About John's City Diner

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".

112 Richard arrington Jr. Blvd N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
1st Ave North

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(205) 322-6014

Website:
http://www.johnscitydiner.com/

Catering:
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
johnscitydiner@gmail.com to place your ‘To-Go’ Catering Order.

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.

Executive Chef:
M. Shannon Gober

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

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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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!

John's City Diner Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (14)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (9)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Business Meals (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Upscale spin on southern comfort food. Reasonable prices, good drinks, great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came for New Year’s Eve. Ordered trout,they were out. Ordered chicken, they were out. The server could have cared less. Will not be back.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were traveling through Birmingham, AL on our way home to NC. I discovered John's City Diner online and was intrigued by the menu. We made a reservation for the evening of New Year's Eve. The restaurant was bustling; very friendly staff, we were seated expediently. The atmosphere was nice; a little on the noisy side, but it was packed and a holiday. Seating was comfortable and casual. Our waiter, James, was very attentive and enthusiastic about sharing the menu with us and he provided fantastic service. We were very pleasantly surprised by the creative menu. We had appetizers fancy bacon, which was out of this world and blue cheese chips, also amazing. The fancy bacon came atop some of the most flavorful, creamy grits I have ever tasted and the thick pieces of pork belly were the perfect crispness. What a pairing! The light crunchiness of the potatoes and delectable pungent, sharp, flavor of the Maytag blue was incredible on the blue cheese chips. The overall quality of the food was great and portion sizes were hearty. My husband and I ended up sharing the meatloaf, which was a caveman portion with crispy onions atop smashed potatoes with a yummy mushroom gravy and my son had the Cuban sandwich. Many years living in Miami and eating authentic cuban food, I never saw a Cuban made on pressed pita, but it worked! The flavors of the meat and pickles and sauce melded well and made for a very exciting combination. The food was very rich in flavor. These dishes are not for the faint of heart! We were very hungry after a day of driving, but still could not finish our meals. Dessert looked awesome as we peered at other tables, but there just wasn't room in our bellies! Go hungry and if you are a meat eater, this will be heavenly for you. I would definitely recommend John's City Diner and would happily return the next time I'm in Birmingham, AL.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food and nice time.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our experience was good. We had reservations and although a full house we were seated within 10 minutes of reservation. The service was good, the menu adequate and food tasty. My wife had macaroni and cheese with pulled pork and was very satisfied. My daughter had burger but was undercooked to her order, but she said it had good flavor even being too raw for her liking. I had fish and chips that was very nice.

I’d eat there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We always enjoy dining at John’s. The food is consistently yummy, the prices are reasonable, and it has a comfortable atmosphere. It’s definitely one of our favorite spots in downtown B’ham!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Really delicious, but heavy, food in a friendly, comfortable restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great until we got home and Open Table said that we didn’t show up for our reservation. I called the restaurant and was not treated well on the phone. We are regulars at the restaurant and had dinner there tonight for my birthday. It was heartbreaking to receive this treatment from staff that recognized us. Instead I received a lecture about how it was my fault for not properly identifying myself upon checking in — disappointing. No apology from John’s Diner.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

This dining experience was wonderful. It was out first time to visit and our server was not only helpful with the menu but very enthusiastic about describing each dish. The original chicken and waffles was amazing. This is definitely a treasure in the downtown area. We will visit again and be sure to bring friends! Ask for CiCi she rocks!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 19, 2017

John's City Diner really surprised me! The food and the service was great! The server recommended the pork chop, which I ended up getting and it was phenomenal. We also got the brussel sprouts for an appetizer, which I was skeptical Bc I do not like them at all! But needless to say we cleaned the plate! I would say they are reasonably priced. We each had two speciality bourbon drinks ($10 each), an pork chop entree ($18.50), and we split 2 appetizers all for about $50/person. I would definitely recommend this place to friends!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

The mac and cheese is to die for! Will definitely go back just for it!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Visiting family. Great menu. Chicken & Waffles all that it claims and anything with bacon jam 👍👍👍

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I couldn't believe how great the food was. It was easy to get in -- they got us in and out because we had a concert to attend but it would also be a fun place to hang out for a while. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The fried green tomato appetizer was fabulous and the meatloaf was too. Very hearty portions. Great service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

When we travel we stop in Birmingham ( primarily ) to dine at John's City Diner. It is one of the best restaurants we have ever dined at and we've dined at many. "Fancy bacon".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Lived up to the reviews and ratings. Food was southern comfort food with a perfect twist. Kids raves over the cheddar waffles with chicken. The apps - fried green tomatoes, and blue cheese chips - were excellent. All of our meals were great. Service was ideal.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good interesting dishes. Great downtown location. We will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 28, 2017

While we visited during a recent vacation expecting simply a good meal we were just blown away by the friendly service, extraordinary food and great cocktails.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We were in Birmingham for a few days and went to John's first because it was close to our hotel and the second time because the food was so good the first time. The Springer chicken was the best chicken my husband or I have ever eaten. The meatloaf, treehugger mac and cheese and the pork chop were also delicious. Both Cece and Jonathan, our servers, were friendly, helpful, and fun. Jonathan even googled the music that was playing when we asked him about it. Very casual. Mid range prices. Fish, chicken, beef entrees, sandwiches, salads and soup. Emphasis on local foods.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was very good. The waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and prompt. First time to eat there, and pleased with the menu and the quality and presentation of the entrees.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food and service! Huge portions so come hungry!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our dining experience was spectacular. We traveled from Memphis Tennessee to Birmingham Alabama for our 12 year wedding anniversary. As soon as my husband told us we were coming there I knew exactly where we were going to eat our first night there. I have been there before during the premiere Birmingham Beauty Symposium a couple of years ago with a girlfriend of mine. We thoroughly enjoyed the chicken and waffles and the presentation of the food. We also enjoyed the service we received. We feel this place is a fine dining experience as far as the food and the presentation without the fine dining prices. We truly appreciate your staff for everything they do to make guests feel welcome and want to come back. And we will definitely come back again. I definitely being a hairdresser, tell lots of folks here in Memphis about your place. My husband was saying while he was eating his chicken and waffles that this is some good chicken! Thanks again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Delicious food and great service. Happened to go during restaurant week which was a bonus for a great meal at an awesome price

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 18, 2017

John's has been a favorite for 10 years. Our waitress was terrific on our last visit, too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The only complaint was that the red velvet sammich was not thawed and we had to wait on it at the table. Wish we could have eaten it in a more timely manner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My second time at Johns and they were terrific once again. Southern cooking with panache!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great place for lunch in downtown Birmingham. I will be trying it for dinner as well. Nice menu ~ excellent service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and meatloaf were all excellent. The service was very good. We attended a business dinner earlier in the week and returned for a birthday outing. Was disappointed that the famous angel hair slaw and dressing were not on the menu for dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food at this unassuming restaurant is always excellent! The lack luster decor definitely has a vintage diner look. Don't expect anything fancy. However, the food is worth the drive and you can't go wrong with their twist on the ever popular chicken and waffles!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Went there for a first date. Wait staff was second to none. Our waitress was so kind and doted on the fact that it was our first date. She helped us with the menu and answered all questions we had. Food was different, but very tasty and we had large portions. The only thing I can say negative was it was loud and the seating was very close together. Was in everyones conversation whether we liked it or not. Overall a great experence. We will go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 22, 2017

My grandson said it was the best burger he had ever eaten (mushroom Swiss) and a 17 year old knows these things. I thoroughly enjoyed the pork chop. The pimento cheese was the bomb!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great drinks and meal with friends. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert. Will definitely be back to try other dishes on the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food! we started out with the blue cheese chips & they were delicious. I had the fish&chips and the were delicious. Service was very efficient. We went to the bar first & the bartender was very friendly & attentive. Great food great service highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I ordered John's famous meatloaf with corn grits and collard greens. The food was delicious and service was outstanding. I recommend.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Phenomenal everything. 10/10 would highly recommend. The chicken and waffles Nashville Hot are to incredible.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Menu was fantastic, I wanted to try everything! We had one quick stop in Birmingham and this had a good mix of local and foodie. I had Chicken and Waffles which was a huge portion and delicious. My husband had white BBQ chicken sandwich that had good flavor. Sides were solid. Service was mixed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Loved the mac and cheese as well as shrimp and grits. Chocolate bread pudding was off the charts.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was fantastic (we both had the porkchops) and we appreciated the healthy sides and natural ingredients. We also had the white chocolate bread pudding and it was hands down the top three we have ever had- and we have had bread pudding all across the country. Our waiter was James and he was exceptional. We will be back soon and will ask for James.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Organic, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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