Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4747 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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Safety precautions

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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MHubert
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here two days in a row to show my guests from LA what life in SD is all about. Great food, service and beautiful views.

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OliviaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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RonaldW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My wife scallops were undercooked. Portions were small. No bread basket. The bay was beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch, was delicious, buffet was back !! I just felt like the last time I had brunch there there was more food now don’t get me wrong there was plenty of food I just felt like there was more in the last time but that’s OK I’m happy that is a back!!

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VanessaP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed Father’s Day there very much! My dad LOVED it!!!! He was so happy to eat oysters.

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Nika
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall great experience. I would recommend hot seafood bar (crab shrimp, etc.), as there may be some guest that prefer that over cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night at the beautiful lighthouse. All star service. Enjoyed this beautiful establishment on my vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The servers were great and on point. The food was lacking. It felt over simplified and the flavors did not compliment each other. Other foods were lacking taste. I don’t plan to return.

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vipZengirl18
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bathroom is fun and beautiful views

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Traveler
New England
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Mediocre food. Lobster corn dog , not sure where the lobster was.. a few shrimp maybe. Luke warm and soggy. Overcooked fish. Just not great. Lots of tourists who don’t know better maybe? Totally watered down drinks and unsmiling waitress. Not a great experience. Nice view tho. Inside is LOUD, even half full on a Saturday night...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting daughter

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SteveR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I ever ate scallops on the half-shell and they were delicious. I never liked raw oysters, but I always loved cooked scallops. We sat on the outside balcony and enjoyed the view of the harbor.

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Islandgirl
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

COmmanding views with a delicious variety lunch menu. Totally love this place.
Happy hour is another great time to enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and excellent service

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NicholasM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the view and the staff were all fantastic. Great location for date or special occasion.

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RetiredMel
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Gorgeous views, classic San Diego venue. Scallops and beet salad were great. Yellow tail a bit dry. Good wine selection, lots of mixed drink options.

Would recommend to friends and will be back

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vipJohnG
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view of the bay! I went for a lunch date with the wife. I also recommend brunch as well.

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KathyD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jemi, was excellent....so personable and attentive.
The Sun didn't want to come out but it was still excellent...you have no control over the Sun, so I'm good. Even birthday cake for my twin and me.
And NO masks! Everyone was smiling, happy and relieved to be out & about.
Our food was excellent. The portions were huge so we took 1/2 of it back home.
Thank you for doing a good job.
We also came last year for our birthdays.

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vipWhiz
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went off without any problem accept a wine glass with a spot on it. They changed out right away.

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ScottD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to Tom Hams Lighthouse was great! We were seated right at out reserved time and got a table along the railing overlooking the water as we requested. Having the later reservation (7:30pm) it did get a little chilly as we were finishing up. The food was amazing and I was quite happy with the prices as well, especially for the drinks! We will definitely be back the next time we come to San Diego.

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Irene
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Yellowtail fish was very salty as well the Dungeness crab. Our Chocolate mousse cake was very dry. The service and view were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our anniversary dinner here. Food was great, service excellent, superb view (few places can beat or come close to this view especially at night), definitely we hope to visit sometime again in the future!

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location for celebration and romantic view!

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JaniceA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my fiancé’s birthday and it was definitely worth the hype! Our server was training someone but did it so gracefully we barely even noticed! Food was amazing, will be dreaming about the paella! Steak was a little pricey but it was expected and he loved it so that’s all the counted! The birthday dessert was definitely dry, you could tell it was probably frozen but it was free so can’t really complain!

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PheeS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience. It was a great taste of aCalifornia for my visiting son from Rhode Island

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and we got a decent serving for the price. Highly recommend for great seafood and views.

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PaulH
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Dinner was fantastic and view spectacular.

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CharlesR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite for Market fish lunch. The chili flakes on the beans is perfecto!

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RonM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

beautiful view,wed. nite is good because of all of the sailboats racing. We were served by Ricardo and he was very good. I had clam and shrimp pasta which was excellent. I was told by my companion thagt the scallops were also excellent The fishwas not as outstanding but was good. Very enjoyable experience.

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luckylouise
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with friends who had just flown in from Chicago and had never been to Tom Hams. Large portions! One had fish (4) and chips and we all loved the 'chips'! The Crab Louis was delicious. Service was efficient and prompt and, of course, the view is amazing! Will be back!

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THOMASF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING and extremely memorable evening. The entire experience was more then I could have hoped for; strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who desires the "perfect evening!"

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vipStudebaker
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At many restaurants that have great views, the food does stand up to expectations. At Tom Ham's Lighthouse the food was outstanding! We ordered the clam chowder and lobster corndog for appetizers, and the Bouillabaisse and market fish (yellowtail) for the main course. The food was excellently seasoned, well-prepared, and tasted very good. Also, our server Alexandra was helpful and friendly.

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MargeS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful view of San Diego. Service was a little slow but acceptable. Food was good. My lobster roll could have used a few more spices, rather bland. Good value for the money.

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CurtisC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and view of San Diego Bay. Food and service are excellent!

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Johnp
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The new york steak was delicious. Reasonable price and great view. The server gave us a free cAke becuase it was my wife birthday. Lovely

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vipSteveS
Central Texas
54 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch. Limited menu - and we were aware of recent ‘reopening’ of dining in Ca.

Large portions, flavors were right, service very good.

Would like to return when ‘normal’ returns and see an expanded food and wine offering.

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JessyD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It really was all great. Food, drinks, view and even the music were amazing.

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Bett
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the eggs Benedict on biscuits and the gorgeous view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, the food and the view is amazing

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 4747 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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