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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
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Ranked #4 of 875 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $46
Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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 is a fine dining restaurant that 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 since 2007 and The Wine Spectator Award since 2007. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News. Locally owned and operated by George Reis. Ocean does not accept ONLINE reservations for parties of 5 or more.
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. The sushi was perfect and the atmosphere was so relaxing.

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BIRMINGHAM
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73 reviews 73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

One of our favorites in Birmingham! For the best experience, sit at the courtyard bar with Carlos. He has extensive knowledge of wines and cocktails, and can make the perfect wine selection to pair with the best seafood this side of the gulf coast! The sushi is spectacular, as well as all the apps, and the entree choices make it... More 

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Alexander City, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great food and service. Dim lights and warm atmosphere makes for a romantic evening. A bit more expensive then most restaurants. But worth it. Makes for a special occasion. Very friendly service.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Have been there many times. In the past it was called Azaleas. It has always been great. Visited again 12/12/14. Calling it average is definitely giving them the benefit of the doubt. Ran into friends there. They were underwhelmed as well. The drinks were watered down. The grouper was uninspired. The paella was poor the lobster was missing, the scallops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have eaten @ least 3 meals from all the top rated restaurants in the area. By far, the best dining experience has been Ocean. Larry was our server & he is a true professional. Attentive, knowledgeable & very kind. The starter dishes were fantastic. Sushi, grilled lobster & Blue point oysters were perfection. Filet of beef with lobster mashed... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

When I lived in Birmingham, we often went to Ocean. Everything from their drinks to dessert is phenomenal. We sampled many appetizers (the carpaccio and oysters were our favorites) and meals. I was never disappointed with my selection. The desserts are perfectly portioned to give you a sweet end to the meal. Even though I currently live near many fine... More 

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HANOVER PARK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The food, ambiance, and service was simply excellent. The food was Delicious!! I had the grouper, which was seasoned perfectly. The rest of the meal was also fantastic! The service was very good and prompt. A must -- the Baklava for dessert with French pressed coffee! I was in foodie euphoria!! A most enjoyable experience. I did not have reservations,... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I recently ate at Ocean on a business trip to Birmingham and was pleasantly surprised with how delicious the food was. We started with the wood fire grilled lobster tail appetizer, which was cooked to perfection. We also ordered a tuna sushi roll that was also very tasty. For the main course I dined on wood fire grilled scallops which... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Just went there last night. It was really amazing. Fantastic atmosphere, great service and excellent food. Started with steamed mussels in curry broth - awesome. Had a small salad and then really good scallops. Great martinis too. I'll be back - soon!

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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a classy restaurant with great service and very very good food. I sat at the bar an received very attentive service, Generous wine pours and friendly conversation. Many local people here, so it feels at home. The menu changes regularly depending on the catch. I tried the Soul Roll, which featured Alaskan King Crab in a lightly fried... More 

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Additional Information about Ocean

Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone Number: +1 205-933-0999
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 46
Cuisine: Seafood

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