The Optimist – Nashville, TN


New American
Raw Bar
Wine Bar


Date Night
Great Cocktails
Great Wine 
Natural Wine

Dog Friendly Seating :

Heated Outdoor Seating
Outdoor Seating has Fans
Ample Outdoor Seating (6 or more tables)
Price: $$$

About The Optimist

Is The Optimist dog friendly?

Yes, The Optimist is dog friendly, securing a spot on our curated list of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Nashville! Its welcoming ambiance is complemented by an ample number of 4 tops and 2 tops, which can be arranged together for larger gatherings. Nestled on the side of the building, the seating arrangement provides a comfortable retreat from the main road hustle and bustle. Whether it’s the scorching sun or a chilly breeze, they’ve got you covered with fans and heaters to cater to your comfort. However, do bear in mind that weather conditions can affect the availability of the patio, so we recommend calling ahead to confirm. A visit to The Optimist promises a pleasant experience for both you and your pet!

Food Situation:

At The Optimist, they’re all about bringing you the finest seafood and captivating raw bar treats but fear not, they cater to all tastes! Alongside the sea’s bounty, they offer delightful dishes for both veggie enthusiasts and meat mavens. Make sure you don’t overlook their Wood Roasted Oysters, Hamachi Crudo, Gulf Shrimp A La Plancha, and their wonderfully fluffy dinner rolls – the perfect start to your dining adventure. For the main course, their Scallops, Whole Flounder, and Lobster Roll come highly recommended. And let’s not forget about their scrumptious hushpuppies, a bite-sized delight that adds a fun addition to the feast.

Drink Situation:

The Optimist first lured us in with its nose for a good grape.  Featuring a thoughtful selection of minimal intervention wines, it’s a good spot for those who appreciate the subtle complexities of each vintage. Cocktail connoisseurs are also in luck at The Optimist as the crafted cocktails here receive pawsome praise from all who sample them. And for the beer buffs, you’ll find a carefully curated list of craft brews that might be small in size but is mighty in flavor!

Location and Other Tips:

Tucked away in the charming Germantown district of Nashville, The Optimist may not be on the well-trodden tourist path, but it’s a gem worth sniffing out. Just a brief 10-15 minute drive from Nashville’s best pet-friendly hotels, it’s conveniently located for a food fiesta with your furry friend. The journey is more than worth it, especially with two of our favorite dog-friendly breweries – Monday Night Brewing and Bearded Iris – just a stone’s throw away. You could say it’s an ‘ulti-mutt’ day out for you and your four-legged companion!

By: Christi Scofield

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