John's City Diner

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
By blending a bit of the old with the new, owner 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 Fudge Farms Family Pork, Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and Creekstone All Natural Beef. Our bar features 12 local craft beers on draft, 15 wines by the glass and hand crafted cocktails using the most honest ingredients available. As we like to say at The JCD, "Get Some".
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OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. This our third visit to Joh's City Diner and our never disappointed. My wife loves the shrimp and grits. Come hungry for the delicious meatloaf. We will return again.

DS
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lively environment, courteous and efficient staff, solid mixology. The hero was the food, though! Excellent!

F
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy today. We were told that fresh okra was almost gone for the season, so we ate two!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Four for dinner. We ordered appetizers, cocktails, bottle of wine and entrees. In other words, LARGE tab. As our meals were brought to our table, my entree made it to the table, the other three were dropped on the floor. It happens. But there I sat, with my chicken and waffle for twenty five minutes waiting on the other three to be served. By the time their orders arrived, mine was cold. Other than a quick apology, no compensation was offered. Not even an offer to take off an appetizer. The food was very good, but customer service should be as important. We won’t be back anytime soon.

F
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. Today I tried one of their barrel pick whiskeys. Wow. Their Woodford Reserve barrel is unbelievable. Can't wait to try the others

NB
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good. Atmosphere is diner, nothing more but food is good and drinks are good.

CS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We love JCD, but this time was underwhelming. The main issue was that the portion had shrunk but the cost had not. I left feeling that my food was not worth the price that I paid.

j
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All very good, food delicious as always. Service great. Bar offerings limited. Limited selection of wines, no sweet white, only dry. Margaritas bitter.

SQ
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was the second time we had eaten dinner here. The first time was wonderful, so we were excited to take family from out of town. We ordered our meals and then found they were all out of what we ordered. Reordered. Waited an hour and a half and then found out they had run out of a side. Embarrassed. Meals were average. Wish we had been able to get the grilled chicken. Fish and french fries were greasy.

We wont be back.

J
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time eating here, and I was very satisfied!! The chicken and waffles meal was HUGE, and delicious. The “standard” Mac and cheese was different (tangy with a hint of spiciness), but good. Will definitely visit again.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and quick service for a business lunch.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Fish portion was three pieces now two breading was good fish was not great as it was, service was good, asked for table to view game was informed not available however during our dining experience table was never used!

SS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty cool place to relax and eat downtown Birmingham. A little challenge to find a place to park.
The food was very good but a little overpriced . Fish and Chips..$17.00...taste good but really a 10.00 meal.
Give it a visit in downtown Birmingham

BW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It’s OK. I have no intentions on heading back there very soon. It was a Sunday night and I chose it by default. Not terribly disappointed

AL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pimento cheese app was delicious! Would definitely visit again.

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I proposed to my girlfriend in front of the Its Nice to have you in Birmingham sign. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and they helped make this special day even better. Our waitress even got us a signed menu by the chef to commemorate this special evening. Johns is truly a gem.

n
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner especially the okra appetizer. It is an upscale diner with southern classics on the menus.

CW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We grabbed dinner at JCD before going to a concert at the Lyric. The food is always superb. The pecan encrusted trout is fabulous. The pork belly was a great appetizer. Perfect place for dinner before a concert.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect bday dinner with family. Great conversation, including one hearing challenged family member and noise level was perfect. The food was amazing!! Great service. We will be back more often for dinner as much as lunch. A Bham treasure!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. Our only complaint was that our entree came out 2 minutes after our appetizer.

m
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Janelle was our wait staff. She was fantastic. She was knowledgeable of the menu, attentive to our needs, and very nice. The food was fantastic. The fried okra appetizer was amazing. Great dining experience

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great!

MH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The delectable food was served swiftly in a lovely, friendly manner by Angie. Our group had a variety of entrees; all agreed that their selection was tasty and would order again.

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to a play and wanted to eat downtown!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night out

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unexpected Michelin Star...

JO
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Seoul wings were delicious. I enjoyed the herb roasted chicken.

F
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat here when I am in downtown Birmingham. The Meatloaf is a staple. Ketchup not required. Well trained staff. I will have to go back for dinner and try their new cocktail list.

MC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

House special meatloaf cold, dry, tasteless. Service cavalier. Good cocktail.

F
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good diner vibe; great food; outstanding, friendly service; as usual, great dining experience! Thanks!

l
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The meatloaf was terrible. Served cold

C
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food as always - the pork chop is so delicious, and the Seoul wings are worth the mess!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Janelle was great, she really made the dining experience great. We had the fried green tomato appetizer, the pork chop, and the burger and they were all tasty. Thank you for an amazing dining experience.

SQ
Birmingham
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

There was nothing special about the restaurant or the food or the service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great company. Very enjoyable experience. Cici is the best.

j
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our last day visiting the area to find housing for our daughter and came upon John's when searching the internet for restaurants in the area. We wished we had found it the first night, because we would of gone back for several meals. The food and service was incredible.
We will definitely eat here again when we come back in August.
We just wanted to get some appetizers because we had a late lunch, but thank goodness our daughter ordered the chicken and waffle dish. It was the best, along with the appetizers we ordered.
Can't wait to visit again!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome southern food and vibe.

j
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for 8 people and were seated quickly. Unfortunately 1/2 of us were seated under extremely hot lights (halogen?) in a lowered ceiling over upholstered bench. This made us uncomfortable for our entire stay.
Our server did a great job, we ordered several appetizers which were all very good, we liked the fancy bacon the least due to it being mostly fat, although the grits served with it were awesome. Our favorite appetizer was the pimento cheese and the wonderful fried pita triangles! We ordered the pork chop, chicken & waffles, pimento cheese burger, a seasoned roast chicken dish and Panko/pecan crusted fish for our entrees. All were a huge hit except the fish and it was a dud. My husband said it was over cooked and dry. The white choc bread pudding and the red velvet cake were great too!

TS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we walked in it took a few minutes before someone noticed us. I think we just missed a rush. When we sat our server Logan offered us a drink and made a suggestion on a vodka which was really good. He (Logan) was full of knowledge of the menu and the restaurant. Our food was sooo good. The pork rinds. Still cracking. Omg!!! Then we had “The Hangover” waffle. I was not suffering from a hangover but, when I do I will want to fly to Birmingham and have that waffle.
I was a great experience and Logan took it over the top! If we are ever in Birmingham again this will be the top place to visit.

w
Birmingham
127 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and vending out. Food and service outstanding

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