Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
We had a great experience at The Optimist. The oysters were very fresh and tasty. The crab soup and the gumbo were both fantastic. The hilight of the meal was probably the hush puppies. Definitely try the chocolate chess pie to cap off your night.
If you are looking for a great restaurant for relax with your friends and business partners, this is it.
My husband took me here for my birthday and it was perfect! Exceptional service, delicious food and trendy ambiance. So happy to hear you’re coming to our hometown - Nashville! ❤️
Excellent food, but service was slow (which our server acknowledged).
Wonderful evening and the service was excellent from the moment we arrived until the evening came to an end!
A very good restaurant. The oysters were quite tasty and good and cold.
In town for work and yelp led us here- could not have been better!!! Will make a point to eat here every time I’m in ATL! Great oyster selection and every one I ate was super clean, cold, and delicious.
We love Optimist. My only contention is the white wine list. I’m allergic to red so favor Chardonnay . The Optimist Chard list is... wanting. How about one or two big oaky Chards? We all don’t enjoy the trendy fruity blends.
The toast appetizer was delicious. The food is quite rich
Outstanding as always. My wife convinced me to try the octopus and it was delicious.
Service was very slow. We needed bread and drinks. So loud we could not hear. Food was too salty. Ive had better at this restaurant.
We went for my husband’s birthday! What a great experience. Food and service was outstanding. We will be back.
Everything we had was outstanding. Been many times and can’t wait to go back
The restaurant's interior is beautiful. The food is amazing and so fresh. We really enjoyed our meal here!
Food was delicious! Our server was fantastic. I just wished that our table could have been more private. It was our anniversary, which they acknowledged a few times. But our table was so close to the next table, it was hard to talk to each other.
I love the Optimist so much and have been so many times. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service always great. The noise can be on the loud depending on where you sit.
Always enjoy dining at The Optimist. My wife and I shared some perfectly fresh oysters, smoke fish dip, grilled octopus and the Redfish entree, which was exquisitely prepared. With one exception the hand crafted cocktails were awesome. I was, however, served what I considered to be the worst Manhattan possibly ever mixed. I was given a do over but it was only marginally better. Such a head scratcher? A slight blemish to really enjoyable evening.
Excellent food. Friendly perfect service. It was pretty cold temperature wise ... relatively close to your neighbor while eating
Awesome experience! Nothing we tried disappointed!
Very much a must go to for a fine night out for an special occasion. This place is pretty busy though at least on the weekend of my experience. But overall service and management was certainly attentive to everyone’s needs. Thanks for the dining!
Lovely restaurant, Excellent food and service. I had guest in town from the DC area and took them to the Optimist for dinner. They we so impressed! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely!
We were running a little late and called to say so, they front of the house were very kind about it. Leslie, our wait staff gave us a wonderful tour of the menu, and we can't wait to return.
This is my third time at this restaurant. It is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to in Atlanta. The fresh oysters are some of the best I’ve ever had and I live in Florida.
Outstanding creative menu items, great service and beautiful attention to details from beginning to end.
Jonathan was an awesome and attentive server and our food was fantastic. Get all the bread that The Optimist makes - the hush puppies, the rolls, the bread under the shrimp. The octopus too. It was all fantastic and the bartenders were awesome too. Great place for our tenth anniversary.
Beautiful ambiance,food was outstanding. Great find on Opentable. Will definitely visit again.
My birthday dinner was perfect! The seared scallops and halibut were superb! Would highly recommend The Optimist for any anniversary/date night/birthday occasion!
Wonderful birthday meal!
I have never had a bad meal at The Optimist. The service is always good, and the drinks and food are delicious. The octopus is wonderful and the lobster roll as well. I do wish they would bring back Ceviche as a starter.
Awesome place! Can’t wait to have one in Charlotte!
Great Lobster-go for the Lobster Roll or the Lobster Cobb Salad
Amazing food. The service was great. If you sit outside be prepared to be near the entrance and an outdoor area that can get a little loud. Sit inside if you prefer a quieter experience.
My wife and I had one of the best dining experiences here. Alissa was just delightful. Amazing recommendations. Stellar personality. Paced our meal perfectly, and knew when to give us time throughout our meal. This place had definitely become a favorite of ours!
Best Lobster Cobb I have ever had!
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Maybe it was the occasion. Marking my seventh year in my third marriage, but it mattered. And the Optimist lived up to its reputation. I swear this was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Smoked.Chowder. Wow. Put a little of the homemade hot sauce in from time to time for delicious kick. Oyster sampler and accoutrements. Perfect wood fired halibut. Just wow. Thank you for a great meal. .
First time. The waiter explained everything about the restaurant and menu, gave great recommendations. Oysters were amazing - oyster bar had at least 15 types of oysters. Loved the little waste and recycling attitude. Relaxed but prestine atmosphere - can come in shorts or dress up. Blueberry pudding cake was to die for. Octopus had the perfect combination of crunchy yet not. Calamari had perfect seasoning and was not greasy even though it was fried. Not from the area but would definitely go again if I had the chance. 5+ stars. Perfect for every occasion. A bit pricey but everything was very fresh and well worth it.
Rarely do I visit a restaurant more than once. From hundreds, maybe even thousands of restaurants to pick from in Atlanta, I always want to try a new (to me) restaurant. However, The Optimist, is definitely a "return" restaurant. I had halibut, husband had scallops, male friend had grouper and female friend had scallops. Side dishes were grilled vegetables and hushpuppies. Appetizer for each was SheCrab soup. All a delight! On my next visit I will again order the hushpuppies however without the powdered sugar. It was different and very tasty but my preference is plain or with jalapenos.
Amazing seafood, great service and attentive service. Celebrated a birthday. Upscale and trendy and relaxed at the same time.