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: email@example.com or call us at: (205)933-0999
Complimentary Valet Parking
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ocean Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I dine at Ocean for two purp ...
My wife and I dine at Ocean for two purposes. These are dinners involving (1) faculty or potential faculty at our workplace and (2) celebrations for us or our family. Tonight (9/21) was a great way for us settle down from lots of stressful experiences for several days. It simply was wonderful and since there only 2 of us in mid-week, we consumed alcohol lightly and had both great fish and red meat appetizers and entrees. It was simply wonderful and the staff of Ocean continue to be the best in Birmingham. They provided different ways to make alterations in our entrees and to some extent the appetizers. It was a superb evening!
Very nice from the moment we walked in. ...
Very nice from the moment we walked in.
Larry and David provided great service!
Oysters and crab cakes were great! Greek Salad with fried feta and heirloom tomatoes...amazing. Filet and lobster tails...awesome!! The pear pop tart and baklava ice cream...OMG...Out of this world delicious!!!!!!
We have not been to Ocean in quite a whi ...
We have not been to Ocean in quite a while and after our recent dinner, I am wondering why I wasted time at other not so great restaurants. The food was outstanding and the desserts were insane. Great dining experience!
The food was good and the service was ex ...
The food was good and the service was exceptional. The noise level was high so quiet conversation was not an option. Not a great place for a meeting or a first date. It was pleasant to have the high level of service and great food with the courses served with perfect timing. I probably would not go back for another date night, but to go with a group of friends would be fun.
We were very pleased with the staff duri ...
We were very pleased with the staff during our dinner. This was our engagement dinner and the entire staff was very interactive with us sharing our excitement. The food was as always exceptional and the new lemon lavender ice cream so good.
Everything was wonderful. The bouillaba ...
Everything was wonderful. The bouillabaisse in curry was unique and delicious! Our other dishes were excellent as well. The waiter was very attentive but not too much. The only disappointment was that I had told them it was my husbands birthday and they confirmed that with me over the phone but the waited did not get the message or forgot. They usually give you a very nice dessert for your bday. After the check I did tell the waiter I was paying because it was his bday so he gave us a dessert to go. Not quite the same.
My husband and I both felt the food was ...
My husband and I both felt the food was extremely overpriced based off of the portions. While it was tasty, we left feeling like we had been taken advantage of. On top of that, although we made reservations, they squeezed us in between two other tables where we were right on top of other guests. The ambiance and noise level was terrible. To spend $154 on two tiny entrees and two glasses of wine in that atmosphere, we felt ripped off. We will not be returning!
Had heard wonderful things about the res ...
Had heard wonderful things about the restaurant but it was extremely hot, extremely loud and not conducive to an enjoyable dinner. It's hard to determine if the food was really just ok or if it was just too hot in there to actually enjoy the food. Terribly disappointing.
Ocean is one of our favorite restaurants ...
Ocean is one of our favorite restaurants for great dining in a causal atmosphere. Great service, terrific food...we're never disappointed.
Most times we like to sit at the bar because the bartenders (especially Carlos) are so friendly and fun to chat with. We always meet new friends at the bar as well. Seems to be where the action is.
sometimes we prefer a private experience and get a table. It's cozy and wonderful.
Everything we've tried is exceptional. Love the fresh oysters--many to choose from. Grilled lobster tail appetizer is fantastic and so is the Ocean salad. The scallops are the best I've ever had, every time. I like seafood specials--flounder, pompano, snapper...
We are good cooks and eat at home quite often but we don't make seafood nearly as good as Ocean.
Great wine list too...Carlos is a well educated sommalier, so if he's around, ask for his advice.
Waited 30 minutes after our confirmed re ...
Waited 30 minutes after our confirmed reservation time to be sat with so much as a "sorry" or an offer of complimentary cocktails while waiting. Half the items we ordered weren't up to par. Bar staff excelled and all items at cold bar were good.
There were several menu choices. The foo ...
There were several menu choices. The food tasted fresh and good. The whole wood grilled snapper and Thai green curry sea food medley with jasmine rice was cooked to our taste and selection. Overall great experience.
A bit pricey though, but I would recommend for special occasions.
Unsatisified and unsatiated. First time ...
Unsatisified and unsatiated. First time.There was no AirConditioning in the middle of an Alabama summer? A pungent aroma of fish in w/the humidity( yes, is is a fish eatery) ameliorated by a little R-134a. Coat & tie, sweated the whole dinner. I reserved for 2 small Table main traffic of servers. Reservations online 10 days ago, they still gave me an let's-stick-em'-here kinda table. Thought get a better table for reserving so early. Pays to reconnoiter in advance. Restaurant Week, but didn't care 4 a meal-deal. Wanted FULL dining experience. Waiter Logan hurried and sweating when he got to our table food stains on his shirt. He sold me a $75.00 bottle of wine when I thought it was $50.00 never discussed the prices. Not felt comfortable, did not convey a pleasant feeling for a good experience. Extremely noisy. Couldn't hear pronunciation of wine just accidentally purchased. Can one eat in a frenetic environment? That's why places like Flemmings, et al. don't have to scream to talk. What I had was good. Paint an image in your mind of the dish from the menu I'm going to eat, comes to the table, disappointed by the portion. Plate is HUGE and food small. Invest in the larger portion(2 extra scallops) still retain essence of presentation. Banks scallops. 4 of them done perfectly $31.00 plus black eyed peas 2 oz w/ heirloom tomatoes 4 about 1/2 inch long sliced in half in the BEP's. Scallops for 22.00/lb at Whole Foods. Averaged sized person, Fig dessert was good, small decent portion. Appetizer, Coconut curry soup. Thin and light in flavor. Tasty though Spent 175.00 for 2 a vanilla gratuity of 17%. Tip someone 25% part selling you $75.00 bottle? So, there you have it, if you like going to a noisy, humid, crowded place trying to talk over everyone in a studio-like atmosphere, with everyone running around frantically ( I hate to see what goes on in the kitchen ), and dieting this is the place for you. Thanks for reading... The unofficial food critic
This was our fourth visit to Ocean and s ...
This was our fourth visit to Ocean and so we had high expectations during Birmingham Restaurant Week as we have never had a bad meal here. Sad to say, we were very disappointed in the food! We ordered the special flounder from the BRW menu (if at Ocean I'm going to eat seafood and expect it to be fabulous!) and honestly, I cook better fish at home! The flounder was overcooked, dry and very salty! On top of that, even though the squash gratin and fried okra were tasty, everything on the plate was the same color - a very boring tan! On a good note, the appetizer of fried oysters and pork belly was delicious (although the egg yolk that came with it was horrible - salty and so thick it couldn't be spread). The dessert was good, too, as was the French press coffee. Our server was terrific with a very pleasant personality. I can only hope that the chef was just having an off night and it won't be repeated since Ocean has been one of our favorite restaurants. This makes us a little nervous to go back and see! Even though we spent $90 (probably half of what it could have been) that was too much to pay for a less than satisfying meal.
This was our first dinner at Ocean since ...
This was our first dinner at Ocean since they completed the revision of the dining area about 6 months ago. The dining area now feels much roomier and the noise of the dining crowd (between 6pm and 8:30pm) was much lower. Also, our waiter was remarkably like the top waiters one often has in France and other western Europe locations. He was very attentive, knew the new menu very well, and represents the restaurant exceptionally well. My wife particularly liked the appetizer of heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese ice cream. I was most happy with a dozen raw oysters (none from the Gulf of Mexico-a wise choice) appetizer and Hereford filet. The former Ocean was usually great but the new Ocean is really the very best and most reliable in Birmingham.
Visited for restaurant week. The food w ...
Visited for restaurant week. The food was not bad but it also was nothing to write home about. Again, we went for restaurant week so we stuck that menu offering only. Goat cheese ice cream is definitely different and I encourage everyone to try it. The server was very personable and attentive and introduced me to a new wine that I now love. I will probably be back to give the food another chance based on my preferences instead of adhering to a smaller menu. And they have valet parking which is great considering the downtown area location.
My food was outstanding. My wife's was g ...
My food was outstanding. My wife's was good except her entrée which was flounder ( the special for Birmingham Restaurant Week) and was supposed to be crisp but was not (and slightly overcooked and dry). My entrée was excellent (grouper over summer vegetable ragout), and her appetizer was also (fried oysters with a side of smoked barbeque pork). Her dessert was also quite good. Service was absolutely outstanding: knowledgeable, attentive, and unobtrusive. We were in a quiet corner, but the main room was quite loud and completely full by the time we left.
My husband and I celebrated our annivers ...
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and my mother's 91st birthday at Ocean and had a delightful evening. The wait staff was attentive, and made us feel very special!! I enjoyed a cocktail from their specialty cocktail list and also liked the wine our waiter helped us select for dinner. The fish dishes my husband and I ordered were well prepared and honestly the fresh summer vegetables served with the fish tasted as if they had come from the garden that very morning! My mother's steak was cooked exactly as she ordered and appeared tender and juicy. Desserts were peach cobbler and bread pudding which we all shared and were equally delicious. My only negative was the noise level was a bit loud for us. I realize this may have more to do with our age than Ocean's ambiance.
Ocean did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend and hope to return!
I typically have a very good experience ...
I typically have a very good experience at Ocean. This last time, I was a little embarrassed by the service. When I arrived for my reservation, I was taken to a booth (table for 2). Unfortunately, I'm about 8 months pregnant and could not fit in the booth. They offered a seat in the courtyard, but it was too muggy outside due to rain. I was then seated in the main dining hall, but informed that sense I was 15 minutes late for my reservation I needed to be done eating by 7:30. I felt embarrassed about the whole situation and am not sure I will return.
Very disappointed in our overall experie ...
Very disappointed in our overall experience; in the past, I've always had great food and prompt, knowledgeable service; however, this time the service was very slow from the time we arrived, and the food was average at best. Won't be going back.
We were at Ocean to celebrate a birthday ...
We were at Ocean to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter, Logan , was very knowledgeable about the various menu items and wine parings. We especially enjoyed the bouillabaisse, with its dramatic presentation, and the chocolate bottom coconut almond creme brulee. Dessert was served with a candle and a birthday card signed by the staff. A nice way to acknowledge a birthday at a classy restaurant.
Our table was ready at our on-time arriv ...
Our table was ready at our on-time arrival. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. We chose a sushi role for appetizer and seafood for main course. The food could not have been better. The restaurant was a bit noisy because of sizable groups of diners near us who seemed to be having a great time. It had been about two years since we dined at Ocean. Although this was a special occasion we will not wait for a special occasion to return.
Very likely one of the best seafood rest ...
Very likely one of the best seafood restaurants in the area. The ambience and service are excellent, and the food is delicious. My sole was, however, overcooked and had rather a small slice of lemon with which to try to rehydrate its flesh. Everything else was fine, so it gets a very good from me, not an excellent.
Knowledgeable, expert service and perfec ...
Knowledgeable, expert service and perfectly prepared seafood made our visit to Ocean very memorable. I give it my highest recommendation. If you're visiting from out-of-town, be aware parking is at a premium in this part of Birmingham. We found a parking garage a couple blocks away, so that worked out OK.
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