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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.
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) 355-5311 ext. 212
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
Great ambience and efficient service, but it left a little to be desired based on its reputation and price point. Small portion sizes hurt, uneven cooking of fish at the table, but still a good triple date overall.
The open kitchen is fantastic to look at and the service staff mean well if aren't always determined when asked for recommendations.
My wife & I moved to ATL a year ago & we try to eat at as many independent restaurants as possible - this may be the best restaurant I have tried since moving to the city! Our server was fantastic; she offered excellent recommendations & made the experience very enjoyable.
I had an Open Table reservation but still had to wait at least 15-20 min for a table. I was hosting clients, so not ideal, but manager was nice enough to buy us a round of drinks and they comped an appetizer & dessert later as well. Good food, but very noisy. We enjoyed our evening and I would recommend - just be prepared for a packed & noisy place, it's very popular right now.
my experience from start to finish was not good I arrived for a 7:15 pm reservation on time was seated I ordered starters and Gran Mariner on the rocks they brought me whiskey on the rocks and I had been sitting for over 20 minutes with no bread had to ask for that finally after about 40 minutes I asked if the kitchen was backed up because we still haden gotten our food and if I had know how slow they were I would have order a salad so the waiter brought us an appetizer still having to wait on the main course when it arrived they gave me my dates steak i was so disappointed in my experience.
We have been there three times now. Known for great seafood and we weren't disappointed. The range of oysters comes from several states in America as well as Canada. The amberjack and halibut were nicely prepared yet kept simple. One person at the table doesn't like seafood and ordered the chicken. It came out very tender and was excellent as well. Can get a little noisy when full.
I've heard a lot about this place so I was excited to go and it was definitely worth it! Seafood was fresh! Delicious drinks, great service, great vibe. Even the valet guy was super nice!! Fantastic experience and I'm super picky with restaurants since I've worked in the industry, went to school for it and love to wine and dine... It says a lot :) Will be back for sure!
I have been following The Optimist on Instagram since before I even moved to Atlanta. I have now lived here for 15 months and finally got to mark if off my ATL bucket list....and it did not disappoint one bit!! Being from Nashville (the hottest new food city), I loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the simple food done right!! And the oysters!!!! Oh my goodness- some of the best I've ever had!
Our server was simply outstanding. She was extremely familiar with the menu both food and alcohol. Her recommendations were just exceptional and the service was perfection. We don't live in Atlanta, but when we come to visit this is a favorite. Our server made our daughter's birthday celebration extra special.
We had an amazing dinner and our server MEKA was off the charts fantastic! She made our dining experience a food adventure! She was thoughtful and creative with her suggestions from the menu! We love this place and can't wait to go back!! Thank you to the chefs in the kitchen for preparing a fantastic meal and to Meka for guiding us through the menu!! Awesome!!
This was our 1st time eating at The Optimist. Seafood was the choice for the weekend and we wanted something different from the ATL Fish Mrkt.
I have to say, we were impressed. The service, food, and atmosphere were all very good. The messy shrimp appetizer that others have mentioned is truly worth it. Some offerings, but not big on shellfish selection. They do have great fish selections and the ones we chose were very much to our liking.
A little pricey for every week dining but I suspect that we will be back.
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