Ford Fry’s The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. From fresh oysters from the Alabama coast and Maine sea scallops to whole roasted Georgia trout, guests enjoy high-quality, sustainable seafood from the country’s best suppliers. Tucked in an old ham-aging house, The Optimist serves up beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails with hickory-roasted fish and raw oysters, while beach-food classics like hush puppies and lobster rolls transport you to your favorite coastal haunts.
Some of our favorite dishes include the She Crab Soup with Shrimp Toast, Shrimp a la Plancha, Lobster Roll, and Whole Branzino. It has been named one of the top restaurants in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine. The oyster bar happy hour is one of the best in town ($5 punch cups and $1 oysters Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Whether you come here for a double date, a business dinner, or a family gathering, you are guaranteed to have a good time.
194 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30318
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