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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TA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening, enjoyed the mussels for appetizer and scallops as main course. Great beer selection too. Service was excellent. View is amazing.

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G
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

This being such a nice restaurant with an amazing view was quite disappointing for this first time customer. My wife and I waited at least a 1/2 hour for our adult beverages because we had to wait for a manager to open the cellar. The Jidori chicken came out super dry and tough to eat. The waiter was apologizing all night for the slow service. The only good part of the meal was the ceviche appetizer we had. Again nice restaurant but everything else made a disappointing experience.

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

Came for a one year anniversary and has the most amazing experience! Ambiance, service, and of course the food. Recommend to everyone 10/10!

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GS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - had a wonderful dinner. Gorgeous view. Will definitely return!!

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

Love this place, food is soo good and the service is top rate

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I made reservations three days ahead for outside seating at 6:45 PM. We arrived on time to be told there was a 30 minute even with reservations due to an increase of customers. I'm like, that's not my fault. This defeats the purpose of making reservations if you're still going to wait 30 minutes to be seated .

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

Awesome expirience, Matt was great and did everything right!

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TL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was poor starting off, then went downhill from there. The food was missing flavor. We had the fish and chips, crab Louie salad, ceviche and the lobster roll. There were four of us and we all had the same opinion.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was below my expectation
I will never come back.
Food was ok.
Just ok

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L
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointing dining experience. The place is beautiful! But food was less than average. Bland. Didn’t taste fresh. And there were flies- inside!
It was an expensive disappointment.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended restaurant when you want a dining experience with a waterside view. You can even go for just cocktails and enjoying the scenery in the evening.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Such a great location, friendly and attentive staff, I think the food options could be expanded, not many choices and nothing making me want to come back because it was so delicious.

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KB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and excellent service with a beautiful view of the bay and downtown. My only complaint is the noise level indoors. The interior is simply a large room, with all the tables seated the conversation volume was very loud. It was hard to hear our own conversation. An outdoor table may have a quieter atmosphere.

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RF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazed with the food, the scenery, and over all the experience!! I would be definitely coming back!!

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PC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything as always when we visit To Ham's. Service is especially great.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Will definitely be back.

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wait staff. The quality of food, view and price point made for an amazing experience!

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TS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The extreme noise from several large parties made for an unenjoyable dining experience. It was so loud we couldn’t comfortably converse across the table. Previous experience was much better. Maybe this is a Saturday evening issue. Nonetheless, we will stay away on the weekends.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the view was fantastic. We were sitting out on the balcony so it was a little chilly but they turned on the heater making it very enjoyable. Only negative was the music from a private function down below that was too loud.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

service is slow. server left us unattended and have to ask for Steak knife when one of the order was a steak dinner. Refill on drink is slow. We came here for the view and foods. Sometimes we do get lucky with the 5 stars service.

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FT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely window table, the service was great and the good delish.

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DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh, a little under seasoned. Still delicious. Excellent view, great location.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful view along the water, and very attentive and friendly staff. No reservations available the first two nights so we were thankful to get a window table. Will definitely go back.

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for lunch or dinner with great expansive views of San Diego Bay.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view with fantastic staff. The food was delicious.

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

Great service, food and what a view!

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N
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not worth the money. You pay for the view.

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BB
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend from Boston here for her birthday. The service was excellent, the food was amazing and the view was San Diego at it's best. Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and professional service at the restaurant. Had requested to be seated by window for my out of town guest/special occasion and it was perfect view of bay. Our waitress "Melanie?" was outstanding in providing service to our table of 6 people. Second time at restaurant, we save it to go our for special occasions. Thank you!

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IR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I were celebrating 2 special occasions and we are extremely satisfied with our choice to go to TomHams Lighthouse! The ambiance was welcoming and friendly. The views od teh San Diego Bay from the surrounding huge windows was spectacular! The bar was very cozy with a great selection of drinks. Our wait staff were very attentive, courteous, and willing to help us in our celebrations! The food was perfectly proportioned and yummy! Our "desert" was The Thin Mint Martini and it was was quite the hit! The prices were very reasonable. We will definitely be back and would heartily and without reservation recommend this establishment to everyone!

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R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome dinner and drinks with the perfect night time view of the harbor and downtown SD! Our waitress was nice but seemed a little rushed to get out of there toward the end of our dinner.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, waiter explained the menu perfectly. They did not have all of the varieties of oysters advertised, however, only two of six. The corn salad was delicious but the falafel was dry and hard. The fish was wonderful, the deserts were bland. View was worth the rather hearty price tag.

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SV
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing view and close to the airport. Particularly recommend lunch and happy hour.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great value on the waterfront with the most incredible view of the Harbor. Terrific drinks and seafood. San Diego can be very expensive for mediocre food and Ham’s was a really lovely surprise. Perfect before going to or from the Airport.

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n
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Tom Ham's...sure is noisily though...not enough sound dead-ing objects in the room...

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BL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Ordered the boullabaise (sp?) and market fish which was mahi mahi at the time. Amazing!

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ID
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a delightful time. Our waiter Jaime was wonderful and on top of everything! Suprised me with a delicious slice of birthday cake! So good, thanks.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing! My only comment is the food temperature when it was served was lukewarm.
Raymond (our waiter) was second to none for service!

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F
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were phenomenal!!!!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Aside from the stellar view, this eatery really didn't live up to the hype for me. Restaurants of this caliber usually at least ask if you want bread for the table; this one does not. Not a problem, I thought. My meal will fill me up. I suppose it would have, had I chosen the right meal, but I made the mistake of choosing the salmon. First of all, the waiter said they usually cook it medium rare, but I could get it cooked medium if I wanted, so I chose that. Second, he didn't ask if I was interested in any side dishes, so I thought my meal would be complete enough with the broccolini and the potato crisps that were supposed to accompany the meal. I know that the presence of a la carte sides on an upscale restaurant's menu generally means the entree is served alone. But here's the weird thing; my husband ordered a steak, and the mashed potatoes and green beans that came with it were plenty enough food to complete the meal. My salmon, on the other hand, came out with a tiny square of salmon, burnt on both sides (and no, it wasn't meant to be blackened) two tiny sprigs of broccolini, and about five potato crisps, which were basically small, homemade potato chips. I didn't want to complain because we were treating a friend and his paella turned out to be a nice sized dish, with no skimping on the seafood, so I decided to go with the flow, so no one would be made uncomfortable by my complaining, or by having to wait for me to receive a substitute entree. The waiter was a very nice young man, but he stumbled over the word bernaise, because he said he had never seen that word before and didn't know what it meant. He said that again about another word on the daily special menu, but I forgot which one. We all ordered dessert and fortunately we still had some clean silverware on the table, because no additional silverware was provided. Aside from my meal, the only reason I care about the smaller issues is that for $100 per person, they should do better.

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