Ocean

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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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MS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been one of our favorite Birmingham restaurants for years. Consistently great food and service!

GS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and truly enjoyed Craig, our waiter. It was a truly enjoyable evening.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with a large party. Tons of fun!

MG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did recommend to friends our waiter was patient and attentive please extend my regards

P
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great. Everything was fabulous!

EA
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great dining atmosphere.

BD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The first time at Ocean with a party of 8 people. Every interaction from the reception stand, the bar, and the table based service was superb. The food was fantastic ... one of the best locations to eat in BHM.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forgot how excellent this place is.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

CM
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We race at Barber Motorsports Park about twice a year and we make sure that Ocean is the place we celebrate our efforts. We've been dining here for five years now and plan on coming back next year again. Everything is great. Highlights are the hickory smoked lobster tails and the Baklava ice cream. Incredible!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Excellent food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Seafood tower was excellent. Prices were reasonable and a great value for the quality of cuisine.

f
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean has served the best seafood in Birmingham for several decades. Newer places like Automatic Seafood & Oysters have opened and are popular. After several visits to Automatic, our favorite place for fresh seafood is still Ocean.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch all around.. always! Love our annual date night here!

S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent oysters! Also, try the Soul Roll!

DM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for a special occasion. We went for our 25th anniversary. Food was outstanding and service was great. Waiter was a perfect balance of being attentive but not interruptive. Even though it was very busy with lots of conversations around, my husband and I were easily able to talk. We are happy to add this restaurant to our favorite list and look forward to going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I surprised my husband for our Anniversary. They paid attention to every detail! Put us at a quite table in the back room just like I requested. When desert arrived they wrote Happy Anniversary on the plate. It was a great dining experience.

f
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with old friends.

Dave took care of us. He has waited on us many times and Saturday night was fabulous just like all of the other times. Much thanks to the staff at Ocean, our favorite restaurant in Birmingham!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The last few times I have dined at Ocean the food has been excellent. There was a point in there a few years back that it was just okay. I am very glad we have given it more chances

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Ocean we have impeccable service and food. The waiters always know what to recommend and they’re always attentive to our needs without hovering too much. They even surprised my finance and I a message on our desert plate for our anniversary without us asking for it. Thank you, employees of Ocean!!! We will continue to spread the word of your amazing restaurant!

V
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meals. I had the Tai Curry bowl with lobster, mussels, etc. Very good but the rice was not cooked enough. I would suggest steaming it about 2-3 minutes longer. I will be back to have it again.

VK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not conducive for this. Not made to feel special. Would be best for adult families or business dinners. Our waiter and Aaron the manager were wonderful!

b
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean’s ambiance is superb, service fantastic, location ideal, wine list impressive. my adult daughter, who was raised in oyster producing community, said: “..Ocean’s oyster bienvile was the best oyster she has ever eaten”. halibut is usually prepared with consistency like steak; Ocean’s was soft & flaky, like a knife cutting through butter.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was solid. Baklava ice cream was amazing. Nothing that is really calling me to go back in the near future though. Something was missing. May have been the back annex they seated us in...

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there celebrating our 20 year marriage anniversary and everything was perfect. Our waitress Charity was the absolute best. She was so patient and helpful while we decided what meals we wanted. At the end of our dinner she surprised us with an amazing dessert...compliments of the restaurant. I would definitely recommend and would eat there again.

TI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Ocean. Menu was creative without being weird. Quality and preparation were great. Professional wait staff added to the experience with smart recommendations.

FC
Birmingham
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a girls night out there and the food was great, but the service was even better. I wish I could remember the name of our server, but I cannot remember. He was very knowledgeable of the menu and made some great suggestions. We will be back.

MI
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow and because it was our 50th wedding anniversary they were suppose to give us free dessert. No one offered anything. ☹️

MB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean is a wonderful special occasion restaurant. The menu has a nice variety of entrees and sides, along with an extensive wine list. Service is first class. My wife ordered the tuna and said it was the best she has ever had. My grouper was nicely prepared as well. I highly recommend the heirloom tomato salad.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ahi tuna was a fantastic dish.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was hands down the best steak I have had in years! Our server did not attend to us as well as I would have expected for an establishment of this stature. They were obviously busy earlier in the evening, however that was not the case while we were there.

The portions I received were small and I found myself wanting something else. I ordered tea and ended up drinking the water due to the glass never being refilled. The wife ordered coffee with desert and i was brought a cup as well. I simply drank because I was tire of water.

a
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in Birmingham! Prices are high but worth every penny.

d
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great seafood choice with some good sushi options. Higher end cost and a long time restaurant in Birmingham. Great wine menu and the food is always very good.

WS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful dinner. William was an excellent waiter. Food was delicious.

JD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our absolute favorites in Birmingham. Prices are reasonable for the quality and we are never disappointed in the food! Great seafood and probably the best filet in Birmingham.

l
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was extremely good. We always enjoy this restaurant.

MB
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scallops and red grouper meals were delicious. Our server, John , was attentive. Thanks for the complimentary dessert to help celebrate our anniversary.

c
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest seafood (and best steaks in Birmingham). Outstanding!

LA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and would certainly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service perfect as always!

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