The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318


Tel: 404 477 6260
Fax: 404 389 9578


Click here to make a reservation with us.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 11:30-2:30

Sunday – Thursday 5-10
Friday & Saturday 5-11

Oyster Bar
Monday – Friday 5 till …
Saturday & Sunday 3 till …

Valentine's Day Celebration!

Transport “coast-side” at the Optimist with a four-course, coastal menu by executive chef Eddie Barrett. Begin with a choice tuna crudo, arugula salad and lobster bisque, before choosing from seafood gumbo, shellfish platter, jumbo lump crab, crispy Spanish octopus, Nantucket bay scallops and uni toast. Indulge in duck fat poached swordfish, pan roasted halibut, seared yellowfin tuna, pan roasted scallops, whole lobster, Sonoma duck breast or prime NY strip and a dessert selection from pastry chef Chrysta Poulos. An a la carte menu is also available at the bar. View the menu here. To make a reservation call 404-477-6260 or make it online. $80 per person, coursed wine pairings available for an additional $30 per person. *Menu subject to change.

Oyster Happy Hour

$1 Oyster Happy Hour!

Only Available at The Oyster Bar.

Mon.-Fri. 5-6 PM
Sat. & Sun. 3-5 PM

Gift Cards

Give the gift of The Optimist experience. Gift cards available for purchase here.

Events & Group Dining

Host your next event or celebration at The Optimist: our light-filled, semi-private dining area is perfect for corporate functions, receptions, showers, and parties. If you wish to host a wedding or completely private event, The Optimist can be closed to the public for you.


View Sample Menu and Event Space Information

For more information about a private dinner or group event at The Optimist, please email:


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