The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
Categories Food

The Optimist is a "fish camp and oyster bar," which essentially translates to mean that it is a fine seafood restaurant. Its focus is bringing high-quality and sustainable seafood to landlocked Atlanta.

-Arthur Newbould

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Chris Kelner
Sour cream ice cream is great, get it with the brown sugar cake
Must Eat: Soft shell crab cioppino in garlicky tomato broth, potato, clams and corn.
Taste of Atlanta
The corn milk hushpuppies are made beignet style and served with cane sugar butter! It's a delicious twist on a Southern classic.
Andrea Jackson
The hush puppies are MORE THAN AMAZING!
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Gently poached in glorious duck fat, this swordfish steak is all meaty and supple. It's surf and turf 2.0, and one of CL's 100 Dishes to eat in Atlanta before you die.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
The she-crab soup is a piping hot bowl of buttery froth is packed with crabby ocean flavor. One of CL's 100 dishes, this menu item is filled with sweet and salty notes of emulsified crab roe.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
A carefully curated oyster selection so fresh you'd think you lived on the water. It's no surprise the raw bar here made Creative Loafing's 100 Dishes list.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
One of CL's 100 dishes to eat before you die, the Hot Buttered Rum includes actual butter (and rum, of course). Who puts butter in cocktails?! These guys.
Make sure to check out the Whole Crispy Flounder, charred peppers, fried shallots, garlicky ginger sauce.
Chana Leia
The hush puppies were so good I couldn't stand it. I barely see the point in living without them.
Nicole L
Striped bass with ham and bok choy is amazing. You have to order a side of the shoestring potatoes!
Carly Loux
The east coast oysters and the shrimp a la plancha were phenomenal! Also the hush puppies beignet style are a must try! Amazing restaurant and service!
Fadia Kader
Try a little bit of everything! The gumbo and white fish chowder was fresh. Loved the scallops with Oxtails and brown chicken jus. Don't skip on dessert.
Ford Fry's much-hyped fish camp and oyster bar in West Midtown opened in May and has since been the recipient of praise galore. Don't forget to leave some time for miniature golf. [Eater 38 Member]
Tirrell Whittley
The Lobster Roll is a great light lunch. The BEST Lobster Roll I've had in the city.
National Car Rental
Just named best restaurant in the country by Esquire magazine. Great seafood. Cozy oyster bar. Get the garlicky tiny clams and pork belly. They even have putt-putt while you're waiting!
Great place and guaranteed every time you get your check you'll say.. Whoops!!
Best seafood in Atlanta bar none. Soft Shell Crab is out of this world. And ::what:: the gnocchi side ::might:: be the best gnocchi I've ever had ::again, what?::
russ marshalek
EVERYTHING is sublime. this place, while pricey, is so worth it. take friends and enjoy.
Try the Corn Milk Hushpuppies, Beignet Style - Omg
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