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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ocean is a fine dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood in an exciting...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Love Ocean

My husband and I always enjoy wonderful dinners at Ocean, but our recent dinner was even better than wonderful! Our server was Jay, who helped us with menu and drink suggestions that were all great. I had the Wild Mushroom Goat Cheese appetizer, which was not only delicious, but beautifully... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Anne M
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

My husband and I always enjoy wonderful dinners at Ocean, but our recent dinner was even better than wonderful! Our server was Jay, who helped us with menu and drink suggestions that were all great. I had the Wild Mushroom Goat Cheese appetizer, which was not only delicious, but beautifully presented with circular layers of tomato, mushroom and goat cheese,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

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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10 reviews 10 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-933-0999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 46
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
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

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