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The Optimist

4.8
3891 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist is simply "The Hamptons meets The South." We are passionate about sourcing sustainable seafood and preparing it in classic ways. We're not reinventing the wheel -- just perfectly roasting "farm," fish and shellfish over Georgia hickory. Menu items range from the most authentic seafood gumbo with "pot luck" garlic bread to Maine lobster rolls, Gulf grouper with smoky spring Vidalias, and an ever changing selection of super fresh East and West coast oysters. The cool irony is that we have adapted a historic country ham aging "house" into an amazing space of comfort and escape through inspirations of coastal surf culture.

Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation

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
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Phone number
(404) 477-6260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th Street
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Parking details
$3 Valet service is offered through the Brady parking garage, located on property . Additional surface street parking is available through the neighborhood, as well as additional lots in the area.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our Events Department at events@fordfry.com for special event information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 3891 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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tuairman (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined a day ago

The service was excellent and food top notch!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

My husband & I enjoyed our dinner.

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Ernest 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Hands down the absolute best dining experience I have ever had!!! Food was amazing and service was excellent! They made us feel like king and queen that night! I recommend everyone to go try out Optimist and you will definitely be back once you go once!!! Thank you Optimist for making this evening ever so special!!!

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vipAgaz (Miami)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service and appetizers were all superb

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent experience all the way around, a little pricey but the execution is flawless. Wish I could eat here more regularly

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LeahC 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This is my 4th time at the Optimist, and I have yet to find ONE bad thing to say about the place. The service was impeccable, the seafood was VERY fresh and delicious, the small plates were creative and satisfying, and the cocktail selection complemented the small plate perfectly. I would recommend this place again and again! Never disappoints.

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David 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great sea-food. Amazing oysters. Endless whine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

I have eaten here before and had a great experience. This was not the case on this visit. We arrived early for our reservation and were able to get seated right away which was really nice. Our waitress had 17 things to discuss with us even before we gave her our drink order. No one at the table could hear her and she kept using phrases that no one understood. The oysters were AMAZING and the best part of the night. Each of our entree's were okay but not worth of the price tag.....lacked good flavor and the fish seemed to be overcooked. The waitress kept rushing us all night to order and was at our table every couple of minutes. Even when she checked on us, she would leave empty plates and glasses. The service was poor and the food was weak for the price. I might go back for the oysters but that might be it.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The calamari was divine and so was almost everything else on the menu. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the oysters we could select from and you would really be missing out if you didn't have an oyster or two.. or three. The place is very trendy and the atmosphere makes the restaurant that much better. It is perfect for any casual or fancy event. The lobster roll was one of the best I've had and do not forget to grab a dessert before you part!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service, and sophisticated yet cozy ambiance. I felt like I was in another city in this restaurant. I can't wait to come back for more!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food, loud setting! Not good for intimate dates.

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Ski2 (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was well prepared but from a rather poor selections of fish (mostly farm raised and/or lower priced selections) sold at very high prices. No privacy from others, with tables for couples lined up about 12" apart from each other. Unless you are lucky with seating, expect to hear your neighbors conversations. On the plus side, wine choices were good and service was attentive.

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LeeL 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Brought my family of ten in to eat on Friday. Eli our server was incredibly friendly helpful and attentive, as was the management team. The food is out of this world good. Freshest seafood I have had in a restaurant. All the plates were well thought out and executed with finesse. I would highly recommend the optimist to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent dining experience as always

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Awesome Valentine’s Day experience for my wife and me. All good top quality, super tasty and creative. Service is prompt, courteous and seems like the staff really cares! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This was an anniversary dinner and the restaurant took excellent care of us throughout the evening. Oysters, mussels, and main dishes were all some of the best food we’ve ever had in Atlanta. We had an exceptional server but our one complaint was related to the timing of our meal; oysters and mussels served at the same time and our mains and desserts came out at a much slower pace. We would definitely return and recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Been to The Optimist many times, usually very good, inventive dishes. Wife and I thought food was a little "off" from usual, perhaps chefs tired from Valentine's the night before. Service great and desk honored request for quieter table behind the bar. This is a real good restaurant

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The Optimist doesn’t disappoint!! I’ve been there on several occasions and it is always excellent! J.R. was an excellent server...he gave us great suggestions! The octopus was surprisingly good :)

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service. Always consistent.

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vipScottieo (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and great service. We will come again!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My 1st visit was on Valentine's Day and I was unaware that there was a special menu. So I was unable to stay and we missed our Valentine's Day dinner. However I had an opportunity to visit again and thanks to the management team and their workers and staff I've visit was wonderful I couldn't have asked for anything better.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine day

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wish we had a more secluded table, could hardly hear each other

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife to The Optimist for Valentines Day. First time in my life that I have ever paid $300 plus tab for dinner for two. Food was mediocre and overpriced. Glad to pay up for great food but frustrating to pay that much for chewy lobster. No interest in returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Loved our Valentine’s Day dinner ! Ryan our waitress was excellent! She had great suggestions and times are meal perfectly!

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Bar tender was knowledgeable on the wine selection. Great time.

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SwatiP (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was awesome but very busy and crowded.....noisy place.....
Good price and would highly recommend for food

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hookemhorns (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I loved everything about this place! The she crab soup was heavenly, the lobster roll was ridiculously good and the hushpuppies are some of the best I've ever had. The service was also spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while great raw oyster selection good wine selection and amazing food

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5stardiner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Its always a pleasure to return to the Optimist. The food is always exceptional and the service was top notch, A most enjoyable evening.

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