Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Nice food and drinks, was visiting from out of State. Chose The Optimist because of menu, did not disappoint. Good Sea Bass and oysters.
Reservation was for 5:15pm but changed to just myself ... arrived early at 5pm and sat at main bar...
Fantastic as always.
Absolutely delicious food, and a great ambience! I’ve already recommended this place to all my friends.
Noise level was the only distraction of the evening. Difficult to hear whatever my wife said.
My favorite restaurant in Atlanta - gorgeous and delicious!
Great place to wine and dine customers.
Fabulous food with great salmon crudo, amazing redfish and excellent wine list. Service was excellent and a totally enjoyable meal
Seafood was very fresh and very delicious some of the freshest I think I’ve had in Atlanta! We had the opportunist, and a salmon and a swordfish crudo. The swordfish crudo was fantastic and as my wife described “fun to eat plate w great flavors” We had some good cocktails too!! Would definitely return.
Great venue for a business meeting on a Monday afternoon/evening
The service was responsive and customer-friendly. The atmosphere allowed for a personal experience.
The Optimist is one of the very best restaurants in Atlanta. I especially love the oysters, crudo, and spicy kale salad. Excellent cocktails.
Fantastic dining experience! Oysters were excellent!
Teresa was amazing
Oysters were amazing! Great for a large group-lots of apps and sides to share! Food was great!
Excellent food, attentive wait staff, and great value.
I have been to The Optimist several times and it never disappoints. Delicious seafood and great service for an affordable price. It is a great date night spot, and I would highly recommend to all!
Leslie was outstanding! Fantastically knowledgeable with great recommendations on menu items and wine selection!
Craig was the best server and so accommodating to my gluten allergy!
Great seafood platter
Great atmosphere. Good food. Service was awful. Will given them another try.
As has come to be expected, the bar provides wonderful cocktails, the kitchen provides consistently spectacular options as well as the unexpected 'new' items, and the icing on the cake is the service. The staff at The Optimist is beyond compare - they're always knowledgeable about the entire menu, gracious, there when you need them - and not there when you simply want to enjoy your meal and the company of your dining companion.
Our server was Adam on this occasion, and he helped make the experience wonderful. Thanks Adam for being y-o-u!
Service and food were phenomenal!
I was out with two work associates and this place was perfect. We ate outside and couldn't have been more pleased. thank you!
Lovely dinner at The Optimist where the food is always delicious. Jonathon was our server and he was excellent. Noise is typically a problem at The Optimist but it was lunch time so it wasn’t very crowded plus we sat behind the bar where it is a little easier to hear.
The location is beautiful, everything I've ordered has been outstanding, and the service is top notch.
Food is always great. We were seated at a table, just left of the bar in the room behind the bar. Our table felt as though it was stuck in the corner. Should have asked for a better table but didn’t want to bother with my guests
Great service. Plus the food was awesome. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Service was great as usual, music was awesome
The experience was really nice, the waiter was friendly
I always enjoy the food at this restaurant. The atmosphere is the problem here. The noise level is deafening. Made worst by the loud, fast music. Which causes people to need to yell to communicate. Instead of enjoying a nice dinner (which is expensive.) It's like going to a sporting event. They also seat couples at tiny little tables right on top of each other. This is not a good place for a romantic evening. It would be ok for a group ,but you can only converse with the person next to you because the noise level is to extreme to hear what anyone else has to say. Despite the fast energetic atmosphere,the service is on the slow side. The only good thing about this restaurant is the food.
We loved everything about this place. It’s a great spot for a celebration— we had a Birthday and the staff did everything to make it special for us! Our waiter Stormy was the best!
The food was flavorful, however heavy salt on everything from the soup, bread and entree was overpowering. We felt it was overpriced.
The waiter was distracted disengaged and preoccupied. Honestly, it was early on the evening and not that busy.
Always a fantastic experience! Best oysters in Atlanta.
I'm usually blown away by the food at the Optimist, but not this time. The new presentation of the scallops is underwhelming. The scallops really disappeared behind the sauce they were presented on. And that's not fair to the scallops. Usually, a scallop dish at the Optimist respects the scallops and the sauces complement - but that wasn't the case this time.
Maybe next time. And there's always the Branzini at dinner, which is ALWAYS wonderful.
Always love going to The Optimist! Special treat!
We ate outside on a lovely day and it was the most pleasant lunch I've had in a long time.
The Poke salad was delicious, the service was great and the valet super efficient.
This continues to be a terrific restaurant.
Great seafood, a little pricey for certain things, and almost too-quick service (sometimes you just want to enjoy the spot). Service, across the board, is fantastic. Vibe is great too. Valet parking is a nice touch.
Awesome meal!! Great birthday celebration!