Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
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 prix fixe menu to celebrate 2019.
Monday, December 31, 2018
It was great!
Leslie was fabulous and the meal was excellent!
The food was great, but the service was sub-par. One of my dining companions did not receive his entree until after I had finished my meal. We had to point this out to our waiter - he did not come over soon after our entrees were served to ensure we had received everything we ordered. To the restaurant's credit, it comped his meal and gave two side orders for the table - it was the least the restaurant could do. My wife ordered her salad with dressing on the side, but it arrived drenched - I am not sure whether the waiter simply was not listening when she ordered or the kitchen wasn't paying attention to the order that was submitted. Drinks were extremely slow to arrive after they were ordered. The waiter brought a bottle of wine for all of us when one of our dinner companions ordered only a glass for himself - my drink had been delivered bout ten minutes earlier. When the bill arrived, we had been charged for a full bottle and for a glass - this was corrected after we pointed this error out to the waiter. We really want to like this restaurant, as the food always is great, but it seems like it cannot get its service act together. The poor service overshadowed the excellent food we received. We live a long way from the restaurant - it took us an hour to drive there, and we will re-evaluate whether we think it is worth the effort to dine there in the future, especially since there are great restaurants closer to our residence.
Took my wife here on date night before going out to a concert. I definitely made the right decision. Great atmosphere and set up for a nice dinner. She loves seafood so this place really hit the mark for her. Food and service were great which set the tempo for a great evening. I would say pricing was a little prideful for the amount of food you get.
Yummy as usual- one of my favorites in the city
The freshest, best prepared seafood in the city. The roux in the gumbo was just dark enough
Everything we ordered was amazing . Service was alittle slow but the waitress was super sweet
A great place for a full dinner, or just appetizers and a drink. We sat at the bar and had a couple of well-prepared old fashioneds. We shared the shrimp a la plancha...which was the best shrimp I have ever had. We also shared a lobster roll which was fantastic. Highly recommended
The Optimist was recommended by a few friends and it did not disappoint. The fish was great as well as the rice and grits sides. We had cervichi appetizer and it was great. The warehouse atmosphere is nice but not quaint. The waitress was super nice and helpful. I would recommend for a high end night out.
Lovely restaurant...our first table had very hard chairs, but the staff graciously moved us to a booth that was much more comfy. Food was great and service was also great.
teresa was amazing!!!! the noise level was PERFECT for intimate conversation and the food was outstanding.
One of our favorite seafood restaurants in the Atlanta area.
Highly recommend the Optimist for all the right reasons; the food tastes outstanding and the service is top shelf.
Oyster Happy Hour too!
Awesome service and food! Highly recommend.
We sat at the bar. Service was wonderful. Bartender was very informative and helpful in choosing drinks, as well as our entrees. Our food was prepared surprisingly fast. Food was delicious! Would definitely dine here again!
Was here on a football weekend. Great food and service. A bit noisy but we didn't care.
The Optimist does not disappoint! Beautiful open space, a great menu, and full visual stunning bar.
The Octopus is a must have. Not what you are thinking....
We ran a little late due to an Uber mistake and the hosts couldn't have been kinder /accommodating.
Our waitress Eli, explained the menu in detail and made great suggestions. (cocktails and food!)
We never felt rushed and she was engaging and fun to chat with as well.
If you love seafood you will LOVE the Optimist!! Some of the best seafood I have had. My boyfriend and I ordered 6 different starters because we coulnd't decide what we wanted. ALL OF THEM were incredible!! Can't say enough great things about this place
We had a great knowledgable waitress who made some recommendations that were all great. We had the swordfish and red grouper and both were awesome. The wine selection was great also.
We normally love everything about the Optimist this visit was disappointing. The octopus had a hot spiced almost morrocan flavor to it that was too Spicy The grouper also had this in the crust and lots of salt which dried out the usually moist fish and the delicious chocolate chess pie was out sweetened with a too sweet caramel The bar tender as always was wonderful as were the wait staff and the rolls. I think it was a bad night and we will definitely be going back
Excellent, as always. It’s the best seafood place in town.
The food is always exceptional! The octopus is always one of our favorites.
Friendly service and great food!
This was my forth time to the Optimist in the last month. It was excellent every time. Certainly did not disappoint. I really enjoy taking business partners to the Optimist.
EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. Great ambiance and every aspect of the business was very professional.
Wonderful dining experience. Our server was knowledgeable about the food choices and gave great recommendations. The atmosphere was elegant. We and another couple went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Will certainly go again
The side dishes came out about 3-5 minuets before main dishes. Then it took 3 trips for them to bring all 5 main dishes so we had to sit and wait for everybody’s meal to arrive. Then when we are done they didn’t clean up very quickly.
Overall disappointing for something we had really been look forward to.
Great staff! Super accommodating! Delicious food! Will go back again and again.
Service was outstanding! Food was great as always!
I have eaten at The Optimist any number of times and always left looking forward to the next visit. Tonight, that was definitely not the case. We went on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and as expected the place was empty. Despite that, the maitre'd's were huddled in a gossip session and took several minutes for them to realize we were standing there waiting for a table. Then we had a "socially awkward" server (the server can make or break any dining experience). Let me say, the oysters and cocktails were divine and spot on as always. We ordered two of our favorites to start, mussels and octopus. They must have been running low on mussels, because I feel like we only received a half order (and many of them were empty). The usually delicious broth did not have it's usual bite. Same issue with the octopus - we typically fight over the last morsels and tonight's sauce just had no flavor. At this point we decided not to try any other of our other favorite dishes. Disappointing, especially given that this has traditionally been one of my favorite restaurants.
The food is AMAZING
We ate at The Optimist on Thanksgiving Eve and it was an amazing family dinner. The entire team took care of us starting during happy hour and into the evening. Eli was a killer server who helped us navigate all of our interests on the menu and asked the kitchen to split an appetizer 3 ways with adorable servings for each person.
Meka and Stormy awesome servers
Oysters are the best
I love the Optimist.
We loved our experience at The Optimist. The atmosphere was beautiful, albeit a bit loud. It didn’t bother us at all, we could still easily have a conversation, but it’s an open building so be aware. The food and service were phenomenal. Seafood and presentation were superb quality and very yummy. We enjoyed a few cocktails and a bottle of wine- all were great! Overall, a wonderful date night experience for me and the hubs.
Fantastic dining experience at The Optimist, absolutely essential for all seafood lovers in Atlanta. A great selection of fresh Oysters are on offer to start your meal. You are then spolit for choice with the entrees, I really enjoyed the Wood Grilled GA Shrimp and Nduja risotto, super tasty. Plus there is a great wine list too, to pair with everything on the menu. Service was efficient and friendly. Main dining room is very busy, but the Oyster bar is a little more relaxed and chilled. Overall, The Optimist is definitely one of Atlanta's top restaurants.
Best food in Atlanta!
We had the most incredible experience. The food was, of course, outstanding. The service was top notch and we were so lucky to have Leslie as our server - she made us feel so special as we celebrated our anniversary. A perfect date night!
Food was excellent and the service was outstanding! I would definitely come back.
I ate hear when I was in Atlanta for a conference. I always seek out great places to eat before I come to meetings. The food at The Optimist was fantastic! I loved every bite. The staff was unbelievably helpful, recommending cocktails and items that went together. I am so sorry that I won't be able to come back any time soon since I live very far away.