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“Fabulous food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean

Ocean
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
205 933 0999
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Ranked #6 of 872 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: $31 - $40
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.
Homewood, Alabama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

A few friends visited Ocean to taste appetizers, salads and deserts for an upcoming private party. The three of us shared everything, which is often annoying to wait staff. not only was the food superb but our waiter, Trey, was wonderful. The lobster Rangoon were especially luscious. The one entree we tried, roasted chicken was also yummy good. Three appetizers, two salads, one entree and two deserts were plenty for three women for dinner. A week later the private party for 70+ was truly wonderful. The "birthday girl" was delighted with both the food and service and she loved how festive the space was and that people could mingle during the drinks and appetizer portion of the party. For dinner we sat for served salad, choice of steak, salmon or chicken entree and choice of lemon or chocolate mousse cake. I would highly recommend Ocean for a special dinner out or a very special private party.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Creative food and presentation and good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Chic ambiance but a little noisy. Fried green tomatoes topped with spicy shrimp a must. Fresh Gulf grouper and snapper. Delicious bacon corn chowder. Fresh Greek salad. Everything fresh, well seasoned and beautifully plated.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pretty good, for Birmingham”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The food is fresh, generally well prepared and tasty...but it lacks finesse. The red snapper was a bit overcooked and a bit over seasoned...and you could use the risotto side dish to plaster walls (but that's true of most restaurants that don't understand risotto).

The raw bar was terrific, with a nice selection of oysters.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I am very much a foodie, and the quality at Ocean was Terrific! The service was good, even though they were extremely busy. The only difficulty here was trying to hold a conversation. Very noisey.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monument, CO
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant with a great Southern Selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

It was a very nice dinner, great wine and certainly impeccable service. Was disappointed that they were sold out of my scallops I ordered but ended up with the crabcake and that was delicious. Other table mates had dessert and raved about them! I would go back again if ever in the area to try some more of their selections.

Visited November 2012
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