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The Optimist

#13 of 3,265 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518 (8th Street)
+1 404-477-6260
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Montreal, Canada
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147 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant with a few group colleagues and found it to be excellent. I had a special monkfish dish that was superb. The scallop crude was superb as well. The service was fantastic. Very much one of my favourite seafood restaurants in Atlanta.

Thank Carlos S
Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is large and a bit loud. There is outside seating when it gets warmer. The food was wonderful. We got the beignet hush-puppies for the table (yumm). My table orders the Shecrab soup, Gumbo and the grilled lettuce salads. All were really good. For entrees, we got octopus (yum), crispy soft-shell crab (yum), peel and eat shrimp (yum)... More 

Thank lkelly9988
Atlanta, GA
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58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service, atmosphere, decor, food, all was delish. Wish I had more occasions to go here. I like the neighborhood, too.

Thank Barefootsphynx
Marietta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my clients and they were impressed by the service we recieved as well as quality of food. If you plan to be there ask for Meka- she will impress your clients/guests with high quality services.

Thank dsehi
Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is good, while not all that special. Definitely geared to a trendy, younger crowd. The restaurant occupies an old industrial space. The noise levels are awful. Conversation is impossible. Lastly, the ambiance is rustic. Unfortunately, the prices for not so exciting food are high. Service was amateurish.

Thank dw221a
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. They have the best, fresh seafood. The lobster roll is the star of course. However, I have also tried the Striped Bass and it was amazing!! Very good drinks and wine list here as well. Look the décor and openness of the restaurant.

Thank Libya B
Springfield, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The optimist is a restaurant that is both stylish and excellently appointed. The food is spectacular and the wine list matches. I highly recommend a visit. I ate here three times in a week during a recent business trip and loved every meal I had.

Thank nomadswelcome
Hopewell Junction, New York
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Atmosphere is great, both indoor and outdoor dining. Ability to order anything, off any menu at any time. Raw bar is spectacular with many, many different types of oysters. Staff is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Try the shrimp and toast. Gets high scores from everyone and rightfully so.

Thank David N
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I went with a fish lover but, truth be told, I most frequently eat vegetarian so my review is a little sketchy. The place itself is very inviting, a big barn like space that is well appointed. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Without my asking, when I inquired about vegetarian selections, they volunteered to make me a special... More 

Thank 474alanh
Tokyo, Japan
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Have been twice now and both times service and food were excellent! My favorites were the oysters, scallops and side of fried rice. I didn't care for the seafood tower, it was just okay and pretty pricey. Cocktails are good too and they have a great wine list as well.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?