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Tom Hams Lighthouse
Tom Hams Lighthouse

Tom Hams Lighthouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tomhamslighthouse.com
  • Phone: (619) 291-9110
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday From 11:30am-3pm
    Brunch: Sunday 9:30am to 2pm
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm - 9pm and Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Lance Repp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Stephany in our catering office.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and Semi-private accomadations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts avaialble. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephany Phenny (619) 291-9110

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harbor Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
A word from Tom Hams Lighthouse
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse was built in 1971 by a man who was not afraid to put his name on his product. Rooted in warm welcomes & excellent food, Tom Ham made his lifelong dream a reality. Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is the only restaurant in the US to have a USCG operated & maintained Lighthouse attached to it. You can locate us on any modern nautical map as Beacon #9. Featuring a 100% responsibly resourced seafood menu & award winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, we are a must when it comes to the San Diego food scene. The dining room, purposely shaped like the state of California, allows for groups as grand as 92 yet private enough for a couple’s night out. Holiday brunches have been long time family traditions for many San Diegans. Start your family’s tradition this next holiday. With the best views of the Downtown City Skyline, Coronado & San Diego Bay, Tom Ham's is & remains a San Diego tradition in dining excellence since 1971.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was a last minute decision on a family vacation. We wanted a restaurant with a view on the water, they accomodated us with outdoor seating with a beautiful view. Waiter was very helpful in selecting oysters and appetizers, very friendly towards the kids which was great as this seemed to be an "upscale" dining place. Food was outstanding, mussels, oysters, lobster,halibut and rib-eye. If I get back to SD, I will visit this establishment again, even if its just to have a cocktail at the bar overlooking the bay!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "A nice place for date night. The fish (swordfish) was a little undercooked, but overall the food was good. Service is impeccable."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were celebtating an anniversary. We were greeted with "happy anniversary" and seated at the "sweetheart booth" which had to have the best view in the place although i dont think there is a bad table. Our server was wonderful and the menu items he recommended were fantastic. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was in town for ComicCon and a hotel staff (trainee) suggested we dine at Tom Hams. While the service was amazing the food was not. Particularly bland and very pedestrian in presentation. I would say Tom Hams is a fantastic place to enjoy evening cocktails on the terrace but don't expect to have your socks knocked off by the food."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It has become a favorite of ours since the re-model and addition of patio dining. Best view of SD skyline of anywhere around!!! We were celebrating "double" birthdays and were treated to complimentary desserts. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've come to Tom Ham's many times and are never disappointed. The food and service was incredible. Oysters on the half shell to the grilled Mahi - awesome. And they have a fantastic wine selection. We keep our boat at Harbor Island and make Tom Hams a regular stop when we weekend out there."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Tom Hams Lighthouse Restaurant didn't seem like a "tourist" restaurant, though given its location, it surely is. The service was excellent and they didn't rush us. My husband and I had the salmon and paella. Both were excellent. We will return."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Amazing view. If you enjoy raw lobster claws and snow crab, this is your place. Otherwise the offerings were brunch typical. The view makes you not care ... about anything. Absolutely gorgeous. Staff is warm and friendly."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was my first time at Tom Ham's. I'm getting married next year and wanted to check this place out as a possible venue. I came here with a group of girls. The view was nice. I specifically requested to be seated outside, however, ended up inside, which was fine. The food was not good at all. Everything we ate was dry, blain, or flavorless. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend and I'll probably never come back here again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. Extremely attentive and knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "menu selections were good - service attentive and the view outstanding"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We asked for a "quiet" location when we reserved our table and were shown to the very best (outside corner, right over the water) table on the outdoor patio. Our party of three enjoyed the calamari appetizer (there was plenty to go around) and our entrees were delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. We have recommended this restaurant to friends and will definitely return ourselves. This restaurant is easy to get to and parking is a snap, not a usual feature of San Diego restaurants."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Best seat in the house for a romantic evening. Food and ambience was outstanding !!!! Couldn't have asked for anything more !!!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Hadn't dined at Tom Hams since the renovation. Vast improvement. Good service. All four of us loved the food. Outside dining is recommended. Didn't hurt that we were there for the rising go the "Super Moon". View of skyline is spectacular."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Sat outside with a fantastic view of the bay and the San Diego skyline. Saw the best view of the full July 11th. Dinner was great and the service impeciable!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Completely enjoyed their Sunday brunch. Awesome service, delicious brunch, amazing view from our table on the deck. Will go back there!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I've had many good brunches at Tom Ham's. I love the lobster claws and crab, as well as the raw oysters. However, this time, I came later during the brunch period, and the oysters looked "poorly refreshed" and picked over, and the buffet needed wiping down & looked unattractive. They ran out of Canadian bacon on the eggs benedict, and were using regular. They also ran out of champagne glasses & were serving in water glasses. All told not as good as usual, but very good service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had great service, love the crab legs/claws and oysters and many other good items to nibble on. Champs to top it off!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Spectacular view from second story outdoor dining. Service could not be better. Excellent for a special occasion. Entrees were great, but could have a larger selection. Salads are adequate and deserts about average. Watched the 4th of July fireworks from the patio and it was perfect. This would be a great place to take someone from out of town. Plenty of parking too."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had been told about some ownership turnover, so we had waited to try this place. Too long!! The food was delicious, the view was breathtaking, the service was helpful but not interruptive, and the drinks were delicious. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We eat at Tom Hams often...a special place we take guests and out of town company...the view is wonderful and the service is always top notch. We can almost always count on the food being the best...but even the best is not always at its best! Couple of days ago the scallops were ONLY warm...not the hot entrée I'm usually served. Our guest was served the same WARM entrée...so the server took them back to the kitchen and heated them up...much better....but not the same as being HOT when served the first time. My husband had the lobster and fish Bouillabaisse....delicious! We will always come back to this hidden jewel..."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "the food was above average. however the grilled fish was slightly over done and the Filet of Ribeye had a weird two piece cut to it but god flavor. the server was very nice but almost shy but very disengaged. The complimentary desert for our Anniversary was nice yet small"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "For a romantic evening/special occasion as for table #89. Made just for two!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I travel from Pennsylvania once a year to visit my son. We also make reservations for Sunday Champagne Brunch and LOVE IT every year. The food is out of this world and the service is the best Ive experienced anywhere."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The view and atmosphere are excellent. The food is so flavorful and the servers are friendly and very attentive."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We made this as a last minute decision to take customers and it was a great experience. The food and view made for a spectacular evening. Eating outside surrounded by water was a treat. We all had something different and everyone loved their meal."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great for outdoor or indoor dining with a fabulous view of San Diego bay. Great selection of craft beers at a reasonable price, especially at happy hour. The appetizers we had (calamari and mussels) were delicious. Good selection of entrees. Salmon was well prepared and not at all "fishy". Ribeye was very tender. Service was a little slow, but the food was hot when served."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Outside seating was great until they removed the umbrella that slightly fell (no injury, my wife DID NOT get hurt) on my wife's arm due to the wind. Requested seating with a shade but everything was taken. Great service and great food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Tom Ham's has one of my favorite Sunday brunches, because it offers cold lobster, crab, and shrimp, as well as raw shellfish and smoked salmon. Aside from that (which is what attracts me), they have a strong array of brunch favorites, including prime rib (which is always on the slightly tough side...leading one to wonder whether it is actually "choice rib of beef," going by cut quality, rather than "prime rib of beef"). Brunch includes champagne (nothing fancy, just cheap J. Roget), and a dessert table that is actually bad, with no strong choices. Best to just avoid the desserts, rather than end the brunch on a down-note. Service is typically quite good here. Very nice bay views."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Everything was out of this world! Crab legs, oysters, scallops, shrimp, prime rib, salads galore, dessert-Oh my! Dianna was our server and she made everything fun and was attentive. Outstanding celebration in every way!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Not the best we've ever had but it was very good. We will go again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "the table location and the view it afforded was phenomenal, but the rest of the experience I could have done without. our waitress made sure to set the tone off right by demanding to know if we were ready to order drinks not 30 seconds after we'd sat, and just like polite service industry employees are supposed to do, she all but removed my menu from my hands and flipped it to the drinks because I was off task, looking at food. I informed her that first I prefer to peruse the menu first, so as better to pair my selection, but she could tell us the specials (which she did half-heartedly, glancing around the room at her other tables) one of my side items was ridiculously cold- so cold that the vessel it was in wouldn't melt butter."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "great food, fantastic location and views. Main dining room is a very large open rectangle, with a noisy sports bar at one end. the service was good+, the busboys need to pay more attention to filling water glasses, etc."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the wine at the bar to the superb dessert following dinner, the whole dining experience was great. The corner table overlooking the bay afforded us spectacular views of many boats under sail on a beautiful San Diego evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Surprised my husband with a Birthday Dinner. The staff went out of their way to provide us with a terrific view and incredible hospitality. The food was delicious and the experience incredible."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Tom Ham's needs help. Wonderful location and view. Ordinarily I rarely complain about food but the halibut was of poor quality and not prepared with any love. My date's linguine with clams had dried out clams and the broth was poorly seasoned. Just a major disappointment given the location. The waiter gave us someone else s bill which is an action I always find inexcusable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Tom Ham's has always been a great place to have dinner with a view. The recent remodel has significantly updated the look and feel of the interior, and the food and service continue to be top notch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was more upscale than before they rehab'd. The bar was awesome! Outdoor dinning awesome! Would have like to have regular bread and hot lobster for choices for dinner at an upscale place like this but those were the only bummers."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was an amazing venue for a Sunday brunch with spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and the bay. Went there with my mom and 3-year old for Father's Day. Very kid friendly with wide walkways and food choices for their taste. The waitress filled our mimosa glasses as soon as we sat down, kept the refills coming, and cleaned up used plates promptly before we returned with fresh food. I went there for the seafood but was disappointed with the freshness. The oysters were sticky and dry and the crab claws/legs were just okay. The scallops were very good. The omelet bar was extensive but I didn't want to fill up on one big omelet. Most of the hot foods were outstanding so I stuck with those. A great experience overall!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I recently ate here for my birthday and to celebrate Father's day this past Sunday and Tom Ham's Lighthouse did not dissapoint! I highly recommend making a reservation ahead of time because this spot is popular on Sundays. My favorite part about their Sunday brunch is the SEAFOOD! The other food was average. I wish they had more of a dessert selection too for their brunch menu. The champagne they serve for their UNLIMITED MIMOSAS is very good also! I forgot the name :( You also get a treat with a great view of the downtown San Diego skyline and the bay. What I also love about this place is their SERVICE! James and Elan served us and always made sure our champagne glasses were filled and plates were cleared for more!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014