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Ocean

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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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  • 110
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Special for any occasion

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Christian C
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Birmingham, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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193 reviews 193 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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
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223 reviews 223 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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BIRMINGHAM
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73 reviews 73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

One of our favorites in Birmingham! For the best experience, sit at the courtyard bar with Carlos. He has extensive knowledge of wines and cocktails, and can make the perfect wine selection to pair with the best seafood this side of the gulf coast! The sushi is spectacular, as well as all the apps, and the entree choices make it... More 

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Alexander City, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great food and service. Dim lights and warm atmosphere makes for a romantic evening. A bit more expensive then most restaurants. But worth it. Makes for a special occasion. Very friendly service.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Have been there many times. In the past it was called Azaleas. It has always been great. Visited again 12/12/14. Calling it average is definitely giving them the benefit of the doubt. Ran into friends there. They were underwhelmed as well. The drinks were watered down. The grouper was uninspired. The paella was poor the lobster was missing, the scallops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten @ least 3 meals from all the top rated restaurants in the area. By far, the best dining experience has been Ocean. Larry was our server & he is a true professional. Attentive, knowledgeable & very kind. The starter dishes were fantastic. Sushi, grilled lobster & Blue point oysters were perfection. Filet of beef with lobster mashed... 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: 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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