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The Optimist

4.8
3895 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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 3895 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
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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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Great food and great service.

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tuairman (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The service was excellent and food top notch!

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DMandNM (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food. Will go again, for sure. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was my first visit and I was very pleased. I will be back soon. The food was delicious. I enjoyed myself for my lunch meeting.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

My husband & I enjoyed our dinner.

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Ernest 
5.0  Dined 5 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 5 days ago

Excellent service and appetizers were all superb

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 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 6 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 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 days ago

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

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