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

4.8
4.8
1896 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 83 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 1,896 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. W

    Wayne

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Food is good service is good problem is the prices vs food qty, if your charging 38 to 48 for a tiny piece of fish you need to include a side and salad! It cost me 200 for family and we all left starving!
  2. BR

    BRIJ007

    Nashville

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and amazing food! Service from our server Noam was first class and his recommendations were great as it was our first time there. Will be back thank you!
  3. SL

    StaceyL

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was very knowledgeable about the food choices and recommendations were amazing! The food was absolutely the best! Our out of town guests thought it was delicious!
  4. CG

    CandiG

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    With so many great restaurants in Nashville, I’m not running back here. The food was just okay, nothing phenomenal. Service was subpar. Waited forever for drinks, apps, and main courses. Server was kind of a dick. Not the most professional, called my husband bro and dude and all night.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Service was great. All of our seafood seemed not fresh at all . We had to send back shrimp twice and they gifted us with a different shrimp dish and it was over cooked and mushy like the others. Big miss at $160 for seafood tower .
  6. CA

    CAC25

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best dining experiences! Excellent wait staff, oysters are divine, heirloom tomato salad to die for and the fish is superb. Our waiter was helpful and fun. We had a great corner table for two and it was a wonderful overall experience!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and Callie did a great job with service! She was knowledgeable about the food and very excited to share it with us.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Felt rushed by the waiter the whole time but food and atmosphere were great!
  9. MM

    MillertimeMB

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    JulieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    CorisaL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Toshan

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  14. DR

    DebraR

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    Sal6

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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!
  17. EH

    EllenH

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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!
  18. MS

    MargaretS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

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

    Osteenrb

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    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.
  20. DR

    DennisR

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    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)!
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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 😊
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leslie’s Birthday!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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!
  34. KB

    KateB

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab u lous!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, menu, drinks and vibe!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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!

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 1896 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 83 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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