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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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food was just ok, highlight was pasta/omelette station. Service was good and view amazing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great view, so-so food. Special occasion place, or visit the bar.

BB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We had a large party of 11 and they gave us a wonderful table next to the window with a great view of the harbor and downtown.

HS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I went to Tom Hams Lighthouse to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. Our server, Marshia was very attentive. She came back often to our table to see how we were doing and celebrated us with a congratulatory chocolate cake. It was a great evening. We plan to come back again and bring my entire family.

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The food was very tasty and there was plenty. A broth based soup would have been nice - something like vegetable. A lot of people can't tolerate cream based soups.

OT
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We have eaten at TH many times for special occasions and just for enjoyment. We are so sorry to make this report of our experience. We've had two Thanksgivings prior to today. The sea food was outstanding and we were looking forward to some new flavors. The mac and cheese, not a lot of flavor, dark meat Turkey tasted terrible. The ham tasted sour. Tri tip steak had an offensive run and was tough. Vegetables were bland. Sweet potato w brown sugar and stuffing were good. Salad with lemon honey dressing was delicious. Desserts were good, chocolate bread pudding was good. Wish there was fresh whipped cream. Chocolate chip cookies were great! James our waiter was very good! The man and women cutting the Turkey and tri tip were simply miserable. We will rethink our next celebrations and Thanksgiving.

MB
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom Hams Lighthouse is a great place to take out of town friends- great views of the city skyline across the water. As always the service was efficient and friendly. Great classic Martini prepared and served perfectly, oysters- excellent, fresh, tasty. The Beet salad is the best anywhere. Main Courses: Scallops- a classic and deliciously prepared. The Roasted Whole Fish was simply spectacular- impressive presentation, roasted to perfection- the highlight of the meal. The Paella was tasty, but it just wasnt Paella, missing the melding of the ingredients and the slightly burned, crisp base that a great paella has. Desserts were standard, tasty but not exceptional. Excellent wines by the glass as well as a reasonably priced wine list.
Overall, as always, a great evening.

f
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great experience at the restaurant however when I indicated I had a reward card to use, the manager refused to accept it and indicated the only business they did with open table was reservations. It wasn’t a big deal but after reserving to use the $20 reward and having it ready to be used there, it was kind of annoying and inconvenient.

V
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch as always , from the lovely ladies at the front desk to the personable servers!

LF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a wonderful spot to have dinner, you will not be disappointed by the food, drinks or the venue.

LA
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great view of downtown San Diego. Why di it take us so,long to find?

TD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a week night dinner with out of town clients. It was perfect all the way around. Good service, food and ambiance. Plus the view is awesome. Menu has a good selection of seafood, a few steak items and a veggie dish. We'll be back!

P
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous views of downtown San Diego, fresh sea food, pasta station, carving station,
and variety of brunch food are all worth it! My favorites are the fresh scallops and oysters!! $65 and worth it!

IN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great ambiance. I love the view while eating! The food was great! I cannot wait to go back!

ML
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience, the food was outstanding and our waiter was very attentive— couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

J
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food well prepared and wonderful location.

c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food and service

D
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for lunch and had the Crab Louis. The crab was very dry and it was like eating crab shavings. I don't recommend it. However, my companion had the fish and chips and it was great! It was a beautiful day and we sat out on the patio. This is such a beautiful spot. The restaurant is completely remodeled, and very nice and open. They have a smaller, more private dining area perfect for birthday or bridal showers.
I will go back.

C
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad was great. Second time with him, such a great server! Love the outside seating area. Food excellent. Will be bringing all of my guests here.

MH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom Hams was so good we went back the next day for lunch!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Outdoor table. Special flan dessert for our anniversary.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery right on the water. The restaurant gave us an excellent corner table for our anniversary and a beautiful anniversary dessert. Food and ambiance was excellent.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was amazing, the food was delicious, and the service was perfect. I love this place and I am never disappointed

M
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My beautiful wife and I had excellent lunch. Great service and views. We are looking forward to going again, thank you.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

RW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great atmosphere, excellent server. They brought a gift for my wife's birthday. Thanks!!

AH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around but our server was especially good.

OT
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Not sure what went wrong today.
The calamari was sent back since it was cold. The replacement calamari were like rubber so they also went back and we skipped them. Then only 1 entree arrived. No way we're we going to risk a desert today!
Clam chowder was one of the best.

FF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience, one of our favorite choices for Sunday brunch!!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience! The brunch was great. Pasta station was delicious. There wasn't as much hot food and dessert selection but that pasta station made up for it. The crab legs and lobster claws were yummy (served cold). The unlimited champagne/mimosas was awesome. We were sat right in front of the window which had a beautiful view of the bay and our server David was super attentive and great!

H
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This has been our go to spot for Sunday brunch for years. Not sure we will be returning after this visit. We arrived well before the dining room was full but were sat on the patio during a cold and windy morning. Wait staff was not very attentive or accommodating with the request for the heater to be turned on. To top off the experience my 12 year old ended up getting violently ill due to something she ate.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tom Hams never disappoints; beautiful location, great food, and superb service. We have brunched here several times and we always look forward to our next visit.

PS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Children’s menu selections were very nice. Fresh fish crudo was excellent, as was the lboulliabaise. Servers were friendly and professional. The chocolate mousse cake dessert was the only thing not on point - rather dry and no mousse. Would definitely go back.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view , service and food always make for a great wxperience

h
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My new favorite place since I discovered it for my birthday brunch. Love the view and the atmosphere.

r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiter took longer than expected to bring our checks and returning our cc. Also had to wait almost 20 minutes to purchase a gift card. Overall, food and ambiance was wonderful.

RI
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

So we are local but it was our first time to visit this place to celebrate my Birthday and our 2nd year anniversary. Let me start w/ they accommodate us with seat with a gorgeous view, perfect for our day! Also service was really good too, we wait a little longer than normally but we are very entertained by the view. Food is great, also the price. Me and my boyfriend had a positive and great experience at Toms Hams. Thank you so much.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place

D
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance......excellent! Sunday brunch very pricey, but if you can afford over $50 per person, well worth a special occasion.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somehow they knew it was our anniversary but we hadn't told anybody. They brought us a piece of cake with happy anniversary written on the plate.

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