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Ocean

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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • 19
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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
Good but expensive

First time visiting (out of towner) it was very good but expensive Meal with beer n tip $50 Very good service Fish is gulf coast and fresh No import fish which is very nice

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
billreedred
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First time visiting (out of towner) it was very good but expensive Meal with beer n tip $50 Very good service Fish is gulf coast and fresh No import fish which is very nice

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Thank billreedred
Birmingham, Alabama
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorites in Birmingham. I always recommend the Chef pairings or the featured meal. Can not go wrong as the chef has paired the entire meal to complement. But.. This time I went to the pure fish menu and selected the pan seared scallops with veggie of the day. They were a bit saltier than i prefer tonight.... More 

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Thank Leigh-Traveler2015
Birmingham, Alabama
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They knew it was our anniversary, and gave us an extra-warm greeting and dessert. You know they do this for all the folks, but it was nice. The meal was excellent, the fish fresh and flavorful. The service was attentive, relaxed and easy while being spot-on about every detail.We were neither rushed nor ignored. We like going for the pure... More 

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Thank birminghampastor
Birmingham, AL
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't put my finger on exactly why, but Ocean is my favorite restaurant. There's something about the atmosphere, upscale without being too upscale or pretentious. That, coupled with the blue ocean martini, just does it for me. If you like fish, you need to give it a try! Or if you don't, the steak is good too.

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Thank LisaF4UA
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Walking into Ocean reminds me of Miami. I usually eat at Ocean once a month and enjoy it every single time. They have a nice courtyard area that is perfect to dine in during Spring & Fall. The fried calamari is the best I have ever eaten. The ocean salad "Greek style" with fried feta is unique and very tasty.... More 

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1 Thank John T
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The restaurant is located in an area called Five Points South. It's a very quant and clean area. Ocean's is not the most elegant restaurant and it doesn't really have a specific décor or theme. The food portions were a bit scanty and very pricey. The fish was prepared well and the sauces were clearly gourmet. Be prepared for sticker... More 

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Thank Nuttinbutlove
Birmingham, Alabama
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Another a very good restaurant in Birmingham. The food was very good. The fish was well presented and very fresh. There is an elegant atmosphere. Service was fast and polite. Worth a visit.

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Thank John F
Montgomery, Alabama
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I have visited this restaurant twice and the second time was on my anniversary with my husband. The food is delicious and the service is great! Highly recommended.

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Thank Prettyskeewee
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We visited Birmingham for the Steel City Jazz Festival, held in downtown B-Ham. Though this city has many great restaurants and all the southern charm you can stand, this restaurant was so good we ate there 2 nights in a row. The seafood was amazingly fresh and well prepared. On night one, I ordered Oysters Bienville and the special lobster... More 

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1 Thank Harith R
Birmingham, Alabama
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Ocean is a very welcoming,upscale restaurant with a wait staff that is knowledgeable and eager to assist.Three of us went to celebrate a birthday and were most pleased with the appetizers and fish dishes we ordered.The wood grilled Greek style grouper was fantastic as were the salmon and snapper items selected.Although the main courses and accompaniments looked small (serving plates... More 

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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: Business meetings, Bar scene, 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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