In this paper, a method for design and optimization of folded reflect-array antennas is proposed based on particleswarm optimization (PSO). In addition to such a powerful optimization algorithm, two further requirements have to be fulfilled. The first one is a good and fast algorithm for the exact prognosis of the far-field radiation diagram, resulting from a specific element configuration on the reflector. Additionally, a good choice of the fitness function for the evaluation of the resulting radiation diagrams is necessary. In both, reflect-array-related aspects such as phase truncation, reflection losses, and cell discontinuities have to be considered. Antenna optimization based on this technique is presented in this paper at the example of two 77 GHz folded reflect-array antennas. The efficiency of this approach is demonstrated with these examples, and the results are verified by measurement, showing an excellent agreement with the specifications of the diagram masks. The implemented tool, including a realistic antenna diagram preview, allows the investigation of the design parameters’ influence on the antenna performance, such as illumination amplitude, high substrate losses, and phase truncation.