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The Optimist - Nashville, Nashville, TN
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The Optimist - Nashville

4.8
4.8
1798 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

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.

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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 large parties. Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

  • Neighborhood

    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

    $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

    $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 1,798 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Nashville

    Most Booked

  • Nashville

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a friends 30th birthday and it was amazing!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Garth talks waaaay tooooo much. Co-ops the dining experience with his menu monologue. Ruins it.
  3. S

    Smith

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special touch - stamped our menus with “Happy Anniversary”. Our waiter Earnest was very attentive! The tuna poke and ceviche were so fresh and delicious. The whole flounder never disappoints. Delicious brownie dessert. Thanks for a great dining experience.
  4. SC

    ShirinC

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The food was not good and the service was very slow. And there was a huge leak being collected by a bucket next to our table.
  5. DD

    DaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We scheduled a layover JUST to eat Optimist, Nashville. From the appetizers, dinner and dessert, they were all AMAZING!!!!
  6. t

    tylorl

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Food, friendly waiters, great atmosphere. Will be back.
  7. B

    Bergie

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Oysters were amazing. Halibut was great. One criticism was that the swordfish was dry.
  8. CM

    ChrisM

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was excellent. So happy to have amazing seafood available in Nashville. The shrimp starter is a must. The halibut was so good. Our waiter Earnest was great and very knowledgeable answering our questions. All his suggestions were spot on.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aisha was our waitress and she was phenomenal. Great seafood and great cocktails
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food in Nashville! Plan ahead so you can get a reservation.
  11. ZT

    ZianT

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server recommendation were outstanding. The food was amazing.
  12. PA

    PatriciaA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming and stylish interior renovation of what I think is either a warehouse or factory. Stunning building. Service is friendly yet professional. Menu is outstanding. Favorites includefrom the Opportunity appetizer/first course chef’s choice of oysters, shrimp, ceviche, smoked fish dip,and tuna poke. It was delightful. Fresh hot roles***** and all of the entrees were amazing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The hostess was so incredibly rude when we arrived for our reservation. I can’t understand why someone in that role would be so inhospitable. Our server was great, food was good, but the hostess really brought the whole experience down a few notches.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my third visit to The Optimist and every meal has been outstanding! The service is stellar every visit.
  15. P

    Paige

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at the Optimist for a birthday celebration. I can’t rave enough about the food! Definitely a must for locals or visitors.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tuna tostada and shrimp and oyster gumbo was to die for. Cerviche and tuna poke were good but over priced for the small amount you receive! Good food but expensive.
  17. BB

    BBar

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  18. JM

    JessMarie

    Nashville

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! The service was impeccable!
  19. CS

    ChelseaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was phenomenal. We started with drinks upstairs at Le Loup (amazing) and then dinner. Our group had the scallops, halibut and swordfish - all were so, so good. We got appetizers of raw oysters, ceviche, and peel and eat shrimp (all of which were great). There was a mix up of tables where an order of steamed oysters were set on our table and we were told to eat them since they were set down - our friend who doesn’t like oysters tried them and loved them. Nothing bad to say about this place at all. We will be back.
  20. LA

    LorenA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, the waiter was attentive but not overbearing. We had the oysters gulf shrimp, mahi mahi and sword fish - fresh and delicious. We sat out side - so enjoyable, fans provided a cool breeze for a night in June.
  21. L

    Littlegem

    Nashville

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We loved everything til the entree. My halibut in parchment was horrifically undercooked. My husband wood plank grilled fish came in some liquid, almost soup like. But those issues aside, we enjoyed. Not much of a desert menu. But we might go back. I’ll say well done on the fish.
  22. DW

    DianeW

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters. Exceptional service. Lived up to its reputation as a foodie place.
  23. VL

    VirginiaL

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Server was nice , super friendly. But drinks and oysters came out really slow. And we never got the beans we ordered- not sure if we were charged or not. Like the atmosphere and food was really good. Coconut pie delicious.
  24. L

    Logan

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Really enjoyed the service and atmosphere as well
  25. LT

    LoriT

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!! Food is excellent! Best seafood in Nashville! The service is amazing! I have some dietary issues and every time we go, the server has a print out of my issues and everyone is very attentive to that! My favorite restaurant!!
  26. AL

    AbbyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The expansive yet cozy atmosphere, amazing food and cocktails and friendly, knowledgeable staff made this the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. We will definitely be back!
  27. B

    Blackwell

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fresh and delicious, the staff was so friendly, great customer service. Pepper was our waitress and was amazing.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch service from our waiter. The bread was amazing. The wine and dinner was incredible. I will come back to try another entree in the future! The atmosphere was 10/10
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was absolutely exceptional with our drink choices arguably being the best we have had in Nashville. Our waiter Garth was kind and informative making the overall dining experience a great one. Overall I would highly recommend.
  30. MZ

    MeredithZ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drinks, food and service were fantastic. My only complaint is the music is too loud (which is mentioned a lot on the reviews). The cocktail bar on the second floor also blew us away. I've seen no mention of it anywhere and they're the best "art of the cocktail" bar I've been to in Nashville. Go have a drink before or after dinner. Can't wait to go back!
  31. MG

    MotherGrace

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great option besides steak and potatoes- which is what we typically gravitate towards! The waiter was knowledgeable, host station was friendly, and food was great!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. the staff was very friendly.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The optimist always seems to be “backed up”, this marks the third time I haven’t been sat within 20 minutes of my reservation time. I’m this instance I had booked outdoor seating and was told the patio was too backed up to accommodate even though there were open tables. On the food front, the Optimist has creative dishes but has a lacking wine list.
  34. P

    Paul

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    If you are from a coastal state and used to high quality seafood you will find the Optimist largely hit and miss, and probably over-priced. Some dishes like the halibut are high quality and done very nicely. Others, like the Octopus, lack the freshness and skilled preparation to make them worth getting. The place is big, and feels somewhat like a factory with how many people it's able to serve at once. That might not be everyone's cup of tea. The waiter service was good and what you might expect for such a popular and big place. One negative with the service, though, was that we were seated for our anniversary, which we informed them of in advance, near a wet floor sign that served to cordon off as small area of the dining room. I guess some sort of repair work was being done. Not exactly what I was hoping I'd have to look at all evening, especially given the special occasion. Occasion or no, though, for what it costs to eat there, really no one should have to look at something like that. All in all, given the amount of options in Nashville, I doubt I will eat there again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside, it was so nice! Food was amazing!!
  36. o

    obispo

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    delicious entrees and an adventurous wine list. the buttered dinner rolls are not to be missed.
  37. VP

    VeronicaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food and server were great. Food coming from the kitchen was slow, but I will definitely come back.
  38. M

    Michelle

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Ambience is wonderful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as expected. Great food. Great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 1798 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
Google Map for The Optimist - Nashville

1400 Adams Street Nashville, TN 37208

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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 large parties. Our Captain's Room can seat up to 10 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 30 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Angela Clover: (888) 812-3997

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