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.
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
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Private Party Contact:
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Ocean Ratings and Reviews
Great food, service & location. Seafood ...
Great food, service & location. Seafood was seasoned very well and grilled to perfection.
The entire dining experience at Ocean wa ...
The entire dining experience at Ocean was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was superb. We had a wonderful time. I have been several times before and every time gets better . We had guests who were in town to see "Wicked". They were quite impressed.
Excelent, I had Scallops, customer had s ...
Excelent, I had Scallops, customer had steak, both were justcgreat
Food wasn't as good as you would expect ...
Food wasn't as good as you would expect from a premier restaurant. We were some what disappointed. The service was great and the atmosphere was good..
Every time I visit Ocean I ask myself wh ...
Every time I visit Ocean I ask myself why I don't do it more often. I find the wine list to be just the right size--variety, but not overkill. And the fish is simply terrific. Our server claimed the scallops were the best in Alabama--and being a skeptic, I took him up on it. Verdict: he's right. Just another example of an outstanding meal at Ocean.
Long one of our favorites, this night I ...
Long one of our favorites, this night I would have to say we had perhaps the best waiter we've ever had. I wish I had recorded his name. The food is always good, perhaps a tad better this time than our last two experiences, but it has remained a favorite. Value gets a slight mark down purely on portion sizes. Restaurants seem to have trouble finding that nice middle ground, IMO.
Just one word: Wonderful!!! Dinner was f ...
Just one word: Wonderful!!! Dinner was for my finance's birthday. Our 5-star waiter Patrick was very attentive and well versed with the menu. Best waiter we've ever had. The other wait staff were also very attentive. The food was 5-star as well. Our steaks melted in our mouths and we ate everything on the plate. I would highly recommend Ocean to anyone who appreciates good service and a great meal. Be sure to reserve a table in advance as this is a popular spot.
This was my 3rd time at Ocean's. All th ...
This was my 3rd time at Ocean's. All this year. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a wonderful evening of great food, nice environment and excellent staff members. We will be back...again and again....
The restaurant was HOT. The crab cakes w ...
The restaurant was HOT. The crab cakes were tiny. One end of my small piece of grouper was chewy. The noise level was so bad that we misunderstood the description of the lobster entree. The service provided by our waitress, Charity, was outstanding . The only thing we heard about this place that met our expectations was price $$$$.
Fantastic place that provided us a memor ...
Fantastic place that provided us a memorable wedding anniversary evening. The were accommodating to my special request to have drinks ready for us when we arrived, and presented us with outstanding service throughout the night. We dined on their Seafood Tower and ended the night with a complementary glass of champagne after indulging in some of the most delicious desserts Ocean has to offer. Could not offer enough praise.
Ocean is a Special Event
Great food, great service, and great experience. Ocean is a special event every time.
My Anniversary Night at Ocean
I had looked around for somewhere special to take my wife out on our anniversary. I had heard of Ocean, but we had never gone there. From the moment that I called to make the reservations until the final cup of coffee, I have never been in an establishment before that met and exceeded all of my expectations. Knowing that it was our anniversary, we were seated in a quiet area, almost secluded from the remainder of the restaurant. I had ordered flowers for my wife, which were in place when we arrived. Our server, Charity, was there promptly after we had been seated. She was well versed on their menu. Charity made some excellent recommendations for our appetizers and for our main entrees. For appetizers, I chose the Ocean Salad with fried feta cheese bites that were just amazing. My wife had the Gulf Coast Blue Crab Cakes that were excellent. For our entrees, my wife had Wood Grilled Certified "Hereford" Filet Mignon that was to die for. So tender that you could cut it with a butter knife, cooked to a perfect medium rare. I chose Pan Seared Sea Scallops that were cooked perfectly. I have never eaten scallops anywhere that would match these in texture, taste, and presentation. We were visited shortly thereafter by one of the managers. He came by to see if everything was satisfactory and he also brought us an Anniversary card signed by the owners, chefs, and the staff. This was just another little surprise to add to our evening. After we finished with our meals, we were pleasantly surprised again when desserts were sent to our table, compliments of Ocean. I must say that this was one of the best dining experiences that my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I would highly suggest that if you are looking for a great overall dining experience, choose to go to Ocean. You will be pleased. Thank you again, Ocean, for making our night special.
This was my first time dining at Ocean. ...
This was my first time dining at Ocean. The service was great and the food was exceptional. The only knock for me is that our table for two was pretty close to our neighbors. It was tough to have a conversation without everyone else's conversation bleeding into ours. Let's get back to the food. App: Bon Bon and soft shell crab roll. Both were very good. The Bon Bon portion is a little big (5 pieces) for an app but they are fabulous. I had the lobster entree and it was heavenly. Sweet, delicate and perfectly cooked. My wife had the pompano and it was cooked to perfection. We opted for the baklava ice for dessert and it was ridiculous. It was perfect in every way. The service is spot on and we will be a back. Make a reservation because this place filled up quick.
I've been to Ocean a couple times now, and the service is always wonderful! The food is really good as well, and their mixed cocktails are tasty! I've had the salmon and steak and it was delicious. The halibut was very good but not my favorite dish. I will definitely be back for the salmon and/or steak again though!
Dinner at Ocean was excellent as always. The food, service, and overall experience was exceptional. Thanks Ocean for making our anniversary dinner so special.
The food was fantastic and our server wa ...
The food was fantastic and our server was great! My husband had the Bouillabaisse and it was a bit spicy but very yummy. I had the Nori Tuna and it was very good as well. The white chocolate bread pudding is to die for. It was a bit loud because there were a few groups of tables that were drinking and not using their "inside voice" but thats not the restaurants fault. I definitely recommend trying this restaurant if you like good seafood.
Our party attended for a graduation dinn ...
Our party attended for a graduation dinner. The staff was accommodating, the food was excellent and the entire experience was wonderful. Would definitely go back!
First time to eat at Ocean since the res ...
First time to eat at Ocean since the restaurant was re decorated. Very nice.
My wife and I had our 2nd anniversary di ...
My wife and I had our 2nd anniversary dinner here. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special. Oh, and the food was delicious, too.
Great restaurant and completely underrated
Ocean doesn't get a ton of buzz around BHM since there are so many amazing award winning restaurants, but it is one of my absolute favorites and totally underrated. The filet is absolutely amazing! I get it every time even though it is more of a seafood restaurant.
Ocean is truly a one of a kind find in Birmingham. The ambience and particularly the food rivals the finest restaurants even the Inn at Little Washington. The ability to select and build your meal according your preferences - large meal, small meal, seafood, was noteworthy. The food itself was exceptional. Service and attention by the staff was worthy of a five star rating. The Floor Manger Larry Denmark personally scanned and talked with many of the clients to ensure that all was well. Well done to a remarkable wait staff, kitchen staff and chef!
Service was great. Food was good and the location was good. We had a fantastic time.
Ocean is a fantastic restaurant! Thank you for participating in Dining Out for Life and supporting a local charity, AIDS Alabama! I finally got the tower of seafood, and it was delicious. The raw oysters were some of the best and freshest I've ever had. We are so lucky to have Ocean in our fine city.
Great Food in Five Points
The food was excellent... Perfectly seasoned and well potioned. If you're a seafood lover, Oceans is definitely the place to go in Birmingham!
We love Ocean but this experience was not the best
Ocean is one of our favorite restaurants, but this was not one of our best experiences. We were celebrating my 50th birthday and I had tuna and my wife had salmon. Salmon was not cooked they way my wife requested and my tuna was ok; not great. However, service was fantastic as always. Also, I had sushi and it was fantastic.
Family Get Together
Ocean has been around a long time and has remained consistent in its offerings over the years. It has not evolved as much as other fine dining establishments but that's not a bad thing as long as you get a quality experience. For starters we had calamari and oysters. The oysters were very fresh and sweet served on homemade crackers and with homemade hot sauce. The best entrees were the scallops and the tempura tuna, both perfectly cooked and presented. The offerings of Proseco and Sancerre paired perfectly. The overall experience was very enjoyable with no mistakes in delivery. There was a bit of road noise as we sat on the enclosed outer patio but nothing that subtracted from the experience.
One of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham. We take many clients here when they are in town. Food is always exceptional, especially the Seafood Tower appetizers and the sushi, but I've never had a bad meal here. And the service has always been great as well.
Great service and even better food. Good selection of fresh oysters. We ordered the following: Grilled lobster and oysters for appetizers: both were amazing. Oyster stew (maybe the best flavored dish that I have ever had in my life) Crab cakes (small but good combination of flavors - sweet, salty, and spicy) Scallops (by far the best scallops that I have ever eaten - manager told us that they hire a scuba diver that hand picks their scallops for them) White chocolate bread pudding with homemade ice creams (cake batter, peanut butter truffle, key lime pie, and raspberry lemonade sorbet): the bread pudding was the best dessert that I have ever had in my entire life We live in Georgia. It is well worth the 2 and half hour drive to go here.
It wasn't bad but the quality of the food didn't match the price. Bonefish, the chain, has tastier seafood at a better price. Good service. Probably won't go back.
Ocean's surpassed every expectation! I chose this venue for a birthday celebration. The service was awesome. The food portions were very generous and the taste was superb! This restaurant is an excellent choice for any occasion.
not as good as the first time
I enjoyed a great meal at Ocean about 2 years ago and was excited to return when a work trip brought me to Birmingham again. The service was excellent, the sushi good, the cocktails okay, all other dishes mediocre (crab claws from the raw bar, a snapper entree). There wasn't much flavor, the snapper was tough, just not much going on. For me it's all about the food, and I was disappointed.
Great service, great menu, great ambianc ...
Great service, great menu, great ambiance! Love the bar area and it was a popular place to be! We had Greek salad, lobster bisque, filet, fish special and bread pudding. All of it was delicious! Service was attentive, polite and knowledgable.
This was our 2nd time dining at Ocean's and we brought a friend for her first time. Once again we were not disappointed in anything. The staff is WONDERFUL. The 3 of us were there celebrating all of our birthdays. The manager came over and thanked us for choosing this restaurant over any other. He also presented each of us with a birthday card that the entire staff signed. YES THAT WAS OVER AND BEYOND and so appreciated. Let me not forget to mention the waiter who was knowledgeable. The food was amazing. I would say for everyone to order something different so you can have a taste of each others. We did and were pleased with all that was ordered. Thank you Ocean's staff for making our birthday's so special.
Service was absolutely excellent. The fo ...
Service was absolutely excellent. The food was a gracious portion. Oyster Rockefeller was phenomenal.
Great dining for a special date night
My wife and I celebrated her promotion at work with dinner at Ocean. The food was great, the service was on point and the prices were reasonable. There are quite a few nice places to eat around 5 points and for seafood, this one is at the top of our list. Overall a very good experience and one we will enjoy again in the future.
What a great place to celebrate my birthday in Bham. The food was great! Service was extraodinaire. Setting was warm and cozy. The abyss was off-the-chain!
Great place for anniversary
My bride and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last Saturday night at Ocean. It was very, very good. The food was delicious and our service was out of this world.
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