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Ocean

1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #7 of 886 restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Ocean offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features fresh oysters and fish arriving daily from around the world. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 2007, Wine Spectator Award 2004,2005,2006 and 2007. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News. Locally owned and operated by George and Harriet Reis. Ocean does not accept ONLINE reservations for parties of 5 or more.
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English first
Miami, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My best dining experience in Birmingham so far. The food was very good. One of my guests was from Florida and a seafood critic. He said his Tuna was good. Our waiter was attentive and knew the menu extremely well. The ambiance was comfortable and didn't intrude on our dinner. The wine list was good and amazingly, so was the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Always consistent food and service. Reservations are usually booked 10 days out. Upscale place, everything fresh, and a nice oyster bar.

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Birmingham,al.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Outstanding service and best seafood in Birmingham. The perfect place for date night or Anniversary.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We love seafood and this restaurant is perfect for this. Every time the seafood is fresh and the chef prepared features are always delicious. The oyster choices are varied and great. I LOVE their crunchy salmon as a starter and their Ocean martinis are wonderful.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great selection of seafood and shell fish (including oysters) to choose from. Pricy but probably the best true seafood house in Birmingham

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Pittsburgh
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We ate here last evening with three other couples and everyone raved about their appetizers, salads and main courses. The only reason there were no raves about desserts was that we were all too satiated to order anything! I had a beet salad to start, which featured two or three types of beets, topped with flavorful but delicate dressing that... More

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Madison,Wi
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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I am an inveterate bar eater, especially when I am eating alone. Interesting to talk with wait staff and watch the crowd/house from the bar. Was able to find a seat mid week without a problem. Nice layout in the house, quiet with lots of tables that seemed to be celebration meals of some sort. Oyster selection is good and... More

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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165 reviews 165 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We dined here with friends for NYE. The menu was not as creative as I would have liked but it was NYE (got to be a crazy time to cook)- everything came out good. Everyone liked what they ordered. The desserts were a little bland (not the usual), but every single dish was top notch and well designed. This is... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This place is very nice and the food is great! This is actually where I asked my wife to marry me. Great food and a great atmosphere. We sat outside on the patio. Very romantic atmosphere. The Owner/Chef is a very nice guy too.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

My Husband thought I was crazy to make the reservations at a seafood restaurant when we live in Ft. Lauderdale, but I knew we were in for a week of Southern hospitality aka heavy home cooking so I wanted to have 1 lighter, high-end meal. We went with another couple and the seafood was spot on. Excellent, fresh, very well... More

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