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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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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  • 4
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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
great seafood restaurant

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 !

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Birmingham, Alabama
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

👎👎👎👎👎👎 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We love Ocean and continue to visit everytime we are back in Birmingham. Our last meal was Extra Good! We had the lobster tails appetizer (i don't think they are on menu so you have to ask), but they are awesome!!! Then the sushi was so fresh and delicious! One of the new items that was in a "cake" with... More 

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Gardendale, Alabama
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124 reviews 124 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My wife and I went here because we were in the mood for some seafood. Food was ok, nothing spectacular. A little pricey for what you get. I guess I'm spoiled because we travel quite a bit and we get to eat very fresh seafood at the beach and new orleans. For birmingham, it's ok

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Columbus, Mississippi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My girlfriend went here for a date and were not disappointed. The decor and atmosphere are inviting and elegant. Our waiter was very helpful, knowledgeable and even knew wine pairings for our meal. We started with Oysters on the Half from pickle point and they were incredibly fresh, like they had just come off the boat (Marylander speaking here). Then... 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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, 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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