Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
The Oyster Bar opens at 3pm Saturday & Sundays
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Ring in the new year with us at The Optimist! We will be featuring a $85 pre fixe menu to celebrate 2019.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Our waitress Taylor was absolutely amazing! She knew details about every area of the menu! Her level of service was Extraordinary! The food was amazing, fresh, well seasoned & oh so flavorful! The occasion was my daughter’s 19th birthday & the entire family enjoyed ourselves completely.
Our wedding anniversary. Everyone said Happy Anniversary and even signed our personalized menu. Food was amazing. Exceeded our expectations.
The noise level was a bit high, but did we care? No! Because the food, service, and ambiance was 1,000/1,000! My new favorite restaurant in Atl
Great food. Disappointed that at 8:30 pm, they were out of 4 fish entrees leaving only 2 to choose from. This is a seafood place after all.
Food was amazing and best scallops ever. Service was great and Craig did an awesome job with his recommendations.
Very cool and trendy. Food was delicious. The service misses a beat somewhere. Staff that brings food out is a bit disconnected from primary server and not very user friendly. Shocking that the Bartender had trouble making a basic dry martini. Need to bone up on technique and use (overuse) of vermouth. Manager was on top of things, staff not so much.
Josh Coker the executive chef came out to the table. He also took a picture with us when we were leaving. 5 course meal, with the best oysters I’ve ever had.
This was one of the most amazing meals I’ve had in a while. Carmen was our waitress and guided us through the menu flawlessly. I left there stuffed but wanting to keep eating. Service was just as outstanding as the food.
Consistently delicious food. Oysters are always fresh and they offer a wonderful variety.
Great first experience this evening! Everything was delicious and enjoyed the energy of the restaurant and bar area. Theresa is a fabulous server, very attentive and made the experience memorable. :)
The Octopus has a sweet sauce, which makes it taste like Applebee’s. No joke. Very disappointing.
The Optimist is one of the best in Atlanta! I have been here a few times and it never disappoints. I enjoy taking business clients here and they always rave about it. Oysters are phenomenal and a great selection. One of my top 2 or 3 restaurants in the Southeast!
Great dinner as always. Tried a few crudos that I had not had previously. Oysters were fantastic and the wine selection is always good. Service was top notch!
The Optimist never disappoints!! Food, cocktails, service, ambience are top notch. Already looking forward to our next visit.
1st time here and I absolutely loved it. Good service, good food .
Amazing!!! Ryan was the best server. She was our dining consultant! We basically ate everything SHE suggested!!! It was wonderful.
The Optimist is the place for a consistent high quality food experience. The imaginative preparations are made with the freshest of seafood cooked to perfection. However, I don't want to give the Optimist all the praise that it deserves or I won't be able to get a table.
Food was very good and tasty. Moderately priced. Only issue was a very wobbly table.
Awesome food and great service
Oh my what can I say it was awesome. Meeka was our server and she was amazing. She really made the What was supposed to be just a dinner an experience. Meeka is so good she remembered my mom from our first time there because of her silver hair. Love this place going back this weekend do yourself a favor and go eat here
The food was excellent. I ordered Halibut and it was one of the best I’ve ever had!
This was my third visit to The Optimist, as a work colleague wanted to try it on my recommendation, and we went as a foursome with our husbands. It's not a cheap meal, but you get what you pay for and the food and service are outstanding. My personal favorite is the octopus, served with caper remoulade, spicy honey and house pickles. The lobster roll is also delicious. My husband likes the oysters, which are an Optimist specialty, & you can pick a selection according to your personal taste. He had swordfish as a main, thick, tender, snowy white & cooked in duck fat, which he said was the best swordfish he'd ever eaten, despite having lived/dined in San Francisco & Boston for many years. Decent wine list and an assortment of beers & cocktails.
Everything about my experience was beyond amazing!
What a great dinner we had. Enjoyed a dozen oysters followed by several appetizers. The tuna crudo was wonderful. You will not be disappointed
We chose the Optimist for our anniversary, and the staff went above and beyond to recognize and celebrate with us. We were so impressed by everything- the ambience, decor, friendly and knowledgeable staff, the wide array of food and quality of food. We ordered the swordfish and scallops, and have never in my life had such juicy, fresh, tender seafood. And the side dishes were amazing. We ordered the squash and it was absolutely delicious. For dessert, we enjoyed the icebox lemon pie and coffee. What a perfect ending to a perfect meal. I was recommended this place by a friend, and I will definitely return the favor and recommend to another friend. We had a beautiful anniversary.
The Optimist never disappoints! Service, atmosphere and food were all exceptional as usual.
Great time for anniversary dinner. Server AMY made the evening wonderful. Excellent service, pleasant and not rushed. Champagne for or anniversary. Way to Go AMY!!!
Mark took great care of us on my boyfriends birthday. The POAs and gifted octopus was a great touch. Entrees were cooked to perfection. Thanks Paul for coming and touching the table. We will be back very soon!
I thought the oysters, fried rice and octopus were amazing! Everything else was overpriced. Very cool ambience
Visiting from out of town, wanted great seafoood. The Optimist did not disappoint. Ordered the Halibut and Swordfish and split both with my wife, perfectly cooked, prepared creatively and delicious. We had the Burrata Toast and it was so good. It’s a cool venue, little noisy if you want a really quiet dinner, but the food makes up for that.
It was my wife's birthday and we had an amazing time. The food was good to go along with the service, I would definitely come again.
I’ve been wanting to try this spot for several months and finally made it out. The overall vibe and the ambiance was perfect. The noise level wasn’t too loud and the decor and lighting was amazing. The menu was diverse and had several options. Having a dietary restriction (gluten-free) there were some things I couldn’t order but I was happy with my 1/2 dozen oysters and she crab soup. I do wish the temperature of the soup had been better, but overall a good experience with good food!
Food and drink and bar amazing
Very loud and dark. Hard to read the menu. Food was outstanding !!
I took my Dad here, definite baby boomer who said it was too loud. However, he ate the octopus and loved it! (very impressed) What a hip, delicious, and easy to get to spot. Very much recommend to in town or out of town guests.
Quite possibly the best Branzino I've ever had. Perfectly balanced, and very well executed. Octopus also a must try.
If you're fortunate enough to have Craig as your server, the experience gets that much better.
Loved the restaurant Loved the food and our Server was over the top amazing. The noise level was really really loud my clients actually complainted about it.
This has become one of our favs over the last 2
Good experience. Food made me a little sick today.