The Optimist proudly brings premier sustainable seafood to Midtown Atlanta. The airy, modern, minimalist spot specializes in oysters, with over ten varieties from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada available on the half shell. Coastal, regional dishes (gumbo, clam chowder, fish& chips) make up the rest of the menu. For an after dinner treat, knock out a round of putt-putt on the restaurant's on-site course.
Brainchild of the multifaceted owner and chef Ford Fry, The Optimist brings an authentic seafood experience to the city of Atlanta. Nestled in an old ham-aging house, this beautiful Midtown restaurant provides its visitors with menu items such as fresh oysters, Maine sea scallops, roasted trout from right here in Georgia, and so much more. In addition to the establishment’s cozy aesthetic (especially during the warmer months), the beer, wine, and cocktail selections makes The Optimist the perfect place whether you’re hanging out with friends, connecting with that special someone, or just looking for a bite to eat.
The Absolute Best Seafood in Atlanta
The Optimist sits on congested Howell Mill, but once you approach the patio and lawn (complete with a putting area) you feel removed from all of that. The restaurant has strong coastal vibes, especially the bar, which is sunny and features an oyster bar. Start with one of the crudos (like the cobia with strawberry gazpacho, orange gremolata, and almonds), some crispy oysters, and a lobster roll. The hushpuppies are a must.