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The Optimist - Nashville, Nashville, TN
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The Optimist - Nashville

4.8
4.8
1888 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Optimist brings a menu of casual, wood-fired fare with a focus on sustainable seafood to Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. The Optimist transports landlocked Tennesseans coast side to experience super-fresh, sustainably sourced seafood from the region’s most responsible purveyors. As the sounds of coastal-inspired bands fill the air, each dish perfectly blends together classic and modern seafood favorites, while adventurous yet simple cocktails of the season and an extensive outdoor patio and “game” area help to complete the full experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 102 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 709-3156

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas that can accommodate private events! Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests or up to 16 guests semi privately. The Optimist is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

  • Neighborhood

    Germantown

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • New Years Eve $130.00 Five Course Pre Fixe Menu

    $130.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Please join us for a delicious five-course prix fixe menu presented by our Chef team. The prix fixe menu is $135++ per person and will take the place of our regular menu for the evening.
  • Valentine's Day 120.00 Five Course Pre Fixe Menu

    $120.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for a delicious five-course prix fixe menu presented by The Optimist Nashville's Chef team. The prix fixe menu is $120++ per person and will take the place of our regular menu for the evening.

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What 1,888 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MM

    MillertimeMB

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are outstanding!!!!!!!!
  2. JS

    JulieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was on point and every bite was delicious. We will return, especially for the flounder!
  3. CL

    CorisaL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT atmosphere, service and DELICIOUS food🍴🍴🍴
  4. T

    Toshan

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding evening with great food and even better service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  6. DR

    DebraR

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Great restaurant but really slow service. Probably need more help.
  7. S

    Sal6

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff & service were excellent! Our server, Paul was very friendly & helpful with our meal choices.
  8. EH

    EllenH

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic. Our server Brian was one of the best servers we’ve ever had. The food was phenomenal. Got The Refuge seafood platter with hush puppies and heirloom tomato salad. Amazing combination. Drinks were fabulous. Everything was beautiful and we will be going back as soon as possible!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    We are big fans of The Optimist, but this visit missed the mark. The service was not up to par with our previous visits whatsoever; at one point I waited 20+ minutes for a water refill. Took 30 minutes for appetizer rolls to come out. I felt that the value for the cost of the lobster rolls was absolutely over the top, and disappointed that the waiter didn’t bring ketchup for the fries (& was nowhere to be found for 20 minutes after our food was delivered). We also ordered a shot of espresso to be enjoyed with dessert, but the espresso showed up 5 minutes after we finished dessert. Drink servings were very small. Oysters were also very small (could be time of year). Overall would expect much better service and value (quantity of food) for this type of restaurant; if you can’t staff the restaurant adequately, don’t fill all of the tables. The Optimist is still one of our favorite spots in town, but this visit just left us feeling disappointed!
  10. MS

    MargaretS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place and had the best selection of seafood I’ve had in Nashville. Eat light the day you dine!
  11. O

    Osteenrb

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was excellent and was able to direct us to the best choice for my wife and I. The experience was a wonderful treat for her birthday.
  12. DR

    DennisR

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful vibe in a hip setting. The food was exceptional with the halibut and scallop entrees being our favorite. Service was also great, but on the downside the place was a bit noisy (even the waitress asked the front to turn down the music so she could hear our orders)!
  13. PT

    PatfromTN

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at The Optimist. Our server Paul was EXCELLENT! The bread, peach opportunity, gumbo/chowder, roasted oysters, hush puppies and flounder were all wonderful! It was a great dinner and great experience. Highly recommend it
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as we celebrated my sons birthday. Each course had its own flavor and done beautifully. Appetizers are large enough to share with four. The atmosphere was cool vibe with brick walls, dark wood and copper table. The waitress was helpful with food selections and very friendly.
  15. TB

    TristanB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! Everything from the rolls to the appetizers to the entrees was outstanding! Great experience, will definitely look to return
  16. AG

    AdaG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant! Definitely we’ll come back sooner 😊
  17. r

    robyn

    Oklahoma City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super delicious!! I Recommend the plateaux and brown butter pecan flounder. Our wonderful waiter,James made our dinner fabulous with recommendations. Finish with coconut pie. My mom makes a highly requested pie so I was reluctant but it’s Completely different than a typical cream pie. So so good. Order it! If you don’t like it, Mail it to me .. I’ll pay shipping-it’s that yummy.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Don’t feel the freshness of the seafood. Service is good
  19. SM

    SamM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick seating and attentive staff. We had oysters and the hot peel and eat shrimp for starters, very delectable and fresh! The flounder and mahi mahi followed. Most impressed when the wait staff filleted the flounder for my fiancé. The fish was cooked perfectly, and tasted great. Sides were plentiful to share as well. Great food and experience!
  20. E

    Emily

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was fabulous. Our server, Paul, was extremely knowledgeable. The food was very flavorful. The rolls are quite tasty. The menu is quite diversified. I especially enjoyed the octopus. My flounder was really good and the portion was huge. I did not like my bourbon and ginger ale. I think the ginger ale should be different. The atmosphere was fine --- very industrial, but quite noisy. I would consider having a sound engineer see what could be done to minimize the noise. The prices were quite high. Our bill was $375 for four people before tip and $450 with tip. We only had four alcoholic drinks and so that bill seems quite high considering the small amount of alcohol.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leslie’s Birthday!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance was great. The food mediocre. I’ve gotten better tasting food for a lot less.
  23. S

    Silk

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just one the best restaurants ever. Leave the flounder on the menu.
  24. SS

    SusanS

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smoked fish chowder was amazing. Smoked fish dip for 7 dollars was a steal. Oh, the peach sorbet was great and a real value at 4 dollars. Coconut pie is amazing. Not your normal coconut pie
  25. JM

    JonathanM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was seasonal and fresh! The oysters were possibly the best in town and the descriptions when ordering were very detailed and accurate from the size to taste to texture. Wine selection wasn’t amazing but found a good wine to go with seafood. Service was very good. Our server was a little chatty but so nice it was hard to shy away from conversation. I highly recommend this place!
  26. KB

    KateB

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab u lous!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, menu, drinks and vibe!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Our server, Ernest, was very slow in waiting on us. I was seated at least five minutes before he introduced himself. Then it was another seven minutes before he came to take the drink order. We had to get his attention in order to place our entrees order. He seemed very attentive to the tables around us. I felt that he decided it wasn’t going to be a big ticket table so he didn’t bother to offer good service. The Lobster rolls and Redfish were excellent, Too bad the service wasn’t.
  29. S

    Sara

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent time at The Optimist. Our server Ernest was fantastic. The next time we’re back in the city we will definitely return here for dinner.
  30. AW

    AnnW

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy The Optimist! I choose it for my 64th birthday celebration and every bite was memorable.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came with my beat friend for a dinner date!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow this restaurant is AMAZING !! We ordered the fire roasted oysters and ceviche - did not disappoint !!! For our entre we had the lobster rolls - let me tell you, you forgot you were eating seafood in Nashville, because it tasted so fresh!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was really good! It took a long time for them to prepare each dish and our server seemed like she
  34. MB

    MariaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The server was great but the actual service was very slow. Also they didn’t really bus the table after each course. They waited til the next course was ready so we sat with dirty plates for 30 min between our courses. The food took forever and they ran out of a lot of stuff we wanted. We weren’t there very late so I was surprised they ran out of so many things. We felt bad for the server.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Terrible service…out of half the items on the menu and food and drinks took forever to get to the table. Not worth the hype.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately we were extremely underwhelmed by our experience here. We ordered Oysters, the tuna crudo appetizer to start then had the scallops and lobster rolls for our entrees. Food: the tuna crudo was three small pieces of tuna with tiny garnish of picked peach and tomato seed on top. It was just ok and extremely overpriced at $20. The scallops entree cost $39 and had four small scallops despite our server telling us the dish had 5-6 large scallops in it. The scallops were fishy and overcooked/rubbery. The lobster rolls were fine but mayonnaise-y, which I don’t enjoy. The accompanying fries were extremely underwhelming. Overall the food felt more on par with a restaurant such as Bonefish and certainly not worth the price. Service: Our server was nice but our drinks came out after we had already eaten our oysters (30 minutes after ordering?). Vibe: honestly there isn’t much of one. Just an overall disappointing experience and we were really looking forward to dining here. Given the hype I expected much more. Would not recommend and don’t plan on returning.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time it was a great first experience look forward to trying it again!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has some of the best chef inspired dishes we’ve ever had before. AMAZING. Must try this spot. We will be back soon.
  39. S

    Sandra

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    I couldn't wait to try this restaurant and am so disappointed. The inside and upstairs of the restaurant had a great ambiance. Unfortunately, we sat outside which had an essence of garbage and dryer sheets from the condominium next door. The drinks were creative and delicious. Our waitress was nice and helpful with suggestions, but forgetful and extremely slow. The food was all fresh but fell short on portions compared to price. It seems like they put more effort into presentation than flavor as my cold shrimp were overcooked. After a $480 bill, I would consider only going to the bar for an appetizer and drinks, then onto somewhere else for dinner.
  40. DO

    DebO

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mark at the bar was amazing!! Halibut was delicious but had sausage instead of the lobster as indicated on the menu (and hike in price). Otherwise, perfect night out!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Optimist - Nashville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (615) 709-3156.

The Optimist - Nashville is rated 4.8 stars by 1888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 102 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Optimist - Nashville

1400 Adams Street, Nashville, TN 37208

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Germantown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (615) 709-3156

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas that can accommodate private events! Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests or up to 16 guests semi privately. The Optimist is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

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