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The Optimist

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Atlanta
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  • Sarah T.
    Sarah Tavernese1 week ago
    Loveeeeeeeee hehe
  • Christine H.
    Christine Ha2 weeks ago
    Oysters on the half shell & lobster roll. Bustling trendy vibe. Focused on seafood 🐙🦀
  • Paolo B.
    Paolo BaroneOctober 20, 2017
    This is a great place! Excellent food, excellent service, a real gem.
  • Dan A.
    Dan AntonSeptember 16, 2017
    Amazing Food. I like it.
  • C H.
    C HSeptember 9, 2017
    Whole GA shrimp is really good. Else is just soso.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeJuly 26, 2017
    🍤 a la plancha. It really is messy. It really is worth it.
  • Dolores L.
    Dolores LoudermilkJuly 20, 2017
    Great oyster selection. Interior is a bit sterile and already dated with now ubiquitous tile work.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GorlickJuly 5, 2017
    Incredible seafood
  • Rita L.
    Rita LJune 26, 2017
    oyster and fries!
  • Mike t.
    Mike the ElderMay 14, 2017
    Smoked fish chowder & the she crab soup are delicious. Seafood plateaux is fresh & fantastic. Swordfish in duck fat and short rib. Don't forget to order a side of hushpuppies. Great wine election.
  • Neal J.
    Neal JainApril 26, 2017
    We had three kinds of oysters, which were really fresh, the whole fish (branzino), shrimp a la plancha and crispy Spanish octopus. Sides - hush puppies and the broccoli/spring onion. Excellent!
  • Ted M.
    Ted MApril 23, 2017
    Great place for lunch, go somewhere else for dinner. Food was adequate, beer was warm and extremely overpriced, the service was outstanding, which kept it from spoiling the evening.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BellaApril 20, 2017
    The octopus appetizer and She crab soup, the best. Great wine selection too.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LikosMarch 17, 2017
    Great atmosphere, great service, really great food. Loved the kale salad, the scallops and the oysters.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth Mathew StevkoFebruary 23, 2017
    Lobster Roll is a must.
  • Kentonye
    KentonyeJanuary 21, 2017
    Oysters, salmon toast and Brussels sprouts are mandatory. Don't sleep on the hush puppies.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisDecember 6, 2016
    The bread, mussels, and poke are all amazing!
  • Randall L.
    Randall LeathOctober 1, 2016
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere!
  • The Flight G.
    The Flight GoddessSeptember 23, 2016
    Drinks n oysters
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeSeptember 11, 2016
    The place itself is stunning. Went for happy hour and loved the chef's choice oyster selection.
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.September 6, 2016
    If you just want oysters, i'd recommend coming during happy hour and getting the chef's choice where he picks 13 for $13. The oysters are absolutely delicious so you'll probably want another round...
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  • Tilsit M.
    Tilsit MOAugust 14, 2016
    Hush puppies are amazing!
  • jon t.
    jon toacheJuly 15, 2016
    Gumbo is killer!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeJune 27, 2016
    Absolute best. Must get the octopus!
  • Ted M.
    Ted MJune 4, 2016
    Beer, good food and excellent service.
  • Jan R.
    Jan RyniewiczMay 27, 2016
    Great food! The ambiance and mood are great too. A must-go in ATL
  • Isro ..
    Isro ...May 22, 2016
    Giving this place 11 out of 10. Food, drinks and customer service are on point.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BlechmanApril 22, 2016
    Octopus was awesome and loved the scallops.
  • Ricardo V.
    Ricardo ValdesApril 20, 2016
    I loved the oysters. The lobster roll was packed with meat. Fresh, awesome and very good wine list without being too overwhelming
  • Eater
    EaterApril 15, 2016
    Come for the seafood, stay for the apple cider doughnuts at dessert. They're served with a cinnamon sugar swirl and salted caramel ice cream. Read more
  • Jill G.
    Jill GrossoFebruary 26, 2016
    Amazing cocktails
  • Calyx G.
    Calyx GarciaFebruary 22, 2016
    The Ceviche was awesome!
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerJanuary 21, 2016
    Best swordfish I've ever had.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan ConwellJanuary 15, 2016
    Everything! Fried oysters, Caesar Salad, Mahi, Cioppino, all amazing! The atmosphere was full of energy and amazement. Service, spot on! Make a reservation. We will be going back!
  • Max C.
    Max CollinsJanuary 1, 2016
    The Optimist is my new favorite restaurant. Their head chef is a contestant on Top Chef. I would recommend this to anyone.
  • Samir G.
    Samir GillaniDecember 27, 2015
    Hands down the best restaurant in Atlanta! Get the She Crab Soup, Peel and Eat GA Shrimp (messy but worth it!), the duck fat swordfish (holy it's good!), and fish & chips (huge!). Valet is only $3.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FisherNovember 10, 2015
    All the seafood I had was amazing. Never had octopus before but now I know it's delicious. Large groups are served family style.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleOctober 19, 2015
    If you walked out without trying the charred octopus, dear reader, you should consider an about face and march back to this seafood gem.
  • Anchi C.
    Anchi COctober 15, 2015
    The best place and most delicious !!!
  • Laurissa
    LaurissaOctober 14, 2015
    Everything I've had here is good!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightOctober 2, 2015
    Fantastic seafood and the atmosphere has a youthful, fun vibe. I recommend the swordfish (if available) and a side of hush puppies.
  • Drew N.
    Drew NysOctober 1, 2015
    The oysters are awesome. They arrange them on the platter from east coast to west coast. Super cool.
  • Olivia F.
    Olivia FabbroAugust 21, 2015
    good atmosphere- delicious kale salad, good mussels, she-crab soup was ok but boring, swordfish was bad. Hush puppies are to die for! But something left my stomach feeling weird
  • Brookes S.
    Brookes StephensAugust 14, 2015
    All of it is good. Basmati Fried rice and Chowder fries are nice wrinkle
  • TJ
    TJAugust 5, 2015
    Fresh seafood. Great service. Drinks are good too. Definitely a place I will return & try other menu items.
  • David M.
    David MonteroAugust 5, 2015
    Everything was delicious. The octopus, shrimps, oysters, the fish poached in duck fat, even the dessert. This is a must to visit in Atlanta
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 3, 2015
    The clam roll, mussels, kale salad, oysters, seafood gumbo,and scallops. Everything was fresh and delicious. Fantastic! My best meal in Atlanta. The atmosphere is definitely trendy, hip and modern
  • Tracy B.
    Tracy BressonJuly 25, 2015
    Best place I've ever eaten at.
  • Monica Z.
    Monica ZarateJuly 17, 2015
    Surprise, the opti burger is one of the best burgers in atl! And the key lime pie is perfect.
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissJuly 15, 2015
    They have a fantastic oyster menu - the Tatamagouche are wonderful!. Try them! If you don't have a reservation, they have full service at the bar. The bartenders are friendly and attentive.
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