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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%
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“swordfish” (83 reviews)
“hush puppies” (81 reviews)
“oysters” (190 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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1 - 10 of 694 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

I've been here for both lunch and dinner and both times I've left full and happy. First of all, the staff is A+ (I mean, I even followed one of my servers on Instagram because she was so awesome) -- they will go out of...More

Thank MeggyFin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for our anniversary. I picked it for it's food but it wasn't so great for a romantic anniversary dinner. You're seated close together in a large open space. For a casual dinner great but not necessarily for an anniversary. But the food...More

Thank BloggerLinda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am sure the locals don't want me to rave about the selection of seafood available and the variety of oysters. Plenty of indoor and outdoor bar space to wait on seating. We had reservations for 6 and everything was on time. They have a...More

Thank Grant S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Phenomenal staff, service, and design. Top notch oysters and the best octopus I've ever had. My favorite spot in ATL.

Thank JFE1980
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to eat and I LOVE seafood. But it's so very hard to put those two things together in a restaurant. I have no idea why, but really REALLY good seafood restaurants seem to be rare. The Optimist is one of those rare gems....More

Thank biscardicreative
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I took my wife out for her birthday. We arrived for an early dinner (6 PM) and the restaurant had numerous open tables both at the windows and in the main dining area. We were seated promptly but my wife found the...More

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last Sunday my wife and I decided to go out for dinner (week prior to our anniversary) but the restaurant we were heading to was closed. So we looked around for another restaurant in the area and we came across the Optimist. After reading several...More

Thank Lee201172
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The four of us dined at the Optimist on a Thursday evening. It was a very active and busy place. This is a Seafood restaurant. I had the swordfish and short rib combo. Two had the lobster rolls. The other had baked and fresh oysters...More

1  Thank Corvette1871
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Oysters were fresh and good. Spanish octopus starter is great. Whole grilled fish was succulent when served. Sides are not over complicated but still not humdrum. One of my favorites in atlanta.

Thank JQ6465thetraveller
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I love this restaurant. It is just my kind of food. I truly love seafood, fish of any kind...well, I'm not big on fried anything cuz my backside grows too much...however, I make up for those calories in other ways. The space itself is bright,...More

Thank 1965Suisse
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Grant S
29 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
29 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.
11 March 2017|
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Response from kp7236 | Reviewed this property |
No but it's a very upscale place. Very trendy
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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, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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