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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” (88 reviews)
“hush puppies” (89 reviews)
“oysters” (207 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
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Reviewed today via mobile

Ate here for the first time. The service was excellent. The waiter had an in depth understanding of the menu. The valet was excellent which is rare in Atlanta. You could actually here the people at your table and the atmosphere was great, not easy...More

Thank Ahg2
Reviewed 4 days ago

The optimist is a modern restaurant serving seafood. The menu changes based on what's fresh. The oyster selection is outstanding - 12 to 15 varieties of oysters. The service was a little casual but OK. Everything on the menu is ala carte - the side...More

Thank gpert
Reviewed 4 days ago

They make some pretty decent drinks here so you can sip on these while waiting for your food. The food is pretty darn good and you'll want to order too much because you want to sample it all. The bisque is amazing. The breads are...More

Thank Chia404
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Optimist was terrific - food, service, cool decor. Ordered a selection of fresh oysters - they offer a choice of about 12 different types of oysters. Delicious start to the meal. The Basmati fried rice and broccoli were perfect accompaniment to the Fluke -...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked our dinner reservations a week in advance but traffic had us running about 15 minutes late. When we arrived we were told we were too late and we’d have to wait an hour for a new table. We opted for the bar. There...More

1  Thank solevacationist
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been hoping to try this restaurant for a while, and it lived up to everything that I had hoped. There were 4 of us, and we all shared several starters as our meal. We loved that there was such a variety in style...More

Thank jack s
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was taken to the Optimist by my daughter and granddaughter to celebrate my 80th birthday. All of us are 'foodies' so this was the perfect place for us. Even a foodie can get a rush when presented with such a great variety of delicious...More

1  Thank 410mimi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Celebrated a birthday lunch with my sister and we enjoyed excellent service. The mussels in curry sauce and lobster Cobb salad were good but the grilled octopus and hushpuppies were outstanding! The octopus has a unique combination of sweetness combined with spicy pickled vegetables which...More

1  Thank jonathb5
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was very good, the menu interesting, but the noise level mad it difficult to have much of a conversation with my husband sitting opposite. Having music didn't help either. The food was good & nicely presented, but a little over salted for us...More

Thank helenjoanhall
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found the Optimist on Opentable and was fortunate to get a last minute table. With a name like Optimist I wasn't sure what to expect. It's a large comfortable eatery with outdoor dining that would be great for families with kids. Our waitress spent a...More

Thank Liz S
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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.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Jeep2k | Reviewed this property |
No, I wouldn't wear jeans and a T-shirt, but others might.
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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