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5.0 /6 Excellent 238 Reviews

The Optimist

Wan Chai Spanish $$$$ +100
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About The Optimist

The Optimist is a strikingly authentic Spanish bar and restaurant in Hong Kong’s most playful district, occupying a classy but fun street-level space on Hennessy Road. But head up from a classy cocktail at the cool bar and you’ll see how serious this Wan Chai head-turner is about food – northern Spanish food, to be precise. Find out what the fuss about The Optimist is all about and book a table now!

Check out The Optimist’s brunch (Sat-Sun) and lunch (Mon-Fri) menus!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
The Optimist, G/F, Hennessy Road 239, Wan Chai Hong Kong

Further Information

This is not a generic paella and tapas place. This is a purist northern Spanish restaurant, ruled by an authentic asador grill and celebrating the natural bounty from sea, land and earth of this region. Have their amazing brunch buffets to try it all, or pick out a particular cut of beef, pork or seafood from the butcher and fishmonger and have it grilled to perfection in front of your eyes. With chic decor inspired by the bars of Barcelona, complete with vintage detailing and lush greenery, The Optimist’s up-scale environment is the perfect place for celebrating a special occasion or a stylish night on the tiles with friends in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai.

Begin your meal by sharing some small plates like the grilled Galician octopus, ham or mushroom croquettes or campfire baked camembert, before moving on to the main affair. Tuck into some Mediterranean whole seabass with garlic sauce, grilled pork ribs or some seafood charcoal-baked rice. Finish off with some warm, homemade apple pie or vanilla custard ‘natillas’ with corn flakes and strawberry coulis before indulging in a handcrafted cocktail from the lengthy list that features everything from the classics to some more creative concoctions like the Black Heart (diplomatico rum, muddled fresh fig, Creme de Cassis, lime and sugar). A stand-out on Hong Kong’s Hennessy Road, spaces at The Optimist are know to fill up quickly. Beat the crowds and book a table at this trendy Wan Chai haunt in advance!


238 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 238 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: average
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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Ole R.
1 review so far 6
25.09.2017 04:17

Great customer experience and ambience. Food variety and quality was excellent. Noise level can get a bit high in the bar area. anyway, great venue.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2017 00:31

Decent interior and tasty cuisine. We always enjoy a lot at the Optimist and it becomes a must-do every season, no matter during Happy☻໌*✰☻ັBirthday☆+。:.゚ hours or for a meal.

Ian C.
1 review so far 6
07.09.2017 03:37

Great, attentive staff. Enjoyed the pre-meal happy hour drinks. Food was excellent as was the atmosphere. They also went prepared a birthday cake platter which made the night extra special.

Avery C.
1 review so far 6
06.09.2017 06:18

Wonderful decor, very great spanish food, Great service and great portions. We went for the dinner and it was awesome. Must go in the area.

Alan C.
7 reviews so far 6
06.09.2016 01:31

It's extremely rare to find a restaurant that can scores extremely high marks in its ambience, character, overall service, and of course, it's culinary experience. The Optimist is the one I found in HK. I just spent 2 weeks in the Iberian Penisula few months ago, having a whale of a time enjoying the best the Spaniards and the Portuguese can offer. Then again, The Optimist offers the same and more in a much refined fashion. I'm not going to spoil your surprise describing all the goodies in the tasting Manu we tried, suffice it to say, every single course is a gem. The service? It's rare that I gave 200% tips as acknowledgement, but the entire staff deserves it.

Irina H.
3 reviews so far 5
22.08.2017 08:58

I enjoyed the atmosphere at The Optimist - subdued lighting, not very noisy, great smoky smell from their grill and fairly attentive service. I had a few small dishes with my friends -the Ham croquettes, the Broken eggs, the Calamari, the Tuna tartar - which I found very tasty, very well executed. The deserts were nice too - my favourite was the charcoal grilled pineapple ("La pina") which came with delicious coconut ice cream. I understand that the charcoal grilled meat dishes are their signature - I haven't had the chance to taste them on this occasion but I hope I will do so in the future. I simply loved their cocktails (we didn't even look at the wine list) and tried 4 or 5 between us. My favourite was the "Spritz Me Up" - a mix of Aperol and prosecco with lime juice, coconut and vermouth - really refreshing during summer time. I would love to go back.

Natalie D.
2 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 01:42

Sunday Brunch was the best I have had. The semi buffet was excellent, fresh and tasty and the hot food they brought out was amazing. Lots of small dishes for us all to try, plenty for a large group. After the semi buffet we ordered a few dishes off the menu. I ordered the flank steak (which I would highly recommend). Food was excellent quality and the service was just as good. We went for a friends Birthday in July and had a great time. I would highly recommend trying this place out. I will definitely be going back again, in fact I have already booked to treat my dad for his birthday!!

Valters K.
1 review so far 6
25.05.2016 04:21

Great cuisine with Spanish / Mediterranean style food, a good choice of wine. Nice ambiance - really enjoyable experience. Most recommended for dining out with no hurry. Very kind, fast and professional service. You really feel welcome at The Optimist. Reservation recommended as it gets busy later evening.

Kit W.
1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 00:49

Really loved it at The Optimist for my sister's Birthday. The staff were so accommodating and had no issue about me bringing my own cake. The food is amazing and all the girls had never been. They all said they would definitely return

Pierre M.
1 review so far 5
14.04.2017 02:34

We had a great time at The Optimist for a quick lunch with the family. The staff was great and caring, the food was good and the set lunch of good value. The music could have been turned down a little for a more cosy atmosphere. I recommend the place.

Rebecca S.
1 review so far 3
13.05.2017 03:43

Arrived at optimist at 9.25pm for a 9.30booking that I booked using its online system . They couldn't find our booking and when she did , she mentioned no one checked the emails . So she take a seat at the bar " ur table isn't ready " . Which means we don't have a table for you.. we had a drink and the bar staff were lovely. At 9.55 pm I realised we stil haven't been seated . I asked about our table and she said ur table is ready . Which I find it hArd to Believe as downstairs they had tables free and when she took us upstairs she offered us 2 tables " which would you like to sit at " Service was ok not outstanding , and food was flavourful,nice. Although my Husband and I have both woke up with food poisoning symptoms so not sure now.. 😉

Joanne W.
2 reviews so far 6
28.06.2016 04:00

The food is amazing as usual especially the ham and cheese selection. The team was super friendly in serving us a plate of appetitizer from the semi-buffet to our table for a head start of our lunch, which is thoughtful and appreciated. One thing to note is that we notice there is improvement on food wait time and this time our food is served in a quicker manner than last time which is delighted to see!

Joanne W.
3 reviews so far 6
22.06.2016 09:03

The staff is friendly as always and were quick to assist whenever we have a request. We have also made a request for truffle oil to add into the Black Truffle Broken Egg and the staff was also happy to accommodate. Really loving the new salad menu especially the Kale and Cashew salad with a touch of lemon, as well as the pumpkin salad. Will be back for sure!

Jennifer S.
1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 00:42

The atmosphere was good. I liked how the lower floor was a bar and upper two floors were dining areas. The air on was quite cold in the top floor, I understand they had to keep it blowing because of the smokiness from the cooking area but it was really quite chilly if you are sitting right by the air con vent. The food was very greasy, and I had a lot of heartburn afterwards. Dessert was very nice tho!

Michael C.
1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 09:35

Original décor , friendly and attentive staff, nice layout a varied menu, the brunch buffet concept was money well spent and the quality was top, the free flow of drinks was absolutely worth it (and it flowed...) will recommend and go back again... advise beware with the buffet and appetizers they as good as they are they will fill you up prior to main course (the chicken was superb), and the "cheesecake" in jar is a must . congratulations !

Elizabeth R.
4 reviews so far 3
10.06.2016 04:30

The food was good but the service ruined the overall experience. Why do restaurants curtly tell you, "You must return the table by XX:XX" time? I have worked in restaurants and seating them properly and getting them to turn over is not difficult. You don't need to start off the whole experience with negative command. We arrived on time, we were given one table, asked to move, so we did, then were asked to move again and we did. Mid way through our meal, we had all these dishes in front of us and we were asked to move again as they needed the table. This time we declined as we already moved twice and there were many empty tables. These tables remained empty for the remainder of our time at the restaurant.

Helen W.
1 review so far 6
01.05.2017 00:19

Overall a very lovely place! Among our favorite were the welcoming and humorous service - waiters truly live up the name "the optimist", the free cheese cake (both the taste and presentation format were awesome!) that Sam treated us and the gin tonic. The broken eggs, salmon salad and truffle risotto were great too, steak - could be more delicious though. Would definitely come back again!

Marthe V.
14 reviews so far 6
22.04.2016 10:51

The Optimist is a really nice and trendy floors. Their 3 floors restaurant was completely packed on a Thursday night and I can understand why! Great and excellent food and good service!

Laura H.
2 reviews so far 6
28.11.2016 08:01

Both the bar and restaurant had great vibes. Service was excellent especially in the restaurant. Attentive, helpful, knowledgable and professional. It's usually those 'little' touches of service that make a difference... giving a small glass of white to go with the Oysters when we had ordered red and bringing the signature dessert although we didn't order dessert. Would definitely recommend and return. Thank you!

amelie a.
1 review so far 4
09.05.2016 02:50

food is good, environment is nice, hardware are fine as a restaurant. However, i have remarked for a window seats for 5 and we arrived on time, but was offered to the seats where none of our remarks are fulfilled. if request can't be fulfilled, i suggest better to communicate with client first. Or i would see it's unprofessional of the restaurant or any lost in transit at the booking system. also, music in the restaurant are way too noisy, if it's Spanish would not be using pop music instead. overall the experience is fine.