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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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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198 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

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 

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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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?