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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.
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
Really great food. Almost outstanding. I'd rate it closer to the 4.5 stars if I could - seasoning was lacking a bit on the calamari and short rib. Scallops and swordfish on point. Nice open restaurant. But for all the positives the food brought me, the service committed, in my mind, a cardinal sin. I felt rushed the entire meal. Rushed to order food while enjoying drinks. The entrees arrived before the appetizers were finished and cleared. Rushed to finish the entrees. Not offered coffee or dessert. The wait staff knows how to go through the motions, but they are apathetic and lack tact. It killed me. This could have been the complete package. The food was really good - the spices are just my personal preference. But the service just deflated my experience. I'm more sad than angry. Heavy sigh.
We found that everything we ate, with one exception (the roasted cauliflower), to be delicious. We had oysters, seafood soup, grilled calamari, fish and chips, whole grilled branzino and finished with the key lime tart with blueberry compote. One glass of wine and two cocktails...$184. The staff is very friendly. The noise level can be high. They have an outdoor area and this Saturday night a blues trio. We'd come back.
We had heard a lot about this place. Finally went for our Anniversary for an early dinner. Staff was nice, server was prompt and knew the menu well. They were very accommodating dealing with my wife's pepper allergy. Fish was really good. Lobster roll was really good. Drinks were good but kind of small and expensive. Overall it was a great experience for a nice Anniversary dinner and fresh seafood.
Wonderful service - server gave us recommendations for other places to go while in ATL including bars to watch college football (we were there for the FSU v Bama game). Great oysters with lots of ways to dress them. Yummy french fries with a delicious vinegar-tasting dipping sauce. My lobster cobb had a little too much dressing. Would return!
My son and I took my wife out for her birthday. We arrived for an early dinner (6 PM) and the restaurant had numerous open tables both at the windows and in the main dining area. We were seated promptly but my wife found the chairs to be a bit uncomfortable. The staff was very accommodating and moved us to a different table with different seating. My son was late due to traffic so we ordered two glasses of wine while we waited. When my son arrived we ordered the calamari and the octopus appetizers. These dishes were both well presented, delicious, and portioned sufficient for the 3 of us. We each ordered a different main course, I had the whole grilled Branzino which I had filleted in the kitchen, My wife had the coriander crusted Wahoo, and my son had the duck fat poached swordfish. Sides were fried rice and roasted zucchini and squash. Also ordered a very nice bottle of Sancerre. The Branzino was well prepared and in a nice sauce but a bit bland. My wife's Wahoo was spectacular and she shared a bite but my son cleaned his plate of the swordfish so I have to assume it was excellent as well. Shared a nice fig upside down cake for dessert . Overall the decor is modern and a bit casual for an upscale restaurant. The service is consistently excellent throughout the meal. Knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt. The food was up to expectation for the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta. Prices were quite reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Wine list was fairly priced as well. Highly recommend.
Went to celebrate my significant other's birthday. Great ambiance...great food ...we had the monkfish which was delicious and the lobster roll which was on point to anything you've had in NY/Boston/Maine regions. Wine was great. Clean restrooms. I recommend valeting...it's convenient and it was $3 and the valets work off of tips.
A few of the reviews that I read talked about the noise level...it was a bit noisy but not to the level that you can't have a conversation. I put a note in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and to give us a seat with a good view ...which they accommodated. Where they sat us was more intimate so we were able to talk without the noise level bothering us.
Also reviews did talk about spotty service from the wait staff...I would also agree with that...for the most part our server was good...the only thing ...we waited a really long time for a 2nd glass of wine and the server actually forgot ...we ended up finishing our meal and the server removed the wine glass that was set out earlier for the 2nd glass of wine. When dessert came, the server then remembered the wine...by then, it was too late ....the server did bring my significant other a small bourbon as a birthday after dinner drink since he doesn't do dessert. That was very nice ending to our first trip to the Optimist. We will definitely go back.
We got the oysters - don't remember the kinds we tried, but all were tasty! Sat near the raw bar - there's quite a selection!
My hubby got the full body octopus and raved about it! He was quite impressed!
I got the shrimp on the appetizer menu with the bread to sop up the very yummy curry sauce. Huge shrimp! Very good!
Also, the beet salad and the hushpuppies - all wonderful
Staff was very friendly. My only complaint is that we had to wait quite awhile to get our bottle of wine and even had empty water glasses for some time. I had to stop eating for a few minutes b/c I don't like to eat with out something to drink.
This was a disappointing experience. The swordfish and short rib were over cooked, the waitress offered us an appetizer "on the house" that wasn't credited from our bill, the tables and chairs are so close to each other that you can't hear anything aside from the conversations happening next to you. Heaven forbid you have to get up to go to the bathroom or have a little room to set your purse down, because you'll be on top of the person at the table next to you. Wish we could take back the entire experience.
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