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Ocean

1218 20th St. South (Southside/Five Points South)
933-0999
www.birminghammenus.com/ocean
Reservations suggested. Valet parking available. Popular restaurant from chef/owner George Reis from Kentucky with local Fish Market owner George Sarris, this upscale, chic restaurant, featuring fresh fish and oysters from around the world, draws rave reviews. Says City Scene: "The menu is inventive in its simplicity and the preparation exquisite."

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 04:30PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments3 Comments

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There are not a lot of particularly good seafood places in Birmingham. I can barely remember the last time I had a really good seafood dish at Hot&Hot. Ocean pleases me everytime in terms of the service, selection, presentation, and taste. It is not cheap, but I leave feeling as though I got what I paid for.

They have a steak that is pretty good too.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Ocean is one of those places that is always a nice surprise to find in Birmingham. Its atmosphere is trendy and tasteful, the food is superb, and the wait staff is extremely attentive. If I have out of town guests or want to celebrate a special occasion it's my first choice. It's a consistent star performer.

January 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJB3

Ate again recently at ocean, so I thought I would leave a more detailed review. We first started with some appetizers including some sushi which was the James Brown Soul roll which includes enough pieces for 2-3 people and small bowl of soy sauce. An excellent sushi roll. Also had some of the small barbecued lobster tails which are served with lemon wedges. These were incredible, with just the right amount of seasoning and grill flavor to them.

My salad was reliably delicious with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, alabama goat cheese, and pecans served with a slightly sweet vinaigrette.

To top it off was the seared halibut which I think is currently in season. It was cooked perfectly such that is was moist without being undercooked, and slightly flaky. It was served with grape tomatoes and fingerling potatoes and a very light marniade/sauce was there, but it was barely noticeable and complemented the flavor of the fish nicely.

Our service was top notch and my wine and water glasses stayed full. We all had a great time.

I've only ever had 1 mediocre experience at this place out of many many dining occasions. I highly recommend Ocean.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbg

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