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The Optimist

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
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  • 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.
  • Danny C.
    Danny CzeczilNovember 21, 2013
    The triggerfish was the best thing ive ever put in my mouth....finish the meal off with salted carmel ice cream and you're on cloud 9
  • Tim H.
    Tim HMarch 22, 2013
    Incredible seafood restaurant! Even if you're an oyster noob, the staff is very noob-friendly and gives great suggestions, so try it!! Great for lunch, gotta try the lobster roll!! Excellent flavors
  • Calvin H.
    Calvin HersomMay 21, 2013
    If you have a hard time deciding between fish, try the halibut! Both crispy and moist at the same
  • Paige F.
    Paige FarrowApril 23, 2013
    For lunch: tuna Niçoise salad lightly dressed is so good
  • Kia P.
    Kia PalmerFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Delamotte champagne and raw oysters. Yummm!!
  • Uchien U.
    Uchien UchienFebruary 16, 2015
    You have to dress up lol
  • Cody M.
    Cody MooreNovember 14, 2014
    Tried raw oysters for the first time here, found a new favorite food. Much better than fried. Hush puppies are a must, and give the broccoli with crispy shallots a try, delish!
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    One of CL's 100 dishes to eat before you die, the Hot Buttered Rum includes actual butter (and rum, of course). Who puts butter in cocktails?! These guys. Read more
  • Steve J.
    Steve JonesNovember 23, 2014
    The Grouper is excellent, as are the Brussels sprouts and peel-and-eat shrimp.
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Sunday, June 1 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival - Breakfast prepared by Ford Fry and the chefs from five of Atlanta’s top restaurants. Be there. Read more
  • Jenni L.
    Jenni LoveridgeJuly 10, 2013
    Great lunch menu! Try the caramel salt ice cream for dessert. Yummmm!
  • 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
  • Michael K.
    Michael KogonOctober 6, 2013
    Over seasoned food to make up for poor provisioning by Chef - who happens to have a terrible attitude. If you go, stay outside, eat oysters, wine and enjoy music.
  • Jennifer U.
    Jennifer Uff.May 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best meals I've ever had in my life: I had the seared tuna with octopus and potato salad -- out of this world good.
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    Whole Georgia White Shrimp: The menu rightly calls this saucy heap “messy but worth it.” Fingers and forks work in tandem to deliver each meaty, buttery, spicy bite. Read more
  • Matt N.
    Matt NOctober 9, 2013
    The shrimp toast that comes with the she crab soup is everything. The soup is great (very salty) but has no crab meat in it :(. Wommmp wommmp
  • Mark F.
    Mark FrankJanuary 4, 2013
    Tasty lobster roll at lunch
  • Isro ..
    Isro ...May 22, 2016
    Giving this place 11 out of 10. Food, drinks and customer service are on point.
  • Demi B.
    Demi BlackOctober 15, 2014
    If you're lucky enough, you must do in at this incredible oyster bar! Pickle point & east beach blonde oysters! And you gotta have the halibut!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeWittMay 20, 2014
    You can get the brown sugar cake with ANY ice cream. Try it with salted caramel or Chris Kelner's fave, sour cream ice cream.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Thanks to this spot, there's a solid place to go for a carefully curated oyster selection so fresh you'd think you lived on the water. Pair them with a crisp glass of craft beer. Read more
  • TJ
    TJAugust 5, 2015
    Fresh seafood. Great service. Drinks are good too. Definitely a place I will return & try other menu items.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BianchiFebruary 21, 2015
    Great wine selection.
  • Marty S.
    Marty StylesAugust 21, 2014
    Try the blackened fish sandwich with hushpuppies
  • Jill G.
    Jill GrossoFebruary 26, 2016
    Amazing cocktails
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PatilloDecember 22, 2014
    Wonderful lunch destination!
  • Sidney Madison P.
    Sidney Madison PrescottMay 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best fish house in Atlanta! Why aren't you here yet? ;)
  • ALESHA B.
    ALESHA BELLNovember 12, 2013
    The best desert is the upside down apply pie w/cinnamon ice cream
  • Tatiana D.
    Tatiana DorochinaSeptember 15, 2013
    The octopus app is pleasing in so many ways. A little spicey, a little pickles and a lot of smokey char-ey octoppussy:)
  • Kim G.
    Kim GnattFebruary 17, 2013
    Lobster roll, French Malbec and the octopus at the bar - fantastic
  • Rachel
    RachelAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You're not a true Atlantan unless you try out this new spot. Enjoy the casual side; enjoy fresh oysters and raw bar, punch of the day, play some putt put & feel like you've just left the beach.
  • Lori H.
    Lori HarrisSeptember 14, 2013
    Get the fried long beans and hush puppies! But.... everything is amazing
  • Annie G.
    Annie GreenAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Say yes to east coast oysters.
  • Rachel
    RachelAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place and guaranteed every time you get your check you'll say.. Whoops!!
  • G J.
    G JMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the The Cutty Shark
  • Sonja R.
    Sonja RamosJune 29, 2014
    Great food!
  • Randall L.
    Randall LeathOctober 1, 2016
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere!
  • Victor M.
    Victor MarshallJune 29, 2014
    Not a fan.
  • Kentonye
    KentonyeJanuary 21
    Oysters, salmon toast and Brussels sprouts are mandatory. Don't sleep on the hush puppies.
  • Chana L.
    Chana LeiaApril 9, 2013
    The hush puppies were so good I couldn't stand it. I barely see the point in living without them.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MurdockFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the trigger fish and the duck fat poached swordfish
  • 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
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LewisAugust 16, 2013
    A must try.. Amazing atmosphere
  • G J.
    G JMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Corn Milk Hushpuppies, Beignet Style - Omg
  • 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
    Upvoted May 13
  • Tracy B.
    Tracy BressonJuly 25, 2015
    Best place I've ever eaten at.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisDecember 6, 2016
    The bread, mussels, and poke are all amazing!
  • Charlsie 🍡
    Charlsie 🍡August 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the charred octopus and wash it down with the mother of pearl cocktail. If you can't get a table, sit at the bar. The seats move quickly!
  • ALESHA B.
    ALESHA BELLNovember 12, 2013
    New England Haddock, Hush Puppies, Fried Oysters, Brussel Sprouts, and She Crab soup -delicious meal!
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