Ocean
Ocean

Ocean

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.oceanbirmingham.com/
  • Phone: 2059330999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: George Reis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available from 25 to 350 people. Catering Menus available, please call Heather Reeder, Event Manager (205)-933-0999
  • Private Party Facilities: Ocean has 3 private dining areas available. Ocean is also available for luncheons, and private events both on and off premises.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Reeder 2059330999
  • Entertainment: Guitarist and Vocalist on Thursday evenings in Courtyard.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Ocean
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ocean reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)fit for foodies (34)romantic (34)notable wine list (23)hot spot (20)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Expectations Exceeded!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Ocean is an absolute delight. I had heard many good things about this restaurant but was afraid they would not live up to the hype. Boy, was I wrong! The food and service were top notch. From the fried green tomatoes and oysters Rockefeller, to the lobster tails, salmon and then, bread pudding and blackberry tart, everything was delicious and the servings were just right! It felt great getting dressed up, going out and being rewarded with such a fantastic experience. Couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Thank you, Ocean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious!
    djfoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was great, service was good (a little slow between salad and entree and dessert and check), noise level was good when first arrived (5:30) but we were shouting across the table by dessert (7:45). Tables are pretty close together. We had our three-year-old granddaughter with us and she was quieter than most other patrons...haha. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and we enjoyed it but I wouldn't go there for romantic dinner because of noise.?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had sushi rolls, I think they were called Soul Rolls, had crab meat in center, and the Lobster Tails were outstanding. Would highly recommend this place and look forward to going back, the next time in Birmingham
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Seafood
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I had a great evening with perfectly prepared fish and wonderful oysters Rockefeller. Carlos was a great waiter, friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    runwild
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Appetizer of halibut cheeks was outstanding. It was so good that I ordered the halibut duo for my entree. We also got the whole flounder which was very good. The tables are very close in proximity is the main downside. Very noisy. Valet parking was helpful
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great great dinner. Can't wait to go back. Everything we ordered was perfect. Loved the lobster tail appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our dinner in Ocean
    Oceanfish
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was good but priced too high for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations...
    hoop
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I made our first trip to Ocean for Birmingham Restaurant Week and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, the service was helpful without being overbearing, and the price was reasonable for the quality offered. We were impressed and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we ordered was great!
    bhmlrw
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had not been to Ocean in a long time and forgotten what a fabulous restaurant it is! We went during Restaurant Week and took advantage of the three-course specials. My husband and I ordered different appetizers and entrees, but everything was outstanding. An added plus was the selection of wines by the glass. The service was also exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to their normal standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have always had exceptional meals at Ocean and this was our first disappointment. The service was excellent, and our waiter's knowledge of the menu and wine offerings was outstanding. My wife's flounder was majorly under seasoned and pretty flat. She never mentioned it to me (not wanting to spoil my dinner) until I said my halibut was plain as a bowling shoe. Just a beautiful piece of fish and fresh as one could want, but just no seasoning. I joked that maybe they had a guest chef who thought he had to pay for seasoning out of his own pocket. Both fish dishes were just flat. My mashed potatoes were full of flavor yet her sweet potatoes were unseasoned. Dessert was delightful, go figure. Just an off night, we will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in Birmingham !
    bonvivant
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband & 6 year old twin daughters thoroughly enjoyed the oysters, shrimp, lobster, grouper & desserts. Everything was fabulous & we highly recommend dining here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Markiemon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Ocean is obviously a seafood restaurant, on Birminghams fashionable Southside. We were there on a Saturday night and were seated a few minutes earlier than our epreservations called for. The staff was welcoming and warm. Our server was personable and helpful. As to the food, I can only say that everything here is fresh and extremely well prepared. I highly recommend Ocean if you are looking for quality seafood well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    Tdiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my second time dining @ Ocean. The food was delicious once again & the service was great. This is becoming my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Ocean
    RollTide
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The seafood on the menu provided a wide range of choices. My wife and I enjoyed the Halibut and the Grouper entrees very much and we will return in the future
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Can't say enough great things about this place. The wine selections, the Chef's creations, and especially the service. Our server was Larry and was the best server I think we've ever had an any place anywhere. We will certainly be having a dinner at Ocean every time we are in Birmingham.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    dinnerfor2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great birthday dinner! Loved the crab cake appetizer. Grouper and Halibut were cooked perfectly and everything was well seasoned. Great compliment of flavors. Don't pass on any of their home made ice cream! We had the nutella peanut crunch - delish!!! Definitely will be back for our next special occasion dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service!
    Foodman
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was impeccable (and I don't ever say that about restaurants) and the food was good. My wife's 2lb lobster was a little overcooked but everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean
    Etwmills
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The air conditioning was broken and it was still an incredible meal. Scallops are on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and noisy
    Jays
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was excellent and waiter very attentive. The thing that struck us was the high noise level in such a small and busy place which made it less relaxing for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating
    CelebratingVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We probably had the worst table in the house; next to entrance behind curtain... but after excellent service and food, were almost able to ignore that. Will know to ask for different table next time when making reservations. Scallops and Snapper excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    DineKing
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was fantastic and atmosphere was wonderful. I had high expectations based on the reviews and research I did prior and they were met.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a business dinner.
    Catey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was able to entertain my investor in an appropriate, high class setting. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastically Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Daily menus, always fresh, and an incredible variety of techniques and ingredients make this one a keeper. We'll be back. The highlight was probably the pan-seared scallops, but there were no low points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Great Service but Noisy
    ORtransplant
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Best restaurant in the Southeast! Great food and great service. A truly wonderful place to gather with friends at the bar or have a wonderful meal with a friend or spouse. Stay away from tables set up for larger groups if you want to be able to hear the person your with.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    DanaHatzi60
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was absolutely incredible. Service was, too. I highly recommend the pan seared scallops, and the Ahi tuna was wonderful. Everything was cooked perfectly and the presentation was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delectable Food and Grear Ambiance
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This restaurant is a rare find as the menu changes and is printed new daily based upon available seafood and produce.It has a great ambiance as you can hear the steady buzz of conversations as the other tables. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and aimed at providing each table with a fine dining experience. The food is impeccable as we had perfectly prepared oysters Rockefeller for our appetizer along with a perfectly selected bottle of wine. Our main course consisted of paella and red grouper, and lastly, we finished with creme brûlée and bread pudding for dessert. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for business dinners or special nights out. The ease of online reservations will make your next dining experience hassle free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 414 reviews are from the Ocean reviews archive.
  • Best in Birmingham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We ate at Highlands on a Friday and at Ocean the next day, Saturday, and the meals were some of the best in America if you do not care how much you pay for dinner. Confession: we ordered appetizers, salads, entrees and desert as well as wine. Flawless at both locations. Both are first class and we could not decide which is better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean & 26
    Marissa
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very good quality oysters and seafood! The service was also the best I've had at a restaurant, ever.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    From our server (Brock), the food, atmosphere...everything was great! Thanks for an awesome night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Dinning
    LQQK4Romance
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very fine food and a good dinning experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very helpful regarding the entire menu and wine selections. The food was wonderful and atmosphere was delightful. However, our table for two was TOO Small and we felt a bit cramped, it was not a romantic setting but I did appreciate the valet parking and prompt reservation confirmation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occassion
    Johnnycomelately
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    One of my wife's favorite restaurants. Good food and great wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were blown away by Ocean. Every aspect of our meal, from the bread, drinks, appetizers, main course, and dessert, were top notch! We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    KTALVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was really fresh and tasty! The scallops were the only dish that was average, but it could be a one time thing! Waiter was outstanding.......so knowledgable! Place is a little crowded and somewhat noisy, but I'd go back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative menu
    Leigh
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    An out of town friend and I had dinner at Ocean. Once again, the menu was impressive and it was difficult to decide what to have. I tried the Baby Kale salad which was delicious. It was fresh, the Kale had a very good flavor without being sharp, and the other fresh ingredients together made it be a great spring salad. We decided to have appetizers as our main course because we were sure we needed dessert. The crab cakes were mostly lump crab meat and wonderful. Then, for dessert, I decided to have the ice cream selection. All three flavors were distinctive and delicious, but my favorite was the Lemon Basil--it was incredible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    Darrell
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I took my date here for our second date and was not disappointed. service and food was wonderful
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • warm wine
    whocooksforyou
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I always love the way it smells like wood grilling when you walk into Ocean. They have an extensive menu and lots of fresh fish. We were disappointed by a few things. The table we got was so tiny it was hard to fit everything on it. The bottle of white wine was not crisply chilled. The gin and tonic tasted like they forgot the tonic; when we mentioned this to the waiter he didn't even comment.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    julia
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We went here for our anniversary, and were very glad we did. Great food in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally a Good Experience
    las123
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I have dined at Oceans a number of times. We were there earlier this week for both my wife and daughter's birthdays. The food was very good, especially the filets and the appetizers. My wife's entrée was a bit overcooked but passable. The drinks were excellent as well. The wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked the atmosphere tho tables
    LuLaJoe
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Liked the atmosphere tho tables for 2 are a bit small. Food was tasty & portions were better than some other fine dining. Tis pricey but what isn't these days. We would return, emphasis on fresh fish is a big plus.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Experience
    Walker
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The overall dining experience was very good. I recommend anyone celebrating a special occasion to try it out. You will be pleased with the service and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate