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.
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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (21)
Casual (19)
Local Ingredients (15)
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Good for a Date (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Romantic (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·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.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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 (Atlanta)·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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·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.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·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)!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Two words: Brussels sprouts

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 (Birmingham)·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.

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 (Birmingham)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was perfect!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 13, 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 9, 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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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 7, 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 2, 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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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 28, 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 18, 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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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 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 20, 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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 (Chicago)·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 29, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 27, 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 26, 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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 (Birmingham)·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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