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 …

NYE Dinner

Spend this New Year’s Eve “coast- side” with a three-course meal from executive chef Eddie Barrett. Begin with she crab soup, roasted beets or tuna tartare, before choosing from crispy Spanish octopuspork belly, crispy gulf oysters, foie gras terrine, whole shrimp a la plancha or a shellfish platter. Indulge in duck fat poached swordfish, pan roasted scallops, whole lobster, Sonoma duck breast or black truffle risotto and a dessert selection from pastry chef Chrysta Poulos including chocolate cremeux and cheesecake. $85 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $30. An a la carte menu is also available at the bar. View the full menus here*. To make a reservation call 404-477-6260 or make it online. *Menu subject to change based on seasonal availability.

Holiday Hours

The Optimist will be closed on Thanksgiving (11/28), Christmas Eve (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year’s Day (1/1) to allow our staff to spend time with their families. We look forward to serving you this holiday season! Reservations can be made here.

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.


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


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