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
Dishes were well prepared and tasteful t ...
Dishes were well prepared and tasteful though seemingly everything had a tad much salt. The servers were great but it seemed the kitchen couldn't keep pace with the surprising number of diners for a Wednesday night.
It was my daughter's first time at the O ...
It was my daughter's first time at the Optimist. She wanted to go for her birthday and she loved it. The starters were unique and tastefully prepared. the wine and cocktails were great. We enjoyed ourselves very much and definitely will be back.
This place has wonderful food. For the m ...
This place has wonderful food. For the most part the staff was friendly. The waiter was skepitcal when he saw four African Americans not knowing this wasn't our first Optimist experience; slightly nervous but everything turned out great on both ends.
We had a nice lunch here to celebrate a ...
We had a nice lunch here to celebrate a friend's birthday. We got the lobster Cobb salad and the green salad with fried oysters and both were delicious. We split a piece of raspberry lemonade pie which was different and really good. I've been here before when the restaurant was really noisy, but it was pleasant this time. Great décor.
The restaurant has a very unique atmosph ...
The restaurant has a very unique atmosphere and the food is fabulous! Our server had a great personality and he knew the menu well. Attentiveness to our table was lacking, however it appeared that our server was given a very large party, which required all of his attention. I had a difficult time hearing all of the menu suggestions due to the noise level. Overall, a great experience!
Everything is right about this restauran ...
Everything is right about this restaurant--the vibe, the food, and the service. Every time I come back, I can't wait to come again. I have never been disappointed. Parking would be it's only slight downside--valet for a fee.
Unfortunately, overall we did not have a ...
Unfortunately, overall we did not have a good experience. My appetizer, the peel and eat shrimp, was super coated with seasoning, I could barely taste it. The sides we ordered (okra, beet salad and potatoes) were also too salty or over seasoned. I did like the Amberjack and my husband liked the scallops but that was about it. Our server was friendly and personable.
First time at Optimist - friendly staff, ...
First time at Optimist - friendly staff, seated right away. Read about the Lobster Roll online. It was good, lots of fries and good portions of lobster.
Maybe could serve a basket of bread while waiting for meal to arrive? We will be back!
Arrived in time for happy hour at the Oy ...
Arrived in time for happy hour at the Oyster Bar! Started off with $1 oysters from a great selection from PEI; MA, SC also some great FishCamp Punch.
We moved on to the dining room and shared an awesome appetizer of WHOLE GA SHRIMP A LA PLANCHA, “sopping” toast, arbol chile butter, lime / 15. (messy, but worth it!) And it was worth it!!
The dinner rolls are also awesome topped with butter and sea salt then toasted.
Jack had a wonderful snapper with fried potatoes laced with sour cream and chives.
I had an a wonderful SKUNA BAY SALMON, almond meuniere, corn puree / 29. All was prepared to perfection!
Kyle did a great job and the manager took great care to see that we had a great experience. Thanks to all for a total experience! You don't have to be an optimist to enjoy The Optimist!
We had an excellent experience. Our wai ...
We had an excellent experience. Our waitress, service provider, was excellent. Her name was Pica, she was knowledgeable, made honest recommendations, was friendly, knew the difference between being overly helpful and just helpful. Ask for her
It's not cheap but I've been there twice ...
It's not cheap but I've been there twice and both times I felt like I got my money's worth. A lot of restaurants have dishes with various ingredients but they just don't play well together or are just weird... not so here. The balance of flavors is terrific, the dish knows exactly what it wants to taste like, nothing is overpowering anything else, they all work together. The wine by the glass selection is very good also.
The waitress had amazing service, evenin ...
The waitress had amazing service, evening providing four extra oysters free of charge from a very minor mistake she made when telling us about the menu. Great thing is that this is my second visit and both times were equally as enjoyable. I'm looking forward to going there again! Also makes great wine recommendations!
Great seafood, excellent service... I ...
Great seafood, excellent service... I wanted to try everything on the menu. We started with the mussels (which were exceptionally delicious) and fried oysters. They alone set the tone for what turned out to be a fantastic dinning experience. I can't wait to go back!
Had been here before and enjoyed it so w ...
Had been here before and enjoyed it so went back to celebrate daughter's 20th birthday. Went on a weekday night. Restaurant not full. Able to sit immediately but are offered the worst table in the place even though plenty of others available. Changing table is possible but not without seeming like the request is unheard of.
Food was fair. Chef was using pepper like it's a substitute for protein. Portions are nice but definitely not generous. Other tables got a complimentary birthday dessert but not us.
As far as drinks, my draught beer came in a 10 oz glass...really? Wife's bottled Corona had 2 oz of beer left in bottle after same glass was filled.
Maybe they just had an off night but for those prices I can go to a restaurant that more than likely won't.
Energetic, fun, lively, noisy, great oys ...
Energetic, fun, lively, noisy, great oysters, fair wine list (they were out of Napa Chenin Blanc!), good wait staff, delicious entree - scallops. Orders were taken promptly and food arrive hot and on time. Definitely will return
A well-deserved reputation as an amazing ...
A well-deserved reputation as an amazing seafood restaurant. The best burger in town. Love coming here for long Friday lunches with friends as I work nearby. Great atmosphere, great service, and excellent food. Highly recommended.
The food was everything and more than we ...
The food was everything and more than we could've ever hoped. My husband and I started with the Shrimp a la plancha and boy did the description fit it to a tee..."messy, but worth it." The shrimp were delicious but the bread underneath soaked in the spicy sauce might've been the best part. My husband ordered the duck fat poached swordfish and needless to say he left nothing on the plate. He was nice enough to share some of the pork belly and oh my goodness, it melted in your mouth and finished with the most familiar and scrumptious bacony, pork flavor. I ordered the New York Strip, which was as melt in your mouth good as the pork belly. All of our food was divine and the service was top-notch as well.
This was my first time dining at The Opt ...
This was my first time dining at The Optimist, the ambiance was great, the food was great, but our service was very lackluster. When we first sat down a young lady came by and provided the drinks and took our orders while giving great input about the menu. She said our waiter Kyle would be right with us. So Kyle finally makes an appearance refills our water but does not speak. Then he provides us with bread, still no dialogue. We observed him as he waited on other tables and he was very chatty and attentive. Finally after our food arrives he asks how it was....ok. Food was great, service not so much.
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