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Ocean has been locally owned and operated by George Reis since 2002 and is located in the historic Five Points district of Birmingham’s Southside. Enjoy a casual night out with friends at the inviting and contemporary patio bar, or venture inside for some of the best seafood in town and an award-winning dining experience.
Ocean offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features a wide selection of fish and fresh oysters arriving daily. Ocean focuses on sourcing sustainable seafood, local produce, and is proud to support local farms. Pulling flavors and inspiration from around the globe, Ocean is the recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 2007-2015, the Wine Spectator Award 2004-2015, and is the winner of the Alabama Seafood Cookoff in 2015. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News,
Reservations accepted Tuesday through Saturday.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Seafood, Contemporary American, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Highland and 13th Ave
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For information about catering options, please contact our event coordinator, Heather Boone, at: email@example.com or call us at: (205)933-0999
Complimentary Valet Parking
Private Party Facilities:
For information about our private dining facilities and private dining options, please contact our event coordinator, Heather Boone, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at: (205) 933-0999
Private Party Contact:
Heather Boone: (205) 933-0999
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ocean Ratings and Reviews
This was a return trip to Ocean and overall, it did not disappoint. Service at the bar was AWFUL as we waited on the table. We didn't get drinks until our table was ready 15 minutes after sitting down. Service once seated was EXCEPTIONAL. Attentive and enthusiastic with good recommendations for food. Fried Green Tomatoes, Greek Salad, Cobia and Tuna were all wonderful. Other than bar service, my only complaint was the smoke (kitchen, not cigarette) in the restaurant. Clearly, they have a ventilation issue. Our clothes were saturated with the smell, our eyes burned, and we both sneezed all night. I would suggest getting the issue dealt with - it was bad!
Delighted we chose this venue for an 80th birthday celebration! The food was very good, and the service was outstanding!! Our waiter, Logan, was helpful, attentive, and enthusiastic. Other members of the staff came by with good wishes, and it was nice to receive a special dessert, complete with candle.
Great food and great service every time we go. Valet service makes it convenient. One of the best restaurants in the Birmingham area and that is saying a lot. The Sushi is a must. I've tried several entrees and haven't had a bad one yet. The baby lobster tails as an entrée or appetizer is great. The scallops are always a safe choice. Had the Tuna this time and it was perfect. They have a few non-seafood items but if you are going to Ocean they do seafood about as good as you'll get anywhere.
Got off to a bad start, we had a reservation for out door seating. We arrived 15 min before our reservation had a couple of drinks while we waited. 20 min after our reservation time they let us know that they could not seat us outside because of a larger party they were getting ready to seat. So they ended up seating us inside. It was just frustrating because there were tables outside and inside that were empty the entire time.
That being said,the service at the table and food was good.
Service, drinks and oysters were excellent, but the fish dishes were not very inspiring. They sounded wonderful on the menu but we were disappointed with the meal. My fish was dry and overcooked and my husband's dish were overly seasoned.
The food and staff were fantastic. We were there for3 hours, and they offered to comp one of our entrees due to the wait (the wait for food/drinks, not wait for a table). The service was very slow, but they were doing everything they could to make up for it, and it worked. Would go again.
My wife and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary at Ocean tonight. It's been our favorite restaurant for several years, but tonight was even better. The personal attention from Logan, our server, and Larry, the manager, was appreciated. The food was absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to our next visit.
The night we went the AC was out which took away from the overall atmosphere. Parking is bad in the area as well. Negatives aside the food and service were top notch. Don't be afraid to try the filet at a seafood restaurant, it was amazing. Save room for the strawberry cobbler and balsamic ice cream!
The food was phenomenal and well portioned - just enough that I felt I was getting my money's worth. Our waiter was also very helpful with recommendations and clearly knew the menu well. They even gifted us a complimentary "baklava ice cream" as we were there to celebrate our anniversary. I wish I lived in Birmingham so I could go back!!
Excellent service and the food was delicious. My wife and I are both seafood lovers and we were impressed. Although I don't think I got the meal I ordered it was still great. We picked ocean to celebrate our anniversary and the management and wait staff treated us wonderfully on our special day. Definitely recommend a visit!
Great ambience, pleasant staff and great food and wine selection. We were sat promptly at reserved time.
Only negative was struggling A/C, which the Manager attempted to address by lowering temperature.
All and all still one of top restaurants in Birmingham.
Ocean has fresh seafood and an excellent oyster menu. Booker can be found at the oyster bar and always provides great recommendations. The service is excellent- our waitress was delightful. The only thing missing is the Gin Buck Fizz that used to be on the drink menu. If you're in the mood for sushi, the portions are plentiful. Their watermelon salad is a great summer choice- great place for a fine meal or a simple snack at the bar.
This was my first visit to Birmingham for a business trip and took my client here for dinner. The atmosphere was lovely and the service was fantastic! We had the ocean salad Greek style with fried feta and they split it for two. It was delicious! The red grouper was great and the seafood Thai green curry bouillabaisse was amazing! Dessert was the strawberry Cobbler and caramel lava cake. I would recommend ocean to everyone! Prices very, very reasonable!
Our Ocean experience was great. We had the lobster tail appetizer and a selection of oysters. All were delicious. Two of us had the filet (rec from our server) and I had mine with additional scallops. I wasn't a fan of the scallops, they were a bit mushy. But, the filet was excellent. The asparagus side was delicious! The tuna tempura was also great. The only disappointment was the bouillabaisse.....it was more of a few seafood selections steamed (?) in a bowl of a bit of broth. Wasn't a true bouillabaisse. The creme brulee dessert was ok.
But, we would def go back. Our experience was great and the French pressed coffee was delish!
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