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The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
+1 404-477-6260
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“swordfish” (80 reviews)
“hush puppies” (80 reviews)
“oysters” (187 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place really rocks. The food we had from the gumbo to the octopus appetizer or the scallops or even the trout were all wonderful. I haven't even started about the bar area and the cocktails the bartenders serve. Phenomenal libations and really clever concoctions....More

Thank regent7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Optimist went above and beyond to make sure my birthday was something special. Fresh food and great ambiance!

Thank AngelCarey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our table enjoyed various salads. Fish and Chips, Whole Fish and lobster roll. Knowledgeable and attentive service. Good drink and wine list. We will be back.

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow the food was good.Restaurant is beautiful. Great service. Must eat while in Atlanta. Pricey look at menu before you go.Everything was beautifully displayed and all the flavors just blended so very well.It's a little gem in Atlanta that I would definitely recommend for a...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancé and I saw reviews of this place and myself being a big fan of seafood and modern eatery had to explore. Very unusual location but the building itself was quite an eye catcher. It was an old warehouse converted into the swanky restaurant....More

Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh oysters and creatively cooked octopus. We saw extra virgin olive oil ice cream on the desert menu, our waiter said it's from their associate bakery and worth trying. We were skeptical so ended up ordering something else. He brought us a generous scoop to...More

Thank Angela Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow the food was good. I had the hush puppies (between funnel cake and southern hush puppies) "simple salad" and halibut. Upside down cake was excellent (I don't even like dessert and it was good) Restaurant is beautiful. Great service. Must eat while in Atlanta....More

Thank Meko
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place last week. I had a reservation, although I did not need one. Seating was prompt & the waitress was attentive but not overbearing. They serve delicious rolls pre-meal. I started with the lobster bisque which was over-powered by the sherry &...More

Thank Vera T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu at The Optimist changes daily as well as seasonally. The seafood is sustainably sourced and the produce locally sourced. The restaurant also features a large raw bar and a lengthy wine and beer list as well as a seasonal cocktail list. The restaurant...More

Thank jgbeach47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went Fathers Day weekend. Oh my. Everything was just divine. The tuna poke was extraordinary. I could have just eaten that and left a happy customer. We had oyster and fish dishes with flavors sublime!! The entire staff - with the exception of one bartender-...More

Thank Dabstoo
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12 March 2017|
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Response from kp7236 | Reviewed this property |
No but it's a very upscale place. Very trendy
Patricia G
3 March 2017|
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Response from kp7236 | Reviewed this property |
Valet is best option
10 September 2016|
Response from Monie G | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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