Oh... and if you are not a seafood person, we LOVE meat too! No worries, be optimistic! :) ...Ford Fry
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
The Optimist will be featuring a four course pre fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Coker with wine pairings selected by Eduardo Porto Carreiro.
This will be the only menu featured this evening, with a la carte options available in our oyster bar.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
This amazing experience is always perfect!! We are so lucky that we can often visit the city and when we do, this is our preferred dinner choice. The staff always makes you feel so comfortable. The drinks are made by a masterful mixologist. The chefs always provide each dish as awesome as could possibly be presented! Flavors are tastebud popping! The cost is high but fully worth every dollar! Highly recommended!
excellent excellent !! best lobster roll south of Maine !!
The best meal I’ve had in a long time. Our server Sean was exceptional!
Other than the restaurant stating I didn’t make my reservation... it was a nice experience. They went above and beyond to acknowledge the special occasion I did notes in the reservation
Sides were amazing, the redfish was very good, the mahi mahi was somewhat bland, and the wine was delicious
Lucille was exceptionally knowledgeable of her cuisines, herbs and spices. Loved it!!
The service was fantastic the waiter did a great job explaining the menu to us the soups were delicious and the fish was fantasist.
Made it a very special birthday for my gf—was as if everyone in the restaurant knew it was her day and gave her best wishes. Great experience, we will definitely be back!
The Optimist never disappoints. The food is delicious (DINNER ROLLS!)!! The food always exceeds my expectations!
I was so looking forward to going here. What a disappointment!
The service was rude and slow. If the food had been good I could have overlooked that.
Neither one of us liked it, almost not edible. Very loud. Wish we hadn't gone. Don't waste
your time and money.
Too pricey for cost and limited food options. Just not my taste.
The best seafood I have ever had. Great location. Love the openness of the dining room. Highly recommend the "hush puppies, swordfish & the opti old fashion."
Never disappointed with The Optimist. Amazing over and over.
The food is excellent along with the service. Highly recommend giving it a shot. Just enough food to enjoy without being stuffed. So much flavor in the dishes.
Always good food. Friendly staff and excellent service.
The dinner was very good. The service was terrific. The portions for the price were very small -- especially since you have to order sides separately. Wine prices are also high. I had 4 scallops, brussels sprouts and two glasses of wine for something like $86 with tip. It was very good. But just more than I would pay on a normal evening for dinner.
Excellent service and great food. Nice wine selection and at a reasonable price. Will definitely make this a regular stop when visiting Atlanta.
Went with family for special occasion, and our experience was heightened by our server, Eli, a true joy and great addition to the delicious meal we enjoyed.
Very nice experience.
Food was great although I liked my date’s grouper more than my swordfish.
Waiter was excellent - attentive and willing to talk us through the menu.
Individual presenting our wine educated us in a friendly way on our wine choices and told a fun anecdotal story of the winery that provided our choice of wine.
Neat atmosphere. A little too close to our neighbors for my taste - but I think that is more of a personal preference.
Everything here is delicous, from the rolls to the entrees to the special mocktail that our server asked the bartender to create for me. I love the cool vibe of this place, the great energy coming from the diners who were obviously enjoying their meals and having a great time. Our server, Topher, was knowledgeable about every aspect of the dining experience, recommending both outstanding wine to my dining companion and entrees for both of us. He was efficient and friendly and added to the wonderful dining experience.
We loved this restaurant- great oyster selection, the me u changes daily, everything is fresh. The branding was the best I’ve ever had, and we loved the side dish options as well. Great food, friendly and knowledgeable service. It is loud and busy, so not for a super cozy date, but great for fun and people watching. The seating isn’t elegant either but it was fine for us. We’ll be back.
All it was cracked up to be! Definitely going back!
We had a fabulous dinner. It could not have been better! The food and atmosphere are excellent.
Amazing as always
Great restaurant . Leslie is a fantastic , ask for her tables
Wonderful atmosphere. Delicious food. It was hard to make a decision on what to order but our waiter was really great and knowledgeable. The rolls were to die for. I would recommend highly.
Good food, great atmosphere. Fresh seafood
Absolutely worth every penny. Amazing service and good. We will definitely be back.
As always, we had a great meal and experience at The Optimist. The service was outstanding. The grouper and the brussel sprouts we're amazing and of course the rolls are to die for!
Great experience for my anniversary and the food was phenomenal. Highly recommend.
Excellent Birthday dinner experience!
The oysters and grilled octopus was amazing.
I'm a true New York City Foodie. The food was some of the best I've EVER had. Totally unique combinations of spice and ingredients. The smoked fish chowder was fabulous. I've never had smoked fish in a soup and it worked. The shrimp "la plancha" appetizer was so delicious we kept dunking our bread into the remaining sauce. Has a good kick -- messy and worth every bit. The branzino was one of the best version I had. The hush puppies side was like having dessert and a meal at once. Phenomenal mushrooms. Service outstanding. Ambiance eclectic, casual and fun.
Great experience overall! Food was delicious. And Eli did such a nice job that our experience was even further enhanced. Would recommend to anyone living in or visiting ATL.
Great experience with great customer service.
Probably the best meal I’ve had in Atlanta. Everything from appetizers to dessert was AMAZING!
Amazing food! Excellent oysters. I love this place!!
Just lovely. A little pricey but warm, competent staff and clear concern with getting it right and providing a positive experience. Great seafood.
Food was great. Our server was amazing and the overall first time experience was worth what I paid for my wife to enjoy her birthday.