The Optimist

4.8
6832 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.

Support The Optimist during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Ring in the New Year with The Optimist!

    $85.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    To celebrate the New Year we are excited to offer a special four course menu from Chef Brian Horn, priced at $85 per person. Available wine Pairings from our amazing beverage team are sure to be the perfect accompaniment, only an additional $35.

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 6832 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were sorely disappointed in the Optimist. We will not come back, and we will not recommend it. The service was lacking. We waited 20 minutes to be seen by our server again after we finished eating oysters to place our order. Additionally, he did not refill wine glasses or water glasses - we had to serve ourselves our wine due to his inattentiveness. He told us he would “be right back” but did not return for 10 minutes. Also, another staff member told us she would search for a standing wine cooler, but never came back. We were seated at a small two-top and did not have enough room on our table for both wine and dishes. Moreover, the portion sizes cannot justify the high price paid for entrees that do not include sides. I am frustrated and disappointed we spent so much money on entrees that were small, and to be completely honest, nothing special. Atlanta has much better dining venues that offer better service, value, and taste. We wish we had left like other diners who left before they were even able to place an order because, like us, they had unacceptable bad service for a restaurant of this stature.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server picked the perfect bottle of wine for us!

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vipOTPfoodie
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Always exceptional. Every bite and drink is pleasure packed.

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LaurieA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and the waiter was fine. What was absolutely horrible was parking. The valet service lost the keys to my vehicle. I go back home without my vehicle and an hour after I left they advise that my keys were found by another customer and that they had been in a different customers’s vehicle. They offered to drive my vehicle to my house and then proceeded to call back and said they couldn’t drive my vehicle to my house. I ended up having to go back to the restaurant to get my vehicle. This was supposed to be my birthday celebration so probably one of the worst I’ve had.

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vipBobby
Naples
111 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the dishes we had were very flavorful. They always have a great selection of fresh oysters and Dona great job describing each type to help you select the ones you want to try. The braised greens side and the shishito peppers side were both outstanding.

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KT8260
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service, overall a great experience. I will mention that the entrees came out very quickly, but otherwise it didn’t seem overly rushed on a busy Friday night. Ask server how bony your fish choice may be! Nice wine selection

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Seafood Restaurant in Georgia

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Food was fabulous. Other than my daughter losing her wallet, fantastic evening! Great service, every dish was tasty and drinks were refreshing!

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LizS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely dinner, good service, but soooo noisy!! Only a

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor, and this was honestly one of the best seafood meals I’ve ever eaten in my 40 years in Atl.
Try the Octopus appetizer, and I loved the Halibut entree. Great service, and the restaurant was very alive for a Wednesday night.

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RobertF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The reservation was all downhill as soon as we checked in with the hostess and they sat us at a table right next to the ultra busy servers station. You would think that a reservation for a birthday dinner would warrant a more secluded table or booth. The food was not bad (Halibut and Maine Lobster). The saving grace was the excellent service received from our server.

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Emelle
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful service for a birthday or anniversary

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P1918
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend The Optimist though food is pricey. My wine was delicious. Waiter was superb in helping me select, and in responding to concerns we had about the food. When we told him the lobster was bit too rubbery (though still edible), they replaced them with newly better cooked lobsters! No arguments, just "we aim to please the customer." I always like their she-crab soup and shrimp toast that comes with it. They brought more shrimp toast after the lobster snafu.
Great service, easy parking. I will return to The Optimist!

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SamHarrison
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always amazing at The Optimist! I love the lobster roll (warm) and my husband likes the burger. We get the crispy potatoes to share with our meal. This time was the first we’ve been back since last year and I asked if they could make me a mocktail since I am pregnant - it was amazing! Thank you so much for a great evening!

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vipChrystalK
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation right before they closed for the night and even with running late, I couldn’t tell a difference in service or taste. Exceptional restaurant! We will be back. But earlier so we can enjoy it longer! ☺️

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CoriC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alyssa was our server and she was absolutely outstanding. She really made our whole experience 200 times better. She has been our server once or twice before in the past and she never ceases to amaze me. Amazing job Alyssa and the food was absolutely AMAZING. 10/10 recommend again and again again!

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NancyP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out food amazing as ususl

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JanaM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food and awesome service. That is why we keep going back time and time again. It never disappoints.

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cindyc
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I always love eating at the optimist and last night was no exception.

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AldoL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waitress & excellent service .

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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SandyW
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
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 on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, service, food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat!! Food is amazing as is the service! Can’t go wrong…

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Luvsgoodfood
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Perfect date night or girls night ❤️

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JainaH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, food and cocktails were outstanding.

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JabariG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the customer service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was well prepared and very fresh. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. The menu was a bit all over the place in terms of flavors. I found it more difficult than usual to choose a variety of dishes that complimented one another. Our table was so dark, we could not even see our food, even though our waiter was kind enough to bring us a candle. I don’t think all of the tables were that dark, but our two top was uncomfortably dark. Would definitely give it another try as the menu changes daily.

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PaulC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
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 on September 14, 2021
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 on September 13, 2021
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 on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Noname
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
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.

FAQs

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

The Optimist is rated 4.8 stars by 6832 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.