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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (33 reviews)
“fried feta” (11 reviews)
“sushi” (22 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had dinner at Ocean on 8-19. It was packed with loud, obnoxious youngsters who only know how to speak as loudly as possible. If you are interested in a quiet dinner go somewhere else. It is impossible to carry on a conversation. And as an...More

Thank KCMA79
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife chose Ocean for her birthday dinner. The service was very good and it was easy to make a reservation online. They called the day of the reservation to confirm and noted the birthday. However, it was never mentioned once we got there. I...More

Thank Harry H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ocean has one of the widest seafood selections in food-trendy Birmingham. My partner and I shared fresh shucked oysters and Oysters Rockefeller and both were to our liking. The entrees were huge. Wait staff was great and helpful but the recommended ice cream encrusted with...More

1  Thank Kris M
Reviewed May 20, 2018

Loved dining at Ocean! I'm a bit of a seafood snob, but I was impressed with the fresh seafood dishes at Ocean. We ate for hours and the service was excellent. My only issue.... several "popular" dishes were sold out on a Saturday night.

Thank Kjust
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

We ate here while visiting friends. In a very trendy area with bars Nd restaurants near UAB, very nice dining are. Good service, not too noisy and not rushed. Excellent raw bar with good selection of oysters. Very good sushi and the entree were excellent....More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed April 8, 2018

We booked through open table and got a later reservation so that we would not be on the dreary patio. But that was where we were placed. And it is a dreary room. The Oysters Bienville were returned because they were inedible. The entrees took...More

1  Thank Bill D
Reviewed March 31, 2018

This is probably my favorite seafood restaurant in town. Everything is so fresh and tasty, and the service and ambiance are impeccable. I have never been disappointed!

1  Thank Derek M
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

The "taste" of the food here is great. I think we've all established that from previous reviews and so on. I had no complaints about the actual taste or quality of what I ordered. AT ALL. I ordered the filet cooked medium well (I noticed...More

Thank Aliece D
Reviewed March 2, 2018

Visited Birmingham recently to see family and they took us here for a special birthday dinner. It was definitely the right choice. The server was very attentive and the food was delectable. My husband got the filet mignon because he doesn't like seafood, and said...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed February 26, 2018

I have dined here a dozen or so times over the last five years and have yet to have an unsatisfactory experience. I always start with the fresh oysters and am never disappointed. I do wish, however, that they prepared a proper oyster mignonette sauce...More

Thank cgall92016
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Kathleen R
June 17, 2017|
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Response from jtq2017 | Reviewed this property |
Valet or street parking. Limited...
June 25, 2016|
Response from bana626 | Reviewed this property |
There was no a specific gluten free menu, however, one of the people at the table next to us was gluten free and the server was able to make sure she knew which items were gluten free including desserts.
Jean M
February 7, 2015|
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Response from Steven L | Reviewed this property |
We went on a week night in shorts, since we just came from a racquetball tournament. no problem.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $46
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-933-0999
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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