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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #5 of 867 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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Hermanus, South Africa
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163 reviews 163 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 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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236 reviews 236 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
353 helpful votes 353 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 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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41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I had not been to Ocean in at least a year and had the opportunity to dine there during Birmingham restaurant week. We are so glad we did! I had forgotten how great the food is, and the service was outstanding. The wait staff was attentive even though the restaurant was very busy. If you love seafood,... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent on all points. Highly recommended. Good food, service, atmosphere, location. All the dishes that we had were excellent. Restaurant has many selections also.

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Mobile, Alabama
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22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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