Tom Hams Lighthouse

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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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San Diego
38 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, superb view! Best birthday meal ever!

a
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the view and ambiance. Food was a delight and the service good..

LA
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Extraordinary Is of downtown SAN.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first trip to San Diego and Tom Ham's did not disappoint on a fantastic meal, polite, helpful, and well timed service, and amazing ambience. It can be a bit noisy sitting out on the patio due to traffic in the bay but it's well worth it for the view. An experience I'd recommend for anyone visiting San Diego.

OT
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Other than a good view of the San Diego Harbor, food is ok - the service here is disappointing.

Server told us they are unable to provide virgin mix drinks because they don’t have a blender, no lattes either just regular and decaf. We ordered a whole chilled crab and requested to NOT serve it in a bed of ice - and was told that they can’t do that. That it had to be serve a plated by the kitchen staff. He served everything we ordered but not the crab. When asked, he said he thought we don’t want the crab anymore because they couldn’t serve how we were requesting it but if fact he asked us if we want whole or half order which we replied wehole. Ordered gelato and no spoon was serve with it, we have to ask him for the dessert spoon.

IS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our Aniversay and it was fabulous!! Environment was great and huge food selection that was on point.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my family there past Sunday for Sunday Brunch. When I made a reservation, I notated it's a celebration for my children's birthdays and anything they could do to make their day extra special but it wasn't acknowledged. 2 years ago when me and my husband went to the same Sunday Brunch for our anniversary and we had a little treat so I thought they would do the same this time but they didn't. That's a bid of a disappointment. But the kids enjoyed it. Me and my husband are not so much of the seafood so we basically just ate some omelette and desserts. The price has gone up to $54/pp plus service fee.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

High noise levek

PC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, great food and excellent service. We use Tom Ham's for special occasion Sunday Brunches. Thank you.

OT
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch with excellent food , champagne flowing and incredible views !

FC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's fun to 'play the tourist' in your own home town! A lot of the diners enjoying a view of the spectacular moonrise over San Diego were from out-of-town. But we would certainly go back - that view doesn't get old, the food was good, and it's kinda fun to be surrounded by people who are so excited to be in San Diego!

AN
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and our server Eddie was amazing

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were excellent, however, the entrees were just okay. I’ll definitely continue to make Tom Ham’s a happy hour spot but would choose another venue for dinner.

GG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, good food and the outdoor terrace is the best thing to do.

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views are beautiful. The ambience is elegant and classic. The wait staff is accommodating and friendly. We were celebrating my brother’s promotion.

In three words - timeless, memorable, delicious

OT
Palm Springs
58 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful view of the bay and downtown in the moonlight! Food very good but not exceptional. Clam chowder had too much bacon and a little sand. Chorizo in the clams with pasta detracted from the wonderful clams and pasta. Grilled yellowtail tuna was good. Orange cream gelato was great. Bar music detracted from the ambience.m in

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San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view. Superlative food and service.

BD
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great views of San Diego Bay. We arrived while it as still light and by the time we left it was dark. Both views of the city skyline were impressive. We dined outside and enjoyed the sounds of the water. Many choices on the seafood menu - I had the yellow tail. Everyone in our party of four said they liked their food selection.

IG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific waitress. Loved the quinoa/watermelon salad. Very nice outdoor seating.

JL
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Roger M did not provide good service for our lunch. Very disappointed because this is one of our favorite restaurants. We ordered the ceviche app, and he brought it AFTER the main course. And the fish of the day was too oily.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, outstanding service and delicious food!

M
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of San Diego. It has some of the best water views of any restaurant and the food and service are always top notch. We were celebrating a milestone birthday on this occasion and the waiter brought a special dessert for the birthday girl...another nice touch!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, beautiful view on the patio at sunset. Raw bar feast was delicious!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

After years of going here for special occasions, we were a bit disappointed this time. We often had dirty dishes sitting on the table, and never had a bowl for the lobster claw debris. We usually tip 20% but didn't this time. Service just wasn't what we've come to expect.

C
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! A great setting.

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good as usual. Never disappointed at Tom Ham's. The food was great and the view was one of the best. San Diego Classic

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! The seafood platter is an awesome value. We bought two orders of the chefs selection for the oysters and our favorite was the sweet petite!

JD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch and beautiful view. Both of us had a lobster roll.

b
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Near the top in terms of spectacular skyline views across the harbor. Good food and excellent service are a bonus.

KP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Arrived they didn’t know about our reservation. Food took a very long time to be served no bread offerings prior to us arriving. Despite there was hardly anyone at the restaurant dining. Location and view was AMAZING!

RF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was friendly, efficient and recommended a great dish which we absolutely loved.
We had a table right next to a window and had a fabulous view of the harbor. Our waiter checked on us frequently and made my birthday celebration fantastic.

DF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Vermont where we live with a view up Lake Memphremagog into Canada to San Diego and Tom Hams Lighthouse. A very cool contrast. From rural and no need of a wall to the absolute interception of food, culture, money and sunshine. We had Maine scallops, PEI mussels, oysters, beef. If you can blend the senses and appreciation about the best. This was the best for me!!! You will want to come back for the view, the view, the view...….excuse me I am perseverating… the view. Why did we not go there earlier??? Everyone was fantastic!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite locations in San Diego with gorgeous views and sublime food.

OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in San Diego and amazing views

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in SD! You can't beat the beautiful view! We were there for lunch and sat on the outside patio. Ordered some oysters on the half shell, and shared the Fish & Chips and the Crab Louie Salad. All the food was delicious! My husband dared to try the famous Bali Hai Mai Tai and he loved it (but only had one!) and I had the Island Sunset which was also refreshing and tasty.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Server seemed too busy- while we enjoyed our time: orders where wrong- food order taken 10 min after appetizer was already eaten- drinks not refilled timely. Food was great

SO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great ambience, great service, great view of San Diego Bay. The only downside was that the A/C did not work so it was a little warm and humid inside in the dining room.

GZ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was horrible. Calamari was grease an had chunks of breading from some other fish. Clams an pasta tasted horrible, no let me change that it had no flavor an was watery with 6 clams the size of a penny. The scallops were dry an cold. Overall this was my worst dining experience in years.

LL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing Brunch at Tom Hams Lighthouse! This is our go-to-place for brunch and special occasions. The Cold Bar of Crab, Lobster, Oysters, Shrimp and Scallops is our favorite. The Prime Rib was perfect as well. A brunch lesson I learned years ago is grab a dessert on every trip to the buffet so you aren't too full to enjoy after the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service, great view, great food and great friends.

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