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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
  • "Great view of San Diego across the bay. The view reminded me somewhat of the view of Seattle from Salty's."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great place to meet! It seems like you are in a private setting. Great view of the city. Food is outstanding. Beer selection is very good. I do not like the view of the cellar though as you enter the restaurant. Restaurant is not apparent until you reach the upper floor. I prefer the old setting."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We come to the restaurant often for the great food, the service and the view...all are wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "From the sunset view of the San Diego bay & city skyline, to the food and drinks, Tom Ham's continues to be the perfect choice for dinner. Our most recent visit was in a group of 6, and every person enjoyed their food (that alone says a lot). Nice selection of wines, and Tom Ham's has a large list of local San Diego craft beers. Our server was attentive and truly cared that our dining experience be exceptional."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Ask for a shaded table outside or a window seat. The view it amazing, the food is delicious and the service very accommodating."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Took a friend for her birthday lunch along with a couple of other friends. We had very good food, excellent service and a view that was spectacular. We will certainly go back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We went to lunch for the first time after the makeover. We had high expectations but the food was missing something. We had to ask for lemon to brighten our lobster rolls. The salad was dry and the shape of the bowl had all the dressing at the bottom. We may try dinner someday."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "When one of my guests arrived early...they had no record of a reservation. When I arrived a few minutes later, the young lady looked in her system for quite awhile. I don't believe she had the reservation...but, seated us nevertheless.....not too pleasantly..."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Tries to be high end restaurant with least amount of labor. Only one salad dressing offered. Oil and Vinegar. Recommend customers bring there own salad dressing. Recommend they serve sourdough bread with dinner. Offer baked potato with beef dinner. Change name to Buckets of Butter with a carved wood pirate outside. Serve butter with everything. Add a butter carved cow to the beer keg room. Add swordfish to menu. Restaurant wouldn't survive without the location. Boring décor inside. Not a place I would go on a regular basis and not because of the cost. Try to copy other popular $$$ chain restaurants in town that don't have a view."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We lucked out with the Super moon rising during our dinner. Scallops were good, the side with it was mediocre: bitter arugula and hummus. Mussels were good with a rich broth, but a handful were closed or barely open. The asparagus was overcooked and over sauced. If I go back I'll consider ordering the Paella, the taste I got was a good rich flavor. Good craft and local beer list to choose from. I know this place just went thru a big re-model, but the upstairs lobby smells like the bathrooms..."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The best Sunday brunch in San Diego. Alway fresh seafood and the view is outstanding."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "had the lobster and it was delicious. great dining right on the railing for an unparralled look at the bay."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "View on the outdoor patio was great, service excellent and food very good. I would not have wanted to sit indoor (cavernous space, noisy & no charm.) All items were basically ala carte so the meal was pricey but for an occasional dining experience with a great view it was worth it."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I had not been to Tom Ham's Lighthouse in a number of years but remembered their great seafood. This time....I could find little on the menu that appealed to me. I ultimately ordered a salad - but it was void of flavor. I was really disappointed. Even the great view did not help. The service was pretty good although I felt we lost the server's interest when we didn't order wine or raw seafood."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "What a wonderful day! Sunday brunch! My friend was deploying soon and we enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch here. Great time!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "All you can eat crab and oysters...delicious!!! Diana was our server....also delicious!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Unfortunately both of our fish dinners were dry. I had the sword fish and my partner had the halibut. She sent hers back and the second serving was still dry. A good grill fish should be moist when served. Next time we try the steak."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lunch menu leaves a lot to be desired. Not enough fish and not enough choices on the entrees."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Amazing view, decent service, but crudo had no flavor other than pepper, and sald also flavorless. Good pome frite and calamari."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This place was a find for us. The food, atmosphere, view, service, and everything made this place worth the price."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Tom Ham's has the best view in San Diego of any restaurant! Make a reservation at an hour before sunset and you will love the transition watching the city light up. Only criticism is the food is high quality but the main entrée portions are very small...most places give you twice as much salmon and duck on the entrees we tried."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "good food, fresh seafood and unlimited mimosa for sunday brunch. nice view and great service, you don't have to get your servers attention, they always ask you if everything ia OK or if you need something. will definitely comeback and recommend to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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