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
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:
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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
I really enjoyed my experience here. Eac ...
I really enjoyed my experience here. Each dish was carefully crafted and tasted wonderful. The service was also great from the hostess to our waiter to the on shift manager and everyone else on staff who stopped by to check on us, refill our drinks, etc. Although the prices are high, the value and experience are well worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Meal was good but assistant servers who ...
Meal was good but assistant servers who remove plates after eating felt like they were breathing down our backs and as soon as taking last bite they snatched our plates before the fork was laid down. Very noisy, more bar/restaurant than fine dining restaurant. No one was dressed up, mostly shorts, blue jeans, flip flops. A few wore business casual. I may return for a drink with friends at bar but not a dining experience.
I heard that Ocean was a very nice and d ...
I heard that Ocean was a very nice and delicious restaurant. Our appetizers (calamari and oysters) were great...my salad, The Ocean salad was not very good. My lettuce was very soggy. I ordered the filet (medium)...the filet was delicious with a wonderful taste, however my steak was rare. I did not send it back because I ate around the steak and my fiancé are the middle which was the rarest part. The bread pudding dessert was DELICIOUS!!!!!
Really nice place with superb food, supe ...
Really nice place with superb food, super friendly knowledgable staff. Wine list had a good selection without being overwhelming. We were from out of town and figured we'd go with the open table ratings and as usual, it did not disappoint. We will be back the next time we are in town.
We had a very good experience for our f ...
We had a very good experience for our first visit to Ocean. The Server was very attentive and surprised us with a free dessert for our special occasion. The seafood and filet mignon were top shelf. I will definitely revisit again. Valet parking is available as a courtesy as well.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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