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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%
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Open Now
11:30 - 14:30All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-0518
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank Mer21maid
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The quality of your food makes it seem like you’re having “fresh catch of the day”... add in top notch service & you have The Optimist. Try the Halibut; it’s incredible!!

Thank AstridIVa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for a dinner date recently and the food was terrific. Get the platters for sharing with shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, etc. And the rolls are maybe the best I've ever had at a restaurant.

Thank augraybeard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recently had drinks and dinner. The Happy Hour punch and oysters specials were pretty awesome. The gumbo was made with a smokey dark rue which was flavorful but i wish especially for the price there were whole shrimp and sliced sausage rathered than small...More

Thank vmb26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So a Pessimist walks into a restaurant and walks out an Optimist and an opportunist. :) We were a party of three with a rather varied range in diets. We were all satisfied and more with our entrees. The decor although poorly lit is very...More

Thank Fabiola925
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Party of four all had different items. All of these were great: gumbo, mahi, po ’ boy, shaved salad. Wait staff, Carolyn did a great job too.

Thank cushing822017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a little early for my reservation and was able to enjoy the oyster happy hour, the oysters were delicious, as was the grilled calamari. The dinner bread/rolls were amazing, as were the fritters. The fish and chips were overdone and lacking a bit in...More

Thank Brenda O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for dinner on a Thursday evening and really enjoyed this meal. What a good way to kick off our trip to Atlanta. The service was good, but not overwhelming. I was blown away by the Alabama oysters which I'd never had before. If...More

Thank Meredith6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There were six of us dining this evening. We had started at the bar with cocktails and then moved to our table. The Optimist leans almost exclusively to seafood and our group went with the flow. We started with three appetizers for the table which...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and cocktails. Service is excellent. It’s a bit expensive for what you get but may be fine for a special dinner

Thank Brandon P
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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.
11 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
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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, 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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