The Optimist

4.9
6812 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6812 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! We had the She Crab Soup and the Kale salad for appetizers. Main entrees were the scallops and the lobster roll. In addition, the hush puppies. Everything was delicious, including the dinner rolls. The service was also good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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SandyW
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and our waiter was very helpful. Very interesting wine list, in a good way! Food was excellent.

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LauraG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, service, food and ambiance.

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Luvsgoodfood
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with out of town friends. The food and drinks were exceptional!

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service. One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta.

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JainaH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, food and cocktails were outstanding.

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JabariG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the customer service was outstanding.

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PaulC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, flavorful fresh food, delicious cocktails, can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening! Great food, great drinks beautiful atmosphere- this was a hidden gem!
Making the reservation through open table was fast and easy. I took a lyft to the location and was seated within 5mins of arrival. My partner arrived early and enjoyed a drink at the bar- the bartender “Kyla” perfectly made his drink, he requested she make another after we were seated.
We enjoyed the Lobster & Red Fish..
Can’t wait to return.

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vipSteakophile
Atlanta
112 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again no surprises. Optimist is our go to seafood experience in Atlanta and the total experience was as good as it gets.

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vipEllen
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved it! Service was incredible and the ambiance was great. The food was a bit too salty, but overall a delicious meal. Best dining experience in Atlanta.

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RickM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our 46th anniversary dinner at the Optimist. Will return soon.

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Noname
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Our server was nice but he seemed to be very busy. There was an emphasis on masks, yet the tables were still very close together. It was very dark. The entrè was small. We had 3 kinds of oysters that all tasted about the same. It was ok but not worth the money.

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vipGaylord
Western NC
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super evening all around. Terrick & the rest of the bar staff were AWESOME!! Allison runs a fabulous house!! The food was AMAZING!! A bit more than we usually pay but great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was perfect, and the drinks, fish, and oysters were perfect. GO HERE!

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The service was exceptional! We were early for our reservation and got seated right away. Thought the ambiance was slightly dark for my taste. However, the over all atmosphere was spot on. Pricing was a bit much for what you got but the taste of everything was a big “wow”! Perhaps that’s what your paying for. My wife had been wanting to go to The Optimist for quite some time and I’d have to say it didn’t disappoint. Thank you for the memorable experience.

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vipThomasbirthday
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Certainly lives up to its hype! Fabulous service, amazing food. Wonderful outdoor ambiance for those interested in social distancing. Bar excellent, great wine selection.

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vipJudithL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu, oysters and seafood. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes

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MarkA
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for seafood lovers. Amazingly fresh ingredients. Great taste and presentation delivered by servers with aplomb

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AndreP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place

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vipJeff
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful oysters - if you are an oyster lover - you will love these. They had at least 10 varieties, and a lot of the good ones from the north east. We had 3 different types and they were all delicious. The restaurant was a little jumbled - one of our party ordered the She Crab Soup, was told the batches were not up to par so he was going to have the Smoked Fish Chowder, but they they brought the She Crab Soup which he said was delicious. Then one of our party had ordered the Red Fish but was initially brought the Branzino. I asked for a Vodka Martini, not dirty (because another in our party ordered a Gin Martini dirty), and it came out dirty anyway. So a little off their game - but all mistakes were corrected. The Tomato side dish was amazing, as were the Scallops, and the Tuna. Not for the faint of heart - 4 diners, 3 cocktails, 18 oysters, 1 soup, 4 entrees, 2 sides and a bottle of wine (50) and it was $500 with tip. Great for a special night out - especially if you are one who appreciates really good seafood. It's hard to find here in ATL.

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PhilipG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Overpriced for the food I received. Server was great, place was nice...

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal! The octopus, the fried oysters, the roasted lobster and last the fig pudding. Excellent all the way around!!

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DanaL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.

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KathyA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday.

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vipJacquelynD
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always phenomenal. Have never had a bad meal here. I wish I could eat here everyday!! The flavors and textures are all so wonderful.

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GeoRoam
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional. Our entrees were fantastic and the oysters were some of the best I've ever enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Boyfriend visiting from out of town, both looking forward to a big night. Heard a lot of great things about the optimist but it did not meet our expectations. Everything was “fine” except the price point. Disappointing experience, probably won’t go back.

We love to dine in Atlanta, so many great restaurants in this city. The Optimist is not in my top 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome scene

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding!

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vipCarlosA
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent! The service was spot on! The wine list is a bit eclectic and interesting. The only regret was taking the sommelier recommendation on the red wine. Her recommendations on the white wine was both interesting and flavorful, but the red was more like grape juice that wine. Overall highly recommended dinning experience!!

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Karma
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, I took my mother for her birthday and the server was so sweet. From he's knowledge of the food to his samples of the dessert wine to pair with the delicious key lime pie. Can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Phee
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere, superior service .

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from G our server. Everything was magnificent. Bravo!

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SophiaC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Promotion. Food was great.

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JasmineB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great server Bret was amazing and helpful.

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vipMomof2
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Dining Experience. There is a charge for valet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing, from drinks to food to service. Definitely recommend!

FAQs

The Optimist offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 477-6260.

The Optimist is rated 4.9 stars by 6812 OpenTable diners.

The Optimist does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ccp.mobileappsuite.com/kiosk/purchase_gift_card/b/411.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.