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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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
I had a wonderful meal at Ocean. The food was exquisite and to top it off - the Server was magnificent. He was knowledgeable about not only everything on the menu, but he paired wine with our meals perfectly. That special attention truly made the difference over and above already excellent seafood. The oysters were fresh and yummy! Everyone's meal was prepared perfectly. I highly recommend this for a Business Meal, or for just a special occasion or desire to eat amazing seafood and be well take care of. A wonderful find in Birmingham!
The service was impeccable. Our waiter knew the menu well and provided details and recommendations. This includes the wine menu. The food was expertly and carefully prepared. The look and feel of the restaurant was appealing and intimate. We were very close to another table but situated so that we couldn't hear their conversation nor could they be involved in ours. It's wonderful that valet parking was provided because I can't imagine where we would have parked! We are definitely coming back to try more dishes.
Overall, we had a decent experience. Maybe we had too high of expectations, though. Food was good, but not great. Service was alright, but slow. Not necessarily the waiter's fault -- he had too many tables to take care of in our section. Would go again, but not as frequently as some of the other high-end restaurants in Birmingham.
We had wonderful time at Ocean to celebrate my son's birthday. The server was excellent and the staff was extremely attentive. All of our dishes were a different type of fish and they were all prepared beautifully. We liked the fact that they allowed different fish to be served on the plate set ups. I can't say enough about what a great experience dining at Ocean was.
Ocean was the perfect date night restaurant to go to. The menu was fabulous if you like seafood, and the food that both myself and my date ordered met and exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a date night or special occasion spot. Ocean was by far the best seafood I've had while not being at the coast. The wine list was extremely pricey, but overall was an amazing experience.
Ocean as usual was an excellent place to spend the evening. We have probably eaten here three or four times over the last year. The fresh seafood and sushi is outstanding. We had the seafood tower which was excellent. The combination of steamed king crab, shrimp, muscles, and a dozen or so fresh oysters was fantastic. The wood grilled lobster was fantastic. The sushi was imaginative and tasty The only problem that we had this night was the ventilation system was not working appropriately and we got a little overdose from the wood fire grill. The courteous, prompt and friendly staff made up for the inconvenience. We will be headed back soon
Excellent experience! Lobster tempura sushi roll, 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, proficient, and pleasant.
We have dined at Ocean several times, each time special in its own way. This was perhaps the best of all. It was Prom Night. Our service was the usual "first rate" kind we know we will enjoy. What was special was watching the staff accommodate with style the sometimes odd and awkward requests of their young customers. These young adults had the Prom Dinner of their dreams. I hope their big nights ended with the easy sophistication and comfortable elegance with which they began. Ocean gave them happy memories. Well done!
We did not get seated until 25 minutes past the appointed time and believe that others without reservations were seated ahead of us. In fact we have to urge the host to seat us. We then were offered a very mediocre seat. However, the manager was apologetic and made up for it with free drinks, another seat and the waiter was personable and indeed superb.
Ocean was by far, the best restaurant I have ever eaten at in the gr3eater Birmingham area. My partner and I arrived for a later dinner, around 9:30, and were blown away at the impeccable quality of the amazing seafood, and service that was provided. Logan, our server, was extremely knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. We will most certainly be back, as Ocean is truly a gem nestled in Birmingham. Thanks for a making it epic!
This was our first visit to Ocean and we probably will not return anytime soon. The dining room looked lovely, but we were seated in what appeared to be patio closed in for the winter that was not nearly as attractive. We could see the main dining room from our table and it was no more than half full the entire time we were there. Our table was close to the street and rain and street noise were distracting. The server offered no suggestions and did not explain the menu at all when we told her it was our first time dining there. She did ask if we had any questions.Fish that was supposed to be deboned in the kitchen was not and tuna that I requested cooked medium was barely seared on top and bottom. Our bill was incorrect. We were charged for an appetizer that we were told was complimentary and charged separately for salads we were told came with the meal. Friends had told us how much they liked Ocean, but we were very disappointed.
Date night with my wife. Stuck us in the terrace/bar rather than main dining room. They were out of both entrees that we ordered and it was only 7:30. My wife got hickory smoked lobster. It was small and tough. I had red snapper that was just ok. It took 50 mins to get our entrees. The server told us on 3 separate occassions that they were plating our food. Really? Go to Highland Grill instead
The food at Ocean was great, as usual, and the service and management are awesome. Micah is the best. He takes care of any of your needs and makes the customer feel special. I constantly recommend Ocean to my friends and family and will now recommend Micah. We will be back.....
One of the most enjoyable restaurant experiences we've had in many years. The service was outstanding, our waiter was always there at the right time with the right item. The food was outstanding, just the right serving size, great presentation. We've found our anchor seafood restaurant in the Birmingham area.
Patrick took excellent care of us as we entertained my mother-in-law and niece. It was their first time dining at Ocean and they thoroughly enjoyed the meal, service and ambience. Thank you, everyone at Ocean for another wonderful evening and dining experience. We'll be back soon!
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