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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The seafood was so fresh & delicious. Our server Micah was awesome! When I asked about the lobster cocktail, Micah suggested grilled lobster tails instead for an appetizer. They were so good, lobster tails grilled to perfection with a smoke hickory flavor. The calamari appetizer...More

1  Thank stacey c
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We are moving to Birmingham next summer (from New Orleans) and pleased to know there are many great seafood restaurants. I was able to have dinner with future work colleagues at Ocean and it was fabulous! I have celiac and am sometimes hesitant to try...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This is our go-to for dinner on our anniversary restaurant. Last night we shared a Oysters Bienville as an appetizer. It was sooo good, we ordered another. We each had the 'Lobster Special for dinner which was prepared to perfection along with a great New...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Ocean has always been my go-to for a wonderful night out, and they never disappoint. The pan seared scallops are my absolute favorite dish in the world...ambience is very nice, waitstaff perfect, and food always delicious! They never disappoint!

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Before you eat-stop at the bar. The best Sazerc in Bham. Other drinks well made but the Sazerac requires skill. The oyster selection is nice and the oysters are chilled and fresh. The peel and eat shrimp were large and tasty but cold. I prefer...More

Thank Bjhmd
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Some food was great, however, some was average. Started with the Salt and Pepper Calamari and the Lobster Appetizer. Both were good. Sauce was bland. Strange bread service. Hard thin bread the we were not able to eat. The Grouper entree was the best meal....More

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Great ambience and service. Our server was friendly and efficient and we never had to find him. Our water glasses never got empty. I would rate both ambience and service a five. The lobster entree was delicious and plentiful and I would also rate that...More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Just about every item on the menu was fish. Any kind you want. I eat a limited fish menu, so for me it was difficult to make a choice. I would have ordered steak, one of only two non-fish items, but i didn't care for...More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Absolutely unimpressive experience. While the service was good, the food was far from what we expected, especially at these prices. My halibut was overdone, underseasoned, and served on cold and congealed risotto. Everyone in our party had a similarly bland experience. This was our first...More

1  Thank drew1111
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This upscale establishment can be a bit hard to find, they aren't big on signage. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets, they also have a nice valet parking service which many were using. Just pull right up in front of the restaurant and the...More

Thank Larry_English
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Kathleen R
18 June 2017|
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Response from jtq2017 | Reviewed this property |
Valet or street parking. Limited...
26 June 2016|
Response from bana626 | Reviewed this property |
There was no a specific gluten free menu, however, one of the people at the table next to us was gluten free and the server was able to make sure she knew which items were gluten free including desserts.
Jean M
7 February 2015|
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Response from Steven L | Reviewed this property |
We went on a week night in shorts, since we just came from a racquetball tournament. no problem.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$46
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, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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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