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The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
+1 404-477-6260
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“swordfish” (86 reviews)
“hush puppies” (87 reviews)
“oysters” (199 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 pm - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
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Reviewed yesterday

Went there for a family gathering to celebrate a niece's birthday. We were a group of ten. The restaurant accommodated us very well. The service was attentive and efficient. Everyone in our party was raving about their food. We shared appetizers, oysters, mussels, and calamari....More

Thank traveller2Atlanta_GA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Optimist never disappoints. My wife and I came for my birthday and the service, food, and ambiance were excellent--as they always are. We started with the peel and eat shrimp, calamari, and crispy oysters. All of them were perfect. By the time our entrees...More

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I definitely enjoyed The Optimist. The atmosphere was impressive and upscale, yet relaxed enough to keep from being uptight and stuffy. The food was excellent as well... I had the swordfish which was paired well with mushrooms and onions. My wife had...More

Thank bcdicks
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed the Optomist before, but find it increasingly noisy and unpleasant. Then, we ate in the raw bar. Away from the cacophony of the main dining room a much more pleasant place for our meal. The raw bar tower of seafood was superb....More

Thank Jon B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have A Lot of fried food on the menu. No need to come back. Servings are small. Scallops were good. Shrimp a la plancha and Red grouper were good. Need to go out to dinner after eating dinner.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Concierge at the Four Seasons recommended Optimist and it was perfect. Very casual yet upscale décor with oyster bar and regular bar. Service was very knowledgeable and helpful as well as friendly. Fried oysters were very good. Swordfish poached and seared in duck fat was...More

1  Thank peter l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time here and pleasantly surprised with the fresh seafood and service. The appetizers were excellent with beautiful presentation. Lew our server was quite attentive and very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu. Highly recommend for a nice dinner. The management here is...More

Thank mountainflowers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific service, from the front of the house to the wait staff. The design of the place and ambience are top notch. And the food, well the food is impeccable. Overall a high end dining experience.

Thank AlexSem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were glad to have a 5:45 reservation booked a month in advance, as a seating for a group of 10 was tough before 9PM. Our table shared a number of appetizers and deviled eggs with fried oysters were the favorite. Pass on salads and...More

1  Thank EllenTravels2015
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Unless you live nearby, I strongly recommend NOT to go to this restaurant. First, my Eritrean taxi driver nearly drove me out of the state of Georgia before he realized his mistake. I had to guide him back and to the actual restaurant, as his...More

1  Thank Mer21maid
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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
USD 31 - USD 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
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, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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