The Optimist

4.8
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5801 Reviews
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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. Enjoy $1 Oyster Happy Hour on the patio or in the oyster bar Monday – Friday starting 5 – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 3 – 5 p.m.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end, this place was spectacular. Server (Jamie M) was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. Oysters were fresh and some of the best I’ve had. Try the chowder-it’s amazing. Service didn’t miss a beat and we would 100% come back to Atlanta just to eat here again. Thank you for a perfect night!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood restaurant in town. Make a stop every tine I’m in town. Jon D was an excellent server. Super accommodating and knows the menu. He made excellent recommendations for us.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had great service with John. The food good as usual.

AR
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place. Worth a visit for sure. Wonderful service and atmosphere with really good food.

LI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beginning to end, the best meal we have had in Atlanta in 10 years! Bravo!! We will be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i loved it!!

CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely delicious and the service was even better. We had 7:30 reservations for Valentine’s Day. We wanted to sit at the bar and the employees working behind the bar we’re very accommodating and making sure we were first in line for a two seats. We will definitely be back to try more yummy items on the menu!

RC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Was there for Valentines Day Prix Fixe menu. The lobster bisque was very tasty...but I could not find any lobster...crab cakes were tasty also...but more cake than crab...entre dish halibut was more bland than I was expecting...serving sizes were good...had to take the chocalate tart dessert home...and the tart was excellent when I ate later. Service was very good...overall experience did not meet expectations relative to amount of money spent.

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The food and service were great, but I would’ve liked to be informed if some items on the menu were extra rather than be told the set price for Valentine’s Day is $80/person. Misleading.

j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on Valentine’s Day so had the Prefix menu. Everything we had was delicious (scallops and steak as main dishes). Our server was attentive without being intrusive and despite it being fully packed, we had a great dinner.

OZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so great, unique flavors. A must try if visit Atlanta.

JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our reception into the Optimist was so warm and inviting. There was no wait time, they were extremely organized. We were showed to our table by a lovely and friendly hostess, it made my date and I feel so special. The 4 course meal, with excellent wine pairings was delicious, with one minor exception, the halibut was a little dry on the edges, however it was fine. The waiter and owner immediately offered to replace it, they were great!!! Overall the evening was wonderful, we will return many times to enjoy the many exciting items on their menu. Finally the bar is great, next time we will stay at the bar and sample everything!!!

DH
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Optimist is one of my favorite restaurants and it never disappoints. Excellent food, excellent service.

AF
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with family. Was perfect. Burger is everything I heard it would be and more! Staff attentive and ambiance lovely. Highly recommend!

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia took very good care of us and made excellent recommendations, mind you I come at least twice a month. Optimist always has well educated servers that can lead you through your dining experience, it’s impressive how I’ve never had one bad experience!

BJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Only issue was they originally sat our table of 4 at a small table next to the bar when we had reservations for weeks. After ordering the $150 shellfish sampler we had to ask to be moved to a reasonable sized table since it was too big to fit comfortably on the table. 🤷🏻‍♂️

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Good food; great service; but noise level atrocious and enough to keep me from returning

PB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service.

JP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only gripe is the entrees are small for the price. Great food otherwise.

KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Food. Outstanding service. Every time. Will return!

f
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little loud in the restaurant but great experience overall

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Service and food were amazing as always!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time having dinner there and never disappoints!

MB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and too notch food. Fresh oysters and delicious scallops.

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food- enjoyed the octopus, scallops, grits and hush puppies. Nice ambience, but it’s a bit noisy and wish the music was a bit less.

JJ
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had 6:30 reservations and were seated promptly. It was Saturday night and the restaurant was already full. Rolls were fantastic and dinner was good. Enjoyed the hip scene and service was good. Very expensive but ok for an occasional splurge

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dishes are ultra fresh

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brett our server was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.

AT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great, the service was not. We had to constantly flag down our waiter for anything.

LY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! Food and service was outstanding. You will not be disappointed.

NC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Server was knowledgeable about the menu and made some incredible suggestions. Service was impeccable and the presentation and taste of all of the dishes were outstanding! The seating and dining area were comfortable. The noise level was moderate. I definitely will be back to my newest favorite restaurant.

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone at our table loves their meals. The fish was fresh, beautifully seasoned and perfectly cooked. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable; she gave great recommendations on dishes. The warm rolls are totally delicious.

OT
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spanish octopus flavors are over the top and so delicious (but the presentation needs a little work). Swordfish in duck fat was superb and highly recommended with a nice bottle of Kistler Chardonnay.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was real nice and took the time to go through the menu ingredients and all!!!!! She was da bomb!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and ambiance

r
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our regular, go-to places and it never disappoints.

OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful meal to celebrate a birthday!