Tom Hams Lighthouse
Tom Hams Lighthouse

Tom Hams Lighthouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tomhamslighthouse.com/
  • Phone: 6192919110x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • 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 619-291-9110x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Tom Hams Lighthouse reviews from OpenTable diners
227 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (204)great for outdoor dining (173)special occasion (147)romantic (122)great for brunch (83)good for groups (68)fit for foodies (56)great for lunch (53)notable wine list (33)neighborhood gem (29)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (9)Show More
  • Great view, food needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Staff knew by the reservation that it was my husband's birthday, yet they did nothing to acknowledge it, and we had visitors in from abroad. Quite disappointing to be there for that special occasion and to have nothing said/done by staff. Table next to us enjoyed a birthday dessert which made it even worse. Salmon portion was tiny, paella was too salty, desserts that we ordered appeared sloppily put together. Overall a disappointing experience, though the view was indeed beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A-List in San Diego
    LizaBopiza
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    On all the occasions my husband and I have dined at Tom Hams Lighthouse, we had always enjoyed a good meal and the hospitality of your staff. We never felt rushed. We particularly like the Paella, with its fresh seafood and generous portions. The salads are terrific-never disappointing: fresh & thoughtfully put together (we esp. like the spinach with figs, gorgonzola & pistachio). Spectacular views a huge plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and wonderful food!
    Poster
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have stayed on Harbor Island many times and known of Tam's , but had never been before. I will definitely be eating here more often! the view was fantastic! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We had grilled asparagus and calamari as appetizers which were delicious. I had the halibut which was superbly cooked and my wife had the NY steak done to perfection. It was truly a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great view
    DoctorB
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We go here for the view of the San Diego skyline and Coronado Island across the bay. You can sit outside almost right over the Bay, which we love. The food is good, but certainly not the best seafood in San Diego. And if you do sit outside, especially on a weekend as the sun sets, you might think about whether you want to be observing someone's wedding and reception just below you, as that can be happening. That adds to the noise level a bit, as do naval helicopters flying in and out of the Navy base on Coronado Island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and view were spectacular
    GailR
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I met some friends for dinner and we all really enjoyed the spectacular views of the harbor and downtown skyline. The food and service were especially good. I will not hesitate to recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went at 7:15 on a Sunday...possibly not the best time of the day. Our server was fantastic tho, and the food was exquisite in both taste and presentation. We'll definitely be back. This is a case where experience counts. Tom Ham's Lighthouse has been around forever!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was low in warm servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have always loved this place especially since the reno. Champaign service was excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special occasion
    AidanD
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went to brunch to celebrate two birthdays (my best friend's and mine) with an out-of-town guest. It was our first time there, and we were impressed. Our champagne glasses were only empty once. The crab legs were perfectly cooked. The corned beef hash was amazing, the prime rib was delicious, and other party members praised the eggs Benedict. We sat outdoors and loved the view. The indoor seating was more large parties and seemed like it might be a little loud. Only food complaint I have is that the oysters had too much grit, likely from speedy, high-volume shucking. Stick to the scallops and crab on the seafood buffet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid-autumn dine
    sddine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our family went to the restaurant a few days ago and we got outdoor window table overlooking the bay and downtown San Diego. The view is spectacular. We took lots of pictures while enjoying dining. We definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    Birthday46
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great. Service was OK. Asked for extra limes with sparkling water and server never delivered them. Had to flag down a bus-person to get them and were delivered on a paper cocktail napkin, not a small dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be for sure
    Tahoe
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was okay, service is terrible, very unattentive waiters. Way too many sales pitches explaing the menu. Air conditioning was off or too low. Moved us outside, and sat us under a heater!. Martinis came with no olives - really? Ordered a pasta dish, and there was no pasta spoon - had to use my coffee spoon - real class! Just another hipster joint for the 20's crowd who don't know any better. Took prime rib off which is beyond me? They only have a few cuts of beef now, and instead of bread, they give you "European Flat Bread" which is just lowsy seasoned crackers - just more cutsy stuff that's ruining the restaurant. After 30 years of going to Tom Ham's, it's time to find another place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was my birthday dinner and we were four diners. Appetizers were calamari and octopus. Both were succulent and paired with delicious chili-lime infused dipping sauce. My sis-in-law and I enjoyed fresh swordfish entrée--and it was FRESH! My husband had the rib-eye cooked to perfection, and my bro-in-law had the squid-ink risotto. He's still raving about it! Service was unobtrusive but very efficient. The view of San Diego bay watching the sunset gleaming off the windows of the city's high-rises--SPECTACULAR. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Choice
    GForDie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The three of us were celebrating my elderly dad's birthday. They treated us all with dignity and respect. We had a quiet lunch outside overlooking the Harbor. We had the swordfish ("Market Fish") which was perfectly cooked and came with a delicious sauce. We had oysters and shrimp appetizers, also amazing, and sorbet and gelato for dessert. The coconut sorbet was the best we have ever tasted. The waiter easily fielded all our gluten-related questions. He was knowledgeable and even went out of his way to research a question we had. His timing as a waiter was impeccable. Truly one of the best dining experiences we have ever had! I hear they are under new management. I am so impressed with what they are doing!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely View/Delightful Meal
    etxgrlVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We visited Tom Ham's on my first trip to San Diego. Both the city and the restaurant were wonderful. Every table has a view of the harbor. My salad with grilled peaches was so very yummy. The 2 of us split the paella and were so pleased with the selection. I wish we had stayed longer in San Diego so we could have visited again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Was greeted by very friendly hostess. Special request was handled discretely. Entire staff was eager to help and to see that special occasion was enjoyable for my wife's birthday. Enjoyed the experience of our waiter as to the menu and wine list. We took the recommendations on most of the suggestions from the waiter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    Justmyopinion
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Go for the view. You won't be disappointed. That being said, the buffet was just ok and not enough selection of different types of food. They had tons of crab and shrimp which is great! Would have loved to see some sushi. You're obviously paying for the location with a fantastic water view especially if you're sitting outside. The service was awesome. Our waitress always had a smile and had a sense of humor. She kept the Mimosas flowing. Despite the so so selection of food, I would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    asm1967
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The best brunch ever. I would have brunch every weekend if I could afford it but twice a month is fine with me
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary to Remember
    mjpeters57
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The outdoor seating with the beautiful skyline in the background along with the scent of the ocean made for a great setting. Food was reasonably priced and tasted great. A big thank you for adding th anniversary dessert at no cost. If you want a romantic setting for a dinner, I highly recommend Tom Hams.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Socalcyclist
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great view from any table. Outstanding craft beers selection. No problem with getting a reservation but it was a Monday
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I took my wife here for here Birthday, The view are amazing , and the foods are awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    peter45
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We always enjoy this place. Better then C Prime as far as a view is concerned. Food and service always top notch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite dining with a view
    enchanting
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The best dining experience we've had thus far. Totally breathtaking view, food is absolutely amazing and with unparalleled customer service by staff!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sunday brunch in San Diego
    Danfan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a party of 7 (2 kids included) for Sunday brunch to celebrate a friend's 35th bday. The hostess accommodated a last minute change. The seafood was so fresh and our waiter kept filling our champagne glasses. I can only tolerate quality alcohol and their champagne was one of the best I've had. The view is amazing. It was a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I loved the view! But the lobster claws were way over cooked like rubber! And the dessert was laughable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent view
    mikaWMM
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    easy to reserve but still needed to wait 20min to get seated. good selection of seafood and fits the atmosphere. Rib eye steak was surprisingly tender and came in good portion. highly recommended
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit too noisy, but very good food
    mrm1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    And excellent view of the harbor and downtown San Diego. Attentive, pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took my wife to Tom Hams the other day for dinner (wasn't my first pick but my wife wanted to try someplace we had not eaten at before). The staff were very friendly and attentive but the food was so so. The view of downtown San Diego and Coronado was the best part of the dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "Dress Up" Date Spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I took a wonderful young lady here on a friday evening for our second date. The view was great while the sun was out but it became very romantic and beautiful once it got dark. My advice is to get there right before the sun goes down and stay until after it does. Also get a table on the deck. They were very accomodating regarding us staying to make conversation after our meal was done. They suggested we stay as long as we like and enjoy the view. The menu was plenty diverse for all kinds of tastes and the chef was accomodating although the $2 upcharge for mushrooms and onions on my steak was a bit much. My date and I were a a few minutes late but they were also accomodating of that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the water
    foodandbeer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited at sunset and had a wonderful table overlooking the San Diego bay where we watched the sun go down. Excellent wine list and outstanding list of micro brews on tap. Food was very good. The service was exceptional--attentive without being pushy/rushed. We had all the time we needed. Very romantic setting--there was even a wedding on the grounds while we were there. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Two our four group members are from England and were craving fish and chips. We wanted to have a late lunch before we went to the airport to return home. When I made the reservation for 2:45 p.m., nothing was said about lunch service stopping at 3:00; however we were able to hurray and order our fish and chips. The fish was good, but the batter was not crisp and was a little on the rubbery side. The fries were good and we truly enjoyed eating outside and watching the boats. Our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View
    Greg
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great view of San Diego across the bay. The view reminded me somewhat of the view of Seattle from Salty's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom Ham's Restaurant
    TonyTiger
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience!
    nadojan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We come to the restaurant often for the great food, the service and the view...all are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Perfect
    LynneeD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic lunch on San Diego Harbor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inkslinger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation
    KKFKVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion only
    Justsaying
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View of San Diego
    SFDiner
    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...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate