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The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
+1 404-477-6260
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“swordfish” (98 reviews)
“hush puppies” (96 reviews)
“oysters” (225 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went before enjoying a show at the fox. The food was good and the service was on point. We got the redfish, calamari, gumbo, grits, sprouts, and hush puppies. The hush puppies were the only thing we didn’t love. The powdered sugar on them...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank catherinec713
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I dined here with friends and had a great experience. I was especially impressed with the space and level of service from our server Leslie. She recommended the octopus and it was SO good. Definitely a great time and we’ll be back!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank See_Chris_jetset
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drinks and oysters were our reason for stopping by, but the manager came out to chat with us so we ended up having dinner - get the octopus! It’s so good! Staff and food are always good here. I just moved into an apartment close...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Harley E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow!!! From the minute we walked in the door, we were treated like VIP’s. My friends and I came to Atlanta for a 55th birthday celebration and someone recommended The Optimist for dinner. The atmosphere was welcoming with attention to detail. We didn’t have a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bonnielynmartin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although the restaurant was packed, we were seated promptly. Amy, our server, was excellent ! Our food was very good. Oysters were fresh, clean and delicious. Great place for atmosphere and date night.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CobaltConnection
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the crudos to the mains, seafood stands out here. Had a nice selection of oysters and calamari to start then totally enjoyed the mahi mahi main course.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BillTYankeesfan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great menu and modern setting, dined in the bar area. Loved the octopus and also had the grouper. Had to snap this pic of the Brussels sprouts side that looked like a Christmas wreath :) will return

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank msurane
Reviewed 11 November 2018

My husband and I ate here for the first time; we chose it because it was close to a venue we went to after dinner. The food, overall, was very good, although it is pricey. My husband had the octopus and really liked it. I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Debia M
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We hosted a corporate event for about 20 in the raw bar. The food was beyond delicious and the service was impeccable, The attention to detail made the event a huge success - and we were entertaining meeting planners!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Maria W
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing oysters. She crab soup was fantastic. Best halibut I have ever had. Reservations recommended

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lauren S
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2 December 2018|
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Response from Rorole2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. Check restaurant in case there is a change. You will love the food.
Grant S
30 August 2017|
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Response from chadavid | Reviewed this property |
Casual to business attire. Dress like you would, if you were going out for a night on the town.
Grant S
30 August 2017|
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Response from 1965Suisse | Reviewed this property |
I think you can pretty much go in anything. My crew was casual...that said, their casual is very presentable.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
    (8th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: +1 404-477-6260
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