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The Optimist

4.8
4067 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(404) 477-6260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th Street
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Parking details
$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.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our Events Department at events@fordfry.com for special event information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Transport your mom to her favorite coastal haunt from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Optimist’s special, pre-fixe brunch filled with celebration and a deliciously curated Mother’s Day menu. The regular dinner menu will be available starting at 5 p.m. A credit card is required for all brunch reservations.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 4067 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Continues to be a great experience. Food is fabulous and service has been great.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good, but we felt it was a bit overpriced. For example, the She Crab soup was delicious but would have been improved with a few more pieces of crab. We would definitely go back as my husband loves oysters and their selection is outstanding.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I selected this restaurant for a date night for my husband and I before a Black Violin concert at the Woodruff Arts Center. The portions were huge, the food was fresh and delicious and the service and attention to detail was amazing! We went around 5 on a Sunday evening and their were families, but I could tell the restaurant has an excellent dinner scene. From business meetings to casual dinners to special occasion nights, if you’re in the mood for seafood! The Optimist fits the bill! Would definitely go again!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Unique presentations of fresh seafood with robust flavor. The grilled whole branzino was just like eating in Tuscany. Our waiter, Mark, did an exceptional job which added greatly to a memorable evening.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our Optimist gourmand adventure began with a wonderfully trained server, Julia, with a passion for the menu and its offerings. She promised that the presentation would be just as delightful as the taste and we were not disappointed! The recommendation for the tuna tartare crudo was spot on! We continued with the recommendation for the octopus and shrimp appetizers and they were delish! Hot cloths were provided for the shrimp peel fingers. We enjoyed the swordfish, hush puppies and blueberry dessert w/creme anglaise. The recommended wines were perfect for our tastes! Can’t wait for another oppty to visit again! Great job, Optimist for customer service, ambiance, delicious offerings and presentations!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Optimist never disappoints. I love this place!!.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Optimist is one mine and my husbands favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The food is absolutely amazing -- from sitting at the oyster bar to being seating in the main area -- truly a great experience! We were there for over 3 hours and didn't even realize it! The service and the food are exceptional. I, personally, love the ambience as well.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful and very consistently delicious!

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We have eaten at The Optimist many many times. Very disappointed last night. Service bad. Food totally off.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I can always rely on the Optimist to deliver an excellent meal.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This was our second visit to The Optimist and I must say we were a little disappointed. On our first visit the food was outstanding and overall we had a great experience. Having had this experience I didn't hesitate to suggest celebrating my wife's birthday at The Optimist and to bring friends who had never been to enjoy the evening with us. To make a long story short everything was great except my wife and two of our friends ordered the halibut at the suggestion of the waiter and in all three cases it was over cooked and just not very good. The server noticed the halibut wasn't being eaten and asked if there was a problem. When she found that we felt it was over cooked she offered to bring us something else to substitute but by that point we felt it was too late. As a consolation the restaurant did bring us complementary deserts and we all made the best of it. We will still go back to The Optimist and I will still recommend it but I would not recommend the halibut unless the preparation is changed.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Efficient and attentive staff, from the parking lot to the dessert service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This is fundamentally a seafood house so you must go with seafood in mind. Great oysters, appetizers, and innovative entrees plus interesting craft cocktails. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Overall I had a good experience. I ordered the fish and chips which tasted very good but very greasy! I did enjoy the fish fried rice.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a great dinner at the optimist with expert advice and lovely food. We come back!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food and service was wonderful- noise level - in particular, the music - was way too loud

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We now live in CA and always have it on our list to come back to dine here. Never a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Particularly enjoy the fresh seafood from oyster starters through the main course. The preparation of the seafood entrees permits the subtle flavors to come through. Not overpowered by heavy sauces. Excellent dining experience all around

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very crowded and very loud! Great service from Lucille. Food good but overly salty for my taste. Swordfish crudo was swimming in overly salted broth with heavy fish sauce taste which overwhelmed the fish. Scallops were huge and perfectly seared but swimming in way too much butter making the dish super rich. Sometimes less is more. Too much sauce drowned the great seafood!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I wasn’t overly impressed with the food but the ambiance and service was amazing. My date and I had made it clear that we do not eat raw fish but somehow ended up with complimentary raw swordfish on our table. Long story short my stomach was extremely upset for the remainder of the night. I had paid $65 plus valet...

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great service from Melody. Helpful and friendly without the fakeness you get in so many places!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delicious food and great ambiance! I would definitely recommend for a social dinner or fun business meal!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent time and great service and food. Loved the putting green as well.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Double birthday celebration. Great for special occasions. Expensive and very good!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had an amazing dinner celebrating our 8th anniversary at the Optimist. Our server was great and very helpful walking us through the menu, and the best way to send out food. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Magnificent, as always

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

A must if you are in Atlanta

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service and food

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best seafood in Atlanta. Definitely a little pricey for a regular meal, but a perfect restaurant for a special occasion. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I and some close friends of ours headed here for dinner before going to see Kevin Hart. We have never eaten here before but had heard it was a good spot and I can't agree more. The food was excellent and our waiter Craig was even better. We had oysters she crab soup and gumbo still of which were amazing. My buddy and I both got the scallops which were cooked perfectly. They have one of the best old fashion cocktails I've had. I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service, great food. Even gave us a free appetizer (octopus) because they overheard us wondering whether to order it! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome and a pleasure as usual.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome seafood and ambiance

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I had a salad and peel and eat shrimp which were very good. We also had the corn bread, crispy oysters, fingerling potatoes and the key lime desert. All good

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome food! Fish was perfect

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The staff is very friendly

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Too close for comfort

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Missed the sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Tile Fish not as good as recommended but Branzino amazing. Bread rolls incredible as was She crab Soup. Kale chorizo ok, not a lot of flavor and very spicy.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing drinks, and exceptional service. The oysters were delicious and perfect. Also the steak was divine!

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