The Optimist

Call: (404) 477-6260 or visit
Part of Ford Fry’s restaurant empire that Esquire named restaurant of the year in 2012. Although the Optimist has been open for a few years, reservations for dinner at this seafood spot can still be hard to come by, but you can eat a full meal at the bar or just make a meal at the oyster bar.

Sunday June 2, 2024 01:00 PM EDT
The Optimist Cost: $45
On Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., savor the coastal flavors of the Optimist with a crawfish & shrimp boil and traditional fish fry, served with blue crab hushpuppies, carrot slaw and GA berry pudding cake - all out on the restaurant’s green alongside live music. Plus, there will be no shortage of... [click here for more]

Sunday September 8, 2019 03:00 PM EDT
The Optimist Cost: $55
The Optimist is throwing an epic summer send-off with a special End of Summer Luau! On Sunday, September 8, from 3-8pm, join us in the Oyster Bar and on the patio for a traditional, Hawaiian-style pig roast complete with blue point oysters, pork sliders, peel-and-eat shrimp and tuna poke, live music... [click here for more]

Sunday April 8, 2018 01:00 PM EDT
The Optimist Cost: $38
Join us at the Optimist on Sunday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. for a part-TEE on the green. Golf aficionados and seafood lovers alike can come together on the patio (just outside the oyster bar) to enjoy delicious eats, refreshing, specialty drinks (2 per ticket) and the Masters tournament projected on a... [click here for more]

Sunday June 11, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
The Optimist Cost: $5
Westside’s The Optimist is throwing a street food shindig to go along with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Atlanta Streets Alive. Sunday, June 11 Howell Mill Rd. closes to vehicle traffic and chef Pat Pascarella will have $5 bites and libation specials. From 4 to 8 P.M. he will be serving fish tacos, sh... [click here for more]

Saturday February 13, 2016 07:00 PM EST
The Optimist Cost: $70
Enjoy a special menu created by Executive Chef Wesley True. Entrees include Scallops with Red Wine Braised Lentils, Duck Fat Poached Swordfish, Spanish Octopus with Chorizo, and more. East and West Coast oyster selections will be available in addition to the prix-fixe menu. Wine pairings will also b... [click here for more]

Monday March 2, 2015 07:00 PM EST
The Optimist Cost: No cost info
Ga born Suzanne Phifer Pavitt hosts the tasting with her wine from the Phifer Pavitt Winery in California. Paired with complimentary small bites. [click here for more]
914 Howell Mill Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
Fine Dining, Seafood

Monday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 3:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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