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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #6 of 906 restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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86% Recommend
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English first
Birmingham, Alabama
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our group of 3 couples meets for a great meal in Birmingham every 2-3 months, and this was my choice as the host. The seafood and other dishes are consistently the best of this cuisine in Birmingham. The service and all dishes were outstanding. Dishes vary according to the quality of the fish and shellfish available. There are choices for... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Upon arrival we were seated and created by our AWESOME waiter, Larry. He was super energetic and friendly. Larry helped us choose between the two we were considering. My husband ordered some oysters, with suggestions. I ordered the grouper with citrus sauce, mac & cheese and asparagus- Yum! I thought the mac & cheese would be awkward with grouper but... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I have eaten at Ocean many, many times and we are always overly pleased with the food and the service! Every dish is carefully prepared and always cooked just right. The flavors blend well and it is a taste party in your mouth. The filet is by far the best steak I have ever eaten and the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I just went to Ocean with a friend visiting town, and I must say the food was at MOST average. We ordered the lobster tail sushi, crab cake, and fried oyster appetizers. All were overpriced. I honestly can say that Whole Foods does a better job. For entrees, we ordered scallops and filet mignon. The scallops were decent, however the... More

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Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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549 reviews 549 reviews
545 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I enjoyed a great three course dinner here tonight. I started with six assorted oysters, all were great but the west coasts varieties were outstanding. Ahi tuna was next. It was great but the portion, for the price, was small. A unusual mixed berry sorbet finish my experience. Fresh berries were sprinkled over the sorbet, perched atop swirls of rich... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you like seafood this is the place to go for fresh and delicious food! The scallops are my favorite, but don't miss the Ocean salad for an appetizer! It has fried feta on it.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I Are just here in Birmingham for a week. We are in a hunt for awesome place to eat . This place I found here in TA. It doesn't disappoint. Our server william is very helpful in assisting us make some choices in their wide array of seafood dishes. Tried the seafood tower for 2 for a... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Mu husband and I went to Ocean for our anniversary. We had never been there before and didn't really know what to expect. The restaurant is really nice. The staff was full of knowledge and knew the menu. The food was AMAZING. I have lived in Birmingham almost my whole life and this was hands down the best steak I... More

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Trussville, Alabama
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

OUr supper club had our montly dinner there recently. It was an outstanding night with delicious food and wonderful service.

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Crane Hill, Alabama, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to celebrate my boyfriends birthday since, amazingly, he had never been. Our server was fantastic, very amenable to our stretching out the evening. We a tarted with a selection. Of oysters and ill sY they still have the best selection in Birmingham! Then the trio of ceviche...very good but not a lot of flavor difference between the three.... More

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