After eating at The Optimist the first time, I thought, "well, some things were good, others were not, and the bar service and course pacing were slow - but it's recently opened, so worth a second try.". Well, I gave it that second try tonight - and I think it'll be the last time I go for a while. Service was better this time, but there were still hits and misses in the food. For example, there was zero crab meat to be found in the she-crab soup. Literally, it tasted like crab-flavored cream. Being from SC, I know what she-crab soup should be - this is not it. I also find the prices completely out of line.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm accustomed and willing to spend large amounts of money for good food. But I find The Optimist over-priced for what it delivers. My 6 ounces of halibut for $26 with no side items puts The Optimist in a price category with Aria or Restaurant Eugene, where the food, service and atmosphere are decidedly superior.
Is anyone else thinking the emperor has no clothes?? I think this restaurant needs to shave $10 off every entree. And even then, I won't rush back.