Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
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
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.
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!
The food was great however price is too high for the amount of food orovived.
The service started off slow but the leadership team immediately jumped in and delivered service that surpassed expectations. The food was good too!
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!
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!
way overpriced，small portion
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
Always amazing food every time. Great service and nice ambiance.
First time visit. Very impressed with menu offerings and quality of food. Heartily recommend for special occasions, which was the basis for my visit.
Food was good. Waiter was new, but management assistance gave us wanted we needed.
Great atmosphere, fantastic service, and delicious food. It's a win-win! I would highly recommend!
excellent excellent !! best lobster roll south of Maine !!
The best meal I’ve had in a long time. Our server Sean was exceptional!
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
Sides were amazing, the redfish was very good, the mahi mahi was somewhat bland, and the wine was delicious
Lucille was exceptionally knowledgeable of her cuisines, herbs and spices. Loved it!!
The service was fantastic the waiter did a great job explaining the menu to us the soups were delicious and the fish was fantasist.
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!
The Optimist never disappoints. The food is delicious (DINNER ROLLS!)!! The food always exceeds my expectations!
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.
Too pricey for cost and limited food options. Just not my taste.
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."
Never disappointed with The Optimist. Amazing over and over.
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.
Always good food. Friendly staff and excellent service.
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.
Excellent service and great food. Nice wine selection and at a reasonable price. Will definitely make this a regular stop when visiting Atlanta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All it was cracked up to be! Definitely going back!
We had a fabulous dinner. It could not have been better! The food and atmosphere are excellent.
Amazing as always
Great restaurant . Leslie is a fantastic , ask for her tables
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.
Good food, great atmosphere. Fresh seafood
Absolutely worth every penny. Amazing service and good. We will definitely be back.
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!