About The Optimist
Atlanta, GA 30318
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, 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
I always say, that a restaurant that kno ...
I always say, that a restaurant that knows how to cook fish right, has a talented chef in the kitchen.
The Swordfish cook with the duck fat was awesome. My wife got the tuna. She was in heaven. Living and growing up on the Outer Banks, we get our share of fish. But, having it cooked right is another matter.
Great job chef! Great job to our waiter and the wine expert.
The Optimist is an excellent fine dining ...
The Optimist is an excellent fine dining restaurant and we dine there a few times a year. The menu changes slowly and everything on it is wonderful. We especially like the poke and duck fat poached swordfish. Service is excellent. Wine selections are diverse and fairly priced. Ambience is a bit like a warehouse and not suitable for intimate conversation.
The Optimist was the best meal we had al ...
The Optimist was the best meal we had all week in Atlanta, and we went to several excellent restaurants. Wonderful mix of flavors in the kale salad and monk fish entree. Loved the atmosphere and hope to come back on a warmer day when the patio with mini golf is open.
I took a client for lunch today. The res ...
I took a client for lunch today. The restaurant has a good modern and sophisticated vibe. However, the music was somewhat loud for regular conversation. I could barely hear the client that I was sitting next to. We ordered salads and the lobster roll - they were great! I would have ordered appetizers but there weren't very many items on the appetizer menu that looked good and/or that looked good for sharing with a client so we didn't order them. Service was lacking. Our server was sweet but took forever to greet our table, take our order and pick-up our check. Look I get it - people on a business lunch are talking and you don't want to interrupt them but they're also in for a quick lunch. It took me 20 minutes to get there from my office and 20 minutes to get back. We were there for almost 2 hours. I can't take 3 hour lunches everyday. Its these types of lengthy service times that make people not want to venture outside of their office.
I've been here multiple times. 2 years a ...
I've been here multiple times. 2 years ago I had my birthday dinner here and so once my husband moved to Atlanta I took him here for his birthday. He and I both loved the La Plancha for a starter. We also overdosed on their Brussel sprouts. Who knew they could taste that good. The drinks were phenomenal and a great place to people watch. We loved the ambiance and the service was warm and welcoming. We'll definitely go again.
The Optimist is by far my favorite resta ...
The Optimist is by far my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. I love the feel and the mood as it's relaxed yet upscale. The food is AMAZING, from the rolls to La Plancha-yum! I went here for NYE and was a little taken back by the set menu as some of my fave's were missing but I understand that many restaurants do a set menu for the holiday. The service was great and we enjoyed our time as always.
The Restauarant was okay. I was a bit fr ...
The Restauarant was okay. I was a bit frustrated that we went on New Years Eve and they did not have the entire menu available. We were looking forward to trying items recommended by our friends. Was busy, but an okay experience.
Was really looking forward to this dinne ...
Was really looking forward to this dinner, in town with my son for the Peach Bowl. Arrived early and table wasn't ready so we had drinks and a dozen oysters at the oyster bar. Best part of the night. Service was efficient, oyster selection was excellent, drinks well-prepared, prices reasonable. Dinner in main dining room featured overwhelming noise, painfully slow service, and an indifferent waiter. Gumbo good, nothing special, waited several minutes for a spoon. Kale salad was indistinguishable from one you can get from from any higher end restaurant. The cobia tartare was good, the tuna poke was very good. My son enjoyed his smoked fish chowder and swordfish, but he can be effusive in his praise, but was not in this case. Would eat there again, especially in the oyster bar, but would not go out of my way.
This is the 7th or 8th time we have dine ...
This is the 7th or 8th time we have dined here. I'm done coming at night. The lights were so low that it was next to impossible to read the menu. The place was packed (good for them) including what appeared to be an after-work office gathering. it was simply too f-ing loud. Server said the She-crab soup was new to the menu.....in fact, it has been on the menu ever since they opened. While it may have been off during the summer, it is not "new".
Want to sit at the raw bar and have some oysters? Great Place for that. Want a great lunch? Ditto. I simply can no longer recommend it at night.
We took our friends with us before a tec ...
We took our friends with us before a tech basketball game. The food was all very fresh, very well prepared and presented. Oysters were fabulous. Liked the home made cracker for oysters and for the soup. I had smoked fish chowder and octopus. Loved both. Red fish was really outstanding. Beets too. Our friends had never been and cant wait to return.
I love this restaurant. The service, foo ...
I love this restaurant. The service, food and atmosphere is great! I am a big fan of oysters and they had run out of the kind I usually get by the time I got there but I still enjoyed another type of oyster. My server was very knowledgeable and helped me make choices on menu options. This is DEFINITELTY a go to for dates or just a night out.
Service was unusually slow. Portions ar ...
Service was unusually slow.
Portions are very small compared to the price being charged.
Good choices for the oysters
Liked the oysters.
If a friend is looking for good seafood place will recommend it but warn them about price and portions.
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