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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
Atlanta, GA 30318
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) 355-5311 ext. 212
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Abigail Pietrobon at email@example.com for special event information.
The Optimist Ratings and Reviews
Good restaurant. Dessert was great- Pineapple Upside Down. Amazing Sevice. Entrees were a bit busy for me. I got the Mahi and it was good but had pork belly and Dijon. Just a lot going on. Love classic seafood options with exotic sides. I want to taste the fish. Overall a good choice. I will return.
My wife and I visited The Optimist while in town for the aquarium. We don't go out to eat often so when we do we always hope it will be special...and The Optimist didn't disappoint. Service was impeccable and the atmosphere fit our tastes well feeling semi-casual and not "stuffy." The wine and drinks list was well rounded. The food was fantastic. We started with the crispy octopus for an appetizer which was sweet and spicy and highly recommended. My wife ordered Mahi Mahi and I the Swordfish. Both were cooked perfectly with classic flavors and perfect pairings of meat and vegetables. The only slight I will give them is, it is on the pricy side for the quantity. It certainly counts as a very nice night out (at least on our monthly budget). I would highly recommend The Optimist to anyone looking for a fun date night with excellent seafood.
The food is great and the staff is very friendly! The hushpuppies are to die for. If you take the shrimps a la plancha (another amazing dish), take it last as it is very flavorfull and may attenuate more subtle dish that follow. For dessert, the salted caramel ice-cream is definitely worth it.
Our first visit to the Optimist blew us away. Second visit a few weeks later, the shine had worn off. We do love the eclectic and creative menu and at this point, think we will just order the crudos and appetizers rather than the entrees. My swordfish was way overcooked and very oddly paired with fatty meat. My husband enjoyed his halibut, but our friend had fish and chips where there was an amazing amount of crust and very little fish inside. The prices for those entrees also seem overboard. Lastly, the chairs with the wooden backs are at an angle that hits you in the small of your back and is incredibly uncomfortable.
The Optimist has nice open space seating and inviting decor. Our server was very attentive and gave excellent recommendations. We had the Octopus and Tuna Poke as starters, Swordfish & Brisket entree, and the Ice Cream Sandwich that is made from strawberry macaroons. Everything was prepared and plated very superbly. I would definitely return when in the midtown area and I would highly recommend to friends.
First time here and will definitely be back! The grilled octopus starter was amazing. Just a little bit spicy and very tasteful. The scallops were perfectly cooked and went really well with the fried basmati rice. Mika was the perfect server: knowledgeable, friendly, there when needed.
I have been here several times and always thought the food was excellent. I was not disappointed this tine as everything was delicious. Oysters were the best I have ever had. Service was competent and friendly, as well as timely. Anyone desiring a great seafood dinner should enjoy The Optimist!
Wonderful dinner. Fresh seafood with perfect seasoning and accompaniments. Each of us selected several small dishes over the entrees, and were very happy with our choices. The Arctic Char Tartar was fresh and toppings included fresh mint - clean and bright. Ordered the GA white shrimp over grits rather than the offered toast - messy (as the shrimp are cook in the shell), but worth it. Simple salad was nice between courses. Halibut cheeks over (skimpy amount of) grits were good. Service is excellent. Setting is very spacious, with character, though loud, but with some seating in sides which helps a bit with the noise. Cornbread beignets were like dessert with powdered sugar!
Really enjoyed our anniversary dinner here - our first time at the Optimist. Had the gumbo (a bit spicy) and she-crab soup (very good!). Halibut for entree - very nice with interesting sauce! Signature vodka drink very good. Pino Gris and Pino Grigio wines very good choices. Caramel w/salt ice cream tasty. Interesting kitchen. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable re the menu and wine, as well as the history of this building. All in all, a very satisfying experience!
The mussels were not thoroughly cooked, fully a 3rd of them were not opened, and they were stringy and gooey. The peel and eat shrimp were covered in so much old bay type seasoning that I couldn't even taste the shrimp. Might has well have been Captain D's. I ordered the field peas (I'm a southern boy). They were not field peas at all, they were sugar peas in the pod. The fish was good, but I don't intend to go back.
I have eaten here several times. On this visit, my wife's mussels were undercooked, but the rest of the food was excellent. Our server was not very attentive, and seemed somewhat irritated if we took to long to order or answer questions. However, this was not typical of our past experience, so we will certainly return.
I went to the Optimist for the first time on a date and it was a great choice! Our server was attentive but not overbearing - she checked on us just enough and always came back for a purpose. She was knowledgeable about the restaurant and the food, as well as where they source the food. Everything was cooked perfectly and the wine (I got the only Riesling on the menu at that time) was wonderful. I had the seafood chowder, monkfish, and my date and I shared the basmati rice. I would love to go back!
I selected this restaurant because my wife and I were looking to celebrate a special occasion during Lent, which restricted us to vegetarian or seafood options on a Friday night. We read the reviews form The Optimist and decided to try it, as the location was also close to where we were looking to dine. The appetizers and the drinks were fabulous; the tuna was by far the best part of our meal. The entrees, however, were disappointing. My Branzino lacked taste, and my wife's blackened Bass wasn't too special either. We were hoping the dessert menu saved the evening, but the Roulade wasn't amazing either - it was solid, but not $9 solid. If you go, request a booth, otherwise you'll be seated at tables that make listening to the person(s) across very difficult.
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