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John's City Diner, Birmingham, AL

John's City Diner

4.8
4.8
698 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
By blending a bit of the old with the new, owner and self-taught chef Shannon Gober has transformed this Downtown Birmingham landmark into John's City Diner. While the restaurant still maintains much of the charm from the past, the decor and menu have undergone a complete face-lift. The menu at John's City Diner features a wide range of flavors from modern Southern comfort food to European Gastro Pub inspired dishes. We use only locally grown or Organic produce. Every meat that we use is hormone, GMO and antibiotic free such as Beeler's Pure Pork, Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and Creekstone All Natural Beef. Our bar features local craft beers on draft, many wines by the glass and hand crafted cocktails using our Barrel Select Spirits and the most honest ingredients available. As we like to say at The JCD: #GetSome

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 322-6014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    M. Shannon Gober

  • Catering

    John’s City Diner in Downtown Birmingham welcomes parties for<br />all occasions. We will accommodate catering ‘To-Go’ orders with<br />as minimal notice as possible. We do have many items that<br />require a minimum of 48 to 72 hours in advance. All utensils,<br />cups and plates are available upon request. Orders over $100<br />must be paid in advance.<br /><br />Please contact a John’s City Diner manager at<br />johnscitydiner@gmail.com to place your ‘To-Go’ Catering Order.

  • Private party facilities

    In the heart of Downtown Birmingham, John’s City Diner welcomes parties for all occasions. We have the ability to accommodate gatherings from 20 to 350. We are an excellent choice for any occasion, personal or professional and a range of budgets, formal to casual. Let us do the work, you enjoy!

  • Private party contact

    Shannon Gober: (205) 322-6014

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    Between 1st &amp; Second Ave North

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking on the street in front of the restaurant and the City parking deck at the corner of Richard Arrington Blvd and 2nd Ave North next to the City Federal Building.

  • Public transit

    Best place to park is at the City Federal Parking deck: https://www.bhamparking.com/parking_lots/deck-6/

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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What 698 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Service

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    Best Value

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    Innovative

  • Alabama

    Neighborhood gem

  • Birmingham

    Best Overall

  • Birmingham

    Best Food

  • Birmingham

    Best Service

  • Birmingham

    Best Ambiance

  • Birmingham

    Best Value

  • Birmingham

    Great for brunch

  • Birmingham

    Good for business meals

  • Birmingham

    Innovative

  • Birmingham

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. b

    bdayboo

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! Thank you Tony for taking such good care of our party of 7.
  2. DO

    DonnieO

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Enjoyed the meal very much. Will go again.
  3. J

    Jonas

    Birmingham

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love a diner, meatloaf shrimp and grits, And you mix that with a bar. Perfect
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. Wait staff was friendly and efficient
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John’s City Diner is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner The menu is familiar southern comfort but as promised on the menu it’s not exactly like your grandma made. Traditional southern dishes are elevated to a new realm. Not for the sake of making them fancy but definitely better. Familiar southern dishes like pork chop, baked chicken, fried chicken and waffles are southern staples but each dish is elevated in taste and presentation that makes them better and makes you want to return and try another entree because everything is so good! Even Mac and Cheese can stand as entree presented in three varieties, it is simply the very best. The prices are very reasonable and the service is outstanding. Although the bar is small in size the cocktails and liquor selection is amazing. A variety of hand picked bourbon and tequila options elevate the cocktails with drinks that are both familiar and unexpected but always delicious.
  6. JO

    JonathanO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gosh, what an absolute delight. High end dining in a casual environment. Incredible service and the crown achievement, fancy bacon.
  7. J

    John

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony was an awesome server!
  8. NY

    NewYearsatRuthChris

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had the Pecan encrusted trout with sautéed spinach and cheese grits. The dish was perfect. Very delicious. Fish was fresh and everything tasted great.
  9. J

    Jack

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! We’ve been to the restaurant a couple and used them for catering, they never disappoint. The ingredients always taste fresh!
  10. JM

    JoeM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Quick service.
  11. EJ

    EulaJ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service!! Can't wait until the season for their Okra!
  12. DR

    DRJIMWRIGHT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience at John's. Meatloaf is out of this world - corn was as well. We had a great evening prior to our concert. Excellent sevice.
  13. CB

    CiaoBella

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We loved the meatloaf and pecan crusted trout. Drinks were good too.
  14. PK

    PeterK

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great lunch option for a business lunch in Birmingham
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and food was delicious
  16. JG

    JohnG

    Denver

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service; limited, yet ample food choices and excellent quality. It is a diner which explains the multiple booths.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food
  18. b

    bluford

    Birmingham

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Night prior to my birthday…stayed at an Airbnb 4th avenue 23rd st…close- food great! Parking, not so great ☹️❗️
  19. S

    Soccerfieldfriend

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef created dinner that is delicious, filling, good value and not fussy. Liked the quiet atmosphere and casual interior. Will return.
  20. IS

    IvyS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place consistently. Great service and food always delivers in quality and taste
  21. DW

    DevonW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! Went two nights in a row on my trip to Bham, it was that good!
  22. A

    Ayme

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our food and service was excellent and bar drinks on point.
  23. JS

    JeffS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony made our dinner special. He was very engaging but not intrusive and his attentiveness made us feel welcomed. Another staff member approached us and recalled waiting on us several years ago before the pandemic. We were appreciative of her recollection. Our food was delicious. We loved the cornbread appetizer, the yummy Cobb Salad, the perfectly grilled shrimp on several dishes, and the meatloaf which stood up to the “famous” declaration.
  24. G

    Grammy

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The meatloaf and mashed potatoes were excellent and the gravy delicious. The pork chop sounded good but ended up being very salty and it didn’t really taste like pork chops we are used to. The texture was very different and we didn’t like them. Saw other meals at adjoining tables and the chicken looked very good. I would stick to the chicken or meatloaf next time.
  25. HS

    HollyS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the chicken and waffles and it was the best I ever had! Our waiter was so nice! Wish we lived here so we could go back!
  26. MY

    MaryY

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and the staff is so nice!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Loved The Food and Our server was Great!
  28. PW

    PatrickW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place!
  29. CR

    CallieR

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and fabulous service, it’s a pity I can’t buy one of your T shirts !
  30. G

    Gerryr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portions were huge, the food absolutely amazing, and the server was just perfect!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server explained drink and meal specials and checked/filled drinks regularly. Food was great
  32. l

    ladybug853

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food served with great service! The chicken and waffles and burgers are favorites.
  33. H

    Hugh

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic menu, quality, and service. Thoroughly enjoyed the time at John’s, and wish I had a longer stay so I could make lots of return visits.
  34. JD

    JamieD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 5 pm, so we were the first evening diners. Over the next hour the booths all filled. The interior has been updated. Thankfully it still feels like a diner — it’s the same but different, in a good way. The server was very professional, the food was very good, and the cocktails were excellent. We’ll be back.
  35. IA

    IngridA

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this place. Food, fun service… huge portions. A hidden gem.
  36. s

    steves

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been eating the classic Southern fare here for over 15 years and John’s City Diner never disappoints!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven’t been here in years. The food was really good. Chicken was excellent. They had a special seasonal salad with strawberries and added grilled shrimp. Meatloaf was good. Some had the special macaroni. We enjoyed our dinner. Service was good.
  38. w

    wathomps

    Birmingham

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love this place. The only “minor “impediments to visiting has been concern over Parking. However, after five can park right by the restaurant. Additionally, I’ve used the lot over at the Florentine, but this is frequently full up. Now I have a third option which is actually good for the entire area no. There’s a huge parking deck, BP 6, Which is right by the city Federal building
  39. MH

    MicheleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meatloaf! Our waitress was awesome! Will return!
  40. BL

    BartL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely amazing as are the people working there. If you are in Birmingham don’t miss eating here. I eat there every time I am in town and it is always incredible.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

John's City Diner is rated 4.8 stars by 698 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for John's City Diner

112 Richard arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 1st &amp; Second Ave North

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking on the street in front of the restaurant and the City parking deck at the corner of Richard Arrington Blvd and 2nd Ave North next to the City Federal Building.

  • Public transit

    Best place to park is at the City Federal Parking deck: https://www.bhamparking.com/parking_lots/deck-6/

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    M. Shannon Gober

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (205) 322-6014

  • Catering

    John’s City Diner in Downtown Birmingham welcomes parties for<br />all occasions. We will accommodate catering ‘To-Go’ orders with<br />as minimal notice as possible. We do have many items that<br />require a minimum of 48 to 72 hours in advance. All utensils,<br />cups and plates are available upon request. Orders over $100<br />must be paid in advance.<br /><br />Please contact a John’s City Diner manager at<br />johnscitydiner@gmail.com to place your ‘To-Go’ Catering Order.

  • Private party facilities

    In the heart of Downtown Birmingham, John’s City Diner welcomes parties for all occasions. We have the ability to accommodate gatherings from 20 to 350. We are an excellent choice for any occasion, personal or professional and a range of budgets, formal to casual. Let us do the work, you enjoy!

  • Private party contact

    Shannon Gober: (205) 322-6014

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