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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spinach, farro, fennel, blistered tomato vinaigrette
Shrimp and Grits
shrimp shiitake bacon sausage, grana grits, heirloom tomato gravy
kali olive, red pepper polenta, beech frise vert salad, egg anchovy vinaigrette
Great server and ambience but my whole grilled snapper was very bland
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
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!
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.
Great time great food!
Fantastic food and service! I travel all around the world and this place is wonderful!
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..
Food and service was awesome. One of my favorites and it did not disappoint this time either.
Great job team!
The noise was in the bar area. Large group - none wearing masks.
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...
Fun night. Food was great! Ambience was moderate, but we are in the middle of a pandemic.
Great dinner out at a great restaurant even with all COVID precautions being taken!
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.
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.
It’s always delicious and the service is always amazing!
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ocean is always a five star experience. The food and service are always top notch.
Great food and attentive service. We’ll be back.
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.
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.
Grilled salmon was delicious!
Thank you for a wonderful night! Everything was perfect!
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!
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!
Great place to dine with clients! They have valet which is a much down town.
Beautiful restaurant with amazing food and exceptional service
The food was wonderful and the service was fantastic.
Great service and food. Too loud. Maybe because tables are crowded in and if by a large party hard to have conversations.
Everything was perfect as usual!
Food was good and tasty but in small quantity. Very few sides offered. High priced.
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.
Great dining and experience. First time to go there and would definitely go back again.
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.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.