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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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
3 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
12 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
19 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
6 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!

OT
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Don't go here in the summer unless you want to SWEAT!! (No, the AC wasn't broken - just ineffective). The food was mediocre with little flavor and nothing on the plate that was inspired or inspiring.

J
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

One of my favorites but tough night. A/C was out which made it very uncomfortable. Food was unusually disappointing with fish being over cooked. I will return however since still one of my favs.

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Get the tai dish!

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

First time I ever had scallops the pesto was awesome service was immaculate I just loved it

LC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We must have ordered the wrong things!
We were underwhelmed!
Soul Roll- sushi was excellent

R
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accommodating staff, good food, packed house on a Tuesday night.

TB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my daughter and her husband to Ocean for my daughters birthday. The food was excellent and our server (I can’t remember his name) did a great job. Ocean is a fabulous place to celebrate. We will be back!

MM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Tried a new bottle of wine that the sever recommended..SUPURB!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dave made our anniversary dinner relaxing and fun from the get go. Second time spending a special occasion at Ocean. Always an intimate night with yummy comfort seafood food.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to ocean we Will be back soon!
Excellent food and service. Fantastic menu

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were fabulous! Highly recommend!

PL
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous and our server was great!

SB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My waiter was Randy - super knowledgeable and helpful with choices.

M
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It had been several years since we had last been to Ocean. I was very disappointed that the martini list was much smaller. The grouper dish that my husband ordered was not as flavorful as we thought it should have been. The scallop dish that I ordered only had 3 scallops! They were delicious but for $32, I felt like there should have been more scallops. We always enjoy the fried feta in the salad and the baklava ice cream dessert.

DH
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven’t been to Ocean for some time, and yet we weren’t surprised that it’s still outstanding. We’ll be back soon!

BS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. George and his staff are always on point.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server brought entrees before appetizers were done. Fish ended up being over cooked because it sat under the heat lamp. Fish wasn’t blackened as requested.

SC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

You really enjoyed our evening at Ocean. Although it was quite an expensive meal, it was a delicious one.

J
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All aspects were first class except it was a bit warm.

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