New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Spend this New Year’s Eve “coast- side” with a three-course, prix fixe menu from executive chef Eddie Barrett. $85 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $30.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Had a truly enjoyable business lunch at The Optimist recently. My guest and I had terrific food, attentive service and an atmosphere that was conducive to a productive conversation. Highly recommend The Optimist for those who love seafood!
Excellent food and service
The wine they recommended was awful. Everything else was fantastic.
This is simply my favorite Seafood spot in all of Atlanta. The oyster bar is detailed and lovely & the entrees are fantastic. GO!!!
Continues to set the standard for food and service in Atlanta. Comfortable but not stuffy, great place to take out of town guests. Every dish has unique and interesting flavors and textures. Thank you Optimist!!
Server provided excellent service, ask for Daniel. Surprisingly my favorites were the dinner rolls, Skinny Dipper Oysters and my husband said the scallops were cooked perfectly.
This was our second visit to Optimist. The oyster selection was outstanding. All of our dishes were very good although my grilled Mahi entree was a little over done on one end. Service was very good.
Do you like seafood and LOUD INDUSTRIAL PUNK MUSIC? Do you like not being able to hear any conversation? If so, then this is the place for you! Great seafood. Terrible ambiance. Management needs to fix the music issue or this place won't be in business much longer. I was very disappointed.
Hi Kelly, Thank you for your review. We strive to create a vibrant atmosphere for all of our guests but certainly don't want the noise level to be overbearing for anyone. Our private dining space behind the main bar provides a more quiet, intimate atmosphere and might be a consideration for your next visit. I hope that you'll consider visiting us again and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you! Mark Cioccia Manager
The Optimist - was amazing. Had anniversary dinner there and from the moment we walked in Hostess, Bartender, and wait staff were great - the food was so good we ordered the same appetizer twice. If you are looking for exceptional customer service and food the Optimist is the Place!
Delicious sea food and good service
Fabulous oyster selection. Mahi entre was perfect.
Absolutely delicious! This was some of the best seasfood I've ever had!
Excellent service! Our waitress was super and I can’t recall her name which is a shame. She was super!
Great food, service, experience!
I ordered a glass of wine and was disappointed in the quantity of the pour - certainly seemed less than 6 oz.
INSANELY DELICIOUS FOOD!!!!
Ate here three times over a week spent in Atlanta. Fantastic fresh fish, seafood and oysters. Service with Alex was outstanding. A must visit when in Atlanta.
Great service with our waitress Gina. Ask for her section should you go!
Beautiful space that immediately feels special upon arrival. The front of house even took the time to write happy birthday on my husbands menu because of the note that I had written in my open table reservation. Service was wonderful - I told our server I was interested in the non-alcoholic drink options and she had the bartender whip up a special mocktails for me based on what I liked, which made me feel really considered. Food was incredible, decadent, but accessible. Definitely look forward to our return.
Birthday dinner, first time visit. Seafood is what I would recommend. Taste was good for my dish, others in my party said it was good but not the best in ATL.
Recommended to us by a local friend. The restaurant was packed for a Tuesday evening. The door staff and service staff were engaging and friendly. Our server was spectacular. She led us through the menu with great suggestions and “don’t miss” items. We had the raw oysters, tuna crudo and She Crab soup to start. Entrees were the dirty rice, halibut and a beautiful salad. The roasted butternut squash was delicious. The cauliflower was unique. We all loved the hush puppies and the bread served.
Great experience. Would recommend The Optimist highly.
We had a family birthday lunch here on a Tuesday. Food was very good: for a seafood focused restaurant, the menu felt balanced. The Optimist’s lunch menu imo was better than its peers’ dinner menu in depth and value. The steak, scallops, and side cauliflower hit the spot. Took a star away because the sauce on the red fish, kale salad, and octopus had a hint of overlapping each other. Also, this could be a total personal preference, but the fish was served with the fat under the skin and octopus suction was left ‘wet’. One last thing, the fried rice was a miss, but I admire the infusion of Szechuan pepper.
The ambiance and service: top notch, everything you want in an in-laws family outing with a baby (stroller/high chair) and a person in a wheelchair. Our waitress Kyla was a superstar, she was attentive, yet didn’t go overboard. She handled the steps of a meal (seating, drinks orders, food orders, dessert, check..etc) without us feeling wait time nor feeling rushed. The industrial, airy, high ceiling space was comforting. it might be bit skewed since it was Tuesday lunch, but the noise level was just right, especially when my kid coo’ed and gah’ed few times munching on her bread.
Highly recommended and we will be back for sure.
It was wonderful, the food was fresh and amazing! Oysters were outstanding. Ray the manager and Brittney our server was also wonderful! They made our Anniversary so special.
Consistently good. Oysters are among the best in the city. Energetic almost loud ambience. After dinner bar service was disappointing. She was clearly ready to go home.
excellent....we sat at the bar & thoroughly enjoyed our evening!
We were in Atlanta for a wedding so decided to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary while we were here. I was told to look up the chef and we decided on this place since we love seafood and it did not disappoint! If we lived here it would be one our spots. Daniel was the best server and everything he recommended was phenomenal! Everything about this place is great! We cannot stop talking about it.
Great birthday celebration
The menu is limited and overpriced for the entree. I got the chicken that had maybe 4 bites to it. Soup is delicious and the rolls are out of this world but the entrees are “strange” and not tasty. Much prefer Blue Ridge Grill or King and Duke.
Wow -everything was fabulous-would not hesitate to return!
We ordered the calamari which was very salty. We ordered the hush puppies which were not fully cooked and was returned to the kitchen. The gumbo was hearty but did not contain rice, like a traditional serving of gumbo. The drinks were great but we will not return to the Optimist!
Service was fantastic, food was delicious, and value for money was fantastic. We will definitely be back.
We were celebrating my cousin’s birthday as she was visiting from Toronto. I told restaurant when I made reservations. They made big deal when they welcomed us and with “birthday menu”. (It was nothing) we spent over $350 before tip with 5 drinks and then they charged us $9 for candle on a dessert. Tacky!!!! Service turned bad at the end when it took over 20 minutes th get that one dessert!!! Loved the food and we come often. Tacky about dessert.
Has always been my favorite restaurant and is absolutely amazing with outstanding dishes and wonderful staff!
Overall good experience for work lunch. The shrimp po boy was fried extremely hard though. Service was amazing.
8 of us enjoyed a lovely meal with attentive service. Only limitation was noise level which made it difficult to follow the conversation at times at our table.
Food was underwhelming for the price. Seafood chowder hardly had any fish and was all broth. Swordfish was just ok. Bread was good!
Just very average. Service was slow and not very good.
Service and food were EXCELLENT!
Outstanding in fact
Great atmosphere, great food, great service!! Would definitely return. Only negative was the half hour wait after our reservation time.
The Octopus and Scallops were delicious!! Our server Leslie was also great!