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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (31 reviews)
“fried feta” (11 reviews)
5:30 PM - 10:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

Great menu and wine list. Every course was delicious. Splurged on the specialty sales, but the sale that comes with an entrée great too. Fabulous deserts! Waiter was a master at the up-sell so watch for that.

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were there with friends for what we thought would be a fun get together. We were placed at a long table that was solid underneath so that you couldn't move your legs around at all. Our waiter must have just started that day because...More

Thank MiMi143
Reviewed September 28, 2014

This restaurant is quite expensive but the quality of the food justifies the price. On the night we visited, it was very busy and we were lucky to get in as we had not booked. We enjoyed oysters from three US locations, lobster pot pie...More

Reviewed September 23, 2014

A recent visit to this restaurant left me wanting.The staff and kitchen were very slow,the atmosphere was very loud;however, the seafood was fresh and cooked well.

Thank Jwlocal
Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Who would think that inland Birmingham would have a seafood oriented restaurant which matches the best of the Gulf Coast dining spots, including New Orleans? We reserved a table in advance and the restaurant confirmed it by phone before our visit. We walked from our...More

Thank jimjade3
Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

Ocean has become our most favorite restaurant in Birmingham. The halibut is my husband's favorite & I love the filet mignon. Appetizers are always very tasty & enough to split. Desserts are "to die for"... all made in house, even the gourmet ice creams! Highly...More

Thank ExpatGirl58
Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is the second time we have gone to Ocean. We went for our Anniversary. Food and service always wonderful. Fresh seafood is their specialty. The only downside is that the noise level can get quite loud. Already have plans for our next visit.

1  Thank Anne M
Reviewed September 3, 2014

We went to Ocean during Restaurant Week last month and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Great service, fabulous food, and wonderful cocktails. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. It had been awhile since we had been there but will be back soon!

Thank Missy F
Reviewed September 3, 2014

Exquisite service and our food was outstanding! The prices were comparable to other restaurants in that range...but so worth it! Great food with great friends...Blessed!

Thank AJ1216
Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I had not been to Ocean in at least a year and had the opportunity to dine there during Birmingham restaurant week. We are so glad we did! I had forgotten how great the food is, and the service was outstanding. The...More

Thank tidefan4
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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
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
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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