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John's City Diner

332 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Comfort Food (20)
  • Casual (18)
  • Local Ingredients (15)
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 face-lift. The menu at John's City Diner features a wide range of flavors from Southern comfort food to 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 John's, "Get Some".
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(205) 322-6014
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
M. Shannon Gober
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John’s City Diner in Downtown Birmingham welcomes parties for
all occasions. We will accommodate catering ‘To-Go’ orders with
as minimal notice as possible. We do have many items that
require a minimum of 48 to 72 hours in advance. All utensils,
cups and plates are available upon request. Orders over $100
must be paid in advance.

Please contact a John’s City Diner manager at to place your ‘To-Go’ Catering Order.
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Cross street
1st Ave North
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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 City Federal.
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Special events & promotions
We can also provide full scale catering at your location of choice.
We offer customized menus for weddings, office parties, birthdays
or any other special event. Contact us to begin planning your
next big event.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for regular updates on our special events.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Private Dining

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!

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What 332 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RLID (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

This was a great way to show clients a little bit of the spectacular Southern hospitality. We each tried very different things and all were delicious. The shrimp and grits were especially yummy. The grits were so creamy. We will go back again!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Second time for us at this gem. We love the service, the food, and the attention to detail. This is not some fancy place but the food is kinda fancy and fun. Southern with a twist and classic favorites with flair. Awesome!

Jim1986 (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Loved it. I would go there again. Good food .. atmosphere was quiet enough to talk

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had some friends meet us there for Valentine's dinner. The service was great, and the food was awesome! Everyone there is always nice, and very helpful too! We go to John's about 6-7 times a year, and we are never disappointed! We love the food, and it is one of our favorite places to go to!

JenaF (Birmingham)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Honestly, other than the Mac N Cheese and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding, which were good, our entrees were not very good at all.

Of our party of 10, all of who this was their first time, the prime rib and the pork chops were tough and full of griddle. There was no flavor to the Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia. It was all just very disappointing.

ThosB (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

A regular spot for excellent food, quiet atmosphere (rare for an affordably priced restaurant in Birmingham), and excellent service.

HC20J (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The staff at John’s are as good as the food. We have been several times in the last couple of years and it never disappoints!!

DougM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The Brussels were excellent, the chicken and waffles were excellent, the porkchop was excellent and I highly recommend Jihn's for a nice dinner date.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Our waitress was super enthusiastic and made our dining experience even better. I don’t recall her name but I know she is also a teacher.

GermaineN (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was great, parking was right near the door, the wait staff was efficient and attentive.

vipBhamReviewer (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We visited John's before an event. The food and service were excellent. The homemade chips and blue cheese were amazing. The fact that John's serves locally sourced food was a giant plus. Please visit John's! The chicken and waffles are yummy (from a prior visit)!

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Two words: Brussels sprouts

walknshake (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This restaurant can hold its own against any of the trendy new spots popping up around town. Their unique twists on familiar dishes encourages even the most persnickety eaters to choose adventurously and will also delight the die hard foodies. My 74 year old mom and her best friend LOVED the pimento cheese and the chicken and waffles and I thoroughly enjoyed the flavorful, just-spicy-enough South Pacific chicken salad. And definitely get the Brass Monkey. Trust me.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The grits in shrimp and grits were dry as well as my friend’s mashed potatoes. White choc. bread pudding was amazing.

AnthonyR (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The pimento cheese appetizer is outstanding. The pork chop and the bread pudding are great also.

vipOpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

John's remains a favorite for us! Meat loaf, mac 'n cheese, b. sprouts and spinach -- yum.

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. I highly recommend the meatloaf. Server Jonathan was prompt and courteous.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was perfect!

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The Brussel sprouts special was amazing! Would definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service. Creative items and lots of southern favs. Has a bar as well.