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Tom Hams Lighthouse, San Diego, CA

Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.6
4.6
5659 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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 50 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 291-9110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Kovar

  • Catering

    Please contact Perla Ortiz in our catering office. banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr.

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. RM

    RaghavM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The service and the view was the best part of the meal. We ordered Paella and Linguine and came out cold.
  2. DS

    DavidS

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrated two birthdays
  3. KB

    KimB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eddie was AWESOME!!!!!
  4. d

    drno

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an employment interview at 6:00 P.M. With the propane heaters, the 60 F. +/- was really nice outside right over the water.
  5. HD

    HappyDiners

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places to gather post-theater performances (we attend Sunday matinees). We usually have a cocktail and appetizers. Jacob is a very good server and recognizes us when we come in.
  6. BS

    BonnieS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday brunch at Tom Hamm's is amazing. The view is spectacular. We love the seafood selection -- crab legs, lobster claws, peel and eat shrimp, and oysters on the half shell.
  7. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful weight staff. Wonderful meal. Great ambiance would go back again
  8. G

    Geeg

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From cocktails to desserts every thing was excellent. Beautiful views of the city, very attentive staff what more could you ask for?!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had various options for reservations on a Sunday. Free parking, well lit in evening. Decor outside was nice. Promptly greeted and served. Waiter was knowledgeable and gave suggestions. Meal served promptly, good variety of menu selections with a wide array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. View was spectacular!
  10. k

    kurinanana

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming here for about 1-2 years now… luz and molly always makes a great experience
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    It was just ok. Nothing to scream about. The tri tip was so tough I had trouble cutting through it. My son ordered an omelette and the entire middle was raw egg. Crab was good. We definitely will not go back.
  12. A

    frequentdinerfromAlpine

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Location of restaurant is excellent. Nice booth on the water. Service was best ever. Food was not. Beet salad was about 1 cup of salad for $15. Paella was tasty but cold. I think they took cold clam and mussels from the appetizer and set them in with the warm rice and chicken.
  13. SM

    ShielaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb view, you will not regret it promise😊👍. Always love Tom Ham’s been here many times especially corporate get together. Food always delissshhh and service was excellent👍. Highly recommend especially their Sunday brunch.🤤👍
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fargo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambience at an outdoor table, after sundown, with the glow of San Diego in the background. The food was amazing and the server made great suggestions on anything we asked about.
  15. L

    Lauren

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in SD. You can’t beat the view. It could easily be a tourist trap, but it isn’t. Great oysters. You get two lobster rolls for $22 which is a great value. And the tarragon dressing is a unique spin that works. Their fries are fantastic. I do wish the dessert menu was more imaginative.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful view at this restaurant and the food was delicious!
  17. MA

    MelanieA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    had a good variety of food. Food was very good. Tri-tip was cold however if they can keep it warmer. Anyways would go back.
  18. J

    Joan

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service
  19. H

    Hapisdgal

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving buffet, incredible service and can’t beat the view!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Thanksgiving day brunch. Probably the best in town. Everything was made & cooked to perfection. Plenty of choices. Our waiter was attentive & courteous.
  21. NN

    NicoleN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Looking forward to coming back next year for Thanksgiving. Only negative is that I would have liked more variety of desserts, for example it would have been nice to have cheesecake options and jello or pudding for the kids. But other than the desserts being underwhelming, the fantastic main course meats, sides, and seafood were excellent. And the wonderful staff were very hospitable and made us feel very welcomed.
  22. KW

    KimberlyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving brunch was great; the food was terrific but the highlight was the service. For such a busy and stressful day, every single person that we interacted with was warm, helpful, efficient, and provided an experience we would appreciate in any fine dining establishment.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Great location. We had a beautiful table on the water and lovely service. Food was just ok. We ordered and expresso martini that was all Baileys and no expresso, (was awful). Cesar said was bland and unremarkable, and lobster bisque didn’t have chunks of lobster. Entrees were better Whole crispy fish was good, as was the Jidori chicken. Maybe this is still more of a tourist spot. Was ok but we wouldn’t be our first choice to return to.
  24. KS

    KathyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Shrimp Louie salad and it was great. !!! My date had Fish & Chips lunch and he loved it. 3 big pieces of tender fish... Very Good.
  25. E

    Eric

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience dining there. Good service and good food
  26. KD

    KellyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good view of the city and that’s probably the only thing I’d recommend this place for. Thought the food was average for the cost of it. The restaurant was pretty busy with larger parties so maybe that was why but my friends food had to be sent back because it was cold and our Cesar salad was pretty medium.
  27. J

    Judy

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was happy with the food and service. I was disappointed that at $65.00 per person, beverages were not included!
  28. DP

    DanneP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice for Sunday Birthday Bayside Brunch with an emphasis on seafood: lobster claws, snow crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp and more. The seafood cocktail sauce with horseradish is perfection. The beautifully massive charcuterie bar looked amazing, but even after three trips back to the food lines, I never quite got to it! And every dessert I chose (from maybe 50 unique offerings) tasted fresh made and superior to most anything similar served elsewhere at brunch. Alas, every bottle of champagne here has a bottom.
  29. RL

    ReneeL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated outside beautiful evening, perfect view. Dinner was delicious, service was great
  30. TS

    TimothyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I went here to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. Everything was wonderful. The only complaints I can think of is the menu was a little sparse on choices and we went home still feeling a bit hungry, even after having dessert. We'd still go back, and recommend them to friends, however.
  31. NC

    NeldaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    The food was just awful calamari was rubber. Sent it back. Second batch was just as bad. I ordered the paella was tasteless. I don't know why this restaurant is charging such high prices for such lousy food. I had a bad reaction to the food. Do not I there
  32. O

    Omegaridge

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Service great, ambiance was very nice. However, food was very underwhelming. Lobster Bisque was bland and the red of the seafood was so so. Maybe my expectations were too high, but they didn’t meet them for sure.
  33. SD

    SherryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The service, food and view were all outstanding.
  34. p

    pleater

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday and it was perfect. Amazing view, and the food was excellent. Had the fried oysters, beet salad and short ribs.
  35. m

    mom3andersen

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and good service!!! absolutely beautiful view
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The menu is sparse and unappetizing. The wine list is Half the size with unknowns. The lobster bisque arrived without a single piece of lobster. My market Fish was small and a wrong type for the price. The server was attentive and helpful. The view of city lights at night is best in town.
  37. DC

    DavidC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter here for a mother/daughter date and the food and service was wonderful!
  38. L

    Lhillslady

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service including piece of birthday cake
  39. BL

    BrianL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent.
  40. BA

    BradleyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside; a cool night but the heaters worked well. Wondeful view, excellent food and service. Very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tom Hams Lighthouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 291-9110.

Tom Hams Lighthouse is rated 4.6 stars by 5659 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for Tom Hams Lighthouse

2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Kovar

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 291-9110

  • Catering

    Please contact Perla Ortiz in our catering office. banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333

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