We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
+1 205-933-0999
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (32 reviews)
“fried feta” (11 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (252)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 249 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The very nice evening started off with a warm welcome and an eagerness to seat us even though we didn’t have a reservation. This was a Monday night so the wait was only about 15 mins. We loved the atmosphere in the place and chose...More

Thank tmlnmb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first visit to Ocean and I met a friend who recommended it. It was a treat. it was very busy but not too loud or crowded. NIce bar area. Very good service and very good food. The waiter was attentive but not...More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was terrible. Got nothing to eat until nearly 40 minutes after being seated at our table. Our sushi appetizers were good when we finally got them. Our main courses were at best unimpressive. My wife could have easily prepared better food at home.Prices were...More

Thank gfgissel
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Nice fresh bar but the cooked seafood is not only fresh but presented very well. I really enjoyed the grouper. Nice presentation and sauce. Must shout out to the bartender. The Sazerac was very nice and consistent. The sweet Jesus oysters were nice, cold and...More

Thank Bjhmd
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Great food, great service. Wonderful experience. Server was helpful, answered questions and checked with the chef on one question. We arrived before our reservation and they were so gracious in getting us a table. The food was superb. Everything was wonderful. Desert? It alone was...More

Thank Martha R
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The seafood was so fresh & delicious. Our server Micah was awesome! When I asked about the lobster cocktail, Micah suggested grilled lobster tails instead for an appetizer. They were so good, lobster tails grilled to perfection with a smoke hickory flavor. The calamari appetizer...More

1  Thank stacey c
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We are moving to Birmingham next summer (from New Orleans) and pleased to know there are many great seafood restaurants. I was able to have dinner with future work colleagues at Ocean and it was fabulous! I have celiac and am sometimes hesitant to try...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is our go-to for dinner on our anniversary restaurant. Last night we shared a Oysters Bienville as an appetizer. It was sooo good, we ordered another. We each had the 'Lobster Special for dinner which was prepared to perfection along with a great New...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Ocean has always been my go-to for a wonderful night out, and they never disappoint. The pan seared scallops are my absolute favorite dish in the world...ambience is very nice, waitstaff perfect, and food always delicious! They never disappoint!

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Before you eat-stop at the bar. The best Sazerc in Bham. Other drinks well made but the Sazerac requires skill. The oyster selection is nice and the oysters are chilled and fresh. The peel and eat shrimp were large and tasty but cold. I prefer...More

Thank Bjhmd
Nearby HotelsSee all 80 hotels in Birmingham
The Hotel Highland Downtown UAB
352 reviews
.32 km away
Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown Near UAB
139 reviews
.33 km away
Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
291 reviews
.68 km away
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham
801 reviews
.69 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Highlands Bar & Grill
695 reviews
.23 km away
437 reviews
.22 km away
Original Pancake House
221 reviews
.21 km away
Delta Blues Hot Tamales
61 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
Vulcan Park and Museum
1,082 reviews
.78 km away
Iron City
43 reviews
1.16 km away
Five Points South
21 reviews
.22 km away
Virginia Samford Theatre
16 reviews
.96 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Kathleen R
17 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from jtq2017 | Reviewed this property |
Valet or street parking. Limited...
26 June 2016|
Response from bana626 | Reviewed this property |
There was no a specific gluten free menu, however, one of the people at the table next to us was gluten free and the server was able to make sure she knew which items were gluten free including desserts.
Jean M
7 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Steven L | Reviewed this property |
We went on a week night in shorts, since we just came from a racquetball tournament. no problem.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 46
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205-3814
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-933-0999
Ocean is a fine dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features fresh oysters and fish arriving daily from around the world. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award since 2007 and The Wine Spectator Award since 2007. Voted Best Chef, Wine List and rated 5 stars by the Birmingham News. Locally owned and operated by George Reis. Ocean does not accept ONLINE reservations for parties of 5 or more.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing