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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #5 of 866 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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English first
Panama City, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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little rock arkansas
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237 reviews 237 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Who would think that inland Birmingham would have a seafood oriented restaurant which matches the best of the Gulf Coast dining spots, including New Orleans? We reserved a table in advance and the restaurant confirmed it by phone before our visit. We walked from our nearby hotel but the restaurant offers valet parking. The area is interesting and very urban... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Ocean has become our most favorite restaurant in Birmingham. The halibut is my husband's favorite & I love the filet mignon. Appetizers are always very tasty & enough to split. Desserts are "to die for"... all made in house, even the gourmet ice creams! Highly recommend.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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118 reviews 118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is the second time we have gone to Ocean. We went for our Anniversary. Food and service always wonderful. Fresh seafood is their specialty. The only downside is that the noise level can get quite loud. Already have plans for our next visit.

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Gardendale, Alabama, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We went to Ocean during Restaurant Week last month and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Great service, fabulous food, and wonderful cocktails. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. It had been awhile since we had been there but will be back soon!

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Bayou La Batre, Alabama
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Exquisite service and our food was outstanding! The prices were comparable to other restaurants in that range...but so worth it! Great food with great friends...Blessed!

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