Tom Hams Lighthouse

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3218 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very nice night

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

Great view, plenty of parking spaces. Food was great. Wonderful service.

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c
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We frequently take out of towners to Tom Ham's. It is light and airy with a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay. Lobster Roll is hard to beat and the service is excellent.

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DB
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Wonderful view on a very quiet Sunday evening but likely it was quiet because the food is very ordinary. Our guest's salmon was dry, over cooked. The linguine & clams wasn't as good as the average neighborhood red sauce Italian restaurant. The scallops were well cooked but the sauce was almost absent. The fresh oysters were very good but the lobster bisque and calamari appetizer again were very ordinary, not worth the prices. We can only recommend this restaurant for its view and crowded, Vegas casino style seafood brunch.

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CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, exceptional selection of food and friendly smiles.

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DG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place
Great views and a great brunch.

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MA
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Walk in door and smelled mold

Caesar salad was mediocre
Shrimp pasta was med shrimp on the small side. Even tho I was told they were big

Went there because website said they had mini grilled artichokes
BUT They DiD NOT... wasn’t even on the menu

Room was tooo big with no noise barrier or fabrics or plants to abs the noise
It was like a place a huge cruise ship would unload their people all at once

The private party room had no exterior view windows either

Won’t return

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UW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Just.Excellent! 'Nough said. But this must be 50 characters so just go!

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B
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Everyone in my party loved our food and had a great time with a great view! Definitely will be back.

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AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Tom Ham's recently with my vegetarian son who was in town for a visit. The menu is obviously designed for carnivores because the only option was a vegetable entree that was flavorful but not very filling or inspired. The vegetarian dinner consisted of a small sprinkling of roasted vegetables with a tomato sauce along with some very small balls of falafel. I ordered it as well, but I could have easily eaten two dinners. A common error with chefs is to forget that vegetarians need more quantity to get the same amount of protein because vegetables are mostly water. My son had to order the cheese plate to try to fill out his meal with some more protein and substance. Wouldn't it be nice if the entrees at least came with some bread? Carnivore options had substantial portions of animal protein that were surely more costly to the chef than some broccoli, squash and ground chickpeas. No fresh fish or sliced cows needed to be procured and prepared, so it would be thoughtful to provide a plentiful plate of vegetables along with grains, beans, maybe some mushrooms to provide flavor. Yes, more options would be nice. The atmosphere is wonderful, but I've never seen this restaurant full. There are a lot of vegan and vegetarian humans searching for a meal in a nice place. This could be one with a little effort!

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Took my boyfriend out to dinner for his birthday, attentive and knowledgeable staff they even brought him out a slice of cake after we finished our entrees. Huge Fan!

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d
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The help is outstanding and so is the view! My husband had a very enjoyable lunch.
Not crowded.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spent a quiet lunch with friends we hadn't seen for a long while. Took over 2 hours with conversation and lunch. Never once was there any pressure to move along. Servers knew we were having a mini-reunion and respected that. They checked in occasionally to see if everything was ok and if we needed anything else, again without any pressure. Good food and awesome view made the lunch time exceptional.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, and we loved the tenderloin tips but the paella was very bad, it had no flavor and it tasted bad.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Tom Ham’s for Sunday Brunch on a recommendation from a friend, and my goodness are we glad that we did. The views, the food, the service, the bottomless champagne... be still, my heart.

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m
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

Noisy due to very large group seated next to us. Always love view, and our server was perfect. Night ruined when GM Baumann refused to accept our $10 OT Master Card Reward saying they don't participate in Open Table rewards. Reward was only good for this restaurant reservation, now worthless. Rude and embarrassing. Won't be back though a former favorite. Cliff Leary

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m
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday celebration, and the restaurant did provide a nice piece of delicious cake with Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate. The restaurant did accommodate our request for a cup rather than a bowl of soup. Sadly, the soup was stone cold. The waiter handled it well, and we were served a cup of hot soup. 3 of our party had the crab blt. It had no flavor (2 of us had had a crab blt recently at another restaurant that was delicious, so this was a big let down. The other person in our party had the crab louie salad, and the sauce made a big difference, so 2 of us asked for the sauce for the doggie bags we got for 1/2 the sandwich we didn't eat. The waiter was the best part of the visit (other than the cake, which was chocolate)

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AH
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best views in San Diego in an historic setting. Excellent seafood and we’d love to come come back in the summer and sit on the patio

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AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve lived in San Diego for almost 12 years and have never been here! Finally decided to try it out and went to their brunch! It was absolutely amazing! The view, food and ambiance were so nice. I will definitely be back!

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DW
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very hectic... food was okay, not great. Atmosphere detracted from the meal.

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H
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot beat the service as well as the view. The price is well worth the food and service you receive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We were a little under whelmed by Toms. The entrance is pretty but you get upstairs and the decor is meh not as nice as you’d expect for $. We got the seafood platter which was delicious but our cheese tray appetizer was just ok. So overall food was fine but I expected a little more fine dining for what we got.

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OT
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my son and his fiancée for a special New Year’s Eve lunch and everything was fantastic. Lovely window table, and even on a cloudy day, the view to downtown San Diego and Coronado’s north island was excellent. We shared the calamari appetizer and my son had a very tasty and generously sized Bloody Mary made with pepper-flavored vodka. I had the lobster roll, my son had the fish and chips, and my future daughter in law had the burger. All were outstanding. The service was friendly and just right—not too intrusive and not non-existent. Definitely a great place for any occasion.

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UH
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The "best seafood in San Diego" claim on the website of this tourist trap is beyond hyperbolic. Our meal ranged from "meh" to "good" at best. For example, the octopus/avocado toast hybrid demonstrated some effort at creativity, but wasn't well executed.

Service was lacking, as well. We arrived for our reservation over an hour before closing, and were rushed through our meal from the second we were seated. Our entrees were put on the table before we were half-finished with the appetizers and our dissatisfaction with this gaffe was met with rudeness. This was particularly annoying as our seating was delayed because the table reserved for us had not been bused - your fault, Tom Ham's.

While eating, we observed the waitress deny the table next to ours an order of oysters because the kitchen was closed - this was exactly at 9pm. As soon as the 9 o'clock hour struck, staff were peeling out of there like the factory whistle had just blown for closing time. Is this a fine dining establishment, or McDonald's?

Tom Ham's is clearly resting on its laurels and relying on its scenic views to bring in clientele, because the hospitality certainly won't bring repeat guests. San Diego has too many good to great restaurants to spend your time and well-earned dollars at this establishment. We won't be back and advise that you think twice before booking that reservation.

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GP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I saw pictures of the restaurant prior to my arrival, but we were pleasantly surprised. It felt so open & intimate right on the water. I did not tour the entire restaurant, but in addition to the spectacular view & delicious food, the fact the we heard reggae music coming from above, really sealed the deal. I’m not a clam chowder person & would never eat it, but my husband wanted me to try his. Let’s put it this way, that clam chowder was to die for. We will definitely return.

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LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday brunch! Unlimited crab legs, champagne and many other yummy items. The view can’t be beat. Service was outstanding.

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WD
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was an exceptional server. He was very friendly, courteous and attentive. Matthew anticipated what you needed even before you knew it. There was also a tremendous team effort from the entire staff. Matthew’s stellar customer service attitude along with delicious food made for an outstanding dining experience. The panoramic views of downtown San Diego, the bay and Coronado Island were spectacular too!

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W
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to have dinner. Great food.... Great service

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NH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

As rated the service was very good; Brad was very attentive and knowledgeable. However the food leaves very much to be desired. The chef needs to step up his game or find another chef! The salmon and choice of accompanying sides were very bland not very complimentary. In addition the sirloin was not tender at all; very tough to cut and the flavor was very bland. The ambiance in the dining room had very little if no ambiance; feels more like eating in the kitchen rather than an upscale restaurant: My suggestion would be to have more mood lighting to accompany the views of the water and the San Diego skyline.

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TH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. Diverse menu, food was amazing. Sat in the balcony over the water, great views. Awesome dining experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great dining experience. Restaurant has that classic old-school fine dining vibe without the pretentiousness. Our waiter was great-think his name was Matt or Matthew. His
attentiveness to service along with his people- personality made the great food that more enjoyable. My out of town guests loved it!

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RN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Ambiance and location was great. Drink prices reasonable. Menu needs to be more diverse. Food was good, but should have been much better.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

View awesome. Food okay, not worth the cost.

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CR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our reservation was at 2:30 pm. We were not aware that they close at 3 to prepare for dinner until waitress told us they were closing the kitchen. We ordered a bottle of Champagne that we had to wait for in-spite of the restaurant not being busy. Waitress did not bring chilled glasses. She also told us we could not get any bread with our lobster bisque as they were out of bread. OUT OF BREAD? This was ridiculous on Christmas eve!! I asked her to go figure something out in the kitchen and she finally came back with sour dough bread but by this time, our soup was cold. We had to ask for lemons repeatedly for our $80 appetizer tray of various shell fish. Not enough cocktail sauce for 3 people. Overall, our experience was substandard and I was very disappointed.

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B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a good seafood brunch with a nice view and unlimited mimosas. The desserts aren’t very good and the brunch selections are ok. The seafood is what is worth it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was delicious, and view was the best. Definitely coming back!

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B
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner with good service. The food was good. I frequent Tom Ham’s. When I have friends visiting San Diego. I wish the chef would update the menu. I think an expanded and varied menu would make the experience much better.

I do love the brunch. It is one of the best in town.

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JB
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is a very nice place to celebrate special occasions. The view is very nice. The servers were very helpful and food was good

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l
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The view is beautiful and we had amazing service. One ordered a hamburger MR and got well. The other two ordered lobster rolls, good but not amazing. The nice salad option was very good vs. fries. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought a nice piece of chocolate cake, the presentation was good the cake was merely average.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was just wonderful!

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