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1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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...More

Thank anonymousdiner2017
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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...More

Thank Ldykes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 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...More

Thank Michael W
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...More

Thank Judy H
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...More

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gluten free menu?
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
Is there a dress code?
7 February 2015|
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Response from KiSmit5 | Reviewed this property |
They asked my significant to take off his hat when we walked in, yes I know he shouldn't have been asked. Other than that business casual.
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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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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
  • E-mail
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.