The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. My daughter had the whole bronzing in a citrus...sauce, also very good, and I had the groper which I thought was excellent. Only second to the soup itself. We had the most wonderful early Sunday dinner on the patio to celebrate my husband’s birthday with family and friends. We just had a great evening. The only thing was disappointing part of this salad was that there was too much dressing. The food was carefully done and everything was delicious. I will probably return to this seafood resturant again.More, Valentine’s Dinner at the Optimist. But, it was a nice night. Here you can order good chardonnay, bourbon or draft beer. No delivery fee on your first order. The meal was fabulous.

Do not go away without trying mouthwatering grilled octopus, fried oysters and grilled swordfish. The Optimist Menu. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Copyright © 2020 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved. Two of us had the lobster roll- it was very good but I wouldnt do it again- too much roll and not quite enough lobster= you know, I think I am spoiled from having a lot of lobster rolls in Maine where the lobster overflows and is so juicy and sweet- shouldn't really have ordered it.. The food is really good but it is not a beautiful place.. Staff is friendly. Would be nice if the music was turned down a bit. Excellent naming/marketing strategy :) The ambiance is very cool. ("Only five. Our road trip started in Atlanta, with the outstanding Miller Union, via the best restaurants in Savannah, Charleston, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Albuquerque, and finished in Atlanta with the exceptional The Optimist. Service was fine, nothing special, which I suppose I expected more. FLOUNDER, salsa verde, lemon, sea salt / 32. Friendly and efficient service with great menu advice from the server who paid lots of attention to the diners. We had a wonderful time celebrating my husband’s birthday! Service & staff were very friendly. The service, menu, and atmosphere was amazing. The skin was on and burnt to a nice crispy bite. The Optimist, Atlanta: See 943 unbiased reviews of The Optimist, rated 4.5 of 5 on Tripadvisor and ranked #33 of 3,923 restaurants in Atlanta.

We sat outside to enjoy the fresh air, and even though a pop-up rain shower hit, we were safe under the canopy. One item I do remember is another diner and myself shared a larger seafood stew and the kitchen automatically served it on two plates. We came from Charlotte to Atlanta to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was a trip worth taking. Service & staff were very friendly. Very socially distanced and accommodating for dine in, so we were pleased off the bat. The ambiance is nice, but it...is loud. STRIPER, spring peas, old bay, crab ragout / 33. I had the scallops, which were lovely, and a side of blue corn grits. From the bread rolls to the halibut we had a great meal! Only second to the soup itself. We were beautifully taken care of from start to finish- with suggestions, warmth and efficiency- wish I remembered her name. is loud. Great experience overall. Due to the pandemic, we chose to eat outside. The chicken dish was perfect- lightly sauced and the meat plump and not dry ( hard with a chicken breast)- My she crab soup was rich but not over rich and the portion was easily split for two of us to have more than enough- the salad was truly crisp and we loved the dressing. size. We can’t wait to go back! Highlights included the snapper crudo, hush puppies, tomato salad, and beau soleil oysters. As for the octopus, we absolutely loved the sauce, probably the best I've had around Atlanta! The oysters were fresh and tasty. Crispy potato salad, chorizo, herbs and creme fraiche. If I come back to Atlanta, I’d come again.More, The meal was overall very good. And they were fresh and tasty! Parking in this area is limited (street parking or valet for $3), so plan ahead. The "sopping bread" at the end is up there with some of the best stuff I've ever eaten. sauce, also very good, and I had the groper which I thought was excellent. I've never ate a lobster roll I didn't like and the optimist doesn't disappoint! It is a nice and quite place to have a peaceful dinner. Many things ordered that everyone seemed to enjoy. The bad would be a VERY bad selection on desert(3 items).
("Only five. Try anything on the menu and be adventurous. Most guests point out that the decor is divine.

Amazing place my husband and I love dining here! It can get loud because it is all wide open and the sun shined in bright right on our table and there werent any window shades. more. Could have used one or two more.")

The table also ordered the hush puppies which are delicious- almost like dessert. The vinegar on the chips is very subtle and a perfect balance. We'll be back! Our waiter Greg was absolutely fantastic (5 stars)!!! Hotels with Military Discounts in Atlanta, Hotels near Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Hotels near National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Hotels near College Football Hall of Fame, Hotels near (ATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport, BBQ Restaurants for Large Groups in Atlanta, Middle Eastern Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Atlanta, Restaurants for Special Occasions in Atlanta, Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Atlanta, American Restaurants for Families in Perimeter Center.
Don't know if they are exactly as good as this one- but given my experience here, I would try them out wherever they turn up. The seafood all tastes fresh and the atmosphere makes for a perfect date night." Disappointed to say the least. Just spectacular food for foodies and folks who deserve a treat every now and again....More, We had a wonderful experience at The Optimist! The atmosphere is upscale casual & the wait staff was knowledgeable & friendly! I’ve eaten food all over the world, and I would rank the scallops in the top 5 best I’ve ever had. You will love the food. Some visitors recommend delicious chocolate frappe, lemon juice or house punch at The Optimist.

Our meals both evenings were delicious and...everyone at our tables agreed. Nice!More. They were dusted with sugar and came with a side of butter. We enjoyed the Spanish octopus and Duck Fat poached, 914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518. Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided, Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers, Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking. The open ceiling meant the ambient noise was so loud we often couldn’t hear each other! The meal was fabulous. The restaurant has high ceilings, a beautiful bar that has library-like shelves, and big windows that let in loads of natural sunlight. Can a vegetarian person get a good meal at this restaurant? It was the perfect place to celebrate my father's 75th birthday! We shared a lobster cobb salad.

Learn more. It was good- but not in the same class as what I have had in Maine Everything on the menu looked too good. OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services. You will love the food. We really enjoyed the oysters, scallops, and mahi mahi. The Optimist didn't disappoint!! We were lucky enough to have the delightful Portia as our server,...More. ***posting this review from February My boyfriend made a lunch reservation for us on Valentine's day so we came here to celebrate. Don't know if they are exactly as good as this one- but given my experience here, I would try them out wherever they turn up. Service was friendly and professional. Pancetta and cippollini onions. From fresh oysters from the Alabama coast and Maine sea scallops to whole roasted Georgia trout, guests enjoy high-quality, sustainable seafood from the country’s best suppliers.

It was a lovely evening to sit outside - which made this visit more enjoyable overall due to the COVID environment. "Sopping" toast, arbol chile butter, lime (messy, but worth it!). There are better options in the city for the money. Highly recommend. We had a great meal and our server, Alex, was awesome! Top shelf! Continue your visit to www.tripadvisor.co.nz, We enjoyed the Spanish octopus and Duck Fat poached, 914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518.

Service was friendly and professional. Nice! We had a large group which they accommodated and we loved everything we tried! Best octopus I have ever eaten anywhere and scallops were perfectly cooked with nicely matched accompanying veggies. Service was friendly and attentive. Be prepared for a large tab, but it's very much worth it! In the midst of the pandemic they maintained all of the proper protocols ensuring each guest was comfortable in the environment. We had a large group which they accommodated and we loved everything we tried! I will probably return to this seafood resturant again. I was not sure I would enjoy the octopus, but was very pleasantly surprised. The sides are served family style & entree portions are just right! Both evenings The Optimist was hopping with no empty tables and no intimate tables of two. Service was fine, nothing special, which I suppose I expected more. We’ll be back soon to make statement true! Delicious meal, nice ambiance, excellent service.

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