Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Mother's Day Menus & Specials
Offering a $28 Pre Fixe menu with choice of starter, entrée and choice of side.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations
$28 Pre Fixe Menu with choice of starter and entrée.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Amazing food, service and ambiance. A must in Atlanta.
Great seafood with a great environment. I love the optimist.
Excellent food. Delicious and inventive. Noisy atmosphere but it adds to the energy of the place.
First time at the restaurant and had no expectations except hoping for some good seafood in a nice setting. It was that and more, starting with a chef’s selection of oysters through the calamari and tuna appetizers and ending with duck poached swordfish and redfish among others. Atmosphere was lively but not noisy. Staff were friendly and attentive. A little expensive with everything la carte but the food was worth the splurge. We will definitely go back.
First time there. Was great! Christian, our waiter, was awesome!
Food and ambience was great. Went there for our 5 year anniversary and was pleasantly surprised and pleased. The service provided by Caroline was helpful and always timely. We will definitely come back soon.
My server was awesome and all of the servers worked together. My food was hot and everyone was so nice including the hostess.
Thanks for a great experience.
We have both raw and fried oysters, a lobster roll, hush puppies and gumbo. The lobster roll was average in taste and expensive for its' small size. The fried oysters were delicious and well seasoned. The gumbo was not up to par! It was more like soup than gumbo! The raw oysters were good, but it made us sick later that evening! The hush puppies were very under cooked. They were 'raw' on the inside. We had strawberry ice cream and lemon pie for desert. The ice cream was awesome! The lemon pie was just ok. The staff is friendly, but our waiter lacked personality which further ruined the experience. The atmosphere is great, but the food was not worth the almost $300 bill for three adults and a five year old. We were disappointed overall, especially since we drove 3.5 hours to pick up someone from the airport coming to ATL for the first time and wanted them to experience a great high-end meal.
The food and experience was exceptional as always. Our server (Theresa, I believe) was so sweet and did a fantastic job
Awesome dining experience. The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. We will be returning soon!!!
Heard about this place but we thought it was over-rated, especially for the price. I would call this place, 'over-priced' seafood.
The food was AMAZING!! We wanted to sit at the bar inside the restaurant but it was crowded, so we ended up sitting at the oyster bar which actually was a better choice for us. It was calm and not too noisy. The drinks were made to perfection so I have to definitely give the bartender a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. The food presentation was spectacular and it was worth the money spent. I would definitely come back again. Our waitress was pleasant and always checked on us!
Great restaurant, really fresh fish. Arrive early to putt a couple holes.
Excellent experience and food.
Great food and ambiance. This is definitely on our repeat list.
This place was fantastic. The service was great, the food was even better. Would definitely come again the next time we're in town!
Great service. We were there the day before as well because we loved the service and food. This time we were not as happy as the day before the halibut was too dry. And service was not as good as the night before.
Amazing service! Was seated 30-minutes past our original reservation but the host catered to our group by offering an amazing table when we were eventually seated and threw in a complimentary fresh seafood tower. We were stuffed, and could not have enjoyed our experience more. Great seafood and amazing small plates and entrees. Very cool vibe.
Great food, extremely professional waiter. Simply the best.
The lobster roll is ok, but that’s about it.
I wanted to try the Optimist for a long time. I definitely would return. Excellent food, good service.
I’m from out of town, I chose this restaurant based on how many people had given good reviews. Food was amazing and service was great. Would love to come back if I’m ever in Atlanta again! We had some oysters, the endive salad, halibut, basmati rice, asparagus and potatoes. Highly recommend all of them. Wonderful experience
It was my wife and I’s anniversary and The entire Optimist crew made us feel so very special. Extra special shoutout to our Server Teresa who is an absolutely amazing person and great at her job. Such a special place and meal for my wife and I.
Our entire dining experience at The Optimist was outstanding. All of the seafood is line-caught and you can taste the freshness! Our server, John, was knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and friendly. We would highly recommend The Optimist!
One of the best seafood places I've been too. Our group of 4 were impressed and more than satisfied. I will put it on my list of places to eat in Atlanta in the future.
Great place! Highly recommend. The oysters are fresh and amazing as is the Lobster roll! Love the lemon pie as well...
Their food and atmosphere are always wonderful. I highly recommend!
Dining at the Optimist felt like you were dining at the beach. Optimist served high-quality seafood and provided exceptional service. I went for a date, and it was perfect. There was low-lighting, intimate seating, and an exciting ambience. We ordered oysters, the Endive Salad, and the Spanish Octopus to start. The oysters and Endive Salad were excellent, but the Spanish Octopus was a bit dry. For our main dish, we ordered the Mahi Mahi and the "Duck Fat Poached" Swordfish. Both of these dishes were full of flavor and satisfying. Highly recommend the Optimist for a great date night or for a delicious seafood dinner.
First off - our waitress Sara was the absolute best waitress we have ever had. Been there 3 times now!
She made great suggestions. Knew every item and how it was prepared. Offered her opinion when asked.
AND was simply a delight to work with. I will ask for her again!
Second, Mark (one of the mangers) stopped by to ask how we were doing, was the food good, how was the waitstaff. Inquired if we'd been here before. Mark was a real gentleman. Thank you!
Food - all four of us raved about each item we had ordered, how GREAT it tasted, how well prepared it was and the presentation, you could not ask for more.
The other team members of the Optimist were equally as friendly and ready to help, answer questions, whatever you needed.
To put it in a NUTSHELL - absolutely the best meal we have enjoyed in a local restaurant, here.
THANK YOU ALL!
Food, drinks and service was so awesome!!
A return visit that did not disappoint. We had a great meal with great service. We always enjoy ourselves here.
Went here for my birthday this weekend. we made a reservation for 5 and got there a little earlier to experience the happy hour deals. we got the bakers dozen oysters and the punch pitcher. both we wonderful and well priced! we quickly cashed out and they transferred our drinks and oysters to our dinner spot. Very accommodating! for dinner we got the lobster roll (AMAZING), the scallops (AMAZING), and the hush puppies (AMAZING). I highly recommend this restaurant!!
First time dining here...two couples getting together for a birthday celebration for one of our friends...Lucille was awesome & very helpful in choosing our courses...the whole team serving us did well...it was a busy Friday night but service was spot on & timely...we will definitely be back again.
Our first dinner at The Optimist was AWESOME! Our reservation was at 6:30 which was perfect for us on a Friday night. We both love fish and the chef did not disappoint-from oysters to tuna, swordfish to halibut, we couldn’t have had a more delicious meal! I also had the kale salad which is wonderful. We ended with the very best lemon pie-the crust along with lemon filling was heavenly. We look forward to many more meals at The Optimist!
Our server was perfect and the food was exactly what we wanted. They even brought me a oyster with a birthday candle as I was there celebrating with a friend!
What a superb meal. Amazingly fresh seafood, a modern menu and casual, approachable service. We had a wonderful time.
Amazing as always! Best oysters in the downtown Atlanta area!
We enjoyed a great dinner and theresa made it even better....grilled oysters are a must for those who do not enjoy raw ones...the lobster roll still ranks as the best ..
Wine list is great...swordfish is unusual and really delious.
Great time..great food...great service..