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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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 18 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 7 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
Reviewed 30 May 2017

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 26 May 2017

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 18 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
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Kathleen R
17 June 2017|
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Response from jtq2017 | Reviewed this property |
Valet or street parking. Limited...
25 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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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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