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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
We went here on a Sunday evening for a nice anniversary dinner. We have been to the Optimist several times, but our expectations were far surpassed last night. The wait staff, Doug's meal and wine recommendations, dessert, and overall service were second to none. Really, second to none! Have lived in Atlanta now for over a decade and this is by far the best meal I have ever had here. Kudos to the chef, management, and the entire team! We are patrons for life!
P.S. If you have the opportunity, try the fried octopus, the Georges Bank scallops, and the Mexican corn. And if available, the pineapple upside down cake is delectable!
Absolutely the most amazing restaurant me and my wife has ever been to. Okay to start. This was a very special day for us, our 1 Year Marriage anniversary. My wife has been yearning for blackened scallops and pasta for 3 weeks now. So I left a note when I reserved with open table informing this was our anniversary and what my wife had a taste for. They called me the next day to confirm reservation and also told me they will add my wife's item to the menu for her that day. Like WOW. The menu was personalized, Happy Anniversary with her special menu item by her name. Like WOW. We arrived a little early and stopped at the oyster bar and received absolutely amazing service from Asha and the chef at the bar. This was my first time having oysters and after ordering 2 just to try, me and my wife purchased 18 total "roasted oysters" with bread crumbs and butter and garlic. Absolutely amazing. Once 5pm we were seated and served by the greatest waiter of all time Craig. He provided us with tear filling service and my wife and waiter were in tears by the time to go. We were given an anniversary card signed by everyone in the staff and our personalized menu signed by the chefs. Like WOW. The food was amazing and we will be back for sure without a doubt. Countless employees stopped to ask us about our anniversary and everyone was fully aware that we were there, we kinda felt like celebrities. I would recommended this restaurant to everybody and anybody. Love you The Optimist and this is absolutely my favorite restaurant for sure!!
Brought our 10 year old twins to celebrate my husband's birthday. Everyone loved the food- although my chocolate-detesting son wished he ordered more squid for dessert instead of the waffle cone ice cream (which contained surprise chocolate chips). A relaxed and delicious evening.
We came for seafood and there was a great variety. Loved the oyster selection and tried my first offering from Nova Scotia! There were so many varieties. We also has Spanish Octopus based on the server recommendation and it was delicious. Loved the overall ambience and the live music outside but conversation was difficult due to the acoustics. Other than that, had a really nice meal.
We certainly picked the right place to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. Service was amazing, the food was delicious. Special shout out to Kyle for being one of the most courteous, patient servers I've run across. We hadnt see each other in a long time and took some time to catch up, and to order. Thank you!
Always love dining here, and today was no different. The space is gorgeous, if a bit loud, and the service is wonderful.
We shared the lobster poutine, and some fried oysters, and both were well prepared. However the standout was my blackened fish sandwich. It was delectable
The food was fresh and delicious, but everything down to the vegetables was sitting in oil or a heavy sauce. My husband and I ordered calamari as an appetizer, sea bass, lobster roll for entrees and a side of zucchini to share. To pay $32 for a piece of fish sitting on sauce was overpriced. I would have expected to pay under $30. If we try the Optimist again, we plan to each order an appetizer and a salad or better yet, come for the $1 oysters during Happy Hour! Service was excellent.
Date night with my spouse. We both love fish and this place definitely delivers a great meal centered around seafood. (If you're vegetarian or prefer meat from land animals, this is not a good choice for you.) We had a dozen oysters on the half shell, a striped bass crudo to start and then cioppino and a whole black sea bass. Everything we ate that was supposed to be cooked was perfectly done. The options for wine, beer and cocktails were pretty extensive. We will definitely return for a visit the next time we're in town. The only downside is that the noise level is pretty high.
Liked a lot about this place. Arrived early so we sat outside and enjoyed some raw oysters and listened to a trio playing. Inside is fun but so loud that even with just two of us I missed half of what my dinner partner was saying. Had roasted oysters inside which were fabulous. Also enjoyed the swordfish and scallops. Both excellent. Also the kale salad. Timing on the service a little off but it was fine since we were busy chatting. Would definitely return.
I enjoyed my experience here. The raw food was wonderful quality. The service was outstanding. The waitress Ryan was very kind and energetic and added to the experience of it being a special night. I would definitely recommend the optimist. Might be my favorite in Atlanta.
The bread and appetizers ( tuna poke,octopus, and beet salad) were really good. The drinks were decent. The entrees were disappointing. 2 of us had the swordfish, it was way over cooked and dry. 2 people had the scallops, which didn't have much taste but were plated in a very nice sauce. Deserts were fine. This place gets great reviews, so maybe it was an off night.
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