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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, 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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  • 119
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  • 33
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  • 18
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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
Ocean is one oif the top 5 resturant in Birmingham

Excellent selection of many dishes with seafood as a special every night. Great experience for entertaining customer or friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went with a large party, food was good. Many people in our party were more than impressed. I highly recommend the Oysters Rockefeller! Not what I would consider a quiet or romantic setting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Excellent selection of many dishes with seafood as a special every night. Great experience for entertaining customer or friends.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Dined at ocean with a first cousin who was visiting from another state so I hoped it would be a divine meal. We ordered crab cakes as as hordoerve,as suggested by our waiter.There were two, about the size of a half dollar...Tiny....They were ok not great....We both ordered Pan sautéed scallops that were delicious.Tried to substitute the mashed potatoes with... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

Always make reservations when you go to this delicious seafood restaurant. If you don't get them, the bar is a great place to have dinner as well! Oysters, lobster, seafood tower, salmon, flounder... I could go on and on- everything is prepared fresh and tastes wonderful! Dessert not to miss: vanilla ice cream in fried fillo dough topped with honey!:)

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

In a city that has several high-end places to enjoy gulf seafood, this is the best. Significant selection of oysters, presented by knowledgeable servers. Somehow it is both a favorite place for a romantic dinner and the right place to bring a client.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I have a habit of always going to one of Frank Stitt's many restaurants in the Birmingham area, so I tend to forget that other high quality eateries are available for dinner. At the invitation of dear friends, we ventured to Ocean for a wonderful evening of seafood. For our drinks, two of us started with the Abyss Martini. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Ocean is our favorite place in Birmingham. We have been a half dozen times or more now, and they are consistently some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth. We just got back from the beach, and didn't get any calamari as good as what we've had at Ocean. The Snapper with Yukon potatoes is my... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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

👎👎👎👎👎👎 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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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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, 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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