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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
My birthday meal at the Optimist was excellent. We ordered quite a bit to sample more items. Our server, Caitlin, did a fantastic job, from choosing an oyster sampling and recommending wine to pacing the meal appropriately so we could enjoy each course. We are looking forward to dining again very soon!
The Optimist came highly recommended and rated and it delivered. From the host staff, to bar, to wait staff they all were attentive and very professional. The food itself was some of the best. We did the shell fish medley with oysters, shrimp, crab legs and lobster with ceviche and it was excellent. The oyster menu is close in quality to Kimball House offering a wide variety of the bi-valve. The very best thing, however, was probably the crunchy octopus appetizer. Next time we may just go with that as the entrée. It was incredibly tasty, crunchy and tender, all at the same time. With hardwood floors, brick walls and high barrel ceiling the acoustics are not great so expect a lot of ambient noise. Quiet it is not. But that is about the only mark I kind find against the place and that is not much as the noise gives the place a high energy vibe. Will definitely be back!
Dinner out with friends. I had the scallops, my wife had the halibut dish, we had a sampling of oysters with the homemade crackers along with an octopus appetizer. I tend to be a more picky eater and everything was awesome. The couple we were with had the swordfish and halibut and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Some of the food may sound a little over the top but it all works together really well.
If you're into the craft cocktails, they have a good selection, I had the one called "Defiance" and while I'm more of a beer guy if I drink, it was very good. Very cool, hip sort of atmosphere and most of the people fit the environment as an OTP couple (outside the perimeter) we didn't feel uncomfortable at all. It was a great night out in a great setting and with excellent food and service. I would strongly recommend and look forward to going back.
Up there as one of the finest meals of my life. Oysters, Kobe steak and scallops were exceptional. Finest steak in my life without a doubt. This place is a must in Atlanta if you wish to remember your food. We celebrated my daughters birthday in style without disappointment.
This is our 2nd visit to The Optimist. Both this visit and the last visit we had Topher as our our server. He is by far one of the THE best servers we have ever had. He's extremely knowledgeable of the menu, he is attentive, funny and overall you can just tell that he loves his job! The food is fantastic, and in our party of 8, everyone was more than satisfied with the taste, quality and quantity. We are already planning our next visit back to The Optimist! And, you should try the octopus. It's outstanding!
Great, lively atmosphere and friendly service. Food was good, although it seemed a bit formulaic - dishes came out so quickly it made me wonder if everything was premade (and dishes were not hot at all). My biggest complaint was the chairs - the wooden chairs were unbelievably uncomfortable! I wish that we would have requested one of the booths that looked WAY more comfortable.
Delicious seafood in a picture perfect environment. The dishes were all spot on and the wine was amazing as well. Great restaurant for just friends, a special occasion or a date. The food and drinks were so good, we moved to the bar for a final round after we'd finished dining.
In short, it was a wonderful experience. I made a reservation here to celebrate my wife's and my sixth wedding anniversary and it was an excellent choice.
When we first arrived and said that we had a reservation, it seemed for a moment that they were just then reading the special request I'd made when I made the reservation, but just a second later they seated us at a booth (which was more private like I'd requested) and gave us menus stamped with the message "Happy Anniversary". This was later followed by two flutes of champagne as well as a complementary plate of the pumpkin gnocchi with lobster (which was delicious, of course). In the end, they made us feel special, which is exactly what I wanted for the occasion.
It goes without saying that the food is incredible. We ordered some raw oysters, which were great, as well as some barrel fish crudo (which was similar to Peruvian tiradito, they even had aji sauce with it). Our main course consisted of scallops and crusted halibut, both dishes were cooked perfectly in terms of texture/consistency and the flavors were balanced and nuanced, definitely a meal we will remember.
Our waitress was very attentive, and two gentlemen, managers and/or owners I'm assuming, stopped by twice to check on us as well but were never intrusive or overbearing. All in all, good service.
Energetic atmosphere. Great food. Some patrons take casual to a ridiculous level, making the value of the place questionable. I don’t want to plan a lovely evening, drive miles to get to a restaurant, spend $$$ on food and drink to sit next to people who smell like last nights liquor and look like weekly bathers.
Food is constantly excellent and cocktails are amazing. The times we have been there, service is also excellent. It's a bit pricey for what it is (particularly the crudo - only a few bites for $15), but for a special occasion it's worth a little bit of a splurge.
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