Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4991 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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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I truly hate to lower the overall rating because the service was incredible. Oksana did an incredible job and couldn’t have been more friendly. The drinks and appetizers were good to great but the cold platter had something to be desired. The shrimp were tough, the oysters were extremely slimy, and the clams tasted off. To add the platter was quite expensive so the expectations are high. In the future, I would suggest steering people towards the hot dishes as those seemed to be a better bet.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Fish & chips: Fish overcooked, flavorless, dry & tough, encased in soggy, greasy, thick fried dough-like covering. Appetizer calamari puddle of grease at bottom of dish. No ice tea choices except usual boring, plain type.

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ConnieH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience on a beautiful day with a gracious hostess and server.

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RobertD
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food service and ambiance was outstanding. Eddie was our waiter and he was the best

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Colleen
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toms Hams was a delight, from the service we received to the food. We were seated outside with a beautiful view of the harbor,I highly recommend Tom Hams!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great evening.

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WendyH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very professional and attentive. The ambiance was fabulous. I will definitely bring any out of town guests there to show off San Diego.

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ClaudetteH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there - loved the whole experience and the food was amazing!!

KJ
KathyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since it was the last night of our girl’s trip, we decided to treat ourselves to this beautiful place. The scenery was awesome and the food unique and delicious. Our waitress brought us a special dessert to celebrate our trip. She was very helpful in suggesting drinks and menu items. Special evening!

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vipJimD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service was slow and I was not seated for a while even with reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

They’re one of those restaurants that adds a 4% fee just because of covid hardships… I get it but I’m not sure a restaurant like this needs the assistance for that long. I really dislike that because I’d rather pay more and know you’re covering the benefit costs of all of your staff.

Anyway, selection of dinner plates was a bit lacking, fairly safe, but decent. Staff was really superb and costs were ok. The views are what you’re really paying for and the drinks are pretty darn good too.

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ROBERTC
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, our servers name is Jacob. He was fabulous. Can't say enough good and positive things about him. Although we find this place a little pricey, it was worth it for our special occasion. The food was excellent and the view was superb. We had reservations for 6:00pm, but got there about 45 minutes early and we were seated immediately.

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LynnM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brief stay in San Diego and got last minute reservations for dinner. What a great place. The view was spectacular and the food and service were outstanding! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The view was amazing, service ok but the ambiance had a lot of room to improve! Overall ok experience but not a place I’d go back for a special occasion.

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jimmym
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the city, free parking, and great waiters. Not impressed with food portion and quality.

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PhilA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scenery and better service. I cant remember my server’s name but she was amazing. Will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom Hams is always a homerun

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hermoso lugar ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View, food and service was perfect!

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AxelR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner.

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HenriC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Most spectacular location. Copious food. friendly and competent srevice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around Great!

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charley19
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service, beautiful views. Short ribs and scallops were very good.

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vipEdwardG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Go for the views not the food. Mediocre at best. All of our serverd wore stained shirts. Not very professional

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ZacharyT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 25th anniversary! Amazing views, great service and wonderful food! Highly recommend!

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Sherri
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, experience and views! Cannot wait to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips was not good at all. Breading was too thick, greasy and no flavor at all. I love this restaurant but they have to revisit their menu. This is not the Tom Hams Lighthouse I know. Everything else was great but we came here for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, very polite staff, stunning views, and the food was absolutely wonderful.

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CaitlinT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Desiree is the nicest server and the views are incredible! Definitely worth making a reservation and going for the sunset!

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Nicholas
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try to reserve the Sunday brunch at-least two weeks in advance. It is very popular! Great food and great deal if you come hungry. The unlimited crab and lobster is what we go for!

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Cathy
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah is awesome, it’s lovely to have the buffet back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food lacked seasoning and flavor. Great variety, but food was not warm.

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SarahS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sunday brunch!! Food is excellent! Drinks are amazing! We try to book every 5-7 weeks. This time we had Sarah as our server. Great service and look forward to our next visit!

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EmiliaI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner outside overlooking the bay at night, it was perfect for a casual romantic date night.

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CecyP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered salmon, calamari, lobster bisque, all were absolutely tasty. The service was excellent and the view was beautiful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

See you next time love this place

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought it was absolutely beautiful and great food just wish we had bread to start.

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CLBS
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose Tom Hams Lighthouse based on reviews for our wedding anniversary celebration. It turned out to be an excellent decision. Our waitress, Melania, was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. And because I had mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary, she brought us a complimentary brownie sundae to share—it was delicious and very special.
Neither my husband nor I was very hungry, so I had 4 oysters on the half shell along with a roasted beet salad. My husband chose the shrimp cocktail. All selections were beautifully presented and tasted delicious.
A wedding was taking place in the garden below our table on the outdoor patio. It was an ideal spot for a memorable meal and special celebration. We will definitely return!

MW
vipMerryWidow
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour bar menu! Best selections ever.
Lotsa fun sitting on outdoor patio.
Good service.

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TerryP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re locals and had sort of forgotten about Tom Hams….our dinner with friends was like re-discovering a real jewel in your backyard. Great service (Raymond), excellent food selection and preparation, a killer view and priced very reasonably. We won’t forget to keep Tom Hams on our “go to” list with visitors and our own evenings out.

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 4991 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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