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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
17:30 - 22:30
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Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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170 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed our bartender Carlos. His knowledge of wine was superb. Very gracious as well. I a raw oyster fanatic and he let me try an oyster from a town that I've never had before. So I started with 4 raw oysters then got the lobster sushi roll with wasabi peas and got the scallops as my main course.... More 

Thank Abconnor2
Meridian, Mississippi
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent experience! Lobster tempura sushi roll, Greek salad, wood-grilled lobster tails, and the largest whole flounder that I have ever seen, all perfectly prepared and served in our requested pre-theater time frame. Lance, our server, was knowledgeable, pleasant, and proficient in pacing our meal. Extensive wine list and high-quality fresh seafood. We throughly enjoyed Ocean!

Thank anonymousdiner2017
Birmingham, Alabama
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has been my favorite since they opened. Always great food with excellent service! The bread with accouterments that they serve is reason enough to go.

Thank Joan B
Trussville, Alabama
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ocean has been one of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham for several years. With that being said, our recent dining experience was one of the worst I've ever had. Having made reservations for a party of six a month in advance, we arrived at the restaurant a few minutes early and were actually seated before our reservation time. Our waiter... More 

Thank Ldykes
Gadsden, Alabama
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164 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had an exceptional dining experience here on a busy Saturday night. We had an amazing round of oysters to rival anywhere I've had them. Our halibut sushi was small but very good. For entrees, my wife got the fried flounder with a lobster brie pasta that was cooked to perfection. I had the red snapper with... More 

Thank Michael W
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I can't tell you a thing about the food or wait staff here. I can tell you that on a Thursday night, I went to this location. The restaurant was 1/2 empty and there were no people at the hostess station. The hostess told us it would be at least an hour wait for a table -- they had reservations.... More 

Thank Judy H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We typically love Ocean, but this time around didn't appreciate the unattentive wait staff. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary and we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate than Ocean Restaurant. We had made a reservation for 8:00 P.M. We arrived 20 minutes early to enjoy a nice cocktail at the bar. It took Carlos over 10... More 

1 Thank allycat1970
Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Went for a double date and had a terrific experience from start to finish. Oysters were delicious (as was all other seafood ordered) and reasonably priced. The steak is a real sleeper menu item-- perfectly seasoned and cooked. Our server was knowledgeable, prompt, and generous. I'd highly recommend to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or experience Birmingham seafood... More 

Thank awm15
Level Contributor
30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at the restaurant. My husband wanted to eat fish, and oceans is the only restaurant that we know that serves other fish that tuna, catfish or salmon. We were placed in the atrium, but it was warm and cozy. The waitresses were very attentive and nice. The food did not disappoint,... More 

Thank Evelyn90
Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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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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
USD 30 - USD 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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?