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Ocean, Birmingham, AL
Ocean, Birmingham, AL
Ocean, Birmingham, AL
Ocean, Birmingham, AL
Ocean, Birmingham, AL

Ocean

4.6
4.6
1554 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, International
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Phone number
    (205) 933-0999
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    George Reis
  • Catering
    For information about catering options, please contact our event coordinator, Rachel Langdon, at: Rachel@oceanbirmingham.com or call us at: (205)933-0999
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross street
    Highland and 13th Ave
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,554 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,555 Reviews
  1. RAYH

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Took to long to get food after order was placed. server was over worked with excesive tables

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  2. DB0423

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oceans is the best Seafood Resturant in Birmingham Alabama.

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  3. LoisG

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The curtain panels made our dining time intimate and the food was so Amazing!!!!

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  4. BirmDiner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal and dining experience! The whole fish was amazing!

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  5. LoriS

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant and the food!

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  6. Carol

    Alabama

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing meal at Ocean. Ocean is consistently excellent, the food, the service and ambiance. Lovely birthday celebration- great oysters and the shrimp cocktail was fantastic. My daughter even said the shrimp was the best she’d ever had, just exactly what you would want shrimp to taste like. The Thai bouillabaisse was excellent, as always. Salmon was perfect. I frequently recommend Ocean to friends and newcomers to Birmingham, as it is one of the very best restaurants here. Don’t miss the desserts - cinnamon roll creme brûlée was amazing and the baklava ice cream is a real treat!

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  7. Barbie

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and atmosphere were wonderful. But the entree for the restaurant week selection was not as good as I have had there in the past. Drinks were great and server was knowledgeable. Overall our go to date night place with a superb dining experience.

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  8. RoxanneB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still my favorite restaurant! I love the grilled Lobster tails and Greek salad the best. Why arnt those lobster tails on the menu?? I have to ask every time. But they are awesome !

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  9. JamesT

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service was fantastic. Look forward to dining here again soon.

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  10. RachaelF

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way. The Restaurant Week menu was fabulous and the service always attentive ans informative. The sushi was amazing and the lobster pot pie was different but great. We will be back!

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  11. RandallK

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    They have taken socially distanced tables seriously. Have ocean themed curtains separating tables, for safety and more privacy. Always my go to 5 star restaurant when I am in Birmingham. Awesome dining experience every time!

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  12. johnny

    Alabama

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service. Liked the curtain separators

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  13. paulm

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal dinner. Great service. Restored my faith it this place

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  14. ScottB

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Year’s Eve Dinner with friends.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic time. Champagne, oysters, wonderful entrees. This was a special treat- first time out to dine in 8.5 months for our friends that came from California. George made a table side appearance.

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  16. PatS

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place and nice atmosphere. The salad and oysters were delicious but the lobster tails were drenched in oregano which took away from the flavor of lobster. Wouldn’t order that again.

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  17. Luv2go

    Alabama

    173 reviews

    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ocean never disappoints! The food & cocktails were amazing & Robbie took great care of us at the bar. Try the whole fish—I had the grilled pompano & it was fabulous! Also, the sushi is delicious & you can’t go wrong with the bananas foster for dessert.

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  18. Andrew

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Our server was incredible. Very knowledgeable and very friendly. One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in Birmingham.

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  19. BarryP

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, felt very safe the tables were positioned.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great evening. The waiter was very knowledgeable with the menu. He was one of the best we have ever had.

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  21. ChrisG

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our go-tos in Birmingham. Never over-the-top, always a fantastic experience. Servers know what they're doing, food is extraordinary, and the ambience is terrific.

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  22. AndrewA

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd year in a row we have went to ocean for our anniversary amazing sushi and atmosphere.

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  23. KimC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Ocean. Everything that we ordered was fantastic. The sushi and raw oysters were a great start to our evening. I had the scallops, which were delicious, and my husband said that the filet was probably the best he's ever had, and he's eaten a lot of filets. Our server was very attentive. He was also great at making recommendations. We cannot wait to go back!

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  24. RonV

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Strongly recommend the whole Snapper or Flounder as a main course. Great service and attention to COVID protocols.

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  25. PatrickC

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both service and food was fantastic. Our waiter was very attentive making sure we were happy with everything

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  26. BethW

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have not dined at Ocean in a while, but we were so glad we chose it for a recent family dinner. Staff complied with all CDC guidelines, so we felt perfectly comfortable and safe in the dining room. The food, as always, was excellent. I highly recommend the tuna - very fresh and delicious. The chef even accommodated our very picky college student and allowed a few substitutions to create a meal she loved. We won't wait so long to go back!

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  27. PeetK

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Thai Curry dish and it was delicious! The service was extraordinary!

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  28. weloveeatingout

    Alabama

    195 reviews

    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super service, wonderful seafood, great bar = one terrific experience!

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  29. GAVSJM

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Highly recommended. Great care given to customer protection fromCOVID.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still the best seafood in town.

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  31. Bill

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! Seafood tower and drinks were awesome!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing particularly wrong with our experience, just average.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the tower and the bouillabaisse was delicious.

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  34. TiffanyJ

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it great food, very great service as well! Will be back for sure.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent. A few missed steps in service- missed cocktail, food delivery to correct person, wine not reported Recommend however as enjoyable evy

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  36. AshleyPfeiffer

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was mine and my husband’s first time to eat at Ocean. It was our 18th anniversary, and we chose to go here based solely off the reviews. Well, the good reviews we read, lived up to their words! We were impressed by the service and the food. The restaurant is beautiful, our waitress was super nice and amazing, and the food was delicious. We would definitely go back and recommend this place to anyone!

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  37. TanyaP

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered a dish that I do not normally order. The food was amazing it was a preference issue. I am trying to eat healthier.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service

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  39. JohnS

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great as usual

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FAQs

Ocean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 933-0999.

Ocean is rated 4.6 stars by 1554 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Ocean

1218 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Highland and 13th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, International
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    George Reis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (205) 933-0999
  • Catering
    For information about catering options, please contact our event coordinator, Rachel Langdon, at: Rachel@oceanbirmingham.com or call us at: (205)933-0999
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