Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
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
Great experience as always. I was a little surprised the waiters didn’t know what type of oysters they were serving, But that is just nitpicking.
One of our favorite Atlanta restaurants....great service, great food and great ambience. We will definitely go back!
Service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive. Great timing on the food as well as recommendations.
This restaurant nails it. I am never disappointed with this restaurant. The food is simply outstanding! I also love the craft drinks they make. Overall, I think this is one of the best restaurants in ATL!
We celebrated Fathers Day at The Optimist. We will definitely be back. We shared the medium platter between the 3 of us. The Octopus ceviche was incredible. Frankly everything was great. The smoker chowder was fantastic. The service was top notch. They even went to a sister restaurant down the street to get us out favorite wine. We can’t wait to go again.
The food is so yummy!
This was a Father’s Day dinner... It was amazing!
Love this restaurant for variety of food. They have good choices for kids too and the miniature golf outside keeps kids happy when dinner is over.
We had an excellent experience at The Optimist. The food was exceptional. Everything g was prepared uniquely and perfectly. Our server, Taylor, was personable and made excellent recommendations. The wine list had unique offerings, the atmosphere was inviting. We really enjoyed it and would come back again from Roswell.
We celebrated Father's Day at the Optimist this past weekend and everything from the drinks, to the food (ESPECIALLY THE FOOD), to the service was top-notch. The oysters and fish are fresh and the cocktails delightful.
Amazing service and delicious food. Highly recommended.
Went with my 84yo dad and 8yo daughter. Everyone was very happy, which isn’t easy with the wide range. Service was great and food was absolutely delicious!
The Optimist is consistently among the top 2 seafood restaurants in Atlanta. Their oyster list is varied (a bit pricey but in the market--try the Alabama farmed choice, Isle Dauphine for flavor and value). The bar staff is exceedingly competent and never too busy to interact with the time they have. Our favorite location is the bar bar. The raw bar is a little less user-friendly, but if no other seating is available it is better to sit there than most any other restaurant. In spite of the warm weather, the gumbo and crispy oysters was a great way to enjoy the evening. The whole grilled branzino and half-shell oysters made up the second dinner. We have never been disappointed in probably 7 or 8 visits and look forward to coming back every time.
Delicious seafood and great service!
The noise level was quite high and made conversation difficult. Otherwise all was very good.
This restaurant is always a favorite. Food/atmosphere/service are consistently top notch. The fried rice is so good!
My server was amazing just she just moved from Texas
She was very attentive and sweet
The Octopus Appetizer was excellent. The Shrimp dish was very slight with three heads on shrimp for $$. The Server was very attentive. The noise level was too loud. Drinks were flowing at the table beside us and the table party's volume became deafening and obnoxious.
Another great dinner at The Optimust, Our server Eli made our evening !
Exceptional service! Wonderful food. Calamari was outstanding.
As always, The Optimist was fantastic. I would 10/10 recommend.
Excellent food and service. I had the scallop crudo and seared scallop entree. The crudo was incredibly fresh and well-seasoned, although the peanuts were absolutely unnecessary and hid the delicately sweet flavor of the raw scallops. The seared scallop entree was perfect - buttery and crunchy on the outside, medium-rare on the inside. Waiter was wonderful.
It was a nice place for a date and the food was just okay
Our waiter Topher was superb! Great experience!
Good food but not worth the price. A lobster roll for $32! Rip off.
Excellent seafood. Very helpful waiters. Good food and service. Loud.
Food is amazing! Staff and service exceptional!
Some of the best food I have eaten. Had the Black Grouper which was perfectly seared and accompanied by a wonderfully creamy sauce which I presume is the Carolina gold.
There seems to be some influence of Louisiana cuisine. The corn milk hush puppies “beignet“ style we’re presented like beignets at Cafe du Monde. They were light, crispy, sweet and the maple butter made them even more savory.
Food is always excellent! Service was fantastic. Our waitress was out of this world awesome
I had the lobster salad and it was overwhelming with the dressing. For $29 the lobster which is not that tasteful anyway was even less than tasteless. The waiter were so nice and accommodating and I told him what I thought about the salad he was thoughtful and said he would carry forward my message
A wonderful dinner! The dinner rolls covered in butter were warm and so good. Everything ordered was delicious. We had a scallop ceviche, a grouper entree, and the swordfish and short ribs. Some of the best swordfish ever. Added sides were the fried rice and hush puppies. Oh my so yummy. We shared the key lime pie and announced it well worth the calories. We highly recommend the Optimist.
This is the second time I've been to The Optimist recently, and I've had the pleasure of interacting with Melody both times. She is amazing! Guest service is #1 and she makes great recommendations.
The food was very tasty and prepared in good time.
The octopus appetizer was amazing and glad to hear we can get a whole one prepared the same way. They have good selection of oysters, too.
Our entrees were as good as i have had anywhere in Atlanta and i entertain quite a bit.
Nice, open and fun place with daily menu with interesting, great options
My oysters came without being told which ones were which. My friends card was charged at another table and her card was given to someone else.
The Optimist offers a variety of options for the diner who enjoys seafood. The oyster bar is a more casual environment with excellent happy hour options. On the other hand, the restaurant provides a finer dining experience. The service is wonderful, and the staff is helpful and friendly. I highly recommend dining at The Optimist.
Wonderful experience with amazing food! Don’t skip dessert, it’s a perfect finish.
Definitely in my top 3 restaurants around the world.
These guys can make any fish or seafood like you would never expect it.
The noise level is the only negative point... but it is a big one.
What's not to like? Great service, interesting and meticulously prepared seafood (including a great selection of oysters), and a lively, hip scene. Definitely coming back.