Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4407 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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JoseV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, well prepared meals, in an unbeatable venue.

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DominiqueS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, amazing food and great service. Couldn't ask for anything better

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ThaoN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice waiter, awesome atmosphere, recommend overall

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great experience. Our waitress was excellent

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BillyA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. The staff was very attentive and the ambience was great. We will definitely be back!

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EricJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is incredible. If you get the chance to eat here just do it.

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RickB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the view and the food. Biggest serving of fish and chips I ever had. And good too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food and great atmosphere and the view breathtaking...!

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TimC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous dining event. The raw bar selections were awesome and the salads and paella were great. Marielle our server did a fantastic job taking care of us. And I can’t forget the beer selection. We shall return when back in SD.

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AnitaZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is beautiful day or night from this restaurant. Food was delicious and that is why I return often.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here for dinner time, for the Pan Seared New York Steak! 10/10 always. All the workers are very nice and always cater to you!

Will come back when I can!

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DebraP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was fabulous! A beautiful day on the bay!! Views are an added plus at Tom Ham's.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!! Good service, good food, great view, what else can you ask for?

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DarleneL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of bay & downtown and food was great! Great service too.

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LindaD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We ordered as soon as we were seated, requesting that the 2nd course not arrive until we finished the 1st. We had to wait 20 min. for drinks, 40 min. for the 1st course, and the 2nd course arrive 5 min. later. We noted that customers who arrived later were able to get their meals, pay their checks and leave before we got our bill. All we had was cioppino and fish and chips - nothing difficult. We spoke to the front desk about the delay, but she really didn't seem to care. Food was great, though and the server was very pleasant - if slow.

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msms
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We reserved at THL to be near the airport and were not dissapointed. From the patio overlooking the water to the food, everything was top notch. Calamari was perfectly fried. Nicoise Salad had an interesting pickled egg and great balance. Bonus for the toasted New England style hot dog bun for the Lobster Rolls. Fish and chips were excellent. Washed down with a SD IPA.

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vipFood4life
Minneapolis
91 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views of the bay and skyline. A unique building and history along with the great food, drinks, and service.

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AronW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and the service was great and the view was amazing.

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vipnobu
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for breakfast.
The weather was nice and the food was very delicious, so I had a good time.
I'd like to go to dinner next time.

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Peejay
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Raymond was probably the best server I've had in a long time. Super friendly and helpful and gave us some great recommendations. Checked on us often but not in an annoying way. The ambiance was great and it felt private even though there was plenty of customers. Food was pretty good as well but a bit over priced for portion/flavor.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

a bit pricey for how small the portions were and no bread service Just felt a bit basic and not over the top or any additional perks yet sitting outside and min service required - would have liked a bit more since we are supporting business and bearing the cold to eat outside. Waiter was great. Hostess service was below average View of course awesome

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viplocalnerd
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The saffron lobster bouillabaisse was outstanding and being able to make my own beer flight was perfect

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SteveAndChris
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! As always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service and amazing view

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vipVirg
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view from the outdoor seating looking at the city lit up at night. Service was great and food delicious. A real treat, and one gains an appreciation of what a beautiful city we live in.

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Hank
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Raymond was great. The food seemed average. The selection of items was smaller than I expected, but that could be due to Covid supply problems. You can't beat the view of the harbor and downtown.

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BillT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. 50 characters is to much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipSVjb
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and safe for COVID outdoor dining. Love the lobster roll and crab blt. So relaxing out in the sun by the water. Perfect for pre or post airport pick up and/or drop off.

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vipKimberlyF
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

If you want anything other than oysters, suggest you go elsewhere

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RonB
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Having the bay view was great also

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Thomas
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the San Diego skyline at sunset. Very efficient service, obviously well trained waiters and busboys. We had a relaxing three course meal with delicious raw oysters and the beet salad, followed by diver scallops and the paella with a cream brûlée for desert. A nice selections of craft beers and wine by the glass.
We live in San Diego and are used to the great waterfront restaurants we have in our city. Tom Hams is one of the best and well worth a visit.

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DouglasP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great reception from the staff. Swift and informative service. Tasty food. Better beer :-)
Pricy but worth the occasion and the venue.
A favorite :-)

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CeciliaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cool that night but we decided to go knowing there were heaters there. The heaters however were not very effective so we hurried through our dinner because we were so cold. Food was good; we’ll return when it’s warm outside.

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PeggyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the harbor and sailboats
Wasn’t that crowded... which I liked.
Space heaters if you want them
Waiter was very helpful and accommodating but gave me all the time I wanted...
lunch was very reasonable... delicious yellowtail meal.
Hard to decide with the lobster roll beckoning.
Oh - and the world famous rum drink ! I had to try “one” of those. Very strong but very tasty.
The day was sunny and a little bit chilly but being from Colorado I was so happy to be outside dining with such delightful views

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Foodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice location by the water and great views of San Diego bay. Easy parking onsite. The food was very average and expensive for what it was. The servers were great and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The view was great we had terrific service and the view of downtown was amazing.

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ReaganW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome Valentine's Day Dinner here. Great and quick service with a beautiful view. Tried several drinks and all were all great - the strawberry jalapeño margarita was my favorite. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome possom

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never fails to satisfy

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was amazing! Server was very nice and personable. Had a great brunch. Thank u!

FAQs

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 4407 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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