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The Optimist - Nashville, Nashville, TN
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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The Optimist - Nashville

4.8
4.8
2055 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Optimist brings a menu of casual, wood-fired fare with a focus on sustainable seafood to Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. The Optimist transports landlocked Tennesseans coast side to experience super-fresh, sustainably sourced seafood from the region’s most responsible purveyors. As the sounds of coastal-inspired bands fill the air, each dish perfectly blends together classic and modern seafood favorites, while adventurous yet simple cocktails of the season and an extensive outdoor patio and “game” area help to complete the full experience.

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 709-3156

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas that can accommodate private events! Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests or up to 16 guests semi privately. The Optimist is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

  • Neighbourhood

    Germantown

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • New Years Eve $130.00 Five Course Pre Fixe Menu

    US$130.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Please join us for a delicious five-course prix fixe menu presented by our Chef team. The prix fixe menu is $135++ per person and will take the place of our regular menu for the evening.
  • Valentine's Day 120.00 Five Course Pre Fixe Menu

    US$120.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for a delicious five-course prix fixe menu presented by The Optimist Nashville's Chef team. The prix fixe menu is $120++ per person and will take the place of our regular menu for the evening.

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What 2,055 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. AV

    AshleyV

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm not aware of any good seafood restaurants in Nash, so this is a much needed welcome addition to the food scene here! Mahi was cooked perfectly, portion was just right (because who wants leftover fish...). Great wine selection. Next time I'll try the oysters. Excited to add this to my recommendations list.
  2. TI

    TIMK

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Optimist is everything a person could want in an upscale restaurant. The service is great from the beginning to the end. The atmosphere is very good and the best thing of course is the food. Everything we had was outstanding.
  3. C

    Caitiep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner! Earnest was our server and took really great care of us. Definitely one of the best meals you can find in Nashville!
  4. B

    Birthdaydiners

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fabulous evening with amazing food, wine and especially loved the oysters! We will be back often!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't say enough nice things about The Optimistic. My partner and I were out for our anniversary. Booked through Open Table and mentioned it was our anniversary. Usually restaurants don't mention it though so nothing was expected. Not only did each staff member which us a happy anniversary, but we were also given a free appetizer that wasn't on the menu and then added ice cream on the house with our dessert. The staff were lovely and the food was incredibly delicious. Not a single negative.
  6. JP

    JanetP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Not inexpensive but a great place for a date night. Parking is the only issue -neighborhood under construction and valet is $8.00 plus tip.
  7. a

    aubrecita

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable everything.
  8. C

    Caroline

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in Nashville in a while! Only bummer is that the cocktails took a while. But otherwise fantastic!
  9. G

    Goodfood

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great server offered great options and was very genuine
  10. NS

    NatalieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great! Our server Kevin was the absolute best! Staff was great at letting us know about Le Lou and all indoor activities.
  11. a

    alaing

    Nashville

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    L'Optimiste is a nice and fancy restaurant. Overall the food is good, not exceptional. We had appetizers and oysters and there were perfects. The fishes were well cooked but the portions are very small, and there is no side included. However, we were very disappointed by the desserts, which are too sweets and not really tasty.
  12. H

    Heidilou74

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here going on 4 times. Food has been spectacular each time. Love the atmosphere, service was good overall, although it took 8 minutes for a server to greet us which is quite long time and our drinks also took a long time. Each time our appetizers arrived before our drinks. Besides that, definitely recommend!!
  13. BL

    BarryL

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blake was an amazing server! Great dining experience!
  14. IS

    IgorS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The bread was phenomenal.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience, fabulous server and food. A bit pricey- but what isn’t these days?
  16. OC

    OlgaC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was outstanding.Our table was right by the plate up area of the kitchen. This created an energetic atmosphere watching a seamless display by the culinary team plate up delicious food to a very busy restaurant.The cocktails were amazing ,order the halibut and lobster burrata salad. Our server Brian Alexander was knowledgeable ,attentive,had a great sense of humor and conversationalist.I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant when in Nashville.
  17. SS

    SandyS

    Houston

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I would not recommend this restaurant. The worst octopus appetizer ever- chewy non flavorful. Theses people do not know how to cook seafood. My mistake- being from the coast and ordering from an inland restaurant
  18. CC

    CrystalC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is in my top 3 favorite restaurants in Nashville and last night was my first time going!!! #incredible
  19. N

    Nathanw

    Nashville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Zane is great! Everything was wonderful!
  20. MG

    MarkG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boom! Amazing food! The Mahi Mahi dish used some amazing flavors that came together perfectly. Great service as well.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal and dining experience. The bread was so delicious. The seafood chowder was smoky and tasty. The mani mani was delicious! And apple pudding topped off a fabulous meal!
  22. GL

    GaryL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was fantastic. Our server was one of the best I have ever had, a real pleasure. I wish I would have written his name down. I would absolutely recommend The Optimist
  23. B

    Brian

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. Our waiter was extremely knowledge and the recommendations were spot on. I am considering coming back again before we return home, which is saying a lot, considering all the amazing food in this city.
  24. MK

    MarthaK

    Nashville

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two birthday guests
  25. CP

    CharlesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding! Well worth the price. Get the hush puppies!!
  26. DM

    DavidM

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place to eat in Nashville! Service and food were great!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best waitress ever! Bright orange hair- can’t remember her name. She was fabulous!
  28. VS

    VirginiaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Waiter was good in the beginning then service went downhill.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at Michelin stars across the country and honestly felt everything was really overpriced
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soo good! We had oysters, chowder, scallops, lobster roll, wine, and Gelato and sorbet and it was all delicious 😋 we already have decided what we are going to get there the next time we go !
  31. JJ

    JoelJ

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was incredible. Our waiter was in the top 3 I’ve ever had in my life. And the food was just top notch. Highly recommend and I will definitely be back.
  32. SA

    SteveA

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in Nashville. And I’ve been here over 30 years.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a great experience at The Optimist. The seafood was fresh and flavorful and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The prices were higher than we usually spend, so I’d save this place for a very special date night out.
  34. RD

    RichD

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places for special occasions. The Optimist always delivers great food and service. Best rolls I've ever had.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were given menus with Happy Anniversary stamped, and the server brought us complimentary champagne to celebrate. Always a perfect experience here.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was my third time at Optimist over the past 3 years ( Nashville has great options). We took friends who are soon to marry and wanted to celebrate - Food was good, but heavy on sauce’s. We had 3 appetizers, each a fish dish and two sides. Plenty of food. But little details were missed. Received 3 rolls - there were 4 of us …. Servers attention was good not great. With wine, 2 cocktails and two Deserts - bill with tip was close to $500. Just ok overall. I know everything is more expensive these days but for that kind of money , I’ll go elsewhere
  37. f

    fishlover

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This visit was not as impressive as my first visit. The Halibut was a bit bland and there was no crab on the dish as the menu stated. The flounder was too buttery, but tasty. The scallops were good, medium size. The seating was awkward, a half booth with one side open so it was difficult to have conversation with four people. Overall the ambience is good but pretty noisy in the half booth. The waiter was knowledgable, fun, and attentive.
  38. LR

    LesleyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bryan was the BEST! Food and drink was amazing!!!
  39. BS

    BillS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood. Save room for the coconut pie!
  40. AS

    AlexS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and so was service. Would definitely recommended

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Optimist - Nashville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (615) 709-3156.

The Optimist - Nashville is rated 4.8 stars by 2055 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Optimist - Nashville

1400 Adams Street, Nashville, TN 37208

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Germantown

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (615) 709-3156

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas that can accommodate private events! Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests or up to 16 guests semi privately. The Optimist is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

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