John's City Diner

4.6
506 reviews
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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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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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

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OT
Los Angeles
2 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.

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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.

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j
Central Coast
5 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!

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

Awesome southern food and vibe.

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j
Nashville
5 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!

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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.

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

Nice and vending out. Food and service outstanding

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BA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was not good. Hit this place on a busy night. Food came out cold but didn't see the waitress until the check was delivered.

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JB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal. I would recommend to a friend. Seated right at our reservation time. Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Potions were very fair for price.

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k
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Will go back and would recommend.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. Highly recommend!

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SC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always wonderful. I have had every dish on the menu...except maybe sandwiches.. good people, good food, good place.

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JD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Service was good. Highly recommend. In city but parking on the street available.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was delicious and served promptly. The pita points were the best.

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KF
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

An old time favorite. Didn't disappoint. Food was good and service even better.

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SQ
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the NC Trout and my husband had the Chicken. They were delicious!!

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D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food and service as always. However, even though we reserved a table for 5 in advance, we were placed in the back corner next to the kitchen door, which was distracting.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Great service. Been to John’s many times and have yet to have a bad meal or experience.

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AR
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok. They serve greens with no cornbread. Who does that? Bread pudding is outstanding.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good I enjoyed the flavor the MAC was a little more runny than I like it. I usually like it creamier but the taste was impeccable. Service was amazing! I’d definitely come again!

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W
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

John's always has great french fries, mac and cheese, fish & chips and happy hours specials. The baked chicken was a bit overcooked, but well spiced. They did a nice job on the gin, lavender salt and cherry cocktail. The server tried to up-sell a bit too often.

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu. If you don't eat pork this is not your spot. Server was not able to offer a viable option. She was very attentive,

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DR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great comfort and Southern food in Birmingham.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was not tasty. Not enough veggie options.
Coffee was burnt
Service was good

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BB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and friendly service in a beautifully appointed restaurant. Unfortunately I didn’t find the signature meat anything special. It was a bit dry for me, but I still plan to come back to this property and give something else a try.

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KT
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John's City Diner is a Must when you are in B'Ham. Located in a part of the city that is developing rapidly. Pure Southern Comfort food. Be sure to try the White Chocolate Bread Pudding topped with candied pecans.

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JM
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was much to enjoy this trip. The in season brussel sprouts and the pimento cheese appetizers were wonderful. They also had a barrel of Woodford Reserve that may have been one of the best bourbons I’ve ever enjoyed. The ladies both enjoyed the crusted chicken and spinach, my pal got the fried chicken, and I had the meatloaf. All were very good, well-sized portions. The wait staff was timely and attentive throughout, better than some of the higher end restaurants we’ve visited of late. Appetizers, drinks, and a main course was under $75 for two. All and all, great experience with a sound comfort food menu.

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

Great place for an out of town business guest who wanted “southern food.” It’s approachable and upscale and there was someone for everyone. Great service and great atmosphere.

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NC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is solid place not over the top fancy! But the food is very 4 star quality with the attention to the details in the flavor this place consistently catches the flavor of an upscale south dining experience! LOVE JOHN’S

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and much more than we expected! We are so glad we made the decision to book a table here!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and excellent service. Our server Logan is the best.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner!

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RB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good good and nice environment. Great service as well.

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VR
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and was seated immediately. Our waitress Robin was very nice and made suggestions. My only issue is we waited almost an hour before we got our food!! There was a huge, huge, huge party in the back and it was the cause of the hold up I’m sure. Robin was super sweet and apologetic. She checked on us often and even removed the charge for the appetizers we ordered. All in all I would go again and seat in Robin’s section only ;-)

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Birmingham!

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SS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had eaten here several years ago and the food was delicious . Brought some friends and all said the food was very good. Will be on our list to visit again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Over cooked and over salted pork chops. Pricey for the quality of food. The waitress was good, but new. I have been here 4 times with only 1 4-star experience. I don't think that we will be back and my wife tends to agree.

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