Our Story

On behalf of our family and staff, we welcome you to Brian’s 24! We know you have a lot of choices when deciding where to eat, and we’re so glad that you chose our restaurant. Aside from the big bar and even bigger food, our place has a story…all great places have a story.

This story starts in 2008 when a father (Steve) and a son (Brian) began a drive around the Gaslamp Quarter in search of the next family business venture. Being San Diego natives, Steve and Brian knew exactly what Downtown was missing, an all-hours restaurant where you could get good comfort food any time, day or night.

Having come from a family of foodies and restaurateurs and with Brian himself having spent time in the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, both Steve and Brian were ready for something fun, exciting and in the heart of their hometown.

From the moment they stepped in to the restaurant off the lobby of the historic St. James Hotel, they knew they had found the spot. With its grand, hand-crafted mahogany bar (obtained from actress Joan Crawford’s estate), beautiful crystal chandelier and tin ceiling, the place really had a warm feeling and a great personality.

Fast forward to today, the business is going strong. In early 2018 Brian and his family passed the torch to new owners with over 20 years of restaurant experience in San Diego.

Mark & Kevin have well over 50 years of combined experience in all forms of hospitality, from quick service to AAA Five Diamond, and are committed to carrying on the friendly, food-centered legacy at Brian’s 24.

About us

Brian’s copper-clad, open kitchen with its beautiful, historic “Joan Crawford” mahogany bar combined with our beveled glass window wall and crystal chandelier create an atmosphere enjoyed by all who visit.

Breakfast is served 24 hours a day and can be as simple as bacon and eggs or if you are looking for something unique, try the Chicken and Waffles, Krab Cake Benedict or our famous Gaslamp Power Breakfast. Our delicious Hotcakes and Malted Waffles are made with real buttermilk, fresh eggs and butter and leave many guests talking about one of the best breakfasts they have ever eaten.

A huge selection and over-sized portions of home-style comfort food includes enormous sandwiches, bountiful salads and burgers, joined by choice New York strip, hand-tossed pizzas, and house-made meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Inspiring breakfasts to start the day, meeting friends or business associates for lunch, a quiet dinner, late night snack or nightcap; only Brian’s can make it happen 24 hours every day.