oyster Bar opens at 3pm Saturday & Sundays
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$3 Valet service is offered through the Brady parking garage, located on property . Additional surface street parking is available through the neighborhood, as well as additional lots in the area.
Private Party Facilities:
The Optimist has a variety of event spaces that include bar events, restaurant buy outs, private dining up to 20 guests, semi-private dining for up to 50 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Abigail Pietrobon: 404-355-5311x212
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Abigail Pietrobon at email@example.com for special event information.
The Optimist Ratings and Reviews
Got seated very quickly, food was served ...
Got seated very quickly, food was served quickly and was very good. Can't wait to go back again!
So inspiring. One of the most memorable ...
So inspiring. One of the most memorable experiences. Every interaction is perfectly designed.
Great server. Great food.
Great server. Great food.
Terrific, energetic, and fresh.
I went alone after a conference, and chose to sit at the bar. I was impressed by everyone who worked there. The hostess was lovely and accommodating. The place was very busy, and it was a Tuesday. The bartender who waited on me, Michael, was funny, professional, alert. He talked me into an excellent version of a classic martini, and steered me toward a wine that perfectly complemented my food. I had some delicious oysters, hush puppies, and grilled octopus. Everything was done with great attention to detail, and with a slightly new twist. I can see why this restaurant is so popular!
Great advice on oyster selection
Great advice on oyster selection
This is at least my third trip here over ...
This is at least my third trip here over the last year coming in from out of town. As always the oyster appetizers and then seafood entrees were fabulous. While the wine list is not super extensive, I am 3 for 3 in selecting delicious Chablis to pair with the seafood. It also seems reasonably priced (I have wine cellar so I pay particular attention to the quality of the wine). Portions are plenty large such that I never have room for dessert. Since I have had such good luck with the seafood I look forward to returning and enjoying again.
We frequent The Optimist because it is c ...
We frequent The Optimist because it is consistently a great place to eat. The menu is never the same, the cocktails are always fantastic and the service is impeccable. Our server this time was on point. He gave my wife something that was not on the menu which was fantastic and he provided great, clean and quick service.
Atlanta Sea Food Must Do
Putt Putt in the outside. Fabulous cocktails, and amazing oysters in the inside. Very trendy place with a classy menu to go along with it. Great for long meals to share and do a tasting flight of oysters. But the main course options are good too. As is the wine list. Its a win all the way around.
Took me three years to get here. Very go ...
Took me three years to get here. Very good meal, expertly prepared but the harissa-spiced asparagus didn't really fit well with the flounder and scallop mains we ordered. The kale salad was inundated with cheese, an ingredient not even listed. Still good, if not a meal in itself. Maybe I don't get out a bunch anymore, but with tip for two people was over $160. Skipping one dessert and two drinks would have saved $35. All this said, the food was tasty and I felt worth the price of admission. Couldn't believe how many folks were there on a Sunday night, just eatin'. They must be richer than me!
First time, hopefully not the last
Fantastic food, great service, beautiful restaurant. Highly recommended.
So good! Food is great!
Its not a quiet place, but don't let that persuade you. Food is fantastic. Wine list isn't bad.
This restaurant has a great atmosphere- clean, modern, beachy and welcoming. The server was very knowledgeable and overall the service was spot-on. Great wine list. The food was excellent. We had oysters and octopus for starters- very tasty. The main courses didn't disappoint. I would definitely visit again next time I'm in town!!
Recommended by a friend and colleague
This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend and colleague who had brought his family the previous week for a Graduation celebration. There was a variety of food to chose from on the menu and all of our choices were outstanding from the appetizers to the main course. We regret not having dessert, but we did have fabulous wine and cocktails. We will definitely make reservations again.
The food was great. The hush puppies are divine and the seafood gumbo is great. It was breezy where we were sitting. Like, my nose was running from being cold. The server explained something about the hoods in the kitchen pulling the air exactly where we were sitting. Other than us freezing, the food was great.
Ambiance and customer service was excell ...
Ambiance and customer service was excellent. Very sexy interior and suitable for a date night. Dishes are small so you want to order an entree and a side. Overall excellent experience.
I really liked The Optimist. I took my wife there for our anniversary and was not disappointed. I had the swordfish poached in duck fat, and it was great. Our server, Topher, was very professional and enjoyable.
This was our second visit to the Optimis ...
This was our second visit to the Optimist and we were not disappointed. We both ordered the whole fish and it is absolutely amazing. Will definitely go back.
Lunch w/ daughter who just graduated from college
I took my daughter who just had graduated from college with honors as a special treat. She eaten at the Optimist but I had not. The food was very good and the portions were large. The grilled bread to go with my mussels was totally burnt as in a piece of charcoal on one side. Everything else with our meal was well prepared and flavorful. The staff was friendly and efficient but the hostesses could be friendlier and more inviting in greeting guests .We hope to return and see how things have improved.
Great on Mothers Day
Fantastic experience as always at the Optimist. Great food and service.
Great place good food/service/ppl/ the m ...
Great place good food/service/ppl/ the mix drink need to be much better for that price too water down
I am not a fan of raw oysters but I really like them fried and the ones at this restaurant are spectacular.
Great place for fish
We had a wonderful dinner here, which was marked by excellent fish. Between the group of us, we got 2 amberjacks, 1 salmon, and 1 scallop dish, and they were all amazing. Our waiter was great too. I would love to return here and highly recommend it for a special occasion.
a tad over priced
Overall food was good. Oysters fresh. Entrees in some cases way overpriced. Ambiance good, but noisy. Would go back for oyster bar.
Amberjack (reef donkey) was delicious!
Amberjack (reef donkey) was delicious!
We went for lunch, had the octopus and t ...
We went for lunch, had the octopus and the shrimp a la plancha for appetizers, both were fantastic. The fish entrees were amazing as well. The shrimp was one of a kinds dish, yes messy but totally worth it. For entrees we had red snapper over a bed if cauliflower purée and butter caper sauce, it was really good. We also had the flounder over a Peruvian chili sauce, very good as well. Totally recommend this restaurant for fish and seafood lovers.
Liked very much the ambiance and the sty ...
Liked very much the ambiance and the style of the restaurant.
We absolutely love the optimist. Shrimp ...
We absolutely love the optimist. Shrimp a la plancha is a must every visit.
My absolute favorite place for lunch. B ...
My absolute favorite place for lunch. Blackened amberjack with huge mound of irresistible shoe string fries were out of this world good.
Exorbitant prices. The food was just so- ...
Exorbitant prices. The food was just so-so.
Definitely a gem!
Good food. Very nice space. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food came out fast and was very tasty. If you like oysters then is a good place, they have a great variety. Good for date night.
Food & service were top notch. The oyste ...
Food & service were top notch. The oyster selection was really impressive & very fresh!
We've dined here several times. This las ...
We've dined here several times. This last time out server wasn't so great, but typically, they have exceptional service. Excellent food, but all Ford Fry restaurants do.
What a great place, the ambiance is a ve ...
What a great place, the ambiance is a very warm cozy feeling from the miner lightening, 60's tiling over back kitchen wall, airy, and hints of a rustic feel. If you choose not to sit in the main dining area, the optimist provides a oyster bar that's open seating and offers a small menu but still great for a quick lunch, and if theirs a bit of a wait no worries... Putt putt golf right outside that provides some entertainment while you wait. The food small portioned but fair in price provided me with a beautiful presentation, as well sides that were extra to compliment my meal. The service at the bar was average, drink however great,the wait staff was very on topic my visit and attentive to my needs while dining. I will definitely comeback.
Amazing food and atmosphere coupled with ...
Amazing food and atmosphere coupled with phenomenal service.
This is my new favorite place in Atlanta. The scallops are always awesome, and the bread is warm and yeasty. We almost ordered another serving of rolls for dessert -- but only almost. Personally I loved the cilantro-lime sorbet, although apparently, my dinner companions informed me after tasting it, it is not for everyone. The caramelly ice cream that comes with the apple donuts is also yummy.
Color me impressed
My bestfriend and I share a birthday. We were looking for a decent place for dinner with a few friends. After asking around, we settled on The Optimist. I will admit to being skeptical of the hype. That all went away the moment the valet opened my door. He was friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic. It only got better from there. The ambience, service, food, etc are all worthy of the highest praise. I'm a fan and I will return whenever I'm in town.
Excellent food, great cocktails. Perfect ...
Excellent food, great cocktails. Perfect experience!
Lou, our server, was outstanding. He was one of the best things about the experience. When I go back I will probably just drink wine and eat oysters because both are outstanding!
Not our First or last time here
Excellent, attentive, & knowledgeable staff. Outstanding menu w/ items prepared perfectly!
Food was excellent as always but service ...
Food was excellent as always but service was not attentive except when it came time to clearing plates, at which time we felt rushed. The waiter started clearing our plates while I was still eating my dinner and made no apologies when he realized I was eating but continued to clear everything from the table. Drinks from the bar were especially slow.
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