Saint James French Diner Unveils In Former Brian's 24 Space In Downtown San Diego

June 17, 2023

Downtown San Diego's historic St. James Hotel has been renovated and rebranded into Palihotel, a 122-room property with a new French-inspired diner restaurant and bar in the former Brian's 24 space.

In 2021, Dovetail + Co acquired the historic St. James Hotel, a 99-room full-service hotel located on Sixth Avenue in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. The St. James Hotel was originally built in 1912 as a Victorian, eleven-story hotel that soared over San Diego with unobstructed views of the city. In recent years, the property housed the iconic 24-hour diner Brian's 24, which shuttered last summer after 14 years in business.

The former St. James Hotel property has undergone an interior renovation to transform it into the first San Diego branch of Palihotel, part of Los Angeles-based parent company Palisociety's national collection of boutique hotels and residences. The property now has a "preppy-meets-nautical" design with 122 guest rooms, a new French diner bar & restaurant, and an updated guests-only rooftop lounge with a daily social hour featuring small bites, wine, cocktails and more.

Now open in the former Brian's 24 space on the base floor of the hotel, Saint James French Diner combines the casual nature of a roadside American diner with the classical charm of a French bistro. The new, all-day bar and restaurant has a kitchen helmed by Executive Chef Casey Lane, a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star semi-finalist whose work in the Los Angeles restaurant scene has garnered him attention and accolades throughout the city and beyond. 

Saint James French Diner is open daily for barista service with happy hour and dinner service currently offered Wednesday through Sunday. The restaurant will soon introduce a weekend brunch menu. With a full bar and an approachable menu, expect dishes like fried oysters, croque madame, steak tartare, peppercorn beef filet, a traditional French omelet, Parisienne-style burgers, and a bouillabaisse swimming with local seafood.

Saint James French Diner is now open at 830 Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. For more information, visit and check out the menus below.