5 seafood restaurants you have to discover in Birmingham, including Ocean

Ocean’s oysters are mouth-watering. Photo via Ocean’s website

I have always been a fan of seafood. Thankfully, Birmingham is home to several wonderful seafood establishments. Read on to learn about some in town. 

1. Half Shell Oyster House

Half Shell Oyster House
Oysters on the half shell. Photo via Half Shell Oyster House

Half Shell Oyster House is a Southern seafood restaurant coming to Birmingham in January 2020. After they open their Lakeview location, Half Shell will follow up with a second location in Trussville.

Address: 608 29th St. S, Birmingham, AL 35233 and 218 Main Street, Trussville, AL 35173
Hours: TBA
Price: $$

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2. 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar

Oysters oysters oysters. Photo via 5 Points Public Oyster House

5 Points Public Oyster House is a cross between an oyster house and a pub. Located in the heart of 5 Points South, the Oyster House offers a relaxing atmosphere with delicious seafood. Additionally, you can choose from over 30 craft beers, including some from Birmingham’s local breweries.

Address: 1210 20th St. S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Mon–Thurs 11AM–10PM, Fri 11AM–11PM, Sat 5PM–11PM
Price: $$


3. The Seafood King

The Seafood King
Scallops, shrimp, lobster and corn. Yum! Photo via The Seafood King

The Seafood King specializes in Cajun-style seafood. In addition to their Homewood location, The Seafood King just opened a new venue in Hoover.

Address: 180 State Farm Pkwy Homewood, AL 35209 and 1843 Montgomery Highway #105, Hoover, AL 35244
Hours: Sun–Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri–Sat 11AM–11PM
Price: $$

4. Automatic Seafood

Automatic Seafood
Every detail counts. Photo via Automatic Seafood

Since Automatic Seafood opened in Lakeview back in April, they have quickly become one of the premier seafood establishments in Birmingham. In fact, Automatic was recently named the 8th Best New Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine!

Address: 2824 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Sun–Thurs 5PM–10PM, Fri–Sat 5PM–11PM
Price: $$$

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5. Ocean

Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Photo via Ocean’s website

Another staple of 5 Points South, Ocean has been a mainstay since they opened in 2002. Additionally, they have won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and Winner of the AAA Four Diamond award for the past 13 years.

Address: 1218 20th St. S Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Tues–Sat 5:30PM–10:30PM
Price: $$$

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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