Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.6
3141 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Californian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: *Menu Service Only
Monday - Saturday From 11:30am-3pm

Brunch: *Buffet Only
Sunday 9:30am to 2pm...
Two Hour Dine Time & Buffet is open until 2:45pm

Dinner: *Menu Service Only
Sunday 4pm-9pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(619) 291-9110
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle Kovar
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Catering
Please contact Stephany in our catering office.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harbor Dr.
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Easter Brunch!
Enjoy bottomless champagne, fresh seafood, and gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline.
Make reservations today.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, lovely view of San Diego and the Tenderloin tips were amazing

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BA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My son celebrated his 24th birthday here, his choice. We all had a great time. The boullabaise was yummy. My hubby had the amazing tenderloins of beef. Our son had the New York steak,which he loved, the chicken looked tender and yummy, the seafood and rice looked fabulous, the sirloin was a bit underdone but still looked good. Wine and cocktails were wonderful. The service was a tiny bit off. First a gentleman came introduced himself and took our drink order and then a young lady brought the drinks and took our food order and introduced herself . She seemed a bit lost at first and maybe thrown for a loop. Not sure what happened. We used to come often many years ago. The bar used to be in the front area and there wasn't seating outside. Also, there was a boat in the middle of the restaurant. The new changes are nice and refreshing. Big groups are welcome.

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AO
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place made our special occasion extra special! We traveled far to enjoy the scenery but received much more. Our server did a marvelous job explaining the menu and keeping us occupied taking our pictures since we are celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent! We started with Oysters and Greens, Clam Chowder Soup before main course with wine. The skyline and the view of the harbor painted our night making it so much memorable. The staff are knowledgeable about their job making it a worthwhile experience. We will bring the whole family on our next visit coming from San Fernando Valley.

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AA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Server was very friendly and helpful. Food was not great. Great atmosphere.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Had really great service at Tom Hams. The food was good, but not spectacular. The view of the bay and the skyline made up for anything else. I would definitely recommend Tom Hams for a date night when the weather is nice.

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M
London
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive. Easy to get to, nice area, easy free parking. Great view day or night. Very nice, upscale but not stuffy. Excellent service without being hovering. Food was very
good, and if it is a special ocassion,in our case a birthday, they have a surprise at the end. A special notation. Over the years I have been to many nice places, but I can honestly say this is one of my favorite upscale experience places for really good food and an outstanding twilight waterfront view of the bay and city lights.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and view were spectacular!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from the UK, we enjoyed a great atmosphere, great food & great staff, make sure you sit on the outside patio for a fantastic view of the city lit up at night.

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L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with family that I had not seen for decades! Everything was amazing and the view was the talk of the day!

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GV
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to lunch at 11:30 so beat the crowd and had a great meal, wonderful view, and a nice conversation with good friends.

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom Hams is consistently good every time. We absolutely love this place!

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CI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Find!! We are in town celebrating our 45th anniversary. The staff was friendly / attentive. Food exceeded our expectations.

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JN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great location -- marginal service -- food was horrible.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was even better! My wife loved the Paella and I loved the Scallops. The Creme Brule was one of the best I have ever had

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JN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom Ham's Lighthouse is one of the prettiest restaurants in San Diego, with a breathtaking view of San Diego Bay. Both the service and the food are excellent. It's definitely one of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego. My friend and I shared the Grilled Asparagus and Corn Salad as a starter. It's delicious but would have been way to much for one person - even two of us barely finished it. For our entrees we had the Market Fish and the Pan Seared Maine Diver Scallops. Both were excellent, but the fish was slightly under-cooked for my taste. The server had pointed out that they cook it medium rare, so I asked for medium but I still got medium rare.
Between the food and a decent bottle of wine, it was a pretty pricey dinner. I have to say the wine list is overpriced, but it often is is nicer restaurants.

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MO
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Tom Hams in years. Loved the remodel, view & food.

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C
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to celebrate my 65th birthday. Delicious food and beautiful scenery.

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GL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food at the Sunday buffet, the views from the outside patio unbeatable and service was right on top of everything. Would recommend to anyone visiting beautiful san diego.

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Tom Hams, celebrsted my birthday with family. The service was outstanding, the food was great, and they made me feel really special on my special day. I will definitely dine there again!

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JW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love brunch at Tom Ham’s. They have a great selection of food and we always enjoy the mimosas. The waterfront view is lovely and our server has always been great! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great dinner and attentive service. Yellow fin and salmon were very good. Scallops were only sheared on one side and steak was tasty

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BI
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

no wonder the Lighthouse is iconic, it has been delivering fine dining in an unmatched setting for decades... Five Stars

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KK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated granddaughter's 20th birthday and everything was wonderful.

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DJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and really good food. Great service

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MO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yummy buffet includes seafood, brunch and lunch dishes, pasta and omelet station, carvery table, champagne/mimosas/sparkling apple cider and a huge array of desserts.

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b
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious brunch! All my favorite foods!

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L
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was very friendly and did a wonderful job. The view on the patio was great. Would definitely recommend for a fun night out with business colleagues or friends as well as for a date night.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Almost every seat has a great view of downtown. We were treated well by the server.

Good choice!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25+ year reunion with a dear friend.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good value, great views of downtown across the bay

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j
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waterfront view of the city, sailboats & sunset. Food was good, a bit pricey but you are in San Diego.
Wine list was extensive. Enjoyed a wonderful Zin with friends. Service was right on.

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k
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view of city lights, patio seating was perfect on such a clear night... bit spendy, but overall a great time

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent visitor. Fantastic food every time. Amazing service. Incredible views.

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s
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sea food is good. Champs flowed good juice, great view. Dig the Brunch

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Y
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place, came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The service was great, and the food was outstanding. We will be coming back!!!

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RK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food. The view of San Diego skyline was breath taking. Very reasonable prices for some great dishes by an experienced chef. Thank you.

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CG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall, I love Tom Ham’s and the amazing view of the San Diego skyline. The night started off great...our server was super nice and attentive. I’m not sure what happened, but at some point after our food arrived he stopped coming by. I know there were several large groups and he was busy, but what started off strong ended in poor service. The food, in general, was good, but my wife’s scallops were terrible. To be fair, we did not send them back. We’ll be back to Tom Hams but we were slightly disappointed.

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G
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We love the Crab Louie for lunch - real crab meat, none of this artificial stuff. Wonderful with a Frank Family Chardonnay. Also great for after theatre matinee martinis and oysters.

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C
Kansas City
220 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos our server was outstanding! The food was great but the service was exceptional!

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MT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints. Love the view.

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