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About The Optimist
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
Atlanta, GA 30318
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Abigail Pietrobon at email@example.com for special event information.
The Optimist Ratings and Reviews
Seafood was overall very fresh. Scallop entre - scallops slightly undercooked.
Lobster roll - fresh, refreshing; meat was slightly watery
Grilled octopus - excellent
Grilled broccolini - excellent
Sweet potatoes - good
Server - took time to listen to our food sensitivities; attentive
The food was amazing This was my second visit and it was great. I had the swordfish and my friends had the Mahi mahi and scallops. The chocolate crack pie was out of this world. We had a great time. The service was excellent. The noise level is quite high but can overlook based on the food
Average service just because of canceled reservation by the bar lady regardless arrival and check-in on right the reservation time. We were waiting for an hour at the bar for the table and after received email about that I didn't show - I approached the staff and after their apologies we were sitted in few seconds - all the rest service was perfect.
This is a nice restaurant with a somewhat limited number of entrees. If you don't like Crudo, the apps are limited too. Oysters were excellent and my Halibut was good, though small and naked on the plate (it's ala carte for $28). Smallish wine list, especially if you consider only white wines with your sea food. It's interesting, though short on mainstream choices if you're not feeling adventurous at these prices.
The Optimist provides excellent food and service. I took a colleague from Toronto and he was very impressed by both the seafood (we tried both the octopus and scallops) and the service. We both agreed it was the best meal we had had in quite some time. The service was attentive but not intrusive and very efficient. The restaurant operates like a well-oiled machine, with impeccable timing and graciousness. We also loved the valet parking service with the ability to pay at the table, including the tip for the attendants.
Always the first place on my mind when I come to Atlanta. For being a modern space they've made it cozy and intimate. Its great to go to a place that everyone there is passionate and fully invested in their roles. Hospitality is a lost art form but they've an old world sense of it here. Their raw oyster selection is unparalleled. This most recent trip I enjoyed the lobster roll, the scallop crudet. My tip for a couple is to sit and eat at bar. Its the most entertaining and very comfortable part of restaurant to dine from a people watching perspective.
Been to Optimist at least 3 times and every time I say I am not going back. It is for one reason . I cannot hear myself think it is so loud. Technically, it is not "loud" It is the acoustics. The acoustics are terrible. I cannot hear the waiter, I cannot hear my guests. Last time I went I had to text across the table so my guest could "hear" what I was asking. And it is not just me. My entire party always agrees with me. Food was good but again I do not think I will go back because you cannot hear any conversation at the table. Drives me crazy.
Attentive staff throughout this first visit, and they acknowledged this was my birthday celebration. We purchased the apple pie/rye ice cream dessert and a lit candle was placed on top. Enjoyed every dish, especially the Gulf shrimp cajun "sop" on thick toast found in the Starter menu.
This place is our personal favorite for Seafood in Atlanta. I love the Oysters, they do have a variety of options. The Octopus in the appetizer portion is definitely needed with it's crunchy and sweet taste. I could just eat an whole octopus. I've had the halibut here, it was a beautifully put plate to the eyes and works well with my taste buds. I devoured every part of this meal.
Nice but not good for parties over 4. We were crammed in seating for 4 and there were 5 in our party. 3 out of 5 of us are over 6'2". I sat in the walkway and was bumped a few times. Service was excellent, food was very good. Will return but only with small party.
Crazy good seafood in an energetic almost boisterous warehouse space. Food is beautifully prepared and presented. Oysters were briny and perfectly fresh. The selection was impressive. A grilled octopus appetizer was presented with the whimsical flavors of Chinese strip mall sweet n sour chicken, the acidity punched up by the lovely pickled vegetables accompaniment. Sea bass crudo was tiny and lovely with a garnish of pickled wild mushroom but the finger lime was awol. Still a delight. Star of the show was the duck fat poached swordfish served with short ribs. Yes that was not a typo. In my 40 years of devotion to eating well and exploring everything from fine dining to strip mall pho joints, I have never seen anything to match this dish for sheer imagination and flawless execution. If this dish were an Olympic gymnast, it would get the perfect 10. The Optimist gets a 9.8 overall. Next time I will ask for the finger limes!
This is a good restaurant, great starter with the rolls( awesome) very good appetizers (spicy shrimp and crispy oysters) but my main entree was a big let down, ordered the fish and chips and it was so so. The fish portion was huge but that was the problem, fish and chips are meant to be eating by hand so smaller pieces are much better than one big piece of fish that was the size of really big sandwich, had to use fork and the batter was thick and not crispy, almost corn dog style. Chips were way over cooked, just a bad experience with this dish. I will give them another try just to make sure it was just the dish, my wife had the kale salad and it was nothing special, Houston’s kale salad is much better.
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