Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
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
Everything about this restaurant was outstanding... from arrival to departure. Best grits side dish ever!!!
Its been a long time since I've been and GREAT to see the vybe, service, and food is still outstanding!
My fave restaurant. Hands down.
Food, drinks and service was Great!
had smoked fish chowder and gulf shrimp roll - chowder outstanding. a little pricey but very good. Service great venue cool.
Amazing staff, everytime we eat here the staff is friendly, informative and give off great vibes. Which is really important. Your waiter/ waitress can make the mood of a table fun and exciting or really bad. The drinks are fabulous and creative. The food is excellent from start to finish each time we eat here. Date night on Valentine’s Day, work group during apparel market week or just dinner anytime... the Optimist has always delivered and amazing meal, drinks and atmosphere. 🥂thank you
This was our first visit and it will not be the last. The service was outstanding from start finish. Th seafood fresh and well prepared. It was a home run. I can't wait until our next visit.
Chose The Optimist as an upscale dining choice for a birthday celebration, and it was superb. Wait staff took great care of us. Highly recommend, and we are very picky when it comes to exceptional dining.
We went to The Optimist as a family, including older children. The food was delicious, outstanding & friendly service. Nice children's menu. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Everything was great, My wife & I enjoyed our anniversary dinner.
Only one thing my coffee when I got "fresh brewed" wasn't hot.
I didn't complain but probably should have said something to the server (I know she would have replaced if I asked), but coffee should have been hot!!
Good place for business meetings and lunch with friends. Good, attentive service, pleasant staff, good food, but I do wish they would serve the fabulous shoestring French fries that were one of their signature dishes. I also wish they would rely less on cheese to flavor their food,
This was a great outing, I don't love the parking situation but as for the restaurant as a whole it is exceptional. The duck was absolutely to die for!! I above the ambiance or setting I love the food. I am never disappointed with this restaurant. Enjoy!
Excellent all around - fresh and exceptional food with a fun and interesting atmosphere.
Our server, Leslie, Was outstanding. What a great time.
Fish had very little flavor and scallops were rubbery. Unusual for this location as normally it is phenomenal- oysters still rocked!
Cool looking restaurant, fabulous food and drink, great service- can't wait to go back!
Great Food Great atmosphere Cool Setting
Fun Definitely a Gem of a place
Recommend to everyone !!
I (we) have been to the Optimist many times, in fact we considered it one of our favorites in Atlanta. Our experience last night could not have been more disappointing, so much so ... we will never go back. Service came with a smile, but was extraordinarily slow, inattentive, uninformed and uninterested, and the food was not bad but not great either. The oysters we received I don’t believe were what we ordered (not like there is a label on the shell), and the wine (by the glass) I again don’t think was what we ordered. Everything seemed off, as if there was significant staff turnover. Honestly, at the first sign of trouble I wish we had stopped, paid for whatever we might have received, and gone elsewhere. There are simply to many great restaurants in the Atlanta area to waste hundreds of dollars on one that at the end of the service you don’t feel delighted for the experience.
Disappointed. Not the same as before. Waiter tried hard, but talked too much. Food was boring. Lobster Roll was cold lobster on a stake role. Nothing special. Overpriced to say the least. Dropped $100 per person and all four of us came away disappointed. Nothing was worth what we spent. Not sure if we will ever go back.
It was delightful. Service was fantastic. A night to remember. Try the octopus.
The waitress was super friendly and made great recommendations!
Our meal was great! We went for Oyster Happy Hour and it did not disappoint!
I've been to the Optimist several times and the food during my most recent visit has been the best yet. Highly recommend for any occasion. Everything we ordered was fantastic.
Exceptional quality and freshness in every item we tried. JR was outstanding in his knowledge of the menu and his service was impeccable. We will gladly return for freshest and most tasty oysters and fish very soon. Can't forget the octopus it was scrumptious.
We were disappointed this time. y'all were out of the whole fish and the pairing of fish with fatty brisqut
was underwhelming. Apps were awesome unlike entrees. Service was decent. overall, not as fab as previous meals.
We will definitely go back! OUTSTANDING experience!
Spotless service. Great food. Yummy cocktails. I look forward to going back!
We didn’t love our table location given this was an anniversary dinner but everything else exceeded our expectations from the professional mixologist to the gourmet food!!
From the cocktails to the dessert, the experience was wonderful. Our waitress, Audrey, was incredibly knowledgeable and very personable. We look forward to returning!
Patrons were packed-in like sardines, much over- crowded and loud. An order of oysters was served twice (two orders instead of one). My friend ordered potatoes then changed his mind and ordered rice but the waiter brought both. My fish was overcooked and for some reason my salad was served with my main course, not before as it should have been.
This was my second visit. It was worse than the first and it will be my last.
Always a great experience at the Optimist!
Everything was amazing. Octopus was so tender and delicious. Oysters were great. Redfish and Lobster roll were amazing also. Ambiance is cool, very modern space.
The food was great. The service was great. We loved the fun atmosphere. We have told everyone how nice it was. We would go back again at any time. I don't remember the name of our server, but he was a male and he was great. He was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Our first time dining here but definitely not our last.
THE SERVICE. The car valet was great, quick, courteous, couldn't ask for better. The hostesses were warm and welcoming. The best part, our server, Audrey was fantastic. She was engaging, knowledgeable and out right fun. She knew the menu and helped guide us through the selections along with the wine pairings.
The raw oysters were great, there was a nice selection and the homemade oyster crackers were tasty.
The dinner rolls were outrageous. Warm and buttery with a hint of salt, almost a pretzel roll but so much more delicate and incredibly tasty. Definitely heart healthy but well worth the risk.
We move straight to rhe main course, both my wife and I had fish. I had the grouper and she the red fish. Both meals were well prepared, tasty and a nice sizes portion; not overly generous but not haughty small. We shared a side of fingerling potatoes and they too were delicious. (Note: do order a side as the meals are basically all la carte).
The place was nicely done; open, airy, and tastefully decorated. It's a bit loud, lots of energy, but not to the point that it overwhelms or stifles table conversation.
I highly recommend the Optimist.
We had a fantastic time here as usual. Everything was delicious. Make sure you save room for dessert.
It was fantastic! This was our second time there and it was even better than the first, which was great. Wonderful! This restaurant should be on the list for the best in the city.
Waitress - phenomenal. Management- phenomenal. Food - phenomenal.
The Optimist has great food and service. Everything was fresh, and the wait time was extremely short. Our server Amy was awesome. It was my wife's 40th and she couldn't stop praising the experience. I'm definitely looking forward to going again.
Loved it! Had a great time.
The service was great, but I felt that the prices were above average for the portions we received. I enjoyed this place in the past, but perhaps it was just an off night.