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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We get to Birmingham Alabama every October for the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Show and we always eat at Ocean. We love their oysters and lobster and they have great drinks. The tables are a little closer together and you can hear the conversation clearly of the people on either side of you but the food & service is so good... More 

Thank Qtinks
Birmingham, Alabama
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, oK. I know what you're saying. Steak and Ice cream-- at a seafood place? Trust me. I have enjoyed going to this place for years, and 4-5 years ago I had some hit or miss meals. However, Ocean has recently stepped up their game. The 3 times I went here over the last year were special. I branched out,... More 

Thank uawade
Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very fresh seafood with a lot of interesting preparations. Appetizers and salad choices are fantastic and also a great wine list.

Thank 779beth
New Jersey
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162 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Very nice from the moment we walked in. Larry and David provided great service! Oysters and crab cakes were great! Greek Salad with fried feta and heirloom tomatoes...amazing. Filet and lobster tails...awesome!! The pear pop tart and baklava ice cream...OMG...Out of this world delicious!!!!!!

Thank MarcoTravel1
Birmingham, Alabama
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I saw some reviews that were sub-par but I am really surprised why! The service right from Valet parking to car return was absolutely a delight. The wait staff were very professional, friendly and courteous and also very knowledgeable about the wine list and also the food (the explanation of how the entree I selected is cooked was very helpful).... More 

Thank Pipersix
Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

My mom, sister and her husband, brother and his wife, and my wife and I met at Ocean for supper on Wednesday night; we did have a reservation. We all valet parked, but there is street parking and a parking lot within a block of the restaurant. The hostess and William, our waiter, were welcoming and very friendly. The atmosphere... More 

Thank jonoto
Birmingham, Alabama
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80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Recently we dined at Ocean. It was a Wednesday night and not very busy. We had an 8:00 reservation for a table of five. Although we were seldom ready to order when our waiter came by, when we asked for a few minutes we didn't mean thirty or more. In fact we finished our appetizers before he even took our... More 

Thank kimm e
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

In fairness, I have to make it clear that this review is based on the restaurant's Birmingham Restaurant Week 2016 (BRW) limited menu, although my family of three adults also ordered additional appetizers off the regular menu. The crabcakes from the regular menu were made with fresh lump crabmeat, which is a plus, but they were nothing special, and they... More 

Thank Pat S
Biloxi, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Service, atmosphere, location..awesome! George's scallops were exceptional!..melted in my mouth..every last bite!

Thank bsaucrabi
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Visited Ocean with my husband to celebrate my birthday. Service was amazing. The menu was very accommodating for my husband who isn't a seafood lover. Would love to visit again!

Thank ItsMeChristyG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $46
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, 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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