Love this restaurant - it's my go-to business lunch of choice. They never disappoint!!
One of my "go to" places but food quality has become sketchy. Soups are awesome. Had the fish and chips and it had too much batter and the batter was mushy. Could not finish it. My companion had scallops and they were great. The place is a bit loud, even when not busy, so be prepared. Lack of validated parking is also a downer.
As always, The Optimist was every bit the Atlanta gem we love. Fresh seasonal menu, good drink selection, chic urban industrial environment, and always sure to have a few unique takes on dishes that you're hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Best dining experience I’ve had in Atlanta. The food is fresh, the ambience perfect and the service paced perfectly for impressing clients.
Carolyn, our server, is a true professional and very impressive.
Everything was wonderful from the service, to the food and the ambiance. I frequently come to this restaurant with my friends and always highly recommend to anyone in the neighborhood or visiting.
The service was great and enjoyed the ambiance. Will return anytime.
Loved the atmosphere and style. Menu had an incredible selection. Oyster choices were phenomenal and loved the ordering form. Fantastic, attentive service. Seafood was so fresh and deliciously prepared. Can't wait to go back!
Loved it! First time in Atlanta and this restaurant was the perfect restaurant to visit. If you love seafood go here! Also other bothers and joints to go to after in walking distance.
Wonderful Birthday meal for my loving wife. Eli waited on us and was great. She offered suggestions and dialog about the entire menu. My daughter asked about something but pivoted to another option. Sensing her demise, Eli brought both for the sampling. Great touch to start a sensational meal ending in a candle topped dessert. We'll be back soon!
As usual he had an amazing meal!
We were seated in the oyster bar and ther
Went to The Optimist to celebrate a friends birthday. The service was amazing from start to finish. Our server was patient with us, explained the menu and gave great recommendations. The food was wonderful, I wish I had room to eat more. We will for sure return.
Tolles Seafood Restaurant. Riesige Auswahl an Austern, tolle Fischgerichte. Sehr netter Effektiver Service.
Always great one of our favorites great ambiance , food and service .. they got everything right at this restaurant
I met a friend at The Optimist for drinks and lunch. The menu is changed daily and had a variety of food, mainly seafood. The service was good and the food was excellent. We shared an appetizer and I enjoyed a salad with calamari while my friend enjoyed the blacked salmon sandwich. The waitress paced the drinks and courses and we were able to catch-up and enjoy lunch without being rushed. I recommend The Optimist for the attentive service, quality of food, and the causal, yet comfortable atmosphere.
Great food!!our server was was knowledgeable and engaging. We will definitely be back
First visit and dinner was delicious. Has become my new favorite ATL restaurant.
Everything about the Optimist is great - bar, restaurant, food, service and atmosphere. We ordered various types of raw oysters at the bar as we arrived about an hour before our reservation time - a great start to the evning. The redfish on a bed of carolina gold rice ($34) and the fish and chips ($25) were both outstanding. We'll do it again soon.
Another fantastic meal at the Optimist! Delicious food, wonderful service, lively atmosphere!
The cocktails were fresh and delicious. Nice oyster selection.
Went on Mother’s Day. First time they did brunch. Did not like menu although fish chowder was excellent and so was waitress
Great Mother's Day brunch!!!
Food was excellent, waiter was friendly , everything you could want in a nice dinner out. I had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone wanting to have a great dinner.
The food was awesome.
Robert & Jane (Toronto, Canada)
Always fabulous. The food was every bit of what was expected and our server was terrific.
My husband and I have been numerous times. This place never disappoints. We’re from Maine, grew up on the best seafood and The Optimist is right up there on the top of the list!
Excellent service, fun and beautiful atmosphere, and incredible food! A little pricey but I highly recommend for a special occasion or date night!
The Optimist has become my favorite restaurant--- Seafood selections are the best in Atlanta, service is first class (Sarah was an excellent waitress), management (Ray, Paul and Gabriel) is most friendly and hospitable . Everything is up scale. You will like this place.
Spectacular food and service! A one of a kind dining experience in Atlanta.
The Optimist just became my #1 restaurant in town!
The bread pudding is by far the best I have ever had.
Hostess was attentive to get us in before our reservation as we had 9pm reservation. Food was superb and timely. They forgot to bring out their famous salted rolls and we had to ask. Otherwise great night.
A great seafood restaurant!!!
Just playing good everything. The food, service and ambiance make it a great place for seafood. We started with the fried oyster and octopus appetizers to share. Most got the black grouper and one got the snapper. All were delicious and even better when paired with a nice Greek wine from Santorini.
The Optimist is known as one of Atlanta’s best restaurants. It surely didn’t disappoint.
This was for my wife and I. It was our 3rd anniversary dinner. We were pleased the entire time especially our server she was just AMAZING! I will be highly recommending this restaurant to all of my friends.
Meka provided absolutely impeccable service and our meal was delicious.
Nice restaurant. I liked the food but there was a few items listed in the menu that were not available.
I did not like the Tuna tartare.
But the roasted oyster o the ship were excellent.
The main fish was perfectly grilled.
The food was amazing. A variety of fish dishes. Best fish I've ever had. The sides held their own too. The carrots were so tender and the rice was very flavorful. The waiter was very attentive. It was one if the best meals I've had in awhile.
Service was outstanding and the food was even better. Each of us was very happy with every course of the meal. Very knowledgeable and personable server...
The service was good until the end when our server disappeared. Also he rang up two optifashioned cocktails instead of one opti and one house old fashioned. Not sure if there’s a price difference but seemed like he was trying to overcharge or was careless. We both had the fish and chips and were very underwhelmed. Breading was thick and hard on the outside and gooey inside. I didn’t even eat half of mine and got a refund. Fries are pointless. Taste like strips of sponge with salt. And why mess up hush puppies with powdered sugar? Keep it simple, if you can’t do the basics well, why would I try any of the expensive plates? The she crab soup was good and the oysters were good.
Overall it was worth a try but I wouldn’t bother going back.