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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for special event information.
The Optimist Ratings and Reviews
Fabulous! Our waiter, Doug was professi ...
Fabulous! Our waiter, Doug was professional and helpful. We started with oysters and they were all absolutely the best oysters we have ever tasted. Our choice included offerings from across Canada and the US. Simply the best taste and texture across the board. We both ate one of Doug's recommendations, flounder almondine. The fish was beautifully prepared and delicious. We shared a sweet potato side that was also delicious. Oh, did I mention the cocktails? Perfect combinations of ingredients, not too boozy, but just right. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for fine cuisine with excellent service.
All food was excellent - some favorites ...
All food was excellent - some favorites were the shrimp appetizer and the fried rice side. Also enjoyed the mussels. We each had different entrees and all plates were cleaned. Will definitely return. Be prepared for a loud environment. Tables are very close together (French bistro style) - when we arrived there were tables on both sides of us and it was hard to converse. Those tables departed and we were able to enjoy some quieter moments.
The scallops (lightly pan fried) were t ...
The scallops (lightly pan fried) were the best I've had. I went on my birthday and our waitress was superb! She went out of her way to make sure everything we ordered met our expectations. The food and especially the service exceeded our expectations!
My dining experience at The Optimist was ...
My dining experience at The Optimist was Ok..
The wait staff was very attentive, and professional
The ambiance was vibrant and full of energy but the food was just...
I had been told by several friends, and business associates that the food was over the top.
I am a foodie and love experiencing various restaurants. But more importantly, I like having a select few as my place for special occasions or key business dinner meetings.
I was told The Optimist would be on my short list but my experience was just Ok.
Always a hit with my closest friends and ...
Always a hit with my closest friends and colleagues. This was a dinner with a regular business partner and close friend. Then we ended up running into more colleagues while eating there. The food was fantastic, the service is always excellent and they have a beautify room as well. A top spot IMHO.
LOVE THIS PLACE - FOOD IS FABULOUS - UNF ...
LOVE THIS PLACE - FOOD IS FABULOUS - UNFORTUNATELY, WE GOT SEATED NEXT TO AND RIGHT AFTER A GROUP OF ABOUT 25 CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY - FOOD SERVICE WAS SLOW AND A BIT UNEVEN - MANAGER NOTICED AND CAME OVER, OFFERED DRINKS BUT IT STILL WAS 1.5 HOURS TIL ENTREES CAME - AND THEN WE GOT 3, NOT 4 - ALSO, SO NOISY COULDN'T HERE REST OF TABLE - WILL NOT KEEP US FROM GOING BACK BUT WILL NOT TRY TO DO A BUSINESS DINNER - AND WILL BE MORE CAREFUL ABOUT WHERE WE ARE SEATED -
Went there for a much needed date night. ...
Went there for a much needed date night. We ate our weight in oysters. My man is a tequila aficionado, for that he was a tad bit displeased with the selection. But that was the only complaint. I was a Extremely Content with everything that we ordered and the service. We will definitely be back.
Our server was amazing. Forgive me for ...
Our server was amazing. Forgive me for not recalling her name but she was Australian and very knowledgeable as well as on point with her service. We ate with an extremely tired ten year old and never felt judged or inconvenienced for it. The food was fantastic from the bread to the peanut butter and jelly cheesecake. We especially loved the okra and hush puppies.
Thanks for a great experience, we'll definitely be back.
Everything was great, food, service, amb ...
Everything was great, food, service, ambiance, value, everything was on point. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because we were initially seated in front of a door and it was cold that evening. We asked if we could be moved and they quickly accommodated us. The only thing is that we were seated right in front of the serving window. Not bad, but I had to watch and hear a lot of the kitchen activity. Other than our seating arrangement, we had a truly pleasurable dining experience and I would definitely go back.
Very hip, very fun, food was delicious, ...
Very hip, very fun, food was delicious, and our server was very attentive. What's not to like? They've created something special, for sure. Loved the band in the bar area. Only suggestion is that it's perhaps too loud for some.
My husband and I dined at The Optimist f ...
My husband and I dined at The Optimist for the first time on our first wedding anniversary. It was nothing short of fantastic! They went the extra mile by writing Happy Anniversary on our menus, as well as treating us to complimentary champagne. The atmosphere was energetic and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant for a date, girls night out, or any special occasion.
The food was amazeballs. My only wish is ...
The food was amazeballs. My only wish is that there be more gluten free options. Additionally, if legal seafood can do gluten free bread and be cheaper, anyone can.
The service was great.
The tables were a little close together, though, so cleaning a nearby table was sure to make you wear a few crumbs.
The bathrooms are easily the nicest in the city.
The only thing I would say I did not like is the agresiveness of the valet in reference to tips.
The food is excellent, different and uni ...
The food is excellent, different and unique. My scallops were a bit too salty, but still excellent. Loved she crab soup. Great service. Atmosphere is louder than I would like, and that was a Wednesday evening. FANTASTIC variety of port wines for after dinner.
It was our first time here at The Optimi ...
It was our first time here at The Optimist, and we had a fabulous time. I read that the service has had some problems for other reviewers, but we had nothing but a stellar time. Food was excellent and surprisingly tasty. It was our anniversary, and it seemed the whole staff knew it and was congratulatory and kind. We will definitely be back!
I discovered the Optimist approximately ...
I discovered the Optimist approximately two years ago when it first opened. The food then was tasty, if a bit inconsistent. The restaurant hasn't managed its growth well. The din of noise, abetted unecessarily by both an outdoor band and an indoor music track, just wasn't that conducive to conversation. Tables are very close together, presumably to accommodate the restaurant's increased popularity. The waitress we had simply could not keep up with the number of tables she had to attend. As a consequence, we waited unduly long periods for food and drinks. The management has some tweaking to do before success begets failure. Also, to be frank, the lack of upscale options with tasty food in Atlanta tends to lead to over-subscription of places like the Optimist, which in turns makes the latter less, not more, of a desired destination.
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