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Ocean

1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (30 reviews)
“fried feta” (11 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank drew1111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last Saturday I celebrated with my family my son's graduation here --- we got a table in a separate room but the service didn't forget us ;) they were competent and friendly...my vegan dish was pre-ordered... very tasty and light...fish dishes were very good too...a...More

Thank Anna S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spouse loves seafood and we wanted to go some place different. We had not been to Oceans or to 5 Points in some time so we tried it. We were both impressed with the décor, seafood selection, taste and service. Had a great conversation with...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Went for a business dinner and one of my colleagues said that they had called ahead and reserved 2 flounders for the table. Apparently the flounders go fast as they were the last two left for the evening. It was an entire founder, simply cleaned,...More

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We were five for dinner and had a round table. It was impossible to talk to anyone else other than the person seating by your side as the place was extremely noisy.

Thank Graciela A
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We have dined here on many occasions and felt it was one of the best in Birmingham, if not the South. However, things have changed. Recent experience was average at best. Reservation was for 7:45 and finally seated at 8:30. Ordered a bottle of expensive...More

Thank jtq2017
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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...More

Thank Abconnor2
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Kathleen R
Is there parking at the restaraunt
17 June 2017|
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Response from Larry_English | Reviewed this property |
Metered street parking OR valet parking, no onsite parking
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JENNIFER K
gluten free menu?
25 June 2016|
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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.
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Jean M
Is there a dress code?
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$46
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
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
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Description
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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