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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant for a variety of seafood. Took a group for a client meeting and everyone loved it. Service was impeccable and they offered great suggestions for wine pairings. One of Birmingham's best locations for a great dining experience.

Thank GATravelGuy
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here with my family before Thanksgiving. It's reasonably priced (the same meal would cost more than twice as much in New York), and the service is great. My grouper seemed a little overcooked, but it was well seasoned and fresh. They also have one of the best oyster selections in town.

Thank Olivia B
Goodspring, Tennessee
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our go to restaurant whenever we are in the area. You will never go wrong when ordering any of the fish dishes. We normally have the grouper, and it has always been fresh and delicious. The waite staff are knowledgeable about the dishes and the extensive wine list. Ask for Tabitha as she has always been attentive and... More 

Thank dhcoble
Columbus, Mississippi
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant for seafood. The oyster menu alone had many delicious choices. The seafood was fresh and lovely!

Thank yfarm
Boston, Massachusetts
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183 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here on a Wednesday night, no reservation needed. Not being too hungry, but wanting some good, interesting food I chose Ocean, as I had had an excellent meal there on a previous visit. I had the lobster bisque, a version of their Caprese and crab cakes. Turns out the crab cake spices were just not to my liking,... More 

Thank JPC_TP
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just finished having one of the best meals in the U.S. at Ocean. The selection of oysters were fantastic! We had oysters between 4 of us for appy's and they were the best from all regions. Our server, Jeff, was so knowledgeable about the wine list and we appreciated that very much. The wasabi pea crusted lobster sushi outstanding. We... More 

Thank k2ernski2k
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We get to Birmingham Alabama every October for the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Show and we always eat at Ocean. We love their oysters and lobster and they have great drinks. The tables are a little closer together and you can hear the conversation clearly of the people on either side of you but the food & service is so good... More 

Thank Qtinks
Birmingham, Alabama
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Ok, oK. I know what you're saying. Steak and Ice cream-- at a seafood place? Trust me. I have enjoyed going to this place for years, and 4-5 years ago I had some hit or miss meals. However, Ocean has recently stepped up their game. The 3 times I went here over the last year were special. I branched out,... More 

Thank uawade
Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Very fresh seafood with a lot of interesting preparations. Appetizers and salad choices are fantastic and also a great wine list.

Thank 779beth
New Jersey
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174 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice from the moment we walked in. Larry and David provided great service! Oysters and crab cakes were great! Greek Salad with fried feta and heirloom tomatoes...amazing. Filet and lobster tails...awesome!! The pear pop tart and baklava ice cream...OMG...Out of this world delicious!!!!!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$46
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-933-0999
Ocean is a fine dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features fresh oysters and fish arriving daily from around the world. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award since 2007 and The Wine Spectator Award since 2007. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News. Locally owned and operated by George Reis.
Ocean does not accept ONLINE reservations for parties of 5 or more.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?