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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
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5:30 pm - 10:00 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
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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  • 16
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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
Best seafood in Birmingham

In a city that has several high-end places to enjoy gulf seafood, this is the best. Significant selection of oysters, presented by knowledgeable servers. Somehow it is both a favorite place for a romantic dinner and the right place to bring a client.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
bunkerm2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Birmingham, Alabama
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

In a city that has several high-end places to enjoy gulf seafood, this is the best. Significant selection of oysters, presented by knowledgeable servers. Somehow it is both a favorite place for a romantic dinner and the right place to bring a client.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I have a habit of always going to one of Frank Stitt's many restaurants in the Birmingham area, so I tend to forget that other high quality eateries are available for dinner. At the invitation of dear friends, we ventured to Ocean for a wonderful evening of seafood. For our drinks, two of us started with the Abyss Martini. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Ocean is our favorite place in Birmingham. We have been a half dozen times or more now, and they are consistently some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth. We just got back from the beach, and didn't get any calamari as good as what we've had at Ocean. The Snapper with Yukon potatoes is my... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Has been one of our all time favorite restaurants for years. First date with my wife of 17 years. (Was called azaleas then) last few times we have been,it was average at best. Took my daughter. She ordered medium filet which was nearly raw and a very funny taste. Tuna appetizers were a 3 out of 5. Better just about... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

👎👎👎👎👎👎 I didn't get good services code due to dress code where In the restaurant states anything about what to &what not to wear

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

upscale but not stuffy, great FRESH seafood & oyster bar. have never had a bad meal there. you would never know you were in a land locked city !

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I had the worst seafood dinner of my life, The tuna was not fresh and it had no taste, my wife's paella was okay but the shrimp was overcooked, the waiter told us the wine we considered ordering was very fruit forward, The wine was bitter and very dry and was absent of any fruit, Gallo tastes better. In short,... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We enjoyed dinner at Ocean to celebrate my son's and my birthday. We started with a nice bottle of red wine and the oyster sampler. The oysters were wonderful. We skipped salad and each enjoyed a lovely entree - george's bank sea scallops, Alaskan King Salmon, and I forget the third. All were delectable, served piping hot and not overly... More 

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Birmingham, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This upscale restaurant offers seafood dishes that rival fresh catch restaurants on all coasts. The offerings are fresh and prepared to perfection. Great service, good atmosphere.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I celebrated my birthday with my husband at Ocean. We had dinner reservations at 5:45 and were seated immediately. The service was great and the food was very good. The waiter helped in suggesting wine pairings and we started off with the soul roll sushi roll as an appetizer. I thought it was very good! My husband had the grouper... 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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

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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