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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #5 of 868 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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 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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Nagoya, Japan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Panama City, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Food was worth the price but the drinks were a bit pricey. No domestic beer on draft but they had several seasonal beers available. The mussels were great as well as the scallops and lobster. Ocean salad was large enough that our waiter split into 2 portions for us. Thank you Daniel!!! Overall it was a great evening.

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Springboro, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great menu and wine list. Every course was delicious. Splurged on the specialty sales, but the sale that comes with an entrée great too. Fabulous deserts! Waiter was a master at the up-sell so watch for that.

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were there with friends for what we thought would be a fun get together. We were placed at a long table that was solid underneath so that you couldn't move your legs around at all. Our waiter must have just started that day because he was not very knowledgeable about wine, let alone pouring. When he had brought out... More

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Hermanus, South Africa
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166 reviews 166 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This restaurant is quite expensive but the quality of the food justifies the price. On the night we visited, it was very busy and we were lucky to get in as we had not booked. We enjoyed oysters from three US locations, lobster pot pie and halibut all of which were delicious. The service was also excellent and this is... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A recent visit to this restaurant left me wanting.The staff and kitchen were very slow,the atmosphere was very loud;however, the seafood was fresh and cooked well.

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Additional Information about Ocean

Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone Number: 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 31 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood

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