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Date
Thu, 5/24
Time
9:30 PM

The Optimist

4.8
4145 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
The Oyster Bar opens at 3pm Saturday & Sundays
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Phone number
(404) 477-6260
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
8th Street
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Parking Details
$3 Valet service is offered through the Brady parking garage, located on property . Additional surface street parking is available through the neighborhood, as well as additional lots in the area.
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Special Events & Promotions
Please contact our Events Department at events@fordfry.com for special event information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 4145 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Love this restaurant - it's my go-to business lunch of choice. They never disappoint!!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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.
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was great and enjoyed the ambiance. Will return anytime.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As usual he had an amazing meal!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We were seated in the oyster bar and ther

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Tolles Seafood Restaurant. Riesige Auswahl an Austern, tolle Fischgerichte. Sehr netter Effektiver Service.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Always great one of our favorites great ambiance , food and service .. they got everything right at this restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great food!!our server was was knowledgeable and engaging. We will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

First visit and dinner was delicious. Has become my new favorite ATL restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Another fantastic meal at the Optimist! Delicious food, wonderful service, lively atmosphere!
The cocktails were fresh and delicious. Nice oyster selection.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went on Mother’s Day. First time they did brunch. Did not like menu although fish chowder was excellent and so was waitress

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great Mother's Day brunch!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was awesome.

Robert & Jane (Toronto, Canada)

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always fabulous. The food was every bit of what was expected and our server was terrific.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent service, fun and beautiful atmosphere, and incredible food! A little pricey but I highly recommend for a special occasion or date night!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Spectacular food and service! A one of a kind dining experience in Atlanta.

The Optimist just became my #1 restaurant in town!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The bread pudding is by far the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A great seafood restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Meka provided absolutely impeccable service and our meal was delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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...

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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