About Ocean

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.

1218 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Highland and 13th Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(205) 933-0999

Website:
http://www.oceanbirmingham.com/

Catering:
For information about catering options, please contact our event coordinator, Heather Boone, at: heather@oceanbirmingham.com or call us at: (205)933-0999

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
George Reis

Private Party Facilities:
For information about our private dining facilities and private dining options, please contact our event coordinator, Heather Boone, at: heather@oceanbirmingham.com or give us a call at: (205) 933-0999

Private Party Contact:
Heather Boone: (205) 933-0999

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ocean Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
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Fit for Foodies (31)
Romantic (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Business Meals (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (10)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great! Ricky is an awesome waiter

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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent overall experience. Don't miss the Baklava ice cream.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service. Good healthy meal

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We visit a few times a year for the grilled lobster tail. The hostess was kind enough to ensure an order was saved for my daughter as she said they were out of lobster. Which she did and my daughter loved them. The oyster selection was fewer than usual, but still excellent. The Ocean Salad with fried Feta is one of my wife's favorites. However, although the fried feta normally arrives still warm in the middle, this time it tasted as if it was fried the day before. The gulf coast shrimp entree was very good. My tuna was well prepared by the entire dish just did not click. The fried calamari was good. The desserts, as always, were fantastic. A lot of competition in Bham for that dining price point. You come to expect their A game every time as a result. This time, a B+

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Birthday Celebration. The food and the service never disappoint. Superb as always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love dining here always! Always take out of town friends for great seafood and staff is great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The new Bubblegum Sushi Roll (I do not know why they named it that ) was fantastic!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was ok, but kind of bland and definitely needed extra seasoning at the table. The dessert was really good. We didn’t have on dinner jackets so we were made to sit in the back corner of the restaurant even though i specifically requested a booth table in a great location via opentable. The waiters were friendly and the dessert was good. I was happy they had valet service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great selection of fresh seafood! Being from the Gulf Coast I was not sure it would compare with some of our local restaurants, I was wrong! The crab cakes were fabulous, the grouper was so fresh, scallops were delicious! Great wine list, dessert was great. We will return the next time we are in Birmingham.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

So it started out really great. Till we decided to order crab legs. The waitress brought us the bowl and the crackers and out plates for the crab legs. We waited for about 45 minutes then our waitress came to our table and told us that they ran out of crab legs. Why did it take that long to find out you’re out of a certain meal item that is on your menu. So she apologizes and says usually when you make reservations you ask to reserve the food that you want so we’ll have some left for you. As if it’s my fault you ran outta food and i didn’t get to have the crab legs. So instead we ordered the lobster which took another 30 minutes to get. About time we got the food we were already over this meal and ready to leave . We drove from North Carolina to Alabama to visit some food places and one of the oldest taverns in Alabama. Totally disappointed in ocean. I understand things happen , I’ve been in the food industry and still own 3 restaraunts . It doesn’t take almost 45 minutes to find out you’re outta food especially crab legs which is your money maker.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was not clean. A hair was found on our table when we sat down and another hair was found in our fried sushi roll.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wait staff was not friendly

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of our local favorites! I had the steak and my husband had the whole flounder. All appetizers were amazing; we got the calamari, lobster tails, and crab cake.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Phenomenal selection of fresh fish and the grilled baby lobster tails are fabulous!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was really good. They were out of a lot of things though. Service great. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a very lovely evening. We had a very friendly and informative server. I think his name was Sean. You could tell he enjoyed his work! We enjoyed our appetizers very much. I liked my lobster but wished I had ordered it prepared in another way. It was boiled I think. It was good but not great. The cocktails we had were awesome and the wine that Sean recommended were right on!

Thank you~

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was awesome, great pricing and Brett the server was awesome

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 18 Years wedding anniversary in Ocean. It was our first time and we came or I would say I came with high expectations as always when I dine in a fine restaurant but I was very disappointed. I order Bouillabaisse and it was served with uncooked Jasmine rice and that’s just ruin the Asian girl dinner.😞 My husband and I keep saying maybe we just ordered a wrong entree. Maybe??!!! I don’t know unless we give them another chance.😏

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food, oysters bienville, great sushi, I had the lightly fried flounder that was wonderful. Too full for dessert. Our waiter was Dave, who was 5 star, and had some great recommendations. Will go again. This was my first time at Ocean.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Meal was fantastic! They have had trouble with service in the past but seem to have straightened that out very well. Our server was knowledgeable, kind and attentive. Make sure you have their signature salad...the fried feta is awesome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very good service and atmosphere in the dining area. The food was good but not as good as I expected for the reputation and price.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was outstanding, but thee room was exceptionally noisy. There was nice spacing between tables so that we did not feel we were listening in on the conversations at surrounding tables. Our experience certainly rivaled Hot'n Hot Fish Club for the quality of our food.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Ocean is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham. We always love to go there to eat fresh oysters and fresh fish. The service is always impeccable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Do not miss this restaurant. Fresh seafood prepared with a twist. Everything is very fresh tasting and not too heavy. For dessert we had the cheesecake on the carrot cake crust. Holy smokes. That was the BEST dessert. (I’ve gotten to where I don’t order cheesecake because I’m always disappointed). Do not miss that dessert. Great experience. HIGHLY recommend b

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful service- he was very helpful in recommendations. Food was delicious. Would return again when traveling through town.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was great except for the four drunk men that sat next to us kinda ruined the mood.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We love ocean! Best steak and seafood in Birmingham. And the desserts are to die for! The baklava ice cream.....

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Overall great food and service. We felt noise level was excessive.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our new favorite! On the recommendation of a friend, I took my wife for a nice anniversary dinner. The ambiance was great, the service fantastic, and food was phenomenal! After an incredible eggplant appetizer, I had grilled grouper and my wife had a fried shrimp dish. Both were some of the best we had eaten. Both were eclipsed by the pecan pie cobbler with vanilla ice cream. A bit pricey but worth it! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is great and the service is the best!
Thanks Ocean for a wonderful birthday dinner:)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was wonderful and the Nova Scotia oysters best I have ever had. It was wonderful

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything at ocean was wonderful except for the restrooms. The door to the women's room was filthy on the outside next to the metal push plate. Inside was not clean and very Unitarian in style. Would have expected more based on the level of service offered...decor and style should extend throughout entire restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was the second time my husband and I have dined at Ocean. Both times were outstanding experiences - for the quality of food as well as the service! We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Oysters were VERY small. They were tasty. Entrees, cocktails & wine were all very good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. Bouillabaisse, filet, and scallops all worth the drive. Nice wine selection.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I always wonder why I let so much time go by before going back to Ocean. My memory is that I always enjoy the food and the service and that remained true with my most recent visit. But, there is one reason that I'm not here several times of year and my memory is triggered the moment I walk in the front door. It's the smoke smell that overpowers everything in the restaurant. They have a very poor ventilation system in the kitchen and consequently the smoke hangs in the air. When you go home at night your suit will smell like smoke for days. When you're enjoying your first cocktail, you can't help but notice the smoke even if you sit far away from the kitchen. It's a shame, because I really do love the food and the outstanding service. If it wasn't for this one flaw, I could safely say that it would be one of my favorite restaurants. The good news is later next year I'll forget why I haven't been back in such a long time. Who knows, maybe someday they will actually fix it.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love this place. We only make it to Birmingham once a year and this is our go to restaurant for date night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Billy & Jimmy giving anniversary handys under the table, everyone that watched did so

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

I asked for a Quiet table and I got one. The food was excellent. Service was excellent. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy
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