The Optimist

Call: (404) 477-6260 or visit www.theoptimistrestaurant.com
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.

End of Summer Luau

Sunday September 8, 2019 03:00 PM EDT
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...
Cost: $55

Par-TEE on the Green at The Optimist

Sunday April 8, 2018 01:00 PM EDT
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...
Cost: $38

The Optimist street food shindig

Sunday June 11, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
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...
Cost: $5

Valentine's Day at The Optimist

Saturday February 13, 2016 07:00 PM EST
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...
Cost: $70

Complimentary Wine Tasting

Monday March 2, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Ga born Suzanne Phifer Pavitt hosts the tasting with her wine from the Phifer Pavitt Winery in California. Paired with complimentary small bites.

Patio Party and Crawfish Boil

Friday March 28, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Welcome in Spring at the Optimist with its Patio Party and Crawfish Boil. The event is centered around a New Orleans style crawfish boil with sausages. Red hare Brewery will also be there with its new cask of “Hoptimist” that was specially created for this party along with other punches and cock...
Cost: $18

New Year's Eve Dinner

Monday December 30, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Choose from multiple options for a four-course meal with supplemental choices available.
Cost: $65

Heavy Seas beer dinner

Monday June 10, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Atlantans are invited to explore the Uncharted Waters of Heavy Seas Beer at The Optimist, as the West Midtown restaurants hosts a five-course beer dinner. The evening begins with a cocktail hour in the Oyster Bar and moves into the dining room, where Executive Chef Adam Evans and a representative of...
Cost: $50

The Optimist Hosts Anniversary Bash Over Memorial Day Weekend

Friday May 24, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Visit The Optimist in West Midtown on Saturday, May 25 for the restaurant’s one year anniversary party and enjoy a fish fry and free live music. Starting at 4 p.m., keyboardist Ben Tanner of the Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes will perform with bands Belle Adair and The Bear.
Cost: $15

Patio Crawfish Boil

Friday April 19, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
The Optimist is taking advantage of the warmer weather by hosting a patio party on Saturday, April 20. For $17, guests can enjoy an authentic, Louisiana-style crawfish boil prepared by Executive Chef Adam Evans. Drink specials include New Orleans-style punches for $8 and $5 pints of the specially br...
Cost: $17

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Dinner + Book Signing at The Optimist

Monday March 25, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
On Tuesday, March 26, The Optimist in West Midtown is hosting a dinner and book signing with brothers and renowned food and travel journalists Matt and Ted Lee. Their newly released cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, provides a personal look into the way both the city of Charleston, S.C. an...

Dine Like a New Yorker

Saturday March 9, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Enjoy the dishes featured at Saturday, March 2's “Toast of Atlanta” dinner held at the James Beard House in NYC without getting on a plane. The March 2 dinner features dishes from each of Chef Ford Fry’s restaurants prepared by executive chefs E.J. Hodgkinson of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Drew Bellin...

Valentine's Day at The Optimist

Wednesday February 13, 2013 07:00 PM EST
The Optimist is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Guests can begin the meal with a taste for the table of she-crab soup, followed by starter options such as east and west coast oysters, hearts of palm and beet salad or Spanish octopus. Entrée options include items such as...
Cost: $65

Dinner Proceeds to Team Hidi

Friday February 8, 2013 07:00 PM EST
On February 9, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist will all donate 5% of Saturday night’s sales during dinner service.

Ryan Hidinger Benefit

Friday February 8, 2013 07:00 PM EST
On Saturday, February 9, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, and the Optimist and Oyster Bar at the Optimist are donating 5 percent of the evening's dinner sales from all three restaurants to help support Ryan Hidinger's fight against stage IV gallbladder cancer.
Cost: Menu items vary

New Year's Eve at the Optimist

Sunday December 30, 2012 07:00 PM EST
On Monday, December 31, the Optimist will ring in 2013 with a four-course prix fixe menu. It'll offer menu items such as shrimp pop tarts, baked Virginia oysters with spinach, bacon, preserved lemon and Parmesan cheese, grouper with white wine steamed clams, lump crab meat, leeks, baby bok choy and ...
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