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We always love our visits to Ford Fry restaurants and the Optimist didn't disappoint.
Only go for oysters, scallops, and the drinks. Wouldn’t recommend Anything else
Fantastic waiter, great food
Everything was wonderful. I especially appreciated how the Optimist has their tables organized for social distancing. Instead of big red X marks or table tents that display that a table is not available, they have simply removed extra tables. For a few delightful hours, I was able to enjoy a wonderful, safe environment with amazing service and incredible food. Thank you The Optimist!
Food was amazing. I had the Kale Salad, scallops and hush puppies. It was our anniversary so the water (Bryce) brought us 2 glasses of complimentary champagne.
We can’t wait to return.
Everything at the Optimist is amazing. The drinks, the food, the service are all great. In the era of covid, I felt they did a good job of keeping everyone safe. The tables were separated and everyone wore masks. The Spanish Octopus app is next world. Even the burger is the best burger ive had. Went two days in a row it was so good. Valet is cheap, $3
We are excited that we are moving much closer to The Optimist and will be able to enjoy it more frequently!
If you want excellent seafood - The Optimist is the best in the Atlanta Metro Area.
The food is awesome, as is the service!!!
The food and customer service is excellent! Highly recommend, the lobster roll.
The food was fantastic. Our service was also very good. The oysters were cold and fresh - some of the best we've ever had. We highly recommend this resaurant and will visit again.
Every dish executed near perfection. Oysters were clean and fresh.
Our waiter was PERFECTION -
Always a home run! Love how spaced out the tables are right now. Respect.
First time eating out since early March, but chose the Optimist as our first experience. We booked at 5pm and were lucky that the dining room was virtually empty until about 6pm make us feel very safe. The food was excellent as usual and the staff took all the precautions necessary. The dining room is well spaced out and a minimum of 6’ between tables, more if they’re not too busy.
Daniel was our server and he was helpful, funny, and fast. He suggested his favorites and kept our drinks coming. The staff was friendly and made my friends bday a success!
Food was good. The service was horrific.
The people we encountered were very accommodating. Thanks for the great service.
Do yourself a favor and save room for the ice cream - best ever!
Excellent! I strongly recommend the shrimp a la plancha.
Frequent diner of the Ford Frye restaurants in Atlanta. Party of 3, first night out since pandemic in 3+ months. Friday night 91:5pm reservation. First and foremost this is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta, period end of statement. Service was not up to par or as usually expected at Optimist. Oysters came out first. Had to request table settings. Whole Haddock was decent yet not much flavor. Just felt rushed throughout dinner. Our waiter was running around a good bit with limited seating due to covid procedures. We had to call on him several times for water and additional ordering. Michael did his best. It was just not what I expected for service for a table of 3. Nonetheless I tipped accordingly and gave the server the benefit of the doubt. When you spend several hundred dollars for a party of 3, you expect to have an experience and service that exceeds other restaurants in the area. Thus the reason I chose and recommend this restaurant. Ive highly suggested The Optimist to friends, family, and for my business meetings. ALL of them came away from the experience as raving fans. This was at, best average service. The food overall is what’s expected from Optimist, very very good and consistent.
I will definitely return yet the service needs polishing a little.
Great service and thankful to see the precautions in place to keep the staff and guests safe and healthy. The food was as good as always, so glad to be back!
Great food as always. They are taking extra steps to be sure everything is following cdc guidelines for COVID. We really enjoyed our dinner. Thanks!
Great food - loved the oyster selection. Seafood was delicious and fresh.
Great service from Jonathan- a great evening.
Food is quite good, but really too expensive for what it is. That being said, nobody walked away hungry. The service is fantastic!
From the way they greet you when you come in the door, to the hospitality of the server and the food quality itself, The Optimist never disappoints. Highly professional, high attention to detail, exquisite cocktails, delicious food, friendly and attentive service...The Optimist is one of our favorite restaurants and we work definitely be back!
The atmosphere is awesome and the service top notch. The food has always been above excellent!