The Optimist

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. The ever-changing menu features high-quality, sustainable seafood masterfully paired with fresh, local ingredients. From sophisticated, daily-catch dishes to crudos and beachside classics, chef-owner Ford Fry’s the Optimist transports guests to their favorite coastal haunts.

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4.7
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4.7
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GandE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in the country!!

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vipPrettyGirl
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the oysters. Our waitress Caroline was attentive and kind. The guys at the oyster bar were knowledgeable and super nice. Definitely planning to revisit soon!

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vipJHarryS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstandin food and extraordinary service from start to finish, as usual! Enough left for a great midnight snack!

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Victoria
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist was the perfect choice for my boyfriends birthday! Every team member that came to the table told him a happy birthday & really made the evening feel special. Our server (I forgot his name unfortunately or I would totally give him a shout out) had the most extensive information to any question I had on any menu item. Would recommend the Optimist to anyone for a special occasion or just wanting a great meal!!

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hollyb
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Wayyyyyy too pricey for what we got. The lobster roll was $32 and puny and ridiculously light on lobster, a whole lobster cost $33....WTH???
Used to love this place, not going back😔

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Momo
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and we loved it, the setting
the menu
the choices
the presentation
the taste
all good things
great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good seafood. I had the redfish and it was cooked perfectly. Nice crisp outside very fresh. My son had the halibut. Biggest steak cut I have ever seen! Oysters good and u don’t have to buy a certain amount so u can try all and see which one u like best. I liked the blond savage the best!
Overall a great place! Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome
Waiter was great
Manager was great

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LearningPath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I like the Optimist. We sat outside initially & that was problematic because when the food came the flies came. However, other than maybe setting up citronella candles and fly catchers I don't know what the restaurant can do. I do suggest they do that. We moved inside by the end & had an amazing rest of our dinner. Social distancing was appropriate. Staff work masks & the lobster roll was delicious. Order the Parker House type dinner rolls! OMG there r no words to how good those rolls were!!!!

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CarlaS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service! Food was good too! We had the soup, scallops, and melons. Our entree was a little salty but overall we were pleased and plan to visit again

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Tifflynn86
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, per usual!

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Dynin
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. Must try the grill octopus!

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NatT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.. thank you Theresa for taking a good care of us.

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CB21
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A bit disappointed with some of the oysters served.. the ones from CAD were excellent, the others not so much. But overall it was pretty fresh.

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viptrvlr8706
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta.
Their variety of fresh seafood is unsurpassed in Atlanta.

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dbaqueen
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Social distancing and masks were mandatory. The oysters and cocktails were amazing as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops and oysters were excellent, and so was the staff. I went with an old friend to catch up and were able to have a conversation without yelling. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a nice meal in a nice place. 10/10

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WaliB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and staff. Quality ingredients and very well paced dining experience.

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Erin
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was an outstanding restaurant with an outstanding meal!! i cant even begin to explain how unreal the optimist was. from the oysters to the entrees to the sides, outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so kind!! We really enjoyed ourselves .. thank you !!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was great, great food , great service . Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. They appeared exactly when they should, never before, never after. It was a great balance that never felt neglectful or intrusive. It is clear they are a well oiled machine. The food was perfect, delicious, and timely. Very rich treat for a special day. The tables are well spaced for today’s world. The ambiance was lively, but we also felt as if we were in our own little world. We very much enjoyed every aspect of our experience.

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vipLeeannB
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist never disappoints! This is a must-do if you're in Atlanta!

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Morgan
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly staff and great service. The food was really fresh and delicious.

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GABRIELLAP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, decadent, savory and delicious. All staff was friendly and service was exceptional! Going back again!

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IDEP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always and the service was great!!! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants!

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Chris
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. It was a special occasion (my fiance's birthday) and they were extremely accommodating. The food, ambiance and service were amazing. We will definitely be back.

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JLP123
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and practiced safe social distancing. The food and service was perfect. The menu is a bit overpriced.

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vipChuckC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist is always good food... probably our favorite seafood restaurant in Atlanta. However, last night was particularly good... the Reddish was spectacular and the sides (hush puppies and the heirloom tomatoes) were perfect. However, best of all was the service. Kyla gave as good a service as we’ve ever had. She made the night. Definitely will be there again.

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vipATLFoodie
Atlanta
172 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist didn't disappoint! It was my first visit since COVID hit - they have a fraction of the tables that they used to have. Our server was extremely attentive and helpful. Everyone working there was following proper safety protocols. The food was fabulous as usual. A wonderful meal like usual!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was our server and the absolute best. She had an amazingly knowledgeable take on the menu and made our visit everything. What an awesome experience.

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NicF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is insanely good. The service is exceptional. They strive to create an environment where the guests can fully focus on the experience without being distracted by whether or not the staff is strictly adhering to safety guidelines.

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RonniJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything! Great Experience! Food was exceptionally delicious 😋

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vipOVI4NYE
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food: excellent, tasty, flavorful
the drinks: good beer, nice mixed drink
the server: a little overworked, very personable, would definitely be happy to have her again for a future visit

We ate outdoors at our request. Would definitely recommend that fans be added, not just to move air on steamy summer evenings, but also keep flies and mosquitoes away AND cigarette smoke that wafted to the table.

Lastly: iceless ice-water is NOT a thing. The water served was unpleasantly warm.

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SueL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening out -- our first indoor dining experience in months. The tables were SO far apart, masks were worn appropriately, and the restaurant was spotless. My husband and I started with a variety of oysters, then shared the octopus appetizer and the skatewing entree. The kitchen split the entree for us and presented it beautifully. The cocktails were interesting. Highly recommend The Optimist.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible dining experience! The wait staff was on point and the food was absolutely amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were fabulous! Our waitress Carolyn was so energetic, helpful with ordering and a genuine person. We will be dining here again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Love the oysters. Love the location. Do not love that you have to spend $200 for two people to feel full.

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RachelT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Felt safe and at a distance from others

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here and it was as outstanding as it was the first time. I highly recommend the oysters. They were fresh and swimming in brine just like I like them. The octopus was delicious and the ciopinno was over the top.

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