Ocean

4.6
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1584 Reviews
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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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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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Excellent
Los Angeles
11 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
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
11 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
10 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.

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RandyR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful overall dining experience. Certainly will return.

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vipScottZ
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait 15 min after our reservation time to get a table but was great besides that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu selection. Staff very knowledgeable about menu items. Great service. Would highly recommend to friends and will definitely be going back!

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vipBarbaraC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We loved the environment, cocktails, appetizer and dessert. The entires were marginal and over priced. So very disappointed in the fish/veal dishes we ordered at the table.

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JOhnS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We loved it

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benjamini
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Attentive servers in a professional atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always

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Daot
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were great. Food was delicious. We will be back soon.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Always a great experience. Get the lobster tail special if they have it. Can’t beat it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Good service and quality meal

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vipmandya
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing cocktails.

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JakobH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great restaurant and food was amazing. Made reservations for valentines a month ahead and head to wait 45 minutes only to be seated next to a drafty window. Server was great, valet parking was great and food was great! Will go back but probably not on a busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received table precisely at our reservation time. The spicy tuna bon bons as a starter were phenomenal. The filet mignon was incredible. Great wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Got seated in a backroom that was chilly and not the atmosphere I was expecting for Valentine night. The night could have been better being in the main dining room. We felt like we were in some kind of patio area that had been closed off. Food was good and the server was very nice.

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vipHallettJ
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a great evening but very very noisy. A large table next to us was ridiculously noisy and we could not have a decent conversation. The food, and service was super.

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RRussell1402
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love coming here! The staff are always top notch!! The food is not only delicious but presented beautifully!! I recommend coming here!!

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foodzgood
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early Valentine’s Day dinner. Everything was fabulous - we had sushi - and the service was 5 star. It was our first time but we’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous per usual.

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ChrisG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Ocean sometimes gets overshadowed by other local places in a city where there are great restaurants everywhere you look. But make no mistake. Ocean is a fantastic choice to go for a special evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean has been my go-to to celebrate my birthday with friends for many years now. They always exceed expectations! Thank you for a perfect evening.