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
27 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been lots of years since we had been to Tom Hams. Don’t know why it took us so long to go back. The wait staff was very attentive, the Mahi-mahi was wonderful. I had the strawberry cheesecake, and my wife had the apple cinnamon crumb cake. Although the cheesecake was good, I would opt for the crumb cake next time. The view was great. Definitely will recommend.

RG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal view and the food was delicious. We had an excellent server and thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

f
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We arrived early and they sat us right away outside. We placed our order using the restaurant week menu, and then we saw some friends and they joined us so our table of two became a table of 4. Having never been there before I really enjoyed the outside seating. We had to ask for bread for the table, and I'm pretty sure that they charged us for it. Also the menu wasn't complete in the descriptions as the lobster rolls did not detail that they came with anything else and they actually came with fries, had I know now I would not have ordered a fried appetizer. The cioppino that we ordered: the fish was cut up in little tiny cubes resembling potatoes, almost missed the fish. I kind of feel like once we ordered off the restaurant week lunch menu, I kind of felt like the server felt his attentions could be best served elsewhere since we weren't going to be the biggest spenders. Which was his loss because I'm much would have rather ordered a drink, as costly as they were just to try something new, but he wasnt around that much. When it came to the entrees being delivered, our friend who sat down about 5 minutes after us hadn't even had 2 bites of her salad before the entrees came. They advertised New York cheesecake as one of the desserts but when the cheesecake came and had a Graham cracker crust and that is not a New York cheesecake. New York cheese cakes do not have a crust like that. The cheese cake itself and all the finesse they put into decorating it was grand. The fried calamary was good not rubbery cooked perfect. The lobster rolls meat with minced and flaked but it did not have a lot of Mayonnaise so it tasted really good.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the view, the food and the service. Will definitely go back. As new-comers to San Diego, we are just glad to stumble upon Tom Hams.

S
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It is a beautiful location but our server wasn’t great. The service was slow. When someone in the party couldn’t decide it took FOREVER for the waitress to come back. When she took our order she didn’t ask if we wanted fries or salad, someone in the party has diabetes and should have had the salad and was brought fries. The lobster roll was frankly weak. Lobster west puts much larger chunks of lobster for $2 less. The tarragon dressing was terrible it has a licorice taste that is just plain gross. I had the ceviche which had too much lime but was otherwise good and the crab blt. The crab had no flavor and there seemed to be no dressing to it. I had to ask for mayo as it was DRY! overall it’s a beautiful location but the food was just mediocre and it’s fairly expensive.

l
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tom Hams is always great, especially for SDRW. The food, the view, the service.
From a Crab BLT, Lobster Roll, to Pan-seared Fish.

PD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, the food was excellent
and one of the best views in the city
need we say more.?

AJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Honestly, it was great! We sat on the patio under the stars. My concern about sitting outside was that it would be cold, but they had heaters, so it felt great! Nothing beats the view you get from downtown, along with the meal. Our meal wasn't too bad, will for sure be coming back again.

S
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday celebration!! Thank you David, our server!

MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome view. Friendly staff. Good food! They even brought out cake to celebrate our engagement.

This is my third time here and I have always had a good experience.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server went above and beyond. Great beer recommendations and very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice place with a great view and great food but somewhat overpriced.

T
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding seafood, service, and ambience with a beautiful view of San Diego from the outside deck

s
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious the service was pretty good although my server could have been a little faster with the champagne bottle LOL! It is a noisy place as it has always been. My issues is with the attire. People were dressed like they literally rolled out of bed and just came to the restaurant. I don't think they should allow hats and sneakers and athletic wearsuch ad yoga pants. Tom hams used to feel like a kind of upscale special restaurant to go to. Now it feels like we're eating at a Denny's I think you need to bring some kind of dress code back to get people to appreciating their dining experience thank you

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom Ham’s is by far one of the best brunches in town! Views of downtown San Diego are breathtaking - no pictures can do it justice.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Seafood station and the champagne was free flowing. A little crowded for the morning but once everyone gets there first plate the food line dies down. All around great experience and terrific view, would come again.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an easy time finding the restaurant. Staying in downtown San Diego, it was a short and cost effective Lyft ride to the lighthouse. It wasn’t too busy for a Saturday evening, about 5:00 PM. We can feel a wedding is happening as guests trickle through at their private events facility, not interrupting the restaurant ambiance at all. We were accommodated an outdoor seating with a very warm heated lamp so that we can enjoy the water view, breath the fresh ocean and still feel warm as if we were inside.

We started off with the chefs oysters, fried calamari and some complimentary bread. Great combination as the oysters were fresh, tasty and the fried calamari always hit the spot for my fiancé. Next, we ordered and shared the Bouillabaisse and Paella. Both were delicious in their own way. The complimentary bread went nicely with the Bouillabaisse. Both were a great one-two punch to share.

Through the evening we enjoyed some drinks. Though, the wine selection was great and cocktails were unique, I still went with my scotch on the rocks and my fiancé had her Prosecco. We finished the night with a tasty complimentary anniversary cake that our waiter provided us. This was the best part as it was a nice touch to end our anniversary dinner. We would come back (their brunch menu looks delightful) and we definitely recommend Tom Hams Lighthouse to everyone.

JC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting San Diego—took a chance on other good reviews. Home run! Ate outside under heaters. Very comfortable. Spectacular view! Dinner was very good, as was the service. Ample free parking. Only problem were 4 very loud women right behind us celebrating a birthday. Otherwise a terrific experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Cool night out, but they had plenty of heaters on to keep us comfortable outside while taking in the view of the city. Awesome, varied beer selection and great cocktails too. Food was delicious and portions were just right.

S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing location for special occasions. The view is amazing here and the food never disappoints. I love shelling some seafood and handing it off to the pasta station to make a decadent seafood pesto cream pasta.

JK
San Diego
166 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great as usual (we enjoy the brunch). Very busy on this holiday weekend. Waited nearly 40 minutes for a place on the patio (with a reservation), but once we were seated, we all really enjoyed ourselves. Waiter was great!

L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and great service. Lots of options

SM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place when I have guests that come to town. Food and view is awsome and they make you feel like a long time friend with their service.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner this evening for my wife’s birthday. The calamari with honey chili lime dipping sauce, pan seared diver scallops, and bouillabaisse were all outstanding!

To our surprise, after dinner our waiter brought my wife a complimentary piece of chocolate cake. That was very classy and a great finish to an excellent meal.

Thank you Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for a great dining experience! We’ll definitely be back to try the brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good. Got the fish of the day. Was on the smaller side, but the price was in line with the size. Great view of downtown San Diego and in a perfect area for a quiet and scenic dinner.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and excellent food. Service was above average.

S
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Beautiful location great atmosphere. Good oysters for $1/ea on happy hour. Great kale salad. Very good service. BUT fresh catch was not so good. Came out in about a minutes time. Couldn’t have been cooked fresh. Mushy consistency. Potatoes undercooked and cold. Very disappointing.

NY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time there in New Years’s day...hosts were very accommodating, though it was packed. I have to say everything was really nice and the view was a plus. I’ll definitely be back in May!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service by staff!

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so good, what you expect for seafood prices and service was so kind!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love to come here. Great food, service, and an exceptional view. This last occasion was for New Year’s Eve. It was so good to be able to celebrate the new year in style and cleanliness. They didn’t do overpriced fixed price menus. We were able to enjoy the standard menu and hospitality that we enjoy every other day of the year.

DS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect NYE night - awesome downtown SD view and window seating!! Loved it!

s
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love sitting in the bar at Tom Hams. Great food and excellent service. Amazing views. Rafael was our bartender and was excellent.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great views of San Diego from this well situated restaurant. We enjoyed the lunch menu with excellent guidance from our server Roger. Our party ordered several appetizers as well as mains and desserts.

B
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for lunch. One of the best bay views of downtown on offer. Good never disappoints. Waitstaff is always attentive and friendly.

AK
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lunch outside on upper deck has an outstanding view of San Diego bay, the city skyline and North Island. Service staff were attentive without being obtrusive. Lunch portions were of good size and value for the money.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Brunch was delicious.

OT
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great brunch, even if you live here a great place for food and drinks!

AR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Paella which was over the top. My birthday was over all the best. Thank you

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