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Tom Hams Lighthouse
Tom Hams Lighthouse

Tom Hams Lighthouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tomhamslighthouse.com
  • Email: grant@balihairestaurant.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a must if you are in San Diego! Great views and great food. The seafood section of the buffet had oysters, scallops, shrimp, crab claws, and crab legs."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our first time to this restaurant since the renovation. VERY NICE!!! Our waitress was a delight. Can't bead the view!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Hostess friendly, efficient and smiling. Initially overlooked but quickly had a great gentleman along with a trainee. Apologized for not being attended to immediately. Excellent service the rest of the night. Food on 1-10 scale, 8.5. Sat. night and very busy. Beautiful view of SD skyline and bay. Even though the noise level was more than anticipated, it did not interfere with our own quiet conversation and quickly became just background voices that was of no consequence. One of our favorite San Diego restaurants, easy to get to and large parking lot plus ample parking on the street. A great place to bring friends, family and business associates. Wonderful martinis.. Have been dining at Tom Ham's for decades. Returning very soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Management should decide if they want to operate a sports bar or a fine restaurant. Noise level was way unpleasant. We won't return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The view is fantastic, of course. Since the renovation, the outdoor dining is a big plus for lunch on the weekend. The wait staff is always very good. Our ceviche had zero avocado in it, even though the menu includes it. It was delicious anyway, but we missed the fresh avocado. The raw bar menu is too pricey, and our waiter said things were steamed that were actually all raw - the menu should not say "seafood," it should say "raw bar." The lunch menu is still a bit of a disappointment, Some better fresh seafood choices would be great. It's an odd menu. Still, I love this place, and the renovation is great. The bar area is really nice and gorgeous for drinks while watching the sun set behind the city."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Two days later we went for dinner. The food and service was again great but the noise level and chaos in the dining room made conversation impossible. Nights it is a "vibrant bar scene"."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Lots of windows for a spectacular view of San Diego harbor. Service was excellent and food was very good as we'll, although a bit over seasoned for my taste."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This was the first place my son and I ate in San Diego, outside, in the sun, overlooking the harbor. What a great way to start an awesome weekend trip! Great service, great food and an enjoyable ambience!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The view alone would be enough to make me a regular, but the food and service are outstanding as well. I normally bring all of my out-of-town visitors to this restaurant, as it leaves a lasting, positive impression of this great city."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Gave us a very nice table with a gorgeous view. The service was fast and friendly, with perfect balance between checking up on the table and giving you time to enjoy/talk. The food was fresh and well-prepared, especially the fish. Seemed just grilled with olive oil, salt and lemon, which we prefer over thicker, strong-flavored sauces. Shared salad and fried calamari as appetizers and chose red snapper and swordfish (catch of the day) for entrees. In the range of $75 per person with a bottle of white wine. Good place to catch up with an old friend. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We dined at Tom Hams for brunch the menu featured a bountiful selection of seafood, breakfast and a lunch items fit for a king and queen. The views of the downtown skyline are spectacular and we were celebrating three birthdays and a 48th Wedding Anniversary and I wanted to thank our server Ricardo providing excellent customer service and we look forward to dining at Tom Hams Lighthouse soon."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were completely disappointed at the ambience of the restaurant. There was none. Only a cold room.with a few tables and chairs and booths with no candles or any other form of making the room inviting. Terrible waiter who said "what" about 10 times whenever we attempted to order something. Our dinner arrived an hour and a half after we arrived and it only arrived at that time after numerous requests for our dinner from the manager who expressed his apologies and gave us a desert on the house. Two of the meals were great and two were terrible. 4 scalllops with a bit of pasta for $34.00 and the salad with salmon was not edible. I would not recommend this restarant to anyone."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Sunday brunch is extremely popular at Tom Hams so be sure to reserve weeks ahead of time. We got there slightly ahead of our reservation time and immediately were shown to an outdoor table overlooking the water, even though we hadn't specifically reserved a water-view table. Even though it's outside there are great heaters that made it very comfortable on an overcast day. The seafood variety is excellent, and the made-to-order omelets are very nice as well. The other breakfast items, such as sausage, potatoes, and waffles are good but not special. Finally, the little desserts are very nice. The waiter was quite attentive about bringing drinks and clearing away various seafood shells. Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We try to go to this brunch every 4-5 weeks. It is consistently excellent! Fabulous cold seafood bar. Best beef rib roast. Wait staff is friendly and prompt with dish removal and drink refills. Plan ahead and make a reservation. They fill up fast."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Start with the Persimmion and Burrata salad. It is big enough to share but you may just want to eat the whole thing yourself. I had the chicken for dinner and it was very good. My husband had a lamb special for the evening which he also enjoyed. Will try for brunch next time since it's highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The newly renovated Tom Ham's Lighthouse is the perfect place to bring people to give them the 'wow' factor of the San Diego skyline, especially at night. The food is good but two of our three meat entrees were overcooked and had to be returned to the kitchen. Our server Ramona is the type of server that every place would love to have working for them. She was on top of everything and right away she saw that our meat entrees were not of the desired wellness. She quickly took care of the situation and was a pleasure to have as a server all evening long. The view is stunning and the facility is open but not overly loud. The harbor theme is well evident but not over-the-top. Lovely place to take a date or business associates from out of town."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Go for the fish dishes. Just redone and very clean"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was my second time dining here and I was even more impressed this time. There were 4 of us having dinner at Tom Hams for a celebration and everyone loved it. The staff was extremely helpful and accommodating, starting with making the reservation and even ensuring we were at a window table with a magnificent view of downtown SD and the harbor. The food was well-prepared, fresh, and delicious. It's definitely pricey but well worth every penny - highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Lovely views of the city skyline over the water. Food was wonderful. Great ambience. The only downside of our experience was the server. She could not have been less interested in being there. Before you wonder if we were difficult or demanding customers, let me assure you we weren't. Between her lack of eye contact, inappropriate facial expressions, and lack of personality, it actually became amusing to us to see how she would outdo herself with each visit to the table. I would go back for all of the wonderful aspects of this restaurant but I wouldn't hesitate to ask for a different server if this young lady was again put upon to have to service our table."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This venue is always perfect for a few of us to gather over cocktails and a delicious lunch. The birthday girl received a complimentary dessert, but that didn't stop the rest of us from ordering something for each of us to devour! Thank you Tom Ham's!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I love eating at various restaurants, and this by far is one of the best restaurants I have been to. The good was stellar and the service was excellent. Definitely worth the money."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Absolutely stunning view. The grilled octopus a must. Good beer list."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Tom Ham's Lighthouse is one of our favorite restaurants for Brunch in san Diego. We live over an hour away, but it's worth the drive. We have been coming here for over 5 years on a regular basis."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Service, wine and food were excellent. I had yellowtail and my husband had scallops - both were great. We sat outside with heaters on - very comfortable and the view was beautiful. Music from the wedding downstairs was extremely annoying. Our server mentioned it to the manager who talked to the dj; they rearranged speakers and everything improved drastically. We hope to return this evening with guests!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Always great! The view alone is worth the visit!! Portions are very small for the price however. Wish they still had the prime rib. If you're not a fish fan you're extremely limited in your menu choices."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had friends in from Utah and Nebraska who were winter weary. We sat outside under heaters and had a lovely dinner and stunning views. Kale salad was delicious as we're the mussels. They were ecstatic. Can't speak for indoor dining -- it looked like a cavernous room."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "we had reservations for 7:00 and half of our party was still stuck in Ramona so we asked to change the reservation which they did. They were not at all busy - Our waitress was extremely friendly, informative and we went with some of her suggestions. The swordfish was delicious, the scallops were quite good and the seabass was excellent as well. All told it was a great evening."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The added outdoor dining, service & panoramic view of the city across the bay at sunset is magnificent. Our party (5) overall review - very good. Positive: the cheese plate and provided bread were excellent, the spiced pear salad was tasty and the scallops delicious.. Mixed feelings:surf and turf - prawns were perfectly prepared but the accompanying steak was tough. The Lobster Bisque uneventful (too spicy - need to mellow the flavor and add actual lobster pieces). On a less favorable note; my wife and I had the aged New York steak and it was very tough (Donovans, Albies, Butcher Shop or Hunters serve a much better aged steak). I would not go back for their steaks, but would bring out-of-town family for a sunset seafood dining experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The brunch was amazing. Be careful though, they are serious about never leaving your champagne anything but completely full."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed the Sunday brunch. The umbrellas outside make it so much nicer....we love the view and the ambiance. I love taking out of town guests there...we always have good service and the food is really great."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "food was good, service was good, ambiance great, parking very good; an overall good experience"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a wonderful choice for brunch in San Diego -- always a wide variety of food choices plus fantastic service and view"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "As always, Tom Hams was exceptional. The Sunday brunch can not be be beat."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Tom Hams Lighthouse really impressed me and my wife. We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary with them and they certainly made it a meal and night to remember. Our waiter was incredible! He knew the menu inside and out and helped to guide us towards the dishes he thought would satisfy our tastes. We started our meal with their delicious Cracker Bread. For appetizers we had lobster bisque and calamari which came with an amazing honey lime chili dipping sauce. For the main course I had the Lobster Bouillabaisse and my wife had the Sea Scallops with a side of asparagus. Our portions were really generous and the staff even topped off our meal with a complimentary Italian berry dessert which was delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food, both fish and steak, was very good, and prepared perfectly, so the kitchen was on it. The a table service was inattentive and slow (not so the host). Not sure why, so I don't think its normal. We'll try again. Great draught beer selection."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The praws were over done and dry and in general the food had a lot to be desired."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The ambiance is great- a beautiful location with fantastic views. The food is ok- really great short ribs! Cold seafood bar is good, though for crab legs and lobster, I would prefer it be hot. The rest is pretty average, desserts were a disappointment. Free-flowing champagne is great, service was great and location can't be beat."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner with a great view of the city."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Service was best we have had in a while. Usually feel like I forget the waitperson if they have done a good job. In this case, we felt like she was part of our experience and we liked her. Duck and the Scallops were phenomenal. And of course, the view is always the best. Did I mention that I love the facelift they have done?"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I found this place on Yelp (great reviews) and was interested in taking the GF for a belated Valentine Dinner. I reserved a table for 2 on the patio with a view. Right when we got there we were speechless. The view of downtown SD was beautiful! The food was great. I will definitely be returning for the great Sunday Brunch that I keep hearing about."
    Dined on 2/16/2014