Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4340 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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michaelk
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great service except for the part when the buss boy took away the heater and made my girlfriend freeze for a bit until the manager brought us a new one.

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Chase
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible spot for dinner. Food is always great and you can't get a better view.

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vipbrentm
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Tom Ham’s. Best view, food, drinks and service in San Diego. The muscles are the the best we’ve ever had anywhere! And the portions are large.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monica I think it was was amazing. She was working up top on the 5th and made our date so much better. 5 star service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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viphelinou
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience. Love the view! All time my favorite spot in San Diego on the water.

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EdgarK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location with free parking
Food is good but not the best.
Staff are friendly. Will visit more if they have special for locals. Nice place to take out of town guest

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ParentsWeekendYr2
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th or 5th time here (first time during Covid). Everyone was seated outside on the beautiful patio and distanced appropriately! As always, the service was amazing and the food delicious. Enjoyed a cocktail with our appetizers and a glass of wine with dinner. My husband loves the “whole fish” so that’s what he ordered. Our daughter ordered the “market fish” and it was outstanding (wish I had ordered it but my salmon was delicious too)!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a great night! Good weather and really nice view!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 10th year anniversary with my wife for brunch. Had a wonderful experience and definitely coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, amazing food and service!

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Cirrecin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in San Diego! Amazing view and incredible food. Very romantic for a special occasion.

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vipTonyY
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a Great view on a beautiful day in late November...70 degrees!
We love the place and will be back again and again.

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KTAN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all aspects of our dining experience. A truly amazing and memorable occasion to celebrate Thanksgiving at this restaurant!

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KarenF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a beautiful location
Best view of the downtown skyline

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Horrible doesn’t begin to describe this experience. Service took forever, menu was extremely limited, food tasted gross, parts of meal were delivered cold/frozen, yet still charged the full price. Will never come here or recommend this place again. I’m a local as well and look forward to seeing this place go under and a new restaurant taking over.

CG
vipChelseaG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The thanksgiving menu at Tom Ham’s was amazing! The lobster bisque and ceviche appetizers were delicious. The prime rib and salmon entrees with Thanksgiving fixings were amazing. And dessert was great. Can’t wait to come back!

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RaeS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! Everything from the service as soon as you set foot in the door, to the beautiful view and delicious food. A very nice way to spend Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook.

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LizaA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I dine to different high rated restaurants. It was my first time at tom Hams. The food is not worth the price.
Thank you

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BillT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - been going here for years. Great Food

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Random
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it!
What a great escape.
Service was awesome and friendly
Food was delicious and money well spent.
Will always love to go back over and over and over again.

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DavidS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch. Beautiful view. Had mimosa, eggs Benedict trio, steak frites, and donuts. Allergic to shellfish, otherwise would be all over the platters. Steak frites was okay. Fries good, sauce was boring, and steak a little tough. Eggs Benedict had good flavor, but arrived luke warm... only hot component was the eggs. Donuts are a little dense, but berry sauce was great. View was beautiful and service was excellent. Really enjoyed our time and would happily return!

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vipRichardB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Tom Ham's Lighthouse for a perfect evening.

JC
vipJC5280
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Add me to the list of locals who had avoided this place in the last few years because of the quality of food - and I am now completely sold on it. We promised we would give it another shot and we did and we’re SO impressed. Sitting outside with the gorgeous view, the delicious cocktails and the expertly prepared fish dishes which were perfection. The heaters outside were plentiful, especially up against the building, and you could tell all the proper precautions were taken for COVID. We will be back soon, especially during sunset.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went with my girl for our anniversary. Got sat by the railing on the water, and the view of the SD skyline and Harbour was great. There was a wedding going on on the lower floor, but we didn’t mind and it wasn’t too noisy. Ambience and overall vibe, as well as the service was as good as you can expect at this type of restaurant. My only quip was the food. My lady enjoyed her meal, but I spent 48 dollars on a steak, that definitely didn’t taste like it was worth it. I would go back, but would order something different.

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LeannM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view!

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Steaks
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary and the service and food was excellent. The waitress brought us a chocolate cake that read “Happy Anniversary” around the cake. It was a very nice gesture.

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BarbaraC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous location with great views of San Diego bay. Service is friendly and efficient. Food is very good. I've had the shrimp po'boy, clam chowder and hamburger. All have been excellent. French fries and twice cooked and delicious. Good selection of wine by the glass.

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EmilyR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for their excellent food, beautiful view, and great customer service. We had Diana the last time we visited Tom Ham’s Lighthouse & she’s the BEST in every way. Thank you Diana for making our visit memorable ❤️.

We’ll see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was way too loud but otherwise excellent

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DinaZ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Wonderful good and cocktails. Great views to the Bay. A little windy.

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Dterrence
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet once staff turned the music down. Excellent service.

JS
JanetS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Good food, good service, great views!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing view, very simple but delicious food. Went in for brunch and had an great time enjoying the ocean view.

MM
MichelleM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was amazing. The tenderloin starter was melt in your mouth good.

We ate kind of late, so the only complaint I have is that the food runners became complacent. They dropped our appetizer without us having silverware, and without time for Us to ask for some. They also served another table my husband’s food and then served me my main dish and walked away without explanation. When out server came by he was VERY apologetic and my husbands food came out quickly. Honestly I wish I could remember the servers name because he went above and beyond to make our night special.

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ChrisJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to believe but this was my first time here, and I'm a 50yr old SD native. I've watched the ebb and flow of this building for generations, and if not for celebrating our anniversary during COVID times, we may not have ever made it here. But we needed a romantic place outside on the water, so make it here we did. And we had a GREAT night. It was quiet, romantic, private, with a view to die for, looking back across the bay at the downtown skyline lights. It is a BIG building, so it felt empty as you walk upstairs and through to the outside, but that's the nature of the County COVID protocols at the moment. With it being so quiet, you can appreciate the historical maps adorning the walls. The food was outstanding, the drinks even better, and the authentic kindness of the staff topped it all off. Fantastic experience.

JB
JBean
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, outside eating with views of harbor. Abel was our server and was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my boyfriend of 3 years to celebrate our anniversary and it was one of the most special/beautiful dates I’ve ever been on with him. I would definitely want to come again in the future, the view was amazing around 5pm during fall season and I love how the restaurant provides heaters. The food was immaculate as well as our server, she was very kind to us and suggested great dishes to us.

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vipZKCgolf
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must go when you visit San Diego. The views are incredible, and tables are well spread out. We sat outside which makes the view even better. The food was all well prepared and excellent. Service was very good, attentive but not bothersome. A great place for a special occasion, but reasonable enough that it doesn't have to be only a special occasion trip.

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stefanieb
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food isn’t great if your looking to celebrate go to Top of the Market food is better
If your looking for a quick bite this place is fine

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

Tom Hams Lighthouse is rated 4.7 stars by 4340 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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