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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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and an incredible view!

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

Fabulous view! Great food

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night. Food was great. A bit pricy but good. Nice venue. Will return soon

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AW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was mediocre (paella very salty, bouillabaise just a few piecees of seafood dumped in an uanappetizing tomato base. Waiter didn't offer bread, or coffee with dessert, brought entrees before we finished appetizers (clam chowder was lukewarm). Not a great birthday dinner, views were great, though.

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GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent delicious in every way service a little slow

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

Food was great, service was very attentive. Will be coming back soon

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

Although I didn’t remember the name of our server, he was outstanding. My wife and I will definitely stop by again.

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q
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Father's Day for my husband and he was in seafood heaven . We all loved the meal selection . Raymond was our server and he was warm and attentive . The venue is very ADA friendly !

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service wasn’t good. Dessert was terrible— wouldn’t go back.

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

Allie was an amazing server!

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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

View: spectacular
Food: depends on the dish. Branzino and its accompaniment, delicious. Paella, awful - it’s not paella. Clam pasta, ok. Calamari, good but sauce was not a good match.
Service: very nice
Staff is accommodating

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for great seafood this is the place. All the food was fantastic. Service was great; the staff was very attentive without hovering and offered to take pictures of our group. Beautiful view of the bay. Love the Bali Hai Mai Tai - enjoyable to sip throughout the entire meal.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was generally good. The Cesar salad could have used a little more dressing. The whole fish was very tasty and the catch of the was good. Desert was just ok. The wine was good and the service was excellent. Now we come to the bill which ruined the dinner the cost was $130 then they get picky add a $3.90 surcharge supposedly to pay the kitchen staff the higher minimum wage. Just raise the prices a dollar on the main course and the drinks. We won't return

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Z
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great view. Loved it!

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MP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was incredible! Can’t wait to come back.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only issue I had during my first time with the Sunday brunch was the line for the buffet. I wish there were two lines (you can access food on both sides instead of one side only).

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, best service we've ever had! We'll be going back the next time we are in San Diego.

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breath-taking view and delicious food. Outstanding service and friendly staff.

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TW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the first choice for a celebration, to bring friends who are visiting from out of town, or just for a fabulous meal with an amazing view.

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WC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was soooo great sat outside on tthe water. Watched the dolphins play Ryan was our server and he was super great ask for him but they are all great have a bar food was fantatic. We started with the mussels. And both had paella amazing and finished with chocolate mousse cake and cream brulee. If you visit around San Diego you reallly should not miss out on the lighthouse you definitely would regret it for sure im from Texas and would comeback just to bring my family its that good

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always they impress. It was loud in main dining area, thank goodness the weather was amazing so we ate brunch on the patio with their timeless view. The staff clearing the tables had a bit of a mishap, stepped on a cup of desert that fell off the tray and it blew up all over my long black skirt. The poor gentleman apologized profusely as he attempted to clean the custard off the ground and offered a napkin for my skirt. Accidents happen. I think he felt bad because not 20 minutes before, and within minutes of my husband and i sitting down, the table behind us spilled their mimosa which also found its way onto my skirt. It didn’t ruin my morning, nor did i gripe about it, as i totally understand how busy it is and every part of my outfit was washable. Our waiter came right over apologized again, and when he brought our bill an hour later, my $54 brunch was comped! What a kind gesture, and i was truly appreciative, though totally unnecessary. Another reason we love this place! The professional staff and service never ceases to impress.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buffet was well worth it! Carlos was my waiter and he was very friendly and attentive! I will be sure to come by anytime I visit San Diego again!

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

We were celebrating a birthday and the waiter brought us cake with a candle! Nobody had even asked, they just did it. The waiter was super friendly and helpful. The food was great, we had an indoor window table, beautiful view, great service. We had a service dog and no issues or questions at all for her. Fantastic place!

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Highly recommend. Wish brunch was more days

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LL
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best places to sit on the patio and enjoy a good meal with beautiful views of San Diego and the bay. Loved the grilled corn and asparagus salad too!

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TS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not only was the food delicious, but our waiter (a nice young man) was stellar. Kudos to Tom Ham's Lighthouse!

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Great view, great food and staffs.

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SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Place was recommended to me by some friends. It is definitely the place to go for celebrations and special occasions as the view and ambiance are hard to beat. However, the menu and food were good, just not great. Been once but not sure I’d come again unless given a reason.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration of my granddaughter’s year end recital.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service was excellent, great location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Although it was a very busy Sunday brunch service, our waitress’ Diana was amazing.

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CF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

beautiful view and amazing scene. Would definitely recommend for a fancy date night!

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SR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a pleasant dinner with my wife. The drinks, food, and service we're great. We were seated at their sweetheart table looking at the bay for sunset, outstanding. The only downside was the bass coming from the DJ at the wedding downstairs, it raised the noise floor in the restaurant.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and such a breathtaking view, that we came back again today for drinks!

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TD
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for lunch in San Diego! From the to die for views of the downtown San Diego Skyline and San Diego bay, to the professional and helpful servers, and the amazing food, it is the perfect place for a business lunch, gathering with friends, or impressing your out of town guests. When the weather is nice (when isn't it in San Diego?) request a table outside and enjoy watching the boats and jet skis on San Diego Bay. You can't go wrong with lunch, brunch or dinner at Tom Hams!

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TW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit Tom Ham's several times a year, and have never been disappointed. Always take out of town friends there. A special place!

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VA
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tom Hams is one of our favorite San Diego restaurants. We had an OpenTable reservation, but had difficulty being seated due to many large parties. We were seated in a booth for 6 people but they did not seat anyone else there - one of the few good things... Our dinners were very good and the bottle of J Chardonnay was excellent. Our server was spread pretty thin - so the manager stopped by frequently. Our view of SD was great, but it was my husband's b-day (noted in the reservation) and it was not even mentioned. I still DO recommend Tom Hams. DO have a reservation! GO early for a better experience...

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience celebrating the graduation of our daughter from college. The service and food were excellent. We all enjoyed our time there

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FB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, great menu. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time for Sunday brunch. We came last year and it was phenomenal so we had to come back. Crazy thing was, we had our same waiter as before and he was just as great! The service is excellent and the food is delicious!!

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