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Ocean

1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #7 of 905 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
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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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Mobile, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I tried Ocean based on the excellent TripAdvisor reviews. We visit Birmingham often to visit our daughter in college. While I have had good food at various restaurants in Birmingham, I rarely have great food. I was very surprised at how great the food is at Ocean. I just did not expect it in Birmingham. Our service was excellent from... More

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Helena, Alabama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

What a great restaurant! We went with a large group and the restaurant was well prepared. The staff made us feel welcome. They coordinated the servers so things happened quickly and smoothly. Our waitress was phenomenal! I wish I had caught her name. She was the one that made everything happen. She orchestrated the entire service team. As you may... More

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Birmingham, AL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Service - Excellent Atmosphere - Excellent Menu - Excellent Food - Excellent Value - Excellent This is truly fine dining without stuffiness. Went on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was a bit slow, but the bar was doing a brisk business. It appeared that everyone was enjoying themselves. Ceviche was superb. Halibut and lobster tails were scrumptious (as well... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
152 helpful votes 152 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
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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