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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: 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:
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
Fantastic food combined with excellent service. Our server Mica was very knowledgeable about the menu as well as wine selection. We were greeted by the manager, Larry, who started back a few years as a server. We were presented with a lovely card that had been signed by all the staff working that day as well as served two,absolutely delicious house favorite desserts( prepared by their pastry chef) that were complimentary. Can't speak more highly of Ocean! Number One in Birmingham for us! Fantastic 30 year marriage anniversary dinner! Thanks to all the crew at Ocean!! Five stars every time!! You're the best!!!
I was left feeling disappointed after my evening at Ocean. I heard great reviews, and I was eager to have a great meal. When the waiter told us that they ran out of certain meals I knew we were in for an interesting night. The waiter mentioned that typically happens when you have a later reservation. We also had a server who had a hard time managing our dishes and serving us water. I'm not sure if the individual was dealing with something, but it was definitely impacting her ability to perform simple functions. For the amount we paid I would expect a higher quality dining experience even if we got seated at 815pm.
My wife and I have been going to Ocean’s for years and out of all the wonderful restaurants that we have in Birmingham Alabama, it has always been our favorites. If you go try the steak, it sounds crazy cause they are a seafood restaurant but the steak is incredible.
We visited Ocean to celebrate a birthday and they provided the perfect touches to make it feel like one. The food did not disappoint anyone in our group. The Thai curry bouillabaisse entree was stellar and the Greek salad was delicious. The supporting servers were friendly, quick and professional. Our head server was friendly and attentive but his pace of service left us feeling alternatively rushed then ignored. It's probably not a regular thing for him and normally wouldn't be worth mentioning except it was a splurge for us and it's the only reason I didn't give the meal a five star rating across the board. I hope to visit again soon and be amazed.
Oceans has always been one of our favorite places to dine. Always great service and exceptional menu selections which never disappoint.
Great seafood but I will say they serve a superb filet. Yep , I recommend to our friends often and they ALWAYS thank me later.
I do wish they could find a way to muffle the noise level surely they can install some soft ceiling surfaces😊
Walked in and they seated us immediately (Open Table reservation). Great server. She was knowledgeable about the entire menu. Food was excellent and valet parking was nice since parking downtown is a challenge to not get ticketed or towed. Would recommend to anyone.
This was one of the best dining experiences we have EVER had!! My husband and I went here to celebrate a special occasion and were blown away by the exceptional service and phenomenal cuisine. If I could give it more stars, I would! From the unique drinks, stellar sushi appetizer, to the mouthwatering entrees and high end atmosphere, I have zero complaints. William was our waiter, and the GM, Larry, catered to our every need and desire. My biggest praise is how much they catered to my special diet. Having had an auto immune disease, I have to be VERY careful about what I eat. I have never felt more welcome and had so many options than when we went to Ocean. The attention to detail was out of this world. We will recommend this place to all of our friends and family! Thank you Ocean!! -Jessica and Brett
My husband and I ate here for our anniversary. Thanks to Open Table, I clicked "Anniversary" on my reservation. Not only did we get a nice, quiet table, but the manager stopped by to check on us and offered to select a dessert for us. So glad we said yes! Our waiter offered two suggestions for wine. I was unfamiliar with both, so he happily brought a taste of each. Yum! The wine paired nicely with my fish dish. (Hubby also had a great fish dish.) And for dessert - baklava ice cream and their delicious French press coffee. Perfect meal for a special occasion!
This was a return trip to Ocean and overall, it did not disappoint. Service at the bar was AWFUL as we waited on the table. We didn't get drinks until our table was ready 15 minutes after sitting down. Service once seated was EXCEPTIONAL. Attentive and enthusiastic with good recommendations for food. Fried Green Tomatoes, Greek Salad, Cobia and Tuna were all wonderful. Other than bar service, my only complaint was the smoke (kitchen, not cigarette) in the restaurant. Clearly, they have a ventilation issue. Our clothes were saturated with the smell, our eyes burned, and we both sneezed all night. I would suggest getting the issue dealt with - it was bad!
Delighted we chose this venue for an 80th birthday celebration! The food was very good, and the service was outstanding!! Our waiter, Logan, was helpful, attentive, and enthusiastic. Other members of the staff came by with good wishes, and it was nice to receive a special dessert, complete with candle.
Great food and great service every time we go. Valet service makes it convenient. One of the best restaurants in the Birmingham area and that is saying a lot. The Sushi is a must. I've tried several entrees and haven't had a bad one yet. The baby lobster tails as an entrée or appetizer is great. The scallops are always a safe choice. Had the Tuna this time and it was perfect. They have a few non-seafood items but if you are going to Ocean they do seafood about as good as you'll get anywhere.
Got off to a bad start, we had a reservation for out door seating. We arrived 15 min before our reservation had a couple of drinks while we waited. 20 min after our reservation time they let us know that they could not seat us outside because of a larger party they were getting ready to seat. So they ended up seating us inside. It was just frustrating because there were tables outside and inside that were empty the entire time.
That being said,the service at the table and food was good.
The food and staff were fantastic. We were there for3 hours, and they offered to comp one of our entrees due to the wait (the wait for food/drinks, not wait for a table). The service was very slow, but they were doing everything they could to make up for it, and it worked. Would go again.
My wife and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary at Ocean tonight. It's been our favorite restaurant for several years, but tonight was even better. The personal attention from Logan, our server, and Larry, the manager, was appreciated. The food was absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to our next visit.
The night we went the AC was out which took away from the overall atmosphere. Parking is bad in the area as well. Negatives aside the food and service were top notch. Don't be afraid to try the filet at a seafood restaurant, it was amazing. Save room for the strawberry cobbler and balsamic ice cream!
The food was phenomenal and well portioned - just enough that I felt I was getting my money's worth. Our waiter was also very helpful with recommendations and clearly knew the menu well. They even gifted us a complimentary "baklava ice cream" as we were there to celebrate our anniversary. I wish I lived in Birmingham so I could go back!!
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