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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We lucked out, went for dinner on the patio during the full moon. Perfect view across the bay of the skyline and moonlight on the water. Cole, our server, was great even though newer. The food was good, but the moon stole the show."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The menu had a great selection of seafood. Our food was incredible and we loved the view!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our family lunch was enhanced by the nice service, tasty food and terrific view."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was good--the view fantastic and the sailboats sailing by were a treat!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place could be incredible. Beautiful location and a really cool space with great views. Most of the food was very good, particularly the bouillabaisse and the cheesecake (although real bread would be so much better than that basket of TraderJoe-like lavosh, and the cheese board should come with more than three crackers.) The biggest problem was the reasonably friendly but inexperienced / unprofessional service. It felt like the whole place was staffed by nice people who had never worked in a restaurant before. Kinda weird. If not for the spectacular location it would have been a forgettable dinner."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very special for our anniversary dinner. We felt like special family guests."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very limited menu and during are visit, poor service. Our waiter was not very attentive our knowledgable about the menu. Considering the price point for the food we were highly disappointed about the service and time that it took to receive our main course. 1 hour between our salads and the main course is extremely long wait times. Our drinks would sit on the bar for an extended amount of time before our waiter retrieve them and the disappear again. I would not recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Have nothing but good things to say about our experience in this iconic San Diego restaurant."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Seafood brunch was great. Didn't bother to eat other selection. Limited dessert choices. Took a while for my hot water for my hot tea to come because the waiter forgot. Otherwise would love to come back but a bit pricey."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant to take out of town guests. Highly recommend Tom Ham's. The family is doing a great job following in their father's footsteps."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is our 3rd visit to Tom Hams Lighthouse. We found it 2 years ago while on a trip with our daughter during her Freshman Orientation at SDSU. We revisited a year later with her and my father-in-law. During this trip (June 2014), it was our daughters choice to have dinner here while celebrating some great news she received. The food is excellent; the service was tremendous; and we sat outside to enjoy the sunset! This restaurant will remain on our "go to" restaurant list! Enjoy..."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went here on our anniversary and had a spectacular meal. The outside dining area had a great view of the city. We had the Halibut and swordfish and it was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend it for a romantic dinner with a memorable view. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It was our 29th wedding anniversary and we have not been here in years. Everything was wonderful. Our waiter , Nick, was the most attentive and knowledgeable waiter we have had in years! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "If you desire mediocre cuisine, go elsewhere. Our dining occasion at Tom Hams Lighthouse was beyond remarkable. We experienced a friendly staff, a complete menu and food cooked to perfection at a reasonable price. Everything one expects from an upscale restaurant while seated outdoors on a patio with an unobstructed view of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline. Reservations, highly recommended for acceptable wait times, may be made easily online or by telephone. Did I mention the recent renovations? "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "An unmatched view! Loved the remodel. Service was excellent will have to return to check out the brunch."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food , wonderful view and good service. We will be back soon"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We sat in the "Sweetheart Booth" in the corner closest to the window. But the entire perimeter of the restaurant is lined with massive bay windows and majestic ocean views, with either downtown or Coronado in the background. The food is amazing, and oh-so fresh. We had fresh oysters from CA and Baja, grilled octopus, and flaky Lavash flatbread. Paired everything with a Peachy Canyon wine. The Wife had Bouillabaisse and loved it. I got the Whole Fish Special, a Red Snapper that was delightfully flaky and buttery. Oh, and our Server, Arlin was fantastic, so we left a good tip. But I hope Management reads this and gives her a bonus! Thanks for the dessert! We'll be back . . ."
    Dined on 5/29/2014