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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 112
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Birthday Dinner

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
ChattyKathyB
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Birmingham, Alabama
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Small portions might be the first observation, but to eat apps and sushi, then your entree and dessert.....This is really a non-issue. The menu items are delicious and the specials never disappoint. Keep in mind that you may have to be flexible as fresh food does run out at times as opposed to other eateries serving endless mounds of frozen... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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186 reviews 186 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a very good seafood restaurant with a very nice selection in its menu. It is a little crowded at times but good for business meals.

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Pelham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

From the moment you walk in through the curtains Oceans just "feels" like it's going to be different and worth they hype. The decor is unique and creates a great ambience . We had a business party of 8 and were set on time with our reservations , with excellent staff attending us our 3 hours at the restaurant. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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198 reviews 198 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Good meal at Ocean! I had 3 clients out to a meal - we started with a couple dozen Oysters that were perfect, we then moved on to another set of appetizers. Unfortunately, the calamari I and another guest wanted was not available. I had the Grouper dish which great and all others at table enjoyed their dishes as well.... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
260 reviews 260 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My husband and I always enjoy wonderful dinners at Ocean, but our recent dinner was even better than wonderful! Our server was Jay, who helped us with menu and drink suggestions that were all great. I had the Wild Mushroom Goat Cheese appetizer, which was not only delicious, but beautifully presented with circular layers of tomato, mushroom and goat cheese,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. The sushi was perfect and the atmosphere was so relaxing.

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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: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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