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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
+1 205-933-0999
5:30 pm - 10:00 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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Columbus, Mississippi
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my wife to Birmingham for her birthday. We enjoy fish and seafood tremendously, so I thought I'd give Ocean a try. I made a reservation via Open Table for 7:45, but our pre-dinner plans fell through leaving us with an hour and a half to kill before dinner. I called to ask if we could move up our reservation... More 

Thank Jim S
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207 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I didn't have reservations for dinner on Friday night, so we took a chance on getting a seat at the bar at Ocean. Even though the restaurant was rocking, we were able to find a seat in minutes of arriving. We ordered the calamari to share for our appetizer and it was a portion for 3! It... More 

Thank Farrah H
Boston, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to visit the 5 Points area for a few days while working at UAB. While I was a bit disappointed with the 'great restaurants' in 5 Points (too many chains, mid-tier, average), I was impressed with both the service and food at Ocean. Excellent selection (though limited on my visit) of oysters, plus excellent seafood. Logan... More 

Thank JPC_TP
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I sat at the back bar area and had great food and great service. We had oysters, sushi, and one of the best filets I have ever eaten. Will be a regular for us.

Thank Rdposey
Auburn, AL
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

A large seafood selection, including raw bar. Oyster selections and taste were great. I was disappointed in my main dinner meal--the grouper was a bit on dry side and meal itself was quite dense and seemed a bit overpriced (I believe it was $34) for the value. The thai green curry seafood dish was great and had a lot of... More 

Thank bana626
New Orleans, Louisiana
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93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Great service, great menu, great ambiance! Love the bar area and it was a popular place to be! We had Greek salad, lobster bisque, filet, fish special and bread pudding. All of it was delicious! Service was attentive, polite and knowledgable.

Thank ksNOLA
Maylene, Alabama
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Our visit to Ocean was a little disappointing. The oysters were great, the drinks & wine were good and the entrees suitable. What I did not like was the tiny table my wife and I were seated at and the inattentive wait staff. I got the impression from our waiter that since it was just two of us that we... More 

Thank Chris W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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117 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

I sat at the bar with my friend and we enjoyed one of the finest seafood dishes ever. He ordered the scallops and I ordered the special which was a fish dish served with a savory bread pudding. So. Good!

Thank DMBfan71
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

My wife and I recently had a date night here it simply could not have been better. Service was spot on, without us even telling the waiter he knew we were in no rush and gave us ample time to enjoy our cocktails then some shared some delicious oysters and sushi. For our main course my wife had the shrimp... More 

Thank Vulcanfire1
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99 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Extensive selection of fresh fish prepared in a variety of ways. Service is excellent. Entrees are pricey and the portions are not overwhelming. Great choice if money isn't a big concern.

Thank dj1766

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Restaurant Details

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