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
Private Party Facilities:
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Private Party Contact:
Heather Boone: 2059330999x
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
One of our perennial favorites, the food ...
One of our perennial favorites, the food has never disappointed, and this was no exception. In the past, my mild criticisms have included being rushed by our waiter and cramped dining amongst other patrons.
This time our waitress was attentive but at no time rushed us. As far as the close proximity of the tables with other guests, I suppose it is what it is, but I do wish they could do some short partitioning if not reducing and then spreading the tables, particularly the 2-tops.
But, that said, they will remain a favorite and we will be back soon.
It was my husband's birthday & they gave ...
It was my husband's birthday & they gave us a delicious honey ice cream wrapped in some sort of fried dough drizzled with honey. It was outstanding. I had the tuna option, grilled instead of tempura, & it was fantastic. I would recommend Ocean to everyone. We had a great night.
Ocean has become one of our "go to" rest ...
Ocean has become one of our "go to" restaurants when we want fresh oysters, seared scallops or other seafood dish. I tried their lobster this time and it was fabulous. all the mean out of the shell and poached in butter--tender and sweet--and priced right. we can also count on Carlos to find us great wines.
The service at Ocean from the front staf ...
The service at Ocean from the front staff to the wait staff is always superb...knowledgeable and easy to work with. The menu is wonderful and the preparation is imaginative. The raw oyster selection is the best I know of.
A gem in our city.
Perfect date night! Our meal was amazing ...
Perfect date night! Our meal was amazing. We started with oysters then moved on to the sushi rolls which were very fresh and delicious. For dinner our server recommended the pompano and red snapper which were superb. We finished our meal with the cranberry shortbread. We were impressed by the outstanding service and very fresh ingredients. We will be back.
We had the clam chowder which was the be ...
We had the clam chowder which was the best I've ever tasted, oysters Rockefeller and pompano then yes chocolate cheesecake. Each dish surpassed our high expectations and we were completely in love with Ocean. Service was the perfect balance between attentive and allowing us to enjoy conversation. Overall a fantastic dining experience.
This is one of our go to favorites. You ...
This is one of our go to favorites. You will never go wrong ordering any of the fish dishes. We were celebrating my husband's 70th and had our favorite waitress Tabitha. It was a wonderful celebration and again the food, wine and staff were wonderful.
This restaurant is really worth the driv ...
This restaurant is really worth the drive/money/time, etc...Some of the best New England Clam Chowder I have ever had, and I've had it in Massachusetts and Maine. Portions were just right, and the pear pop tart is not to be missed. Caramel lava cake has a bourbon whip that is unbelievable. I can't go there every week ($$$), but it's a once-a-month destination, no doubt.
First visit to Ocean, exceeded all expec ...
First visit to Ocean, exceeded all expectations. Absolutely impeccable service from William (server), and Larry (Mgr) personally thanked us for dining there. Food and drinks were delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. Best overall dining experience we've had in years!
Ocean is my top choice restaurant in Bir ...
Ocean is my top choice restaurant in Birmingham and it never disappoints. The raw bar is fantastic. The fish is super fresh. The wine list is impressive. It always delivers on my favorites: greek salad with fried feta; seafood tower; grilled mini lobster tails; grilled snapper and to top off the dinner, the baklava ice cream. Wonderful dinner. Great dining experience and I'll be back soon.
The main dining room is too noisy to enj ...
The main dining room is too noisy to enjoy dinner. We have eaten there many times and enjoyed our meal sitting in booth. The main dining room is a "see and be seen" site not conducive to a pleasurable meal. The server at out recent meal on Saturday evening was disinterested in us when he surmised incorrectly that we were cheap dinners-poor tippers because we both ordered appetizers and split an entree. In fact, we were just not that hungry. Also, when we left 8 oz. of wine in the bottle, he seemed surprised that we would want to take it home. Clearly, he was not a member of the "clean plate club" as a child nor its adult add-on the "empty bottle club" -- must show our age -- too old to be carded but young enough to find our way home.
Wonderful experience. The food was very ...
Wonderful experience. The food was very good, the presentation outstanding. The service very professional. I was worried about the noise level, but they accommodated us with a quiet table for a romantic dinner for two.
Worth the high price when you want a special treat.
After we ordered our meal it took over a ...
After we ordered our meal it took over an hour to receive our food, we were told that there was a big party in the back that was consuming the kitchen. I understand being being behind but honestly think the big party should have been expecting it to take longer than a table of 6-8. The restaurant was very warm and stuffy and as we were all fanning and had already eaten our waiter asked if we would like him to turn the air on. The food was amazing but the overall experience was disappointing to have invited several of my referring doctors out for dinner.
The dinner was fantastic as was the envi ...
The dinner was fantastic as was the environment/service. We split an order of calamari for an appetizer, had salmon and grouper for entrées, and enjoyed lava cake and ice cream for dessert. Over the course of the meal we each got 2 cocktails (cigar box, sazerac, and 2 peach martinis). Final price of the meal (with a little over 20% tip) was right at 180. Would definitely recommend for a date/special occasion.
Everything about our visit was amazing-- ...
Everything about our visit was amazing--from the champagne cocktails at the bar, the delicious food (apps, salads, entrees, desserts, coffee), to the lovely ambiance, and incredible service. I highly recommend Ocean to anyone looking for a dimly-lit, fantastic restaurant for any occasion. We will definitely be back!!
This was my favorite dining experience p ...
This was my favorite dining experience period. So good, we went two nights in a row. The food was phenomenal, as were the drinks and service. We've been to some really good restaurants all around the country and we're very surprised with this Birmingham gem. The seafood was some of the freshest I've had, and I'm from the coast. Oysters from all around the world. Wonderful scallops, the best clam chowder and fried feta were all to die for. We cannot wait to visit Birmingham again, even if it's passing through to eat at Ocean.
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