Ocean

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Ocean has been locally owned and operated by George Reis since 2002 and is located in the historic Five Points district of Birmingham’s Southside. Enjoy a casual night out with friends at the inviting and contemporary patio bar, or venture inside for some of the best seafood in town and an award-winning dining experience.
Ocean offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features a wide selection of fish and fresh oysters arriving daily. Ocean focuses on sourcing sustainable seafood, local produce, and is proud to support local farms. Pulling flavors and inspiration from around the globe, Ocean is the recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 2007-2015, the Wine Spectator Award 2004-2015, and is the winner of the Alabama Seafood Cookoff in 2015. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News,
Reservations accepted Tuesday through Saturday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Great server and ambience but my whole grilled snapper was very bland

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Eeebeez
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food at Ocean was delicious. Our group had scallops, filet, peach salad, Greek salad, and a soul roll. Sushi was the best we’ve ever had! Our server, Ryan was great and attentive. Water was constantly replenished as were bar drinks. Food is pricey and the scallops were few (3) for the price. Overall it was a good experience

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HappyDiner2014
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Nice job keeping things as clean as possible with this pandemic still raging. Out of the many fine restaurants in Birmingham, Ocean was our choice to celebrate our 36th anniversary; it did not disappoint!

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vipweloveeatingout
Birmingham
143 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aaron made us feel welcome and he was so knowledgeable. Robby , as bartender, always friendly and such great drinks. The food was unique, fresh, delicious. We had a lovely evening and look forward to our return.

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Sugar
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great food!

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vipSeanG
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! I travel all around the world and this place is wonderful!

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vipGeno
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had the seafood tower and it was amazing.. the server was really nice and attentive.. but experience took a dive when desert came out.. we ordered the strawberry pound cake.. the pound cake was like the remaining crumbles of pound cake not to mention very small portion, buttermilk ice cream was nothing but vanilla.. very disappointing for an $8 desert, to top it off we paid $64 for 4 tiny flutes of sparkling wine.. they charge you a nice champagne price for sparkling wine..

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Chandler
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome. One of my favorites and it did not disappoint this time either.
Great job team!

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CliffB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise was in the bar area. Large group - none wearing masks.

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DavidS
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Very ingenious use of shower curtains to provide more safety during these COVID times without taking away from the classy atmosphere. And—if they have the grilled lobster tails, get them. Don’t even ask questions...

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Robert
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fun night. Food was great! Ambience was moderate, but we are in the middle of a pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out at a great restaurant even with all COVID precautions being taken!

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Bruceb
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My wife and I have eaten at Ocean at least twenty five times over the years and have never been disappointed until over last visit. My wife ordered the whole fish flounder and when it came it was hard as a rock from over cooking. When the server came back a half hour later I told him that her fish was over cooked and he offered her a glass of wine as compensation. This is not what we were used to from this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was very good! The Halibut dish was exceptional and our server was very attentive and attended to our needs well while allowing us private conversation time. Great mixed drinks and wine. Looking forward to a return visit soon. We felt very safe as well since we were guests in pandemic startup.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always delicious and the service is always amazing!

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Tourist
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely. Food was pretty good but could do with some more flavor and maybe more flair. For example, the calamari had fried lemon slices that were soooo good but they only put 2 thin slices. Why not put 5? And increase the amount of veggies?

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JeremyG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This place was our favorite. Service was terrible. Generally unfriendly very hurried , yet only checked on us every 25 min. 2 hours for 2 people is too long. Bathroom did not even have towels/paper products available to dry hands.

In addition only 3 of the 7 featured entrees were not available..

On a positive note It was our anniversary and we did get a free desert.

Not sure we will be back.

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CountryCousin
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean offers a superb dining experience. Chef Reis is the master of all things oyster so we recommend trying each type. The variety of tastes is exquisite and fun. As the name implies, Ocean celebrates seafood but with a limited menu that changes daily. For our anniversary dinner I enjoyed beautiful braised scallops while hubs went for a steak. He said the steak was the best he had ever had, very moist and tender with a light touch of marinade. Rather than try to pick our own wines, we opted for the advice of the staff and were rewarded with the perfect wine for the oysters and a wonderful Cabernet with the steak - and they didn't try to suggest wines that were extraordinarily expensive. We took desert home: peach and blueberry cobbler for him and coconut cake for me. He would not share his cobbler! He said it was too good to share. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. We wanted for nothing.
We cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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TonyS
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Wife’s birthday. Our waiter was clueless. Not professional at all. William was our favorite but he’s not back to work yet. Food was great but service was slow, and waited 16 minutes when we set down just to find our waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean is always a five star experience. The food and service are always top notch.

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DavidP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. We’ll be back.

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KristineH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Normally, I love Ocean, but this time, I got sick within an hour of leaving. Don't know what happened...cleanliness or freshness isssues--but wow, it was a REALLY rough day or two afterward.

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TaillesName4
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’d love to return with my coworkers. The ambiance wasn’t conducive for kids. I had my kids there and there was a table that had clearly had too much they kept cursing and yelling. That was the only negative.

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HowardD
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Grilled salmon was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful night! Everything was perfect!

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Sandy
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fabulous. We enjoyed the Seafood Charcuterie and Oysters Bienville...........amazing! Our server, Lisa, was wonderful. She was attentive, but did not hover. We were there to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and she surprised us with a delicious creme brulee and a strawberry candle....how sweet!
In our opinion, Ocean is one of the finest restaurants in the US!

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant for the food, ambiance, service and fantastic cosmopolitans! It is consistently epic! I used to just go for special occasions but now we just go pretty regularly.

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vipJasonpil
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Did not live up to the hype....service was slow...first two items that I ordered were not available...there’s definitely better restaurants in Birmingham....

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Our reservation was at 7:45. We were seated at 8:10. We ordered our food at 8:15 and it took an hour or more to receive our entrees. We ended up have to cut our meal short to get home to the babysitter. Food was great once we received it. Wish I could have had the time to enjoy it. Just need to anticipate 3 hours for dinner service next time.

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Susan
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean is such a great restaurant. Food is delicious and our waiter was the best we have had in a long time. Nearby - but not a pest and did not try to hurry us along. Very fun and friendly atmosphere.

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KatelynP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Always try something new and i’m never disappointed! We always request our same server, Lisa, because she always remembers us! She knows exactly what we like and always surprises us by suggesting some new dish that is always delicious! She takes great care of us! My compliments to the chef, everything is always delicious and he/she always switches it up! Still remains my favorite restaurant in Birmingham!

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JamesF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine with clients! They have valet which is a much down town.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing food and exceptional service

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KelliB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was fantastic.

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MichelleP
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. Too loud. Maybe because tables are crowded in and if by a large party hard to have conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual!

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DobaJ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was good and tasty but in small quantity. Very few sides offered. High priced.

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Daw2009
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Dinner!!!

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KristinaG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and took great care of us. We had a group of 12 and we never had to wait for anything. The food is always delicious. I've never had a bad meal there. Perfect night.

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LanceC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining and experience. First time to go there and would definitely go back again.

FAQs

Ocean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 933-0999.

Ocean is rated 4.6 stars by 1605 OpenTable diners.

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