The Optimist

4.8
6857 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. The ever-changing menu features high-quality, sustainable seafood masterfully paired with fresh, local ingredients. From sophisticated, daily-catch dishes to crudos and beachside classics, chef-owner Ford Fry’s the Optimist transports guests to their favorite coastal haunts.

Support The Optimist during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Ring in the New Year with The Optimist!

    $115.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    To celebrate the New Year we are excited to offer a special four course menu from Chef Brian Horn, priced at $85 per person. Available wine Pairings from our amazing beverage team are sure to be the perfect accompaniment, only an additional $35.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6857 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food, will definitely come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

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RobK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were sat behind the bar. You feel isolated and not part of the scene.

We had 8 pm reservations & the restaurant was out of 2 of their main dishes.

The waiter was lovely.

Not sure I’m running back to eat there again.

Not horrible. Just not memorable.

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vipadmchs
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and well timed. The gumbo was spicy good. Always a good choice

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, server was attentive but not over bearing. She was friendly and knowledgeable. Liked the tasting notes for the wines and descriptions on the oyster menu. What impressed us most was the server stopped by to check on our entrees she immediately noticed a side dish was missing and quickly retrieved it. Interesting venue!

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Elise
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service at The Optimist, as always! We really enjoyed the roasted oysters in addition to our usual favorites.

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Jsv11
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were phenomenal. The service was impeccable. There’s literally nothing negative to say b/c it was a perfect night!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic from the appetizers to dessert. Best seafood in Atlanta!

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RunaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious, service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Also, the best oysters in town.
The optimist has never disappointed our guests in town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration for my niece and I. She tried oysters for the first time and loved them! Wonderful food, cocktails and dessert. Thank you for a great experience as always.

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PaulM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a unique dining experience with well developed, if slightly diminutive dishes. The staff was very cordial and knowledgeable. It’s a special restaurant, and certainly priced accordingly.

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NathanielP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best restaurants that Atlanta has to offer if you enjoy seafood.

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vipDidon
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Most of the appetizer dishes was way too salty.

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KalaH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was just okay. Oysters and kale salad were good, but everything else was poor quality. Portions were small, and especially for the price. We have never had fish entrees this small. Wanted desert but had a basic desert menu. We left unsatisfied and wanting a good meal.

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SteveS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Had the spicy kale salad, octopus and red fish for entree. I wish I knew the servers name, but she was awesome and very patient with us. Everyone I encountered was nice.

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vipKindone
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful in every way

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PedroS
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente service, very good food

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Kris
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Well thought out flavor combinations. Excellent cocktails and wine selection. Fresh seafood. A little loud inside, due to voices echoing around.

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RickyH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was amazing and service was outstanding.

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James
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Optimist is one of our favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The seafood is unmatched, and the drinks, ambiance, service, and overall experience, is outstanding. It does get more expensive when you order sides and appetizers, but I do recommend it for date nights and special occasions. If you’re going, make sure to get the mussels as an appetizer (and ask for some extra rolls to go with it!).

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience from the food to the server. Nicest staff I’ve encountered in some time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve had in a while!! The halibut was incredible. I already booked our next reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish! Can’t wait to return.

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vipAGDBG
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal, great service, fun atmosphere. If you want amazing oysters and delightful fish, this is one of the best available

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manderson001
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great variety of tasty oysters!

The mains; Maine Lobster, Sword fish, and Chicken were well prepared and tasty!

Service was attentive and engaged.

Only call out, streetlights were bright in the front room.

Overall, a great experience!

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PaulM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Can get a little noisy as there's nothing to dampen the sound bouncing around the large dining room. Portions of fish are on the small side but the flavor is wonderful!

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MatthewM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Seafood spot in Atlanta. Great place for date night

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Arlene
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Good food.
Location not so good. Parking was atrocious but thankfully one of the attendants was a dream and helped us tremendously

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and my waitress was on point

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SuperC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and incredibly delicious food. Worth the money for a special night out!

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vipMicheleB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Shrimp was overcooked and very tough. Octopus had a pungent smell (perhaps old). Wine was 14 or more a glass. Definitely better food and drinks for the price elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were sorely disappointed in the Optimist. We will not come back, and we will not recommend it. The service was lacking. We waited 20 minutes to be seen by our server again after we finished eating oysters to place our order. Additionally, he did not refill wine glasses or water glasses - we had to serve ourselves our wine due to his inattentiveness. He told us he would “be right back” but did not return for 10 minutes. Also, another staff member told us she would search for a standing wine cooler, but never came back. We were seated at a small two-top and did not have enough room on our table for both wine and dishes. Moreover, the portion sizes cannot justify the high price paid for entrees that do not include sides. I am frustrated and disappointed we spent so much money on entrees that were small, and to be completely honest, nothing special. Atlanta has much better dining venues that offer better service, value, and taste. We wish we had left like other diners who left before they were even able to place an order because, like us, they had unacceptable bad service for a restaurant of this stature.

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JimmyK
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out at the Optimist. This place never fails to impress. Our server, Jonathan, was ridiculous awesome. When I'm in the ATL I ALWAYS make a rez here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12/10 recommend! Top 3 best restaurants in Atlanta! Food was divine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server picked the perfect bottle of wine for us!

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vipOTPfoodie
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Always exceptional. Every bite and drink is pleasure packed.

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LaurieA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and the waiter was fine. What was absolutely horrible was parking. The valet service lost the keys to my vehicle. I go back home without my vehicle and an hour after I left they advise that my keys were found by another customer and that they had been in a different customers’s vehicle. They offered to drive my vehicle to my house and then proceeded to call back and said they couldn’t drive my vehicle to my house. I ended up having to go back to the restaurant to get my vehicle. This was supposed to be my birthday celebration so probably one of the worst I’ve had.

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vipBobby
Naples
111 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the dishes we had were very flavorful. They always have a great selection of fresh oysters and Dona great job describing each type to help you select the ones you want to try. The braised greens side and the shishito peppers side were both outstanding.

FAQs

The Optimist offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 477-6260.

The Optimist is rated 4.8 stars by 6857 OpenTable diners.

The Optimist does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ccp.mobileappsuite.com/kiosk/purchase_gift_card/b/411.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.