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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".
Birmingham, AL 35203
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
1st Ave North
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
email@example.com to place your ‘To-Go’ Catering Order.
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.
M. Shannon Gober
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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