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Tom Hams Lighthouse, San Diego, CA

Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.6
4.6
6259 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 291-9110
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Kovar
  • Catering
    Please contact Laugan Miller in our catering office.<br />banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com
  • Private party facilities
    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.
  • Private party contact
    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Harbor Dr.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,259 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

6,259 Reviews
  1. HenryH

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oksanna W. did an excellent job! What a wonderful dining experience, the food and service was top notch!

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  2. Alfred

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good and the service was good. They do have a 5% surcharge on the order. That is not a lot. I just think they should let you know before you order. Basically a heads up.

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  3. RebeccaY

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here was amazing! HIGHLY recommend the polenta!

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  4. IanM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant. The drinks like the screwball and the steak is what I suggest. Great first date experience

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  5. SweetsJP

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was delighted by the view and the food! Who doesn’t love all you can eat seafood? The service was amazing, our waitress was prompt and friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always love going to Tom Ham’s…definitely the best view our great city. We were taken care of by a lovely server. But the food was not very memorable. We had the fried whole fish and pan fried steak. Neither had much flavor.

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  7. Tracey

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place to eat in San Diego. Food is always excellent, staff is fantastic and you can't beat the views.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated just past 8 minutes our reservation time. Service was excellent. Food was delicious, and the view of downtown San Diego skyline while we were eating was amazing! Higly recommended for an intimate and romantic dinner!

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  9. JohnS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with an even better view. Great service

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  10. Minnesotaman

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We have returned to this restaurant several times to entertain my daughter and her husband who live in Coronado. The food has always been excellent and the service very professional. However, my last visit was very unpleasant due to an excessive noise level which prevented any type of conversation at our table of 4 adults. I felt like I had a sore throat from having to speak so loudly to just talk to my family 3 feet away on the other side of the table. Next time I visit my daughter we will be forced to go some place else.

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  11. AngelaR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seafood is fresh, omelette and amazing pasta station, variety of food, great service, stunning view.

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  12. GeraldM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful city and bay views, friendly and attentive service, and delicious entrees made for an enjoyable evening. Casual atmosphere and reasonable in price too. 👍👍👍

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  13. lstacey

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food at good prices. Ambiance isn't anything special. Young couple doesn't fit the demographic....

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  14. TeriW

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food & atmosphere, and the view is fabulous. Our server, Sarah, was professional, charming, and overall a delight. All thumbs up!

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  15. KariG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. The yellowtail was outstanding and the lobster pasta was devine. We had a beautiful window seat. Could not have been better!

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  16. WillT

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    nice place to bring your family parties and graduations

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  17. LindaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was amazing nice environment would definitely recommend eating here.

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  18. WendyM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tuna salad is good. I would have liked “something” to eat on the tuna, a sauce of some kind.

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  19. DelMarDude6

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic lunch at Tom Ham's Lighthouse this past week. The entire experience was top-notch from the view, food, drink, ambience and service. My wife ordered a delicious Shrimp Louie salad the was overflowing with fresh vegetables and shrimp. I went with the Shrimp Po Boy in the spirit of Mardi Gras and my dish was fantastic! I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the excellent service from our waiter, Chris...he was very pleasant and professional. All in all, a great experience!

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  20. GheerdanSD

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's good. They didn't do anything bad. The calamari was tough chewy, which isn't ideal, but it's common when preparing from frozen. My partner got the bouillabaisse which she really enjoyed, but it didn't seem particularly superior or unique. I got the short rib which was good. We enjoyed the brussel sprouts. It's definitely good. I wouldn't say very good. Especially, for the price. Skip the calamari for sure though. Go to Bouna Forchetta for that.

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  21. BarbaraL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views, service and food made for a great night

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  22. Steph

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for Valentines. Food was amazing. One of if not the best pasta lobster dish we had. Hope they put it in there regular dinner menu. Pls!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were amazing, however portions were slightly small for the price. View was fantastic though

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  24. SimpleDiner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing view of the bay! It made dining much more enjoyable.

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  25. PaulR

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t go wrong with Tom Ham’s. It is in a perfect location on Harbor Island. The view towards downtown and Coronado are amazing! The food was excellent. My wife had the Ceaser Salad and adding some chicken and loved it. I had the Burger and added the bacon and avocado. It was Delicious!! It was a good meal and time there.

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  26. CarlosF

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great lunch at Tom Hams. We sat outside with that great view of downtown, the bridge, and Coronado. Food was outstanding. Yellowtail was the tasty fish of the day. Cod, shrimp oysters and salmon pleased. Chris, our server, was attentive and engaging. Excellent service. Thank you Chris.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time going loved the food, had I believe tuna the first time got the ribs a second time would recommend the ribs over the fish

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desiree is a great server because she was helpful with explaining the menu and ensuring that we were well taken care of. She demonstrated that attention to detail is one of hers strengths and she was clearly attentive during the entire service. My wife and I had a great time and all food and drinks were served in a timely manner. I ordered the whole fish, and she gave a gentle reminder on the best way to separate the fillet from the skeleton and had the initiative to bring an empty bowl to dispose the head and bones.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Very very slow service. 5% service charge is ridiculous

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  30. JohnT

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was everything we wanted. The service was great, the location is cool, and the food was phenomenal. They helped us celebrate our engagement and we’d go back anytime.

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  31. JacquiS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was blown away! Love this place, so beautiful on a sunny day! Enjoyed the buffet very much!

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  32. MarkC

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was cool on arrival Overall food was disappointing and expensive Service very good Great view Quite loud Good parking Good beer selection More of a classy sports bar vibe than fine dining Will not be going back

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  33. KLMMN

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solid food choices with high quality and nice portion sizes. Waitress was very friendly and helped navigate the menu and course selection. Was seated at 5:00 to enjoy the sunset and water. Worth a visit

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  34. JosieP

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm a San Diegan, however I never had the opportunity to go. I Loved the view, ambiance and costumer service was great! I will definitely keep going back.

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  35. TaylorD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I hadn't been on a date in a long time. I decided to surprise her with a night out at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. The food was outstanding. Our sever was friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us great suggestions for our order. The ambiance was incredible. I would definitely recommend them for an amazing night out.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect portions, quality, and service. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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  37. KariR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service but the indoor dining room is sterile. Worth the food and view.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oxana was wonderful! The food was great. The view is without comparison in San Diego.

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  39. SDchick80

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service. Awesome seafood. Tritip a tad dry. Recommend getting a reservation.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and great view! My fiancee and I had a wonderful experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tom Hams Lighthouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 291-9110.

Tom Hams Lighthouse is rated 4.6 stars by 6259 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tom Hams Lighthouse

2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Harbor Dr.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Kovar
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 291-9110
  • Catering
    Please contact Laugan Miller in our catering office.<br />banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com
  • Private party facilities
    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.
  • Private party contact
    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333
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