The Optimist

4.8
6743 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 6743 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite places ever. The drinks are delicious and the oysters are always on point

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HaleyL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST service from Ryan. The food was over the top and well done. Best seafood in Atlanta.

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AngelaS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening great food. Friendly and courteous staff

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner here! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu and the wait staff is very helpful if choosing plates. Incredible food!

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vipChristinaG
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing. I’d come back to Atlanta just to go there again!

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NikkiJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Amazing food. Pricey but worth it!

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Becca0581
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friends 40th birthday and they really made it special! The seafood tower was delightful and fresh and the desserts were spectacular. I would certainly recommend The Optimist to anyone visiting Atlanta!

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NikB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice night! Our server, Brett, was very knowledgeable and made sure any food allergies were considered. He was great and our food was delicious!

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IndiaW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was amazing and the food/drinks were too.

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KimG
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal … great service from Gary, our waiter. The octopus as a starter is a must and the swordfish and redfish as an entree. Delicious!!

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MichaelK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the food and drinks at the Optimist were amazing - it was great to see that nothing was lost after not visiting for over a year!

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KevinS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Optimistic was, in my opinion, okay. A little too noisy for my taste. Lots of drinks I'd you're into that, I'm not. The food was average, but the oysters, gumbo, and peel and eat shrimp were excellent. I would not return.

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AB900
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as expected. Never disappoints in any way.

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vipValeri
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist is one of the best restaurants I have experienced ever. What a delight! The cocktails were delicious - do not miss the High Tea-2nd Steep or the Howl at the Moon - both are outstanding! We started with the Tuna Crudo, Pei Mussels and Spicy Kale Salad. What an incredible explosion of flavors. Our Mahi Mahi entree was yummy and reasonably sized, so we had room for dessert! Save room for dessert - the Peach Cobbler Pudding cake is the perfect way to end the evening with a tasty glass of Port. I can not wait to come back again to have these favorites and explore more of the menu. Our server was terrific; attentive and never intrusive; gave use excellent suggestions. Just a wonderful experience start to finish!

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vipRookie2dining
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipGolfdaddy2
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist is simply a great restaurant. The room is beautiful with real energy. Our waitress was attentive and inspired to share details of every dish and drink. Starting with the rolls, the food (branzino/lobster/burger and various inventive starters and sides) was spectacular. Can’t wait to go back.

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Adelaide
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great space & great service! We will be back. We were on a weekend get away & our friends from Atlanta sent us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always!

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food portions were small & the sides pricing weren’t justified

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vipcindyc
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary and Travis were very sweet and helpful to me when I needed my car brought to the front by the valet service. I really appreciated their caring and kind natures. Also the service was impeccable. Always enjoy my time here. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing time from the moment I walked in the door! The oysters were the best I’ve had in years and the staff delivered impeccable service. I cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, atmosphere , and service! The optimist never disappoints!

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OnnieS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing, perfectly cooked and I would commute for those hush puppies.

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ChloeS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UH-MAZING!! A new favorite restaurant. The ambience was great, food and drinks were delish and a great value, and our waiter Ted was very knowledgeable! We had the best time for our anniversary. They made it special with a little gift and a free sorbet. A pricier night out, but worth it for the amount of food, quality of food, and service/ambience!

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DavidD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Normally I love this place, but the last 2 visits were not that good. Our waitress was polite and professional, but I think she had so many tables that she didn't have time to check on us. However, the bar service was excellent. The menu seems to have a few items less. It's a bit pricy, and small portions. I'll try it again, but it's becoming a less favorite.

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EricR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Optimist last night and it is our new favorite restaurant in Atlanta. The seafood was great and our server was excellent. The rolls were delicious and you must get the smoked fish dip as a starter. Everything was above our expectations and we highly recommend eating dinner here!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda our server was amazing!! She was kind and thoughtful. She took her time with us since it was our first time in. The food was spectacular!! Our table ordered lots of dishes ro be shared. Everything was scrumptious. We will be back!

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Chels
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great date night or celebration spot! The food and service is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The service was outstanding from the hostess stand to the servers on point recommendations, descriptions and attentiveness. The first taste of the fish chowder actually made me say “Wow” out loud! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Austin, our server was amazing!

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DesmondG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, the entire aura of the restaurant was exceptional. Some of the best oysters I ever had!

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JasonJamal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Atlanta. Every time we come down from NYC for a visit we go for dinner.

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SteffaniePW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was beyond amazing. Shoutout to Alison B for making a new experience one we won't forget.

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Clemson
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. We normally do steakhouses, but decided to do The Optimist since we’ve been meaning to for the longest.

So glad we did!!! Everything was awesome and tasty. Excellent drinks as well. Can’t wait to go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our Atlanta favorites. Every dish is just delicious. There are a few that we have to order again every time we return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to over 50 cities in over 30 countries and the Optimist ranks in the top 3 of the very best fish dinner I have ever had. Their must have are smoked fish dip, hush puppies for appetizers and definitely the branzino for dinner. I plan to go back again and again.

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BrittaL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. Fantastic atmosphere. Very helpful server. Couldn't ask for a better date night!

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ChristopherA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the optimist. The team and food are always great.

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SharonG
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner out I’ve had in a long time. Love this place and always come when I’m in Atlanta. Please open an optimist in charlotte.

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vipnikc
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned for a second evening during a conference week. Amazing food and great service. Fabulous bar as well.

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 6743 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.