The Optimist

4.7
4732 reviews
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Seafood
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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

The Optimist will be featuring a four course pre fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Coker with wine pairings selected by Eduardo Porto Carreiro.

This will be the only menu featured this evening, with a la carte options available in our oyster bar.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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FW
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat out often. Rarely do we encounter a waitperson who actually listens to what we say and anticipates what we want. Carolyn was just such a person and is our best waitperson of the past 3 months. When told we didn’t need help selecting a wine because we know wines and know what we like, she took no offense. Instead, she offered us the reserve wine list, which we didn’t know was offered at this restaurant. She steered us toward a perfect Chenin Blanc to accompany our seafood chowder. It was a perfect pairing. Our 3 courses, of soup, appetizers and entrees, were paced appropriately so there was a little but not too much wait between courses. She was friendly and engaging, but not intrusive. She’s well trained, smart and everything you’d want in a waitperson. The kitchen also was on point, with perfectly crispy on on the outside, succulent oysters, that tasted of the ocean. A perfect, relaxing evening, which left us satiated and to return. Thank you.

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AV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed the setting of the The Optimist, service wasn’t the absolute best (not very tentative) however our reservation was for 10pm so there’s room for error. Food was great, portions were good, and will likely return in the future!

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great however price is too high for the amount of food orovived.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service started off slow but the leadership team immediately jumped in and delivered service that surpassed expectations. The food was good too!

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SJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality food that never disappoints. Incredible menu, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. You are missing out on a top Atlanta restaurant if you haven't been to the Optimist yet!

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SE
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This amazing experience is always perfect!! We are so lucky that we can often visit the city and when we do, this is our preferred dinner choice. The staff always makes you feel so comfortable. The drinks are made by a masterful mixologist. The chefs always provide each dish as awesome as could possibly be presented! Flavors are tastebud popping! The cost is high but fully worth every dollar! Highly recommended!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

way overpriced,small portion

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f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wish there was a 4.5. Food and service was really good and would def go back but I wouldn’t give 5 stars. 4.5 stars. Cocktail menu could use some diversity

Beets salad was superb
Gumbo was good
Whole branzino was good

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food every time. Great service and nice ambiance.

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HR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Very impressed with menu offerings and quality of food. Heartily recommend for special occasions, which was the basis for my visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Waiter was new, but management assistance gave us wanted we needed.

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BV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic service, and delicious food. It's a win-win! I would highly recommend!

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RO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent excellent !! best lobster roll south of Maine !!

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SS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I’ve had in a long time. Our server Sean was exceptional!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Other than the restaurant stating I didn’t make my reservation... it was a nice experience. They went above and beyond to acknowledge the special occasion I did notes in the reservation

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sides were amazing, the redfish was very good, the mahi mahi was somewhat bland, and the wine was delicious

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucille was exceptionally knowledgeable of her cuisines, herbs and spices. Loved it!!

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CO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic the waiter did a great job explaining the menu to us the soups were delicious and the fish was fantasist.

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MB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made it a very special birthday for my gf—was as if everyone in the restaurant knew it was her day and gave her best wishes. Great experience, we will definitely be back!

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CF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Optimist never disappoints. The food is delicious (DINNER ROLLS!)!! The food always exceeds my expectations!

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was so looking forward to going here. What a disappointment!
The service was rude and slow. If the food had been good I could have overlooked that.
Neither one of us liked it, almost not edible. Very loud. Wish we hadn't gone. Don't waste
your time and money.

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Too pricey for cost and limited food options. Just not my taste.

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l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood I have ever had. Great location. Love the openness of the dining room. Highly recommend the "hush puppies, swordfish & the opti old fashion."

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with The Optimist. Amazing over and over.

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NN
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent along with the service. Highly recommend giving it a shot. Just enough food to enjoy without being stuffed. So much flavor in the dishes.

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MM
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food. Friendly staff and excellent service.

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BE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The dinner was very good. The service was terrific. The portions for the price were very small -- especially since you have to order sides separately. Wine prices are also high. I had 4 scallops, brussels sprouts and two glasses of wine for something like $86 with tip. It was very good. But just more than I would pay on a normal evening for dinner.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Nice wine selection and at a reasonable price. Will definitely make this a regular stop when visiting Atlanta.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with family for special occasion, and our experience was heightened by our server, Eli, a true joy and great addition to the delicious meal we enjoyed.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience.

Food was great although I liked my date’s grouper more than my swordfish.

Waiter was excellent - attentive and willing to talk us through the menu.

Individual presenting our wine educated us in a friendly way on our wine choices and told a fun anecdotal story of the winery that provided our choice of wine.

Neat atmosphere. A little too close to our neighbors for my taste - but I think that is more of a personal preference.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is delicous, from the rolls to the entrees to the special mocktail that our server asked the bartender to create for me. I love the cool vibe of this place, the great energy coming from the diners who were obviously enjoying their meals and having a great time. Our server, Topher, was knowledgeable about every aspect of the dining experience, recommending both outstanding wine to my dining companion and entrees for both of us. He was efficient and friendly and added to the wonderful dining experience.

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MB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this restaurant- great oyster selection, the me u changes daily, everything is fresh. The branding was the best I’ve ever had, and we loved the side dish options as well. Great food, friendly and knowledgeable service. It is loud and busy, so not for a super cozy date, but great for fun and people watching. The seating isn’t elegant either but it was fine for us. We’ll be back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All it was cracked up to be! Definitely going back!

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A
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. It could not have been better! The food and atmosphere are excellent.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant . Leslie is a fantastic , ask for her tables

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NG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Delicious food. It was hard to make a decision on what to order but our waiter was really great and knowledgeable. The rolls were to die for. I would recommend highly.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, great atmosphere. Fresh seafood

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely worth every penny. Amazing service and good. We will definitely be back.

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Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, we had a great meal and experience at The Optimist. The service was outstanding. The grouper and the brussel sprouts we're amazing and of course the rolls are to die for!

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